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5.1 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews

Kagura Japanese Restaurant

Surry Hills Japanese $$ +100
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About Kagura Japanese Restaurant

Aussies love Japanese food, and really that should come as no surprise. Healthy, hearty, fresh and heavy on the seafood, Japanese dining has plenty to offer locals to Aus. At Kagura Japanese Restaurant, locals to Surry Hills can indulge in great Japanese food in a chilled cafe-style environment. Bringing together excellent food, chic dining and a perfect spot for Sydney’s über-cool hipsters to photograph their dinner, this local treasure in Foveaux Street is a great spot for food, drinks and hanging out with pals.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 18:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 17:00 - 23:00
  • Saturday 17:00 - 23:00
  • Sunday Closed
Kagura Japanese Restaurant, Foveaux Street 72-84, 2010 Sydney

Further Information

When you hear Japanese food, there’s a tendency to immediately think of sushi. And while there are plenty of popular sushi places in Surry Hills, this Foveaux Street cafe is choosing to forge a different path. Sydney’s Kagura Japanese Restaurant offers a selection of Japanese curries, complex and light barbecued skewers and a handful of other seafood dishes. Surry Hills is a bubbling hive of the young and restless, and this laidback cafe offers a chance to indulge in great food in the city.

While Kagura Japanese Restaurant is ostensibly a cafe, there’s more than a handful of influences from fine dining on display here too. The kitchen’s Japanese cuisine is seriously ambitious, as demonstrated by the beautifully plates of food served here consistently. For fresh seafood, locals to Foveaux Street are spoiled for choice, but Kagura Japanese Restaurant is a great option in Surry Hills, with fresh, line caught fish and shellfish in abundance, as well as the big flavours from the far east. Sydney’s young and trendy favour Kagura Japanese Restaurant for its great fine-dining food and its laidback vibe, and it's easy to see why. Join the team at Kagura Japanese Restaurant Tuesday to Sunday for lunch and dinner.


42 Reviews

5.1 /6 Excellent 42 Reviews
Waiting Time: short
Service: friendly
Food: delicious
Quality/Price: cheap
Noise: quiet
Atmosphere: entertaining
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1 review so far 6
31.07.2017 11:17

Delicious, carefully made and considered dishes. Felt like I was back in Japan - chilled little bar with nice tunes. Recommend coming here for a relaxed mid week dinner catch up over some delicious whisky

1 review so far 6
30.05.2017 09:21

Great food, drinks selection and atmosphere. My partner was super excited about the Japanese whiskey available. We went with a few friends but also a perfect date night spot.

1 review so far 6
29.05.2017 09:39

The restaurant's service was good, food was excellent and we had a good time to have dinner there. I will recommend my friends go there in the future.

1 review so far 6
26.04.2017 08:55

No what we were expecting, they have a fairly unique menu of absolutely delicious dishes! Plus a really cool atmosphere. We will definitely go back!

1 review so far 6
12.03.2017 07:03

The atmosphere at Kagura is fantastic, the staff are friendly and every time I've gone the customers are too, often commenting on plates or whisky selections and asking opinions of the other customers. Kagura truly feels like a Japanese Izakaya and brings back fond memories of my travels in Japan. In true Izakaya fashion it's not huge so even when full it's possible to have a conversation with at your table without having to shout to hear over the other tables and the music selection by Yoshi is always upbeat and varied. Those looking for cheap food and beer are better off down the street at El Loco, if you're after some truly spectacular interpretations of Japanese cuisine paired with one of the best Japanese Whisky collections I've ever seen get down to Kagura now.

5 reviews so far 6
17.08.2016 06:02

Funky little place with great decor and music. Food came out quickly and was cooked well. Service a little lacking, but there's only 1 server for a little restaurant so makes sense. Ordered the smoked pork belly skewers, cumin chips, chicken kaarage with chilli mayo (must try this!) and the miso poached salmon. Fantastic Japanese Whisky range and selection too.

1 review so far 6
12.02.2017 16:32

Brilliant food, and great service. It was an extremely hot day, and loved the cold towels to freshen up upon arrival. Excellent sake recommendation. Had the omakase - so fresh and tasty. The john dory, especially, was a highlight!

1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 10:30

Absolutely amazing Japanese restaurant with unique sashimi platters that you would be hard pressed to find elsewhere - sashimi sardines, john dory, treveally, the list goes on. Delicious sake that complements the food! A must visit!

1 review so far 5
13.03.2016 11:14

Nice, cosy & casual, this new restaurant is unassuming and unpretentious. It serves quality Japanese tapas-style meals at a reasonable price. Great for a night out with an intimate group. Highly recommend the tulip karage chicken and the sashimi platter.

1 review so far 5
27.03.2016 16:27

Lethal cocktails that are too easy to drink, consistently good food, and friendly service to match. Kagura is my go to, have tried almost every dish on the menu, and every time I leave I'm thinking about my next visit.

2 reviews so far 6
08.04.2017 18:34

Awesome atmosphere. Wonderful food. Service was readily available with questions about food and drinks answered with delight! Will definitely come back many more time to try out other items on the menu

2 reviews so far 6
09.04.2017 11:56

I miss the little origami pieces that were used as chopstick holders, but that didn't stop me from enjoying the service and food (still amazing). Loved the Wagyu Titip Nigiri

1 review so far 6
23.10.2015 16:55

Great ambience and very cool vibe! The guy behind the bar/waiter was very personable. The food was a little different which made it stick out. We enjoyed the whole experience!

1 review so far 6
08.01.2016 09:33

Had a fantastic time! Excellent service and all food and cocktails were delicious! Must try the karage chicken and miso cuttlefish! Great selection of unique and local gins too!

