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Izakaya Matsuri, Honolulu, HI

Izakaya Matsuri

4.8
4.8
335 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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 335 people are saying

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4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. JK

    JaimeK

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    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!
  3. 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!!
  4. N

    Nora

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 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.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! Omakase is amazing!
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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.
  7. AT

    AnneToinette

    Hawaii

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    A little pricey however the quality of the food is impeccable. Loved the Miles Davis background music.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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.
  12. MK

    MKG96816

    Hawaii

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 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!
  13. RT

    RickT

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Perfect sushi. Must go for Waikiki. Staff refused to sell me a tee shirt. How will I know if I was there? :)
  14. YM

    YunaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    nice workers and amazing food, great price for everything on the menu
  15. AS

    AndrewS

    Hawaii

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Hidden gem that we absolutely loved! Hokkaido Crab, Hamachi Kama and Toroneido Roll all delicious. Our new spot so please don't tell anyone.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband said, “I have the best meal of my life, which was the sizzling Wafu Steak! Not top 5, ICHIBAN, literally! I’m a meat eater, but the Sushi, as far as I can tell is also the best. Everyone says so.” Yes!! The Sushi and rolls are soooo good! It’s difficult to choose which one I should eat! Must try Sake with your meal! My favorite sake ↓ for your reference♪ • Dassai 39 • Izumi Jyudan • Karakuchi - Sohomare • Yukimuro - Hakkaisan Always happy to eat at Matsuri!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly service and amazing food!
  18. J

    Joseph

    Hawaii

    26 reviews

    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good food and service, rice and fish for sushi were tasty. House made tofu was great, add the uni!! Looking forward to coming back...
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food here never disappoints. Service was great, but we were early so there weren’t many other customers yet. Staff was friendly as always and I would definitely recommend this place.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good quality of food however it is bit pricy.
  21. A

    Akio

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of my favorite izakayas in town! Go for the small plates with some sides of sushi / sashimi
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing Izakaya restaurant with really fresh and well prepared dishes. Will come again next time we are on the island and will recommend to friends!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The seating was a little tight. The food was amazing, a little pricey, but you get what you pay for. The server was very attentive and friendly. Overall a good experience and somewhere I would like to return to. Fully recommend to others for the quality of the food.
  24. f

    foodie

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very authentic sushi. Staff is knowledgeable and helped us to order. We really enjoyed Ourselves.
  25. HB

    HonoluluBest

    Hawaii

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small restaurant and incredibly delicious food. Definitely one of the best Japanese restaurants in Honolulu. Make sure to make reservations. We ordered sashimi platter, agedashi tofu, assorted tempura, a sushi roll, hamachi kama, and everything was prepared perfectly. Highly recommended!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience3
    Food was all delicious. I just felt like it was a little bit overpriced. I’ve had just good of sushi where it has been cheaper. Still enjoyed thoroughly.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved our dinner here!! The Hokkaido hairy crab was out of this world! Everything was fresh and very well presented. Service is very prompt and attentive. Will definitely return.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Besides the oyster shooter (we didn’t expect it to have alcohol), we loved every piece of sushi from the hamachi ponzu to the matsuri omakase. It was kind of busy but thankfully all of our orders came out in an orderly fashion. Thank you
  29. SM

    StevenM

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The male restroom is a bit inconvenient but the food is Authentically delicious!
  30. JA

    JAXR

    Hawaii

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated at the counter because they were expecting a large party. Delicious sushi and sashimi were beautifully presented and delicious. Oh and the Pineapple sake is to die for‼️Forgot to take the pics of the other items we ordered. 😋
  31. G

    Goochi

    Portland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Miki was a great server!!!
  32. SA

    SACL

    San Antonio

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great little out of the way izakaya. Super authentic.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best sushi! Melted in your mouth. Small place but Big Bang per square inch. Bring your own sugar or sweetener if you’re a tea drinker and you like it sweetened. Definitely make a reservation and show up on time.
  34. MY

    MarkY

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tucked away in office building off of Young Street, Izakaya Matsuri offers a hidden treasure of delicacies for those who enjoy seafood. The grilled nodoguro was a highlight along with the fresh assortment of nigiri sushi. For those who prefer turf over surf, the pan fried beef tongue was exceptional. Even simple dishes such as kinpira gobo stood out. With a top notch selection of sake, Izakaya Matsuri is a gem for those who enjoy quality Japanese food.
  35. KE

    KEFood

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    Nigiri were excellent, unfortunately rainbow rolls poor look and taste
  36. C

    Cythrawl

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit to this incredible gem over the past week, having stopped by here our first night in Oahu, before leaving for Maui the next day. We plan to go back one more time next week before our vacation ends. That should tell you all you need to know about this fabulous restaurant. First off, this family run and small restaurant is off the beaten track, and as you walk down the short path to the entrance, you will probably find yourself thinking, “Am I in the right place?”. From there you enter a small, snug and incredibly tastefully decorated restaurant where the master Sushi chef and his staff greet you with a warm smile. The menu can be challenging to navigate, but take your time, enjoy the Sake, and be prepared for some amazing food, powerful Sake and a great ambience.
  37. NG

    NickG

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food s little slice of japan hidden in Oahu , loved the food and service!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The quality of food is exceptional. I would say this is the one if the top in the Hawaii.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food was good. Miso was excellent...especially with the shrimp heads. Higher end sushi rolls were great. Service was lackluster...not attentive, somewhat hostile, food just came out whenever (ie one person waited 15 additional minutes for their food vice everyone else, appetizers came out after sushi). Lastly, alcohol options are pricey. This place had the highest prices for saki that we've ever seen.
  40. G

    Goochi

    Portland

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service.

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 4.8 stars by 335 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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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