12th Ave. Grill

4.5
1427 reviews
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$31 to $50
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American
12th Ave Grill is an award winning neighborhood gem nestled in the heart of Kaimuki. We featuring fresh, local produce as well as meats from Hawaii's local farms and ranches. Our expansive wine list, unique micro brewed beers, and craft cocktails utilizing homemade shrubs, syrups, and barrel aged spirits are the perfect pairings for any palate. Warm service in a Bistro style complement our contemporary American cooking.
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious as expected. I had the special of the day, Filet Mignon, and it was cooked
perfectly as I ordered. The waiter was very helpful in explaining the menu and did his best to keep us not waiting for the next course. The only thing that put us off about this restaurant is that we were told we had 1 1/2 hours to complete our meal and this was when they were trying to reconfirm our reservation which was about two hours before our reservation. If they had told us this when I had made the reservation, I would not have booked it.

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Valentines

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Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Valentine’s Day

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T
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Decent food but not as good as when they first opened at their original location. Flavors were just OK and is overpriced for what it is.

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W
Seattle
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very professional waithelp and great food. We all enjoyed our dinners.

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JW
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

12th Ave Grille met its high standards and our expectations. The monjong entree and the squash soup were both outstanding . Our first course choices -- the smoked ahi bruschetta and farmers market salad -- were fresh, flavorful and expertly seasoned. We were delighted with the whole experience.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food, the service were great. Supports local agriculture! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will definitely go back. Very good value as well. Highly recommend.

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DO
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very accommodating, allowing us to move to a new table with lower noise level to help with my father’s difficult hearing. Much appreciated. Food was well prepared and waitstaff was friendly and knowledgeable.

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CA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Fried chix was good but a little salty. Is so buco was over cooked burnt and tough. Dessert wine and tomato salad were very good. Kevin was great.

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KM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The short "Manager" with glasses greeted us when we arrived. Unfortunately we arrived early and were subjected to a lecture on how they could not seat us, although the restaurant was half full and never filled. This guy was bleeding arrogance and self importance. My fish was overcooked, no care was taken in the cooking, getting our wine poured was a never, we did it ourselves.

I have been here before, and the only people in the restaurant that do not have their heads up there are the bartenders. The ONLY place to eat is at the bar, at least you do not feel like they are doing you a favour.

Arrogant restaurants will eventually fail, they always do, look at Town, no one needs an over-priced arrogant dining experience.

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JG
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fantastic post wedding reception dinner for out of town guests, including a family from Italy. To my was outstanding in his service as always. Everyone raved at the meal, surroundings and service.

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SP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

12th Avenue Grill is one of our favorite restaurants. We love the food which is very tasty and you can get small plates which are delicious. The brussels sprout salad and macaroni and cheese are the best. They also have inventive and interesting entrees as well as really delicious desserts. The service is superb. We have had Tony for years and no one can tell you about specials better than he can. He makes you want to order everything because it all sounds so good. We had Ree for the first time the other night and she was also outstanding.

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W
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Personal service as if we were locals. The food was the type of experience which is tasteful and enticing at the same time. Go and have fun!!! We did.

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R
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was good, server was a little annoying with his comments.

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WK
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service and food! I would recommend 12th Ave. Grill to anyone who wants a great meal and be served like royalty.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Alaways amazing service , food and experience . Always a good idea for any occasion. These people always take are and prices are great !

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and impeccable service. Waiter was one of the best I have experienced. Plates came out with perfect timing. Best meal I had on Oahu.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This neighborhood gem never disappoints. Reliably tasty menu items and inventive daily additions make each experience memorable. The staff is highly attentive to your needs so conversations can continue without interrupting the service flow. It’s a hit!

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New England
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was fine. Special fish meal was outstanding. Service was good. Food just came too quickly. Felt rushed.

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b
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I am a regular at this fine place. The food and service is always great!

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It never disappoints. Bread was kind of stale, but we were hungry and ate it anyway! Please put a nice pinot grigio, not gris on your wine list

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L
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed our meal, had a good table, and Nick is a great waiter. Lucky for us, we got a same-day reservation. Lamb osco bucco was wonderful, as we're the lamb burger, steak frittes, and the U10 scallops. Guava bread pudding was a great finish. I always get the lemon, ginger, and mint martini because it is perfect.

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is awesome. From beginning to end the food and service was impeccable. We will definitely be back.

