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12th Ave. Grill
12th Ave. Grill

12th Ave. Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.12thavegrill.com
  • Phone: (808) 732-9469
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Open 7 Nights a Week - 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
    Bar: Open 7 Nights a Week - until 11:00 pm
    We are now OPEN Sundays and look forward to seeing you!
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Californian, Hawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Executive Chef: Kevin Hanney & Jason Schoonover
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Custom menus are created by Chef Kevin Hanney for any occasion.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Join us for Sunday Supper. Sundays are a family day. We will offer a prix fixe menu, served family style, every Sunday night.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Harding Ave
  • Public Transit: Bus stops are on Kokohead ave just before the Waialae Ave intersection for
    #1 Kahala Mall-Kalihi transit center, #1L Hawaii Kai-Aala Park with limited stops,
    #3 Salt Lake
    #14 St Louis Hts/Maunalani Hts.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is adjacent to the restaurant in a ticketed lot. Parking is $0.75 per hour and payable by credit card at a free-standing kiosk.
A word from 12th Ave. Grill
12th Ave Grill is an award winning Neighborhood Gem featuring fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Our daily specials offer the ripeness of the season and the best of Hawaii's local farms and ranches. Our tasteful wine list, unique micro brewed beers and scratch bar cocktails are the perfect pairings for any palate. Warm service in a Bistro style complement this serious contemporary American cooking.

We will open the doors to our new location on October 1, 2013. We are currently accepting reservations for the new location. See us in our new home just down the street.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerContemporary American
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeighborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
Diner Reviews
  • "Finding this gem in the middle of Kaimuki was an eye-opener. Service from Nikita was fantastic; she really made us feel at home and helped us choose the right dishes (not that any of them would be wrong). The food and drinks were absolutely amazing."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "This was our first time in the new spacious location across the street from the previous smaller location. Service was excellent as our waitress continually refilled water and got us a second serving of bread. We mostly ordered the specials which on that day was short ribs and leg of lamb. All the meats were fork tender including the beef cheeks. Desserts were delicious especially the flourless chocolate cake as recommended by our waitress as her favorite."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "This is our favorite Honolulu restaurant. We moved here after 20 years in Napa Valley so we are spoiled. Plate lunch doesn't do it for us. We consider this a BATH place. and that's good: Better Alternative Than Home. Kevin Hanney and his wife (chef owners) also have Koko Head Cafe for brunch and lunch with Chef Leann Wong, and SALT the best bar for cocktails and tapas. Hallmarks of all three are local food creatively prepared with super service. If for some reason you think you get bad service tell them immediately and Kevin and his managers will fix it. Creative affordable wine list -- with the occasional winemakers dinner. Watch for them."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "My husband and I went there recently for our anniversary. The food was excellent, definitely at the fine-dining level. It's not the quietest place, but who cares...the food, service and atmosphere was all great!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "In the service industry these days, it seems it is "rocket science" for many in that industry to deliver excellent, if at best good service. And if the service is bad, the whole experience is blown--for me at least. And usually the food doesn't taste good either At 12th Street Grill, they have it nailed: they deliver friendly, timely, and excellent service while plying you with their superb menu of tasty, local dishes. I highly recommend this restaurant."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "I liked the look of the new 12th Ave. Grill but the noise level initially was too high. We split the beet starter which was exceptionally good. The duck with rigatone was undistinguised but the opa entree was fine. Service was slow but we were given an second starter gratis, a nice and tasty gesture."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "This has become my favorite Honolulu restaurant. Jen, our server was excellent. Try the Kampachi Crudo and the Duck Corn Dogs. Everything here is fabulous."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I will go next vacation too! All menus are reasonable and are satisfied very much deliciously."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Some dishes (mac and cheese, beet salad, pork chop) are excellent, while the pasta with duck, and fish (ahi?...tasted like sardines) focaccia appetizer were not successful."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "We always enjoy 12 Ave. Grill whether for special occasions or a spontaneous bar visit. Food is delicious and the wine, beer, and drink lists are expansive and eclectic. Sunday Supper called out to us on this particular day and did not disappoint."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "The prochetta I had was fabulous as was the caramel custard dessert."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "As usual, we had a great dining experience. No matter how long it's been, we are always treated like family at 12th Avenue Grill. On this occasion we were entertaining friends from abroad. They were very impressed with the food and how friendly the staff was. While we miss the intimate nook 12th Av. once called home, the new restaurant allows more good folks to enjoy such a great menu and dining experience. We'll always come back when we need our 12th Av. fix."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Please sorry You can not write because it is not good at English."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Here is a restaurant that just gets better and better and better. My wife and I taught wine programs for over 30 years in NYC before moving to Hawaii. The wine list at 12th just gets better every time we have dinner there. The knowledge of the wine, no matter who your waiter is, is awesome. Way above most NYC restaurants. By the way, the once a month fried chicken dinner is to DIE FOR. If you finish yours order another to go!!"