1 review so far 6
28.03.2017 21:18

We had a lovely time. Great food and atmosphere! Staff are all friendly and good manner. Orion tap beer was good to goes with any cuisine. Worth try it!

1 review so far 6
22.07.2016 11:23

Fantastic food, amazing cocktails and wine selection, trumped only by the extensive selection of fine Japanese whisky. Cosy spot for a couple of small group. Definitely would recommend.

1 review so far 6
05.10.2015 09:42

As always happens when I visit Kagura, I had some of the best Japanese food available in Sydney, great service and a very enjoyable atmosphere, I'll be back.

1 review so far 6
21.10.2016 08:01

Really relaxed dining not many tables. Great cocktails, a bit different to everywhere else. Try the scallops they are amazing just lightly smokey and perfectly cooked.

1 review so far 6
10.11.2015 09:39

We had a fantastic evening. The guys went out of their way to make interesting drinks, and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back!

2 reviews so far 6
22.02.2017 00:57

Good quiet atmosphere and a fresh french zing to Japanese cuisine. Good selection of Japanese whiskies, sake and wine. A nice hideaway tucked inside Surrey Hills

1 review so far 5
15.11.2015 21:53

Its warm, the staff are friendly, great food and you can get so many types of amazing G&Ts. A great place to chill out with friends or for a night cap.

1 review so far 5
13.02.2016 08:31

Great service. Interesting Japanese style tapas. A little warm the evening we were there. Nice selection of beers & cocktails. Nice guys served us & guided us through the menu.

1 review so far 6
03.09.2015 14:44

Really delicious fresh food. Great cocktails especially made and tailored to our individual tastes. The service was friendly and very attentive. We will be back!

1 review so far 5
24.07.2016 01:05

Absolutely amazing service. Great waiter who attended to all requested. Great alcohol selection. Really good smoked scallopes that I would recommends. Also would recommends the ox tongue. Great little izakaya!!

1 review so far 6
01.10.2015 11:35

Top quality ingredients prepared with attention to detail & cocktails with a unique twist. Knowledgable & friendly staff, beautiful decor, decent prices -will be back!

1 review so far 4
19.02.2017 11:08

Great food and sake. Couldn't fault it. Good value. Only lost points in my rating because of the fit out ... they need to fix the scraping enterance door and tables etc don't do the food justice.

1 review so far 4
01.12.2016 12:45

Food was pretty good, fresh and tasty sashimi. Venue was cozy, decent drinks selection. I would say that it was a little on the pricey side for the serving sizes and general casual vibe of everything.

1 review so far 4
20.12.2015 20:36

The ambiance of the pub makes it ideal for a regular neighbourhood joint. Very knowledgeable and friendly staff, excellence selection of jazz, novelty izakaya menu, and intimate space. The price is relatively on the high side.

1 review so far 5
12.04.2016 08:30

Amazing service and drinks, especially the cocktails. Good selection of whisky and sake as well. Very knowledgeable staff. Fried chicken was delicious but would not recommend the yakitori.

1 review so far 5
21.12.2015 09:27

Quirky and intimate atmosphere, amazing food, smooth sake and delicious cocktails. We were in a small group and had a great night. I would definitely come back!

2 reviews so far 5
19.08.2016 09:48

great sushi and they were flexible to accomodate for a non raw fish eater..cocktails are inventive and varied as usual, would reccomend for a casual dinner/drinks.

1 review so far 4
08.02.2016 09:21

A lovely atmospheric spot in Surry hills, great owner / barman. Only downside was the small portions - we came away a tad hungry! Would go back for cocktails and nibbles though.

6 reviews so far 3
10.01.2016 21:39

Nice quiet place. Cocktails are great but a bit pricey. Food quantity and quality was lacking and service was slow once it becomes a little busy. Had to cancel a dish so we could make dessert at another place before it closed.

2 reviews so far 5
13.10.2016 09:55

Good food, good atmosphere/ambience. Drinks were great, prices were reasonably for Surry hills. I would eat here again. Take a smaller group or a date.

1 review so far 5
09.09.2015 12:15

Food, Cocktails and Service were all lovely! The bar tender was very well versed in cocktails and whisky! Would recommend the seared tuna and garlic!

1 review so far 4
25.09.2015 19:12

Awesome ox tongue skewers, baked mushrooms and squid wrapped in nori sheets and stuffed with salmon sashimi. I thought servings were small for what you pay. Creative drinks selection, good service.

1 review so far 4
06.05.2016 20:20

Was somewhat disappointed about the limited lunch menu, the drinks made up for it. Great food presentation too. Love to try their dinner menu one day, that was my original plan.

3 reviews so far 5
15.12.2016 21:53

Service was great. It's Aussie owner made Japanese food. The restaurant itself it's not so Japanese. But the food were not bad.

1 review so far 4
12.03.2016 03:50

Fun night - interesting food a lot of which was great. Fantastic saki. Not sure about a couple of dishes but great to try new things.

3 reviews so far 6
15.12.2016 21:51

It's very good table serve and food were yummy would be back soon

1 review so far 1
14.02.2017 23:16

This restaurant was terrible. It was overpriced for what they serve you. The duck was cold, rubbery and overpriced, same with the salmon: overpriced. For the amount paid you expect something more substantial with at least some sides such as vegetables. One oyster cost $4! Four small prawns on sticks was $8! Lesson learned. Will never return to this restaurant. Give me Manmaruya any day!!

1 review so far 2
25.04.2016 19:28

Very poor service by young inexperienced staff. Had to leave after waiting half an hour for some sashimi, the place wasn't even busy. Don't bother with this restaurant.