Izakaya Matsuri

4.5
232 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.)
* Please, aware that your reservation may be cancelled if you do not confirm your reservation, please cancel your reservation within 12 hours prior to your reservation,
or you will be subject to charge the cancellation fee
per person $50. Please, text us! (business cell) 808-745-5858
* If you do not show without any notice, we will cancel your reservation after grace minutes
(15 min. max.)
* You will be charged the fee for NO show or any cancellations within 12 hours
($50 per person on your credit card)
* Delivery service -
Doordashi, Grubhub for your convenience.

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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 232 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was over all good. Fish was fresh, but nigiri was dressed with some type of light sauce already which we didn’t know. It wasn’t described in the menu. We also like nigiri with just fresh fish not dressed with sauce already when it’s served. Since one of my family members is allergic to wheat, we always bring our own soy sauce that is gluten free. Wahu steak was nice and tender, I ordered medium but it was almost well done. Tofu dishes were good! They make their own tofu. Desserts were amazing! Servers were great! They were very attentive.

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bradw
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Good enough food. Poor hospitality. Might as well take out but then many alternatives. Leave the place to a few of their regulars.

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WayneS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent as usual. My guest was really enjoyed our meal and raved about the freshness of the food. It’s a small and quaint restaurant but don’t let that fool you. Reservations are a must especially on the weekends. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Saw the negative review and was hesitant to visit however had the complete opposite experience with my family excellent and polite service and sushi was super delicious. Prices were pretty decent compared to other places we’ve been to after Covid. This is our new favorite sushi spot.

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viplilachloe
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great fresh sashimi. Omakase is the way to go

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TanyaP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Not much of an atmosphere, and sitting at the sushi bar was disappointing as you could not see anything because the stools were too low...however, the food was absolutely DELICIOUS!

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vipDiamondPhil19
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic sushi and sake !!! We lived in Japan for many years and Izakaya Matsuri reminds us so much of our time there. 120% authentic. The seafood is flown in fresh from the Hokkaido fishmarket in the basement of Sapporo airport. Everything comes in sooo fresh! The toro and hamachi melt in your mouth they are so tender. The Uni with quail egg is my fav. Best tasting Uni this side of the pacific! Julie is a knowledgable and friendly manager. She suggested a great sake for our 24th wedding anniversary dinner, Ozeno Yukidoke. Sooo good! Great food, beverage and service. Its a bit small and loud, just like a Japanese Izakaya. You will need a reservation to get in. The food and beverage are very high end, so be prepared to pay a premium for them.

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vipJBEAR
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality Japanese food! Seafood is very fresh and everything is delicately seasoned. We had a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!

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ThomasR
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again, superb. If they added fresh grated wasabi and turned down the a/c a bit I wouldn't want to leave. Continues to be my favorite restaurant near Waikiki for quality of ingredients.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was very delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent can’t believe I live nearby and only found it now. Will return.

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vipPointyMouth
Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good but the presentation of the food and the decor of the dining room did not justify the high prices.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience1

The restaurant is located in the back of a parking lot, a ten minute drive from the Waikiki Beach.
The first impression is not good as there is no ambiance whatsoever. The place is very small. One booth and a few tables.
The fish quality is good but not excellent. The overall experience from ambiance to service (COVID Era) to food quality rankled below our expectations, with the ambiance being the lowest point. Not a date night place.

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vipDiamondPhil19
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like being in an Izakaya in Hokkaido. Most of the seafood is flown in several times a week directly from Sapporo's airport seafood market. The Ahi, Toro and Uni are some of the freshest I have ever had and I lived in Japan for many years! Small, and very authentic, reminds us of so many Izakaya in Japan, but without all the cigarette smoke! Yay!

Hidden gem, you will love this place! Highly recommended by Diamond Phil !!

