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Tanuki's Cave

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Certificate of Excellence2017 - 2018 Winner


Japanese, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was okay. After reviewing receipt, found was charged for drinks which were not ordered, and the steak skewers which were ordered did not come for 40min, only came after we had to ask for them twice before finally arriving. Would not go again.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank JackFromNZ
Reviewed 11 December 2018

I was pleasantly surprised to find his hidden gem in the middle of Auckland central. It's a very authentic yakitori experience. We arrived quite early, so luckily there were seats free. We ordered miso soup, a selection of yakitori, and had a beer and a...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank mtrosina312
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

If you can find this hidden gem down their funky black walled stairwell in the middle of downtown Auckland, you will find yourself in a cozy Japanese bar like setting with a crack team of attentive servers and an atmosphere of hidden romance. It’s dark...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank AubreyHord
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

We asked our hotel for a recommendation and we are so glad they hooked us up! The Cave is a great experience below the Tanuki’s Japanese Sake bar. It is a small restaurant which serves up wonderful yakitori. They make it very easy to enjoy...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank jdwhitemaui
Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

a surprise in the upper part of downtown. usually just walk by. food is authentic as you can get. miso shiru is full of things like konyaku. veggies steamed to perfection. had unagi donburi dinner, $35. everyone else had little dishes with raw octopus and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank woofie t
Reviewed 23 September 2018

An awesome little spot, literally, great food great Sake menu excellent service and a surprisingly good price

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Tim O
Reviewed 17 September 2018

When we got there it was 100% booked and they told us it would be a 40 minute wait time to be seated but our friends were there and we joined them so it took us less to be seated. Food was great, loved all...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank ArashVajdi
Reviewed 11 September 2018 via mobile

Food is great but the young staff are just not with it and are letting the place down. The Maitre de needs a kick in the you know what.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Bob G
Reviewed 7 August 2018

I much prefer the downstairs menu but have dined twice upstairs as the vegetarians among us felt it had more variety for them. Food and service are great. If you are in a hurry you just need to tell them and they can accommodate you....More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Donna S
Reviewed 24 July 2018 via mobile

Be careful when entering the Cave the walk down the stairs is a scary one lol The Venue itself is cold and dark yes I know it’s a Cave lol The seating is like what you would see in a Japanese Gangster Movie very small...More

Date of visit: July 2018
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