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Izakaya Matsuri, Honolulu, HI

Izakaya Matsuri

4.7
4.7
363 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 $30.
Do text, or call us to cancel (business cell) 808-745-5858. (The cancellation fee will be automatically charged if it happens after 12 hours prior to your reservation time)
* You will be charged the fee for NO show.($50 per person on your credit card)
* Take outs are available with Doordashi, Grubhub for your convenience.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 745-5858

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Akito Yoshioka, aka Chef Yoshi

  • Catering

    call for order.

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Cross street

    A small public park-In Ha park between South King and Young.

  • Parking details

    *lots of private parking during Lunch & dinner time.*Street parking (Read signs before you park on the street ) also available.* You may park on the reserved sign during the dinner hours in our parking lot and on the ramp parking lot.

  • Public transit

    A La Moana

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 363 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Japanese

  • Oahu

    Japanese

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  1. MC

    MichaelC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Food and service was very good. The prices on the chalkboard seemed ok but the check was more than I expected or at our favorite Japanese restaurant in town.
  2. PS

    PhilipS

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Some of the best sushi I have had. Cooked food was fantastic as well.
  3. M

    Meri

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food, very fresh and delicious.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Not worth at all nothing was special and too expensive
  5. GS

    GraceS

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great sashimi and sushi! The warty rib eye and chicken karaage were also excellent! It’s a little gem and worth it. We love coming here.
  6. J

    Jill

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding food, service and ambience. Raw fish and oysters were extremely fresh. We also ate the crab salad, chawanmushi and yaki ika. Great variety of food.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was really good, fish was fresh. Didn’t care for the sake in the uni and oyster shooter. Actually surprised me. It was unexpected and unpleasant. Definitely prefer without the sake. The hotate, uni and ankimo was my favorite and the chawanmushi was really good too. I would recommend Matsuri’s.
  8. A

    Alba

    Toronto

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    This is a small restaurant off the beaten path, but I can see why it is popular. The night we went they had to turn away customers who did not have reservations. The food overall was outstanding, especially the fried tofu and the crispy roll. Service was fine. They have a limited selection of sake that's available, but a large possible menu (? supply chain issues). The seats were not particularly comfortable in the restaurant.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great experience here. The food was absolutely good and the service was perfect. I asked for warm water and their staff made sure my mug was full throughout the whole dinner.
  10. ST

    SophieT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Helpful guidance of menu items. Server brought an iPad so we can see items better and explain in detail the special features of noted items. Quick to remove dirty dishes without interrupting our conversations. Replenish our teapot quietly and when needed without prompting from us. Food was fresh, tasty, and high quality
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    At first it was not a good experience. One of the waitress who met us at the door and then took us to our seat and then took our initial order was a rude, but the second waitress was very nice. From the time we ordered to the time we got our food took almost 40 minutes, but as the food came things got better. If the food wasn’t good the whole night would be a mood killer and a waste of time.
  12. C

    Chubby

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was very good. Fresh and very tasty. Restaurant is very small with a dining time limit of 90 minutes which makes service a bit rushed and hectic.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Took the S/O here and it was amazing. She loves ahi so getting the blue fin set was a must!! Everything was great!
  14. b

    bethc

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Restaurant a little ways back from Waikiki strip and so worth the trip. Quaint setting, helpful waitress and the sushi was fantastic! Thank you for your hospitality!
  15. MK

    MarkK

    Hawaii

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal. Quality and fresh ingredients. Reasonable price.
  16. CY

    CYPCF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and services. It is a little on the expensive side but worth it.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was super high quality, food, service, ambiance, etc
  18. V

    Vday

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 10, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    There’s other sushi places that are a step above here. food was decent. Parking is good
  19. B

    Brianj

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As close as it comes to a true Japanese Izakaya on Oahu. We would know after living Japan 8 years. Took mom for 91st b- day.
  20. AK

    AndreK

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This little Japanese restaurant in Honolulu is a hidden gem. Everything we ate was absolutely fantastic. I would highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a high quality sushi/Japanese restaurant that is a little removed from the downtown Waikiki area.
  21. J

    Junko

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Matsuri is my go-to place when I get hungry for authentic Japanese food. I like their mirugai sashimi and oysters on a half shell with lovely topping. My young family likes karaage chicken and wafu steak, too. Their vegetable dishes are also very nicely done. It's unusual for a Japanese restaurant to have ong choy, but they do it very simply and it goes with everything. I often do take out. My favorite is omakase chirashi. We didn't order this time, but another fabulous dish they serve is their whole crab. It is served in ways that are very easy to eat and is fresh and delicious.
  22. B

    Bolerama

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Wonderful, but my advance order of hairy crab was not honored.
  23. BS

    BrentS

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oooo...the Hokkaido Spiny Crab! Next, I have to try the Chirashi Omakase. The women servers were very polite and courteous....it's as if they are part owners....I love service staff hat portray this.
  24. C

