Goen Dining + Bar

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$31 to $50
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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.

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4.3
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4.3
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JO
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to Goen! Great food, nice wine selection, staff is friendly, knowledgeable and just "on it"

CB
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice place....not crowded at all. And the food was good

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good atmosphere. Food was yummy, the appetizers alone was a meal on its own. The portion was pretty big for an appetizer, which i didn’t mind. My fav was the portobello fries! SO GOOD! by the time the main dinner entree came around we were pretty full, but we just had to order the butter fish. That too was really good, I could care less for the veggies on the plate but the fish itself was the shining star. Dessert could use work, tried the butter mochi with ice cream and that was mediocre being that everything else was on another level.

KK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great, outdoor dining on a beautiful day was the best part.

KS
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that I wanted and more! Our server was amazing!

KM
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was lovely! The gnocchi was amazing!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing Prix Fixe menu for Valentines Day! Every meal we’ve had at Goen has exceeded our expectations, and this was no exception. Loved the special menu and value for the price. The sashimi noodle appetizer and prime rib entree were next level. Keep up the great work!

B
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We enjoyed the food, scallops and Kalbi ribs. Service was very good, as was the ambiance. One major problem, we were one table from the entertainer, solo guitar/singer. The music wasn’t loud per se, but we had to lean over the table to hear each other. A normal conversation was not possible at our table. Next time, we arrive ‘when the music is over’ :-)

LL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food is great, server is attentive. Would visit again!

OT
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Food was sub-par, fried items tasted like they were cooked in old oil. Service was sloppy and disinterested. Location/ambiance is good. Drinks were decent. Would not recommend...

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were greeted warmly by the two women at the desk.
Ari was great. She suggested a table & we asked for the booth which she seated us in & could not have been nicer.
The service was lovely and it was a great experience.

I had been there for Happy Hour, but never dinner. My
friends and I really enjoyed it...We will be back again
for dinner!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Appetizers and drinks were good but service was very slow and noise level was very high. Not sure I will return.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

easy to get to from town, ample parking. thought the restaurant's kids tasting menu was smart and creative (but my friends kids ended up not eating much if anything). burrata was recommended and was awesome. food was great. cocktails were fantastic. wish the beer list was showcased more hawaii, local beers (friend and his family were visiting from out of town). service was the perfect pace we were at for that evening, and server was great.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and drinks, prompt service.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service is always excellent and they have THE best Ramon on the island.

G
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Goen have added new items to the menu. It is refreshing to have a restaurant that is constantly keeping the menu interesting. We tried the new Hamachi crudo and spicy Ahi roll; it was delicious.

f
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good food, convenient location. Our server seemed a bit absent at times but overall a pleasant experience.

N
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

To be fair, this is an awesome place to introduce yourself into new foods. Like how the ambiance is neutral; not too loud & not too soft. Although, bc there are not that much staff working during lunch, the service needs more improvement. When the lady took my mom and I to an outside table w/ an umbrella above it and there was a passing shower w/ strong winds so my mom told me to ask the waitress to move table. The waitress told us to move to the bar area and the waitress did not even apologize. It’s weird bc my mom’s soda was sitting in the rain for about 10 minutes. The waitress even gave that cup of soda to my mom w/ probably unsanitary watery soda from the rain but only gave me a new cup of water. The treatment to customers need to be polished.

IF
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The salads had too much balsamic vinegar. Other than that, excellent.

l
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Crab cakes were a bit to fishy tasting

LH
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with interesting food and cocktails.

OT
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

It was shocking how bad our experience was. For a birthday dinner where we arranged for a sitter for our 2 year old. First we arrived to our reservation 30 minutes early, told the hostess it's okay we can wait and don't need to be seated if the server wasn't ready yet. Got arrested early but waited 25 minutes to just get water. Then another 10 for our server to take drink orders. Which she came back 3 times to have us change it since the bar didn't have mid to top shelf gin or vodka. Sashimi was served in a bowl (presentation) and want completely sliced apart. No silverware at the table, separated the pieces with our chopsticks. Crab cakes was good. For dinner, I had the huli huli chicken and my husband had the bouillabaisse. Chicken was brunt, mahi mahi was very burnt. So much so that the entire dish tastes like charcoal. On to dessert. Wasn't offered a menu, just a small square of pumpkin something for the birthday treat. The last thing was that I had a Roy's gift card that I called ahead to see if I could redeem it. They wouldn't take it and told me there was no manager on duty. I was born and raised in Kailua and was really looking forward to having a great meal at a Roy's restaurant in my childhood town. Birthday dinner was a total bust.

