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4.4 /6 Very Good 22 Reviews

Izakaya Goku West End

South Brisbane Japanese $$$ +100
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About Izakaya Goku West End

Modeled after a typical Japanese izakaya, a traditional bar where diners are served food to accompany their drinks, Izakaya Goku is leading the way for innovative Japanese dining in Brisbane. Found on Boundary Street in Brisbane’s West End, this restaurant and bar offers a simple menu of boldly flavoured Japanese delights, which go perfectly alongside sake or a pint of beer. Open until late every day except Monday, Izakaya Goku is an optimal location for enjoying great drinks and some of Brisbane’s tastiest Japanese delights.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Tuesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Wednesday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Thursday 17:00 - 22:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 22:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
Izakaya Goku West End, Boundary Street 68, 4101 South Brisbane

Further Information

Premium sake meets incredible Japanese cuisine at Brisbane’s Izakaya Goku. Found in West End, this local Japanese restaurant and bar keeps tradition alive by serving izakaya-style dishes, ranging from grilled tender ox tongue to tempura prawn roll with tempura onion, karaage squid legs or chicken katsu. The environment here is also stunning, and features beautiful Japanese decor throughout. A hub for the city’s Japanophiles, Izakaya Goku transports diners to a whole new world without ever having to leave Boundary Street.

Popular mains at Brisbane’s Izakaya Goku in West End include the BBQ cha-shu pork with Goku’s original onion dressing, the soul-satisfying Wagyu sukiyaki hot pot, the grilled scallop skewers, or the chicken okonomiyaki pancake with yum yum sauce and mayo. Noodle soups like the mini tempura udon and the yakisoba are also popular options, and are comforting and delicious. There’s plenty more to discover – booking ahead will ensure the best table


22 Reviews

4.4 /6 Very Good 22 Reviews
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Quality/Price: reasonable
Waiting Time: short
Noise: average
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1 review so far 6
19.01.2017 15:31

Great service. Staff was attentive without being overbearing. Great menu selection and the dishes were quick to come out. Best of all there were no bill stuff ups, which has happened in almost every other restaurant in Brisbane when I've organised a large group.

1 review so far 6
25.10.2016 21:55

The food was outstanding, everything we ordered was fresh and flavourful. We really enjoyed the diversity of the drinks menu as well. Recommend the jelly sake.

1 review so far 6
09.06.2016 08:27

Great food, excellent service. Tempura prawns amazing. Have been a few times now and will keep going back. Need to try everything on the menu.

1 review so far 5
22.07.2017 12:09

This was a special event, and it basically lived up to expectations. They kept the food and sake coming regularly and provided good explanations for what was served.

1 review so far 5
29.12.2016 09:13

Good place to eat, however quite small so if you have a big group, it is best to book ahead. I don't think the Bento is worth the price but pork ramen is nice. Service was quite slow. There were 6 of us and our food came out one by one with around 10-15 mins interval so this might be something they need to work on.

1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 10:44

Staff were friendly and obliging. Food was fresh and nicely presented. Yummy gyoza especially. Loo is a long way from the restaurant through not particularly attractive alleyways, but this is a minor compliant.

2 reviews so far 5
04.08.2016 22:39

Great Japanese. They have specials on weekdays, on Tuesday when we visited you could buy edemame for $1 with any drink. The food was all high quality and came out quickly.

1 review so far 5
17.09.2016 21:29

Delicious and authentic food, reasonably priced for the quality. There's a wide range of sake available, plus Japanese beers and a few wines. Only downside is it is a bit noisy.

1 review so far 5
14.05.2016 20:24

Was a very pleasing experience, food was really nice and came out quickly. Only thing I didn't like was that it's only small so was pretty loud

1 review so far 5
21.11.2016 19:06

Great food and reasonable price. Noisy environment due to no sound absorbing surfaces, so it makes it difficult to hear conversation with the others in our party.

1 review so far 5
22.08.2016 04:44

Great Japanese food and really good service. Will definitely go back! Very good value for money with their $15 lunch special. The salmon rice bowl was delicious

1 review so far 5
19.10.2016 17:25

Great little place for sensational sushi, the salmon and scallop was amazing as well as the chicken karage! Recommended for a quiet little get together!

1 review so far 5
30.12.2016 11:42

Huge portion sizes so excellent value for money. Friendly staff, great location, easy online booking and great range of food and drink options. Highly recommended

1 review so far 4
29.06.2016 16:48

Was not the tastiest Japanese and was some was quite fatty. A very loud restaurant but the service was quick and in comparison to other Japanese restaurants, was relatively cheap.

1 review so far 3
14.02.2017 09:26

Food was good but the service was quite slow. Our table of 6 (one of only 3 or 4 tables occupied) got meals 2 at a time so there was a considerable wait until the last person received their meal.

1 review so far 4
23.05.2017 11:23

Food quality was ok. The eggplant dish I ordered this time was a bit too oily. The ramen special is just average. The tuna sashimi was also just average

1 review so far 4
06.08.2016 17:45

We went for dinner the food was great the only issue we had was getting a waitress's attention to take our order. We will go back and try again

1 review so far 3
23.08.2016 08:34

Great atmosphere and friendly staff. Unfortunately, the food's a bit disappointed. A plate of eggplant soaked with oil, stir fry veggies with thick gluey sauce, and pork ramien tasted like instant noodle (the pork's alright though).

1 review so far 3
01.03.2017 08:45

Very ordinary food- bland and disappointing. Only good thing was chicken karaage. Teriyaki beef tasted like it has been in slow cooker all day with over cooked vegetables. Okonomiyaki was parcooked and sloppy. Slow service

1 review so far 4
26.11.2016 10:02

Exxy with the lack of mayo but somewhat tasty you've been warned so just order the bento box to get your money's worth you're welcome

1 review so far 2
09.04.2017 13:57

Food great Service average No BYO Alcohol too expensive eg $13 stubbie Wouldn't go back unless BYO or alcohol prices reduced in line with other restaurants

1 review so far 2
03.07.2017 13:09

The food wasn't nice at all. The sauce of my curry tasted like it came straight out of a jar. Friendly service and nice wine though.