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Japanese, Sushi
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Reviewed 17 February 2020

We only have 1.5 hours to finish our dinner and didn't inform us when we made a reservation. We didn't enjoy it at all as we're pushed by staff.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 6 February 2020

When we walked down the stairs to enter the restaurant we were transported into a beautifully designed traditional Japanese sake bar. Gorgeous kimonos were displayed on one wall and unique Japanese art was placed in areas for viewing. Our server recommended the River Crane Gold...Flake sake which was delightful! The sushi was arranged perfectly and looked too beautiful to eat! Not only was it beautiful, it was the most delicious sushi we have ever eaten. The manager took the time to chat with us which made our evening. Would highly recommend!More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 7 December 2019 via mobile

KURA is truly Auckland hidden jewel !!! 18 of us were sharing set menu last night . food is really delicious and boy does it keep coming (i secretly wished i had two stomach) service is flawless and prompt. really nice atmosphere. will be dining...here again.Thank you for a great experience.there is not enough star for me to rate so i have no choice but give Kura 5 star. keep up the great work Kura team 😊😊😘More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 5 November 2019

Amazingly fresh sushi. Super cozy hide away with a quaint smoldering fire place. Highly recommend treating yourself to the Aburi Salmon. It's a little pricey because you have to order a minimum of two, but it's so worth it! Excellent service, its cute that you...get to choose your own sake cup to drink out of.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 November 2019

Good food, fine service, great atmosphere! We ordered the special ‘rainbow sushi’, the wait staff emphasised that there was no need to dip into soya sauce, and she was right, soya sauce would have spoiled the well balanced flavour. The chicken karaage was one of...the best we’ve had.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 25 September 2019

Yet again Kura has delivered a memorable night, dining with family for a catchup. We have to travel over 50km to get here, and it is always the family members first choice.

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 15 September 2019 via mobile

We were in Japan a month ago so we thought we'd recapture that holiday feeling with a trip to a local Japanese restaurant. We were very impressed with this little place. We ordered an eggplant and tofu dish, fresh spring rolls, sashimi, tempura and a...side of broccoli. Every dish was excellent. We didn't order sushi but we saw it and we will definitely be trying it next time. Service was good and prices very reasonable. Can't wait to go back!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed 10 September 2019 via mobile

We hadn’t pre booked a table and it was quite late but they happily brought us in and made a table for us down the back. I had my pram and they cleared room quickly for us to get by. The staff were so friendly...and welcoming. I never know what to order at traditional cuisine restaurants but everything we ordered was amazing. There was 5 of us and we just shared dishes. It was so delicious we went for a second round and ordered everything again. On the way out all the staff were yelling out goodbye as we walked past and it was so cool. Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 17 August 2019

Went there with 5 people and upon arrival - we booked a table a few days before - the table was not free yet and without hesitation they got us another table. The service is outstanding, the food to die for and the atmosphere is...relaxed and cosy. would recommend to everyone.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 29 June 2019

Kura is just amazing!! You can choose since simple traditional dishes like the Sukiyaki and sashimi.. Just like the best japanese style homie food or try the most incredible Aburi sushi with beef tataki & melted cheese on the top! It's just delicious! Very happy...with the traditional dessert also. Kura is on my top list of Japanese restaurants in Auckland! It's a must go for sure!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 26 May 2019

We went here before a comedy show at Comedy Central next door. We had limited time as did not have a booking, but we weren't disappointed. The mixed seafood sushi was standout.

Date of visit: May 2019
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RisaR1234, Manager at Kura Sake Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2019

Thanks nberesford for your lovely feedback and for dining with us at Kura! We hope you enjoyed your comedy show as well for a great evening! We hope to see you again soon, best wishes from the team at kura

Reviewed 25 May 2019 via mobile

Two visits in two weeks - THAT’s how great it is! Stunning Japanese cuisine. Perfect Sashimi. Great atmosphere - cozy and relaxed, but kinda buzzy at the same time. Thanks go to the chefs - just lovely food!

Date of visit: May 2019
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RisaR1234, Manager at Kura Sake Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 27 May 2019

Thanks David for the awesome feedback! I will pass on your comments to the Chefs. They will be chuffed! We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best wishes from the team at Kura

Reviewed 6 April 2019 via mobile

I’ve been going to Kura for years and just had another lovely dinner there with friends. They keep a consistent standard of food, presentation and always excellent service. And the atmosphere is vibrant yet cosy without feeling squashed. I don’t know how they manage to...get the food out so quickly for so many people. This makes it an excellent place to go o before a show. The menu seems a little smaller than it used to be but everything we had was delicious.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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RisaR1234, Owner at Kura Sake Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2019

Thanks Victoria for dining with us and for your fabulous review! We love having our guests come back to dine with us time and time again! If there is something on our menu that was a favourite of yours that we no longer have, please...More

Reviewed 2 March 2019 via mobile

Great food, friendly staff, and food came out quick. Had a booking but no record of it when we arrived and then got a phone call from the restaurant while we were sitting eating. Place was crazy busy and staff all appeared flustered and under...the pump, however we would definitely eat there again.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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RisaR1234, Manager at Kura Sake Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 5 March 2019

Thanks LemonGG for dining at Kura and for taking the time to review. We apologise for the confusion with your booking. We really appreciate your feedback about the food and the service. We look forward to seeing you again soon! Best wishes from the team...More

Reviewed 2 March 2019 via mobile

Went here and thought we found a hidden gem. Staff forgot two dishes, so we left hungry and unsatisfied. Place was under-staffed. Sushi was non-memorable however miso soup was satisfying. Will not return.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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RisaR1234, Owner at Kura Sake Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2019

Dear 463AP, we are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your dining experience. We have passed your comments on to the front of house staff as it is obvious we did not perform to our usual high standards the night you visited....More

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KURA SAKE BAR, Auckland Central - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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