Izakaya Matsuri

4.4
79 reviews
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Japanese
"Welcome to Izakaya Matsuri!"
We offer you freshest Sashimi, Sushi and various chef Specials in Japanese cuisine along with selected Sake, Shochu and wines to complete your meal. Izakaya Matsuri is located in the center of town- on Young St. with lots of free parking for our customers.
(*We do not provide highchairs, or baby seats for children since we are Japanese - Izakaya style restaurant which is mainly for adults.)
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New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess always knows your name and your favorite food.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were the only party there for a Saturday lunch. Many don’t know they just started opening for lunch. Limited menu but very nice assortment to choose from. I’d go back again. Want to try dinner time too!

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C
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My go to neighborhood Izakaya

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JH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved the Hamachi Ponzu, grilled Moi, Asari Sakamushi and the sushi. Weird location but worth the effort to find it. I will be back.

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Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I are always looking for new places to eat. After reading the Yelp reviews, I decided to bring her to Izakaya Matsuri to celebrate her birthday. We came early to make sure we could get parking. Originally, we did not plan to be there for Happy Hour, so it was a pleasant surprise. We decided to try most of the items on the Happy Hour menu like a tasting menu. We especially enjoyed the Oburo tofu and Eggplant Nimono. Surprisingly, I also enjoyed the Deep-fried Baby Sweet Shrimp after my wife convinced me to try it. After all that, my wife wanted to try the omakase sushi plate, but accidentally ordered the fixed 10 item instead (the menu confused her). Still, it was a good choice and we were glad she ordered it. We both look forward to coming back again.

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K
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fabulous little place! The owners are a husband and wife team - the husband is the sushi chef and the wife is one of the servers. They are both the sweetest. The food was very yummy and fresh! The ambiance was perfect. The service was friendly and attentive. And they treated me to a delicious birthday dessert - the sake crème brulee and homemade mochi with ice cream - yum!!! We will definitely be returning!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

Servers are not friendly but food is very good and price is not bad! Happy hour deals are good!

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Tahoe
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing sushi and sashimi!! And many other dishes!! Wonderful!!

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Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We discovered this gem about a month ago. What an excellent Izakaya hidden on Young St. Everything is always excellent.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Their sushi is outstanding! Fresh and delicious! Our favorite Japanese restaurant.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I am sansei (third generation) American-Japanese with relatives in Japan. I have worked in Japan for many years and have frequented countless number of Izakaya as well as restaurants, kapo's and ryotei's in Tokyo. Pretty good authentic sushi and Japanese Izakaya type of food. Price OK for the food and drinks. Need more cooks to prepare dishes, since when crowded, we had to wait a bit too long for our orders to be prepared and served. Nice casual hole in the wall to recommend to friends looking for authentic Japanese restaurants in Honolulu.

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K
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was good. No parking. All reserved. What we liked are MP.

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B
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful place to go. It's very small so be sure to make a reservation. The staff was super friendly and the food delicious. The Matsu, crunch roll, and homemade tofu are super. Very reasonably priced for the quality. It's a really nice upscale feeling atmosphere but patrons were dressed casually as it should be in Hawaii.

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San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

One of the best hamachi I've had in a while. However, they ran out of sushi rice at 9:15PM on a Saturday night so no more nigiri . . .

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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Matsuri is a little hidden gem on Young St. The fish was fresh and sliced perfectly. There rice is excellent, perfect texture and flavor. Three of us did the omakase and we were all very impressed. The salmon nigiri arrived covered in a smoke and a glass. I would say this was our least favorite, I think it sat too long in the smoke, the smoke flavor was a little too powerful. We also enjoyed the freshly made tofu, butterfish, and karage chicken. We definitely will going back.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Fish was fresh and delicious. Service good the the most part except that they forgot a couple of our orders and we had to wait quite awhile before they got it corrected. Waithelp very friendly and helpful.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite Izakaya restaurant! The owners and servers are most welcoming. Their recommendations are spot on! Very family friendly with lots of parking. Can't say enough good things about Izakaya Matsuri!

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TW
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fresh Sushi, Sashimi and excellent Happy Hour Menu! My favorite restaurant! Mahalo Julie & Yoshi!

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Phoenix
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really delicious food. It is a small restaurant so reservations are encouraged. They were out of a few items that we wanted but the items they did have was delicious.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were the first to arrive during happy hour. Served by Julie and another young man. Drinks came quickly and we supplemented choices from the happy hour menu with the miso butterfish Kama (collar), which I’ve never had before, and the crab salad, which is one of our favorites.

