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PRICE RANGE
$34 - $61
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
CUISINES
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Highchairs Available
Reviews (303)
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Reviewed 21 January 2024

Was visiting Christchurch recently for the first time, and was looking for somewhere to enjoy Japanese food. Based on the reviews here, I thought Kinji was worth trying out.... Managed to book online only a few hours before arriving, thinking it would be hard to...get into and sure enough, it was completely packed when we arrived, which is always a good sign that the food is decent. Inside, however the atmosphere and layout borders on school canteen style seating, so not the authentic Japanese vibe I was hoping for. Tried a few entrees to share... While the edamame was disappointing, and we have had better mixed sashimi elsewhere, the tempura prawns and fried chicken were delicious. We even ordered the tempura vegetable as their method of cooking was very good. And finally, we ordered a bottle of wine with the meal, but were a little annoyed to be told if we didn't finish it, we couldn't take it with us...Never heard of that anywhere I've eaten before.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

The big problem we have eating at Kinji is that the $80 sashimi platter (feeds up to 4) is so incredible we never try anything else on the menu. Very simple fit out and little street appeal, but the atmosphere is relaxed, the service excellent...and the food out of this world. They have a great sake selection too. Big Tip: Leave room for the Creme BruleMore

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 19 October 2023 via mobile

Have been coming for years, my favourite Japanese restaurant in Christchurch. Always busy for good reason. Friendly staff, consistently delicious food.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 21 April 2023

Spectacular, authentic Japanese food. Outstanding service, freshest sashimi, beautifully composed dishes from a chef who truly knows his craft. I keep coming back for more, every time I'm in Christchurch.

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 15 March 2023 via mobile

We had dinner at Kinji last night and it was absolutely fantastic. All of the sushi/sashimi was so tasty and fresh! Some of the best we’ve had, if not the best, and we have had a lot of sushi in several countries and around the...US! Local oysters were also delicious and fresh and the matcha tiramisu was unique and also delicious! Reasonable prices too. Definitely worth a visit if you like fresh simple sushi!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 1 March 2023

Some fabulous dishes. Service is inattentive and at times rude. Paying over 150 for a 2-person dinner I was astounded there was a charge for pickled ginger that we asked for as the sashimi dish did not include any ?!?!?!

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2022 via mobile

I am super impressed with this little Japanese restaurant. Super friendly staff, super fast and very yummy and fresh food. The eel & omelette Sushi role is insanely tasty, just wow! Absolutely loved it and would come to Christchurch just for sushi again

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 16 November 2022 via mobile

This is a place that you must book any night of the week. First time at a Japanese restaurant and the food was very good. Best thing we did as a group is get a mixture of different dishes to share. Nice staff. I recommend...the Japanese gin drink.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 11 December 2021 via mobile

Really enjoyed the food at this restaurant. Actually like Japanese food! The sushi was a bit Kiwi-ified but on the whole very nice. Bonus points to the restaurant staff suffering my 4yo not being on his best behaviour (he is usually good!) and squeezing us...in for a quick dinner when we didn’t have a booking. Very cool!More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 29 November 2021 via mobile

I’m based in Auckland, but every time I fly over to Christchurch, I always come here for dinner. Staff are all lovely, friendly, attentive but not too much and professional. You can easily see they are well trained. Their foods are just scrumptious. I’m from...Japan, and I would say this restaurant is the only restaurant in New Zealand, where we can find “authentic” Japanese cuisine. Not westernised, not urbanised. You can enjoy Japanese foods that Japanese people want in Japan. If you go to Christchurch, or live in Christchurch and love Japanese food, you must go!! 𓀠 𓀡 𓀠 𓀡 𓀠 𓀡 𓀠 𓀡 普段オークランドに住んでますが、クライストチャーチに行くときは必ず晩ご飯を食べに行きます。 スタッフは皆さんフレンドリーでよく気が利き、でも行き過ぎず、そして接客のプロ。よくトレーニングされてるのが分かります。 ご飯はもう一言で表すなら最&高。僕、日本出身なんですが、「本物の」日本食が食べれるのはニュージーランドでここだけ。西洋化というか、モダンな感じではなく、日本人が日本で食べる日本食をここで味わえます。 もしクライストチャーチに行く機会があれば、それかもしお住まいであれば、是非行ってください!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 25 November 2021 via mobile

Busy little restaurant. Fast service. Friendly staff. We had an array of dishes and left not a drop behind. The venison tataki was delectable and the sashimi was fresh and decent sized cuts!

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 23 July 2021

We just spent $170 at this restaurant. The wait staff never asked why the food was barely eaten. The deep fried squid is excellent but this is where it ends. The wasabi tuna tasted revolting as did the squid with Brussel sprouts. The beef in...miso was also inedible. How could staff not see that food was not being eaten. The salmon sashimi was thickly cut and far too warm. The green tea tiramisu was incredibly bland and like eating a plate of nothing. It is quite beyond me that this restaurant rates so well!!!!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 7 June 2021

Sixth night into a road-trip around the South Island and was absolutely blown away by this place! Hands down the best restaurant the south has offered us! I honestly didn’t expect to find a restaurant to match my favourites up in Auckland, but Kenji has...me needing to book more trips down this way to come back. The food was brilliant, could not fault a single dish. Always came out hot and full of flavour, despite the restaurant being super super busy. Food was to die for! Would definitely recommend the wagyu nigiri or deep fried eggplant. The presentation of the food was outstanding and it was clearly evident the level of attention and care that goes into each dish. Staff were so kind and lovely, going above and beyond to make our experience the best it could possibly be. Definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for top quality food. Very authentic flavours, reminding me of my time living in Japan. Fish is actually hand picked by the chef himself who goes to the market to find only the top-quality fish. Was told that a certain type fish was not on the menu tonight because it hadn’t met his requirements and thats proof enough in itself to how quality the level of food is. Amazing and can’t wait to come back!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 22 May 2021

Awesome food , great service , stand out dishes were the beef, chicken and the sashimi. Highly recommend

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 4 May 2021 via mobile

A background about myself: I'm a passionate traveller & I have travelled all around the world trying dishes from internationally rated chefs from all around. For the last 10 years I have been regularly visiting Christchurch for work and on every visit I have always...chosen Kinji. Kinji has always been the most amazing dinning experince. From the fresh ingredients, tasty meals, authentic Japanese dishes, friendly staff and most importantly his personal welcome on every visit. Kinji's restaurant is owned by Kinji who is also the chef. His restaurant is always fully packed with customers (all year round) so make sure to pre-book. On every visit Kinji himself will welcome you in and thank you for your visit on your way out. You can see him through the small window working hard in the kitchen with his team. Kinji used to have a restaurant in downtown Christchurch which got damaged by the earthquake so he moved out to the subberbs. His loyal customers followed him and now it is hard to even find a chair empty in his restaurant. I love your work Kinji. You are an inspiration & your food and restaurant is the best worldwide not just in NZ.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Yes, Kinji Japanese Restaurant offers takeaway services.

Kinji Japanese Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4