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12th Ave. Grill
12th Ave. Grill

12th Ave. Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.12thavegrill.com
  • Email: info@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
Diner Reviews
  • "Returned to my original home of HI from Seattle for a brief family vacation. This restaurant was recommended by a family member of one of the managers and I also checked with some of my local friends and family before going. Went for dinner just the wife and I and the atmosphere and ambiance was nice. Good food and good quality livestock from great places like Shinsato Farms. All in all good experience. Had the ahi bruschetta appetizer and rib eye main dish. Being a part time commercial fisherman and fish snob, the ahi appetizer was okay(wife loved it though). Steak was awesome. Wife said would've loved it more if it was accompanied by a small amount of fresh greens of some type.(I agree). Glad we stopped in. Mahalo."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "This place was easy to find, modern interior, but warm and inviting. We had the Sunday Supper, this week it was Buttermilk fried chicken. Everything was delicious. Staff was solicitous, food delivery well timed. Will revisit before we leave the island."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Sunday special dinner menu: FRIED CHICKEN with everything! THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN IN THE WORLD."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Low lighting, simple and elegant restaurant. Service is excellent, very attentive staff. Staff knew the food well when we asked for recommendations and explanations. Desserts are excellent!!!!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Had such a good experience with the duck pappardelle last time - ordered it again. So disappointing. Was a goopy mess with unedible duck - very gristly couldn't even chew it. Boyfriend had the pork chops which are a reliable favorite. Dessert of rhubarb/peach crisp was delicious. Also, while I like the decor of the new restaurant - not very appealing seating for a party of two. The three times we've been to the new restaurant we've been seated at the SAME table along a bench. We're in the middle and close to the other diners - no privacy as both tables can overhear everything we say. For how pricey this restaurant is, I expect excellent food and a great dining experience."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "Everything was satisfactory except for fish. It was not flavorful and moist."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "All the dishes we ordered (mainly from the appetizer menu) were good, if small, portions. Imaginative use of ingredients. Our main complaint is that the food all came (4 dishes ordered initially) BEFORE the wine (bottle) that we ordered. So, timing on that way off. We subsequently ordered another dish (duck) which was also very good. So, the food was good, and we will go there again to see if the service improves. We mainly go to restaurants for the food, so we have hopes!"
    Dined on 3/31/2014
  • "12th Ave. just moved to a larger location and it is fantastic, the food is excellent and worth the price. Depending if you drink alcohol it will run you about $40-$50 per person, but in price range you get the best food."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We had excellent apps and entrees with a moderately priced wine. The short ribs we're fall off the bone tender."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "It was our first time at the new location, and the vibe and ambiance is great. We have always enjoyed the food and service, and this time was no exception. We would like to go back and check out their 5:30-6:30 menu - sit at the very nice bar and have a bite and an early cocktail."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Loved everything. Our waiter was awesome! Cant wait togo again"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Seared Ahi special was great, high-quality and seared just enough on the outside. The ragout special was delicious as well, not too heavy on the tomatoes. I'm usually not a huge fan of flank steak, but they prepared it well. Still, one of my favorites is the baked mac and cheese, simple, but done wonderfully with the right balance. Top two of the night were the seared ahi and baked mac and cheese"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We had mixed results at Town last night. We arrived early(5:45) and the restaurant was not busy. Unfortunately, the service was slow. Our glasses of wine did not arrive until after appetizers and salads. They do a nice job of blending many flavors and textures with local ingredients. The ahi bruschetta was served on a hard toasted baguette piece and was impossible to eat even with the serrated knife that was provided. It had tasty ingredients but they fell all over the plate while trying to cut the bread. My local greens salad was excellent with a delicate dressing that was good without being over powering. We both had the Monchong fish main course and it was the star of the evening."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "Haven't find the great new place for a big while. Very good quality food, good taste, good soup. I do not drink alcohol. Vanilla POP soda was good. Enjoy the friendly service."
