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Everybody’s Izakaya

4 star rating 8 reviews

Telephone 09 929 2702

7 Fort St
Imperial Building, 7 Fort Lane or 44 Queen St
Auckland Central
Auckland City

Cuisine:
Japanese
Hours:
Mon - Fri 11.30am - 2am
Sat 4:30pm - 2am
Provided by business

Overview

Within the confines of the fantastic Imperial Building (an award-winning refurb of Auckland’s two oldest cinemas) lies Everybody’s Izakaya which is a fantastic new high-energy drinking and dining concept based on the Japanese IZAYAYA. Nick Honeyman features a succinct, cutting-edge menu with intensely original dishes. Everybody’s IZAKAYA is inspired by a term that literally means a sake shop (sakaya) which allows customers to stay (i) on the premises to eat and drink. Food is normally ordered over several courses to accompany traditional Japanese beverage, and unlike other Japanese cuisine, is usually shared by everyone at the table… Kampai! Lunch menu – 11:30am til 3pm Full dinner menu – 5:30pm til late Bar snack menu – 3pm til late Since its launched December 2011, Everybody’s is the inner-city bistro of choice.

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More Information

Categories:
Restaurants, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Attire:
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Yes
WI-FI:
Free
Alcohol:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Wheelchair Accessible:
Yes
Takes Reservations:
Yes
Meals Served:
Lunch, Dinner
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX
Outdoor Seating:
Yes

Reviews for Everybody’s Izakaya

5 star rating
by Keshni
30th December 2013

Everybody’s Izakaya was a fantastic dining experience! Would highly recommend it to anyone who loves Japanese food and is looking for a place a little less loud and crowded than other Japanese restaurants along the lines of Sake Bar in Epsom!
The decor was amazing, the service was faultless, and the menu was interesting! And of course, the food lived up to and exceeded all expectations!
It’s a great way for people to try out new things together without running the risk of wastage; a great concept!
Will definitely return with numerous family and friends in tow!

4 star rating
by Tamba
13th December 2013

The food and drinks were great, especially the sake cocktail with blueberries. However I had a concern about the water provided.

When we sat down the waiter said “Can I offer you some water” which we accepted. It was sparkling, which was a nice touch. It wasn’t until we went up to pay at the end of the meal that we found out we had been charged $11 for four glasses of water. When he offered us water we automatically assumed that it was complimentary.

It was very disappointing to find out that it wasn’t and we left feeling slightly deceived. However, the sake really was the best I’ve had so I would like to go back.

3 star rating
by Ben M.
20th November 2013

Went their for dinner with partner and aunty. Food was tasty but portion sizes were very small and left still feeling hungry. It was quite expensive too. Decor is amazing but I think the price and quantity of food let it down. Its not Izakaya at all to be honest, dishes have a slight japanese twist.

Izakay: An izakaya is a type of Japanese drinking establishment which also serves food to accompany the drinks. They are casual places for after-work drinking. – Not really this place at all..

3 star rating
by Cathy L.
17th November 2013

We went to Everybody’s as a small group on Saturday night.
Was excited to be there as I had been meaning to try it out for awhile now and love Japanese food.
Loved the decor and style of the building, however, food was definitely below expectations and service was okay.
I have read all the other reviews and food seemed to be good so we might have lucked out on a bad chief for the night.
We had numerous dishes to share. A few were good but the rest were definitely disappointing. Tuna sashimi was really fresh and chicken wings were nice. But the oysters that came were overpowered by seaweed and didn’t have the Yuzu or soy sauce dressing as promised.
Beef ribs looked amazing but was dry.
Sashimi with noodles was bland and over dosed in seaweed. The hotpot was pretty forgettable. Seafood was cooked well but lacked depth of flavour that you would expect from a place of this calibre.

A good place to grab a drink but definitely will be having dinner elsewhere next time

3 star rating
by Rachael M.
7th October 2013

We went as a group of people on Saturday night after reading some good reviews. The food was amazing. We ordered lots of small dishes for us all to share which is such a fun way to eat in a group. Beautiful flavours, fresh ingredients, lots of variety, including some good vegetarian options.

The restaurant setting upstairs is also nice with good lighting, comfy seating and decent sized tables. It is quite loud but perfect for a group dinner.

However in our experience the service did in no way match the food. I don’t think we got a smile out of either of the waitresses the entire evening. They gave the distinct impression they were doing us a favour by being there at all.

And there were errors – we never received the ordered miso, the drinks took forever to arrive, we had a number of drink mis-orders including cider rather than sake, cheap gin rather than the brand ordered (I forgot to check what we got charged for!) and we were told they “weren’t doing” cocktails – on a Saturday night!

And then the final disappointment was we were moved out of the restaurant to make way for “VIP” guests. Apparently the $1000 we spent there that evening didn’t make us worthy of staying in our seats till we had finished. When we booked we were not told there was any event that would mean we had to move. Certainly marred the evening for us.

So in summary a place to be seen and food that was amazing. But a little bit too much attitude from the staff for it to be taken seriously.

5 star rating
by Rock
21st August 2013

Went for lunch and had the salmon bento box. Fantastic taste, great service, cool and modern atmosphere. Would highly recommend.

A little tricky to find, walk through the ground level hot dog restaurant, all the way at the back and take the spiral staircase up. I think there’s also a lift.

4 star rating
by Lucia G.
18th June 2013

Had a beautiful night here dining with my boyfriend, our service was prompt and professional. My duck main was delicious, but even better was dessert! We really enjoyed our experience, it was probably a bit too loud for a romantic setting but we didn’t mind. Cocktails were lovely as well. Would come again!

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