The sushi was very good- fresh,
The sushi was very good- fresh, lots of options, and yummy! The kim-chee mashed potatoes were delicious and something I had never seen before. Very interesting. The service was nice and timely. A lot of the restaurants in Waikiki are in hotels- as is this one. That makes it not super special...but not different from the other nice restaurants in the area. Definitely recommend!
1/1/0001 4:00:00 PM
Service was slow... Good food.
Service was slow... Good food. And we got Kamaa'ina discount!!
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Love the scallop butteryaki.
Love the scallop butteryaki. I seriously cannot get enough. Service was fun and friendly. I will be back for sure.
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Initial contact from wait
Initial contact from wait staff was a long time in coming. Our table was adjacent to the door that accessed the kitchen, which was left open. The bar for an adjacent restaurant was just outside with loud, live music and other noise.
3/29/2013 5:00:00 PM
Traveling for work. Have consistent
Traveling for work. Have consistently (multiple times a week) been eating here. Great place with fresh sushi and great waitstaff. Can't wait to go back.
4/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
From the time the hostess
From the time the hostess greeted us until we paid the bill service was excellent. Loved the Scallop Butteryaki and Tootsie Roll the best but everything we ordered was very good. Would not hesitate to recommend and return.
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
JAPENGO continues to delight us. We enjoy the sushi bar and dining room. Johan, lead sushi chef (& all the sushi chefs) are terrific and their sushi is as good as Nobu, Morimoto's, Kona Kai - any of the other top sushi restaurants in town. We crave the 'torched hamachi' which just melts in your mouth along with the freshest salmon, aji, creative rolls (althou we go for sushi
mostly) seared ahi with ponzu - they just launched a new menu with old favorites & new items. While we go to other sushi
restaurants & have realized that Japengo is excellent & with the great offers for kama'aina's - you cannot beat Japengo.
Sushi bar seats are super-comfy, you can watch the preparation easily (no fish frig in front of diner) and it's just terrific.
5/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Japanese Dining in Waikiki
Our dinner was very good overall. I think the fact that the clientele was entirely Japanese other than my party convinced me of the menu's authenticity and quality. We had excellent service and the restaurant is an oasis in the lights and noise of Waikiki.
5/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food and Service is good.
Fried Chicken, Scallop are perfect. Steak and Grill Salmon are good. Coconut desert is also very good.
Waiter is nice and love to talk. We like the place.
5/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
Best Sushi in Waikiki
The sushi chefs especally Johan are the best. They also have a happy hour every night with great discounts on pupus and drinks. The best Hamachi Sashimi and unique dinners. Highly recommend.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
After being a fan of Ciao Mein for so many years, it was hard to let go and it took a while to try Japengo...we've been back twice a and thoroughly enjoyed each visit. The preparations are flavorful, of high quality, and visually pleasing as well. The front of house service is friendly and attentive. Japengo delivers a fine dining experience
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Can't wait to go back
This was our second time visiting Japengo. We are foodies and were wowed by the eats, esp. the hamachi sashimi. Although the restaurant is geared for tourists due to it's location, we are locals from over the Pali who plan to bring friends back.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Add to your favorites list!
If we hadn't been given a gift cert for Japengo we would've never heard of it. So glad we did. I am big on ambiance so that was the first plus. Great cocktail list. Scallop and gyoza starter were delicious. My filet with lobster was cooked perfectly. And the coconut creme brûlée to die for. Not too filling. My husband tried their sashimi and said it was right up there with Sasabune. He loves sushi and me not so much so this menu was a good fit for us. And our server Jimmy was great! So hard to find good service these days. Highly recommend this place! We will def be back. And they offer 20% off food for kaimaaina.
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food. Prices were a
Great food. Prices were a little steep but food in my opinion was worth it. Only wish was it had more selections for the land lovers.
7/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The best sushi I've ever had
Our experience at Japengo was fantastic. We'll return on our next trip. The seared scallop butter yaki was a perfect dish - sweet, exquisite, delicious. The signature hamachi melted in my mouth. The sweet potato cheesecake was an unexpected, wonderful culinary surprise. The wait staff was attentive, friendly, and professional. The ambiance and decor is romantic, cozy, and inviting. We had an amazing dinner.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Perfect for romantic dates!
