The 5 Best Japanese Restaurants in Christchurch

Best Japanese Restaurants in Christchurch

Who doesn’t like Japanese food? If you love it yourself, you’re in luck. We’ve listed the best Japanese restaurants in Christchurch for you!

We selected them based on their menus, the excellence of their flavours, and their ambiance. Also, we chose only those with excellent customer reviews so you know that we’re not the only ones who believe they offer great food!

You can drop by these restaurants for dinner or lunch tonight or in the next few days. Anyway, here are the best Japanese restaurants in Christchurch!

1)  KINJI Japanese Restaurant

KINJI Japanese Restaurant's Homepage

BEST FOR Fresh and Organic Ingredients
MENU Click Here to See Their Dine-In Menu

For Their Takeaway Menu, Kindly Click Here

WEBSITE https://kinjirestaurant.com/
ADDRESS 279B Greers Road, Bryndwr, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 03-359-4697

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OPERATING HOURS Tuesday to Saturday: 5pm – 10pm (Last Order)

Monday, Sunday & Public Holiday: Closed

Fancy a savoury Yakiniku Beef Barbecue or mouth-watering Crumb Chicken? Well, you should go to Kinji Japanese Restaurant in Bryndwr, Christchurch!

They use fresh and organic ingredients in cooking where possible. These include vegetables, tofu, eggs, seafood and beef — making for supremely delicious meals!

Formed in Colombo Street in 2007, the restaurant gained a loyal customer base in that original establishment. But since the devastating 2011 earthquake, they have moved to their current location.

Here at Kinji, you will be spoiled for choice with their diverse menu. From Deep Fried Rice Cakes to Coffee Jelly Ice Cream and everything in between, they’ve got it all for you!

Highlights

  • Savoury and tasty Japanese food
  • Uses fresh and organic ingredients
  • Offers a diverse menu

Customer Reviews

Kinji Japanese Restaurant is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Christchurch you can find. You can see why through one patron’s review on Google Business:

“I really wish I was a local because whenever I am in town and visit Kinji, the service and food are superb. Really well looked after here and a great variety of food on offer plus regularly updated specials. Convivial, intimate atmosphere, definitely book a day or two ahead.”

 

2)  Yamagen Japanese Restaurant

Yamagen Japanese Restaurant's Homepage

BEST FOR Light Lunch and Sociable Dinner
MENU Please visit their website to view their menus
WEBSITE http://www.yamagen.co.nz/
ADDRESS 53 Victoria Street, Christchurch Central City, Christchurch 8013
CONTACT DETAILS (03) 365 7799
OPERATING HOURS Lunch: Monday to Sunday: 12pm – 2pm

Dinner: Monday to Sunday: 5.30pm – Late

Here at Yamagen, not only will your hunger pangs be satisfied, but you will enjoy the spectacle of Teppanyaki cooking by their dexterous and experienced showman chefs!

This place is perfect if you want to invite your friends to come along to delight in Japanese cuisine that’s cooked to steaming perfection and presented in an artistic way.

For something delicious, you can try their Sukiyaki, which comprises beef/seafood, tofu and a mix of vegetables. Or if you like hot broth, you can order their Udon noodles.

Their dinner set menu starts from $60 – 85 per person depending on your choice. A set usually includes an entree, soup and salad, main, mixed vegetables and dessert.

Highlights

  • Tasty and stunning food
  • Offers a variety of set and a la carte menu
  • Adept and dexterous teppanyaki chefs

Customer Reviews

Yamagen surely belongs to the best Japanese restaurants in Christchurch. To prove that, here’s what one diner, Kylie Huang, wrote on Google Business:

“We got the Seafood / Chicken / Beef Teppanyaki set and it was definitely worth it! We got quite a few different entrees to try, I can’t remember all of them but there was some marinated fish and fried chicken. They give you a few different varieties of seafood too. We also got an extra side of pumpkin to try and everything was so good, I can’t choose what my favourite part was. Even the dessert was quite good.”

 

3)  Tomi Japanese Restaurant

Tomi Japanese Restaurant's Homepage

BEST FOR Japanese Fusion Experience
MENU Browse Their Menu Here
WEBSITE https://tomi.co.nz/
ADDRESS Edgeware Mall, 76 Edgeware Rd, St Albans, Christchurch
CONTACT DETAILS 03 377 8028
OPERATING HOURS Lunch: Tuesday to Sat from 11:30am – 2:00pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Sun from 5:30pm till late

Monday: Closed

Tomi Japanese Restaurant is a Japanese Fusion restaurant tucked away in the Edgeware Village of St. Albans. It offers a versatile range of meals suitable for both solo or group dining.

