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Genius Lounge

4.5
45 Reviews
$30 and under
Hawaiian

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Afternoon Tea
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 45 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
ambience
4.2
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67% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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
55 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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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

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vipMichaelS
Portland
12 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

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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
13 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good Food and good ambience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
21 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Ok service
Actually came to fast
Before appetizer finished
Funky nice decor

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vipJenniferc
Seattle
14 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The happy hour was very good. Lots to choose from and great prices

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went around 5:30 for happy hour. They have a good selection of drinks and food for their happy hour menu!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and friendly service. Loved the experience

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XXXXX
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Nothing fancy or great. Acceptable. Some odd food combinations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food we had in Oahu! A must! Happy hour specials were amazing too. Fresh and fantastic service!

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OpenTable Diner
El Paso
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience5

Everything was great, only issue was slow service. I ordered a drink and was never brought to me, and when the check was brought the beer had been churched but it was never taken to me til I said to them I had been waiting for the beer and hadn’t asked for my check yet. That was a bummer because we really enjoyed the food and place.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Foods are unique and delicious! Top notch service! Our favorite neighborhood place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Although restaurant posts 10% Kamaaina discount applies on the wall, they refused to offer.
Their reason was due to “pandemic “ which is totally unacceptable reason. If you said so, please take the stupid signage. This is cause trouble with locals and lose local business

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DanH
Portland
4 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, the food was AMAZING and the drinks were great too! We will definitely go back next time we are in town!

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FranchescaO
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excelent service and good food!

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vipSunny
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is amazing and we love the whole vibes! It’s chill and relaxing as well as expressing the whole “ Hawaii feelings”. The drink is also good. They have variety of choices. Anyways, we can’t wait to come back next time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great small plates, solid happy hour. Amazing service. Fun spot for getting together with friends.

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alljapankt
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed this restaurant for some cocktails after dinner. The location is so convenient and menu was full of variety. I enjoyed superb mojito. Thank you for your service.

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vipshanw
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

First time great food and service......only thing is maybe a host or someone to direct people to a table? Made a reservation so was a little confusing. Over all great place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

One of our favorite neighborhood place. Foods are good! We love garlic fries, kalua pork nachos, ribeye steak on skewers... Nice place for happy hour.

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Mark
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Not what we were expecting but was very good. It is very casual, as is the service but it works for what they want to achieve. The food was great and priced well. Cocktails were a little expensive considering the amount of ice used.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience4

最初は、どんなところか?と思い訪ねてたが、ウエイトの気さくさと対応は、食事を満足させてくれた

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vipMisty
Las Vegas
386 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

The reviews and menu sounded good, so we decided to give this place a try. The drinks were excellent! But the food was total onion overload. Apparently the chef has an obsession with onions and puts onions in everything. The poke was wonderful fresh ahi, but was piled high with red, yellow, and green onions which were slowly removed as the poke was eaten. The salad was nice fresh greens... with tons of onions. And the loco moco was rather dry as far as the gravy goes, with onions.

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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 45 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.