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Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro, Honolulu, HI

Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro

4.7
4.7
210 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Ginza Bairin is located on 255 Beach walk at Waikiki and serving authentic Japanese Tonkatsu and Yoshoku ( Bistro) dishes that were inspired by Western ingredients.

Ginza Bairin offers (2) separate dining experiences,The Tonkatsu Room and The Yoshoku Room.
Each Room offers different menu items, with 10 Signature Tonkatsu items available on both.

In the Tonkatsu room : We serve all range of Tonkatsu dishes.
We serve high-quality Berkshire pork (Kurobuta) that forms the basis for the cutlet dishes, along with the low-sugar bread crumb batter and premium salad oil used to create a perfectly crispy outside and juicy inside in every bite. Ginza Bairin’s signature Tonkatsu Sauce, a blend of spices, fruits, and vegetables, brings out the natural sweetness and robust flavor of the Tonkatsu.

In the Yoshoku & Bistro room : Japanese dishes that were inspired by Western ingredients like Omrice and Hamburger steak, Napolitan spaghetti, Beef stew, Seafood Gratin and so on.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 94 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 926-8082

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

Experiences

  • Tonkatsu Room

    Multiple dates available
    Established in 1927, Ginza Bairin was the first Tonkatsu restaurant in Ginza, as well as the first to offer the now popular "Bite-Size Katsu (Hitokuchi Katsu)", "Tonkatsu Sauce" and the "Katsu Sandwich" (Katsu Sando). At Ginza Bairin, the main ingredient "pork" is carefully selected from the choisest loin, coated in our traditional bread crumb seasoning and masterfully deep fried in premium salad oil to retain and highlight its award-winning texture, aroma and flavor. Coupled with Tonkatsu, we offer our signature "Tonkatsu Sauce" a blend of spices fresh fruits and vegetables bringing out the natural sweetness and robust flavor.
  • Yoshoku room

    Multiple dates available
    We offers a variety of exciting plates for those who love the Western-influenced dishes like Omirice and Original Hamburger steak, Napolitan spaghettis, Beef stew, Macaroni gratin and so on. that emerged during Japan’s Meiji Restoration Period, illustrating a truly fascinating history in every bite.

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What 210 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hawaii

    Japanese

  • Oahu

    Japanese

  • Oahu

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always an outstanding experience when dining in
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, excellent service, friendly staff. The quality of the ingredients used is top tier. You will not be disappointed when you dine at Ginza Bairin Hawaii!!!
  3. RF

    RodneyF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great food! Surprisingly the poke and tofu were awesome as well.
  4. ML

    MLBMLB

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    Food was mediocre. Small place so always looks crowded. Service was good.
  5. LH

    LauraH

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We dined here on thanksgiving day and the food and service were wonderful even though it was a holiday. We were very happy with everything we ordered.
  6. PT

    PeggyT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Foods is good. Servers are friendly and helpful. Worth to wait and come
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love it Everything is good here
  8. LC

    LizC

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Made a reservation for 3:30pm, which seems like it’s the last lunch seating. It looked like it had just had a lunch rush and was “recovering”. Service was courteous and attentive, menu is straightforward-Tonkatsu pork, seafood, chicken. We had the thick cut pork and chicken and my son had keiki menu, which was great, a little bit of everything! All the Meat was juicy and crispy, cabbage salad was refreshing and rice was perfect. Sauces were ok… I’ve had similar quality Tonkatsu elsewhere in the mainland and this place is definitely worth the trip. Make a reservation. Walk-ins are rare but a couple did get seated during our time there with a reservation.
  9. MJ

    MarkJ

    Yosemite

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food. The flavor is very balanced and the cutlet is fried just right.
  10. TC

    TsaiC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    One of our handful restaurants we hit everytime we are in Oahu.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    68 reviews

    4.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We were in Honolulu 5 yrs ago and dined here before their sister dining room next door opened up. Last time we had Kurobota pork and it was quite big and thick so this time we tried their specialty pork loin and it did not disappoint. Slightly smaller yet with such a good delicate flavour from the pork! Nothing like the tasteless pork from the supermarkets. We both prefer the tastier pork cutlet from Ginza Bairin when compared to Tonkatsu Tamafuji. If you crave fried oysters then Tamafuji always has super fresh ones—whereas I read a review earlier that the ones at Ginza tasted ‘fishy’ so we ordered cream coquettes instead. Now to our meal— One order of specialty pork loin and one order of regular pork loin don. We can really taste the difference between the specialty and regular loin. Hence the difference in price. We were even asked if needed to validate parking so I have to tell you the service from both the hostess/waitstaff is both efficient and professional. Empty plates cleared promptly and refills of soup/rice/cabbage offered. After we finished our meal, 2 cups of hot green tea appeared on our table without asking. We left with satisfied bellies and felt very well taken care of although few words were exchanged between the waitstaff and us. That is what we call professional service…….highly recommend this little Waikiki gem!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and Service was great!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience4
    For the price and amount of food, I left a bit hungry. The service and tonkatsu was tender. Just not worth the money. FYI, they do validate. I had higher expectations for this place.
  14. C

    Canadayao

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Inconsistent service. Food was average,not the best tonkatsu we have had. But loved the no tipping Japanese culture where hospitality workers are paid meaningful wages regardless!
  15. S

