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A teppan and sake bar located in central Queenstown offers a fun and intimate dining experience. Tanoshi offers a extensive sake, whiskey and Japanese cocktail menus with Kirin lager on tap. Chef Koji Kiminami presents traditional Japanese cuisine from the teppan grill and has assembled some contemporary interpretations of Japanese classics. Open for lunch and dinner to late night grazing - Tanoshi, meaning 'fun' will entertain and delight.
PRICE RANGE
$7 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Japanese, Asian, Grill
FEATURES
Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Tanoshi Cow Lane twice during a recent trip to Queenstown. Our first visit was to do a Sake tasting. Team member Nozomi was so welcoming. We decided to come back for dinner a couple of nights later. Nozomi greeted us with a huge...smile and open arms - it felt like we were visiting family. She made excellent recommendations for tasty dishes and Japanese wine (we highly recommend the Japanese plum wine). The pork dumplings were the best we have eaten and each dish was served with mouth-watering sauces. We can't wait to go back on our next trip.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Terrific chef’s choice menu - 2 pescatarians and 2 regular. Great variety of dishes over 7 courses quick friendly service

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 24 January 2024

Looking for a great Japanese dinner whilst in Queenstown, look no further. We booked, which is recommended. It’s a small restaurant and was very busy. We went for a trust the chef and the adults had the Saki tasting too. All the food was very...fresh, and tasty. The staff were friendly and helpful. Recommended!More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 23 January 2024 via mobile

We enjoyed the food offerings which included sashimi, pepper fried chicken wings, pork gyoza, yaki soba, prawn skewers, and grilled scallops. We had dassai saki. We did not enjoy the service at all. We had to get up 3 times to seek a server. We...also had to do most of the table service ourselves because of how the table was situated. We had to ask for anything from more napkins to fresh plates. We were told that the restaurant needed us to vacate the table in 10 minutes. We were aware of the restaurant’s time limit. We looked to order another sashimi to cap off our meal. We were told by the server that we could not. She then said, let me check. She ended up bringing it. The lack of competent service in itself made the experience stressful. Note that we remained at the restaurant for at least 10 minutes after we paid and vacated the table and no one had yet filled it.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024 via mobile

Ordered tanoshi bento box and all food comes wrapped in cramps. Lots of rice and carbs. Not the food I would eat by choice. A menu with pictures would help to make a better choice. Atmosphere is great, beer on tap is amazing

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 24 December 2023

Amazing selection and quality of food When for dinner and the lunch two days later Great atmosphere Reminded me of the small restaurants under the train lines in Tokyo

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 November 2023 via mobile

We visited Tanoshi at Cow Lane last night and were blown away when we chose the ‘Trust the chef’ option. I am intolerant to chicken meat, however the staff catered to my request and we enjoyed the fantastic foods prepared fresh near our table, this...was amazing value and we walked away very happy, well done to the wonderful staff.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 November 2023 via mobile

Food was fresh and yummy. Great service and lovely staff. Dumplings were mmmm yum. Recommend highly. Vodka Sochu was tasty

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 21 October 2023 via mobile

We dropped in for a decent vegan meal after a big day out in Queenstown. Not disappointed! We were greeted with a smile and several “of course”s and a few “sorry”s. The result was a delicious selection of dishes in a pleasant environment.

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 17 October 2023

OMG! Vegan at its best! Fresh, fabulous food. Light but nutritious and fresh flavours. Tofu is amazing as are the soba noodles and other options. Staff Very accommodating and a must if you are vegan! Delicious! Thank you so much for the vegan options xx

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 12 September 2023

We chose the chef's choice for two people. It was truly outstanding. Service was excellent. Laid back, chilled atmosphere. Perfect in every way.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 27 August 2023 via mobile

Great Japanese restaurant. Unfortunately they don't do bookings for dinner so the best thing is to turn up at 5pm when they open to get a table. Beautifully presented dishes and good service.

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

Love Tanoshi, every Queenstown visit, it's always our first night dinner. Went to the Five Mile restaurant, still cosy atmosphere, despite being bigger. Food as great as ever.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2023 via mobile

What an experience! Service was joyful and kind. Sake and food was awesome. Would recommend 100%. Beautiful little spot with great staff and ambiance.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023 via mobile

Doesn’t do sushi which our 7 year old wanted, helpful FOH person gave us directions to what she considered to be good sushi and said. Hey come back if you want, I don’t mind if your son eats his sushi here. Well what an invite...and we went back, sat at the bar so we could watch them prepare the food and talk to the staff. Gold flaked sake, chefs choice menu which had seared beef, rice, pork ect. Great choice and will definitely go back. Sit at the bar and watch and be amazed. The Japanese omelette was perfectMore

Date of visit: August 2023
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Hi there, we do not offer BYO. We do have an extensive drinks menu including tap and bottled beer, cider, wines including plum wine, spirits and a huge selection of traditional Japanese Sake and Shochu - we also have an... More
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  • Food: 5
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