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Islander Sake Brewery

4.9
4.9
38 Reviews
$31 to $50
Brewery

Islander Sake Brewery is small sakagura in Honolulu, Hawai’i. We produce craft sake using the finest rice from Japan and US, and pure, naturally-filtered Hawai’i water, to create a crisp, elegant, and aromatic beverage unique to the islands. Our sake is made in small batches so it's always fresh. We welcome you to taste sake in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere – we have three tasting experiences to choose from.

Tasting flights - taste 3 different types of sake, and explore the flavors & personality of each glass. (Tues-Sat 1pm-6pm)

Sushi Kaiseki - enjoy fresh sake paired with fish flown in specially from Japan, and prepared by our sushi chef. (Tues-Thurs evenings )

Kura Kitchen Pre-Fixe - relax and enjoy sake over a multi-course dinner, prepared with in-house ferments and local ingredients. (Fri-Sat evenings)

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Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Brewery, Japanese, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Dinner
    Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–9:30 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

    Queen St (between Ward & Cooke)

  • Parking details

    No parking, but you can find metered parking along Cooke St.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access

Experiences

  • Sushi Kaiseki

    $90.00 per person

    Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2021
    Allow us to host a cozy evening of sushi and sake. Taste freshly pressed sake, paired with specialty fish flown in from Japan, and prepared by our sushi chef. Served in an intimately lit tasting room, featuring a monkeypod slab countertop, with a window view to our brewing tanks. To provide the best service & a relaxed environment, we limit the seating to one per night, so you can take your time and savor the experience. We look forward to your visit. Aloha! $90 per person for dinner $37 per person for sake pairings (price does not include tax & tip) *Because we prepare food and ingredients in advance, cancellations made less than 24 hours before the reservation date and time will be charged the full price of the dinner + tax.
  • Kura Kitchen Pre-Fixe

    $50.00 per person

    Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2021
    Autumn Series: Join us for a relaxed evening of sake, served with a multi-course dinner prepared with in-house ferments and local ingredients. A bit of home cooked warmth served in our intimately lit tasting room, featuring a monkeypod slab countertop, and a window view to our brewing tanks. To provide the best service, we limit the seating to one per night, so you can take your time and savor the experience. We look forward to your visit. Aloha! $50 per person for dinner $37 per person for sake pairings (price does not include tax & tip) *Because we prepare food and ingredients in advance, cancellations made less than 24 hours before the reservation date and time will be charged the full price of the dinner + tax
  • Sake Tasting

    $15.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Try three of our signature sakes in a tasting flight, and discover the flavors that make each one delicious and unique. We craft 10 different types of sake, brewed in rotation throughout the year. Tastings take place in our outdoor patio, where you can enjoy gentle breezes, taking sips of sake. Please note: no food is served with this experience. If you would like to try sake with food pairings, we kindly ask you make reservations for our Sushi Kaiseki or Kura Kitchen Pre-Fixe dinner. Tasting flights are $15 per person, served in small, tasting glasses (2oz each). Additionally, we offer a 10% discount on a bottle of sake, when purchased after a flight.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Contactless payment available
  • 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 is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors

Menu

Single Origin Sake

  • Junmai Daiginjo (Hokkaido)

    Our most premium sake, made with Kitashizuku rice polished to 50% Light, aromatic & slightly sweet

    • Kitashizuku Ginjo (Hokkaido)

      Dry & fresh. 40% polished

      • Calrose Ginjo (California)

        Our driest sake. 40% polished

        • Sumomo (California)

          An experimental sake from our lab series made with wild Hawaiian yeast and Calrose rice. Sweet & sour with a unique flavor reminiscent of yogurt. 40% polished

          Fruit Flavored Sake

          Made with fresh fruits from the island

          • Pineapple Sake

            Our most popular fruit sake, featuring the aroma and flavor of local pineapple

            • Lilikoi Sake

              Calrose sake blended with fresh passionfruit from Oahu

              Tasting Flights

              Purchase a tasting flight, get 10% off the purchase of one bottle

              • Tasting Flights

                • Flight of 3$15.00
                • Flight of 5$23.00
                • Flight of 7$32.00
                • Single 4 oz Glass$12.00

              Bottles

              • Junmai Daiginjo

                • 750 ml$70.00
              • Kitashizuku Ginjo

                • 750 ml$52.50
              • Calrose Ginjo

                • 750 ml$44.00
              • Sumomo Ginjo

                • 750 ml$44.00
              • Pineapple Sake

                • 375 ml$27.00
              • Lilikoi Sake

                • 375 ml$27.00

              Last updated: August 14, 2021

              What 38 people are saying

              Overall ratings and reviews

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              4.9
              4.9 based on recent ratings
              • 4.8Food
              • 4.9Service
              • 4.7Ambience
              • 4.8Value

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              1. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Los Angeles

                1 review

                vip
                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on November 24, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Awesome food and sake pairing experience. Great value too!

              2. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                New York Area

                3 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                3 reviews

                Dined on November 21, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Fantastic experience. Sake rivals the best.

