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Blind Ox, Honolulu, HI

Blind Ox

4.6
4.6
889 Reviews
$50 and over
Speakeasy
Blind Ox is Honolulu's newest speakeasy providing its guests with a wide selection of premium Whisky and spirits, unique seasonal cocktails, and delicious tapas.
Join us and like-minded individuals who believe greatness takes time, hard work, and a leap of faith.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Speakeasy, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (808) 254-6369
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, Veteran
  • Executive chef
    Mario
  • Private party facilities
    Break the ice and start your night out with something everyone will remember and talk about for a long time! Whether you’re entertaining clients, hosting a corporate party or celebrating a special occasion, our restaurant and wait staff will make it a spectacular event every time!
  • Private party contact
    Clayton Handley: (808) 254-6369
  • Neighborhood
    Honolulu
  • Cross street
    Paliuli Street
  • Parking details
    Valet opens at 5pm
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 889 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

890 Reviews
  1. KimiH

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Bar and wait service were really, really slow. Waited well over half an hour for a glass of wine and a cocktail.

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  2. Gavrilo2

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a really offbeat, engaging establishment, discreetly located, strong on character, with a genuine commitment to quality and service. It’s essentially a speakeasy atmosphere but sparing us the usual ‘secret password’ inconveniences etc. It’s not inexpensive but nothing’s expensive really unless something goes wrong— and I didn’t see that happen here. A very knowledgeable and strong emphasis on craft cocktails but not tediously complex as in Bar Leather Apron and other various spots. They know what they’re doing; mixologist Boo has it very very together. Insanely impressive spirits list, especially for dark spirits— Bourbon heaven. The emphasis on the cocktail menu offerings as good as they are is perhaps strong enough to an extent where one might feel almost ignorant or unappreciative simply by ordering a regular drink. But this place is straightforward and welcoming, cozy and focused. I would’ve thought I was in Manhattan.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks: tasty and balanced They offer a nice selection of whiskey and whiskey and tequila cocktails; however, there wasn’t very many vodka drinks. The ones offered seem too sweet and made with pre-made juice/syrups. The server recommended an off menu vodka cocktail that was nice and citrus forward so that was a nice accommodation for the lack of vodka cocktails on the menu. Food: Charcuterie platter included a variety of items, which were perfect for pupu! The fries were yummy with the different dipping sauces - especially liked the Serrano pepper dip, but beware - it IS spicy! 😜 Ambiance: Dark and moody - need a space for larger parties in main dining room that can seat 8+ ppl comfortably. Service: Server was friendly and accommodating; provided great drink recommendations! Enjoyed our visit and would return!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boo is great and the lobster rolls amazing Would recommend the oyster shooters also

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  5. matsudog

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food portions were small on some of their items and did not equate with the price point. Kinda cool place to have drinks - but the drinks are pricey as well. Outdoor area looks cool but lots of dirty dishes left out on the table for the guests to see on their way to their tables inside the establishment.

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  6. AaronH

    Toronto

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and big for a speakeasy. Didn't try the food, but the menu looks good and from what I saw on other tables it looked good.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the creative hand-crafted cocktails, food menu and ambience. The flavors are thoughtfully balanced with unique edible garnishes that are very appealing. Our bartender and server were amazing too!

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  8. BeatrizGarciaLoo

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The food is expensive for what you get. We order a charcuterie board, the bread is ok (La Tour Cafe) the cheese was nothing memorable or really special. Also got french fries, beet salad and octopus, is not bad but wasn't what I expected. The drinks were ok. 200$ plus tip later, went home to eat some more, those tapas did not hit the spot. We sat in the patio, the ambiance inside maybe better.

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  9. Joepaleto28

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just a great time😎 Waitress was very knowledgeable, and was able to accommodate Gluten Free Awesome drinks

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  10. StephenL

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really nice location! Well designed and great ambiance. Drinks and drink choices were outstanding, especially for single malt fans. The food was simply SALTY. Go for the drinks and conversion. Would go again, but only drinks.

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  11. ScottH

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our first experience was trying to get into the restaurant itself at the time of our reservation. Their front doors were locked and you had to pick up a service phone which was never answered. So after 10 minutes waiting out on the sidewalk. We walked around the side of the building and entered the back service entrance to get anyone’s attention that we were there for our reservation. The staff that we met at the back service entrance was friendly and accommodating and quickly confirmed our reservation and moved us to our awaiting table, unfortunately, the tables that we were going to be sitting at were full of dirty dishes and we were not busted yet even though the restaurant was 80% empty?? The staff asked us to step back into the hallway while the tables were cleaned. After being sat at the table the staff quickly arrived with the menus. The menu consisted of five or so, pages of craft cocktails and alcoholic beverages, and two pages of food, so we ordered two entrées, two appetizers, and a dessert as well as two craft cocktails. The table service was quick and adequate, but they need to improve their attention to detail. twice they serve someone else’s meal to our table, and when I asked for utensils for the table, they brought me a fork that’s teeth were completely bent over so bad that it had to be obvious to the person that grabbed the fork. This is what I mean about paying attention… They simply did not. As the food arrived promptly, I could see that the portions were very small and served tapas style. The reason why my guest and I ordered two entrées. Generally in restaurants that provide tapas settings, the portions that are plated are high in quality and low in quantity. This restaurant is neither. We completed our dinner and ate the dessert of crème brûlée, which was excellent. As we walked outside to get into our car, we both looked at each other and gave the overall experience a total thumbs down.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really great place outside the hustle and bustle but worth the Uber. In a world of poke and seafood be a quiet speakeasy with great drinks, friendly service and outstanding food. We had the blue balls, waygyu katsu sando, cheese and charcuterie and truffle fries. All excellent! The server Jared and bartender Boo are both attentive, friendly and provided excellent service. As for those saying not worth the price, it wasn’t any more expensive (and actually less) than some places. A unique hidden gem!

