Gazen Izakaya
Gazen Izakaya

Gazen Izakaya

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.e-k-c.co.jp/tenpo/honolulu-e/
  • Phone: 8087370230
  • Hours of Operation:


    Dinner: Su-Th 5:00pm-11:00pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pn-1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Takuya Otaki
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kaimuki st.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking available in front of Restaurant.
A word from Gazen Izakaya
Located 8 minutes from Waikiki bay by car, at GAZEN you can experience true Japanese "Teppan" and Tofu dishes, local and friendly atmosphere.
Here at GAZEN we use the freshest local ingredients from vegetables to seafood including locally caught Tuna and Kahuku shrimp.

Please stop by, and give us a try !
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
  • Diners' Choice WinnerJapanese
Gazen Izakaya reviews from OpenTable diners
45 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (28)neighborhood gem (27)good for groups (22)late-night find (22)special occasion (12)hot spot (11)kid-friendly (7)romantic (3)notable wine list (2)great for outdoor dining (1)great for lunch (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • TowellVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    High quality, generous 'small plates' -- tofu sampler was divine, the pork 'spare ribs' were not spare at all but divine meaty 4" ribs, chicken-mushroom rice hot pot (forget the actual name) superb. Ume/shiso maki slices were small but oh so flavorful. "Spicy" is used to describe quite a few dishes but this isn't the hot chili pepper variety of spicy but rather wonderful seasonings; flavorful is probably a better adjective. Casual setting with lots of low room/table dividers creating more intimate spaces. Many happy diners and friendly, efficient waitstaff. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome
    Elchis
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    This is my new favorite restaurant. I have yet to eat anything here that I didn't like although some things are better than others. I will definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family favorite
    gogobears
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Reserved the smaller tatami room which was perfect for our extended family. Kids could roam and play in the corner as adults enjoyed the great food. Must try the prosciutto/ahi tartare/shiso with ume sauce - the bomb! Our server was excellent - explaining the dishes to us and recommending dishes. Recommend going with a group, so you can try many dishes
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Happy Hour
    dash
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great service and happy hour prices are fantastic. The food is good in flavor. Environment is clean but I do wish it was cooler. The staff was friendly and helpful. I would recommend this place to my friends. Parking can get tight if you arrive late but if you're early like we were then its not a problem.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for sushi!
    Charles
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The service was spot-on and they sat us early on knowing that I had to catch a flight out. Great sushi and excellent specials were available. The parking is very limited and you definitely should make reservations!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Again, Excellent
    Elchis
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my second time in four days and of course, it was great! I love the food here. Everything we ate was prepared with the blending of flavors in mind. This time, we had the fried mahi, yuzu salad, bacon wrapped asparagus, mochi balls, fried noodles, deep fried mozzarella with some green vegetable, and probably some other things that I can't remember. All of it was good. I will be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Again
    Elchis
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Gazen is my new fav restaurant for Japanese type food. It's really a fusion type of restaurant but personally, I think the izakaya serves better food than some izakaya I've eaten at in Japan. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tofuheaven14
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great food and service with a notable selection of sake. Gazen makes their own tofu - recommend the tofu sampler for 3 different types of tofu. All delicious! The tatami rooms are traditional style - comfortable and intimate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SOOOOO GOOD!!!