              3. D

                Daisy

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on November 13, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Really outstanding experience. The sake is delicious, and the owners are very nice and explain each sake’s characteristics and brewing process. The food was also very good!

              4. CA

                CristinaA

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on November 10, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Fantastic experience. Best sushi we've ever had in Hawaii. Flown in from Japan. Expensive but worth every penny.

              5. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Hawaii

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on November 4, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Very friendly staff, great atmosphere, and absolutely delicious food! I'm so glad I was able to experience the sushi kaiseki dinner...

              6. V

                Vallinda

                Hawaii

                41 reviews

                5.0

                41 reviews

                Dined on October 28, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                One of the best Kaiseki Sushi dinners on the island. The service was exceptional. The sake is awesome. The food was excellently prepared and presented. A most enjoyable evening. Highly recommended for sushi and sake lovers.

              7. JO

                JOHNB

                Hawaii

                5 reviews

                vip
                3.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on October 28, 2021

                overall3food2service3ambience2

                This was my 2nd time here with a different group of friends. The presentation was lacking. Islander Sake is such a unique place that the story should be presented with pride and confidence. Our server was good but she got a couple of samples backwards and was very shy and timid.

              8. KD

                KianiDPO

                Hawaii

                32 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                32 reviews

                Dined on October 27, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Enjoyed the delicious sushi kaiseki and generous sake pairing. Friendly and efficient service

              9. KT

                KarliT

                Hawaii

                5 reviews

                5.0

                5 reviews

                Dined on October 23, 2021

                overall5food1service5ambience5

                The Sake & service was amazing! We did the tasting. I wish I signed up for food service!! You will definitely enjoy the taste of the Sake- Sumomo ! Taste like peach yogurt!!

              10. MF

                MamaFoodie

                Hawaii

                20 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                20 reviews

                Dined on October 20, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                It was the BEST experience we’ve encountered! Outside appearance doesn’t compare to how the indoor ambiance is! You have a choice to have your own table or gain a personal experience at the bar! You’ll gain a first hand view of the sushi being prepared and a history lesson on how sake is prepared and what’s the best type Of rice to use! It’s so delicious and the sake pairing is a great addition!

              11. J

                Jojo

                Hawaii

                16 reviews

                5.0

                16 reviews

                Dined on October 17, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Thank you for one of the most memorable culinary experiences! Flavors and execution of the dishes were sumptuous.

              12. JF

                JamieF

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on October 17, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                It was a wonderful experience to learn about sake! Everything tasted fantastic and can’t wait to go back again when I come back to Hawaii.

              13. TO

                ThomasO

                Hawaii

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on October 14, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                From the first sip to the last bite, each was spectacular. Yao-san’s omakase experience is symbiotic with Islander’s sakes, one should not exist without the other. The selection of fish and sake changes with seasonal availability so your experience may vary visit to visit. If you have a chance to try Islander’s Sumomo (the second pairing), buy a bottle to take home. This limited edition nama sake is unlike anything you’ve tried before. It’s sweet, juicy, tart, and creamy all at the same time.

              14. NS

                NaiS

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on October 13, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The sake was good and they provided a lot of good information about the sake. Will visit again.

              15. MM

                MellyMel

                Hawaii

                18 reviews

                5.0

                18 reviews

                Dined on October 10, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                This was the first time that we tried the islander sake brewery but definitely won't be the last. The prefixe meal was great. We had the sake pairing, Toma one of the brew masters was very knowledgeable of the sakes and the origins. The food was amazing.

              16. LF

                LoriF

                Hawaii

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on October 9, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                I had stopped by for a sake tasting one afternoon and vowed to come back for the full experience of a meal. I am so glad I did! It evoked memories of my favorite times in Japan, in a small restaurant, with beautifully plated and deliciously prepared meals, and attentive service. I was joined by two friends for a Friday night meal and we all vowed we would be back soon to try the sushi menu on a Tuesday-Thursday. If quarantine restrictions in Japan are keeping you from visiting your friends across the Pacific, try an evening at Islander Sake Brewery. You'll be enveloped in the familiarity of a great time with fabulous food and superb sake.

              17. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Hawaii

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on October 7, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The sake was wonderful and the sushi was probably some of the best I’ve had in a while! The staff was so friendly and overall experience was awesome!! Will be trying to go there once a month!

              18. b

                barbinarizona

                Phoenix

                26 reviews

                5.0

                26 reviews

                Dined on October 6, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                What an incredible experience. Delightful sake and outstanding sushi. A wonderful team.

              19. V

                Vallinda

                Hawaii

                41 reviews

                5.0

                41 reviews

                Dined on October 2, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Islander Sake Brewery is a treasure. The Kura Kitchen was a delightful experience from watching Chiaki-san artfully prepare such deliciously satisfying fare, to some of the best sake we've had the pleasure to enjoy. And to think it is right in our backyard. The personal service topped off an exceptional evening. Looking forward to experiencing their Sushi Kaiseki dinner.

