Morimoto Asia - Waikiki

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Morimoto Asia Located across from Waikiki beach is a sought-after choice for dinner on Kalakaua ave. Iron Chef Morimoto’s world-renowned cuisine makes our dining destination one of the best restaurants in Hawaii. With his vision and creativity, the menu integrates traditional Asian and Western ingredients, delivering specialty items such as Peking duck, sticky ribs, Korean kalbi, dim sum and traditional wok fry dishes. When looking for Japanese food, Waikiki has a wide selection, however no other Honolulu restaurants surpass Morimoto Asia. From its incomparable venue to its superlative service and inventive cuisine, our signature restaurant provides a distinctly memorable dining experience.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The whole experience was fantastic. The food was fresh, creative and delicious. Highly recommend the dim sum sampler and the black eyed cod. Both were cooked to perfection. Leave room for dessert as the chocolate sphere is a must!

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C
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wait staff great food kid friendly
Great location

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JR
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely spot above the fray in Waikiki. Food was delicious and the service excellent.

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San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a selection of dishes that we shared, my favorite was the Singapore curry noodles! All the sushi is excellent have tried nearly everything on the menu during our many visits over the past few years. You also can’t go wrong with dessert, last night we had a chocolate sphere which is quite a show as they melt the sphere with a lit pouring sauce. However all the sorbets are very delicious too. A lovely restaurant with great service and good value for money.

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R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely dinner. Delicious food and great service.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

service was very fast> portions are mid size and likely favor multiple course dinning.
The garlic shrimp were succulent, sweet garlic not overwhelming. The shrimp in shell make for messy eating! This is not a garnished dish so rice to soak the flavorful broth must be ordered as a side ( I feel this should be included with the dish). The pork dumplings we also good but came undone as they stuck to the bottom of the small cast iron serving pan. I would go back for the ambiance and to try other menu items.

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Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food quality is so so as it is mixed with all kind food. Just not right. .

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sticky ribs were off the charts

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great and friendly staff

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. The service was outstanding. We sat outside and the view of the ocean was incredible. It was reasonably priced too. I’m definitely returning.

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San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We had an excellent meal. My favorites were the squid salad and the duck. I loved the one night stand cocktail it was very refreshing.

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Hawaii
28 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food albeit a tad pricey. View of Waikiki is a bonus

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was friendly and helpful with menu recommendations. The food was great. We especially enjoyed the fried whole fish. The only negative was that the drinks (old fashioned and mule) weren’t that great. They weren’t bad, but not the best that we’ve had. The overall dining experience was excellent, and my wife and I very much enjoyed our dinner here celebrating our anniversary.

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n
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food very reasonable prices! Enjoyed the music gave the restaurant a trendy young vibe

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Michael and the floor Manager was really helpful and checks on us from time to time.

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IA
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server, Kristen was the best server. Very personable and knowledgeable. We tried all items that she recommended and everything was a 10/10. Outstanding customer service. Overall GREAT experience!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter Christopher was the highlight of the night. He was sweet, engaging and attentive. The other waitstaff were also very attentive. The food was delicious and well portioned, although I wouldn’t mind a little more in the buri bop for $32. Overall a fantastic evening for our anniversary. Yes m you!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a quiet corner table as requested. The service was exceptional. We loved everything we ordered.

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Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Brothers 60th

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Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Chef Morimoto should be embarrassed by this location! We thought we were coming to taste iron chef quality cuisine, and had high expectations. We enthusiastically ordered 3 appetizers and two mains between two people, and splurged on the most expensive items expecting it to wow us. What we received, steam buns with barely any meat or flavour mostly dough, tacos that were a confusing mix of Mexican flavours with black olives and guacamole, dry pork belly on a bed of raw uninspired cabbage. The $68 ribeye came out so over cooked (even after specifically asking them to cook it as rare as possible) and with no side ingredients to speak of. My black cod was cooked nicely but had a sweet honey that wasn’t balanced with any other flavours. In the middle of our meal the waiter brought over the hot towel service which is meant to be at the beginning (we noted others receiving this at the appropriate timing) after being asked he didn’t offer any helpful suggestions on the menu selections. We ended up pouring our own wine, the service was just average at best. This restaurant was a huge let down. In the same area we’d highly recommend Azure for the price point, it was 100 times better on all fronts.

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service. Cool vibe. Outstanding meal.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch service and delicious unique flavors. This is one of the reasons one must come here to experience the delicious and flavorful foods that only come from Morimoto. Definitely need to try the chocolate ball dessert. Warning - it is very rich. Would have loved more fruit to go along with it to moderate the otherwise overpowering chocolate flavor.

