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At Tonys Japanese Restaurant

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Address

85 Riccarton Rd
Riccarton
Christchurch
Region: Canterbury
Licence: Fully Licensed
Cuisine: Japanese

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Phone: 03 3416608
Website: at-tonys.co.nz

Overall DineOut Score based on 54 reviews

Total7.2
Food7.5
Dessert6.6
Presentation7.4
Service7.0
Environment6.9
Toilets5.9
Child Friendly Yes
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Review by: SJU (54) on

Total7.3
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service7
Environment9
ToiletsN/A

Went for lunch recently. Very hard to rate as it was a set lunch so difficult to give a score based on one dish, although there was an assortment of items. First I have to say it is well set out with the hotplates and chef in the middle with we the customers sitting around. I had the Bento Box which had the obligatory miso then the main with a lot of sushi, sashimi, teppenyaki chicken, unagi donburi, and pickles. Some of the fish was a little bland even with the soya to revive it but overall very nice. I must admit I had food envy of the teppenyaki set menu that had a lot more emphasis on the beef and chicken, but there is always next time. Value for money a 9

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Review by: Haylee M (1) on

Total9.0
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation9
Service9
Environment9
ToiletsN/A

Was a nice evening out, we were able to have a table booked in front of the cooks so we could watch it all being made which was great. The service was great, they were friendly and helpful and the wait for the food wasn't long even though it was a Friday night. We ordered the Torikatsu which was a crumbed chicken which was really nice dipped in the sauces and Shifudo & Niku with the Ostrich which was delicious.

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Review by: james1234 (7) on

Total8.7
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation8
Service8
Environment9
Toilets9

fantastic place,
been here many times including ferrymead.
The food is always exceptional and the Tempura veges are to die for....

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Review by: Julep [DineOut VIP] (190) on

Total6.9
Food8
DessertN/A
Presentation8
Service5
Environment5
ToiletsN/A

On a beautiful sunny Christchurch day we entered the dungeon that is Tonys. We were craving Japanese food and so we decided to stay anyways, despite the dark unwelcoming interior. They have a smaller lunch menu which was a bit disappointing, especially as it had no sushi (and we were craving their sushi). We decided to order three lunch items to share, and I am glad we did as two (one each) would not have been enough). For $10 each, we ordered the sashimi, tempura and fried chicken. Each meal was meant to come with rice and miso (3 meals = 3 x rice and miso) yet we were only served two (and two VERY small servings of rice at that). Yet when we went to pay, we were charged the full $10. I would have liked that extra rice please if I am going to pay for it! Oh well I am just being picky now. The food was quite nice, the tempura perfect.

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Review by: fully loaded (28) on

Total3.5
Food4
DessertN/A
Presentation3
Service2
Environment4
Toilets5

We visited Tonys a few weeks ago. We arrived at 5.30 ,hoping for an early dinner, to find the doors locked, finally they opened them at 5.45. 15 minutes standing in the cold didnt put me in the greatest mood for dinner.
We were greeted by a waiter, who made us feel as though we were putting him out asking for a winelist.
we ordered a couple of beers, which we finished while looking at the menus, our order was taken, but we werent asked if we wanted another drink.
We opted for Beef Tataki and Spicy Sashimi Tempura Sushi Roll, both of which were superb. Other waitstaff came on duty and a lovely attentive waitress took over our table, and immediately spoted our empty glasses and offered us another beer.
We waited in antisipation of main course, but were met with huge disapointment, we both opted for Seafood and Beef/Venison/Ostrich Teppan Yaki Combo, which sounded very tasty, but when it slowly started to arrive, they only way i can describe the presentation is last nights leftovers. After we finished our meal, i asked our waitress what happened to the venison part of the meal, she informed me it was on the way, abit late when we had finished the rest of our meal a good 15 minutes earlier.
dessert menus werent offered, but to be honest, i really didnt want to waste anymore money.
The excuse of the earthquake is now getting abit old, it really is time for the restaurants which are still open to step up there game and start delivering basic levels of service.

