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Chef Chai

4.6
602 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Opened for both dine in and takeout.
Masks required for both diners and staff
Outdoor and indoor with the CDC distant guideline
No contact menu available

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.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 602 people are saying
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TeriW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice place to go for an occasion or just to get out for a good dinner. My cousin and I both celebrated our birthdays and she was pleasantly pleased with her dinner. Thank you for putting us in the back room since by the time we left the main area was very full.

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HappyCustomer
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The food tasted amazing but the portions were on the smaller side for a grown man. We had a complimentary starter of Chicken Tenderloin Sate’ with Thai Peanut Sauce, Asian Flat Bread and Cucumber Salad. Sooo good! Can't list everything everything we had. You have just got to go and experience it all for yourself because you won't be disappointed if you do!! Delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Beautiful presentation.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s been awhile since hubby and I had a date night, and this place made up for all of the missed date nights. The food presentation was exquisite, food tasted so divine and the staff was so friendly.

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ScottC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service staff was very friendly and attentive. As always, food was consistent and excellent. We always bring out of town friends and family to Chai’s for an enjoyable evening in a great atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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vipAtkinson
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never written a review on open table but today i will because the food was absolutely wonderful.
I love this restaurant, everything about it is extraordinary and beautiful. The owner Chai is so charismatic, kind and humble.
The staff is excellent . Our waiter was very professional and went out of his way to make us happy.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding and creative as well as delicious presentation and preparation of local fresh seafood and produce. The vegetable terrine was a work of art and incredibly scrumptious. Cheerful charming wait staff and well spaced service of courses. Highly recommend.

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RogerP
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband & I were able to sit outside under a cabana. The food was absolutely amazing. My starter was a foie gras mousse on brioche, and the main was scallops with risotto. Both excellent! My husband had the crab cakes to start and the scallops as well for the main course. We would highly recommend this restaurant, and will definitely return on our next trip to Oahu.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Tasting menu was great

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Dylan
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waiter was awesome. Drinks were delicious and every few minutes our waiter would check on us to make sure everything was good and give us updates on our food/clear empty dishes. Highly recommend the tasting menu, appetizers were delicious and eye catching, steak and sea bass were great and good size portions after eating the appetizers. The coconut cheese cake was one of the best if not the best cheesecake I have ever had. The halo halo was very refreshing too. Speedy service, courteous staff all the way through, and well worth the money.

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viprgbeall1365
Hawaii
46 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing try every course

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Fred
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience3

Service was lacking a bit

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AnnetteI
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really really enjoyed our experience here! The food was phenomenal but overall the customer service was exquisite. We also loved the ambiance and decor. Definitely a 10/10

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, we ordered whole fish and appetizers sampler. The best food we had on our one week trip.

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vipRdk335i
El Paso
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food1service1ambience5

Very surprised of the lack of customer service skills shown by the employees, as well as the servers (serving food while the table was full of previous dishes - literally had to assist in helping clear the table). Hostess was absolutely terrible - didn’t welcome us. I told her the name in the reservation and her only response was (there’s no seating inside, only outside) very windy at the time and no one else was outside. She didn’t try to provide any other solutions or estimated wait time for inside - just a take it or leave attitude. Very unwelcoming.

Great ambiance with lots of potential, if the food was good. Prices are comparable or above Miro Kaimuki but NOWHERE close to similar quality. The quality here is similar to a Carnival Cruise line dinner - if we were in the 80s.

Good food presentation but nothing special about the dishes. The fish was slightly dry / over cooked. Wanted to like it but extremely disappointed. The mediocre food and lack of service… I would not recommend.

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terria
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We appreciate the great service that you gave me for my wedding cocktail reception it was most appreciated especially your staff thank you be blessed wedding of hawaii couple Terri and James

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vipDarwinD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to Chef Chai Restaurant whenever we're in Hawaii and this place always live up to our expectations, it never fails for the last 5 years. I highly recommend this place, the staff are nice and friendly, Chef Chai can be there and he will say hi to you ask you if you're enjoying your food. So homely and Hawaiian hospitality you'll get from the moment you walk in. Thanks Chef Chai! I'll see you again.

