Venture downstairs below Auckland's Queen Street, and you'll find locals' favourite Tanuki's Cave - a dimly-lit, intimate atmosphere for you to enjoy a quick and delicious meal of authentic Japanese specialties. Their extensive selection of skewered Yakitori and Kushiage is perfect to accompany your Japanese beer or chilled sake.

The Cave offers a wide variations of meats, seafood, and vegetable dishes including grilled beef, pork, chicken on bamboo skewers and basted with their special in-house sauce and salt. Great for an after-work drink, pre-movie dinner or an intimate date night.


Price Range Reasonable
Ambience Lively
Accepts credit cards Yes
Noise level Bustling
Licence This venue is licenced
Food Options Vegetarian

Products and specialities

We also have a large selection of Kushiage which are bread crumbed, deep fried morsels like pork belly or shitake mushrooms stuffed with chicken mince. This is served with a special savoury sauce.


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One of Aucklands hidden gems!

Best Japanese in Auckland 👌🏽

Fun place to eat

It has some nutritious chicken with the tasty teriyaki sauce to go with. The miso soup is healthy and yummy too. #shoutme

This is a fantastic hide-out with tasty dishes. I love the fact it's cozy and vibrant. There are some mouth-watering options on the menu and it's great that you can so easily order a few more if you're not full. Can be a wait if you go too late - but the wait is always worth it. A great casual dining out option.

yummy japanese cuisine! would love to bring my friends and family to experience how yummy the food is!

One of Auckland’s most iconic Japanese restaurants, no article would be complete without the inclusion of Tanuki’s Cave. Descend down the stairs into the hustling, bustling environment of this great example of an Izakaya eating house in action and munch on as many sticks of Yakitori as you can muster or opt for their legendary karaage fried chicken ($14.50). For anyone who loves Japanese, you have to experience the vibe of Tanuki’s Cave at least once, and you’ll probably end up coming back many more times.

Delectable Japanese cuisine with many authentic and unique dishes such as octopus balls or chicken skin skewers. Tip #1. No bookings are accepted so get there early to avoid disappointments. Tip #2. Order a bunch of different items and share as a group... that way you get to taste a little bit of everything. Tip #3: Wash your meal down with a glass or two of the plum wine!

Chicken and Cheese balls !!!

Best Japanese in auckland!