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Review by: bambi (15) on

Total7.4
Food8
Dessert6
Presentation7
Service9
Environment7
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Yes

We adventurously organised a family dinner at At Tony's with the aim of convincing the seafood-averse amongst us that there was more to Japanese food than sushi and sashimi. And so there is. We all enjoyed the vegetable tempura, which was light and crisp, and followed it by sharing yakitori, teppanyaki beef and chicken okonomiyaki (japanese "pizza"). The meats, accompanied by vegetables, were tender and savoury, and the okonomiyaki really delicious, though there were reservations in some quarters due to the seaweed and bonito flakes. A tempura banana and icecream satiated the young man, who was entertained throughout by the view of the teppan yaki. The atmosphere was pleasant and the staff very good, though husband would have appreciated some water during the meal (this was offered afterwards). I'd definitely return and explore the menu more.

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Review by: CRAYFISH (123) on

Total3.4
Food3
Dessert4
Presentation4
Service4
Environment2
ToiletsN/A

Tony's had been on my list to visit for some time. Now I wish I hadn't bothered. Food - my salmon was brilliant but came in an tin foil tray. It did mention this on the menu but I'm not camping. I expect decent crockery for these prices. Others had the fish of the day teppen yaki style - it was disgusting. Not fresh and hadn't been for some time. It tasted like rubber!! The vegetables were bland and were served after we'd all nearly finished our mains. Apparently the meat was good.
The banana in the desserts were well past their best.
The service was rushed - it was quite obvious they wanted us out of there for a 9pm booking.
WORST OF ALL, WITH THE TEMPERATURE AT 4DEGREES OUTSIDE, THE RESTAURANT WAS NOT WARM. THE ONLY HEAT WE GOT WAS FROM THE TEPPEN YAKI FIRES.
We won't be going back and regret going this time. NOT GOOD ENOUGH.

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Review by: GRC (25) on

Total7.8
Food8
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service7
Environment9
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Kind of

Came here recently with a couple of friends and we all ordered different dishes (beef, chicken and two seafood dishes). We all sampled different bits of each others food and all of it was really good. Best part was sitting in front of the teppan watching the food being cooked. Waitress forgot our drinks but when reminded was very apologetic and then they came out very fast. I would happily return for more.

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Review by: LaurenK (8) on

Total4.9
Food4
DessertN/A
Presentation4
Service7
Environment5
Toilets6

Not one of my best nights there. The food was just plain OK, I expected more because I love Japanese food. Not sure if I will be back in the future.

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Review by: smithpie (5) on

Total8.3
Food8
DessertN/A
Presentation9
Service8
Environment10
Toilets7

I have visited this restaurant several times over the past year and have never been disappointed. I have traditionally taken advantage of their mid-week 'all you can eat’ teppanyaki special. This option is a fixed price (approximately $35) for a set menu of miso soup, sushi, stir fried mixed vegetables, and a seafood, chicken and finally a beef course all cooked in front of you on the teppan (hot plate).
There is not as much spectacle as I have seen in other teppanyaki restaurants, but it is well patronised and the quality if the food, excellent.

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Review by: Shane Rhodes (2) on

Total8.9
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation9
Service10
Environment8
Toilets7

Excellent night out once again! Have been going here for a number of years now and the food was as great as ever. Fantastic service from Bernard as funny and enjoyable as ever. Was a bit of a boys night out with plenty of wine. Not wanting to waste time looking at a menu we went with the just feed us option. Tempura Sushi and Prawns to start with highly recommended followed by a selection of red meat Beef, Ostrich and Venison accompanied by some great red wines. Thoroughly enjoyed it all 5 star dining at a 3 star price is their motto and they are right on the mark. If your not after such a large meal I would have to say you need to try the Tempura Sushi and the Venison off the Teppan Yaki grill.

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Review by: kiwiblue (1) on

Total2.3
Food2
DessertN/A
Presentation3
Service2
Environment3
ToiletsN/A

One of my worse dining experiences. Service was really bad, the waitress asked a dozen questions before we sit down, like what would you like to eat and so, i had to ASK for the menu myself to have a look at.
Staff wasnt really friendly. Which is ok coz i was there for the food not for the services. I dont really care about the darkness in the restaurant. However, the food i ordered from the $10 set menu was very very salty. Couldnt finish it coz it was like drinking soya sauce. Cant really taste anything apart from salt. Beer was not cold, miso soup was salty too. I dont think this is the way how japanese people eat their food.
One last thing. Dont bother to buy any special deals online. Its just simply dont worth the money. You dont get what you paid for.
Will not recommend to anyone. Certainly will not go back again.

