Nobu Honolulu

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World renowned for its award winning "New Style" Japanese cuisine, Nobu continues to offer savvy diners across the globe a culinary adventure. Nobu Honolulu is yet another canvas for Chef Nobu Matsuhisa to display his legendary dishes, such as the Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño.

The Studio PCH designed restaurant, is nestled in the perennially hip and centrally located Waiea Tower. Nobu Honolulu stays true to the Nobu brand featuring décor to create an intimate and elegant atmosphere.
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Hawaii
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always

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SM
Atlantic City
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and exceptional food. Pricey but depending on your budget worth it. I especially liked that the restaurant staff notified the valet when we were leaving the restaurant , without being asked, and our car was waiting for us when we left.

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f
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

I was out on vacation in Honolulu, we decided to do a birthday dinner at nobu. I’ve been to other nobu in Las Vegas and Malibu, excellent service and even better food! My experience has always been amazing. I was raving to my girlfriends about their chef tasting menu and all were extremely excited to try. We got there a little after 8pm- settled in got our drinks. I asked the waiter about the tasting menu and he said he didn’t recommend it bc it would take too long.. I was very disappointed. Another friend asked about the pescatarian version of the tasting menu and he said they don’t have it. Which was a lie bc I did it Vegas and it was amazing. He began to tell us its better to order off the menu. He repeatedly said it will take two hrs and he doesn’t recommend it. So disappointing! We ordered off the menu got our food which I thought was ok. The toro was very chewy. That is usually my favorite and thought that would never disappoint but it wasn’t good there. A friend was still eating with her fork still in her hand and one of the waiter asked if he can take her food away? She had to tell him no she was still eating! I understand that it was after 8pm and employees maybe rushing to go home but at least give us a good experience. When we all finished he put all our bill in one check. We kindly asked him to separate, which he denied and said he remembered all our orders and to all just give him our cash or cards. So everyone handed them to him. He came back with my card but charged me a friends bill from across the table. I corrected him and asked him to fix it. Two of my other friends ended up just paying eachothers bills bc it was switched and they were just over everything by then and wanted to get the heck out of there as soon as possible! Everyone left feeling so rushed and so disappointed. It was a horrible experience. The next day I saw that my card was charged for the other bill and mine, also the tip was a few dollars more than I had it! Bad service over

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

Amazing food and service.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, amazing food.

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GB
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall exceptional dining experience.
I think it is a little over priced but the happy hour drinks and nibbles are a great idea for pre dinner dining or just wanting to experience Nobu without a full dining experience.
Staff are well trained and friendly but buzzing around, gives you the feeling to eat quickly and you get served by any passing waiter. I’d rather have 1 or 2 waiter who attended to my table.
The design is fitting to Hawaii and signature Nobu style.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Went for my boyfriends birthday and it was great. Great food, drinks and ambiance. Great for a romantic date night or special occasions.

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AG
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 3

If you want to be in an out in a hurry, this place is for you. However, if like us, you wanted to relax and enjoy each course/meal as well as your company then I would not suggest this venue.

I have dined at other Nobu restaurants internationally and do not believe this one is to par.

Perhaps this could be called Nobu Express?

I am not one to leave a negative review. I rather praise a venue, however I would like to have been told this myself prior to booking.

This place is not cheap, but the service would be more suited to the likes of cheaper chain restaurants in Hawaii. I actually think I have had better at the Cheese Cake factory.

We were rushed to order, all out dishes came out all at once, (yes they were delicious and the Black Cod is a signature dish you absolutely have to order if you do go) rather than course by course or a dish or two at a time, and so we were felt rushed through from the moment we got there. Got dishes had to be consumed quickly so as to not go cold. The food that did come out was slightly incorrect from the order (sushi when we requested sashimi) but we didn’t bother mentioning it as we already felt quite swarmed.

