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Genius Lounge

4.6
140 Reviews
$30 and under
Hawaiian
We are back and so excited for seeing you all!
Let's grab a cool beer and new food menu items, have an Aloha experience with us!!
Genius Lounge is established in November 2009, is a full service bar restaurant serving Japanese inspired dishes.
It is perfect place to enjoy a low key night out with friends or a romantic date in the heart of Waikiki.

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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
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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 140 people are saying
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vipMattB
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the variety of food, and overall quality! Great experience and truly a hidden gem. Would absolutely go back!

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vipGetInMyBelly
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Came for a late dinner after a full day out hiking, cycling, and shopping, so needless to say we were starved. I had ordered the carbonara pasta and it was absolutely delicious, just wish the portion was larger. My wife ordered the yuzu chicken, which our server forgot to put in and didn’t own up to it or apologize, so we basically ate our meals at different times. Pretty disappointing. The server was told we were not into hot spice, but still recommended this chicken dish, which had quite a bit of heat to it (between a medium to hot salsa for example). Even more disappointing. Interesting flavors and a great drink menu for you to try, but I probably wouldn’t come back due to value and service.

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AmyG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service5ambience2

More drinks than food options. Not a family dining option.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent 😃

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vipDeniseQ
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service, great happy hour, food was really good. Highly recommend for a chill place for pupus and drinks.

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KendallCee
New England
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menus are amazing So many choices on drinks and menus and everything we had were absolutely perfect! Our servers Angelica and the other really nice man were friendly welcoming and patient and just the perfect amount of attentive They had a great sense of humor when I swapped the rum for Tequila on the Honolulu Cosmo He called it Mexican Cosmo there on lol
They stopped by frequently to check on us, if we needed anything etc. Absolutely awesome experience Mahalo to Genius Lounge owners and chef and staff 💖🍹🍸⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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vipDragonlady
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience1

We had a very disappointing dining experience there. The food was of poor quality and service was slow with over 20 minute wait before the server came for taking the order.
The description and photo featured by Open Table were deceptive to mislead customers. The outdoor dining was deplorable and unsanitary.
Will not recommend this place to anyone and will not return!

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Tomtemp
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

Servers were very friendly and helpful, but we felt the food was over-priced for the portions provided.

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BrendanH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect local experience. Everything was amazing especially the pork nachos. Looking for amazing authentic Hawaiian food this is your spot!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was soooo good!!

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vipShorty
London
25 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 6 and the staff was amazing!!! The food was delicious and the drinks were great too.

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MichaelN
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great ambiance, food was delicious, and drinks were amazing! A tad bit slow on service but that didn’t diminish anything from the night because it was all fantastic!

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this joint. Don’t tell anyone else about it.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service. Would definitely recommend.

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vipRivette
San Diego
86 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food tasted good but not exactly as described. We went there for the THICK slice of tongue per their online menu but it wasnt thick at all.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Pork nachos were good but didn’t love the food, didn’t love the environment. Service was decent. A little slow but not bad.

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viplisad
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Pleasant patio - a little noisy along that street. Enjoyed the homemade pickles. Great cocktails - but you have to wade through a really really too long menu of them.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service !!

Must goto place when in town!!

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Theduude
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were really excited when we saw the pictures and revjews for the restaurant initially but it was very poor overall.
They have us the outdoor choice of two tables: one was cordnered between the wall and the door with very little room, and the other was next to the gas tanks and with a view on a parking lot. We took the latter.

Food wise, we had 3 dishes (pizza, salmon and octopus) and all were disappointing or plain tasted bad.

The worst part was the service though. You have to wait at the top of the stairs while the host takes a few minutes to check your reservation. When I asked about Happy Hour, the waiter went on a long explanation how because of covid and tourism starting back, no one does happy hours anymore. Not only is that BS but your freaking site advertises a happy hour from 5 to 6. Don't be condescending when you're saying the opposite of what your site is saying!

Definitely the worst dining experience we've had in our week in Honolulu.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were fantastic! Avocado Salmon Roll Sushi Tempura and Salmon caprese were amazing! Great mojitos and sake, too!

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Akemi
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service. Just a little unorganized trying to get in - we had a res, the people in front of us didn't, no one wanted to let us up to check in and even the hostess almost sent us back down.

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vipNaiveTourist
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were looking for something different with local influences. Much of the menu was unfamiliar to us. The server went above and beyond to explain the options and give recommendations. It turned out to be a very enjoyable evening.

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mariog
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was unique but delicious as were they're drinks and the have an extensive drink menu almost 16 pages

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OpenTable Diner
Yosemite
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and friendly staff! Food was fresh and delicious, we sampled a lot of different dishes like ahi steak, poke, calamari, pork nachos, yuzu chicken and more! All of the food was great especially the yuzu chicken! The Garlic Ahi steak was really fresh and the sauce was incredible.The drinks were very refreshing and delicious as well!

Quite honestly, it was the best meal I had during my trip to Hawaii!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The restaurant was beyond expectations. The food was beautifully plated and every dish delicious. Each dish comes out one at a time and it’s obvious they take great pride in every aspect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Service pretty much doesn’t exist here

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kyle was an awesome host! Great guy and very energetic! The drinks were great, we very much loved the happy hour!

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MichaelW
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great time for a large party of 9!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ordered five of the pupus, dessert, and a bottle of wine. Outstanding service and food! Best meal that we ate in Honolulu. Big recommend.

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vipIvetteR
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a hidden gem. My family loved it and it was so helpful having a Spanish-speaking waitress. Overall great experience and if I'm ever back, I will return for the cocktails and the vibe.

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vipWonderful
Minneapolis
19 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We decided to give this restaurant a try and we were not dIsappointed. The service and the food was excellent. We are definitely going back. This is a gem.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Small but mighty! Friendly and prompt servers. Large portion sizes and reasonably priced for the area. Will definitely make another trip there.

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SarahD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy reservation process, a little off the beaten patch which we loved and the food and service was amazing! Highly recommend you try this place out if you’re looking for something with the traditional Hawaiian food and drinks but with a little flare and modern twist. Delicious food and drinks!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food was very good so definitely go for that! We had some trouble with the service (and not getting served), but once we waited for a while and pointed it out they stepped up.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live n Waikiki and this isn’t a place we had been before. Most happy hour plates are shareable but not too big so you can try several dishes.Great food and the nicest staff who is very attentive. Leave room for dessert!

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delaneyje
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing experience! The steps they took to check my vaccination card and check temp. were greatly appreciated. Whole staff was so nice and helpful. Food was great, drinks were great, recommendations were great! Would definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing and the service was even better! If you go, the red mochiko chicken and the original pipikaula were so good! This has been my favorite restaurant so far!

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ZackS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was AMAZING and we had such great service!

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vipJamesC
Houston
57 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a pleasant surprise! Great ambiance we had a corner table on the balcony. A lot of the food was unknown to being a fusion of Hawaiian Asian western. We started withe the garlic fries. So tasty I was trying to scoop up the bits of garlic at the bottom of the dish. With chopsticks? We had the mochiko chicken, I had the red with hints of habanero. Hubby had the black with a sweet soy. Wow. We ordered the sausage dish. Three delicious types. Finally we had the barbecue pork and cabbage which although excellent was the weakest dish.
I had there Mai Tai and they do not hold back on the booze. Yum. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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vipAnnieM
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed. Enjoyed happy hour good s as far drinks. Always great food, great service.

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You can order delivery directly from Genius Lounge using the Order Online button. Genius Lounge also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 626-5362.

Genius Lounge is rated 4.6 stars by 140 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.