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vipJolee
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience1

I never write reviews because most of the restaurants here have generally good food and service. We were so angry at spending so much $$ here and left with a bad taste in our mouth.
We came here a month ago with our son and his friend and loved the food and service by younger woman server.
Last night we were very disappointed in our service at Izakaya Matsuri. It would be nice if, even in this COVID-safe period, that the older woman server would be grateful to customers and be as pleasant as possible. When we walked in they blurted out instructions and QR code contact info stuff. We were directed to a table and seated, then felt rushed to order. My husband, who is the nicest person to everyone, asked a question about the menu to older server when she barked back at him across the restaurant and let him know they didn't get our contact info! We quickly completed the info on our phone. Then after our completion of info. she stood eight feet away from us (not kidding), then barked out answer to his question about menu items.
A few minutes later we saw her talking to a white gentleman who was maskless. She stood ONE FOOT from his face as he asked many questions about menu.
We were appalled and disgusted. Never returning here and never giving any
recommends. We spent well over $200. It's too bad the food is good, but the ambience is not.

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vipCat8
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always outstanding. Definitely a neighborhood gem worth spending money on.

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Clifford
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great food! Good atmosphere. Little pricey, but good quality sashimi worth it.

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vipFoodie
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It’s very good and service was great! But pretty expensive for what you get though!

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AltonR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just like eating Japanese food in Japan. Oiishii Desu!!

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vipMichaelM
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Was excited to eat some sushi while in HI. Found this place and they weren’t very busy with reservations. Should of taken that as a sign and not made one.

Rude server. Her demeanor and attitude made our dinner uncomfortable. It is a very small place so her vibe was uncomfortable. For two adults and one child the bill was over $300. I’m ok paying that and then some but the food needs to match the price. In my opinion not worth it at all. I left after 30mins of dining.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a good place to go on a date and try out different type of sushi’s. Food was really good and the sushi and fish were definitely fresh, moist, and delicious. A small hole in the wall that I didn’t even know existed and was pleasantly surprised. Definitely a place to try.

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vipVegomatic
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The fish (sushi) was fantastic. The homemade chawanmushi was fantastic, would highly recommend. Service aunties were also interesting to work with throughout the experience. Would go back .. if I can get in.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Servers were very attentive and food was outstanding

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Ashley
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Luckily I was able to book a reservation for Friday night! The place is small with just two servers working. Considering it wasn't super busy (there were empty tables throughout our dining experience) the service was slow. After being seated we waited about 10 minutes before anybody even addressed us with a cold, "We'll be with you shortly".
We ordered the Mozuku, Assorted Tempura, Hamachi Kama, and the Omakase Sashimi which came out last but definitely worth ordering. The fish quality was on point. There's other items on their menu I would like to try on my next visit. I would definitely eat here again but due to the service it wouldn't be my first choice.

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vipGeneTee
Hawaii
83 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience1

The sushi and sashimi were excellent at this Izakaya. We ordered omakase style and were very pleased by the chef's offerings. This was our first visit and will likely go back again.

The two things we found lacking are: the alcohol choices are very limited (mostly sake) and the digital menu is chaotic, difficult to follow and understand.

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kobi
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

韓国人のおばさんの対応は、いまいちですが、他の方の対応は良かったです!
味は、日本と同じか、それ以上でした!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic specials: the sea bass kama in soy marinade was grilled to perfection. We also enjoyed the natto dish with nori. Special thanks to the kitchen for the omakase chirashi, it was delicious!

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vipAsKmeHI
Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Simple, but very good ingredients prepared by traditional methods.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall good food.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff were friendly, food was delicious and ambience was nice. Great place for great quality sushi, sashimi and other Japanese dishes.

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HengG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

tasty food
werid thing is the sashimi comes at last

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vipCat8
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is absolutely outstanding and very fresh!!! Definitely get the chirashi omakase!

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Hawaiitraveller
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fresh Japanese food well prepared. Expensive but well worth it

JR
JasonR
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Sushi was very fresh and tasty. Menu is very clunky and difficult to understand given the web menu's vertical layout. Staff was very patient, even with my loud teenagers.

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was great. Very good value but one of the server has some attitude problem. Thus why I’m giving it 4 stars.

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MiltonK
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5:30 early dinner. Great food and service as usual. Tonight met our expectations as Matsuri is one of our top choices for a couple’s night out.

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LaymaB
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, a lot of sake options

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very cozy but food was delicious & service is good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Seriously the worst service ever. They seemed annoyed every time we ordered Something. Appetizers came after our meal and one of the rolls I ordered took over an hour to make.

FAQs

Izakaya Matsuri does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Izakaya Matsuri also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 745-5858.

Izakaya Matsuri is rated 4.5 stars by 232 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.