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Healthy, International, Contemporary
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Reviewed 10 March 2024 via mobile

Peaceful restaurant for a romantic dinner. Wonderful food with excellent wine and sake matches. Decor a little austere but didn’t detract from the experience and the staff were lovely.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 January 2024 via mobile

It’s the best restaurant in Auckland and in New Zeland. Food is very good and fresh, service is perfect too It’s a little bit difficult to find

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 31 December 2023 via mobile

If Michelin would be in NZ Kazuya would definitely be on their list with two or three stars. Every dish out of the seven course menu was thoroughly thought out and cooked to perfection. The service is also very attentive and friendly. Overall, for NZ...it is a unique place and by far the best we have tried.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023

Kazuya restaurant is the absolute best restaurant. Although the winner of Metro top restaurants changes every year, for me, Kazuya is always number 1. Many great restaurants are great because of the quality of their food, but but Kazuya stands out because of their creativity...on top of the great food. Some restaurants are too creative and ended up with some weird tasting dishes. Kazuya has the right balance, so every dish gives you surprise and joy. Service is perfect as well, as you would expect from Japanese. I'm lucky enough to go to Kazuya three times over these years (twice paid by others too!) and their quality is always consistently 5-star. Fancy restaurants are pricey for sure, but it's not just the ingredients themselves. It's the effort the chef put in. Just like a Van Gogh's painting costs more than the paint and the canvas, Kazuya's dishes is the best art your tongue can taste. (Have posted my review on Google, but I've got to post it here too so more people will get to know about how great the restaurant is.)More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023

It is my best ever experience in my life. Me and my wife were very happy to have that much nice food. So sensational and beautiful creatures.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 11 April 2023 via mobile

We came here for an early five course dinner late last month. Beautiful service and food from Kazuya and his team in the kitchen and front of house. We’ll definitely come back to experience more of your food creations.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 6 February 2023

Saturday night we have a dinner here with my wife. That was the fifth time I came here. It's better at each time. Kazuya, the chief, is a wonderful artist who imagine and create new plates and new tastes. That's alaways thin, tasty and great....The service is perfect, friendly but professionnal. There are many great restaurants in Auckland, I think Kazuya is the best.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 28 December 2022 via mobile

I would rate this place 97/100. Everything was beyond expectations, best food in years ! We experienced the 7 courses dinner, and from A to Z it was simply out of this world. The only regret was that the waitress was unable to answer directly...to a question about the Chardonnay wine, and had to ask someone else who knew.More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 20 November 2022 via mobile

What a treat! Food that was delicious tasting, beautifully presented, with surprises! We aren’t really degustation people as you end up eating too much rich food. BUT, this was good in that it wasn’t super rich so we were able to enjoy it all. We...did the wine matching which was superb. It is a little restaurant that is hard to find, upper Symonds St. So worth it. Perhaps my favourite restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 22 October 2022 via mobile

This was our second visit to Kazuya and you just couldn’t fault it. Amazing service, you’re made to feel very welcome and special. The food was gorgeous, to look at and sublime to experience. We enjoyed every dish and the five of us found it...very hard to come away with a favourite as they were all faves. If only we could dine here once a week, thank you so much.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 16 July 2022 via mobile

This restaurant is truly a unique place to dine. The interior is minimalistic yet warm and the food is complex and bursting with flavor. The hosts here are very pleasant. They explained each course to me and my husband and were very attentive and polite....The food here is so incredibly experimental in flavor and texture. The courses may seem small but over all at the end of your evening you will feel satisfied. Each dish has a feel of quality over quantity and they are presented like art. If you are looking for a truly special evening then start here. You wont be disappointed if you are looking for a unique experience where the food is far from boring. Thank you to all the staff that made my anniversary so lovely!More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 20 May 2022

We booked a table for their premium course (since it was only $20 more than the standard 7 courses). We opted for the 7 courses since it included their signature dish "textures". Booking online was easy and just had to confirm it the day before...through email. The place was very cosy and comfortable. It had a nice ambience and it was easy to sit and chat. The place did have a nice sophisticated feeling to it but it wasn't pretentious, just welcoming. The hostesses had the right amount of awareness and friendliness so it was relaxing. The hardest part was trying to decide on the drinks for the evening. We started with the sparkling sake and moved on to the yuzu martini during the course of the dinner. Both were quite nice. The food was amazing. They had really incredible textures and flavours. Everything was delicious. The presentation was stunning and the fragrances coming from the plate were divine. The amuse bouche with the "chicken soup" was so flavourful while the brioche had a nice crunchy crust with an airy interior. The duck was cooked so well and paired nicely with the cauliflower veloute and the crispy parmesan crisp. The rice cake was very interesting for me since it was very chewy, almost like gum, which was paired with beautifully cooked scallops and prawns. Textures was a really fun plate since each bite had different flavours and textures. It was a really fancy salad. The wagyu was very tender and tasty with the yuzu sauce. the lamb rack was well cooked and rendered. Dessert started with a yuzu sorbet as a palette cleanser before the tiramisu with roasted tea ice cream. The final item was the petite fours and one of them was a white chocolate popping candy orb which was just fun to eat. Although the degustation took about 2.5 hours, the time just went by smoothly and quickly and didn't feel rushed or out of pace. It was definitely an experience and quite worthwhile. Really good service paired with really good food.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 11 March 2022 via mobile

Absolutely brilliant! The best kept secret! The service is impeccable, the food is bloody brilliant! Definitely going to be a regular now!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 1 May 2021 via mobile

Exceeded all expectations! We loved everything ... the setting, individualised menus, exceptional service, wine pairing, cocktails. Every one of the seven courses were heavenly... absolutely wonderful way to celebrate our beautiful Mum’s 70th birthday. Thank you so much for a memorable experience.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 28 November 2020

Sophisticated atmosphere, but without snobbery; sublime food; attentive, professional service. It's the kind of place that Gordon Ramsay would swear about, but in a really good way.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Kazuya is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
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  • Value: 4.5
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