Goen Dining + Bar

4.7
592 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Chef driven and crave-worthy, the GOEN Dining + Bar menu is a combination of creative Pan-Asian/American dishes showcasing Hawaii's vibrant local flavors in a hip & refreshing atmosphere. Local meats and fish grilled over kiawe wood, fresh salads & creative sushi bring guests a time-honored dining experience that only Roy Yamaguchi & his team can.

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
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 592 people are saying
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Gabriel
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time to dine in this restaurant, and we were impressed with the quality of the food and service! Our server - Tatiana - was super nice and very attentive...the food was super delicious and plated in an artsy manner...the dessert - Halo Halo - was perfect - not too sweet! I strongly recommend the Gazpacho Soup - it's out of this world!

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RichardB
Columbus
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had the butterfish and a lobster dish. It was so good we returned 2 days later and had it again. Started with the misoyaki roasted eggplant and topped it off with the Halo Halo dessert. Spectacular.

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LisaCT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food is good, the cocktails are good. The ambience is nice. Service staff always top notch

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GlennW
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The fried basket appetizer was really good. The nochi buratta and sea bass were also very good.

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vipUnique
Toronto
209 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighbourhood find. Food is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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TimothyG
New England
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very pleasant, as always, and food was if anything better. In particular the edamame recipe seems to have been tweaked to be much less oily, which we prefer. Our server was pleasant and attentive in just the right way, happy to make suggestions but not overly present or too buddy-buddy casually familiar.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Made reservations at the last minute, so had to settle for an early dinner at 4:45. Food and service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another delicious meal at our favorite local spot!

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KathyM
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Food was delicious. Service was a little sketchy, seemed a little rushed like the server had too many tables to take care of. Drinks took a while because they ran out of wine glasses. Very short pour of bourbon on the rocks, could barely see it in the glass. 2 entrees were served then a few minutes later another, then there was a problem with the last one so the food runner brought a complimentary salad. Last entree came out soon after that. Food was tasted great.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here all the time and took our visiting parents for a night out. As always, the service and food were great. Highly recommend for dining in Kailua.

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Pony
Hawaii
43 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always.

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vipUnique
Toronto
209 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and the staff very customer focused and fun! Will definitely be back! Danny tells it like it is!

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vipangelina1813
Hawaii
36 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Came for a very late lunch early dinner
Food was good especially the cauliflower/ brusselsprouts delicious
Their spritz cocktail was lovely and the fried gnocchi was just okay
Service was good nothing extraordinary but decent
Overall it was a nice quick reprieve

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MariaS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Sorry to say that the servers here seems to be “management” focused instead of “customer” focused. Not sure if it’s because of the pandemic, but it was like this when it first opened. I just thought it was because most employees were new and there was no training. I never went back until last night. Good news is, saw some improvement with the service.

Food is delicious, no doubt!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time experiencing lunch at this location, we were not disappointed! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Food is mediocre at best.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and awesome food. Miso eggplant is crazy good.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was spectacular! It was a well paced meal and constantly filled out water bottle without having to hunt someone down. Awesome! We appreciated the outdoors for ventilation in this pandemic-but they had indoor seating with AC if we wanted.

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vipBLeu
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Goen is our family's favorite place. We try to go at least twice a month. Food is always good! My sons try different dishes. I stick to my faves. Reservations advised!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience4

This is my fourth time dining at Goen & my absolute worst experience. Our server was kind of brash - obviously did not want to be there nor wait on us. The only thing good about my visit last night was my company and the cocktails. The appetizer of roasted Brussels sprouts and cauliflower was a little over done but OK I ordered the lobster pasta dish the noodles were way under cooked and the lobster was extremely over cooked and chewy & looked nothing like the presentation of the menu photo nor did it have hardly any sauce on it. I ate it because I was starving and hadn’t eaten almost all day. It was 40 minutes between our appetizer & main dishes. My friend went looking for the manager to see if something it happened since all the tables around us that had arrived after & ordered way after us had already gotten their food and we’re almost done. The manager came back and apologized with the waitress with a story of like well we just wanted you to enjoy your appetizer, at a restaurant caliber like this we all know that that’s not how serving works. We literally could’ve had a better meal at a chain restaurant. Extremely disappointing overall since I really have had some good meals here in the past. I think it would be safe to say that neither the service nor the food would’ve been the way it was had Roy been there himself. Part of the charm and joy of going to a restaurant like this is that you expect the food to be as good as if Roy himself prepared it and served it. I don’t know if I will be back- its a shame because I love supporting local businesses.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect evening! Great food, libations and excellent service. Really enjoy dining at Goen.

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MarleneK
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. Open air tables are perfect for keeping distance between customers. I will return again.

MB
MaryB
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Goen never disappoints. The food is great and the staff is excellent. Best neighborhood restaurant in Kailua.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Tiana was so kind to our table and so knowledgeable about the dishes. She was very busy with her tables yet STILL managed to smile and take good care of us. I also appreciated how the manager(s) chip in and help as the dishes were ready to be served. Kana’i even came over to check on us a few times as he recognized us from previous reservations. Goen is a great place to be!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was both healthy and yummy! Service was excellent!

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AwesomeOysters
Richmond
58 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal food and service!! Easy parking nearby, highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience.

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FeliceB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding as usual.
Our experience was relaxed, enjoyable and SAFE. Their COVID requirement protocol goes smoothly as long as diners have their vaccination card and a photo ID available.

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krash
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service with a smile. Brussell sprouts and cauliflower was excellent

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DarinO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service from our server and manager.

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lbdub
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was good. Service was good. They were out of buratta cheese, so the dish I was looking forward to was unavailable. I’ll have to come back another time for it. The sushi is good, but get the sauces and toppings on the side. I feel like all that extra stuff takes away from the sushi. The fish is good quality, why mask it with over powering sauces? All in all a good experience.

RB
RosemaryB
San Antonio
10 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was Perfect!! Thanks for a Superb experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food. Great service. Relaxed atmosphere

DC
DianeC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, friendly staff! An outstanding restaurant in the heart of Kailua...parking is easy...not touristy and very festive! One of our favorite places to eat!

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vipLTVL
Hawaii
68 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kama’aina Fav! Delish and Consistent. Great presentation! Service by Kanehe with a smile! Love the atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always staff is so friendly and kind. All Covid protocols followed. We had great drinks endless edamame and flavorful entrees like braised beef with polenta. We ended with a fresh cup of coffee and halo halo. Love dining here!

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viphoku4658
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! Very tasty & portion size was good for us. The service is amazing. Very attentive and courteous staff.

Lots of parking, since it's located in the shopping center. My only complaint is that it's HOT! Not much circulation, since the outside seating is right along side parking lot. I would prefer a seat inside, but with covid restrictions; they seat mostly outside.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great service and fabulous food.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
42 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been here so many times, and it is always a wonderful time! Can't wait to go back again!

FAQs

Goen Dining + Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 263-4636.

Goen Dining + Bar is rated 4.7 stars by 592 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.