With an icy cold Asahi draft in hand and the first to get our orders into the kitchen, the food came out at a good pace and every item we ordered was prepared carefully and the taste was great.

The restaurant slowly filled up but the noise level was moderately quiet.

Happy hour pricing allowed us to order more items as several items come in slightly smaller servings. As repeat customers this restaurant is a great value with quality food and great service. Parking in the building is easy, especially at an early seating. There were lots of on-street parking available even after we left.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

It was a a bad choice but we needed to find a place to eat due to time. We ordered sushi, and it took forever to come out. I'm pretty certain they were trying to defrost it. My maguro had brown tips like it was not fresh.

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AS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and great service! Will definitely be returning for dinner!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has repeatedly delivered excellent Japanese food with meticulous attention to detail while making me feel as if I am family joining them for dinner.

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a
Hawaii
60 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food but a bit noisy and service was slow when the restaurant was packed on a Saturday night. Overall everyone enjoyed themselves.

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c
Hawaii
73 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is small. The service is very slow, due to one sushi chef and one cooked item chef. However, the food tasted good and the presentation was also very good. The choices were understandably limited. Food items were generally not locally sourced.

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TW
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent quality Sushi + Sashimi + Karaage + desserts. Owners Yoshi and Julie are very nice.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. Food was delicious

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Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

会計を見てありえない価格設定で最悪でした。
Nobuでもこんな価格はないでしょう!
あの立地、店内の雰囲気であの価格はありえないし、シャリも酸っぱすぎです。

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Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My hubby and I always enjoy dining here. Juli is a very nice host and Yoshi is a very talented sushi chef. Exceptional quality food and we love it each time! Mahalo!

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HB
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice, cozy family run restaurant. Everything ordered was wonderful. Look forward to our next visit to dine on their omakase.

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Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Small plate restaurants always cost more than anticipated and this one is no exception. Read the menu carefully; I ordered a 10 piece onigiri sushi platter thinking that it would be proportionately more than the 7 piece platter. In reality, it is a totally different item at mp, three times the cost of the seven piece platter at around thirty bucks, that's nine dollars per piece of raw fish and rice lol The quality of what you get is strictly top quality; just be careful that you know what you are ordering...that was my mistake

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Hawaii
87 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Hokaido scallop sashimi was so good..service was so attentive

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Hawaii
65 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Izakaya Matsuri is like a neighborhood restaurant, not big in size but comfortable for anyone who visits. There is a small, 6-seats, sushi bar or table seating available. The menu offerings are mostly sashimi and sushi with an assortment of small tapas style dishes. While the variety of seafood offered is good, the prices are a bit more expensive than other izakayas in town. While dining there, we sampled various dishes as well as some sushi. The food was good but we found nothing special as far as the taste or uniqueness. The service was good and courteous, but we were never offered tea during our whole meal which was rather odd for an izakaya. Would we dine at Izakaya Matsuri again? Possible but not probable.

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TM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The presentation was great as you would expect from an Izakaya. The smoked salmon and hotate sushi was wow. The smoky flavor was on point and hit me in all the feels. I loved the hirame sushi as well. I don't normally eat oysters, but I thought the ones we had were good. My wife, the oyster eater loved hers. We had the omakase course and were not disappointed. I was fulfilled and my wife (who cannot eat as much) was nearing her limits at the end. The happy hour Dassai sake (not sure which one it was as I wasn't listening) was a great pairing. A bit pricey perhaps but worth it for a special occasion.

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LR
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!! AMAZINGLY FRESH! Crispy,light,tasty, not greasy tempura...will definitely return! REAL FRESH crab in the California roll! Go!

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TW
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve enjoyed many dinners at Matsuri and wanted to celebrate our Anniversary dinner here.

Service is friendly and the owners Julie and Yoshi (sushi chef) are very caring and explain / create their dishes exceptionally well. Excellent quality sashimi / sushi and presentation is consistently beautiful each time. Mahalo for outstanding food and service!

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DS
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had really excellent sushi and sashimi again at Matsuri, as well as creative specialty dishes. Service is friendly and multilingual and there is convenient parking. It's becoming a favorite!

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great dinner time. Food was outstanding!

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1 review
Dined on March 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Over all a good experience😴🤦‍♂️😯cc

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TW
Hawaii
24 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our dining experience here. Excellent quality Sahimi, Nigiri, Sushi rolls, Wafu steak, Miso Butterfish, Seafood Dynamite and mouth-watering Tempura IceCream!🤣👍🏼❤️ Thank You!!!

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