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Pai Honolulu, Honolulu, HI

Pai Honolulu

4.7
4.7
428 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
We welcome you to Celebrate life's special moments with us!

ho`o.PAI means to excite, inspire, and rouse. In 2017, chef Kevin J. Lee opened highly-anticipated and award winning PAI Honolulu after a four-year search for a welcoming restaurant that offered guests an innovative dining experience, while incorporating familiar flavors and presented in surprising ways. As a former food scientist, chef Kevin brings a unique balance, using the highest quality ingredients with a creative artist’s approach to presentation. His passion for his craft is evident in his commitment to curate as many of the ingredients that he uses in his menus in-house which has won the restaurant many awards including Hawaii's Best Restaurant, Best Chef's Tasting Menu, and more.

2 dining experiences:
4 course Prix Fixe Menu*
Chef's Tasting Menu**

*Pescatarian, Vegetarian and GF options available
**We are happy to accommodate dietary preferences and allergies with a 48 hour notice.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary Asian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 744-2531

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Kevin J. Lee

  • Catering

    For catering requests, please contact Justine at celebrate@paihonolulu.com

  • Private party facilities

    Celebrate life's special moments with us! Please email event inquiries to Justine at celebrate@paihonolulu.com All occasions of any size are welcomed. They are all special to us and we hope to create a memorable experience for you and your guests! We are also happy to accommodate events on days that we are closed, for an exclusive experience!

  • Private party contact

    Justine Kadokawa: (808) 253-1363

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Cross street

    Bethel Street

  • Parking details

    WEEKDAYS:- Municipal Parking in Harbor Court, Entrance on Bethel ($0.75 per 30 min for first 2 hours; $3 flat rate after 5:00pm) and Free Street Parking on Merchant St. after 5:30pm. For WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS- Municipal Parking in Harbor Court, Entrance on Bethel ($3 all day)- Free Street Parking on Merchant St. all day.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Tasting Menu

    $185.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our menus can be viewed at www.paihonolulu.com/menu. With a 48 hour notice, we are happy to accommodate all dietary preferences and allergies - please include the details in your booking notes or call our team at 808-744-2531. If you need to cancel, we kindly ask for a 24 hour notice due to the detailed preparation of each menu. Same day cancellations and no shows may incur a full charge. *Menu is subject to change at any time due to seasonality and availability of fresh ingredients.
  • 4 Course Dinner

    $95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a seasonal 4 course prix fixe menu. $95 per person (kids options available upon requrest) Vegetarian and gluten free options readily available. If you have any other dietary preferences, please note in your reservation and we are happy to accommodate with a 24 hour notice. Current menus can be viewed on our website at https://www.paihonolulu.com/menu
  • Halloween Wine Dinner

    $187.07 per person

    Prepaid

    Oct 29, 2022 only
    Halloween Wine Dinner featuring courses and music inspired by movie favorites. Each course will highlight a different movie theme and we encourage you to dress up as your favorite characters. The menu will be posted on our website shortly. $150 per person plus tax and gratuity includes a welcome cocktail and 4 course menu with wine pairings. If a member of your party does not drink, please contact justine@paihonolulu.com for alternative options. Pre-payment required, no refunds but tickets are transferrable to another party.

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What 428 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
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Best Service

  • Oahu

    Best Service

  • Oahu

    Notable Wine List

  • Oahu

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

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  1. NM

    NicoleM

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One word…amazing. Food, ambience and, service were all amazing!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Chef Tasting Menu was 9 small plates. Each was beautifully presented. The choice of ingredients for each dish was purposeful and had multiple textures and flavors expertly intertwined. The pacing was appropriate and the service was impeccable. I highly recommend this experience ! It was on par with the tasting menu at Blue Hill at Stone Barn in New York. Thank you for a very special evening!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great. Food was delightful! Everything I ordered was delicious and was served in a timely manner. The servers explained the ingredients and where they came from. Special thanks to the main server who recited the specific lines I requested.
  4. ML