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PR
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my favorite restaurant dinner in over a year and I have been to some amazing places for work over the last year. The duck was fabulous but I think the kitchen is brilliant at seafood--so many perfect dishes (black cod, shrimp, hamachi, and kampachi.

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Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

outstanding service, wonderful bar area and fabulously tasty food

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CS
Calgary
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! We will definately be back!

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son’s 23rd birthday and it was his choice of Restaurant. Although it would have been nice to be seated along the bench seating, or on the patio, the great service and food made up for it. Now knowing the layout of the restaurant will allow me to request better seating when we have another $360 to spend on 3 people. 😝. We will definitely be back for the tuna pizza!!!

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CY
Los Angeles
24 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

I was really hoping I would like this place more than I did.

I’ve eaten at Morimoto’s other restaurant when it was at the Modern over by the Ilikai. The service and food were excellent over there.

This place, although pricey, was just ok. I definitely wouldn’t rush back. I’ll go thru Pros and Cons but let me start by saying, if you’re a hamachi lover like me, don’t order anything with hamachi here. The fish was horrible. Tasted like old fish. If I were a chef, I would be embarrassed to serve something like that. If it were supposed to taste like bad hamachi, they should put that on the menu so you know what to expect.

Pros
- They validate parking, even the valet parking.
- They use OpenTable. A real convenience and I guess because we went early and on a weeknight, I earned 1,000 points for this seating. Yay!
- service was awesome before the restaurant got busy. After that, it was just ok.
- we got a table with an amazing sunset view. We were given the option of sitting outside or inside.
- the sticky ribs were really good. Super tender. It came with three ribs, which sounded little but it really look decent sized. It is very fatty. So if you don’t like a lot of fat on your bone, you won’t like this. But we thought this was the best dish we ordered. It is also one of their popular items.

Cons
- our two seater table ended up being really close to other diners. We were seated on the lanai at our request but right next to the sliding glass door. The table inside the door was right up against the sliding door. And the door was open, so it felt like I was sharing a table with them. At first the tables on the other side were empty so it was nice. But then they split that four seater up into two-2 seaters and wow, then that party was close to us. Close enough where the waitress when taking their orders had her back pretty close to our table.
- service was great until the restraint filled up. Not enough room to write a complete review.

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AS
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very cool restaurant with amazing food. Variety of different dishes and flavours. Shrimp and Gyzoa were the best. Would definitely go back if in Waikiki again and would recommend to others. Service was also excellent, probably best we had in Waikiki. We were lucky enough to get a balcony set which was a perfect setting looking out over the beach.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The service was outstanding! Minus the hair that found in my Miso soup, the food and drinks were great!!!!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service. Would not think twice to go back. There roasted duck dish scrumptious. There chocolate sphere to die for. This is an unforgettable experience that a foodie would need to try.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 5

Vorspeise und Hauptgericht kamen gleichzeitig, schnelle Abfertigung wie bei mc Donalds

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BJ
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. If you were interested in watching the chefs and the expediter work , ask for a table next to the kitchen windows. It's pretty much a foodie's ballet.

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CK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Sorry. I really wanted to like this place. I was super excited to eat here. It was not good.

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AD
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent!

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P
Hawaii
33 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stayed at the Alohilani for a staycation. We’ve been to Morimoto’s 3x and it doesn’t disappoint. We ordered the whole fish, sushi, kung pao chicken, pad thai. The whole fish was excellent!! Really enjoyed it. The service us always good and the restaurant is lovely.

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HS
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little pricey for what we got but a great environment!

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DG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We went for a celebration and the sunset. It did not disappoint. The menu was good with many options for the family. Sunset was amazing. Staff was friendly.

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1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was delicious. Our server was not very attentive or pleasant. He was bland and did not smile. He took 3-5 minutes to even come over and introduce himself. He didn’t explain the food to us. He took 5-10 minutes to bring us our check.

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k
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for our 30th wedding anniversary and had the best meal in the island. We had outside seating at sunset. It was a perfect dining experience. The service was the best I have ever had. Attentive but not overly so. The food was amazing. I suggest sharing every entry because every food item was very well done and tasty. You will drop some serious $$$$ but it is well worth it.

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

You won't be disappointed ... try the ribs they are amazing. Just an excellent selection, something for everyone. Spectacular flaming chocolate dessert. Excellent sparking wine. This is my favorite spot in Waikiki with a great view of the ocean and sunset.

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