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Reviewed 31 December 2023

This Saikou Teppanyaki and Whisky Bar is fantastic, the staff Chefs and food is just amazing. I have been there so many times and every time it gets better and better. We love this place and are so lucky to have this in Timaru. Is...like the new FASTLANE car wash in Timaru just opened and the feedback once again is fantastic!More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 22 December 2023 via mobile

This restaurant was recommended by my hotel receptionist, but it turns out to be a noisy drinking venue that happens to serve mediocre food. If you want cocktails and beer in a busy place, this will suit you. If you want a good meal then...go somewhere else. Sashimi was good, but nothing else made the grade.More

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

Good service, great food but it was so super slow coming out!! Only one other couple there plus us four, definitely looked like they were focusing on the takeaway orders. Appreciated they are in the entertainment book.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023

Pleasantly surprised to find delicious Tuna and Salmon Sashimi, beautifully prepared in the Japanese tradition, along with juicy Katsu Prawns and Salmon Nigiri Bento. Service was attentive and personable in a busy bustling lunchtime atmosphere. Topped off with a delicious Margarita (or two) it was...the perfect lunch for me.More

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

From the first phone call for booking to the friendly welcome the service was amazing. The menu was full of interesting choices and when what we chose arrived we all were extremely happy with what was ordered. It was delicious so much so I’d rate...this as one of the best restaurants I’ve been to for quite some time.More

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

Exquisite food and excellent service, what a fantastic experience thank you so much. I will be back again and again. Love this place

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 8 December 2022

Saikou is our favorite restaurant to go to. Always have amazing service from vibrant friendly staff. The food and drinks are outstanding. So much choice and there is something for everyone. Always busy so pay to book. Definitely recommend 100%

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 30 March 2022

Finding a good place to eat in Timaru wasn't easy but after looking at Trip Advisor, we were tempted by this Tepenyaki restaurant and were really pleased to have found it. Service was really friendly, the restaurant was modern and interesting and the food was...delicious. I had the Teriyaki Chicken which was so good. Perfect size, combination and flavors. And we also had the Kimchi Balls and Tempura Fries. Both delicious. Great presentation, amazing flavors and lovely service. Highly recommend this place, left feeling glad and satisfied!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 18 December 2021 via mobile

This is a must visit for Lunch or Dinner. The range of food is fantastic giving you a bit of everything. The Karage chicken and Tempura Fries were amazing along with the fried rice. The bar is also well appointed giving you so much choice....RecommendMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 13 December 2021

Under new management and we were so impressed Fantastic food and such friendly service We will definitely be back

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 23 November 2021

A large group of us recently attended Saikou for an end of year celebration. We arrived at 6.30 but were not served food until 8.10. The continuous snacks were meagre to say the least and did not feed our group of 6 sufficiently. The food...was quite tasty but not value for the $35 per head we paid. Many of our group went on to other food outlets later on. Throughout the evening no waitperson ever approached me to refill my wine or to refill the water carafe. I did see them going to other people though. This was my first visit to Saikou and it was a disappointing one.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 18 November 2021

Went for dinner, service was a bit slow and the wait person we had was a little forgetful, mixed up our curry order plus had to ask twice for a drink order. The food however was very good especially the karaage chicken and the tempura...fries. Unfortunately it was a bit noisy as it is only a small restaurant and there were a couple of large groups dining. The staff need to prompt people to wear their masks when going to the bar area to pay, not many were at all.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 30 October 2021

Such a cool place to eat. Friendly staff. Excellent food and menu offers a lot of choices. Will definitely visit again soon. Chicken teriyaki was cooked to perfection. The meal was delicious.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 7 May 2021 via mobile

Another good night here with great food. Appreciated that it all came out in pretty quick succession. Youngish male always gives great service (Jacob?)

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 7 February 2021 via mobile

We've been here a few times & the food & service are normally very good. It was ok. Just be great if all our food came out at the same time or not such a huge gap. Everyone said about their being way more batter...than actual fries with the tempura fries.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Saikou Teppanyaki & Whisky Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5