    MrLong

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good food. Pricey but the service was great. Would I do again? Probably not. It was a good experience though.
  5. RO

    ROJO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Tasting menu was delicious and the service was attentive and wait staff were friendly and personable.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and great service! They made my friend’s birthday celebration very special. Thank you Pai!
  7. t

    tapchus

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was spectacular! Chefs Kevin and Justine Lee were top notch! The service was so attentive and caring.
  8. JM

    JimM

    Indiana

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great night of food exploration. Presentation and creativity over the top…and extremely tasty. We will visit again on our next visit to Hawaii!

    Pai HonoluluResponded on July 21, 2022Thank you! :) We look forward to welcome you back on your next visit to the islands!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Fabulous service! Food was good but there was a mismatch at times in the dishes. Corn soup was good but the random bits of corn in the crab seemed forced, steak was good but bean puree was heavy. Needs some work given the price point I would say.
  10. HO

    HueO

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the four course meal and added oysters. Dinner was exceptional. Balanced flavors. Friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable staff. Great bar program.
  11. S

    Silver

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love coming here. The menu changes up just about every month - so you're always in for a treat. The food was visually appealing as well as just tasty.The pacing of the meal was great and the staff are super attentive and friendly. Their outdoor seating is dog friendly which is amazing as I was able to bring my pup out to celebrate! What's even better is that they have a doggie menu!! My pup Tako enjoyed his time out.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    From the Samoan crab cold corn soup and the next 2 dishes after was just too much salt and chili. We had to drink so much water. My father’s steak had so much gristle he wasn’t happy about it at all. The gnocchi was lumpy and undercooked. Gnocchi means pillow. They were not pillows at all. We felt there lack of cohesion to all the dishes. The lamb look funn the middle part of the noodle was hard and raw so it was not edible. I came here before with my friend to celebrate her master’s degree. That dinner was definitely 5 stars. This dinner however was 0 stars very disappointing.
  13. HD

    HappyDiner

    Los Angeles

    84 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary food.
  14. SP

    SaehyunPark

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Really good service with wonderful dishes. Contemporary cuisine with East Asian touch.
  15. J

    Joseph

    Hawaii

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. A little expensive, but we’ll worth the experience.. looking forward to returning..
  16. g

    geoffreym

    Hawaii

    287 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    287 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came in for a Wednesdate and had a great time Nelson gave us excellent service Chef Kevin excelled in the dishes See you soon
  17. JW

    JohnW

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The cornbread was ok and so was the citrus cured kampachi. The best dish was the pork, foie gras & black bean agnolotti. However, the Thai curry stew was disappointing. I couldn't finish it. The vanilla custard Japanese sweet bread French toast was very good.
  18. FM

    FredM

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative menu with excellent service and ambiance.
  19. s

    sdgw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I didn't expect too much at any of Oahu restaurants at this point. I know most restaurants on Oahu has bad services compared to my home country, Japan. I mean it's terrible here, in Hawaii. So, I didn't expect too much at this restaurant as well. As long as they get my reservation and give us a menu, water & correct order in decent time, I would be okay. However, their service was beyond my expectation! All people at the floor (Chris, Matt & sorry we didn't get our female server's name) gave us excellent service. Food was good too. The service of any restaurant is equally important with the food for me. (might be more important for me) I already recommended this restaurants to a couple of my Japanese friends who live on the island. I was so glad that my hubby chose this restaurant to celebrate his birthday!! He was also really happy with the service & food. (and his wife didn't need to grumble about the service as she usually does! lol)
  20. B

    Beachfolks

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our anniversary here.. the staff was amazing, knowledgeable and very courteous…our food presentation was beautiful and it tasted delicious!! So happy we had an unforgettable dining experience…
  21. ML

    MomLandM

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noticed that the outside (in the courtyard) seating was louder than the seating inside. Service was spectacular. Food was creative and delectable. Completely enjoyed the chef's tasting menu.
  22. A