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Review by: Hamish (108) on

Total6.9
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation6
Service7
Environment7
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Kind of

Had Tempura entree which tasted ok. Ordered the meat selection of Chicken, Beef and Venison for mains. All was cooked well and tasted fine although quite heavy on the garlic. Well priced and worthwhile experience if you're not fussed on the flashy stuff (which Tony's don't do). Service was a little quiet and slow but still adequate. Overall not up to the standard I have experienced from Tony's in the past but still would go again.

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Review by: YSYS (1) on

Total8.0
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation8
Service7
Environment6
ToiletsN/A

I went to Tonys with my work collegues for teppanyaki experience. We sat around the teppanyaki table. When we were all seated, they took our drink orders and then later our meals. We went there on Wednesday so they had $35 for all you can eat teppanyaki deal. Almost everyone went for this option, and they started cooking immediately. The chef cooked in front of us, he made friendly conversation and kept us entertained throughout the meal. The food was awesome. My manger who has never had teppanyaki has been raving about it since, and she's taking her family there this weekend. The place is a bit small, and it got really crowded around 7pm. Some people ordered seconds, I also ordered some more salmon & beef, but when the waiter asked me how I wanted my beef I said medium rare, and he just couldn't understand, and I ended up not getting any beef. But that was ok because I was extremely full anyway. Absolutely recommende this place.

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Review by: NRA (8) on

Total8.4
Food8
Dessert8
Presentation10
Service10
Environment7
Toilets7

Never been to Japanese before, but will be definitly be going again, food was awesome as was the service, sat at the counter (or whatever it's called) and watched our food expertly cooked
Very good experience

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Review by: zwirnie (4) on

Total8.0
Food9
Dessert8
Presentation7
Service7
Environment7
ToiletsN/A

We have been twice to At Tony's in the last couple of months. First time we order from the menu, the second time we went for the All You Can Eat option.
The a la carte dishes were good in size and came in a timely manners. Me and my friend went for the meat selection. One kind of meat was prepared at a time, and came with vegetables and rice. It was very delicious. As for the All You Can Eat, we had different kind of meat and fish/seafood selections, and it was very good.
Both times we had Sushi for starters, which were exceptional and still the best I had here in Christchurch. The restaurant is not the cheapest, but the food is well worth it. We will definitely go back there.

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Review by: Ali Woodhouse (1) on

Total8.0
Food8
Dessert8
Presentation8
Service8
Environment8
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Yes

Chose dining @ Tony's this wintery Sunday evening as a treat for our three young sons for excelling in homework :o)
It's one of their favourite restaurants and we always enjoy watching the marvels of the chefs behind the teppanyaki bar.
This was the first time we were sat at a table as opposed to right on the bar, and I have to say the atmosphere was no less enjoyable than any other time.
It was slightly chilly with our table right next to the door though, and toward the end I was looking to my jacket for it's puffy warmness.
Both my husband and I were warmed by the friendly service towards our children, our 10 year old being super excited to have used chopsticks for the majority of his meal, was then challenged by the wait staff to attempt his dessert with them too.....he was successful.
The only thing I would say we were slightly disappointed with was just how small the children's meals were, although still good value for money, with three growing boys we'll prob need to opt for the adult menu from now on.

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Review by: Butterball [DineOut VIP] (108) on

Total6.9
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service7
Environment6
ToiletsN/A

can't really go past the Teppenyaki Set Menu for $22.00 mussels, salmon, white fish all cooked to prefection bowl of rice two dipping sauces, tender well cooked chicken very very fresh vegatables followed by tender steak, service was attentive, great place for a lunch, sitting at the teppenyaki bar adds another talking point.

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Review by: gallopinggourmet (8) on

Total6.6
Food8
Dessert4
Presentation8
Service7
Environment7
Toilets4
Child Friendly Yes

Went as a group of 6, sat at the Teppenyaki bar.
There was initial confusion with booking as they had us on a regular table but had booked for the Teppenyaki bar, finally realised had two names the same.
We had the set Teppanyaki meals with a selection of meats and was done wonderfully.
Menu has a great variation of food to cater for most tatses.
Winelist where it had some nice wines, it did have some wines that were just over the top, which is a shame, more reasonably priced wines and leave out the expensive ones would be a good idea.
All in all a good night was had by all, oh yeah Sake was nice, but at $25 for a "large" seemed a bit pricey. But it certianly warms the body up.

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Review by: S.A (19) on

Total6.6
Food7
Dessert6
Presentation6
Service8
Environment5
ToiletsN/A

Nice fresh food, good service. There was a consistent standard throughout the night; nice but nothing spectacular. Not alot of ambience. Nice fresh produce used- (salad/ veges).

