Chef Chai

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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 248 People Are Saying
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RO
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable experience with lots of flavor!

RS
Washington DC
8 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
88 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.

B
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Chai always provides excellent food and service.

DA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lifelong Hawaii residents, but first time to Chef Chai to have a quiet dinner to celebrate my wife's retirement. We both ordered the early bird special (recommended by our waiter). She ordered with beef entree and I had the salmon. Everything about this menu was mouth watering ono. We will defiantly be back ..... soon!

PG
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Chai is always a wonderful experience from service to atmosphere and of course the food. It is a bit on the pricey side but worth every cent.

S
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family had a wonderful time and will be returning.

M
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Really good food, and excellent presentation

DK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, especially given the fact that I was underdressed but they still served me as though I was one of their return customers. Good was delectable and service was the best!

D
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to Chef Chai's several times, and each time the service has been excellent, and the food so creative, well presented, and so delicious. Chef Chai presents his food like an artist. The appetizer sampler was amazing, as well as the salad and the main course. The ambiance is casual elegance. We will bring our friends from the mainland the next time, and can hardly wait to eat there again. For tghose who write a lot of negative reviews, you are too picky...

DC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Requested low sodium entree and dish came out salty. Also, incorrect entree was served so had to be corrected which took 15 mins so my wife had to eat alone. Not a good dining experience for the expensive meal

OT
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a reservation for the full moon dinner. It was a nice choice.
The dinner was excellent and the show was nice vocal and HULA.

We had a nice time.
We'll visit soon again!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service, made even more special with Robert Cazimeros terrific music!!

SP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first visit to Chef Chai and we enjoyed it thoroughly and would highly recommend this restaurant to everyone. The ambiance, décor, service and food was outstanding. There was even live entertainment performed by R. Cazimero. This restaurant exceeded our expectations!

C
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience4

Our server (Darin N) took almost forever to refill a simple water glass. The restaurant was NOT busy at 730pm. Our reservations were for 730pm with a note that we were celebrating a 78th birthday dinner. Neither our hostess nor waiter acknowledged our birthday celebrant even though Darin asked us if we were celebrating anything special initially. We had a Beet Salad ($16) which was more of a garnished plate (more than half of the plate was empty when it came to our table - it looked like a few chopped beets arranged in a thin arc with over 70% empty white plate) and a Seafood Tortelini with Lobster Bisque, topped with corn, edamame ($17). The Seafood Tortelini was quite disappointing. It only had 4 teaspoon sized tortelinis in a bisque “soup” that barely covered the bottom of the oversized bowl. The bowl was 3x larger than the contents inside. The Scallop with Risotto ($40) only had 4 scallops on top of half-cooked risotto. Flavor was okay but could have cooked the risotto more to eliminate the grainy texture and lack of flavor development in the dish. The Lamb dish ($48) tasted good and was cooked perfectly (medium rare). However, when we asked to pack the remainder of the dish, Darin threw away half of the dish. When it was brought to his attention, all he said was, “I’m sorry” but did not offer to do anything to correct his mistake (he didn’t even bother to get a manager to visit our table) but instead asked us if we wanted to order a dessert. When he brought our dessert to our table (and the check at the same time) our waiter, disappeared for the rest of the evening. As we left the restaurant, we overheard another table singing “Happy Birthday” and saw that they had a nice complementary dessert with a single candle on it. Ironic that our party wasn’t even acknowledged of our Birthday celebration.

Note: Valet parking is $6 plus tip. The Valet didn’t even open the passenger door but stood by for his tip at the driver’s door.

Not worth the visit

D
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Oxtail Soup was AMAZING! So good!!!

JJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

First time experience at Chef Chai for a Christmas get together with close friends. The food was excellent and everyone enjoyed it, from appetizer to dessert!

MW
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience4

Parking was non-existent at 5:30 pm. Yes they have one valet, only one person to accept and give back your car. Need a second and/or third person.
Food was good but no specials offered. Ordered the whole fried fish and no guidance as to how to eat it. No extra plate given for bones, lots of bones. Also no finger bowl or wipe to clean up after picking through the fish.
No chocolate dessert on menu other than haupia and don’t like haupia. They don’t even have chocolate ice cream.

k
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Aloha,
OMGOSH!!!!
I went there for my Anniversary dinner this past Thursday nite and it was just FABULOUS!!!!!
We decided to try the sampler special for $69 pp. EVERYTHING, I mean EVERYTHING on that menu from appetizers, salads, entree and dessert was to die for!!!!!!!
I mean it. It was worth it and I didn't go home feeling hungry!
Everything was done well, every dish was thoughtfully put together and just melts in your mouth!
Awesome!!!

SC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the overall experience was fabulous!!! It was our guest's first time at this location, as they've been to the Aloha Tower location numerous times. They come every year from Boston and conveyed, Chef Chai's is where we will celebrate our anniversary from now on!!!

SD
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We went to have a nice relaxing dinner before going to the Jo Koy concert. The dinner was excellent and we were even able to get their early bird prix fixe menu.

The only reason I gave ambiance 3-stars was because the light right above me kept flickering, like a strobe light, and it was starting to give me a headache. The staff tried their best to dim the lights and other things try to fix it but every 10-20mins it would keep doing it.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great it just took quite a while for our food to come out. Even our dessert at the end. Lights also kept flickering so that was a little irritating. Overall it was great though! The prawns were AWESOME!!!!

MH
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly, knowledgeable service, superb food. Took advantage of the Early Bird special and would do it again in a heartbeat!

k
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, great service, wonderful ambiance - casual upscale.

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