Chef Chai

4.6
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270 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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Sun 7:30PM - 8:30PM
Tue - Sat 7:30PM - 8:30PM

What 270 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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OT
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and for my birthday. Flavors of the food and composure were very appealing. Service was excellent and delivery of the food was on point. They were out of the chocolate port and a couple of others which led me to not get one. The mouse chocolate Haupia cake was scrumptious. We will be back.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall excellent Valentine's day dinner.

DT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and servers are attentive to providing great customer service

KB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Perhaps our expectations were too high, but we would not come back given the other culinary options in Honolulu. The restaurant is a confusing mix of old Hawaii with a woman selling flowers and lei from table to table while you dine and nouveau fusion atmosphere that did not mix. The piano player was nice as we were in the side dining room, but would have made conversation difficult in the main dining room. There were some interesting chandeliers that I noticed above our table which were constructed from wine glasses, however as I was commenting on them to my dining companion, I noticed that they were quite dusty. If you are going to have glass features and white lights, you've got to dust daily. The main dishes we had were the lamb (excellent) and the scallops (good but a bit bland and unexciting). For $160+ meal, we'll go elsewhere next time.

DM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended Chai's on a special event evening when dinner was served along with entertainment by a top local/international recording artist. The house was full but serving was handled very efficiently and the prix fixe menu was exceptional. The appetizer included 4 different delectable items for each diner. The entrees were from the regular menu and the desserts were terrific as usual. What a wonderful evening!

PJ
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We attended Robert Cazimero’s performance. As usual, he was magnificent!! We were also impressed with the food staff and service.

LN
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal. Loads of food in the early bird special, all delicious, and beautifully presented.

KL
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Every time we come to Honolulu we make sure to visit Chef Chai. The food and service are terrific.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Good food, good service! Great location when catching a show at the Blaisdell
concert hall!

CH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Prices were what you’d expect in Honolulu but food matched the price. We had 5 different appetizers and loved them all. Very fresh and very tasty. Highly recommend!

T
Portland
19 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Good food and good service. The fixed price meal was a real value. The scallops and risotto were excellent. The deserts were nice. The pineapple was not particularly sweet because the did not trim the core off, so basically you got fiber and very little pineapple. The coffee drinks are in a word - terrible. We sent them back. For a restaurant of this caliber to use a coffee machine that makes the drinks with inferior coffee and powered milk and coffeemaker is unacceptable.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don’t usually go out often for fine Dinning but this experience was really nice, I took my wife out for her birthday and we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere, I will definitely be coming back in the future.

v
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food are very good especially the appetizers and deserts. Service is outstanding and our server is very helpful and tentative. Overall, it's a very pleasant dining experience.

A
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy eating dinner at Chef Chai.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A little noisy but nice

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Food was over salted by a lot (scallops @risotto) ...sea bass skimpy and over priced. Had heard good things but we were very disappointed.

FU
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Acoustics was poor; next table was excessively loud. Non vegan meals were expensive for ala carte.

s
Hawaii
66 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

All the food is great and when you come early for the early bird special it is a fantastic value.

Also appreciate the special dessert for birthdays.

P
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

サーバーの方達もテキパキ動いて良いサービスでした
お食事も量も味も満足です

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All around great!

LS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a really special place. The food and the service are superb, with the menu offerings creative and overall terrific. If you have tickets to anything at the Neil S. Blaisdale Center - this restaurant is literally right across the street. Would absolutely go again!

RO
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

This was my 6th or 7th visit over the past few years. I'd normally give 4-5 stars on service but tonight's server wasn't attentive. No one came to see if we were okay with our entrees. My empty cocktail glass sat there long after I was finished with my drink. He took my entree plate away but not the rice bowl, until he brought our desserts.

LS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable experience with lots of flavor!

RS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a treat to hear Robert Cazimero sing and see his hula dancers! And to have Aunty April and Kumu Maelie dance! The food was fantastic as was the service!

r
Houston
90 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in Hawaii!

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DB
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food!! Well above expectations and service is excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

シーバスが美味しかった!
西京焼きに近いお味。
全体的に甘めの味付けでした。

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K
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was so friendly and it was a wonderful dining experience.

a
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Perfectly convenient to Blaisdell and good NYE option.
Vegan/Veg option is good and a regular.
Think it is time for a spruce up and deep clean in restrooms....

SC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent and I was happy to share the experience with my fiancee from Florida!
Thank you Chef Chai for a great evening!

GC
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers, entrees, and the dessert were excellent. Service was good—waiter made recommendations on entree selection and the timing of meals served was great. Restaurant was impeccably clean and Chef Chai himself was working to make sure everything ran smoothly that evening for everyone in the restaurant. I was very impressed.

CA
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very good food, nice place for date, anniversary, meeting, entertaining etc

MS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our first time there, it's the best dining experience I have had since moving to Oahu!

TT
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great experience!! Food was delicious. We had a 5pm reservation and were delighted to find a prix fix menu for $42 each is served between 4-5. We ordered it I had the Salmon and my husband Filet Mignon. Couldn't believe how much food for the price which included appetizers and dessert. Some of the entree's were $42 if ordered separately or during regular hours so if you like to eat early it is a bargain. Friendly staff too.

KD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

趣向を凝らした料理、材料に対する火の通し方などの基本的な調理法も素晴らしかったですね。サービスは高級レストランなので、それ相応であり、不快になるような事はありませんでした。日本語メニューもあるので注文しやすいでしょう。私らが行った日には、日本人はもう1組しかいませんでしたが、たまたまか。アジア人は我々ぐらいでした。

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DH
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!!! Loved the naan bread, satay sauce dip and the salmon was so moist and delicious. Chocolate lava cake was the best!! Chef Chai’s is delish!

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Greatly enjoyed the quality of the food and the friendly attentive service, BUT certain elements in the decor were noticeably dusty, I.e many of the clear glass accoutrements could’ve used cleaning

KN
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated very promptly even though we made a mistake and made our reservation on the wrong day. Food was great and so was the ambiance. Would go again.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding and the food was amazing.
It was a perfect Christmas Eve dinner. Mahalo Chef Chai
and staff..

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Going to Chef Chai’s for Christmas Eve has become a family tradition. Excellent food with good service.

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