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  3. Distance: 0.84mi
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About Permanently Closed - Kona Kai Sushi

This restaurant is permanently closed. Here at Kona Kai Sushi we strive to give you, our guest, the best sushi experience we can provide. We offer a diverse variety of seafood from around the world as well as an impressive Japanese beer and sake selection

3579 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Sushi, Tapas / Small Plates, Japanese

Hours of Operation:

Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Closed on Sundays & Mondays

Cross Street:
12th Ave

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 594-7687

Parking Details:
We have our main entrance from the Public parking lot located between 11th and 12th avenue

Executive Chef:
Jason Manibog

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Kona Kai Sushi - Permanently Closed Ratings and Reviews

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4.8

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.8

service

4.7

ambience

4.4

value

4.5

Noise

Moderate

100% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (9)
Special Occasion (6)
Casual (5)
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Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Authentic (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Healthy (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Tapas (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Cozy (1)
Seasonal (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Fun (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Excellent sushi and sides like daikon salad and agedashi dofu. And a nice authentic variety of drinks like shochu, sake, Japanese beer. The atmosphere is informal and friendly and pretty much all about the food.

Tags: Seasonal, Authentic, Casual, Good for a Date
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food5
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service4
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·Dined on October 11, 2017

Baked oyster, Gindara, rolls, Nigiri are all very fresh and tasty.

Tags: Tasting Menu
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food4
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 4, 2017

We took our 12-year old son here for his first taste of "fancy" sushi. He loved it. We got the omakase for all three of us and he gave the meal a 10 until the oysters. The oysters were actually great, but certainly an acquired taste. Maybe next year:)

Tags: Tasting Menu
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food4
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service5
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Great as always. I think the fish is best in town. The dishes are all spot on.

Tags: Fun, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Everything was really great except for the ginger - it tasted really disgusting.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Excellent food and service, will definitely return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 30, 2017

Great food and service!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 26, 2017

This restaurant is a real gem. My wife and I ordered omakase (chef's choice) and the food was superb! I highly recommend the restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Tasting Menu, Healthy
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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Always great. Super fresh fish. Friendly atmosphere.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Amazing.
Try omakase !

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 11, 2017

The wagyu steak is delicious and a decent size (8oz). Seafood dishes are on the small side.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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food4
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 24, 2017

Alway a good time here.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Amazingly fresh fish, friendly service...... just love this place!!

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Hot Spot, Fun, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Always great food & friendly staff. First time tried Wagu nigiri & it was excellent & have to order second one.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 27, 2017

The sushi was super fresh and the best I've ever had. Staff and service was exceptional. Had a wonderful experience and would absolutely go again.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Good, like, legit like, really good, like you would like it... I mean I dont know what your into but this place is like good man

Tags: Great for Brunch, Waterfront, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options, Live Music, Scenic View, Tapas, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2017

I made the reservation on OpenTable so when we arrived we were led to seats at the sushi bar.
As there were three empty tables I asked if we could sit at a table. We were told by the "manager" that since we made our reservation on OpenTable we would have to sit at the bar. I don't mind sitting at the bar when it is my choice to do so or when I am asked if I wouldn't mind.
However, I do object to being seated there when there are empty tables available. We declined and left the restaurant. About halfway down the walkway to the parking lot the "manager" came outside and said there was a table for us if we wanted it. Once we were seated the meal and service were quite good. The empty tables never did get occupied while we were there.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Special Occasion
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food4
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service3
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 18, 2017

We had been here previously and this visit did not disappoint. The food is good. It is sort of an adventure tasting the many appetizers that we have never tried before: Natto,radishes, stuffed calimari, mushrooms. All good, some delicious. The staff are excellent in suggesting items and also explaining the different selection of sakes. And they are all so young and courteous. The nigiri sushi was very good. It is not inexpensive but worth it. Recommended.