              20. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                New York Area

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on September 21, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Sake was amazing & learned a lot from this experience! I’m definitely coming back

              21. AL

                AliceL

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on September 16, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                We dine in sushi restaurants regularly. After reading the good reviews of Islander Sake Brewery, we decided to give it a try. We came with high expectations, and were not disappointed at all. We had a great experience with their sushi omakase dinner and sake pairing. Good atmosphere and attentive service. The fishes are top quality and extremely fresh. Paired with 5 different sakes, each of them was very unique. Purchased two bottles to take home. Thank you to everyone at Islander Sake Brewery, we'll definitely be back!

              22. MN

                MikeN

                Seattle

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on September 15, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                What an amazing culinary experience. Between the fantastic Sake and the delicious Omakase menu it will not be a night I soon forget. Oishi!

              23. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Nashville

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on September 14, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Amazing learning experience. Impeccable sake

              24. E

                Elisa

                Hawaii

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on September 12, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                The entire experience at Islander Sake Brewery is superb. Everything from the food to the aesthetic to the service is executed at such a high standard. Plus, Chiaki-san and Tama-san exude warmth and hospitality that make you feel as cared for as the sake they delicately craft.

              25. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Anchorage

                12 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                12 reviews

                Dined on September 12, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                This was easily the most fantastic meal/experience we’ve had in many years. The food and sake was fantastic; incredibly personal and delicious.

              26. SH

                SaraH

                San Francisco

                4 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                4 reviews

                Dined on September 11, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Amazing sake! Kura Kitchen experience was awesome. Can't wait to go back for omakase!

              27. B

                Betty

                Orange County

                27 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                27 reviews

                Dined on September 11, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                I was only here for the tasting, I didn’t eat any food but it looked good from where I was sitting. Parking is a bit hard to find but there is a public parking structure next to the climbing gym.

              28. A

                Alii

                New England

                6 reviews

                vip
                5.0

                6 reviews

                Dined on September 8, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                We made reservations for Sushi Kaiseki (the sake tasting with food) for our first night visiting Oahu and loved everything about it. The service was wonderful, and we especially enjoyed spending time with the friendly dog Kei (a Tosa Inu). We loved the sake and food from start to finish. They even gave us a little extra sake tasting because they knew my birthday was coming up. We left feeling like we had a very special experience and would definitely go back again.

              29. k

                kburr

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on September 4, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Beautifully curated, intricately crafted experience. Had an incredible time and hope to come back again soon

              30. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                New York Area

                1 review

                vip
                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on August 28, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Fantastic place! One of the best dining experiences I’ve had to date. We did the food pairing with sake. The food was thoughtful and delicious. The sake was awesome! Our server answered all of our questions. 10/10

              31. TC

                TylerC

                Hawaii

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on August 12, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Phenomenal! I've been here before just for drinks and their weekend omakase dinner, but this was a first for the sushi. Even though the restrictions changed overnight and without notice, they managed to make the evening go off without a hitch. A joy to talk to both the servers and the distiller herself. Get your reservation now!

              32. j

                jkat

                Hawaii

                12 reviews

                5.0

                12 reviews

                Dined on August 6, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                It truly was an exceptional experience: outstanding sushi kaiseki, sake pairing with detailed descriptions, attentive personalized service!

              33. KS

                KathrynS

                New York Area

                1 review

                vip
                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on August 4, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Hands down this one of the most incredible sushi meals we have ever had including those in Japan. The sake/sushi paring is the way to go. Every minute of the meal was sheer perfection. It is a must-do when visiting Honolulu!

              34. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Atlanta

                2 reviews

                5.0

                2 reviews

                Dined on July 31, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                I'm not often a big sake person, but these sakes were REALLY good and smooth. The staff are quite nice and very informative as well.

              35. AY

                AndraY

                Hawaii

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on July 29, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                The Kaiseki Sushi/Sake Pairing was outstanding. We learned a bit about sake, and all of our questions were answered in a patient and caring manner. We were not fans of sake prior to this tasting, we found out that we had just not found the right sake for us until this event.

              36. SI

                ShanellI

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on July 28, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Reservation was for the sake pairing and glad we added it! Such great local sake! Chef delivered amazing food as well. Overall an amazing experience!

              37. B

                Brady

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on July 25, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience4

                Love stopping in at Islander Sake. Owners are very knowledgeable and friendly. The Sake selection is great and delicious.

              38. OT

                OpenTable Diner

                Hawaii

                1 review

                5.0

                1 review

                Dined on July 21, 2021

                overall5food5service5ambience5

                Absolutely the best experience!!!

              FAQs

              Islander Sake Brewery is rated 4.9 stars by 38 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.

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              Booked 3 times today
              Experiences are available.
              Google Map for Islander Sake Brewery

              753 Queen St Honolulu, HI 96813-5205

              • Cross street

                Queen St (between Ward & Cooke)

              • Neighborhood

                Honolulu

              • Hours of operation

                Tue–Sat 1:00 pm–9:00 pm
                Dinner
                Tue–Sat 6:00 pm–9:30 pm

              • Cuisines

                Brewery, Japanese, Sushi

              • Dining style

                Casual Dining

              • Dress code

                Casual Dress

              • Parking details

                No parking, but you can find metered parking along Cooke St.

              • Payment options

                AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

              • Additional

                Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access

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