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Review by: nk47 (23) on

Total6.0
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service5
Environment3
ToiletsN/A

I agree with the previous reviewer. I've been to @Tony's several times for the $10 lunch that they do during the week but have decided I don't want to spend my one bit of time out of the office for the day in such a dark, gloomy restaurant. The service doesn't do much to uplift the place either - the waitress is OK, but she never smiles. The food is usually really nice and the lunch deal is good, but last time I was there I had the teriyaki chicken and had to keep removing grissly bits from my mouth, which made me decide, there are plenty of better places I could go.

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Review by: Mr Lu [DineOut VIP] (591) on

Total6.4
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service6
Environment4
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Yes

At Tonys Japanese Restaurant has seen many a season in its location on vehicle-clogged Riccarton Road. There has been no attempt to change what must be considered, by the owners, a time-tested, successful formula but I can’t help wondering why the entrance to this pleasant little eatery continues to look and feel like the ground floor foyer of a cheap office building - which is, in fact, what it is.
The night of my visit there was a nonedescript melamine style table adjacent to the main entry door , seeming not to serve any useful purpose and looking like something that belonged in a school or underfunded government department.
Once inside, the restaurant offers little more in the way of inspiration and, for the non-local, could prompt some anxiety as to whether the food is likely to be as bland as the décor, or lack of…
Our table, just inside the front door, was less than half a metre from a table, roughly piled up with menus & wine lists and with three or four dining chairs stacked at one end. Hardly a visual treat for a restaurant with a reputation to uphold.
Service throughout was fair to reasonable, the food comparable to other Japanese Restaurants in Christchurch so slightly better than average at best. There were no appreciable delays in getting our meals and our waitress was simply courteous, no more than that.
A shared Assortment of Sushimi, 20 pieces, was a great way to start and at $20, quite fairly priced. Large slices of such delights as Salmon, Tuna, Crayfish, Beef Tatoki, Venison Tatoki etc featured.
For mains we luxuriated in Seafood & Ostrich, an array of prawns, scallops, salmon, white fish, mussels and 90gm of the Ostrich meat. All beautifully prepared and cooked.
To accompany this and share, although the others at the table also ordered non-share mains, there was Tori-Katsu, deep fried crumbed pork tenderloins served with Tonkatsu sauce.
Overall, I would probably bypass Tony’s in the future as there are many better Japanese eateries in the city. Perhaps their Teppan Yaki is more highly regarded? You tell me!

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Review by: i_like_to_eat09 (24) on

Total8.6
Food9
Dessert9
Presentation8
Service8
Environment8
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Yes

This is a really good place to go for a night out, the entertainment provided by the teppenyaki chefs is fantastic, to be able to see your food getting cooked in front of you for a change is a different experience.
The dessert was to die for, a banana wrapped in a pancake in a delicious honey and orange sauce...a must try!
At Tony's isn't BYO but nonetheless the staff were very helpful and were smiling!

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Review by: SusanW (4) on

Total7.7
Food8
DessertN/A
Presentation8
Service7
Environment8
Toilets7
Child Friendly Kind of

I love it here. Came with two friends from work in the lunch hour. Great atmospher, service. Was a bit gutted the menu didn't let me have the chicken and the tempura veges, but got over that. Food was lovely!

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Review by: VictoriaS (24) on

Total4.8
Food4
DessertN/A
Presentation5
Service5
Environment7
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Kind of

Our most disappointing Teppan Yaki experience. There was no entertainment from the Teppan chef who slogging away in front of us cooking what seemed like the whole restaurant's meals, one meal was incorrect and they only let kids order from the kids menu on a Sunday?! It was anything but an intimate experience as the waitress repeatedly reached over our heads to take dishes from the chef. It was like sitting in the middle of the kitchen! I wouldn't bother going back, we've tried twice and both times were a real disappointment.

