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About 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 !

2840 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96826
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:


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

Dinner: F-Sa 5:00pn-1:00am

Cross Street:
Kaimuki st.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 737-0230

Website:
http://www.e-k-c.co.jp/tenpo/honolulu-e/

Parking Details:
Parking available in front of Restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Yoshitaka Himuro

Additional:
Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Gazen Izakaya Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.0

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (340)
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Casual (14)
Notable Wine List (12)
Happy Hour (11)
Authentic (10)
Cozy (9)
Great for Brunch (6)
Creative Cuisine (6)
Fun (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (6)
Outstanding Value (6)
Tapas (6)
Worth the Drive (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Great Beer (5)
Pre/post Theatre (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Business Meals (4)
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Healthy (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Quick Bite (4)
Quiet Conversation (2)
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Tasting Menu (2)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 2, 2017

This restaurant is no longer in open table but let us sit and dine anyway. A very good restaurant. Open table needs to remove them off their list so no major disappointment occurs.

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ambience4
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Sure bet for great tasting izakaya at good value !

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service5
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 26, 2016

Gazen has been a reliable go to restaurant when you have a taste for Japanese izakaya food. all the dishes we ordered were great, including the agedashi mocha, shiso wrapped ahi, hamachi takuan sushi roll, and the chicken over rice.
Happy hour drink prices were a plus (if you eat before 6:30).

Tags: Happy Hour, Tasting Menu
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 15, 2016

The ambiance is very pleasant. Reasonable prices. Fresh tofu was unique and very good. The mochi with cheese appetizer was unusual and surprisingly good. Pitcher keeps beer cold without watering it down...excellent! Overall very nice experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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food3
ambience4
service3
value4

 
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 12, 2016

we liked the secluded seat that we had this time! it was cozy and my daughter (8) also liked it. food was very good as always.

Tags: Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Casual, Kid-friendly, Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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food5
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service5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 6, 2016

Recomended by a friend. Have dined there twice. Even my 4 year old grand-daughter enjoyed everything especially the Tofu and desserts.
Very family friendly for those with youngsters.
The food is extraordinary. Going back again soon with neighbor island guests.
Gochiso sama deshta...

Tags: Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Gazen is one of my favorite restaurants in Hawaii. The chef really knows what he's doing. The dishes are excellent and incorporate the best creativity in texture, taste, and temperature. Simply brilliant.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Quick Bite
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food5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2016

My favorite restaurant in Honolulu. Nice get away from the hubbub of Waikiki, but a short taxi ride. Extraordinary selection of delectable treats. Dont miss the tofu sampler and the 5 type of sashimi spread. Be ready to stretch and try some things and you wont be sorry.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy
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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 30, 2016

The food was great but I think the staff forgot about us. We had to wait a long time between dishes and had to remind them many times about our orders. They had communication problems between staff. They charged us twice so we had to explain that we paid already.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Casual, Cozy
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food4
ambience3
service2
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 29, 2016

Great food. Good variety of dishes.

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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 20, 2016

I've liked Gazen in the past and still like it, which is why we returned there on Thursday to welcome a new member of our ohana. We enjoyed the happy hour specials and especially the tofu sampler, the beef tataki, the gobo, the Jpn omelette, and several other things. Service this time was exceptionally good.

Tags: Tapas
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food4
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service5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 24, 2016

New waiter kinda didn't know the offerings very well, messed up our order a little, but no biggie. Would have enjoyed it more, but will come back. Love the $3.00 happy hour drinks

Tags: Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 21, 2016

Good variety. Good for those who like to share dishes. Happy Hour pricing and sake were good choice. Selected from both Happy Hour menu as well as Regular menu and had good variety for our party of four.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly
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food4
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 (東京)·Dined on September 15, 2016

Everyone I take loves the tofu. People also appreciate being able to share without having to ask. The food is always fresh and inventive.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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food5
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service4
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 3, 2016

Great as always. Slightly more affordable izakaya fare than the others around town. Housemade tofu always pleases. Shima Aji and Hiramasa sashimi from Japan were great. Love their salmon and ikura chazuke.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Tapas, Late-night Find, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 22, 2016

We are regulars here now. Love the consistency of the food.