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  13. BridgetteD

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service and valet were five star tonight! We will return soon!!

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  14. AlexandraC

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boo and the handsome Irish bloke were fantastic! We love it Everytime we visit from Maui. We love Blind Ox! See you soon!

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  15. DonnaM

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday celebration!!!service was amazing food was good but not amazing. May return to try again

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Blind Ox exceeded my culinary expectations with its delightful fusion of flavors. The ambiance was inviting, and the staff's attentiveness added to the overall dining experience. Each dish showcased a perfect balance of creativity and traditional elements, leaving me eager to return and explore more of their menu. The attention to detail and the quality of ingredients make Blind Ox a standout choice for those seeking a memorable dining outing.

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  17. GloriaS

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Positive. Great drinks. Recommend The Madrid. Great Service.

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  18. foodanddrinks

    Chicago

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed this spot! The food was delicious and had an upscale feel to it despite being a relaxed atmosphere overall. The drinks were also creative and hit the spot!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Cancun

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Keisha was fantastic and everything we had was amazing!

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  20. LouisD

    Cincinnati

    94 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    94 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We never had the food as we were seated at a table outside which we did not reserve and were told there were some larger parties inside which limited inside seating . A large blue tarp covering furniture was next to our table. If this happened to us it could happen to you. We immediately called Uber and had a wonderful dinner at Roy’s

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  21. jbc47

    Indiana

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cool setting and friendly service. Tasty tapas and specialty cocktails. We knew it would be expensive and still, I somehow managed to be shocked at the bill. Unique experience but be prepared to spend $$$$.

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  22. NathanM

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Been to this place 3 times already and it just keeps getting better and better Boo and her crew are awesome the drinks are truly excellent and innovative you won't find drinks like this anywhere else and the food is delicious too! This is my new favorite place. If you want to relax, have some perfectly prepared drinks, eat some good food and just generally hang out with a great crowd get down to Blind Ox now!

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  23. LeonardoC

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boo Hooligan is the best bartender in the USA and best mixologist

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  24. TinaH

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent meal, atmosphere was perfect for a quiet date night.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great cocktails, delicious food!! Very nice ambiance.

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  26. kaboolie

    Central Coast

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Best French Fries ever! Brown, not anemic looking fries, with roasted(?) garlic cloves and a light sprinkling of parmesan. These were truffle fries that are not overwhelmed with truffle oil making these fantastic!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    cheap seats. average drinks. not much else. some cool decor but sort of hot in there. AC not very good. a poor man’s Harry Hardware

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  28. LeonardoC

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Boo is the best bartender in the USA!! So talented and amazing mixologist!

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  29. kaboolie

    Central Coast

    99 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate "outdoors" and it was so nice. Clever drinks, best french fries and tapas. everyone is great and speakeasy in the back. What more can you want?

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing cocktails using fresh homemade ingredients. Sharing plates were fantastic.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing dinner here! We had been recommended this place by friends. It was very intimate and quite. The service was excellent, the food was superb 🤌 Our cocktails were great quality as well. For tapas, we got the mushrooms, bone marrow, tofu, waygu, lobster roll, quail egg. All were amazing! For dessert we got the Affogato, and Crème Brûlée. My husband said the Brûlée was too salty but I’m sure that’s just a personal preference. I would highly recommend this place!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, great food and exceptional listings of whiskey.

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  33. JamesF

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was really tastefully and the liquor selection is awesome. Need to order the bone marrow next time

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s a really cool place in theory and the staff is friendly, but the food and drink quality does not match the price point. You’re better off saving your money.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had two of their speciality cocktails and they were good, but not worth the price. But we ordered the Caesar salad, bone marrow, and the petite lobster rolls and we absolutely loved them all! So delicious!

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Drinks were amazing and food was pretty good. A little louder than expected. Valet parking was very helpful. Service was great definitely! recommend if one has never been.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Terrible and overpriced. Was not worth it would never go again

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Great drinks brad the food was really good.

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  39. JulianF

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall great experience. I would definitely return and bring friends!

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  40. MaryDee

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an amazing experience. We sat at the bar and enjoyed amazing drinks made by Boo and Krista. The drinks were delightful to the “pallet” lol …..and enjoyed savoring the Ss of each craft cocktail made with corps d’elite ingredients.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

Blind Ox does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Blind Ox is rated 4.6 stars by 889 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Blind Ox

829 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816-1428

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Paliuli Street
  • Neighborhood
    Honolulu
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Speakeasy, Tapas / Small Plates, Fusion / Eclectic
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet opens at 5pm
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, Veteran
  • Executive chef
    Mario
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 254-6369
  • Private party facilities
    Break the ice and start your night out with something everyone will remember and talk about for a long time! Whether you’re entertaining clients, hosting a corporate party or celebrating a special occasion, our restaurant and wait staff will make it a spectacular event every time!
  • Private party contact
    Clayton Handley: (808) 254-6369
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