Jizo Japanese Cafe and Bar

Monday11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Tuesday11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Wednesday11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Thursday11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:00 pm.

Friday11:30 am – 2:30 pm, 5:00 – 9:30 pm.

Saturday5:00 – 9:30 pm.


56 Princes Street

03-479 2692

Dunedin’s solid student population means there is no shortage of good cheap and cheerful BYO restaurants in the city.

Jizo might be a large restaurant, but its popularity makes it hard to get into on any night of the week: the restaurant doesn’t accept bookings. Although known for its quick and efficient service, one thing not to expect at Jizo is table service upon being seated. You’ll need to order your meal at the counter, and if you’re bringing your own wine you’ll need to go up to the bar to pay for and collect your wine glass.

The food covers all bases when it comes to Japanese cuisine – expect sushi and sashimi (fresh and beautifully presented), Japanese style curries and donburi bowls, set meals and wok-cooked dishes as well. We, like most of the restaurant’s guests it seems, are big fans of Jizo’s sushi balls: small balls of sushi rice delicately topped with your choice of teriyaki chicken or salmon. At Jizo, the best way to eat is to order extensively from the menu and share with your dining companions, though if you’re not so keen on sharing there’s plenty to leave you well-fed without leaving a hole in your pocket.

Dunedin is undoubtedly a city of some of the most discerning cheap and cheerful diners around, and that Jizo has stood the test of time since it first opened in 1995, is testament alone to its quality.

Words by Abigail Egden & Photography by Naomi Haussmann

56 Princes Street

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