Our conversation interrupted several times, and the bill delivered before being asked for and attempted to be collected before even having the chance to look. Just to name a few little things that collectively made it feel like we needed to be in an out in the hour.


All in all, it did but have the charm or polish of the Nobu experience I have come to know and enjoy of previous visits to other Nobu restaurants.

It will still be one of the better on the island, but comparatively, to the other Nobu restaurants, I would say it isn’t the best I’ve been to.
Would I go back on my next visit to the island? No.
I am glad I have been but would not return.

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

By far the best food I’ve eaten since arriving in Hawaii! Our waiter Javon was so helpful and gave great recommendations on both food & wine. Highly recommend the yellowtail jalapeño and the black cod! Can’t wait to try another location

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

Could eat here every night, food and drinks were some of the best I’ve ever experienced. The staff was amazing and really cater to their clients. Well worth the value! Recommend the YellowTail cold dish when you come here.

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MA
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite Nobu’s. Always impeccable service. Uniquely flavored entree’s. Waiter was very helpful in pairing the dishes with each other to make the most of the symbiotic flavors of one dish to another.
Wonderful evening.

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KC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent in every way - very attentive staff and magnificent food. We will be back for sure!

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CU
Hawaii
249 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another masterpiece and they do it with some new people on the floor and a brand new head chef. Nobu doesn’t miss a beat. It’s a smoothly run ship that produces some of the most creative dishes anywhere. My wife and I lived in NYC before moving to Hawaii. We’ve been to both Nobu’s there and Nobu Honolulu is by far the best. Their new head chef is a charmer. She has the true Aloha Spirit and loves to spend time on the floor visiting the customers. We felt privileged being able to meet her. She happens to be a local Hawaiian. Of course the food must be the high point and it surely is. Make sure to try any of the specials. We had a yellowtail hamachi that was possibly the best of its genre on Oahu. Try the following: Big Island Hearts of Palm with Jalapeno Dressing ,Whitefish, Grapefruit Mezcal Ponzu, Jalapeño Hamachi(Special), spicy tuna with crispy rice, uni taco and soft shell crab roll. It’s also a pleasure finding a restaurant where you never have to ask for a new set of plates.

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was slow, both for the initial order and the ability to re-order entrees without an extended wait. Felt that server tried to oversell a couple of items like the king crab legs and the fish tempura over the lobster tempura.

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T
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food as always. I am never disappointed dining here

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WI
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic. My wife is a vegetarian and they made a tofu dish that was off the menu.

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

Come Honolulu for vocation and choose this restaurant as our one of the restaurant that want to good, food is so yummy, even kids like it, service is excellent, we had great dinner time there

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

It was the perfect venue to celebrate our wedding anniversary, the staff were knowledgeable and very attentive and the food was delicious.
Will definitely be raving about it to all our friends.

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J
Cleveland
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around fantastic!

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NK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Awesome food, fantastic service. The cocktails where sub par for the price however so we switched to wine instead. Everything was expensive but that's ok for the superior food quality, only complaint, why is it so dark inside? I am sure that the dining area is very nice why hide it, the table next to us had to use there flashlights on their phones to read the menus! and I just squinted through mine.

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S
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Love the environment of the restaurant. The food are overall good and the staffs are very friendly.

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AM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old time favorite. Always reliable, creative and delicious.

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Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nobu always delivers with great food, drinks, and ambiance! We had another great experience and loved our first visit to the Honolulu location. The local seafood was fresh and delicious and we enjoyed some of the more regular items like Jalapeño Yellowtail and crispy rice with spicy tuna. Cant wait to visit more Nobu locations.

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C
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a really great experience. Food was amazing. The Manager, Kenny Lum, did a great job of making us feel at home. He and his Team did a fabulous job on recommending items to us. Nobu is my new favorite restaurant in Honolulu!

Ed

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SC
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is amazing but just to pricy. I left hungry and went to Whole Foods afterwards.

