Tanuki’s Cave or “The Cave” is Auckland’s fabulous Japanese yakitori and kushiage bar. It can be a little hard to find on your first visit, its one of Auckland’s hidden gems!
While Yakitori literally means ‘grilled chicken, The Cave offers a wide variety of meats, seafood and vegetable dishes.
All Yakitori dishes are grilled on bamboo skewers and basted with our special in-house sauce or grilled with salt.
We also have a large selection of Kushiage – bread crumbed, crispy fried morsels like mashed Kumara coated in almonds, pork belly or shitake mushrooms stuffed with chicken mince…Yum!
The Cave has on offer an fantastic selection of different Japanese sakes and genuine Japanese beers, including Japanese craft beers that we import from Japan, just for us!
Every month we offer seasonal monthly special dishes so that you can try new tasty dishes every time you dine with us.
Tanuki’s Cave is situated at 319b Queen Street, in the basement below its sister eatery, Tanuki Japanese Restaurant. We are conveniently located in the Auckland Town Hall block, easy walking distance to the Auckland Town Hall, Aotea Centre, Civic Theatre, Q Theatre, Comedy Club, The Basement Theatre and Imax Cinemas.
As well as street parking on Mayoral Drive, there is public parking close by at Greys Ave parking (evening parking of $12) and the Civic Car Park ($2 per hour in the evenings), visit Auckland Transport for details.
Tanuki’s Cave takes bookings for “The Cage”, which seats a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 15 guests. Please call on
(09) 379 5151 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. All other tables, including seating at the bar is on a first in first served basis.
“YOU CAN’T CALL YOURSELF A
TRUE AUCKLANDER UNTIL YOU’VE
DINED IN THE MUCH-LOVED TANUKI’S CAVE.“
– THE URBAN LIST