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food4
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service5

 
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 22, 2016

Always wonderful every time never a mistake never a bad experience always perfection :)

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food5
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service5

vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 12, 2016

Tofu sampler is a must! Tried the clams - were a perfect complement to tofu and sushi roll. Make sure to sip the broth the clams come in too - was delicious!

Tags: Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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food5
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 2, 2016

Food was good but expensive! Best deal was beer on happy hour menu. Very limited amount of items (3-4 items) on happy hour menu. We ended up ordering food and drinks from regular menu. Would like to see more variety on happy hour menu.

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food4
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 30, 2016

we had the smaller room on the right which was OK except that the larger room on the end had a party which made it kinda noisy. The food was good and tasty and the fries were delicious; we had 4 kids and they enjoyed the food. We came at "happy hour" and the pitcher beer "hit the spot." It was the 2nd time for us and we enjoyed it.

Tags: Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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service4
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 30, 2016

Always great food but aince i go there so much, wish there was more variety

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food4
ambience5
service5

vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 20, 2016

Food is consistent and good

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 18, 2016

The service was good and we have been here many times. Just a note to the management and staff, especially the one who smokes. Perhaps wash your hand after smoking before serving as our server smells like ashtray when she was serving us. other than that, we love and enjoy the food.

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food5
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service4
value4

 
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 17, 2016

It is interesting to find so many kids in an "izakaya."

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Delicious unique food. Amazing service from everyone in the restaurant. It's fun to watch the kitchen staff work.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 5, 2016

Dine here for the homemade tofu, but due to an issue with refrigerator, no tofu or all choices of dessert. Disappointment. invited out of towners for a local Japanese experience. (Armenians) Would recommend notification via open table reservations, so diners could decide if reservations should be rescheduled.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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food3
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 5, 2016

The food was very tasty but sparse. Too much $$ for little portions. Ambience was nice although at times the service was a bit slow with the delivery of food. Seemed they needed more servers. I would go back again now that I know what to order.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Had a good time at Gazen. The waiter made a mistake with our order, but offered to not only take it off the bill, but also replace it with the correct item. We were stuffed, so we appreciated the gesture, but passed as we didn't want to waste the food. My wife was a bit disappointed, as it is what she wanted, but I was really happy with the mistake.

Service was extremely fast... the food came out pretty quick. It was nice to get food for our kids as they can get fussy when waiting too long.

The beef tongue was a bit salty, but other than that, everything was spot on.

Would definitely come back.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 2, 2016

Waiter was good and the food came fast. Our guest loved the food. Recommended this place to others.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 25, 2016

Nice Izakaya with diverse menu. Takes a while for food to come out if they're busy- which is usual for the weekends.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great Beer, Tapas, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 19, 2016

Food and service were excellent. For a group of 11 people we ordered 3 orders of each dish and ate "family-style".

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 18, 2016

Food is usually good but slow service

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 17, 2016

Waiter was very polite and food came out in a timely manner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 14, 2016

Gazen doesn't disappoint, definitely love the agedashi mochi and the sweet potato mochi and ice cream dessert. That Earle grey sauce is amazing! Service is always good and I love that it's so easy to make a reservation through opentable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 14, 2016

Always wonderful every time never a mistake never a bad experience always perfection :)

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 (Portland)·Dined on June 12, 2016

Always a pleasure. Out of town friends appreciate the ambiance and the menu. Try the home made tofu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Food's good - fun to try their different homemade tofu's - quite delicious. Air conditioning was broke so little uncomfortable - hope they get it fixed soon !

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Food was great. Sesame tofu , kampachi carpaccio, and agedashi mochi and the fried rice were excellent. Can;'t remember the rest of what we had but all were good.

One complaint was that the restaurant AC was on the blink and it was uncomfortably warm the whole time we were there. No apology from anyone! It was bearable with a tall cool draft beer:)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 4, 2016

I love Gazen. It is still my "go to" restaurant when I am with friends and we want to go somewhere with good food and drinks.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 4, 2016

Food was excellent and so was the ambience. They didn't rush us through the meal but food came on time. Everyone at our table enjoyed this dining spot! Only problem was the limited parking.

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