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "We had been to 12th Ave. Grill at its old location, so were eager to try its new spot. The restaurant felt much larger and airier than the former location. Food was excellent. Prices were good. We will return."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "we quickly finished our food and got out of there...too noisy to enjoy ourselves. will not return."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "We had a very good dinner at the 12th Ave's new location. It's a bigger space but still very noisy. The dishes were imaginative and tasty, using mostly locally sourced foods. Everyone in our party of seven enjoyed their meals. Salads and entrees were all above par. Tako bruschetta was surprisingly good! Don't go if you want a quiet meal. If you're happy in a loud cheerful crowd, and like good food, this is the place."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Food was always great! New location is much larger and very noisy. Tables very close together so you can hear what is being said at your neighbors' table. I liked the old location better. If you go there I would suggest getting an early reservation or a rather late one when the noise level is lower."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "Very attentive staff but not over bearing. We sat at the counter to watch the action and saw all the great dishes coming out. The chicken was moist and very tasty and my pork chops was the best ever. Will come back again soon."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The new 12 Ave Grill has the same great food and wine menu. I had the marrow appetizer and it was so good. I'm a little disappointed with the new spot because it seemed to have lost it's cozy charm and the booths are a little out of place but I think it will grow character in time."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Welcoming and friendly service. Noise level a little high. No parking validation but can self park in a paid lot right behind restaurant for $ 3.00. Full bar and wine list. The restaurant seems to have been very busy that evening so book your reservations early."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "The Sunday Supper made for a great, delicious family style sunday supper, leftovers and all. I loved that the meal could be leisurely or quick, the customer determines the pace, great hospitality!"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "Always a wonderful experience eating here. I have never had a bad meal and always look forward to the next time. I do wish you would have lamb sometimes."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have loved 12th Ave. Grill since the first time I discovered them maybe 10 years ago. They never disappoint me on their selection nor on their "food to farm" initiative with their menu. Many more family members will be seeing this place if I have anything to do with it! Love it!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Very good food, although if you expect a version of the Cesar salad that doesn't include strips of lettuce with some dressing on it (be it good dressing and very nice lettuce) don't get it. Other than that the food was great...pork chop is to die for."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Possibly the best restaurant in all of Honolulu, Hi!!!"
    Dined on 6/14/2013
  • "We were with "foodies". When they had a problem finding something interesting on the menu I knew we were in trouble. We, all four were fans of the 'old" restaurant. unfortunately, we will not be back."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "The food was great! My friend and I came here to celebrate my birthday and ordered the osso bucco, red beet gnocchi and the monchong. The dishes were delicious and had good flavor. For dessert, we ordered the lilikoi mochi cake which I I did not care for. The service was outstanding. Our server, Kevin, along with all the other staff members were really nice and made sure we enjoyed our time."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Love the vibe of the place, and food was tasty enough (but not so over the top to warrant portioning & prices!), but ridiculously small portions, even if they were pupus during happy hour! Try visiting any bar in Italy for aperitivi - you get plenty of tasty generous sized bites, as long as you keep ordering craftily-prepped drinks! The bars compete with one another for business & the best ones are booming every week! It should not be hard to prep decent, tasty plates to accompany standard sets of cocktails to fuel a fun evening that ends up being dinner. Had to ask for what was available while sitting at bar, like playing 20 Qs to get basic info about what was on offer and what might be good... Left to grab dinner elsewhere."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "Enjoyed the Cajun style gumbo with generous portions served family style. Hush puppies were yummy!"
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Was intolerable. We left and went to a quieter, slightly more expensive French bistro. If you wish to eat well with a modicum of calmness go to 12th ave grill when the first open. Yes it's early, but why not enjoy their good food and service with some relaxation."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "This is a great new location for what was a good restaurant before turned even better with more spacious dining and a private room. Food and service are excellent, and great desserts! However, the imposition of a two-hour time limit and mandatory call back to confirm reservations puts a bad taste in your customers mouth before they even get to the restaurant. Although we finished in more than enough time, there's no potential positive to these draconian policies and management needs to seriously re-evaluate what kind of message they want to send to the customer before they even reach your front door."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "Good food in neighborhood setting. Ambience feels more like a diner than upscale dining, but stil worth the visit. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 3/2/2014
  • "- They need to vastly work on the decor of this restaurant. Try maybe some flower arrangements- - soften the place up. Consider table treatments as well. Its all windows but all you look out at is municipal parking lot. Literally cinder block walls. - Food was inconsistent. - Service was very good."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "12th Avenue Grill is always a delight. The food is excellent and delicious!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I love all the small plates and the specials too!! Cant go wrong with anything!"
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "The new location is a vast improvement from the original cramped space. Food remains above average in quality and preparation. The menu selections are such that we find that the number of entrees that appeal to our tastes are limited therefore decreasing our frequency dining at this venue. Still remains a vibrant restaurant but at least the new acoustics allow for a conversation with a minimum number of shouts or word repetition."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "NO return telephone call..."got our message". Oyster appetizer - bottled oyster - crust was not flavorful...sauce did little to compliment. BLT Avocado Salad -- light on avocado. Beet salad and dinner entrees good except salmon overcooked and dry. Crisp - bulky and rough in mouth. Lilikoi dessert - dry and not flavorful. NO complimentary dessert and/or acknowledgment for our Birthday person (noticed that another party received a dessert with a candle, etc). Removed from our MUST go to list."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "first time in the "new" location--felt a lot more lively and crowded. food was good--small but tasty and filling portions. disappointed that I didn't have room for dessert! our server was excellent--great suggestions, very forthcoming."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Upon moving just across the street and totally upgrading their ambiance what you get is a constantly changing innovative menu with one of the best wine lists around. Topped off with a top notch waitstaff. Go their to be turned on!!!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014