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Review by: mlmaylee (9) on

Total6.9
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service7
Environment6
ToiletsN/A

@ Tony’s offer a great lunch menu at very affordable prices. All set meals (rice and miso soup included) are priced at only $10.00. Options include Teriyaki Chicken, Grilled Beef, Okonomiyaki (Japanese pizza), Curry, Assortment of Sashimi, and more. There is also the Bento Box Set or the Teppan Yaki Lunch Set, both priced at $22.00. My friend enjoyed his Oyako Donburi (tender chicken pieces in a Japanese omelette served over rice), but since he has a bigger appetite the portion was slightly unsatisfactory for him. I ordered the Assortment of Tempura Set; there was a good variety of seafood and vegetables, but the batter was a bit heavy and too greasy. The food is not overly spectacular or authentic, but you have to admit that a 12-piece Sashimi Set with rice and miso soup included for just $10.00 is a fairly decent deal. @ Tony's have branded themselves "the 5 Star Restaurant with the 3 Star Price". I agree with the latter, but the food still leaves room for improvement for me. [by M.Y.]

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Review by: Kezz of the 7 (6) on

Total8.1
Food9
Dessert5
Presentation9
Service10
Environment9
ToiletsN/A

I'm a complete novice when it comes to Japanese food. In fact, I'm a complete novice when it comes to Asian food. To put it simply, I don't eat it. So when I was given an opportunity to go to At Tonys Japanese Restaurant to try the teppanyaki, I was a little nervous of what I was going to get. To put it simply, the teppanyaki set menu was excellent. It begins with an appetiser, which while small is packed full of flavour. I chose the assorted sashimi (while in Rome, do what the Roman's do...so to speak), which was equally superb. You are then delivered a bowl of Miso soup before the action begins. The teppanyaki chefs are amazing. Their skill with their twirling of the utensils (including the knife!) is simply awesome to watch. It's really a huge part of the experience. The food is cooked in front of you (if you're at the bar) and is all succulent, tender, and delicious (ostrich for me). The one downer is that the dessert wasn't that flash but the rest of the experience was simply awesome. We're already preparing for our next visit (eating our way around the menu)!

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Review by: Toni G [DineOut VIP] (123) on

Total7.9
Food8
DessertN/A
Presentation8
Service8
Environment7
ToiletsN/A

We have been here a couple of times before and thought it was good but nothing outstanding. We hadn't used our entertainment card for this place yet so we thought we'd give it another go as we felt like some teppanyaki. We were pleasantly surprised at how good it was this time around.
The sushi we started with was reasonably priced and quite good. However, the crispy skin salmon roll could have done without the sweet sauce on it. Why sushi restaurants in NZ insist on putting sweet sauce all over their sushi, we'll never understand.
The teppanyaki was plentiful and tasted really good. I had the seafood combo which had a little bit of everything with the prawns and mussels standing out for me. My husband had a beef and seafood combo and the beef was lovely and tender and cooked to perfection. The veges were seasoned well and there were lots of them!!!
Can't remember exactly what the bill came to...but with our entertainment card we were really impressed with the final bill. We left full, satisfied and without spending the earth.......we will definitely return. Would love to go on one of their "all you can eat" nights.

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Review by: sparkycat (6) on

Total8.6
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation9
Service8
Environment9
Toilets6

Back again to Tonys and still very good. $32 now for the all you can eat buffet. Sushi to start and then plates of; chicken and stir fry veg, fish - mussels, white fish and salmon (salmon that melts in your mouth) with a bowl of rice, then steak (make sure you have the garlic with it).
All meats lovely and tender. The staff who cook the meats are very good - very fancy twirling and whirling their instruments.
Make sure you get a seat around the bar.

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Review by: James Ball (28) on

Total8.5
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service8
Environment9
ToiletsN/A

It's been a while since I visited @Tonys and it hasn't changed a bit. Which is a very good thing.
The staff are really friendly and accommodating (shown by the fact we were 45 mins early and it wasn't a problem), the restaurant is clean and tidy and the food is excellent. Once again we sat at the bar and were thoroughly entertained by the chefs the entire night. We had the 'Tonys Special' which cost just $32 each. We could hardly walk we were so full (hence the lack of desert rating). And to top it off they organised a cab without even being asked.
One of the best places to eat in Christchurch.

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Review by: Lambchops08 (7) on

Total8.9
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation9
Service9
Environment8
ToiletsN/A

With no booking on a Friday night, my friend and i had our fingers crossed to get a seat; we were lucky and got a 'tradiontional table'! We had a lovely evening filled with fresh, yummy food. Sashimi is always my favourite and Tony's does not disappoint. The slices of four different varieties of raw fish were divine and presented so nicely. Crunchy tempura and beef tataki followed and were delicious. Wines are nicely priced and the service was friendly and efficient. Next time, i'm going to try the Teppan Yaki as the theatre the chefs present looks awesome and of course tasty too!