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "Consistently good food and service with a local feel. A bit noisy, a bit pricey - but we know this before we go. Ambiance is nothing special. It's about the food. Recommended."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Food and wine were certainly above average. However, despite having made reservations days in advance and being the second arrivals seated as the restaurant opened, we were given a table next to the front door where people were gathered waiting to be seated. When I asked for a table away from the traffic zone we were given a table next to the wait staff's service station. Was this because we were two women dining or possibly the non-local area code on my phone? In any case, with so many tables to choose from we found this a bit off putting."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "First time dining at the new location & thought the food was very good. My girlfriends & I were celebrating two birthdays. The only disappointing dish for dessert was the bread pudding, but everything else was delicious! The service started out excellent--our server was very knowledgeable & made some great recommendations. However, our desserts seemed to take a long time & then we had a difficult time flagging down our waiter to get our bill. In spite of that, we enjoyed our evening & will be back."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "12th Avenue Grill is always a good bet for good food and wine in a lively atmosphere. The room has a great vibe, service is good and well-paced. It's our "go-to" place with friends or visitors. We especially like the late night dining at the bar."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "For years, we ate at the old place and always enjoyed it. It was alright, but seemed to have lost its charm. The new place reminds of a back east diner. Very cold. The famous Pork Chop seemed a couple oz's than I remember and a few $$ higher..it still is good. But.....wigs them the best .They seemed like nice people.would try again,"
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We've eaten here once a year for the last several years when we visit Honalulu. The food and service have always been top notch. This restaurant would stand out from the crowd even in more populated "foodie" cities. The recent reno has given them more space but lost some of the charm of the original. Nevertheless, we will be back, as the food continues to shine!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "We especially enjoyed the brussel sprout salad and monchong special. Flavors were varied and interesting, and everything was cooked perfectly."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "It was my boyfriend's birthday, and I took him to 12th Ave. Grill. We both had cocktails, and shared a number of small plates, an entrée, and dessert. Our waiter was knowledgeable and very helpful!"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "From the ahi tartare (HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!) to the flourless chocolate cake, this meal was beyond reproach. The tartare was amazing with the tiny bits of citrus peel--the addition made this a memorable dish! Our server was very accommodating with ensuring that we had only the bread we liked, making suggestions, and overall treating us as best friends rather than as simply a server doing her job. My friend had the white bean and ham hock soup. The smokey flavor was not overpowering but just enough to really fulfill a down-home comforting meal. The chicken I ordered was juicy, and the mashed potatoes and wilted spinach were wonderful. Dessert, the best part, was also amazing! Overall, this meal was one I will really remember."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Looking for a place to dine in Honolulu can be a challenge. Found this gem through opentable. Looked at the menu, they had availability and went. It was my best dinning experience during my entire trip. Most of the menu's ingredients are grown locally. The staff is very friendly and will guide you with your choice. My Opah was delicious as well as the pork chop. The bread pudding for desert was delicious. Very well priced."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This is the first time we've been at this restaurant in their new location. It was awesome...food was delicious...ambiance was marvelous. It was a nice way to celebrate our anniversary!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "My sister and I celebrated our birthday there on a Sunday. Sunday is less crowded than saturdays. Our waitress Jen was extremely attentive and friendly. The wine, meal and dessert were delicious! However, I do not recommend their ceasar salad - not great. It was dull. (Assaggios ceasar salad number #1)."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "Maybe we had a bad night from the kitchen but the food wasn't up to par with the old location. Got into the parking lot and into a 10 minute grid to get out. Ended u p parking in the neighborhood Koko Head side and walking in. No prob for us but if clients could not walk it would have been a bummer"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Went with friends and decided to do pupus to share instead of dinner individually. Oysters were great! Mac and Cheese is 'to die' for. Flourless Chocolate cake was one of the best i have eaten but ice cream was half melted when brought to our table! i was surprised to see that at this caliber of a restaurant."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "First time at the restaurant celebrating a friends birthday. Went early because was concerned about parking. Got there early and saw the happy hour menu and decided to sit at a table in the bar. It was a great choice! We had drinks, fish tacos and caesar salad from the happy hour menu. Then we decided to keep in the shared plates theme and got roasted brussels sprouts, beet salad, mashed taro, kampachi etc. Service was great! Food was tasty and different, but not too much so. We also could see what was going on in the separate dining room (the governor was there) as well as food going by. They brought a poha berry cheese cake with a candle for desert. I'm not a cheese cake fan, but it was good."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Came in with a friend for a light meal. Love the Brussels sprouts and the beet salad; great mango crumble for dessert. The waiter was nice and efficient and the manager came over to ask if all was well. It was!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • " The new place is a little dark and less welcoming. We were excited about trying the Sunday supper (clam bake) but it was VERY uneven: the best cornbread I have ever eaten in a restaurant, followed by the WORST cobbler, ever. The blueberries were good, but they were swimming in a soupy, cloyingly sweet liquid, with a tough little non-cobbler pastry crust, topped with a tiny dollop of whipped cream. The clams, mussels and shrimp were all top quality, but the kielbasa was dry, tasteless and crumbly and the broth it had all been cooked in was not something you'd want to soak up with the cornbread. The potatoes were maybe pre-cooked because they came out mushy and nearly inedible. Halfway they swapped waitstaff with no explanation."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I have stopped dining out because my partner and I are tired of being disappointed with either the food, service or ambience at many of the areas so called "fine dining" restaurants. The pattern in Hawaii seems to be when restaurants first open everything is wonderful but the next time you go it is a huge disappointment and you go a third time only to be disappointed again. Restaurant roulette is not fun at the prices most of these places charge for a meal. This is not limited to the high end only. I suppose it is the tourist trade that has most places not caring whether you come back or not. And the reviews of sites like Yelp are a total joke. I was very pleased with the food but time will tell if this place is worth keeping as a "go to"."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The new location is much more spacious and open. The bar is great and you can eat there."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "A neighborhood gem for pupus and drinks 5:30-6:30....made a reservation both times & easily accommodated. Food is tasty and satisfying (though on the greasy side) . Staff is friendly, sometimes overwhelmed so order several eats at a time. It's a good place to take a guest for an early dinner. Good parking, no validation but only $1.50 upon exiting."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "My wife and I went to 12 Ave Grill on a Saturday night for a late (8:15 p) dinner. We ordered a couple of small plates and entrees to share, and enjoyed everything without being amazed by any one dish. It was a nice experience, but for about $150 for the two of us I suspect it won't be a terribly common one."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Salmon tartare appetizer and duck tagliatelle were both excellent. Sommelier was very helpful and knowledgable. Waitress was fantastic. We'll be back."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "This used to be one of my boyfriend's favorite restaurants, particularly for their Pork Chop. This was our first time at their new location, and we were celebrating his birthday. Although I had made a note of the occasion in my reservation, not a single person mentioned it. Kind of a bummer, cause I wanted him to feel extra special on his day. This is NOT a romantic restaurant, but I already knew that, so no points taken off there. Our waitress was ok, she didn't mention or explain the specials, or anything really. My boyfriend was a little disappointed that his pork chop wasn't as moist as he remembers it being, but said it was still good. Overall I just don't think the service and food justifies their prices."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "Hats off to the inventive, hearty nature of its dishes. Started with a beet salad - little glowing gems 4 kinds of heirloom beets, lightly adorned. Delicious! Followed w/Rabbit Duo (special) coriander braised leg & spicy barbecue riblets served with a giblet risotto. Genius. Solid bar craft and an interesting late night (10 p.m.) bar menu. As noted by others, clubby ambience of old location not well preserved...some tiny (seriously narrow) booths, but mostly two tops (too close together) leaving one dinerʻs butt protruding into a high traffic aisle. Loud and clangy, uneven lighting. No table cloths - too casual for the altitude of the cuisine. Staff a little reactive to preparation requests by my date. Still and all - love it!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We were seated promptly. Jen, our server, was an excellent source of info. Other staff and she circulated frequently without hovering. Very good wine by the glass list, beyond standard choices, allowing spot-on pairing. We did apps. Red beet gnocchi is an OMG dish. Mac&cheese w/Hamakua mushrooms was superb, as always. Roasted olive/anchovy special was excellent. The saffron remoulade was too subtle for the beer battered avocado, needed some acid for balance. High level of service, despite expanded seating, but parking is an issue in the new location. Will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went to the new venue with an old friend. Our server was super nice and made some good recommendations. He and his helper were attentive without being overbearing. I tried the watercress and watermelon salad with feta with house made bacon from pork cheek. I was a little leery of the bacon but was told it is similar to prosciutto. This combination was delicious but the bacon was not my thing, much too fatty and limp. My friend and I ordered 2 different fish dishes and shared, both were good. My friend and I hadn't seen each other for awhile so we lingered and talked. The wait staff did not make us feel like we had to leave and kept refilling our water glasses. I prefer the old venue."
    Dined on 6/6/2014