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Reviewed 23 November 2023

Our very first night in New Zealand, we had a lovely dinner here. We had not made reservations, but the hostess was gracious, got us a table, and provided us with wonderful hospitality, good service, and tasty food...and sake! The one hiccup was that their...credit card system had an epic fail which resulted in quite a delay in finally paying our bill and returning to our hotel for our jet lagged first sleep in Auckland. The hostess and I finally had to go downstairs to the Cave (sister property) to properly settle our bill for the meal. It still was a lovely evening!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 20 August 2023 via mobile

I had visited Tanuki “The Cave” ten years ago, which is the downstairs from this restaurant but the same establishment. I can tell you now. Even though it’s been that long since I have been in New Zealand, this place is as good as my...time downstairs back in 2013. I have worked in an izakaya back in Tokyo, and I can tell you that this is exactly like in Japan, quality food and typical, quality service, whether the staff that you interact with is Japanese or New Zealander. The New Zealander that poured my Sapporo beer poured it EXACTLY how a Japanese beer should be poured, with about a two centimetre head(awa). So many places get this wrong but not here. This preciseness of training flowed on to the delicious food that I ate. Definitely worth visiting!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023 via mobile

Have been visiting this restaurant for many years now and after Rick passed Away it seemed to lack direction, however visited recently and was impressed That they have again found their Mojo. Service and food was great, It’s good to have down to earth good...quality tasting and eating dishes as an Izakaya Should be.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 12 June 2023 via mobile

Very nice experience! Attentive and kind service, and very nice food ! I went there with some friends and shared some dishes, we all loved the Spider maki, the raw octopus was a bit special but worth the try, and I just loved the scallops...sashimi. The sesame ice cream is very nice too ! I will definitely come back!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 23 April 2023

Lively authentic Japanese restaurant. Very popular which always tells a story. Food well cooked and served by pleasant staff. Recommended

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 16 April 2023

So started out well but ended in disaster, my main did not arrive and had to ask 3X of 3 different wait staff. When it arrive (Japanese Steak) it was overcooked. No apology for "forgetting" We were also not offered water on seating and had...to ask. Water arrived as we were leavingMore

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 26 March 2023 via mobile

I had heard great things… but was very disappointed. The Tempura was mostly batter and very few veges. The rare beef was stone cold, The soft shell crab was like left overs in batter. The rice never came. Tanuki’s Cave is much better.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 11 March 2023

The sushi was average. The steak was great. But it is a sushi restaurant and I expected the sushi to be above average.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 24 November 2022 via mobile

Superb. If you do a roll, go for the eel. I also had a small sashimi which was delicious. Miso soup authentic. Tatami beef was very nice. The raw octopus with pieces of wasabi was a special treat! A nice warm junmai sake followed up...with a small cold sake was perfect.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 8 November 2022

We were dying for some good sushi, this place was a great let down, the portions were very small and super expensive. We ordered some saki and got a tiny bottle which was also a shock we thought we were getting a bottle of saki,...but got a small carafe, we had two items and had to go to another place as we considered what we had an appetizer. The soft shelled crab was very good.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 30 April 2022 via mobile

Food was delicious, staff welcoming, efficient and food arrived quickly. Was a very good experience. One thing we would suggest: it says that items are good for sharing and my wife and I like to share our food but some of the options we chose...had 1 of the food or 3 of something and 1 of something else. Maybe make it clear what things are good for sharing and which aren’t and how many a dish can be shared with. Would also suggest you even things out on a dish especially if you suggest sharing. Thanks for dinner though was extra tasty and the atmosphere was chilled and we enjoyed ourselves.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 24 January 2022 via mobile

We had a quick meal before a show and were really impressed. The food and service was excellent. We had sashimi and the fish was melt in the mouth good. We passed our complimemts to the chef and the kitchen responded by giving us an...another tasting plate to try at no charge. Brilliant!! Will be back.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed 6 December 2021

Atmosphere was a little different having just come out of Lock Down but the staff did an amazing job making us feel welcome. Devine food as always!

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 12 July 2021 via mobile

Fast coming tasty food and drinks. Service great sashimi and sushi super fresh, raw octopus superb, the place was heaving. True icon in the Auckland dining scene

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 19 March 2020 via mobile

It is rare to get a bad rating from me, but our experience was awful. Bad service bad food. I can only hope we had an anomalous impression.

Date of visit: March 2020
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TANUKI SUSHI & SAKE BAR, Auckland Central - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Tanuki Sushi & Sake Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5