Zen Japan is an authentic Late Night Licensed Japanese Sake & Tapas Bar (Izakaya) with a fun, relaxed & friendly atmosphere. Try our growing selection of Award winning Japanese Sake, Liquors & Alcohols that go perfectly with our tapas menu

About Zen Japan


Please watch our Introductory video

Video by Visual Atlas. (Please note: since this video was made we no longer have giftware or BYO)

Zen Japan is an authentic Late Night Licensed Japanese Sake & Tapas Bar (Izakaya) located in Coffs Harbour NSW Australia, with a fun, relaxed & friendly atmosphere. Try our growing selection of Award winning Japanese Sake, Liquors & Alcohols that go perfectly with our tapas menu.

Trading hours subject to change are: 

This page is for reference & archive only. Zen Japan in it's current format is now closed. please visit our new business Gallery On Park Ave

Find US

Shop 3, 55 Grafton Street, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, 2450
Although the address is Grafton street, we are actually in Park Ave, near the traffic lights 
(Opposite Woolworths on the Corner of Park Avenue & Grafton Street)

Social Media:  Follow us on Facebook
Phone:  We don't take bookings/reservations or phone orders (we have no phone)


Atmosphere & Ordering


Celebrating over 5 Years!!

Zen Japan Izakaya is a late night sake & tapas bar with traditional Japanese style floor seating. Zen is tiny, but we have space for 20 people including 5 bar seats for those who don’t wish to sit at the low tables. Wear comfortable clothes because tight jeans etc. make floor sitting awkward & Please take your shoes off & place underneath the platform or on the shoe rack (don’t leave shoes in the walkway). The lights are dim but it’s not quiet romantic dining, It’s a very casual fun Izakaya bar atmosphere with Japanese music & decore

For those that wish to sample our selection of Japanese drinks, then your in luck as we have a taxi cab rank directly opposite & if your wanting to kick on afterwards, we are only a short walk from the clubs & pubs

  • You MUST have photo ID (18+). All guests are required to purchase food (Restaurant on premise license)
  • No prams / trolleys / baby buggies etc, please leave in your car as there is no storage space, our tables are not big enough to place them on / under & they block the only walkway & fire exit.
  • Sorry but we don't do bookings, reservations, phone orders or take away
  • Cash only, no EFTPOS (but there are 2 ATMs within 30 meters), No Tabs pay as you go with each round
  • All drinks & tapas are to the best of our knowledge are suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians

For a true Japanese experience practice your Hashi (chopsticks) as we don’t have any knives, forks or spoons



See our late night Sake, drink & tapas menu as well as our Guide to Nihonshu (Sake) here

Sake Bottles

Feedback & Reviews

A massive thank you to all of you for your kind words, support & feedback

Recommended as the place to visit in Coffs Harbour
"If you aren't ready to call it a night when the market wraps up, Head to Zen Japan (Address), a "chopsticks only" late-night sake & tapas bar. No spoons, forks or knives, & jugs of sake - what could possibly go wrong?" - Tiger Airlines In-flight Magazine

“Restaurants such as Zen have help redefine Coffs Harbour’s food scene” - Australian Traveller Magazine

“Zen …. has a great authentic atmosphere and the food has genuine Japanese flavours. You will not find Australianised sushi here! ….. It is a great addition to the Coffs Harbour dining options…” - Gourmet Getaways 

“Emi and Funky are just amazing people, I love to come here for the conversation alone.The food is affordable and so fresh. I feel like I am doing my body the biggest favor every time I visit. The atmosphere is great & the option to have a late dinner here is wonderful for my work schedule… Highly recommend a visit” - Fresh Food Addict

“Best in town, 5 stars - Delicious healthy food, really nice atmosphere and truly friendly staff! I’ll go back there as much as I can! My favourite restaurant in Australia so far…” - Sarah Bulle

“A truly unique experience provided by passionate people, 5 stars - I have now been five times and have not been disappointed with anything! A passionate and generous couple who are faithful to their ideas and who enjoy sharing their space with their guests. The food is great and totally unlike anything else you will find in Coffs. Look forward to visiting again soon.” -  Murray and Family



For more information Check out our Frequently Asked Questions & Environmental Policies

We create what we love & Love what we create


Funky & Emi Tanosaki-Love Bunny
ABN: 98 502 871 523
Business name: Zen Japan
On Premise License: LIQO660032201
Licensee: Funky Love Bunny
Food Safety Supervisor: Funky Love Bunny
RSA Certificate: 626416 Funky Love Bunny
Suppliers:  If you’re a Japanese food or alcohol wholesaler, feel free to contact us (Email for suppliers only)