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Review by: Simon.A (47) on

Total8.1
Food9
Dessert7
Presentation8
Service8
Environment8
Toilets8
Child Friendly Kind of

Full compliments to the staff of @Tonys. A fresh, exciting restaurant that hits the right blend of Japanese cuisine with a touch of European influence.
I've only had the all-you-can-eat evenings, however as other reviews have already stated, an excellent offering of steak, fish, vegetables etc, cooked with flair and confidence that definitely comes though when its on the plate!
The real excitement happens when seated around the Teppan-Yaki bar, up nice and close to the action!
Overall an excellent dining experience that has to be tried if you're up for seeing it being cooked in front of you.

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Review by: B Smith (1) on

Total7.6
Food8
Dessert8
Presentation9
Service6
Environment7
Toilets6

Well to start with we booked 3 people for the Teppan Yaki all you can eat for $32 which sounded like a good deal. Our reservations for the next night were soon confirmed by phone. On arrival we sat at the bar and watched as our courses were brought to the chef and expertly cooked.
There were three servings seafood, chicken and steak with seconds of each available. I asked for gluten free and the steak was cooked with gluten free soy sauce,though no gluten free dipping sauces were presented.
We all had a drink, coffee and deserts for a reasonable total of $157.

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Review by: Andy Englefield (32) on

Total6.9
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service7
Environment6
ToiletsN/A

First visit to this restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. Service was prompt, and atmosphere was good as restaurant was full. Food was extremely tasty and protions were very large. Very reasonably priced too. Will visit again soon to try other things off the diverse menu.

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Review by: Hamish (108) on

Total6.8
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service8
Environment5
Toilets5
Child Friendly Kind of

I have been to Tony's twice this year, both with groups of 10+. Service is always prompt and friendly. The meals are well priced and filling. I have had TeppanYaki several times in ChCh and I have had differing experiences depending on the restaurant. Tony's falls right in the middle. The meals are good and enjoyable. I have also had Teppanyaki that was outstanding, although it did cost an extra $40 pp. You definately have a good night out at Tony's and I would recommend it, especially if you had not experienced a Japanese meal. The only note I would say is the restaurant needs refurbishing as it is looking a bit dated.

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Review by: cili_padi (38) on

Total6.6
Food7
Dessert6
Presentation7
Service6
Environment7
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Kind of

I came here as part of a work dinner and most of us ordered the "all you can eat" teppanyaki for $30. The food was cooked to perfection, very tasty and very tender. Plus there was a lot of it! Not many people asked for another helping.
However, the service was slow. I wasn't drinking wine, so I had to go up to the counter several times to get a drink. Surprisingly for a Japanese restaurant, the owners are Malaysian and serving staff were from Hong Kong. One of my colleagues was a bit disappointed because he was looking forward to showing off his Japanese! Quite funny. Every time he started off a sentence, he got stopped with a "Sorry, I'm not Japanese".
It's a good atmosphere for a crowd, although there were no theatrics at the teppanyaki grill when we were there.

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Review by: Andrew M (7) on

Total6.9
Food8
DessertN/A
Presentation8
Service4
Environment6
ToiletsN/A

Went here for lunch with my partner. We were sat by the cooker. We promptly ordered the $20 special. This turned out to be VERY generous as I was told by colleagues that teppanyaki is usually quite lite. The fish, chicken and beef were all cooked beautifully (and flamboyantly!). The chef (Tony) was talkative and personable. The only downside is that you would have to call the waitress over if you wanted to order a drink, you are not asked. All in all a very pleasant experience and we would happily dine there again.

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Review by: foodfiend (2) on

Total7.2
Food8
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service6
Environment8
Toilets4
Child Friendly Not at all

Really enjoyable meal/experience. Would def go again.

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Review by: Krazyeyes [DineOut VIP] (58) on

Total6.5
Food8
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service3
Environment6
ToiletsN/A

Came in for lunch as a group of 8 and ordered pretty quickly as on a short time frame. Meals came out in good time and were both generous and tasty. I had the Beef set and was very impressed, while all others had the lunch special and seemed to enjoy themselves. The reason behind the poor service rating is because at the end of our meal we asked for coffees to which the waitress replied 'we have only enough milk for 2 coffees' ????? Now to me that says that she just could not be bothered making 8 coffees because not only is there a service station across the road where milk could have been purchased but it is right next to the mall that has a supermarket! Just pure laziness in my opinion as there was another member of staff who could have shot out and got some more as there was only two other tables there. Shame, it ruined what had been a good experience. But would still probably go back and give them a second chance.

