Kaiwa - Waikiki

4.3
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247 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Japanese

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ALOHA. Enjoy dining in elegant comfort at KAIWA. KAIWA is an all sensory encompassing dining experience where Modern Japanese Cuisine that features teppan and sushi "creations," is to be indulged in a sleek, contemporary atmosphere. KAIWA has something for everyone to enjoy.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Japanese, Sushi, Hibachi
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Hours of operation
Lunch daily: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Dinner daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(808) 924-1555
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hideaki Kishishita
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Lewers St.
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Parking details
There are two parking locations at Waikiki Beach Walk.
$6 up to 4 hours with validation when you have lunch or dinner at KAIWA.
Parking at Embassy Suites: Enter the Embassy Suites garage from Beachwalk street. Beachwalk street is one way going south (ma kai). Valet parking only, no self-parking.
Parking at Wyndam: Enter the Wyndham garage from Helumoa street. Travel south (ma kai) on Lewers street and turn left on to Helumoa Street. Enter parking on the left. Valet parking only.
Additional
Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.3based on all time ratings
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4.2
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4.1
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took outside table. Great service.
We liked fish &chips, temaki-sushi and karakara.

M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

ランチでよく利用していたので、閉店する前にもう一度来店しました。味も美味しいし、サービスもいいので閉店してしまうのが残念です。

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OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my birthday and the unfortunate soon to be closing of Kaiwa. I will miss the wonderful staff who always gave great service. Waikiki is losing a Japanese cuisine staple when they close this month. Thanks for the wonderful memories and good food.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Too bad they are closing....their food was great as always. The service was outstanding as well!!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I heard Kaiwa gonna close end of this month so me& my son went to eat last time. Service was very good but food was ok. Wafuu humberger was disappointing . Taste was not good, also so small more vege than meat. Spicy tuna sushi& spicy hamachi sushi we’re not spicy not at all. But service was very good. Every waiter, waitress gave us very good service. Well hopefully they open different place near future.

JA
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely I will recommend this place.
It's our favorite place to eat in waikiki.

a
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is so good.Staffs are kind,and they can speak Japanese,so I could tell them my requests perfectly.it’s helpful to me.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

丁寧な対応で、とても良かった。

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CM
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were about 10 mins late for a 9:30 reservations. The server who greed us almost didn't seat us. I told him that I had made a reservation and was sorry that we were late. He looked irritated and told us that the kitchen was about to close and we had to order fast and everything including drinks was last call. We rushed to order and hurried through dinner and still were not the last customers to leave. It was not an enjoyable experience. The restaurants website States that they are open until 10:30. When I mentioned that's to the server he said " we are open until 10:30 but the final seating is at 9:45'. I pointed out that it was only 9:40 when he seated us so there was still plenty of time according to there own website and policy. I would not recommend this place as the food,drink and tired looking decor, not to mention terrible attitude of the server did not warrant the high prices

FB
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely awesome! Great food, great service...thanks to Joe and outstanding waiter. Unfortunately they close on 30 JUN. Go before its too late, you'll regret it if you don't.

L
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happy hour menu is great deal! Everything was good!! So sad they are closing for good soon.. :(

L
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

Sushi was not what it had been made out to be. Not impressed. Many other great places to eat in Honolulu

OH
Kanagawa
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ハッピーアワーで利用しました。
料理も雰囲気も良く、大変楽しく満足できる時間を過ごせました。
いろいろな料理を注文し、数人でシェアしたので、量的にも適切で大いに楽しめました。和食の味も絶品でした。

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OT
Las Vegas
11 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

海外で日本食に行くのはあまり好きではない私ですが、こちらは何度も利用しています。
お料理が美味しく、スタッフも気持ちが良い対応をしてくれます。
ヤシのてんぷらや鮑のお味噌汁など、ハワイ産の食材も新鮮で美味しいです。

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ワイキキで美味しい和食を食べたくなった時にいつも寄らせていただいています。お料理は何を頼んでも美味しいです!
ごちそうさまでした。

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C
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great to dine with your pooch outside! Just make sure that it is not too hot, grateful that they have outdoor umbrellas for shade! Parking at Embassy Suites is best, but need to have your car valet. Note - the entrance to the parking is ON Beachwalk! Food was delicious!