Their Nigiri Sushi, Pork Miso Katsu (crumbed pork cutlet), Crispy Chicken or Toban Lamb Rack Sizzling Hot Plate are fantastic and enjoyable in taste. So, pick your poison!

You’ll feel right at home in Tomi restaurant with its pleasant vibe as well as its friendly and respectful staff. They’ll take your orders and takeaway and serve them with a smile.

Let nothing hold you back, whether you just like to have a balanced bento box meal and a cup of green tea, or some sake to celebrate an important event or just want a nice drink for yourself.

Highlights

  • Delectable and well-presented meals
  • Wide selection of Japanese Fusion food
  • Pleasant and welcoming vibe

Customer Reviews

One customer, Philippa Pidgeon commented about Tomi Japanese Restaurant on Facebook:

“We love the menu flexibility Joe offers, great atmosphere – a hidden neighbourhood gem – don’t let the ongoing roadworks keep you away.”

 

4)  Tony’s Teppan Yaki Japanese Restaurant

Tony’s Teppan Yaki Japanese Restaurant's Homepage

BEST FOR All You Can Eat Teppanyaki
MENU You can browse their menus through the link provided below
WEBSITE https://www.teppanyaki.co.nz/
ADDRESS 2 Waterman Place, Woolston, Christchurch 8023, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS +64 3-341 6608
OPERATING HOURS Level 2 Opening Hours

Lunch: Tuesday to Friday from 12pm – 2.30pm

Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday from 5.30pm – 9pm

Monday and Sunday: Closed

Looking for an affordable yet fantastic Japanese restaurant to dine at? Well, look no further than the popular Tony’s Teppan Yaki Japanese Restaurant!

Their signature Spicy Sushi Tempura Roll is to die for. You can even choose your desired filling, such as between sashimi, beef tataki or teriyaki chicken.

While the price is affordable, the restaurant never compromises on food quality. After all, the food has been made using the freshest produce, seafood, and meat.

They offer an all-you-can-eat teppanyaki for those who want to eat a lot too. This is available the whole day from Monday through Thursday.

Not only that, but they can tailor-cook food for those suffering from allergies. Moreover, they can adjust the meals to be dairy-free and gluten-free too!

Highlights

  • Offers all-you-can-eat teppanyaki food
  • Affordable pricing
  • Wide range of food choices
  • Can customise their cooking to be gluten- and dairy-free

Customer Reviews

Debbie Paulsen, one customer, commented on Facebook:

“Great food, great atmosphere. Food is always super fresh and Tony’s do the best Crayfish dish And their Spicy Sashimi Tempura Sushi Rolls are to die for! Wish we lived next door….”

 

5)  Sakimoto Japanese Bistro

Sakimoto Japanese Bistro's Homepage

BEST FOR Authentic Dining Experience
MENU View Their Menu Here
WEBSITE https://www.sakimotojapanesebistro.com/
ADDRESS 119 Worcester Street, Cathedral Junction, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
CONTACT DETAILS 021 0830 6389
OPERATING HOURS Monday – Sunday: 5pm – 9pm

Sakimoto Japanese Bistro is committed to bringing the authentic flavours of Japan to your plate. It is located in the laid-back and accessible Worcester Street in Christchurch.

One of the best Japanese restaurants in Christchurch, they only use seasonal and fresh ingredients for their bento meals, salads, side dishes, vegetarian and gluten-free meals.

You can have a complete meal with their Sakimoto Box for a hearty lunch or dinner. What’s more, their Tonkatsu Pork Box or Grilled Eel Box are exceptionally delicious choices you’ll love!

For vegetarians, try their Boiled Vegetarian Dumplings and Tofu Salad with Sesame Dressing or Edamame Beans, which is flavoursome yet healthy.

What’s more, you can also opt for takeaways. The Family Sushi Platter is perfect for the whole family, while the Grilled Chicken with Garlic Chive Mayo is great for 1-2 persons.

Highlights

  • Authentic Japanese food
  • Big portions
  • Offers a great variety of meals, including vegetarian and gluten-free
  • Uses only the freshest ingredients

Customer Reviews

Here’s Carlos’ review on Google Business:

“Authentic japanese kitchen with japanese speaking staff. One of the best japanese restaurants in New Zealand. I never had this kind of delicious and awesome tasting food outside of Japan. Highly recommended place!!!”

 

And that’s it for the best Japanese restaurants in Christchurch. Not only will you delight in their food, but you will also enjoy being in the restaurant with your friends or colleagues.

Do you have any questions about what we talked about? If you have one, don’t hesitate to send us a message and we’ll get right back to you.

Check out our other food establishment lists if you’d like something different to eat. For example, you can read about the best cafes in Christchurch!

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