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Review by: SallyK (3) on

Total8.4
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation8
Service9
Environment7
Toilets6

Great restaurant! My fav in chch, every time we go out for dinner we come to tonys! partner loves it more than me! Great sushimi fantastic teppanyaki mains and absolutly mouth watering contemporary crispy sushi roll! always exceptional service and would recommend to anyone! and not bad pricing either
great to have the heat coming off the teppan keeps the restaurant space cosy warm in winter. sometimes a great show, seems to be a few newish chefs at the moment so show seems to be on hold maybe?

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Review by: Nicky27 (56) on

Total8.5
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service8
Environment9
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Yes

Went here on a Sunday night. There is great variety on the menu from sushi to teppanyaki and platters. Atmosphere is inviting and it is great to be able to watch the chefs. Service was efficient and food came promptly. Would definately return- quality food.

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Review by: sparkycat (6) on

Total6.6
Food7
Dessert5
Presentation7
Service7
Environment8
Toilets6

This is one to take family/friends from overseas.
Best to go on a Tuesday or Wednesday where its the all you can eat buffet for $30. Start off with 2 pieces of sushi, then have selection of fish. Fish is so juicy - gorgeous. Then chicken, then vegetables, then beef and you can opt to have garlic - make sure you do ! After eating all this, you can choose what you want more off. Brilliant value for money, really stuffed when you come out.
Use good cuts of fish and meat.
Good for a celebration as the entertainment with the chief at the bar/oven flings his knives about...
Try and get a seat at the bar !

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Review by: AndyD (8) on

Total8.1
Food9
DessertN/A
Presentation10
Service7
Environment7
Toilets4
Child Friendly Yes

Flamboyant chefs made it entertaining. Engaged us in conversation. Food was exquisite with good vegetarian options. Cooked to perfection. The layout could be better for a Teppanyaki restaurant. Tip: before you politely thank the waitresses in Japanese, they are probably Malaysian. ;)

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Review by: Cabnolen (27) on

Total5.9
Food5
Dessert6
Presentation7
Service7
Environment6
ToiletsN/A

Came here on a Tuesday night, happened to be their all-you-can-eat teppan night, which I must say was a pretty good deal. Maybe it's coz it's AYCE, so the meat didn't seem too fresh (it's obvious when they took it out that the meat was darker than usual) and the part of the steak wasn't too great either (rump). The way they prepared the steak wasn't too pleasing, it was so hard and chewy that eventually they scratched my gum!!! Apart from that, the chicken was pretty good, the sea food was good too, veges were good too actually, and if you can handle it, AYCE teppan is a really sweet deal :)

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Review by: Baldric (12) on

Total7.1
Food8
Dessert7
Presentation6
Service7
Environment7
Toilets4
Child Friendly Kind of

I have been here several times and found that its best recommendation is its consistancy, a rare thing in chch restaurants. The food is fresh, well prepared and delivered with all of the theatre of the teppan. Most of all Tony's food doesnt try to be anything but itself. Would always come back at the slightest excuse.

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Review by: earthy (21) on

Total7.4
Food7
DessertN/A
Presentation7
Service8
Environment8
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Kind of

It is a nice restaurant with good quantity of food per plate and sort of cheap too. However, the okonomiyaki is not really recommended as it was like it doesnt have any taste at all. But still overall it is a good restaurant to eat in

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Review by: paul and helen [DineOut VIP] (255) on

Total7.8
Food8
DessertN/A
Presentation8
Service8
Environment7
Toilets7
Child Friendly Kind of

got taken there for my birthday (oh hell another year on) although i have had japanese food for years this was my fist tepanyaki experience. the food was great although i did find the sushi entre a little dry. it just seeemed a little rushed is all, like they were trying to get it all over quick so the next customer could get your chair. but in all very good meals

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Review by: ninefish (5) on

Total8.4
Food9
Dessert8
Presentation10
Service7
Environment8
ToiletsN/A
Child Friendly Yes

Nettie and I had a great time, it's dinner and a show! The chefs were fun to watch, the tastes were fantastic and delightful. Our meals were cooked just like we wanted, we had the all you can eat smorgasbörd and there certainly was plenty of that! Only small downside was that Nettie mentioned to the waitress who took the order she didn't want the shellfish, and the waitress said it was no problem, she'd take them off. Unfortunately she forgot to follow this through and the shellfish arrived just the same [I ate them :-)]. Very reasonable costs, great vibe of noise and showmanship, tasty and joyful food.