g
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

this was the 4th time we tried Gone since it opened .. food choice was very limited and was just okay.. seems to be more for visitors and a one time shot .. High price and low quality

sorry

TA
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The hostess mentioned my birthday as she sat us at our table. We had nothing on the table and no one came to offer us anything for 10 minutes. We saw very little of the waitress or bus help during our meal. The food was good, very asian inspired, so it might be too bitter for some folks. The menu seemed limited. The waitress never seemed to realize that it was my birthday and they did nothing for it. I am not sure if this restaurant just opened? It seemed to still be a work in progress.

JM
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and fantastic food, what more could you ask for :-)

m
Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Smallish menu but great destination for town folks. A December visit, good weather. Might get uncomfortable during a hot summer day, restaurant exposed to outside.

B
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The food was not outstanding at all. We ordered the happy hour Salmon balls, which had no salmon. You pay $5.00 for 2 balls of rice. At dinner, we ordered the beets, which did not have any taste, we didn't finish that. The sushi was regular sushi, the Bouillabaisse was just ok, it had 2 pieces of fish, 3 shrimps and 10 potatoes and very oily. The atmosphere was fine, the service was fine. Not worth my time or money to come back. I live in Hawaii and don't write reviews very often but this was worth letting others know about.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The fried California Roll was more like fried nori w/rice, very, very little to no filling. The misoyakj butterfish was good but priced too high. The deserts were ok.

WT
Anchorage
11 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service for foodie meal with crafted drinks, very good ambience considering that the outdoor seating is next to the parking lot of Whole Foods. They had a garden planter with a tall trellis next to our table so didn’t really notice the parking lot - until after dark when the auto headlights shined brightly at us. Just laugh and wave Aloha.

There is inside seating but most is covered open air seating (so no ac). Beautiful huge market umbrellas with granite bases kept us shaded and dry.

I can’t wait to return.

P
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Goen was a solid restaurant great for a date night or special occasion. Service was stellar, as was plating and décor. Food choices looked really interesting and the entire menu sounded really delicious. Our pupus were great - roasted beets (which I usually don't like) and salmon roll were portioned well for price. Flavors were rich and well thought out. However the main - market fish - was pretty bland. It was cooked perfectly, but the portion was a little small (and our table mates had a much larger one?!). Nothing spectacular, which was a let down from the appetizers. It was the end of the night, so perhaps the kitchen was rushing - which would be our fault. Service staff was unhurried and really attentive. Perhaps a different main would be a better choice for a 5 star experience.

c
Hawaii
94 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It is what it is, a tapas restaurant. Selection is tasty but limited. I would recommend you research the on-line menu before arriving. That will limit your disappointment.

SF
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always love eating at Goen, it is one of our favorite places. They never disappoint. Plenty of parking

f
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

They seem short staffed. Also I went to use the restroom and the toilet wouldn’t flush.

g
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service - casual and comfortable - great spot!

LT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The Manager is great!

KL
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Came for Restaurant Week - our third restaurant to try Unfortunately, our worst experience. Enjoyed beet flatbread, but the braised shortribs was a cheaper cut of beef, therefore very dry without sauce. Plus polenta in our opinion needed salt.

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited during restaurant week and tried the prix fixe menu. Totally well worth the trip! We enjoyed every bite. The staff took great care of us and were warm and welcoming. Highly recommend.

K
Chicago
24 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was good. Tuna roles were delicious. Salmon was delicious. Market catch (opa) was rather bland. Cocktails were fabulous!

LA
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaurant Week deal! The food was delicious and perfectly prepared. I love the salmon and was super excited it was on the Restaurant Week menu. The salad and flat bread were tasty. Also they had a mini halo halo and this was the perfect size and should be a regular item. I was lucky enough to try their new brownie skillet and it was delicious!! I was so full but had no choice but to finish it because it was so good.

K
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week menu option was such a great deal!