    Shiro

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tonkatsu, mixed seafood katsu, and all the katsu are the best of best, truly authentic Japanese katsu! We always look forward to going to the Ginza Bairin whenever we are in Honolulu. Fantastic service by the nicest staff makes you feel very welcomed.
  16. D

    Dinealot

    Calgary

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very busy place with authentic tonkatsu. Restaurant has 2 dining rooms, tonkatsu side and yoshoku side where they serve western style Japanese food but they also serve the popular tonkatsu plates. This is a good option if you can't get into the other side. Reservation recommended!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience2
    I made an 8:30 reservation via open table and regretted eating here at that time. 8:30 is when they close so I felt rushed to eat and leave. I don’t understand why any restaurant would accept an 8:30 reservation if they won’t provide same dining experience as say 8pm reservation. Had I known they close at 8:30- I wouldn’t have eaten here at that time.
  18. S

    Shiro

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love all the food on the menu. Katsu is very light and fluffy. Omurice and Napolitan are so special that you cannot find anywhere else. Always fantastic service by friendly staff!
  19. DH

    DonH

    San Antonio

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience1
    Need to use new oil everyday. I know thick pork katsu cannot be cooked at high temp, but the old oil was old making the food unbearably greasy.
  20. BY

    BruceY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Was very satisfied with the service & the food quality...no problems on the reservations via Open Table!
  21. TT

    TonyT

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best Katsu places I’ve had! I will definitely come back. Their premium Katsu is well worth if.
  22. D

    Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    It was my first time trying this restaurant with my boyfriend. I got the dinner set that came with 3-4 different types of meat, spaghetti, omirice, and potato salad for around $34 and my boyfriend got a simple curry tonkatsu that was about $28. We were very disappointed in the tonkatsu, as the tonkatsu was the size of my had and the portion was basically half of what I ordered for just a few dollars less. For a place known for their tonkatsu, I felt that they should at lease give a bigger portion for that cost!
  23. SC

    SummerC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Delicious food, but it is expensive! We share one set of meal and add side dishes! Overall experience is excellent!
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Service was great but the quality of the food was very pool. Taste bad and the fried was wet (not crispy) and taste like they used old oil…
  25. L

    Lyds

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Tonkatsu I've ever had. Would recommend this place to everyone I know.
  26. BF

    BostonFoodie

    New England

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I dined at a lot of places (local, family-run to fine dining) during my time in Oahu, but this restaurant stood out to me and was easily in my top 3 favorite meals during my trip. When we checked in 5 min. before our reservation, we still had to wait an additional 20-25 min. Thankfully, we’re very patient people and understand that some restaurants are understaffed. No problem. I ordered the kurobuta katsu set. This was by far the BEST tonkatsu dish I have ever tried in my life. The batter was so crispy and the meat was so juicy and tender inside. Price is on the more expensive side like most meals I found in Waikiki. Service was A+. If I had to give 1 critique, it would be that the restaurant space is a bit tight and cramped. Make sure to make reservations well in advance.
  27. MM

    MattM

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was great and the food was delicious.
  28. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    480 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    480 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite Japanese joint for lunch. I like to get the beef curry, loco moco style with two fried eggs. This is like eating in a back alley mom and pop in Tokyo. Premium Koshihikari Japanese rice is the foundation of all their entrees. Still great value and service, Ryoko-chan is a fantastic waitress on the Yoshoku side. No wonder I always stay at the Pagoda Waikiki which is literally right across from Ginza Bairin. I guess that’s why Beachwalk is my favorite street to hang out in all of Waikiki!!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing! The service was amazing and the food was amazing! 11/10 definitely recommend to anyone!
  30. M

    Mamiko

    Tokyo

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    よく利用されて頂いています。 お料理も美味しいですし、カマアイナ料金もあり物価高騰の中感謝しています。 サーバーの女性達もいつも感じが良くナイスにしていただき有難いです。
  31. NW

    NancyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Service and food were wonderful but it is pricy. However, it is acceptable and understandable because of the location. They have to charge more to cover it.
  32. S

    Samurai6

    San Francisco

    480 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    480 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Strongly recommend the Yoshoku side of the house. Menu is throwback to popular Japanese style Western cuisine of the ‘60’s and 70’s. Of course you can order from the next door Bairin Tonkatsu/Pork Cutlet menu also. It’s all still very authentic and very hard to find this da kine level of “OISHEE (delicious)” anywhere in the US!!! Great service too by Ryoko-chan, my all time favorite Bairin waitress!!
  33. MC

    MelanieC

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really tasty and great service. We would definitely go back
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best tonkatsu this side of Tokyo. Service was excellent and the entire staff was very accommodating despite my party running late.
  35. M

    Makakilo

    Chicago

    207 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    207 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual, the food and service was excellent.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience some of the best tonkatsu there is. Omurice was good too
  37. HL

    HannaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food! the katsus are to DIE FOR! too many choices? Get the sampler plate with gravy if you can't decide
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, friendly staff
  39. KS

    KathyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you want authentic delicious food at a great value, you will not be disappointed at Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu. Service is excellent too. Reservations is a must but if you don’t the wait will still be worth it.
  40. JL

    JackL

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Mediocre food, service and ambience. Spoiled the famous Tokyo eatery

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 926-8082.

Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 210 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 94 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro

255 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Waikiki

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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