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About Kan Zaman - Chinatown

Authentic Moroccan and Lebanese cuisine

1028 Nuuanu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96813
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Moroccan, Lebanese, Middle Eastern

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday 11am - 9:30pm
Friday & Saturday 11am - 10:30pm
Sunday CLOSED

Cross Street:
S. King Street

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

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

Phone Number:
(808) 554-3847

Website:
http://kanzamanhawaii.com/

Entertainment:
Belly Dancing Wednesday nights

Catering:
Onsite and offsite catering available

Parking Details:
Public Lots across street

Executive Chef:
Kamal Jemmari

Additional:
Banquet, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access

Special Events & Promotions:
Middle Eastern themes

Kan Zaman - Chinatown Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Good for Birthdays (3)
Business Meals (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Great for Lunch (3)
Romantic (3)
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Afternoon Tea (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

Exceptional service with delicious Lebanese/ moracan cuisine. Byob. The courtyard seating is a gem!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 23, 2017

The rack of lamb was delicious and ample--4 pieces.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Delicious Mediterranean food - nice treat from the many wonderful Asian Fusion dining choices we have in Hawaii. Ordered my usual favorites Baba Ganouge, Kan Zaman Salad (very generous and fresh). The new dish we treated ourselves to was the Badinjan Mahchi - will definitely be ordering again. The red thyme sauce over stuffed eggplant was a satisfying meal on its own.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Comfort Food
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food was very tasty but it was almost like eating in the dark! lighting needs work and service was not on point tonight.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Awesome food and service. BYOB was great.
Outside dinning

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Great food and service and we had a large group and everyone left happy.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 20, 2017

This restaurant makes a real contribution to the dining scene downtown. The menu is representative of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean food and the quality is very good. A bonus is being able to eat outside. Setting is small but adequate. It is a BYOB which contributes to a low price. Very much recommended.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The service was good and I'm glad they do BYOB. However, having been to Morocco and had tajine in multiple cities, I wouldn't call the dish I had authentic. I ordered tajine and my brother ordered lamb couscous. We essentially received the same thing with different grains. It was a place I would tell my friends to go to for ambiance, but not an authentic ethnic dish.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Reservations were made easy via Open Table. The decor was exotic and colorful. Seating was comfortable. We celebrated our friend's birthday. She had lived in Oman, so, enjoyed the food a lot. I can't eat much, so split a chicken sandwich with my husband and ordered the mezze appetizer dish. My friend had the lamb sandwich. The servings were plentiful and very healthy. The waitress was attentive and sweet. The orange water to wipe our hands after the meal was nice!

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 6, 2017

I usually come here and rather enjoy myself. But this particular time, the staff was completely off - our server was forgetful (came back several time to ask again our orders), clumsy (dropping things on the floor, tripping twice at our table), the kitchen noise level was excessive ( loud talking, independent radio, no one picked up the phone, dishes being tossed around or breaking). I was rather shocked. But food was still great

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·Dined on August 4, 2017

We were seated quickly and the restaurant was clean and neat. Even though we were surrounded by people, we could still hear ourselves easily. The food service was well paced and the wait staff friendly and helpful. The menu selections were great and the food met our expectations. I will definitely suggest it for more lunch time gatherings.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 30, 2017

As always, the food was great. We order 2 dishes (lamb and beef shawarma) and several sides (hummus, tabouleh, falafel, and grape leaves). It was delicious. I like that this is BYOB with no corkage fees. My children also liked the dishes. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Chinatown.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Kan Zaman never lets me down! The food is always fresh and delicious and the portions are good. The outdoor area is adorable and cozy. I love that you can BYOB.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Romantic, Fun, Cozy, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Good variety of medeteranian food. Best to make reservations and ask to sit in the back. Cozy lanai. My favorite place to have dinner.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (Tampa)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Sit on the patio, great casual Mediterranean food.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 17, 2017

The food is always tasty here. The vegetarian couscous is delicious. This establishment is BYOB.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Love this place for lunch & dinner. The service is always AWESOME!

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 16, 2017

We made a reservation on Open Table and had a nice meal. There was a mix-up with our reservation, but Open Table provided great customer service to resolve our issue.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Wsithelp were very friendly and food was delicious. This was the first time going there & was very pleased. Will definitely go again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Vegan, Casual, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 23, 2017

The lamb dish was made with some kind of meatloaf type thing which we had to send back as it was greasy and unappetizing. Chicken was okay but expensive for what you get. Slightly below standard food truck quality but served in a cafe setting at cafe prices.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 8, 2017

The first time we came with a group of friends and enjoyed it so much, so no surprise that my husband wanted to come here on his birthday. We sat outside which is nice and cozy. We ordered the grilled rack of lamb, lamb kebab, and chicken shawarma. My kids weren't a fan of the grilled rack of lamb. My daughter liked the lamb kebab which looked and tasted like sliced up breakfast sausage patties. My son ordered an orange juice which I didn't bother to look at the price before ordering...turned out to be $8 for a glass of orange juice! It was fresh squeezed so maybe that's why. For dessert we got the lemon bar and chocolate coffee cheesecake. The lemon bar was delicious but the cheesecake was a little to sweet for my liking. Overall it was a good meal with good service and we would definitely come back again.
Tip: You can park at Mark's Garage for a $5 flat rate which is off Nuuanu Ave about a block or two before the restaurant.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Our first time to Kan Zaman. We Really enjoyed everything we ordered especially the spicy hummus with pita bread. The hot mint tea was a refreshing start to a wonderful meal. Both entrees ordered, tajine lamb and beef kabob were perfectly done. Will definitely go back especially since they will also be opening another in Kaimuki.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 20, 2017

I have always enjoyed this restaurant. You get excellent food at a reasonable price. Try the lamb kebab - even if you're not a fan of lamb (I wasn't) this will convert you!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 20, 2017

Service was friend;y and efficient and the food was delicious. They were even kind enough to allow us to linger over our post lunch coffee and conversation without nudging us along.

