Grand Cafe & Bakery
Grand Cafe & Bakery

Grand Cafe & Bakery

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.grandcafeandbakery.com/
  • Phone: 8085310001x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 7:30am - 10:00am; Sunday Brunch: 8:00am - 12:30pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:45pm;
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Anthony Kui Sin Vierra
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Every catering event is tailored to the customer's request. Appetizers as well as all meals can be provided. Some of our events have included corporate meetings, showers, wedding receptions, birthday parties, full cocktail parties, and in home catering.

    Please contact us @ grandcafeandbakery@yahoo.com.

  • Private Party Facilities: We welcome private events and patrons have chosen to have numerous celebrations at Grand Cafe & Bakery. They have ranged from birhtday parties, wedding receptions, corporate dinners, and gatherings of families and friends. We have a dining room that seats 70. We also have available throught HISAM various other spaces that can be utilized for your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Mona 8085310001x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Richards Street, Beretania St.
  • Public Transit: City buses are available within a block or two from our Cafe. Please consult the City and County of Honolulu's Bus Schedule.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking, parking lots located at Ali'i Place, St. Andrews Cathedral, Iolani Palace and adjacent to the Hawaiian Telcom building.
A word from Grand Cafe & Bakery
Grand Cafe & Bakery was founded in 1923 by Mr. Ti Chong Ho, grandfather of one of the owners and partner Mr. Pang.
Grand Cafe & Bakery was been re-established in 2005. Our foods and recipes reflect a Honolulu of the early 1920's with a contemporary flavor.
Executive Chef and owner, Anthony Kui Sin Vierra, great grandson of founder Mr.Ho is a graduate of California Culinary Academy. Chef Anthony brings his skills, talent, creativity to this family cafe. Comfort foods & old time island favorites made with the freshest ingredients will continue to be the focus. Awards: Critics Choice for Best Breakfast; Finalist for Best Bistro - New American Cuisine & our lemon cake was awarded best dessert. Tasty food & warm surroundings welcome you to this special spot in town!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Grand Cafe & Bakery reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since July 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (18)fit for foodies (7)neighborhood gem (6)great for brunch (4)good for groups (2)special occasion (2)Show More
  • Expecting better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food was okay but not inspiring. Tuna melt (one of the most expensive items!) was served on too large a bun--not toasted and much more bread than tuna. Staff was nice but too few to handle diners. Had to flag down staff several times to order our food and for refills on water. We had 11:45 am reservations but many of the dishes were no longer available when we ordered. For a limited menu, this was disappointing. Also, menu was confusing--had to ask what were salads, etc. We had been to the Grand Cafe at its previous location and enjoyed the food and experience there. Unfortunately, I won't be able to recommend Grand Cafe to my friends.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    2nd time I visited with customers and last time. The restaurant was out of many items on the menu on a Tues and at the start of the lunch hour. Why bother to open if you have nothing to serve...
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  • Very disappointing & over- priced.
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We haven't been back since they moved to this location & was really looking forward to their famous eggs Benedict. My entree was not even warm. Seemed like it sat on the counter for awhile. We asked for extra hollandaise sauce & was advised there would be a charge. Okay. The sauce on the eggs didn't even cover the egg or the muffin. The extra sauce was in a little metal cup, probably a tblspn or slightly a little more, too thick, gelatinous. Not worth the $1.50 charge. Don't bother also with the Grand Cafe ice tea. It was just too bland, when you hear pineapple juice with apricot & guava juice mixed with ice tea, you have an expectation of a tropical fruity drink. It wasn't.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food!
    reesie78
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Grand Café is always a great place to have lunch with friends and business associates. They are friendly, service is great, and the food is delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • Great food & service
    reesie78
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Grand Café is a great place to have lunch with colleagues, friends, and business associates. They have a great menu, the food is excellent, and the service is outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great salads
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Really enjoyed tipsy cranberry salad and the ice tea. Great for afternoon lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 87 reviews are from the Grand Cafe & Bakery reviews archive.