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DouglasJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our friend's first time there and she LOVED the decor, lighting, FOOD and Service!! Our server, Bret, was so attentive!! The food looks so Special and it tastes even better!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I come here all the time! Great food and selection, great service, great ambiance. They have indoor and outdoor seating, both are very nice and give you a different feel! They have a nice bar. It’s the perfect in between of not too casual and not quite fine dining, I would call it upscale Asian fusion dining.

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JayG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! The Hennessy Chicken and Sea Bass was excellent. Alaskan crab cakes with mango was amazing.

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vipAnonymous
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My partner loved his food. Mine was very delicious also but due to food intolerances, I had very limited choices on what I could order. I have not had this problem at other same-caliber restaurants. Offering no seasoning on dishes as an alternative is not worth the money and causes bland food. Garlic, herbs, olive oil, tamari and spicy pepper are tolerated by many or most who do not eat gluten or dairy and can’t have your sauces. You are already heads above most restaurants in preparing certain gluten and dairy free items in some dishes. Why not make the menu more user friendly? (Either that, or train your wait staff differently).

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ETugaoen
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Air conditioning was leaking the entire time during dinner. Pretty embarrassing to dine with my business clients at a place that has been recommended by many.

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AmandaR
Charleston
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service, great food! A little casual so no need to over dress for an awesome menu and service. Can’t go wrong!!

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Kuulei
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful dining experience! Great value! Excellent food., service, and ambience. Plus having Chef Chau to stop by our table was very special toi see if everything was ok.. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others!

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JosephM
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service and great food! Highly recommend for anyone looking for a great date night!

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KevinW
New England
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really liked the cocktails, sampler menu and service.

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vipDingo
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food is consistently good, the prices tend to be on the high side, the overall experience is good. My main frustration is that the Thai offerings are minimal. The menu on-line incorrectly says that they offer a red curry chicken dish, which I would like. Listings include mashed potatoes instead of rice, though substitution is available. To his credit Chef Chai does provide a complimentary appetizer with chicken, pickled vegetable and peanut sauce accompanied by nan bread. Very nice.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Parking was 6 dollars a little excessive cause before 6:30 you can only valet. After 6:30 you can park on the street.

Other than that service at the beginning was very good. Food was delicious I recommended the sampler platter to get to try a little of everything. The flavors were delicious. The steak and fish were PERFECTLY cooked. The desserts were amazing and light! Drinks were good. Really have nothing had to say!

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Abby
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is the best around! We went for the early bird special and the menu we had for the price was out of the world. We saw Chef Chai there making sure everyone had a great experience which was nice to see. We had outside seating which we understand due to the pandemic, but the road traffic was loud at times. The valet parking was convenient and overall we would go again!

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Deano
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Valet parking makes access easy.

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MrsP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at Chef Chai to celebrate a birthday. The wait service was excellent and the food delicious. We loved that we could order the early bird special that came with an assortment of 5 appetizers, an entree and dessert. The Miso Fresh Chilean Seabass with Pickled Vegetables and Steamed White or Coconut Milk Ginger Brown Rice was outstanding. The White Chocolate Amore Truffle with Raspberry Guava Puree was our most favorite dessert. We definitely will be dining again at Chef Chai!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience with the tasting menu. Great food, great service. 100% would go again.

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EFlo
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great atmosphere. Food portions were good. Not too much and not too little. Service was top notch. Wide selection of alcohol. Flight to TYO was amazing.

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AnnB
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I normally splurge with a decadent dinner at Chais but was feeling light so three of us opted for the vegetarian options. What a delight! The terrine was spectacular, and so was my husband's dish. And the new outdoor dining area was beautiful... it was private, clean, quiet, beautifully lit and best of all, made everyone feel safe and relaxed. Thank you Chai's for looking after everyone's well-being. We're looking forward to going back to Chai's again.

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ToddW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and excellent presentation. Would recommend reservations.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great time and perfect service, the waiter did a great job.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was amazing!! A dinning experience, the service was excellent! The most artistic and beautiful presentation as well.
5 star

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KyleK
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was top notch and we really enjoyed it. Bass was absolutely amazing. Only critique was the rainbow salad. $12 for a very basic, small salad. Other then that, I was very satisfied.

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AliciaD
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious! - And they make you feel special at every level!

FAQs

Chef Chai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 585-0011.

Chef Chai is rated 4.6 stars by 602 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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