Dear valued customers,

Our current opening nights are

From 5pm to 10pm Wednesday to Sunday

Yes! We do phone takeaways on 09 379-5353

Also mobile deliveries from:

Ubereats   |   mnyou   |    mobi2go


We sell Tanuki sushi & sake bar gift vouchers. Please email us at tanuki@sakebars.co.nz


A “Tanuki” is a cheeky badger who is always drinking sake and having a good time! Tanuki Japanese Restaurant was first established in 1994 and was the first Izakaya style Japanese restaurant in New Zealand.   Nearly 26 years later it is still serving its beautifully fresh, authentic Japanese dishes and snacks.

Izakaya food is meant to be shared, preferably with a cold Japanese beer or with a smooth sake.

If you would like to make a reservation for tonight and it is after 5pm, please call  on (09) 379 5353 .



Dear valued customer, 

Come and enjoy some genuine Japanese style and atmosphere.

We do recommend that you make a reservation if you are going to show.


Tanuki’s Private Dining Room is a special dining room that is situated on our mezzanine floor. Beautifully decorated in Japanese style with tatami mats and shoji screen doors, this authentic Japanese dining space can be booked for between 12 to 35 guests.

The course menus have been carefully designed by our Japanese Head Chef to take you on a culinary journey of the subtle tastes and flavours of Japanese cuisine.

All dishes are served banquet style, on large plates for your guests to share with each other.


We would be delighted to arrange your next group dining experience and make it a very special evening.

Please contact us on:

Phone: (09) 379 5353

Email: tanuki@sakebars.co.nz

View the Private Dining Menu


Tanuki is located in the Auckland Town Hall block at 319 Queen Street, at street level and is not to be confused with its sister eatery Tanuki’s Cave(Yakitori bar), which is located below Tanuki.   Tanuki is easy walking distance (less than two minutes) to Auckland Town Hall, Civic Theatre, Q Theatre, Aotea Centre, The Basement, Comedy Club and Imax.  As well as street parking on Mayoral Drive, there is public parking close by at Greys Ave Parking and Civic Car park, visit Auckland Transport for more details.