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Genius Lounge

4.4
65 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 65 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Quiet
91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JesusC
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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!

JC
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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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s an out of the way, unique and comfortable setting with delicious food and excellent, friendly service.

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JulesH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Genius Lounge was perfect! Great service right off the bat, excellent food and a beautiful rooftop ambiance. Would go back again!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Big menu…food mediocre server was nice enough

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APfen
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A little hidden eatery with delicious food and prompt service! We were pleasantly surprised. The Red Mochiko Chicken Nanban was amazing, shrimp dynamite roll was delicious also. Hearty portions.

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DavidV
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem! Tucked on a side street and on the third floor of a building, but it is worth finding! We ate 'tapas' style as the menu had so, so many interesting appetizer options. Even the main entre of seared ahi tuna with garlic sauce is sliced to allow for sharing, which was very nice. The drink selection is also very, very good.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff, great food!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Nice rooftop spot. Good local eats and beer.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would go back, I really liked it. Not too busy like the typical waikiki scene. Perfect intimate/ laid back spot for a casual date night.

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vipbugsy4
Philadelphia
63 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent drinks and delicious food. Really good bang for the buck.

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GrantW
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Much smaller establishment than the pictures appeared to show. The food and staff were excellent!

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vipFoodie
Hawaii
30 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food.

AM
AlexM
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We sat in the downstairs lounge area with our group of 8 and it was quiet and secluded with great atmosphere. The service was a bit slower since our waitress had to go up and down a bunch of stairs to check on us, but it was worth the trade off.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always 🤗

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

Great hideaway spot for dinner! Food was great, portions were large and the pieces were very reasonable! I honestly want to work my way through the entire menu it all looked so good! Highly recommend

MS
vipMichaelS
Portland
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great roof top seating quick service we will be back

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Such a cute hole in the wall. Dope vibe xx

OT
OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was everything I was hoping for for my friend’s surprise birthday celebration.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing! And the service was great. It was a quiet little local place :)

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vipVegomatic
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food, good selection. Japanese good things for all.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely loved this place. Really nice server, and great food. Highly recommend the Kauai shrimp avocado roll sushi - tempura dynamite, that was absolutely delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food, drinks, and ambience was pretty good but then we didn’t get a server for about 45 minutes, had a few different servers that were not communicating and they were very stressed and overwhelmed I felt bad for them! I think it was a poor experience because they had just reopened post covid and were underprepared. Would try again, just hope they figure that out!

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Disappointed
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience3

First time we went, we loved this place to include the food and service. Second time it was a crash and burn on all the above. Our food choices turned out horrible. Never order the overpriced steamed veg. or the dry aged short rib (leather shoe). We informed the waiter and he said he'd let management know, then delivered the full price bill and said thanks for coming. We did recommend to our friends after our first visit, however not after the second visit and experience.

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vipRene
Los Angeles
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice dinner, needed a little more environment.
Good Poki.

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vipa22a
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time doing Japanese BBQ, very enjoyable and tasty.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Everything we had was amazing! The ahi tuna was perfectly fresh and nicely seasoned with sesame seeds and crushed nori.
The nachos with Asian noodle chips are very good.
The red chicken was the BEST! I may go back just for that.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour deals and entrees!

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vipmprabi
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, creative food at a restaurant off the beaten path! We loved our impromptu meal here and it blew many others out of the water.

FAQs

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 4.4 stars by 65 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.