Valet parking is $6 w/validation. May seem pricey, but reasonable since it is good for 4 hours!

OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

店員さんみんな日本語が話せて接客もとても感じ良かったです。
料理も出てきた時に目で楽しめ、味もとても美味しかったです。
リピートしたいお店です。

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, good serving.

SW
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I come here every year for our anniversary and we are always pleased with the service and the food . We came for lunch on a Sunday and it wasn’t as crowded as when we came for dinner in the past. We had two servers help us throughout our meal. The food was delicious as always and the drinks were great too. Both servers seemed very knowledgeable about the menu. The food looked amazing and tasted even better. The fish used in the sashimi platter and sushi rolls we got was fresh and buttery. The overall ambiance is romantic and we felt like we got the best service there.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

閉店の噂
とても良いお店なので、残念です。

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r
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

とにかく冷房が強くて寒かった!まずそれが一番の印象。
予約していたのに、店内奥の寿司カウンターの席に通され、従業員の通り道横で落ち着かない。
掘りごたつのようなゆっくりできる席は4人用テーブルなので空いていたけど通してもらえなかったのが残念。
あちらならゆっくりできそうです。
お料理は美味しかったので、グループならオススメします。

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OT
Osaka
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

安定の味でした。ゴールデンウィークだったので、忙しくされていて飲み物のオーダーが上手くいかない場面もありました。

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DM
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We have friends who come from the mainland twice a year and they always insist on Kaiwa's happy hour because of the value and the wonderful service. We never feel rushed to eat quickly during happy hour and they even come and give us a "last call" notice.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food fot the price!!

OT
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was great. Be ready to spend some money to fill up

JB
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food. Awesome kids meals as well

TS
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful and delicious sushi. Good service. I would definitely recommend.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Sashimi all dried up and the rice was too sour from the vinegar. Everything was from the freezer with freezer burn taste to it.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

リクエストどおり、テラス席で案内していただきました。料理もどれも美味しくて、たまたまだったそうですが日本の方が案内してくれたので日本語対応していただけてホッとしました。気持ち良く、スマホで写真も撮っていただけました。
皆んなにオススメ、そしてまたハワイに来たらリピートします。

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OT
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

カウンターで鉄板焼きをいただきました。
お肉、シーフード 焼き方が上手で美味しかったです。
ワインも種類が豊富。
食事の量は日本サイズで食べやすく、2人で行っても数品オーダーできます!
スタッフの雰囲気もとても良い!

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DC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We tried a couple appetizers and a roll, they are all excellent. The main courses include grill filet steak and catch-of-day. they are seasoned lightly and taste great.

F
Houston
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful location away from the Hotel crowds and yet how can you go wrong with shopping galore all around. The abalone was delectable so go for broke and have it - it was the right choice so I ordered seconds instead of desert. Only issue is it is a bit noisy.

SP
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly attentive service with excellent food. Bustling but not too noisy.

j
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good; the portion is not generous. Happy hour deals are good.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, 5 star service! Food cooked to perfection as always!

F
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and good service. Nice place to have party or invite friends over for dinner.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

中とろとフォアグラのソテーは絶品でした。
また、天ぷらも日本と同じくらい上手く揚がっていました。
また是非行きたいお店です。

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SJ
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We had a reservation confirmation by email but we were told by the host at the door that there was no reservation. We showed our reservation confirmation on our phone but the host kept repeating “no reservation, it is not our fault. It is open table”. The way he was handling the situation was not helpful or accommodating at all. He made us feel so bad for using open table, we will never use open table again for Kaiwa or even go back there.

P
Anchorage
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food is excellent!! Very traditional and creative Japanese food. Try Happy hour. The value is so satisfied. We truly enjoyed our dinner at Kaiwa so much. We will be there again if we have chance to come back to Hawaii.

OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my mom there for her birthday and had a fantastic meal. Food, service, everything was amazing. They made the night perfect by bringing her dessert and singing Happy birthday. An perfect night!