Kobe Japanese Steak House, Maui

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Enjoy the exciting art of Japanese Teppanyaki dining. Our talented chefs will prepare delicious steak, chicken, and seafood entrees right at your table. Complete dinners include soup, shrimp appetizer, teppan vegetables, rice, and hot tea. Vegetarian and keiki (kids) menus are available. Sunset dinner specials offered daily at our 5:30 and 6:00 PM seatings. Oku"s fabulous sushi will complete your Japanese dining experience! RESERVATIONS FOR TEPPANYAKI DINING ONLY!!
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Baltimore
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible will never go back no salad like at most served bland soup instead lots of cabbage included in veggies. Seasoning was so bad on chicken and filet.The chicken was not breast meat came out as small chunks and I know steak was not filet standard.

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ST
San Diego
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Service was overwhelmed and made many mistakes. Food was overpriced and bland. Some dishes were overcooked. Have eaten at many places like this, and this was rhe worst by far.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Fun chef and fun people at our table. Good local experience

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BB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The minute I stepped thru the door I could smell grease. Don’t know if it was from the food or the grease traps, but it concerned me. When I was seated at the Teppan Yaki table I immediately noticed that the grill hadn’t been thoroughly cleaned which is a big no no in any Teppan Yaki restaurant. I then noticed that there was food and clumps of grease in the grill tray. That was enough for me. I didn’t expect things to get any better and wasn’t about to find out how much worse it could get. I got up and left. Since I didn’t actually eat there, I can’t honestly rate any aspect of the dining experience other than the cleanliness. I don’t expect to be back.

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a fun time even though they were short one chief. Management accommodated us and we enjoyed our time there.

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DB
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience all the way around. I highly recommend it.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only complaint I have was the parking. My 86 year old mother lives with us and she uses a walker. We had to park a block away and she was exhausted by the time we got her to front door.

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DG
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Stevie the chef was excellent. He had a unique way of cooking my scallops...the best scallops I’ve ever had!

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WS
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Reservation was at 5:30 and waited 30 minutes for our table. When we arrived at our table it took 10 minutes for someone to take our drink order. When we placed our order, our server repeated our order 3 times and seemed very confused. The chef was great. Food was awesome. Service was terrible.

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L
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food is good but the presentation from the teppanyaki chef needs improving.

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AD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We made our reservations way in advance for my 5 year old to enjoy the experience. We had 7:30 reservations got there at 7:15, hostess ask that we be seated in lounge. We were seated soon after with 2 couples and on the other side station a birthday party of maybe 10-12 very loud and all were drinking group of friends. Waited a good 15 minutes and what looks like a Manager handed out menus including the sushi menu but gave us a warning that the sushi orders were taking a real long time. A good 10-15 min after we had drink orders taken. The table below us were seated 15 minutes after and within 10 minutes that had a chef cooking for them and our table hadn't even ordered yet. Its almost 45 minutes and finally get our orders in but no say in how long before a chef would be out. By this time our little one is extremely fussy because he's hungry and not tired. Let the host know that we would be leaving because we've been waiting for over 45 minutes.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They are always a great place to eat

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought my granddaughter to Maui and had to try Kobe Lahaina! On April 15th we went to Kobe Vancouver, Canada for her 13th birthday!

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Waited over an hour after our reservation and seating time for our chef. We were told it would be 5 minutes and eventually were offered 1 round of drinks to compensate. Food tasted burnt. Chef was talented, very nice and apologetic and waitress was extremely helpful. Management and ownership did not seem to care about treating customers decently. The restaurant itself is tired and run down. We used to love it, but it’s clearly gone downhill. Regretfully, we won’t be returning. We’re very sorry for the staff and conditions.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

It was ok....waited very long for a chef. Then they nvr asked if we had any special occasion so didn’t get to sing happy birthday to my son.

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JH
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Yes, we would go there again. The food was above average and the service was attentive. However, one should be aware that this restaurant will attempt tyo fill all seat at the table before the chef shows up to cook. We had a 6:30 reservation but the cook did not start cooking the meal until 7:10.

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ZU
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

They more or less ignored our reservation time(we were seated over 30 minutes after our reservation.

The food was not very good. Average at best. The Garlic fried rice was very underwhelming, being very mushy and not "crisp" like i expect Fried Rice to be.

Very disappointing restaurant, we will not be back.

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SH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been many times and enjoy every single visit.

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PJ
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We have been here many times and always enjoy ourselves. We had a good time this time, but it took a long time to seat us, even when we had a reservation. Then when we were finally seated, it took a long time to take our order and for the chef to come out. He was a lot of fun. He recooked my fish when it wasn't cooked all of the way. The restaurant could use some updates.

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LW
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent service & food @ Kobe.....love making reservations on line.....

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Screaming toddler who’s parents wouldn’t have common courtesy to remove him from table ruined much of the experience. But other than that everything wonderful

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ME
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of favorite restsurants in Maui. Great food and great service.

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J
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Longtime dining establishment in Lahaina, with excellent food.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First night in maui

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food, waitress needs to be more on it.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Service was a little slow but the food was amazing. My only complaint was that we came out smelling like smoke and food. They need a better air circulation system.

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Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dinner was good at Kobe. We had a party of 8 and our Chef was Randall. Randall was personable and friendly. We've had him several times in the past and hes the best one they have there...food was good...portions seem led to have gotten smaller than before...looks like they've turned over management/ownership of the restaurant..the manager also took our order so it looks like they cut a couple positions to cut cost. All in all Kobe is a solid choice for dinner. You know what you're gonna get and typically aren't disappointed.

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Understaffed ...waited 1 1/2 hrs for our chef...almost left!!!
Food was mediocre at best
Never again

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LW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Was very frustrated to wait over one hour for anyone to come to the table, even with our advance reservation. One of our guests couldn't stay long enough to have dinner since we didn't even get acknowledged to order over one hour. To be fair, we haven't experienced it quite so bad in the past, but were unhappy with how the occurrence was handled by management. Nothing done. Just wait some more. It wasn't busier than usual, quite the contrary. What a disappointment.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was the worst dining experience I’ve had! I should have known when I walked in and the restaurant was dirty. I could see behind the sushi area and it was so dirty! The staff left a dirty bucket and dirty rags sitting there next to us because they were going to clean the grill across from us it was so disgusting. I should have left at this point but decided to stay. I ordered the filet mignon and shrimp,the meat did not taste good so we left the majority of our food and the prices were about $40-$45 for my plate. Definitely was not worth the price and I definitely would not recommend this place to anyone!!! I was completely disgusted and the food was awful! The staff was not very knowledgeable either. Honestly trying to forget about this dining experience and not let it ruin the amazing stay Ive had in Maui. So disgusted!!!

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PP
Hawaii
62 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had another enjoyable dinner at Kobe in Lahaina. My wife and I really enjoyed the steak and shrimp (upgraded to filet) and my brother enjoyed the steak and teriyaki chicken. The chef was a good cook, but not very interactive or entertaining.

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AW
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall great experience. Food was outstanding, staff was friendly and prompt. Will definitely go back!

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AS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

We were excited to celebrate a birthday at a place recommended by a local. We were so disappointed! Our fried rice had burnt rice, they don’t serve yumyum sauce and laughed at us when we asked. We didn’t get drink refills, and our pina coladas were not very good (cheap tasting and watery). Our reservation was for 6:30 and we got sat at 6:55. When it was time to get our check (we were a party of 5 and sat with a party of 2) our cards were ran for the wrong checks. We got charged for the party of 2 and they got charged for our bill. It was a quick fix, but just one more thing we had to deal with. The steak was great and the portion size for kids was very generous. We’ve definitely had better on the mainland.

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PN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Chef was very entertaining while preparing the courses. Food was delicious. HIghly recommend.

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TU
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

We went to Kobe’s to celebrate hubbys birthday. This is his favorite restaurant and we usually have a great experience. This time it was different. We got seated 15 mins after our reservation time and our cook didn’t reach our station until 30 minutes later. The cook is usually an outgoing and enthusiastic chef but this guy was just sos so. He hardly talked and just did the cooking. The food was delicious as usual. Was somewhat disappointing for a special occasion while the table next to us had a great entertaining chef.

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FH
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

We always visit Kobe's. This time we waited 40 mintues for a table we had reservations for. We then waited another 30 mins for the chef to come and start cooking. The WAITER was horrible. When I aasked for refill on my coke while WAITING so long he acted like I asked for his blood. Then after dinner he handed our bill without asking if we were Kamaaina which we always were just given it. We asked for the discount and he rudely said "what discount?" I said Kamaaina and he swiftly took the bill. I shouldn't have tipped him but I knew the Chef. We own our own food establishment and we would never give such rude service and to wait over an hour with no one checking on us..unbelievable! Not coming back, rather stay at home and cook our own.

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FD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I always love dining at Kobe because of the friendly staff, and service was always good but unfortunately this last one was the worst service I ever encounter except for the cook. My husband brought me to dinner to celebrate my birthday and even attempt to surprise me with a one of the fried ice cream and gave $20 to one of the hostess but never got one plus our appetizer came when we were eating dinner already and my husband told the server to go ahead and cancel one of the appetizer that never receive but yet the server said it’s almost done but did not get it till dinner was about done and it was supposed to be a soft shell crab sushi but got a fried soft shell crab plain. Because it was my birthday my husband did not want to make a sin so we left and went somewhere else for dessert because the server did not even offer dessert. Really?! We had 2 people celebrating on our table. If anything the busboy was more attentive then the server.

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SK
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kobe was an awesome place! Great food and service was excellent!

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DO
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The facility was somewhat dated and appeared rundown. The food experience was great. We had Scotty as our chef and he was amazing.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

The only good part was our chef. He was funny and sarcastic and we enjoyed the show he put on while cooking our dinner. The manager was rude, the sushi was horrible and the food was bland. The over grill exhaust hood was leaking greasy, black stuff on the food and the whole place was rundown.

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