Tags: Comfort Food, Tapas
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food5
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Top notch. Absolutely the best sushi on Oahu. The hotate with Yuzu... order it. Uni is always fresh.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on June 14, 2017

Sushi was very good, some of the fish was not as high quality as I expected.however service was excellent. My nephew di the omakase which was fun to watch all the different nigiri,

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 31, 2017

Everything's great ❤️

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I love this place. I have never been into raw fish but now I am. The fish is super fresh, need I say more.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Perfect as always :) great service, amazing variety of nigiri sushi and great birthday present :) arigato gozaimas

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on May 9, 2017

I have been to Kona Kai Sushi about 4 times. Every experience gets better and better. Everyone who works here is so nice! The food is amazing! The fish is really fresh and unlike some places I have been to they really respect the fish here!!! I have eaten at a lot of sushi restaurants over the years and this is by far my FAVORITE.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Fantastic sushi, always super fresh. The toro and ikura, in particular, were melt in your mouth fresh. Shrimp tempura was spot on, the tempura batter was very light and the shrimp was perfectly cooked, so tender. We ordered ika prepared two ways, steamed (cooked perfectly) and deep fried (overcooked and tough, unfortunately), served with 3 sauces. There was one sauce prepared with ika innards that was AMAZING. The dish was worth ordering for that sauce alone. The one dish I didn't care for was the spider roll. It was more like a rainbow roll with soft shell crab, and was served swimming in a very sweet sauce. I like my spider rolls crispy and savory, not sweet. Spider roll and overcooked ika led to downgraded 4 stars. But generally we love this place and will be back for sure!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Kona Kai Sushie was very delicious! It's one of the best sushi places that I have ever been to. I suggest going for the Omakase dinner. The chefs just keep making you assorted food items until you tell them to stop. You don't get to pick what dishes that they make, but you can give them guidelines of what you don't like or can't eat before they begin. You only pay for what you eat, but be warned.... The bill does add up! Be prepared to spend about $125 to $175 per person depending on how much you eat as well as how much alcohol you drink

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Healthy, Hot Spot, Casual, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Quality Sushi here always incredible Amazing.... beautiful art of sushi , Tresty super Yummy food here, with Friendly Fantastic Service Team 😊✨

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 22, 2017

exceptional fish quality.....always a go to place when I am in town.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 22, 2017

All around outstanding! Staff is wonderful and food is most impressive. A great neighborhood gem in Kaimuki ❤

Tags: Authentic, Casual, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 11, 2017

Kona Kai sushi is our go to sushi spot. The sushi and all their dishes are excellent. The staff is always friendly and service is great.

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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Excellent for a special night out or dinner with your friends and a toddler. We've gone for omakase and ordering from the menu with friends.

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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on February 11, 2017

Service from Jimmy was exceptional.

Chef Jason Manibog offered us the best of everything.

Mahalo !

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 (Montreal)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Omacase is great! Dont miss out on some great sake like Dasai 23 at reasonable price. Fish was very fresh and great cuts. Enjoy

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 4, 2017

This was my first visit here, and I can at least say I tried this restaurant. The food was tasty, but very pricey, and portions were very small. Normally, sushi has little rice and a large piece of raw fish or whatever topping that hangs over the rice. Here, sushi toppings are meager, just covering the rice. Considering the price, too much for my budget. Five of us spent $350, some of us barely eating, and we all walked out still hungry.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2017

omakase is really good!! excellent choice

Tags: Healthy, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Great food n super value

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 21, 2017

Great food for authentic sushi

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2017

Didn't get sufficient attention from table-waiting crew considering there weren't too many customers. Had to get their attention several times to order something. Food was excellent.

Tags: Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 11, 2017

My husband and I come here almost every week for our date night, and we are both huge sushi fans! We could probably go somewhere a little more budget friendly, but we work hard and we've earned it! =)
The food is fresh, delicious and presented very well.
The atmosphere is casual and friendly, and the service is always on point!
Definitely one of our favorite spots on this island!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2017

Great, as always. Some of the best sushi in Honolulu, and more comfortable.

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