Came here for our anniversary, and it went phenomenally well! Valet parking is complementary, just remember to bring your ticket and tip the nice valets.
The restaurant itself was perfect. The waiters are very good on checking up on you (and your water). The music brings out a "downtown nightlife" ambience but it's not loud at all. It's enough to create an atmosphere and you can speak to your party in soft voices.
As for the food itself, there were many good choices! I chose the Butterfish Misoyaki, my S.O. Had the Miso-Glazed Salmon. Both were delicious, and I would definitely come back again!
Plus, Kamai'ana & military discounts.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Amazing food, one of the best sushi places I've been to however part of our meal had super slow service which was frustrating especially because we got our appetizer last. Our waitress was very nice though!!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Japanese/ fusion food
Enjoyed everthing about the restaurant. The scallop appetizer and the torched hamachi are a must try, as is the coconut creme brulee dessert. We didn't have a bad dish. Service was fast and friendly. Our 6 yo liked the bench seat cushion and fluffy pillows, but the ambience was dark and hip enough to be a great first date location as well. Next door a well known musician was playing if one was so inclined for after dinner drinks. I recommend Japengo!
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
That was already our second time that we went to Japengo for Sushi. It was delicious. As appetizer we would recommand Hamachi To Jo. Staff was really very friendly and they knew that we had been there a month ago.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Gluten Free Friendly
This was my second time dining here. The food was very good. Service was great. They have an official printed gluten free menu although they can accommodate most requests, as I ordered a 50/50 roll which isn't on the official GF menu, but /I highly recommend it.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Food and Service
Rare find for a hotel restaurant, especially in a fast paced city like Honolulu where many celebrity chefs have stand-alone eateries. The menu is extensive, the atmosphere upscale and the service attentive and gracious. Cora kept a close eye on my table and she ensured my dining experience was fantastic. She was very engaging and caring, inquiring for feedback constantly and consistently using my name.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent food and very good
Excellent food and very good service. We went twice in a two week stay in Waikiki with all of its many dining choices. The signature scallop appetizer: Superb!
9/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great introduction to the
Great introduction to the restaurant when we had the early bird specials in the lounge. For a senior citizen it hit the right spot and filled me up without going the whole route of having a dinner entree. It wasn't rushed so we could just sit and socialize for a group who just get together a few times a year. I'm glad I said let's try this place instead of somewhere familiar.
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
great happy hour
We went for happy hour and the food was delish! Other items on the menu looked good too but we were full from trying all the happy hour items.
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Japengo is not your average Japanese restaurant. The menu is so creative. Though a little on the pricey side, it was well worth the quality in ingredients. Oishi!!!! The scallops and wagyu garlic steak was so ONO!!! And the clams were outstanding. I would definitely go there again, and recommend this place to friends. SUGOI!!!!!!
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
We lucked out and were served
We lucked out and were served by Pam again on our return visit. This time, we were delighted to receive the yummiest creme brulee in celebration of our wedding anniversary and awardee celebration. Before that, though,we enjoyed scallops, macadamia shrimp and various sushi as appetizers, leaving little room for our main meals. However, dad was "forced" to order the chili crab so that we could all enjoy those "to die for" rolls. Most of the blackened ahi was doggie-bagged and enjoyed at home. The cajun spices melded nicely with the yummy, slightly sweet sauce and katsuo flakes. The ahi was beautifully plated with the spinach and prosciutto wrapped enoki. Next time, we need to limit the appetizers.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything about the restaurant is very polished. There were quiet couples celebrating and some private groups having a good time. Our waitress was just the right amount of attentive and the service was stellar overall. Food was delicious and came out at the right pace. We chose to split a set meal and added on an appetizer and it was just the right amount. Unlike some fancy establishments that charge high prices, I feel that the prices are pretty reasonable and are definitely worth it for the food quality and atmosphere.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Reviewed this restaurant on yelp. Came here to enjoy the menu for rest week. Absolutely enjoyable! The food, service, and ambience was top notch. Love it!!!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
Excellent!! We went for restaurant week and was surprised that after eating out for the past 5 nights at restaurant week we thoroughly enjoyed Japengo the best. The service was excellent and the food was out of this world. I think this is my new favorite spot for special occasions. Loved the whole restaurant week menu at Japengo. We will definitely return.
It was the first time I used open table to book my reservation and it was so easy.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM