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Taiko Japanese Restaurant

4_half star rating 26 reviews

Telephone 09-815 0610

460A New North Rd
Beside Kingsland Train Station
Auckland City

Japanese, A La Carte, Asian
Tue - Sat 5pm - Late
BYO Tuesdays!!!

BYO (Wine) every Tuesday.
$5 per bottle corkage.

Announced 3 years ago
Provided by business


Award-winning Japanese Izakaya Restaurant. Highest ranked Japanese Restaurant on World’s Largest Review Site! All Japanese Kitchen Team headed by experienced Master Sushi Chef Omura. Serving authentic Japanese cuisine and drinks to couples and groups. Take away and catering available, private functions are a specialty. Parking available. Call 09 8150910 or txt 0272945769


Photo of Taiko Japanese Restaurant
Agedashi Tofu with a variety of vagetables
Teriyaki Chicken thigh with Manuka honey sauce

More Information

Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food, Bar & Brasseries, Bistros
Free Off-Street
Price Range:
Moderate, $15 - $25
Smart casual
Good For Groups:
Beer, Wine, Spirits, Cocktails
Wheelchair Accessible:
Takes Reservations:
Dietary Restrictions:
Vegetarian, Gluten-free, Vegan, Dairy-free
Meals Served:
Dinner, Late Night, Dessert
Payment Types:
EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
Seating For:

Reviews for Taiko Japanese Restaurant

5 star rating
by Kellie
3rd May 2014

Taiko is undoubtedly my favourite Japanese restaurant in Auckland. The atmosphere is always buzzing, the food is delicious, the staff are helpful and lovely – always ready to suggest a sake and help make decisions between dishes :) loove it. Ian even taught me how to use chopsticks a few years ago haha. Group bookings are sweet too, easy and plenty of food. I’ll always recommend!

5 star rating
by Steve B.
17th April 2014

Taiko Restaurant has the hardest working man outside Japan. A front of house powerhouse and a bloke who knows sake. I dine here all the time and I do so because it’s consistently excellent and the whole experience is authentic. Try some of the diablo sake but don’t plan on driving afterwards.

5 star rating
by Arna M.
7th April 2014

We love the food and the atmosphere at Taiko the owner Ian has personality plus and is a wonderful host. I love the seaweed salad but all the food looks awsome, we have yet to try more dishes.
A must try is the Saki

5 star rating
by Natalie J.
18th March 2014

Ian is an amazing host and the food here is incredibly delicious! Enjoy the paddle boarding Ian and see you round out there in that Manukau Harbour jewel :-) we’re inspired! Thank you and the great Taiko chefs and staff!

4 star rating
by Kat G.
8th February 2014

Yummy, yummy, yummy. Great food, great wine list, good service. Only criticism is that it’s quite pricey for what you get.

5 star rating
by Earl E.
21st October 2013

Have been to Taiko several times now and have never been disappointed. Go to Japanese restaurants a lot and have to say the Sashimi at Taiko is the best of anywhere I have been, so fresh! The owner Ian is a great host, helps out with suggestions for food choices and very friendly as are the very efficient staff, unlike some Japanese restaurants where the service and communication can be patchy. There is a good selection of interesting wines at reasonable prices. Overall excellent.

Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 8/11/2013   
Thank you Earl. I’m always happy to help suggest a few items or…    More »
5 star rating
by Lisa D.
4th August 2013

We have been going to Taiko for some years now – this is the best Japanese restaurant in Auckland without doubt. The service is always awesome and the food is AMAZING!! We love love love it – thanks to Ian and the team for making us feel like family when we go, its a real treat.

Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 8/11/2013   
Thank you Lisa. It’s easy to be nice to such nice people. Thanks…    More »
5 star rating
by Lucy M.
25th July 2013

Total hidden Kingsland gem! Went here for the first time last week, late night – everyone ravenous – and the owner was such a charmer. Ordered tonnes of food which arrived almost immediately and was absolutely delicious. Such an awesome atmosphere, amazing food for really reasonable prices – and the owner was a fabulous host. Will definitely be back.

Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 5/08/2013   
Thank YOU for your sweet review Lucy M. We look forward to seeing…    More »
4 star rating
by Tina K.
24th July 2013

I’ve come here quite regularly with my partner and once with a couple of friends. The service has always been friendly and efficient. The food is GOOD! Like that it’s BYO on a Tuesday so you can go pick up a nice bottle from the Glengarry a couple of shops up. Keep up the good work guys!

Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 5/08/2013   
Thanks so much Tina. Yes, BYOW every Tuesday. Note that the…    More »
2 star rating
by Matt B.
18th July 2013

Went for an evening with a group of 20 friends and got quoted a price for banquet meal which ended up wrong and costing everyone substantially more. Food was good but not as good as everyone has said. Owner was not bothered by our feedback to the meal and service and even gave us a smart ass attitude when confronted. Don’t recommend this restaurant to anyone with a large group as price does not match service

Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 19/07/2013   
I very well remember this young man. His friend Justin arranged…    More »
3 star rating
by bob
3rd April 2013

We have had a hit and miss affair with this place. Sometimes great, sometimes very very average.We used to bring groups here for birthdays, but when we realised that the numbers didn’t add up at the end of the night.
Often, menu items have ‘run out’.

4 star rating
by Nick H.
14th February 2013

My partner and I came here on 14/02/13 Valentines night, It was our first time here and I must say the greeting and the service top notch.
The service from the staff was great we did not wait more then 5 mins for the Entree and the same for the drinks we have just ordered the mains now can’t comment but I know I’ll be impressed.
Over all not the cheapest but believe the hype Taiko resturant is definitly a the place to eat Japenese food.

PS : Ian is a star.

Nick & Natasha

Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 15/02/2013   
It was a pleasure to have you in on your special night. We look…    More »
5 star rating
by Nikki W.
17th January 2013

Taiko quite simply, is the best Japanese restaurant I’ve ever been to.

I have been here about 4 or 5 times now and each time the service is fantastic and the food, more than delicious! My partner and I always go away smiling and raving about it.

Thank you especially to Ian who always goes above and beyond – (like the night I changed bookings on him 3 times and he text me to say no worries). It’s the little things like that that keep your customers coming back.

Thanks Taiko, you rock!

Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 15/02/2013   
Thanks Nikki. You rock too. As you can see, I’ve just learned how…    More »
4 star rating
by Mike A.
13th January 2012

Went there as a group of 7. Ian (if I remember correctly), our host was an excellent mix of service and humour. We ordered a banquet, the $35 one. We were chopping the Asahi’s so weren’t confident the $35 menu would be enough to soak up the booze. Food was great – make that excellent, but we were right – we were still hungry… so I asked our host if we could order a bit more, when, embarrassingly, he informed us that that was just the starters – mains were still to come. Mains came, out hunger satisfied perfectly. Was a great night thanks to great food and fun host. Cheers.

Comment from Ian L. of Taiko Japanese Restaurant 15/02/2013   
Thank you Mike. And thanks to your great review, we’ve had a…    More »
5 star rating
by Savannah D.
24th December 2011

Amazing food, incredible service, great prices, great location.

I am always so impressed with Taiko, my family and I visit often.
All the staff are friendly and attentive and go out of their way to get your food to you in a quick and timely manner (I have never waited longer than 10 minutes for a main).

The owner of Taiko is incredibly friendly and will do anything for his customers (My mother wanted a tomato juice and because they didn’t have it he ran up to the local dairy to get one for her).

The food is sensational. I am always so impressed. The shrimp rolls and the California rolls are simply to die for. The prices are so low that you can afford Taiko even when on a budget. Best part is, they do take out which is great if you don’t feel like going out.

The location is great, right in the heart of Kingsland. There is always really nice music playing and the atmosphere is electric.

I would recommend Taiko to anybody who enjoys Japanese food or who is just looking for a change in their everyday routine.
5 stars for Taiko!

4 star rating
by kolzee
20th November 2011

Excellent food, great service and the beers are superb too. On top of this I thought the price was reasonable. What more could you ask for?!

4 star rating
by Nicky
14th August 2011

If only there were more restaurants of this quality, price and atmosphere in Kingsland! Delicious interesting food, attention to detail and genuine care for diners makes Taiko a wonderful night out time after time.

4 star rating
by Theresa C.
15th September 2010

Taiko was very busy when my friend and I visited on a Wednesday night. The highlight was their Shrimp Tempura, which was one of the best I have had, although it differs from those commonly available because of the additional crisp that was attached to the tempura coating. Other dishes were good but not special. Slightly overpriced therefore I rate it 4 stars.

5 star rating
by PJ
27th September 2009

First time diner at Taiko tonight. Service was extremely fast and we were out of there (excluding dessert) in less than half an hour from walking in the door. So many options, but you have to appreciate the simplicity of Japanese food to enjoy it. Moderate pricing, but great taste. There was also a violinist/singer accompanying some 70s classics which added to the relaxed atmosphere provided by the dim lighting.
Will definitely be going back again.

5 star rating
by Emma
18th April 2009

Came here on reccomendation of a friend. AMAZING japanese. Quality, quick, helpful service.

5 star rating
by NIL
31st January 2009

I am a regular customer of Taiko. We went there for our friend’s birthday this time. Fantastic food again and their service was fab! As a Japanese food crazy, this is one of the best Japanese restaurants in Auckland for sure. I don’t know who said it was owned by a Korean or Chinese? That is totally wrong!!

3 star rating
by Felicity
29th December 2008

The first time my hubby and I went it was fully booked out but they accommodated us at the bar and that was OK, the sushi chief was really home warming and we liked his company, the food was so yummy! try the octopus balls they’re a hit! And so we went back with our children, food was still yummy as but as they were busy again service was a little slower. Each we have been we are happy with the food, although I have been told by a Japanese friend this is one Japanese restaurant that is not Japanese owned any more, which is a shame, there are a few around owned by Chinese and Korean now.

5 star rating
by Ross Rudolph
26th November 2008

Great food,great atmosphere have been back many a time! The closest thing to Japanese food you will get in New Zealand

2 star rating
by Dave Jennings
3rd June 2008

Dinned on strength of other reviews. Disappointed.
Overpriced basic food

4 star rating
by Amy
27th May 2008

dropped in here for a bite to eat while waiting for the train. excellent service. excellent presentation. not cheap, but value for money.

3 star rating
by LM
12th March 2008

A great little restaurant tucked away with yummy Japanese food. Dinner box was $25 which we thought was pretty reasonable. Restaurant was really warm which will def be a bonus with the evenings getting cooler. All in all a great little find using the Entertainment Book.

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