Jizo Japanese Cafe & Bar
- Mon – Thu 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm – 9pm
- Fri 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 9:30pm
- Sat 5pm – 9:30pm
- Payment Types: EFTPOS, Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners
- Price Range: Moderate, $15 - $25
- Parking: Free On-Street, Pay & Display
23 Reviews for Jizo Japanese Cafe & Bar
Visited March 2014
Visited July 2013
The only downside of the place is that you can’t book in advance. Usually on the weekends, the place is packed. It’s not ideal for a night out.
Visited December 2013
well the teriyaki Tuna sushi is amazing i could eat it and eat it and eat it. The Spicy Miso soup is very satisfying and the karage Chicken with the mayo is crazy good probably the best fried chicken i have ever had and its always great. I haven’t had anything i didn’t like.
Its busy and quick most of the time but you’ll get that when a place has such great good.
If you go, you MUST try the teriyaki salmon sushi… it’s amazing! It’s not very authentic Japanese in my mind (I’ve never tasted anything like that in my 3 years living in Japan), but it’s well worth it!
The only issue is that the rest of Dunedin seems to love it here too – it’s always PACKED! Not the best place to go if you want a slow, relaxed meal – I always feel that I need to hurry along to let others sit down and enjoy this amazing food!
Visited August 2013
Visited August 2013
Only possible downside is that it can be very busy (which says something about the local’s perceptions) and getting a seat can be a challenge.
1. Was waiting for a table, one waitress said we could have the next table, but then gave it to someone else.
2. Instead of taking orders at the table they make you line up like some cattle factory. Would be about 10 people lining up, one waitress taking orders while the head waitress folded napkins…please, why not take the orders at the table when so hectic or have two people on. Going out for dinner is about the experience not just the food.
3. Wait for it… the head waitress used the same cloth to wipe down the chair seats as the table..yuck!
It was busy because of graduation dinners, but the staff looked after us and got us seats when the next table cleared. We were very looked after
We ordered the raw tuna salmon, chicken karaage curry & teriyaki salmon. All meals were cooked to perfection – the salmon was melt-in-your-mouth devine. I would definitely dine here again and again!!
Visited November 2012
Visited August 2012
My sister is vegetarian and ordered Teriyaki Vegetables, which she had had many times before. She was eating away and spat out a piece of beef. I felt it, smelt it and pulled it apart and it was most definitely meat. My sister was not upset but told the owner about it and said she wan’t upset but she wanted to tell her in case it happened again to someone else. The owner took it away then came back to the table saying the chef said it was a mushroom. It was most definitely NOT a mushroom.
So now after these TWO terrible experiences I can’t believe their attitude towards keeping their customers happy. Her attitude seemed to be because they are cheap they don’t have to address complaints… terrible customer service!
We enjoyed our lunch at Jizo! It was very busy, but as only 4 of us went it was easy to get a seat, if our group would have been any bigger we would not have been able to sit together or we would have had to go else where.
The service was good and we got our food quickly. The place was clean and tidy and the staff were very attentive. We will go back again one day I am sure.
Visited July 2012
Went to Jizo tonight with my girlfriend,
The place was busy and after finding a table my girlfriend went up to the counter to order, when trying to order the food the lady behind the counter was having difficulty taking the order and hearing what we wanted to order, she started becoming agitated and yelling at my girlfriend over the counter in a rude and aggressive manner.
After my girlfriend came back to the table we decided to leave as we had been put off the place and will not be back, may be just a case of one staff member being rude but either way a terrible experience.
In my opinion, its most noteworthy aspect is its year-round supply of A-grade tuna sashimi – the price is the same all year-round, and it is always exquisitely prepared. Another favourite dish of mine is the seaweed and shrimp salad. It has a range of different fresh and delicious seaweeds, juicy shrimp, cucumber, lettuce, carrot, capsicum on occasion, and two dressings – and all for less than $9.
Jizo also has a range of Japanese and New Zealand beers, sake by the bottle or the carafe, and a great atmosphere and interior design.
I recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Dunedin as well as locals, and frequent it myself regularly – always good!