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Traditionally prepared sushi at Hanale - Hanale by Islander Sake Brewery, Honolulu, HI

Hanale by Islander Sake Brewery

4.8
4.8
166 Reviews
$50 and over
Sushi
Hanale is a quaint restaurant and sake lounge, created by the folks at Islander Sake Brewery. Located in Honolulu's Chinatown district, which is a great place to go to have a drink or bite to eat. We invite you to taste the sake we brew, paired together with "Ate" (あて, ah-teh), which in Japanese language is a word that translates to small dishes of tasty food meant to accompany your drink 🍶. Our dining courses are designed to maximize the tasting experience of sake, by selecting ‘ate’ that highlights subtle characteristics through fun and delicious flavor combinations.

6pm-10pm, we host a Sake & Sushi Omakase course.

We look forward to your visit. Aloha!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Brewery, Creative Japanese
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (808) 517-8188
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Honolulu
  • Cross street
    King St (between Nuuanu & Smith)
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access

What 166 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Best Value

  • Oahu

    Best Value

166 Reviews
  1. DavidS

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything you think an omakase experience would be and more!

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  2. JoshuaJ

    Oklahoma City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing Omikase experience! A friend and I did the sake pairing as well. Heavy pours and amazing quality sake. We both requested to not have any fruit sake samples so the host had other options to try, some which were made by friends back in Japan! I would recommend to any sake lover who also wants to have a great meal!

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  3. KevinL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding service from the owner Tama and the sushi chef who recently moved from Japan. The fish was fresh and the sake was solid. Can't wait to come back and visit again.

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  4. KarenC

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hanale by Islander Sake offers an unique experience and excellent customer service!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Horrible experience. I will never go again and I suggest others stay away. Food was ok, but the server was horrible.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exclusive. Relaxing. The food was absolutely delicious!

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  7. NadineS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best omakase for the price. Spectacular service. Wonderful experience. Amazing food. Beautiful ambiance.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food. Friendly service. Loved having detailed with Brewmaster Jackie who poured our sake

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    43 reviews

    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Both the food and service are excellent. Great place to bring out of town guests to experience.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice experience, awesome service and good value for what you get.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food, great experience and a peacful dining atmosphere.

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  12. TC721

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seriously the best Omakase in town. This was my 3rd time and they never disappoint. Great servide, great ambience, and of course sushi is very fresh. Definitely do the sake pairing! They make their sake on the big island (they used to have a machine in the old location that they said they moved everything to the big island). I have brought friends from mainland to this place when they came visit, and also I always recommend this place to my clients too.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The omakase dinner and sake tasting was so phenomenal, I left feeling super satisfied. The staff were really attentive and friendly, and explained each sake and dish. The sake and appetizers complemented each other perfectly, neither overpowering the other. The sushi chef was absolutely amazing! I have never had such perfect sushi rice (so airy and yet well formed that the sushi melts in your mouth, rice and all) on island and even in Japan. Loved the ambience and wouldn’t hesitate to go back! Thank you for the wonderful dinner!

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  14. JonathanW

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great kaiseki dinner with paired local made sake. Good value. Owner/manager/brewer is the host; super conversation about the sake. Chef is from a Tskuji Market restaurant; calls friends there for shipments. Exacting and innovative.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Islander Sake is truly one of the finest places. The sake is amazing (I dont drink much so it’s got to be good), the food offered is great, and the owners are true artists in their craft. When we saw Allen Wong eating there with friends at their old location, I knew that my instinct and taste buds were correct.

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  16. kristina

    Detroit

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All the food was fantastic the waitress was so sweet and talked to my husband and I we had the whole place to Ourselves it was a blast we will be back

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  17. RumikoN

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Shabu shabu dinner was excellent. Sake matches with food.

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  18. AlexL

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience! Would recommend whether it’s the current Shabushabu or when they go back to the sushi. We were the only ones in the restaurant our night— so glad they stayed open on extremely quiet night for us. Worth the price, lots of food. Several courses of appetizers before the hot pot so fun and delicious to try many things.

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  19. MayL

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our anniversary dinner at this restaurant was excellent! So cozy and relaxed, The owner Tama-san gave us a lecture about sake, and the Omakase menu was delicate and incredible. We definitely recommend this restaurant, and we will be back soon!

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  20. kevins

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They switched over temporarily to a shabu shabu menu so we thought we’d give it a try. It was amazing, beyond expectation. The attention to detail in the pacing and serving of the dishes was only exceeded by the quality of the food. Absolutely delicious. We’ll be back for more.

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  21. HeatherT

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food is excellent and affordable. The staff is friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed their special nabe shabu shabu dinner! So much food and delicious as always. The broth made with sake was amazing. We couldn't eat it all so we took it home. I hope they continue with shabu shabu so I can come back for more! And excellent service as usual!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot find words to describe how amazing of an experience we had here. Thank you to Chef and her incredible staff for giving us one of our favorite Japanese experiences to date. Running back as fast as I can!

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  24. Great24

    Greater Boston

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a lovely experience for us this was. It was extremely intimate, the service was amazing, and the portions were immaculate. This by far was a value steal with the amount of and quality of food that we were served. If you love quality sushi, this is the place to be, unquestionably!

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  25. Pickietraveler

    Hawaii

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed the Anniversary sake set with the fermentation special dinner. It came with small plates of cooked vegetables, a generous mix of super fresh sashimi then servings of salmon, chicken as well as unagi, ending with tea and dessert. Everything was delicious!! Our chef is none other than the toji herself. Nice conversations!!

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  26. Alyssa

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s like we stepped into a portal into an intimate restaurant in Japan. I highly recommend requesting a counter seat so you can see the chef make your dishes. Everyone was friendly and attentive. My date and I LOVED it. Will recommend to everyone!

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  27. mahalo0220

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    美味しいお寿司がリーズナブルに食べられる雰囲気の良いお店。 ハワイで日本的な寿司が食べられる店はなかなかないが、ここは本格的。

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  28. LindsayG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The special set first anniversary dinner was great! Service was very friendly and efficient, and of course everything tastes better with Islander Sake!

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  29. JordanJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was the one of the most amazing restaurant experiences I’ve ever had. Best sushi ever and amazing staff.

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  30. Vallinda

    Hawaii

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit to Hanale in there downtown location. An excellent dining experience. Highly recommended for just dining out, or for a special occasion. They have a table that seats five for a small party. Otherwise it's a few tables for 2 and the counter that seats 10. The sushi kaiseki showcases a nice variety of fresh seafood with a tasty tamagoyaki appetizer and a delightful dessert. Right now they don't have sake available, but you can BYOB sake without incurring a corkage fee. The hospitality and ambience enhances the dining experience.

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  31. Bolerama

    Hawaii

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent service, food was very good, timing was great!

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  32. Naoko

    Tokyo

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Real Japanese Kaiseki. Sake goes well with foods.

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  33. GrahamT

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great chef and sushi he prepared. Will definitely go again.

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  34. RobiS

    Hawaii

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing fish prepared uniquely and delicately!

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  35. gtkyl72

    Hawaii

    188 reviews

    4.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Three of my co-workers took me to Hanale by Islander Sake to celebrate my 70th birthday. This was the first time at Hanale for all of us even though the restaurant is right next door to where we work. The omakase dinner is served one course at a time over a period of 90 minutes. There are 19 courses plus a very delicious tea served at the conclusion of your meal. We started with a bottle of Islander Sake, which is unpasteurized (and delicious!). Kampai! The first 4 courses included a small dish of Hokkigai (red clam), followed by 2 pieces of egg omelet (which the chef was making when we were seated), a dish of minced Kanpachi, topped with some kind of roe, followed by a dish with 2 pieces of grilled swordfish. Next was a course of nigiri sushi: Hamachi or some type of white fish, Kaibashira (raw scallop) topped with mullet roe, Herring and Saba (mackerel). Then came 4 types of ahi: Chutoro, Otoro, Seared Toro, and Toro mixed with Daikon wrapped in nori. The break in the nigiri sushi came in the form of Okinawan seaweed topped by a piece of crabmeat. To me it was like a dish of glass noodles in a savory sauce. The 2nd grouping of nigiri sushi came next: Ama Ebi (raw, sweet shrimp), Akamutsu (Rosy Seabass), Hokkaido Uni (darker in color but so creamy!) and the star of the evening (to me), a rolled Anago sushi. The chef took an 8-inch piece of Anago and rolled it up around rice and coated it with Tsume. The final course was a miso soup with the head from the Ama Ebi and a clam. It was perfectly seasoned. Dessert was a glass of fermented rice (it looked like Dragon fruit), topped with a green sauce, and served with fresh fruit. That, and the delicious cup of o-cha completed what was a delicious journey to Japan. The owner and the staff of Hanale are personable and informative. I loved this stop on my world food tour sans my more interesting dining partner. Wish you could have been there!

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  36. Sekky

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    働いてる皆さんの笑顔と大将のまじめさがとっても良い

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  37. Robo

    Hawaii

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aloha, great venue for sushi and BYOB! Approximately 18 mouth watering dishes. Your taste buds will be happy and your tummy pleasantly full. Islander Sake has recently moved their brewery to the Big Island. Can’t wait to visit there as well. If you love sushi make your way to Hanale. Enjoy.

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  38. JAREDN

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience. The entrance and dining area provided a clean and calm and serene atmosphere compared to the chaos on the road. We parked at Mauna Kea parking lot on Smith and it was a quick walk over. No street parking really in front. We were greeted at the door and shown to our seats once the first set of guests (we booked 7pm) had left and they set the platings. Its not really mentioned but dress here is fairly casual. I wouldnt recommend a tshirt but I did see people in shorts with a polo or aloha shirt. Ask the staff when they confirm your reservation, but you don't have to dress up if you don't want to here. Reserved counter seating so we could experience the sushi prep. Loved talking to the staff about their sake development. Friendly staff but behind the counter is mostly Japanese-speaking so don't feel offended if you don't have an endearing English conversation (just language barrier) -- that said, they do speak a good amount. Owner speaks English and tends to walk around to talk to guests so get your info there if you and the chef are lost in translation. Still BYOB so we went earlier to the Sake Shop Hawaii and had some fine selections walking in the door. Sake Shop Hawaii has a good relationship with them and has specific pairings based on their menu. Sushi is your standard faire, so don't expect much gastronomy. But everything was fresh and prepared well. Depending on your appetite, get the custom select omakase to get input on the last few dishes as they try to cater to your preferences. The first 2-3 dishes will be appetizers of sorts where they could be a salad, fish-based amuse bouche, shrimp miso soup, etc. Then you'll move on to the sushi menu. Your standard desirables like Otoro/Chutoro/Uni were all on the menu. Nothing super extravagant. My ankimo wasnt there, but I'm sure it all varies from week to week. Overall recommended.

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  39. AprilS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was fresh and delicious. Great picks at sake shop to go with food.

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  40. DJalad

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easily the best restaurant I’ve been to on Oahu.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas

FAQs

Hanale by Islander Sake Brewery is rated 4.8 stars by 166 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Hanale by Islander Sake Brewery

25 N King St, Honolulu, HI 96817

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    King St (between Nuuanu & Smith)
  • Neighborhood
    Honolulu
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Tue, Thu–Sat 6:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Sushi, Brewery, Creative Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access
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