Morimoto Waikiki
Morimoto Waikiki

Morimoto Waikiki

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.morimotowaikiki.com/
  • Phone: 8089435900x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch 11:00am-2:30pm

    Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Sushi Bar and Bar 5:00pm-10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Sushi, Japanese
  • Executive Chef: Masaharu Morimoto
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine
  • Catering: Semi Private Dining Room avaialble that seats up to 20 guests as well as a semi private cabana that seats up to 10 guests.
  • Special Events: Please call for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Hobron
  • Public Transit: Morimoto Waikiki is on the Red Line for the Honolulu Trolley, exit Discovery Bay. If taking TheBus, the following lines are avaiable 8, 19,20,23,24,42 and E, The Country Express.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Complimentary Valet Parking is available at The Modern Honolulu which is located on Hobron Lane in between Ala Moana Blvd and Holomoana Street.
A word from Morimoto Waikiki
Morimoto's contemporary Japanese menu infuses traditional dishes with Western ingredients and preparation techniques. His seasonal and ever-changing selection of raw fish preparations will feature the best seafood that the Hawaiian waters have to offer as well as locally grown fruits and vegetables from supporting farmers. Morimoto's signature offerings include Toro Tartare, presented in a shallow wooden tray with condiments including Osetra Caviar, crème frâiche, wasabi, avocado, shiso leaf and dashi-soy and Tuna Pizza made with raw tuna, anchovy aioli and jalapeno as well as Morimoto Sashimi, a terrine of seared toro, smoked salmon, barbequed eel, tuna and hamachi served with five different sauces in pipettes.
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Morimoto Waikiki reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (118)fit for foodies (108)scenic view (84)great for outdoor dining (80)romantic (58)good for groups (44)great for lunch (38)hot spot (29)notable wine list (18)great for brunch (18)neighborhood gem (14)kid-friendly (13)vibrant bar scene (11)late-night find (7)Show More
  • Exceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The experience was orchestrated perfectly! Like an orchestra in your mouth, that is how the flavors played out in your mouth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great presentation low on taste
    Moviediner
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful in a white pallet. We arrived at 7pm on a Sat.,it was not busy. Restaurant was almost empty, we were set at a small table for 2 between 2 other couples. It was very loud and hard to have a conversation . I had the oysters, presented beautifully and tasted like oysters with teriyaki sauce, just okay. My wife had gyoza that was the highlight of the entire meal. I never thought a tomato sauce would go well with this but it was excellent. Entrees, black cod and crispy fried fish. Presentation excellent. The black cod,glazed with a sweet soy glaze, good but over powering. The crispy fish was presented beautifully but lacking in flavor. It was served with a tofu sauce that was bland. Overall the meal was disappointing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was overthought and under executed. Stick to the sushi; everything else will surely disappoint!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    Derrick
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Wonderful experience; everyone enjoyed the food, the service, and the total experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Omakase all the way
    Libvonhas
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Always wanted to do Omakase, but every time. Was out with friends they chickened out. I had a friend in town from NYC and so we each did the Omakase. It was so much food! You think 7 courses of sushi and other small things doesn't sound like a lot, but we had to take dessert to go! Overall the food was dynamic, well-rounded, and very good. Service was a little slow. We sat down at 7:25 and didn't get out of their until after 9:30 even with the last course packed up. So if you're going to do the Omakase, prepare to be there for 2.5-3 hours
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinning
    TCkauai
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was awesome ,service was great, ambience outside was pleasant .
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • PretheatreFoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Sushi/sashimi are good but not special enough to command high-end prices benefiting a so-called upscale restaurant. We were disappointed. Unlikely to patronize again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Food Service Fair
    UnhappyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was OUTSTANDING like always, but the service was less then fair. We let our sever know 2 member of my family could not eat melons or mango's and they served the (but replaced it) once we told them again. I told them my wife did not heat spicy foods and all the sushi and shrimp came out wasabe or a spicy sauce.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Morimoto Delivers
    Eatchago1
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Great Food and yes the bill came out to $250 per person after tip, but we had drinks, a bottle of 2007 Rhone Red and multiple courses of the pricier items. We included Toro Nigiri, oysters which drove our price up. If you wanted the experience at half the price you can order the chefs menu for $120 each, and a bottle of a more reasonable red. The Drinks were absolutely amazing, and the bartenders were Freindly and knowledgable about the food. We had the mai-tai and the Lychee Breeze. Overall it surpassed all expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    foodfanVIP
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Amazing food. View of harbor nice. Service could be more attentive. Ask for table away from speakers.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food to salty
    Limon52
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    I was expecting to be more like something we never experience before
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Modern Japanese Dining
    AussieLoveToEat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The chef applies quality ingredients into a modern Japanese cuisine which allows diners to experience and enjoy. We enjoy the natural taste of the foods that can mostly come from Japanese cuisine. It was enjoyable and we returned a few days later. The tuna tartar was unique, the sushi set was really nice with little rice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Japanese food is very splendid.
