The Cave

The Cave

Yakitori & Kushiage Bar

319b Queen Street, Auckland (09) 379 5151
We are back and open 7 nights a week!

The Cave will be CLOSED on Monday 31 January (Auckland anniversary) & 8 February (Waitangi Monday)

Irasshaemase! The Cave team is 100% vaccinated. Thank you for helping us fulfill our obligations with MoH requirements.

  • Have your ‘My Vaccine Pass’ ready for us so we can scan your pass.

  • Scan in with the Covid tracer app


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Tanuki’s Cave or “The Cave” IS Auckland’s Japanese yakitori and kushiage bar.   It can be a little hard to find on your first visit as it’s 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 Cave favourites like mashed Kumara coated in almonds, pork belly or shitake mushrooms stuffed with chicken mince…

The Cave has on offer an fantastic selection of different Japanese sakes, genuine Japanese beers and a craft beer of the month.


Tanuki’s Cave takes bookings for “The Cage”, which seats a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 15 guests. All other tables, including seating at the bar is on a first in first served basis.

Click here to book The Cage