    Elchis
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Gazen Izakaya is a great restaurant. We came here for my brother in-law's b-day. We ordered at least 10 dishes for dinner and all were excellent. Some of the things that stand out were tofu sampler, salt/pepper friend noodles, salmon on toast, chiso and prosciutto wrapped fish, fried mozzarella and something, chicken and mushroom hot pot, fried mochi, and others. We loved every dish. I would have given this place 5 stars except the dessert wasn't that great. The fried sweet potato mochi was probably the best dessert followed by black sesame ice cream (which I felt wasn't creamy enough). The graprefruit jello thing was so bad, I couldn't eat it. My brother in law finished it but it wasn't his favorite. My family will return soon!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great tofu
    KetomamaVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    it had been a long while from my last visit here. i enjoyed everything we had! i came out content and yet felt very light after eating good healthy food.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    Took my friend here for a belated birthday dinner. It was his first time at Gazen...and he enjoyed the food very much! Great place for birthday dinners / special occassions. Great alternative to the other popular and busier restaurants in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • RHSA
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    My wife and I took our guests and they enjoyed the home-made tofu, mahimahi dish , steak etc. and finishing with ochazuke (rice musubi mixed with tea. The food, service, and ambience was very good. We enjoy coming here. Since we are wine drinkers, we were surprised that no wine glasses are available at all.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good service
    dash
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Good service with friendly and helpful staff. Food was very tasty although portion is on the smaller side.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was very flavorful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Food was very tasty good selection Service was very good too the food came at a good speed
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Regular
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I can safely call myself a regular. I think I dine here at least once or twice a month. Or somewhere around there. I feel that Gazen is a neighborhood gem with delicious and unique dishes. There are better places for sushi, but the sushi here is pretty good. I would order the hot dishes and the matsuri natto. So good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    I can't get enough. This is one of my favorite izakaya spots on Oahu. Great food at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great food and service!! The sake and bar selection was excellent and the dishes were equally delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 63 reviews are from the Gazen Izakaya reviews archive.
  • Disappointed
    Mercedes
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    I've been here before but this time I must say I was totally unimpressed. Service wasn't the greatest, had to wait awhile for our bill. Noise level was pretty bad this particular evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy find
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Don't be fooled by the neighborhood, which is the last place you'd look for a fine-dining restaurant, or the exterior, which looks like a neighborhood bar that has seen better days. This place gave me the strongest echoes of my Tokyo restaurant experiences that I've had in years! The tofu sampler alone was worth the trip, my sashimi plate was uniformly excellent, and the sweet potato mochi for dessert was the capper. Only quibble would be the draft beer selection, limited to Kirin and Asahi -- not bad, but some Japanese microbrews on tap would be even better. And they're on OpenTable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    TT808
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    From the moment we arrived we were taken care off only waiting 5 mins to be seated even though we're were early for our reservation time. The staff was helpful and assisted us when we wanted to move to another table when we expected more guest. My guest were visiting from Japan and loved the food, they were really impressed and plan to visit again. A everyone raves about the sashimi and tofu salads. also the selection of alcohol was very good as well. I will definately be making future trips there again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    nysm
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We had 7 in our group, so we tried a variety of dishes. The ahi/prosciutto with shiso is excellent - nice surprise! Also enjoyed their pork chop - flavorful black pepper with light creamy garlic sauce . The tofu sampler was wonderful - we love the sampler as we can't decide which one we like! The french fries and noodle sticks are great with a sprinkle of nori - definitely a hit with the kids. 2 orders of fries and 2 orders of the grilled salmon sushi with ikura for our kids! BTW, no point card any more, but they honored the filled one I had. Reservations are a must as this place is BUSY! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and easy location
    Lexus
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Good parking, good location. Beer on tap limited to two choices but a whole pitcher at Happy Hour is only $9. Deep fried pork is good as is their tofu sampler.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ask for a Tatami Room Table...
    HKLC
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    We had a last minute change of plans and needed to find a place that would be suitable for an 18 month old toddler. I had been here before and remembered they had tatami rooms. We made a reservation (through open table of course!) and requested a tatami room. We got a separate area, and the toddler was able to wonder around in a safe environment. The food is always good here. Happy hour has the best deals, but okay for regular meal time as well. Everyone raves about the tofu sampler. I think it is a unique idea, and you should try it once, but don't expect to be wowed:) Karaage chicken, garlic steak and okonomiyaki were the standouts.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    not as good as i thought it would be for the price you pay.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    great food and good service. very friendly atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun For All
    m9z1
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Joined some friends & had the best service. The sake selection was great & the food was even better. The tofu trio is a must try. Also, recommend the crispy Mahi Mahi.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tofu!!!
    LoveExcellentRestaurantsVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Everything is excellent at Gazen Izakaya but you must try the Tofu Sampler. Gazen Izakaya makes their tofu within their restaurant -- all are a little different and sooo delicious. The Tofu sampler includes (1) house-made Zaru Tofu (that comes with a small dish of sea salt and hoji cha salt so each person can add & create more depth to their desire), (2) house-made Torio Tofu (natural-light purple with a touch of sesame), (3) Sukui Tofu (tofu with soymilk -- Everyone's favorite). Gazen Izakaya is very popular so we were glad the restaurant has its own parking lot. If the parking lot seems full, check-in with the owner/GM who will find a space for your car.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    PaulC
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    From the warm welcome to the delicious food, Gazen never disappoints.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must return
    hinachan
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Gazen is a great Izukaya! Love the food at reasonable rates. And the staff is awesome. Always smiling and very attentive very personable! I want to go back and try everything on the menu!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our family comes here about once a month...try the daily specials and chef specials...always winners! End the meal with the salmon ochazuke...delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Tofu ever! I highly recommend
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Best Tofu ever! I highly recommend this little gem to anyone wanting authentic Japanese cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place for meeting/eating
    LovesYummyVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    My friend had great news to share with me and so we went to Gazen. The food is generally very good there, and there is value there at Happy Hour. Our waitress was very attentive, every tho' she had several tables to wait on. Altho' the noise level was "energetic," we were able to converse if we raised our voices now and then. Gazen's shiratama mochi-tofu is great, and the rib-eye never disappoints. Parking, on the other hand, can be a problem. Apparently Gazen is an especially popular place on the weekends, and my companion almost couldn't find parking----actually, she got the last available spot and she was 5 minutes early.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Waiting for our waiter
    Maka
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The food was overall really good (especially the okonomiyaki), but our service was kind of...interesting. Our waiter was a bit strange (from how he introduced the food to how he spoke to us), but that could have just been me. The part that bothered me was that while we spent 15-20 minutes trying to flag our waiter down, he remained kneeling in front of a table that was two tables away from us. You would think that he would be looking around at least to check on his other tables, but he just seemed to be talking story with the seated couple. Oh well, at least I enjoyed my food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun but a little noisy
    LovesYummyVIP
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    The food was good, but there were some tables that had energetic young people who spoke loudly and obviously having a good time. It was sometimes difficult to hear my companion across the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great eats!
    MaterHater
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Although it's a bit on the pricey side, I never leave unsatisfied.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Heaven
    viking
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Everything I've tried at Gazen has been delicious. Came here last summer with some friends and had to go back before going back to the mainland. I'm not normally a tofu eater but their homemade Tofu is soooo good! An absolute must try for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty
    Good4me
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    Miso soup - good, fried chicken w tasty sauce - good (this time it had a lot of fat) salad of hamakua tomatoes, spinach, avocado & shrimp in wasabi mayo-good, omellet filled w/ angel hair pasta w/pieces of simmered beef & bean sprouts- good and ground chicken & shiitake mushrooms in hot stone bowl - very good. Happy hour menu...fried mochi w/cheese on nori - didnt care for and battered potato discs deep fried w/butter- very oily. It was a Tuesday b4 530pm, seated next to a party of 3 females one of which spoke loudly the entire time we were there unless she was eating. The waiter could've allowed the party a little privacy & given us a more relaxed dining experience if he had seated us a few tables away.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Modern Japanese cuisine
    luvbugVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Not your average Izakaya with creative blends of Eastern and Western cuisine, like ahi, Shiso and Prosciutto wraps. Super nice staff was efficient and helpful. Always a fun place to eat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good drinks
    HoBrah
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    It was ok. Not blown away but maybe i didnt order the best things. The tofu was pretty cool but the rest of the food was just ok. Its more of a spot to go drinking with your friends rather than to go to eat dinner with a girl. I guess that is how most izakaya places are. Service was good and the food was done quickly. But the overall taste and quality doesnt match the prices in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Neighborhood Find
    SFRobert
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    My partner and I had a wonderful time here for Valentines Day. The food was fantastic and the staff very friendly and helpful with the menu. Definitely try the tofu sampler platter and something off of the specials menu, we had the spider roll and the unagi roll. Also, get the 16oz cold saki. The carafe is very unusual and cool. Next time we get to Honolulu we're coming back here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.