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Genius Lounge

4.5
92 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 92 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very friendly. Amazing food. Cute spot to get a good fish dinner

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vipJoseph
Philadelphia
38 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The outdoor seating is lovely. The food is incredibly delicious...try the sausage appetizer, the pork and cabbage, and the carbonerra with pork and pineapple. The entire staff is so welcoming and hospitable. I've recommended it to everyone we have seen since going there.

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Tanya
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Good cocktails. Highly recommend the Black Nanbam Chicken!

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PaliM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

I would recommend to try the kimchee octopus, it was really good. Also the kalua pork and cabbage.

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JaxH
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks with attentive service. Enjoyed it very much. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was fresh, unique, and delicious. Lots of variety. Good seating and follows strict cleaning procedures! Love it!

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SusanL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for a birthday and a fun experience in Honolulu that was a little outside the tourist realm and this place was perfect. Felt like a true hidden gem and a secret that we were lucky to find out about.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were running late and they accommodated our reservation. The food was great and the servers were both pleasant and attentive.

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None
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Drinks were so so. Had to view 19 pages online. All food selections did not interest me. Left aft appetizer.

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BobB
Charlotte
13 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A nice restaurant & bar tucked away. We enjoyed all the food items we purchased and the service was excellent.

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vippshouse1
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

A truly fantastic meal is waiting for you at the Genius Lounge. Great, friendly service, wide selection of classic dishes and more. You won't be disappointed!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great little local spot. Extensive drink menu. We sat outside on rooftop and it was a fun evening.

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Bhappy
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genius Lounge is a hidden gem in Waikiki. The resturant is located on the second floor, accessible by stairs. We had reservations and we're seated promptly by the hostess. The menu is extensive, 16 pages of drink and food options! We had the Kalua pork nacho appetizer, incredible flavors, hint of bbq, salsa, cheese, sweet sauce served over fried wonton chips! For our main course we had surf and turf, what a nice char on that jucie steak and melt in your mouth whole shrimp. Beef Loco moco in a hot stone bowl, beware, let it cool down before you bite into deliciousness! Lastly, avocado roll sushi tempura Kauai shrimp dynamite, heaven in my mouth. These rolls are on the larger size and I couldn't finish them, 😢. Drinks were great, mai tai, and I had the Hula sway, sort of reminded me of a "pain killer". Staff, was outstanding, super service and the chef put out star plates to all the customers. Make your reservation and go!

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Gigi
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The fried avocado sushi roll with ahi and pick on top was to die for! Will definitely recommend to friends visiting the island!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time with my friends and I had a great birthday. Staff was absolutely wonderful! ambiance is very warm food and service is fantastic 💕🥂💋

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice local spot, third floor outdoor patio was a nice way to spend an evening. Food was amazing, would come back in a heartbeat

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

Unexpected gem! The food was delicious and the service was great. Their COVID procedures were very organized and through. Dinner was very reasonably priced as well.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

店員さんもとても素敵な方で、雰囲気も最高でした。料理もものすごい美味しくて、是非リピートしたいお店でした。

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Jamie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I consider Genius Lounge a personal favorite that factors into most of my trips to the island. It offers a great mix of indoor and outdoor seating that works for a variety of uses: dinner with friends, date night, etc. Outside of Happy Hour, prices for drinks are relatively high ($7 for well liquor or bottled beer). Portions also vary widely, from the small quantity of ahi poke to the very large kalua nachos.

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ZackL
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool bar/dinner spot in Honolulu. Lots of interesting and tasty appetizers!

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RyanB
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Service a tad on the slow side, but food was absolutely fantastic.

Atmosphere is OK, we were seated outside along a fairly busy street.

With Covid-19, make a reservation or you may be out of luck, as the place got full pretty shortly after we finished up (around 6:00).

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OpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’m shocked that this place isn’t busier. But they said they’ve been in business for 12 years so they’re not hurting. Definitely a must when in Honolulu.

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Elizabethsp
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food- was confused by all the difference but it worked

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vipInuchkee2
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and nice service

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing!!

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skg1029
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food and service were AMAZING! There was a loud group next to us so a bit distracting until they left.
We were there to celebrate a birthday and were a bit surprised to be charged foe the birthday brownie we received. Absolutely recommend this off the beaten path place for a delicious meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday party and family reunion!

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JesusC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great ambience and great service. The cocktails were fantastic and the food was an excellent fusion of Japanese and traditional Hawaiian. Will definitely come back.

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Irisoli31
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mojitos are awesome! And part of the happy hour special. All the food we ordered was delicious and service was fast and the servers were cool.

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Jonathan
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The food was good, the mojitos not…

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DevenS
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The spicy chicken appetizer was excellent. Garlic Ahi steak was good but a little overcooked and not a garlicky as I would like. Ajillo was very good. Service was great a everyone was friendly and when our server got a large party, his fellow servers did a great job of helping out.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and our server, Angelica, was awesome and friendly. So far, this was also the best Mai Tai we have had in Honolulu!

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JessicaC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cute restaurant! We sat outside on balcony, chill atmosphere. Food was good ordered the surf and turf , it was good and portion was perfect. drinks were generous. host and waiter were very helpful. it was a good night!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food with a Japanese/Hawaiian flavor. It’s not fancy but it has extremely tasty food and great service. I would definitely go back again.

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OpenTable Diner
Wilmington
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My mom, sister and I went for our last night in Waikiki. We sat on the balcony and enjoyed every dish we shared! This is a great place to have cocktails, share plates, and enjoy good company. Service was wonderful and we would definitely go again. Highly recommend!

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Richard
Tallahassee
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It definitely pays to eat during happy hour. A great bargain was that khalua nachos. The outdoor seating was very comfortable.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of the food was excellent and service was great

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal, quiet off the busy street. I had the loco moco, it was very good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the food

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PeterM
Jacksonville
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Off the beaten path with a unique menu. We had the shrimp and mushroom appetizer and it was very tasty. The poke bowl was a very generous portion and had good flavor, maybe a little on the bland side. The sake was superb! We got a sampler of three flavors and it was unique and delicious.

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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 4.5 stars by 92 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.