Tags: Spicy, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 20, 2017

My expectations were not met. After reading all of the reviews on line I selected this restaurant hoping for a great exotic Moroccan meal, but I was greatly disappointed. There were two things good about this restaurant, the Moroccan Tea and Service. The food was below average, and left a lot to be desired. I would not recommend this restaurant. Pita bread from Costco, falafel greasy, food did not appear to be freshly made...more like store bought and plated. Grape leaves, hardly any filling...mostly leaves.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 17, 2017

Lovely back garden and excellent service!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 15, 2017

I ordered the lamb tagine and it came with a plate full of beans which I was not expecting. They weren't bad...just unexpected, I probably should have read the menu closer. The hummus was absolutely wonderful, the best I have had in Honolulu. The orange blossom cheesecake was so-so. It did not taste like orange anything. Better to make something more exotic like orange blossom Bavarian creme or be creative and make orange blossom baklava. I have had it made with rosewater and it was much better than made with honey.
The waitstaff were inexperienced but goodhearted and eager to please even if they snatched the plates off the table as you put the last bite in your mouth.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Kan Zaman is a great place. BYOB makes it even better. Daily specials are always enticing and food is good. If it were less expensive I would eat here all the time!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegan, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Had the Lamb Kebab and it was delicious.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Delicious food, nice ambiance, wonderful and friendly waiter. Absolutely love it here!

Tags: Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 6, 2017

They just keep impressing, simple as that. I greatly recommend it for meat eaters and vegans alike

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 30, 2017

Rack of lamb, a definite winner. This is a Chinatown restaurant, so the neighborhood can be problematic. Parking is easy at the municipal lot, a great place for byob, very unique dining experience. Most prefer the outside dining in the garden, I like to sit at a table for two right in the window, two very different experiences.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Have been coming here since it opened. Everyone I bring loves the food, the novelty of having a Moroccan/Lebaniese restaurant in town & wants to return. This particular night I brought a friend since childhood (who has years of experience in the food industry) and his wife. They are seasoned travelers and were impressed with the food and the ambience, especially with the back garden section. Co-owner, Chef Kamal came to sit with us for a bit. Some of the items we ordered got "forgotten" between the young man who took our order and the food runner, so we reminded staff about that. The delay was actually fine for us because it gave us a breather between courses. We ordered and shared, the Mezza Sampler, Tabouleh, Falafel, Rack of Lamb and the Fresh Catch Special (Ono or Opah). For dessert we had the Orange Blossom Cheesecake, Baklava and a pot of mint tea. My friends were so happy and loved every dish. The only thing that really surprised us was the price of the pot of tea ($24). Service was friendly and efficient. Overall, my friends were sure they will return and bring others. Another thing that brings credit to this place is the amount of people from Muslim countries eating here. I have spoken with the imam of Honolulu's only mosque and he says that the food served at Kan Zaman is Halal.
I will continue to bring friends looking to widen their gastronomic horizons to eat here.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Groups, Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Vegan
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on March 17, 2017

Creative, tasty Mediterranean food. It's BYO wine (or other alcohol), which I always prefer. Been here twice for special occasions and will definitely be back.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 8, 2017

Tasty food and pleasant service. Delicious tea and amazing desserts!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 6, 2017

Middle East restaurants can be a bit predictable but KZ has made sure to augment the staples with some unusual dishes and even the more traditional food is very good quality. The tea is excellent. Feels like the souk. Great lemon bar desert. Loved it. BYOB, no corking fee. Very nice.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Fit for Foodies, Tapas, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Very accommodating staff; we were not rushed, and the food was delicious and authentic. Specials were described slowly and articulately. Portions were generous but not wastefully large. Nice ambiance - ate outdoors. Would recommend and will go back for sure.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Simple very tasty heathy food! I've been back numerous times!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 15, 2017

Great food. Pretty busy for lunch but good value. Not a quick meal, not to be rushed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 14, 2017

We went to Kan Zaman for Valentine's Day! The menu has interesting choices and the food is nicely plated and tasty. The server was a bit slow to get to us after we were seated but was friendly and knowledgeable. The taktouka tomato and roasted pepper salad was a good starter and came with a good supply of pita. My wife had the chicken tajine and I had the lamb tagine; both were excellent, fall off the bone tender and flavorful. The tables in the dining room are a bit small and we would have preferred Moroccan or Lebanese background music instead of rock. We had been on the outside tables in back previously, but they looked crowded and noisy this time. The orange water hand shower at the end was a nice touch. BYOB with no corkage was a bonus, although an ice bucket for our wine would have been appreciated. But, my picky comments are minor and Kan Zaman is on our We Would Go To Again list.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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