Minori Craft Japanese Tavern

4.2
27 reviews
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Minori Craft Japanese Tavern serves various dishes such as nabe/hot cooking pot with chicken, pork, beef, and assorted vegetables; yakiniku or BBQ chicken, beef, & pork; sashimi; tempura; sushi; curry; other popular Japanese cuisine; & dessert. Minori Craft Japanese Tavern has two floors & a bar, a great place for dining for lunch & dinner. We're able to accommodate business & private events as well.

Minori Craft Japanese Tavern is located at 1731 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, which is on the Westside/Ewa of Kalakaua Ave. & North/Mauka or mountainside of the Hawaii Convention Center & Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, Hawaii. There's parking in front of the restaurant. Also, 2-hour parking validation is available at Century Center Condominium at 1750 Kalakaua Ave., East/Diamondhead of Minori Craft Japanese Tavern. Short walk from Ala Moana Hotel, Ala Moana Center, Hawaii Convention Center, & Don Quijote.

2 floors & a bar. Available for private events.
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Hawaii
72 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambience was good. The food was very average. The pork dish was not pre-cut. I had to ask for a knife which they could not find, so they provided a butter knife. The service was attentive but lacking.

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IN
Hawaii
38 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

We tried Minori for lunch and were not aware it was a limited menu. The wait service was excellent and the steak was very tasty. We had the custard which was delightful and we enjoyed it as part of the set bento. The appetizer sizes are rather small. We do have to return to try the dinner menu to get a true impression of the restaurant.

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b
Houston
12 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was our first time dining at Minori and we loved it! Our server was Mami and she was excellent. We enjoyed every dish we ordered and will return soon for sure.

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M
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great

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GP
Richmond
32 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding! We hope to go again before leaving Oahu. Highly recommend.

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TN
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Waitress really couldn’t explain menu items. Minoi chicken was sub-par. Minori has potential but need refinement. Won’t go back soon unless improved

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D
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Happy hour is great! Got a chance to try a lot of dishes!

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MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very delicious dishes!!
We were very satisfied!!!
I recommend to everyone

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y
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Minori Craft Japanese Tavern opened with a similar menu to Tsukada Nojo Hawaii. They even have the sign from Nojo still in the restaurant. The main difference is the salad bar. The menu is similar, but the food quality is poor-- particularly the meat. Service is not bad, but not good either.

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BS
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing authentic Japanese food

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OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Nothing special... my noodles were very salty... chicken curry was just okay. Assorted sashimi was actually good. Drinking water tasted really bad.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great customer service. We brought in a cake and without even telling them what to do or when to take out, our server Mami already knew when and she even put the candles on it.

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AO
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and ambiance were great but the workers need to inform Open Table of our dining at their restaurant to get our points.

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p
Philadelphia
730 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice Japanese style restaurant very close to the convention center. Great atmosphere and service! Enjoyed our meals very much. Lunch special included pick 1 or 2 items from menu list with accompaniments! Yum!

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M
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Beef hot pot, agdeashi tofu, tempura were well made with fair prices...nice place.

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f
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Would not recommend this new restaurant at this time. Bad service. Staff need to be trained properly. 2 out of the 6 people in our party received their food 2 hours after we first arrived. The bartender dropped off green tea and also dropped off a bowl of already eaten edamame shells, which someone in our party mistakenly put in her mouth. What a shame, restaurant has a great look with nice atmosphere, but poor service.

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CI
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Late celebration lunch. Excellent & Authentic Japanese Food with beautiful presents. Good portion size. Nice staff. Free parking.

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GH
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicate Japanese dishes done very well. Highly recommend.

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RS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for everyone! Happy Hour is the best and Bijin Nabe is so ONO!

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JM
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff was very attentive and the food was very good. I will be going back

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LK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and affordable prices. Love the atmosphere as well.

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m
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service! My family loved Tsukada Nojo and am happy for this new version.

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D
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’m so glad you finally reopened. Presentation of food was excellent!
Taste was excellent as well. I wish the kale chicken Caesar salad comes back.

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T
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Never ever go again. waste my time and money
No service foods are trouble.

Minori Craft Japanese Tavern
Responded on February 17, 2019

We apologize. We will continue to work on bettering our service and food. With warmest aloha from all of us at Minori Craft Japanese Tavern.

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LY
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Conveniently located. Clean. Nice, modern atmosphere. Food was excellent! Service was great.

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the assorted sashimi was super fresh & perfect for sharing, the grilled skirt steak was tender & juicy, & the japonaki roll was simple, but really tasty. we got ours w/out avocado. I prefer that style of sushi roll instead of the kind w/too many ingredients & covered in sauces. minori is a great spot for a date or night out w/ friends. one thing to note is that the parking lot is a bit small and stalls are kind of tight. but that won't stop me from coming back!

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Z
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is a simplified version of Nojo, it's predecessor. Their unannounced "soft" opening means softer crowds, the place was empty at 7:30PM on a Tuesday. One server for the entire place, but only about 5 tables occupied. The menu is simplified and in it's own way, more flexible than the previous menu. I suspect there will be modifications by opening day, as some choices allow food costs to exceed desirable levels. The inclusion of the salad bar with a hot pot selection is a huge addition to the hot pot selection, as it adds both complexity and content to the hot pot. The items available on the salad bar are suitable to be eaten as a salad or as an addition to the hot pot. Prices are generally lower than what was available at Nojo, but it is close to what it was. The sashimi plate at $19.80 offers very thin slices of hamachi, salmon, ahi, and not much more, about 3 to five of each, but extremely thin and small.

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