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Kohan Restaurant

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SH 8, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
+64 3-680 6688
11:00 - 14:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 18:00 - 21:00
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 September 2010

I dont get where some of the previous reviewers say this is authentic Japanese. After spending a month in Japan and travelling from Hokkadio right down to Beppu and all over we have had the benefit of gorgeous Japanese food. This food is alright. But nothing special. The salmon Sashimi was nice (you would hope so with so many local... More 

Thank Jules_in_Sydney
Sydney, Australia
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5 reviews
Reviewed 20 July 2010

Wonderful service, superb authentic Japanese food. Fantastic venison tataki and salmon sashimi from local produce. The decor is plain, but perfectly acceptable. Don't miss this if you enjoy Japanese cuisine.

Thank SebastianRice
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2010

You just cant beat Kohan for reliability and taste looking out over that magnificent view. If one of your party isnt in to Sashimi...no problem ...they have some other delicious options for the less adventurous. Asahi Super dry for those who love Japanese beer and also sake. If you are doing a day trip to Mt Cook...stop here on the... More 

Thank クレイグ
Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2010

I've been to many different Japanese Restaurants all around the world, and nothing even comes close to Kohan restaurant in Tekapo. Between myself, and my family members we have tried everything off the menu, and never come out disappointed. Must stop in if you are passing by, however it can get busy with large bus loads of tourists using it... More 

Thank tammz_nz
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 June 2010

I'm from Toronto, so I've been spoiled with a ton of Jap places to choose from. I didn't expect much from this one, since I was in a super small town in NZ after all. The place was big and roomy, but not much decor. I'm sure the view of Lake Tekapo is excellent, but we were there at night... More 

Thank AWONGs
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2010

I've been to Japan dozens of time and I love Japanese cuisine. The highest accolade I can give this restaurant is that it would not be out of pace if it was transported to Tokyo. Sure the decor is a little basic, but the Japanese owners and staff produce excellent dishes that are unbelievably cheap relative to the price. If... More 

Thank Badger1UK
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2009

There are not much dining places in Lake Tekapo and we tried this restaurant while staying here for 2 nights. The place was crowded with mostly tourists and some locals celebrating early christmas. The food offered was good especially the salmon shasimi and the beef shabu shabu salad. I would strongly recommend Kohan if you want to try local NZ... More 

Thank EldrickWo
London, United Kingdom
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384 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2009

It looks like a canteen, has the ambience of a diner and serves brilliant and economical food. We entered the restaurant expecting faux Japanese. But the sashimi was terrific, the salad was the best I've had in the Antipodes and all the sides dishes were first rate apart from a stir fried veg. which was Chinese takeaway standard. And the... More 

Thank NLR
Los Angeles, California
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108 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2008

Kohan has good Japanese food. Salmon is their speciality with the Mt. Cook salmon farm located just down the road. The salmon was very good, especially in the dishes with salmon sashimi. We had four different mains, all with salmon, all with good food. The view overlooking Lake Tekapo is very nice. The restaurant overlooks the Lake and the Church... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: SH 8, Lake Tekapo 7945, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Mackenzie District  >  Lake Tekapo
  • Phone Number: +64 3-680 6688

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?