    Daisuke
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The Japanese food is very splendid. However, the taste that meat dishes and the dessert do not match a Japanese. I do not recommend it other than Japanese food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Excellent food. Knowledgeable, friendly and professional service. Had such a great dinner, had to come back the next day for lunch! Don't hesitate- go!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A shining light in Oahu
    Lishmelb
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    A thoroughly enjoyable experience. The food is exceptional. The presentation is interesting & the quality of produce lovely. We asked We asked the waiter for suggestions & they suited our palates to a tee.coming from Australia we are not used to American style portions so he suggested ordering the few things & then seeing if we still required more.A perfect evening.Only criticism early in the evening the noise level was quite high perhaps the acoustics of the space bounced the music & the larger groups noise.In saying that, it wasn't awful. The music didn't seem to match the restaurant. If you are looking for a lovely night out, this is where you should go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food/Lack luster waiter
    CalifDreaming
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were warmly greeted by the reception staff and were addressed by name from the waiter who came to take our order. After this great start, things deteriorated. This waiter was told twice that my husband is hard of hearing. Despite briefly moving closer to my husband, he never increased the volume of his voice. His descriptions of the food were brief and his energy and excitement about any of it were very low. We just expect a more energized, professional approach when in a restaurant of this caliber. The rest of the wait staff who actually delivered the food were wonderful. If the food had not been so exceptional and we were seated next to a delightful couple, the evening would have been ruined.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jeanpaulrenoir@hawaii.rr.com
    jeanpaulrenoir
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    I go to Morimoto mainly for the "cadre" ie. the setting...The food is very OK, the wine list is mediocre to awful, the sake choices are arrogant (all Morimoto's selections)...the ambience is quite good, the service is trying very hard although not so well trained. But overall it has to be one of the top three sites to eat at any time of the day or week!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Terrible experience
    TravelfoodieVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The restaurant was very loud, so loud that the waitress had trouble hearing us place our order & as a result missed one of the items we ordered. Then the waitress lost my credit card and asked for my cc number so she could charge me. I asked to speak with the manager. The manager was rude & did not offer to comp our meal. I had to ask 3 times & only then did the manager agree to take care of our bill. The manager rolled her eyes at me & stormed away from our table. I will never go back to the restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    As per my other reviews, my wife and I are fans of the Morimoto kitchen - having experienced the ones from Maui, Philadelphia and New York we have to higlight that Honolulu's restaurant meet the Morimoto's standards. Restaurant is nicely decorated and food is excellent. Of course you come to pay the Morimoto premium, but overall you won't regret it!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expected more
    Hoped4more
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    While the food was very good and lived up to the resturaunts namesake, the sevruce from the main waiter spoiled the experience. He was knowledgeable but we struggled to get his attention and were left waiting for long periods and with an empty table many times. He even made some off putting personal comments about his shift that had no place with guests . Nothing close to the attention you would expect from a high end resturaunt. I never mind paying for a great resturaunt if the service is just as good. Unfortunately, this is a good example of how poor service will be what we remember - not the food.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RaulVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Great setting at the Modern Hotel. The outdoor terrace with a view of the Marina and fire place under a large tent it's very cozy. The decoration of the restaurant it's very hip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time at Morimoto - was a hit!
    STRJW
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We enjoyed everything about our dining experience at Morimoto. For the appetizer, we tried the Rock Shrimp - excellent. I had the Iron Chef Special where the fish, egg yolk etc. were cooked at the table in the 450 degree dish. It was delicious - ate it all. Wife had the calamari salad and soft shell crab maki. We were too full to eat the maki, so we took it home. We also tried the Moscow Mule cocktail - delish if you like lemongrass ginger. Portion sizes are generous. We ate in the indoor area, but plan to eat outdoor (overlooking Ala Wai Boat Harbor) next time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best
    welshcake
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Treated well from the minute we walked in. Myself, wife, 13 year old son. Less than 5 minute wait. Beautiful decor and very spacious. Impressed with the waitstaff's knowledge of the menu, and their ability to make us feel welcome. Decided to split raw octopus and cold tuna pizza appetizers. So beautiful and perfect flavors. Will never forget that octopus. Hard to decide whether to continue with appetizers or get entrees. Entrees won out. Everything perfectly executed. Again, can't overstate the quality of the staff. We each had dessert - amazing. Couldn't stop smiling through the whole meal. Would love to try their sushi. Need to find Morimotos on the mainland now!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Morimoto Waikiki
    Rockstarchef59
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    If you want a special place this is a must try in Waikiki. I've tried Saki from various distilleries in Japan some unbelievably delicious . The Sushi and sashimi, are very good. pricey$$$ The waitstaff very knowledgeable, they do there homework. Crispy whole fish a must try..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Evening
    Sueb
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    We visited to celebrate my daughters 21st birthday. The waiter was friendly, knowledgeable, always there when we needed him, but never intrusive. The food was wonderful, cocktails yummy, ambiance beautiful - all made for a great celebration. I can't believe it took me so long to go there, and look forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overpriced and overrated
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    A very pretty place located in a boutique hotel. However the food is only ok and overpriced for what you receive. Apps were ok. Sashimi salad was good. Whole Branzino was 9oz's for over $50! Nothing special. Not worth going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Flawless Find
    Morimotorocks
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I took my mom here for her 60th birthday. We had spectacular service - our waiter was attentive without being overbearing - he was sincere and calm - the food was perfectly portioned, prettily presented and served at the right pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Asian Fusion
    Lebeau
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great food. Had the chief's sashimi plate, and the variety and freshness of the selection was excellent. The wife's ahi poke and beef fillet were also excellent. Not cheap but the food is worth it. The only downside is the noise. While not overpowering it is nay a quiet little bistro.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • iron chef, need I say more?