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AP
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Honestly, the sushi was so fishy. You expect the best of the best with Nobu and it wasn't much different than grocery store sushi. The Banana Gingersnap dessert was amazing, as were the drinks, spicy edamame, rock shrimp, and hearts of palm with jalapeno salsa. The sushi was not worth it.

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b
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I have visited Nobu three times. I preferred the older, Waikiki location to the new Ward area location. I only visit for the most special occasions and expect to be completely wowed when visiting establishments in this price range. While the new location is indeed beautiful, the ambiance feels a bit inauthentic, or forced. The lighting, while cozy, is a little too dark to carefully review the menu or hold a conversation in a larger group. We had a couple of non-drinkers in our group (one underage and one designated driver), and we had to ask, more than once, for water refills for them. The staff was, of course, polite and accommodating, but some seemed preoccupied and not as attentive as one might expect. The food was delicious, but not as mind-blowing in either presentation or taste, as I have experienced at Nobu in the past. Perhaps the venue was simply having an "off" night.

I still recommend Nobu for anyone celebrating a special occasion. However, if you've experienced the old Waikiki location, be prepared for a bit of a change.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Small portions. After our bill was paid, I checked and they charged a drink on our tab that was not ordered. Over price. We were still hungry.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The staff is amazing. Our food (tasting menu) was great but my husband was still hungry after we left. Lol. The cocktails are awesome.

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T
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

TJ was outstanding as a sever, as usual. He was always on top of things and made us feel like we had everything we needed even before we knew we needed them. Food is the best in the world, in my opinion.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service

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A
London
9 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I've now been to 8 different Nobu restaurants around the world, and sadly, the food here does not hold up to some of the other locations. It's not as bad as London, though, that was terrible. But it's a really nice restaurant, and the service was exceptional. The outdoor section is really nice, the bar was lovely, and the cocktails were excellent. The bar alone could have been it's own go to spot. Unfortunately, given the price, I'm not sure I would recommend.

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JC
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was great as always, it’s the service I have issue with. This is my second attempt recently to dine at Nobu (first in DC and 2nd in Hawaii) and both times the waiters were not attentive. The price you pay does not equal the service you receive.

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EE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Loved the food, and the waiter was AMAZING!

The ambiance? Not so much. It was our anniversary and we were within a 1/2 arm's reach of people on both sides at 2-top tables. It felt super NOT intimate and we will probably not return.

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b
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always yummy dinner!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

I’ll never go back to this restaurant. Everything is over priced, too dark and too noisy.

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Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We visited while in town for our anniversary and did the Honolulu omakase menu. All of the cold courses were amazing, each getting progressively better, but once we got to the hot courses, there seemed to be a drop-off. Some dishes were missing simple things, like salt, others just seemed a little off with flavor combos. Dessert was flat out disappointing.

Service was good, but could have been more attentive, had to ask for drinks and water more than I would expect for this kind of restaurant. Also, this will seem super nitpicky, but I could not get over being given one set of disposable wooden chopsticks to use for the entire meal. Generally expected more from Nobu, given its reputation.

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Hawaii
22 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They moved the tables so that larger parties are mixed in on both sides with the smaller tables...which makes it a more even space. The service is quick and the food is phenomenal.

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TA
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’ve been to Nobu in both LA and Las Vegas and this Honolulu location doesn’t have the same fun atmosphere. The service was outstanding though.

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RC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

The food was absolutely delicious. The only downfall to the Honolulu location is the service. From the very start, the host was very unfriendly which made us feel as if we had inconvenienced her. Then she tried to sit us at the worst seat in the house next to the restroom. I kindly declined and requested to be seated at a table, she then noticably rolled her eyes and led us to a table that was more pleasing for the occasion. The waiter was kind and knowledgeable of the menu but only checked on us once without me having to flag him down. Nobu has always been one of my favorite restaurants because you not only get a fantastic meal you get an amazing experience and when the service is subpar, it ruins the experience.

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