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Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

2 starters were fantastic . Smoked ahi and ahi tartare. However the other two below standards. Calamare soggy Brussels sprouts tasteless. Our waiter was very professional and pleasant. He deducted the calamare from the bill. In the past we always were super happy, the reason for us coming back. May Be it was a one off situation

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

燻製アヒのブルケッタにはじまり、名物マカロニチーズも最高。
ヒラマサのカマ、鮑とオマール海老のリゾットも旨い。
シメはポークチョップで大満足。
ハワイの食材を豪快かつシンプルでキメすぎない新料理。
さらにサービスの良さ、空気感、しかも良心的ブライス。
大変美味しかったです。

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Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Drinks were excellent. Deep fried avocado REALLY good. Lamb osso buco overdone. Fried chicken (and lamb) salty. Entrees came too quickly. We were comped the lamb and that was appreciated. Nice people. The strength seems to be the bar - very well done.

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C
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding! One of our favorites for delicious comfort food

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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I live on Maui and was visiting friends on Oahu for this occasion. We wanted a delicious meal and cocktails at a nice place that had a little bit of a fun vibe to it. The food was delicious, though a bit salty (chicken Jidori), cocktails were great, and atmosphere was just what we were looking for. Wait staff was great! Will go back again when on Oahu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience!! I have been dreaming of the Brussels sprout salad ever since!! Superior service as well. I highly recommend

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Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Solid, but unspectacular. The waitress was not too knowledgeable about the dishes--asked a question about the preparation of the ribeye. She said it was just grilled (and I realize that is what a la plancha means), it definitely would have been nice to know about the sauce and especially the balsamic vinegar added on top. While I knew it was in the dish, I figured the onions would be on the side and not all over the steak.

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ED
Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! Excellent service! Similar food like Alan Wong’s restaurant in a low key ambience. Our waiter is extremely knowledgeable on food and beverage items.

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RK
Seattle
33 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Would go back again. Parking was convenient.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Very easy to find parking in the parking lot nearby. We ordered calamari, salad and short ribs. The calamari was sitting in a pool of barbecue sauce and another white sauce was dribbled over the calamari. Didn’t care for either sauce and it would have been better if the sauce was on the side rather than poured over the calamari.
There were 3 very meaty short ribs with a bone. The meat fell off the bone easily but it was very chewy, dry and tasted like it had been cooked too long. It was extremely disappointing.

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Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

どれも微妙な味。
一味も二味も足りない感じです。
地元の雰囲気が良いレストラン風。

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Enjoyed a wonderful birthday with Delicious food and company! 🎂

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n
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Found the food ok at best. Favorite thing was the bread and butter. Special fish of the day was over cooked (very dry). Had anticipated that there would be an acknowledgement of this being a birthday dinner with a birthday desert- there was nothing. Doubtful I’d ever go back again.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is my definitely my go to place to eat. The restaurant is located outside of the insanity of Waikiki in quiet Kamiuki town. Tons of parking - paid but cheap. There's also street parking if you're more patient than I am. I enjoy meals and drinks there whether if it's for a birthday, business pau hana, dinner with someone special, Family gatherings or even solo. Food is amazing never disappoints. Great selection of drinks and the staff is the best. If you haven't been you have to go.

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

I love this restaurant. Defiantly one of my top 5. The food is always great!
Whenever I do go to 12th Ave I have Kevin or Tony as my server which makes my dinning experience great. However, last night was different because I had a different server. I can’t remember his name but he was not as great as Tony and Kevin. He took a long time to take our drinks, didn’t look in on us as much as he should have, and he sort of had a bit of an attitude towards the end of the evening. Perhaps it was because it was getting busier .
If you do go please ask the hostess/host to seat you in Kevin or Tony’s section.

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S
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We ordered two salads (mixed green and farmers), mac & cheese, salmon daily special, steak frites, lobster risotto, and fruit cobbler and affogato for dessert. Everything was good, but would've been better if the flavors weren't so strong. I prefer a subtle blending of flavors rather than overpowering dishes. Everything was a bit over the top from the salads which had too much dressing, to the lobster risotto that was too rich and had a strong lobster flavor, to the affogato which had a huge chocolate covered biscotti with three scoops of ice cream and a tiny bit of espresso. The best dishes of the night were the salmon and fruit cobbler. I would've enjoyed the food much better if the flavors were a bit lighter and cleaner tasting instead of so rich and overpowering. I think this is why we haven't been back to this restaurant in a while, but wanted to give it another try since they changed locations and we like to see if the quality of the food gets better through the years. The service is really good though. Overall, I would go back here because our grandmas enjoyed dinner and the atmosphere is really nice with that neighborhood restaurant feel, but hope the chef can tone down the flavors a bit.

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