    ak34
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Food was great. Got the soft shell crab maki among other things.. amazing. Good view of the marina. Outdoor seating can be a little toasty for an early dinner in July. The wait staff was extremely attentive and even mopped up after drink condensation rings every few mins. They are also more than happy to provide drink, dinner and dessert recommendations if asked.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mahalo
    Kymegirl
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    This experience will always be remembered. The ambience is so peaceful and relaxing, the view is phenomenal, The food is to DIE for, and the service is exquisite. I never expected any service like this coming in as locals from the island. I would definitely recommend this fabulous restraurant to my friends an family. It is a bit pricey but so worth every single cent!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointing!
    Phoenix
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The food was fresh and delicious. Service and staff is best in Hawaii. I requested for an outside seating and they actually read the special request on Open Tabel. 5 STARS all around!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely Celebration Lunch
    MkeDiner
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    My fiance and I took my mother out for a lunch to celebrate our recent engagement. There was no better way to celebrate than to enjoy a meal at Morimoto's! It was a pleasant surprise to find out that the restaurant would validate valet parking without charge, given its neighborhood has very limited street/public parking options. The highlights of the meal were definitely the hamachi tartare, with its beautiful presentation, and we all enjoyed our entrees (pork belly, braised black cod, and ishi yaki buri bop). The tableside presentation for the buri bop was well-executed - this dish stole the show! Dessert was also tasty (we chose the peanut bombe and trio of ice creams). We will be happy to return on our next trip to the Islands!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding
    howlingthunder
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    In every way Morimoto Waikiki delivered. The sushi alone is worth it. They do offer "family style" portions in the form of Combos. Just go. Relax. Enjoy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • vistorfromCanada
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    As Iron Chef fans, we were quite excited about eating at Morimoto's. They were very accommodating as we had decided to walk there and arrived early. It was very quiet at lunch, service was great, food was great, but not particularly outstanding or memorable. Except for the ice cream, sherbet for dessert! 8-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Racial Discrimination
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I took my friend from Japan to the restaurant.We had such a great time before we got the bill. The server brought the bill which already included a 20% tip without asking us. The server might think we didn't know how to leave tip since we are Japanese. I live in Hawaii, but I am Japanese. I would have left a 20% tip anyway, but I feel at least he should ask before. Its so rude and an insulting example of racial discrimination. This left a very bad impression on our entire experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing rice !
    WellTraveled
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The loco moto was awesome ! desserts to die for , most importantly the rice was out of this world. Well done Iron Chef !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • dining experience
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Morimoto's was fantastic. We had the 7 course meal and every course was a delight. Our waiter was terrific. Price was very high, but we dined for 2 1/2 hours. It cost us $335.00 for two people!! It's a great special occasion place.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • morifabulous!
    Cliff
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    What a wonderful meal! There were 5 of us and we all tried something different. Everything was exactly like our waiter described it. The food tasted fabulous! Service was excellent. We had a fantastic dining experience. We would definitely go back.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and Food excellent
    csfmdVIP
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    We had a large group and had a nice quiet table. Our waiter was the best! Service was great from everyone. He's been there since the restaurant opened. Food was excellent and beautiful too! We had a great sushi chef prepare a large plate of assorted sashimi and sushi. The sashimi plate was decorated with the whole small fish that was used, and after we ate all the sashimi he fried the fish perfectly seasoned, crunchy; I have never had this done before in Hawaii! The foie gras chawan mushi was delicious as were the entrees. My black cod was great and my tasting of the Australian wagyu steak, whole fried fish etc superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely restaurant with a view
    WhiteRose90VIP
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    Excellent lunch with a view of the marina by Waikiki Beach. The cocktails were excellent too. Full valet validation provided. Will definitely return when I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet