Chef Chai

4.5
81 reviews
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Chai Chaowasaree owner and Chef of Chef Chai at Pacifica Honolulu is recognized as one of Hawaii’s top Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs. Known for fusing fresh Hawaii ingredients with the exotic flavors of Asia, Chef Chai has created a culinary style that reflects the cultural diversity of Oahu and the Hawaiian Islands.

To further strengthen the partnership with Hawaii’s local farmers and fishermen, Chef Chai co-founded Hawaii Island Chefs (HIC), the second generation of Hawaii Regional Cuisine Chefs. This group of HIC chefs is on a mission to provide the world with the best of Hawaii’s diverse culinary resources from the culture of the people and the bounty of the land and sea.

Chef Chai is constantly seeking out new spices and ingredients at Oahu’s farmers markets and in Honolulu’s Chinatown, which brings back childhood memories of shopping the local markets in Bangkok to find the freshest ingredients for his family’s popular restaurant.

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Enjoy our special all you can eat Lobster and Alaskan King Crab Legs Buffet at Chef Chai. Buffet also included Primerib, Lamb Chops, Braised Shortrib, Seabass, Chicken and much much more. For complete menu please visit http://chefchai.com/mothers-day-fathers-day-buffet/

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What 81 People Are Saying
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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious! Service was great!

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J
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Chais food is unbelievable!! Soo good!
We went early at the only time available for a last minute reservation for 4 people. Chai was there to greet us when we arrived & it’s always nice to see him but we waited over 30 minutes for our drinks. 3 different people kept promising our complimentary appetizer but we never did receive it until after our meals were completed.
The food is so delicious & the service was attentive but we couldn’t get anything- food or drinks! I will go again to eat the delicious food & hopefully get better service because it was super crowded when I went.

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ED
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Grocery store quality food. Refrigerated rolls, basic and un-creative beet salad with store bought cherry tomatoes. The shrimp was ok.

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M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We were pleasantly surprised with a number of good options, especially those recommended by our waiter: Sauteed escargot and prawns with Hamakua mushrooms; Kurobuta osso bucco; filet mignon with mushroom puffs. Thank you for a wonderful meal.

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GY
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We used to eat at Chai’s at Aloha Tower in a regular basis and always considered it a 5 star experience. Very disappointed overall with food quality at this location as ox tail soup was lukewarm and chewy. Service was ok, nothing great. Had to use $6 valet to park even with lots of open stalls available. Won’t be returning.

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CS
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a delightful culinary experience!! delicious

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m
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Phenomenal food and experience. Didn’t see a single thing on the menu that I wouldn’t order.

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RI
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Got the Groupon deal for the Pre Fix Menu. Great value! Everything was absolutely DELICIOUS! Staff was on point & super nice. We will definitely be coming back!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent, friendly service! Thank you!

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KO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

I would recommend this restaurant for its great service. The food was a bit too rich. My personal taste is appreciative of a more natural style not using heavy cream.

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

Very impressive for out-of-town guests. Outstanding service. Outstanding food

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best assortment of starters. Must order the starter sampler! The giant prawns were THE BEST. LOVED the Hokkaido scallops with lobster risotto. Oxtail soup was wonderful. This is by far the most delicious dinner we've had in awhile. Over the past few months we've had dinner at quite a few nice restaurants including STAGE, MW, La Mer and Merriman's. Chef Chai stands out in the crowd!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents 41st Anniversary

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was wonderful!

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C
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I don't usually respond to making comments for a review of our dining out, however we felt our dining experience at Chai's was exceptional. We arrived early for our 4:45 seating and was seated in the Early Bird section. I guess I didn't explain well enough that we were there for Robert's Birthday Special. Anyway, we got that straightened out and was seated close to the piano in the main dining room. I must give great kudo's to our wait/server, Bryon, who did a fabulous job of making our evening an exceptional pleasure. The entire meal was fantastic from appearance, presentation, and taste of all our choices. The next day, I had to share our evening at Chai's with the guys and gaIs I surf with.
Mahalo for the experience.
Chuck and Bobbie von Arnswaldt

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a
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were so pleased with our dining experience that night...Our server, Nicholas, was so pleasant and...we also didn't order appetizers, but they brought us a complimentary appetizer! :-) The food was superb...I had the scallops and my friend had the chicken. We also arrived 10 minutes early, but they seated us right away. :)...Thank you for a wonderful evening! We hope to visit again when we attend our next concert at the Blaisdell! :-)

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OR
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolute delight.
Very friendly and kind staff. Food was excellent . Atmosphere very nice. Prices less expensive than predicted. Full worth for the money

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CD
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my 22nd birthday with a friend here. Food was amazing, I love asian fusion and the waiters, especially Nicholas, was an amazing and helpful as he discussed the dishes for us. If you come to Hawaii, please reserve a table and bring extra money for tips!! EVERY dish was a hit! Btw entrees on the menu are mains for you aussies!

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VB
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious!

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LL
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was perfect. Had the Filet, oysters, and all the deserts. Everything was perfect. Will be a regular.

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KM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent in every way,excellent food,excellent service,will recommend restaurant to friends and family.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh, and so tasty..
Highly recommended this place..

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food,service and atmosphere!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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WK
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was GREAT. The special that was being offered that evening was awesome. Service was impeccable and very accommodating. Especially when offering a birthday special.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ich bin nur durch vorbeilaufen drauf aufmerksam geworden und hab mich dann informiert und anschließend dafür entschieden. Ich kann es in jeder Form nur weiterempfehlen. Es gibt scheinbar ein täglich wechselndes Angebotsmenue und für 50$ war das absolut gerechtfertigt. Ich habe mich für das vegetarische Menü entschieden, was eigentlich zur Dinner-Zeit eigentlich teurer ist. Der Kellner wies mich darauf hin, jedoch tauchte das auf keiner Rechnung auf. Den Kaffee, den er vergessen hatte, gab es dann gleich umsonst und der Gruß aus der Küche war eigentlich schon eine Vorspeise. Das Essen ist delikat. Außergewöhnlich. Es wird angemessen aufbereitet und ist schon optisch ein Genuss. Der Kellner sagte, dass es aufgrund des gefüllten Restaurants länger dauern könne, aber dem war nicht so. Ich kann es nur weiterempfehlen. Es war großartig

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WL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal, and even more excellent service! Our server was very friendly and recommended great items on the menu. My husband and I were dining to celebrate his birthday. The food portions were great and the cocktail drinks were great. Kudos to our server for recommending the drinks according to our taste and to the mixologist who made the drinks just right - not too strong, not too sweet! I would go back again.

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RS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food selection, great atmosphere, easy parking.

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JE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did appetizers and salads. Excellent taste and service.

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SA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Chai delivers. Excellent dinner with friends and family.

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S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Upon leaving, had to wait a while to get car because no attendant at valet area, so we notified hostess and she went looking for attendant in parking lot and he eventually returned.

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KM
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service hadn’t been since he moved to new location but will go back

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JL
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was innovative, surprising and very delicious. The restaurant was crowded but the service was still attentive.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chef Chai is one of my favorites. Consistently good dishes, service, and ambiance. I’ve never been disappointed.

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to their Happy Hour and the food was great. An excellent variety of options available and we chose six of about ten. The puns and goat cheese was outstanding and the others were almost as good. The service was great and our waitress was especially accommodating. The house red wine was a superb Pinot Noir. An exceptional evening. We will be back next time we are in Honolulu.

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MS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

I ordered the risotto cake appetizer and didn't like it (lacking flavor). I tried my husband's zucchini eggplant soufflé and didn't like it either (same issue) so I didn't order an entree. The service was lacking. Maybe we caught them on a bad night after they'd run out of salt in the kitchen but I'm not going back. I am not usually picky but didn't want to risk spending money on another disappointment.

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GY
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best meal we ate in Honolulu by far!!!!!This restaurant can match anything in San Francisco!

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious! Portions was great and service was outstanding. Definitely going back

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, wonderful ambience and good service 😉☺️🤗❤️ Highly recommended 👍👍👍👍👍

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LT
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

We did a groupon and to say the least we felt like we were definitely not welcomed! Our server only talked to us 3 times, however waited on the table next to us 20 times. Food was very good but unfortunately the service ruined for us.

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