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Review by: Paula D [DineOut VIP] (241) on

Total8.1
Food8
Dessert8
Presentation8
Service9
Environment7
ToiletsN/A

Having never been to a Teppanyaki restaurant before, I decided to give it a go, and was pleasantly surprised. It was pretty busy, however the service was still great. Polite and unobtrusive. I had the teppanyaki chicken, was cooked perfectly and you know it's fresh because it's prepared right there in front of you. We had dessert- waitress brought the chef the meal and he started making it. We realised he was making the wrong thing and told him. the waitress was very upset and exceedingly apologetic, but it didn't affect the evening at all. otherwise a great night, however did get pretty rowdy at times. Also was relieved to see they provided spoons with the icecream rather than chopsticks! I was a novice with chopsticks and had all sorts of scenarios running through my head how I was supposed to eat icecream with them.
Good prices too, will go again. Maybe not on a Friday at 7.30pm again.

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Review by: Schakrit1 (29) on

Total4.7
Food4
Dessert5
Presentation7
Service5
Environment4
ToiletsN/A

I used to be @tony regular customer. However since the past 5 months their standard went down rapidly. I admit that I am a hard marker because I am very picky. Their service used to be very friendly but when they are busy, their friendliness seem to disappear. My favorite food is Tonkatsu, Okonomiyaki, and Sashimi. The last time I visit their restaurant, they did not shave the Sashimi properly. The Okonomiyaki used to be the best in town. However the last visit, Tony did not cook by himself but he asked a relatively young Chinese man to cook it for me. It make that meal from bad to worst. That young Chinese man put too much dried fish instead of seaweed and the taste turn extremely salty. The Tonkatsu make the matter worst. They shave the pork too thin and the meat turn very tough. I was their regular customer since their restaurant started. The good thing is their price is cheap and the taste was very good, when Tony and two other chefs cook together. However the last 2 visited I do not see the other 2 chefs and Tony did not cook the meal by himself but he stand behind a young Chinese man who seems to me that he don't know much about Japanese cooking. Tony instructed him and that make the meal turn very bad. Well, Tony can teach that young man anytime outside the business hours, but not at my expenses.

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Review by: Charles1 (15) on

Total8.1
Food8
Dessert9
Presentation9
Service7
Environment7
ToiletsN/A

I am a very regular customer of At Tony's Japanese restaurant because their price is very cheap compared to other Japanese restaurants in town. Tony and Bernard the two owners are friendly and approachable (Tony is the cook and Bernard serves customers) I did not rate the toilets because I never walk in there anytime I went in as we have to get out of the restaurant first which I cannot be bothered. I would rate service 8 but the only thing I don't like is that they don't give us our own jug of water. I used to ask them and they said "Oh I can't give you that, this jug is for the whole shop!" Well, having said that, their meal is delicious and the quantity is a lot. We especially like their Spicy Sashimi Tempura Roll and Unagi Donburi. Their sashimi is admittedly not the best in town though. Their lunch is very good value at $10 including rice and miso soup.

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Review by: James Ball (28) on

Total7.5
Food8
Dessert8
Presentation7
Service7
Environment7
Toilets5

Really nice food at a great price. Lots of other Japanese restaurants are priced for Asian tourists and so are a bit pricey for us Kiwis. @Tonys is aimed at locals and so is much less formal and expensive. The best place to sit is at the bar. Also get an egg fried rice, its great to watch them make it.

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Review by: MJR (1) on

Total6.6
Food7
Dessert5
Presentation7
Service8
Environment7
Toilets5

Teppan yaki restaurant with excellent lunch special for $20, which is excellent value. Plenty of food, good service, good chef. I will go back.

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Review by: CJD [DineOut Admin] (374) on

Total6.9
Food8
Dessert5
Presentation7
Service7
Environment8
Toilets5
Child Friendly Kind of

Teppanyaki style restaurant with a huge variety of menu styles to pick from. We went with a large group, so we were not seated around the cooking area, but smaller groups will be right in the flame-zone! The food was great, as this style of food always is, and the service was constant but not obtrusive. A fairly good selection of wines and beers, quite unusual for a Japanese restaurant. This place was packed full, but with plenty of room to move, and this was a Tue night! Might pay to ring for a booking......

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