  • Great ambience
    8grindz
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    A perfect atmosphere for Sunday brunch. We'd love to come back for lunch or dinner on another occasion.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A pleasant surprise
    Kalae
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had never heard of or been to Grand Cafe & Bakery prior to Mother's Day 2014. I was looking for a brunch spot that wasn't in Waikīkī. It was perfect for our family as it was casual, easily accessible, and kid-friendly. The food was tasty. The pastries lived up to their reputation. The worst part was the parking. Everyone had a good time. The wait help was a little slow to respond and there was a little bit of quirkiness with billing, like they wanted my credit card before I even reached the restaurant. I almost didn't go because of it, but I decided to give them a chance and I was glad I did. My daughter noticed their summer hot lunches and asked if we could come back for that, so I guess I'll be visiting again!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Artsy Service and Style
    FrenchbreadVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Great menu, but best of all are the staff who have pride in their work and genuine attitudes. Aloha spirit prevails at a little neighborhood gem surrounded by great art work.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never a disappointment
    jaops
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Everything I tasted in my 3 visits to Grand Café were excellent. I think I tasted that special "Aloha" in the food. This time was no different. I think I missed seeing your wine/alcohol list. If you did have one, it was not offered at our table. Your new location is bigger and the ambience is there. Service staff were "jolly on the spot"
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Lunch Spot
    TerriVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Food was very good and the service was great on this visit.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My past experience with Grand
    ReasonableExpectations1
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    My past experience with Grand Cafe and Bakery has been very good however this time my first choice was not available (Turkey Sandwich) so I ordered the braised short rib which was not up to the quality they are known for. One of the pieces was overcooked and dry. I am sure this will not be the case if I were to go to this restaurant again so I will still frequent Grand Cafe and Bakery.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • never disappoints
    3whoeat
    Dined on 3/2/2014
    very familiar with this restaurant and it never disappoints me. food is outstanding and service is always good.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GOOD PLACE FOR A BUSINESS LUNCH
    Cbear
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    TABLES ARE SPACED FAR APART ENOUGH SO YOU'RE NOT IN THE NEXT TABLE'S CONVERSATION. FOOD AND SERVICE WERE GOOD. A NICE PLACE THAT SEEMS A BIT AWAY FROM THE USUAL DOWNTOWN PLACES.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice
    Christrains
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Food and atmosphere was very nice. You will feel very welcomed there and are able to hold a conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • something different to try
    Cbear
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Grand Cafe is a nice place to try for lunch. Service was friendly and our meals were good. Menu selection was ok. I thought prices were a bit on the high side. The unique location makes you feel like you are a bit away from the usual downtown rush, which is nice.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • nice for lunch
    Cbear
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    This little café is a nice change from the usual downtown eateries - it is tucked away in the bottom of the Honolulu Art Museum. The food was good, service was very friendly. I thought the prices were a bit high for what we had, so I would not be going here often, but is a good place for a lunch meeting with clients.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grand time at Grand Cafe
    TrojanVIP
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    The ambiance is fresh and the food tasty. Add great service and you have one of the finest lunch venues in downtown Honolulu.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great location, good food.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Great location, good food. The only complaint is that while our server was pleasant, he seemed to have too many tables to attend to. The house iced tea comes with free refills, that was a plus. Go early as the restaurant gets noisy when it's busy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Sad Shadow of Its Former Self
    RaeDoubleU
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    I used to love the Grand Cafe and Bakery in Chinatown. I was very sad when I went there one day, and it was gone. Imagine my delight when one of my dearest friends told me it was now in the Hawaii State Art Museum. I shouldn't have gotten too excited. The Sunday brunch at the new location leaves much wanting: I wanted a lunch item to go with the breakfast items because it's called "brunch"; I wanted a menu that matched the one online; I wanted more reasonable prices; I wanted the lemon cake to be as good as it used to be. One should not want so much, I guess.
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  • A little disappointing
    Ilimadog
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    Probably not a fair review because I loved their old location in Chinatown. The food was ok, but not fabulous. Same with the service. Would I go back? Probably not.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place
    Eric
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Nice little cafe inside the Hawaii state art museum, Service was hindered by one waitress that seems not to know what she was doing, hopefully it's just her first day. Foods were good except for the missionary chowder which was very salty Tuna melt and Caesar salad were good
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inviting brunch
    Luv2brunch
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    It's been a while since I've truely had great customer service. We were pleasantly surprised by the personalized attention we received from each worker. Oh yeah, and I loved everything we ate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • foodie kat loved shortrib lunch
    jkat
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Went for a work lunch. Glad to have made a reservation, as it was packed. Food quality, presentation, taste stellar! It's an oasis in the hustle and bustle of downtown.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice restaurant
    Daisy
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    ambience very nice but cost too high for luncheon to be enjoyed more often.
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  • Great Sunday brunch gem!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/7/2013
    For a peaceful, unhurried, and friendly atmosphere, this is the place to go. Wonderful croissants and pastries but also hot breakfast/lunches (the house-made corned beef hash with poached eggs were perfect). Everyone eyed and oohed the next table's French toast.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and Art - the best combo
    Delono
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    Lovely setting, bright and open. Waitstaff were all attentive without being instrusive. Lovely hostess and everyone seemed to genuinely enjoy what they were doing. Food was excellent and well-presented. Staff was keen to the lunch hour scene, i.e. you can eat here and square away your bill well within an hour if you need to, or linger, or stroll the premises and view the art work.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dissapointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    I don't know what it is, but they seemed to have lost their touch after moving to the new location. Took co-workers there this week and it was well... disappointing, especially after I talked it up so much. Maybe they just had a bad day - but the restaurant was hardly busy. Kitchen service was slow. Not sure if I will give them another shot or not. Unfortunate because I had been a patron of theirs for several years when they were at the other location.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Lunch
    SurfBug
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    Took my bestie here for lunch. The staff was very friendly and took the time to talk to us about many of the menu items. Our servers were great, and when it was time for dessert, we enjoyed the award winning lemon cake, only to be then greeted by the creators! We had a wonderful experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grand dining experience
    Hawaiigrinds
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    Mona and the staff make dining a pleasure at the Grand Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Went for Mother's Day. Not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Went for Mother's Day. Not sure if it was worth the $45 per person charge.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday brunch was a little
    unko99
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Sunday brunch was a little pricey. Selections were good. Fish was bland and tasteless.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    I was so looking forward to the Grand Cafe Mother's Day brunch at its new location. Sadly disappointed---bland, tasteless, & over-priced. The curry chicken needed more curry, the fish was dense & over-cooked, the muffin w/the eggs Benedict was too hard to eat, even the bacon lacked the bacon flavor. I won't venture back nor recommend Grand Cafe for its buffet.
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  • Disappointed
    MarthaVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    "I hope you have a reservation" was a such a pleasant greeting from the hostess. Bland ice tea at room temperature on a hot, humid day followed. Food was bland and service was slow. No one ever came back to check on our table after food was served. I will not return to Grand Cafe until it can live up to its name.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambiance. Good service
    HIfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/3/2013
    Great ambiance. Good service - the workers are happy. Food's enjoyable. A little pricey, but serving sizes are quite large.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was excellent, but the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/20/2013
    Food was excellent, but the service felt "rushed." I guess we overstayed the time alloted for our reservation because our server brought desserts to us in take-out boxes. It's nice for special occasions because it can get pretty expensive, but the food is very good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were celebrating a birthday
    MoonieVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    We were celebrating a birthday of my assistant in my office and our food took an hour to get to us. I had to ask the waiter 3 times the reason for the delay and he said it was because our order ticket had fallen to the floor. all they gave us was one free piece of dessert.
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  • I was excited about the reopening
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/19/2013
    I was excited about the reopening of Grand Cafe in its new location. However, while my experience was good, the restaurant still needs to adjust to its new space. Our reserved table was in a cramped location, where I had to squeeze into my seat so my chair wouldn't hit the wall. Three different servers took our drink orders & recited specials, all with different dish descriptions. Then overattentiveness changed to total lack of attention. When the dining room filled up with the noon lunch crowd, we were forgotten. Once the food had arrived, the server's job was finished. The special sandwich of the day, seared ahi, was cooked nicely but utterly bland and without the promised grainy mustard.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service needs some help. Don't
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Service needs some help. Don't walk around looking for something to do. Communicate with your customers if the kitchen is backed up. Don't forget to serve drinks and soups before the main dish arrives. After dropping off the main course, come back at least once to check on your customer. If you want to be efficient, never go to and from the kitchen empty handed....maybe we got the new server because the veteran waiters were hitting it, I felt jealous of those customers. That said, the food was as it was at the previous place, yummy! Same furniture = same cute ambiance. Looking forward to going back to see how it's going to evolve in its new place.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was good, but no wow
    KianiDPOVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2013
    Food was good, but no wow factor. Service was slow, waited over 30 minutes for Reuben and Pasta primavera at lunchtime.
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    • Noise LevelModerate