    Chubby

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Service was a bit hectic due in part to the 90 min. time limit. Food is good but the restaurant is small and a bit noisy.
  25. HH

    HiroHaru

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great experience. Will repeat and recommend to others.
  26. BR

    BRIANH

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another delightful dinner
  27. LP

    LesyaP

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply delicious
  28. C

    Chubby

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Crowded and lively atmosphere. We were seated at the counter without give the option of a table although there were many available. Servers did not mention that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary.
  29. JK

    JaimeK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Fish was very fresh and the service was excellent
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really nice experience! The service was great; our waitress didn’t rush us and talked to us about the island and restaurant. The quality in food is unmatched from anywhere else I’ve tried. Every piece of fish was extremely fresh, the rolls were delicious and unique, and the wagyu was excellent. The ambiance is casual but on busy nights/or time of day you definitely need a reservation. Overall, it was a great dining experience!
  31. LG

    LevG

    New Zealand

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Authentic Japanese food! Yum!! 😊 Loved the Unagi - just like what we had when in Japan! Arigatou!!
  32. N

    Nora

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The choices on the menu are plenty. Most prices are reasonable, some are extremely pricey. Food quality is good. The waitresses were very courteous. Only setback for this restaurant is the size. It is a very small place, when all seats are filled, it sure is overcrowded. Impossible to feel relax and comfortable. Because of the small space, the noise level of each table's conversation is extremely loud, added on the uneasiness. May be better for lunch.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Omakase is amazing!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great little gem in busy Honolulu area. If you love quality sushi and feel like your in a restaurant in Japan, this is the place for you.
  35. AT

    AnneToinette

    Hawaii

    74 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    A little pricey however the quality of the food is impeccable. Loved the Miles Davis background music.
  36. DA

    DarrenAnderson

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Amazing food quality....omg ! We eat sushi a lot. This was probably right at the best ever !!!!. Pricey as you see in the reviews, but worth it. I/we are still talking about it and how good.
  37. SM

    ShaneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was very good. We eat out at alot of Japanese restaurants and the food here stood out. The vegetables were seasoned well, homemade tofu and sauce was excellent, the Hokkaido hairy crab was fresh. If you get a chance to eat the fresh eel they get in sometimes you really should try it.
  38. RF

    RonF

    Columbus

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Julie, our server, was amazing! She was very kind to teach us the ropes for our first visit and gave excellent recommendations. The service and food were exceptional. Hats off to the chef!
  39. J

    Jupiter

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    I will dissuade everyone I know from coming here. If you are queer or enjoy good sushi (or worse, both) choose somewhere else. There are many great sushi spots on island and this is not one of them. If you’re straight-passing with a desire to overspend on bad food, this is the spot for you! What we ordered: House-made tofu with ikura, Hamachi Ponzu, Spicy Hamachi Roll, Wagyu Nigiri, Snapper Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri. Our total was about $107 including a soda and a small beer (tip not included in that total). 1. There was no music. It is awkwardly quiet in the restaurant which is why we could hear the servers gossiping about us as we were leaving. The lighting in the dining area and the kitchen clash terribly. 2. Not all servers in the restaurant industry are bubbly types and that’s okay. When you don’t give us water, ask how we’re doing, and stare at our table constantly while pointing and shifting your eyes in combination with constantly checking on the table directly next to us with friendly service, the contrast makes it worse. 3. The hamachi is ridiculously fishy. The sushi rice had an overpowering amount of vinegar. I’ve never had worse sushi rice and that’s including places more on the low-end like Kozo’s or Genki’s. If you want a good hamachi ponzu, try Upstairs in Waikiki. 4. For the price, you would think the food would be at least a little more than decent. Do not throw away your money here. 5. Tofu ($9+) and wagyu nigiri ($15/ea) were the only acceptable things of the night. Acceptable as in edible. Izakaya Gaku’s tofu jelly is a great alternative. We came hungry so we were thoroughly disappointed. For wagyu nigiri or sushi in general, Sushi Murayama has similar prices but is 1000x better in quality and ambiance. We came here for an anniversary dinner. Luckily my partner and I could laugh at the experience, but we will never return.
  40. MK

    MKG96816

    Hawaii

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday celebration for a 10-yr old who wanted “good sushi” and Matsuri didn’t disappoint. Had the Sushi Omakase which was amazing but great thing about Izakaya is that had other favourites for children just being introduced to next level food such as tempura and roll sushi. Night was capped off with entire restaurant singing Happy Birthday. Great night and amazing food!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

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 4.7 stars by 363 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for Izakaya Matsuri

1436 Young St. #103, Honolulu, HI 96814

Additional information

  • Cross street

    A small public park-In Ha park between South King and Young.

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Sushi, Japanese Speciality

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    *lots of private parking during Lunch & dinner time.*Street parking (Read signs before you park on the street ) also available.* You may park on the reserved sign during the dinner hours in our parking lot and on the ramp parking lot.

  • Public transit

    A La Moana

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Contactless Payment, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Akito Yoshioka, aka Chef Yoshi

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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