    Anonymous

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a great experience at Pai. We ordered the Chef’s tasting menu and wine pairings and it was beyond worth it. One of the best dining experiences we’ve ever had. Everything is prepared in-house and we loved that they focused on Hawaii flavors and ingredients. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. Plus the restaurant is owned by the chef and we love to support local small businesses like this gem of a place.
  23. L

    Leslie

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful! Lovely people and always treated like a princess
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was beyond compare. Our waiter and sommelier went above and beyond. This isn’t just dining out this is an experience to remember.
  25. Y

    Yosh

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chef Lee's team led us on a memorable journey through their Mother's Day 8-course chef's tasting menu. Each course was incredible individually but felt complementary as we went from one course to the next. The wine pairings were also spot on and enhanced each dish. The staff were also very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly.
  26. A

    Anonymous

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a good friend visiting from SF. We had the tasting menu and wine pairings and everything was just perfect. The service and knowledge of the staff was incredible. If you are celebrating something, have visitors from out of town or just want a nice night out, I highly recommend PAI! The restaurant is beautiful and it really is the best restaurant in Honolulu.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was awesome! Wine pairings were excellent!
  28. PD

    PDRAL

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service…. The prix fixe is an outstanding value and not to be believed. Our 4th visit over the last year…. Many more to come
  29. A

    Anonymous

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We planned a group dinner and had a great time. The team at PAI took great care of us from planning to execution of the dinner. It was an amazing experience! Thank you to everyone at PAI for making our dinner a special one.
  30. b

    bigrabbit

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal, the 8 course tasting menu was phenomenal. Unique and creative blend of flavors. Excellent service and atmosphere too. Best meal we had in the islands.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was amazing, servers were friendly and very accomodating (special shout out to Nelson the sommelier, who was looking out for us the entire evening and gave great recommendations). The food was really special and you can tell it was made with passion, congratulations to Chef Lee, if we visit again, this would be one of our stops! We do suggest making a reservation inside though (specifically the bar) the outside can be noisy due to the passing cars 10/10
  32. P

    Pacman

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The curry dish was the only dish that we didn't like. This was a surprise! I guess Kevin can't always hit! 99% isn't bad
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the chef’s tasting menu. This was a seriously tasty culinary journey. The flavors and presentations were divine. Thank you
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food. Outside seating is in lobby.
  35. M

    Mauimayd

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance and great outdoor location. Food was excellent.

    Pai HonoluluResponded on May 1, 2022Aloha, thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your recent dining experience at PAI Honolulu. We hope to see you again soon!

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went to the From City to
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Pai is truly one of Hawaii’s top dining experiences. The food is as good as any top restaurant in the major culinary destinations around the world and the service is professional while still offering warmth and “Aloha” that Hawaii is famous for. The ambiance is sophisticated but not stuffy. We have been dining there for over four years and each experience has been exceptional! Whether you are visiting the islands for the first time or a long-time resident, a visit to Pai will never disappoint!
  38. CU

    CUD3

    Hawaii

    305 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    305 reviews

    Dined on April 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to PAI since the day it opened. We also have been to many of their wine tasting dinners and special event dinners. Last nights was by far PAI’s best creation. “ From City to City: A night of Food, Wine and Hip Hop”. How do you pair food and wine to that theme. Kevin and his amazing team succeeded on the highest level. It was not just a fun, relaxing evening, the food was incredible. Service was flawless and each wine married each dish perfectly.
  39. KS

    KellyS

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ambiance was wonderful, restaurant was beautifully presented and staff friendly. Attention to details was obvious with each dish offered. Every dish presented, featured different taste experiences!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This wasn’t a meal, it was a gastric experience. Amazing!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Pai Honolulu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 744-2531.

Pai Honolulu is rated 4.7 stars by 428 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 1 time today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Pai Honolulu

55 Merchant Street Suite 110, Honolulu, HI 96813

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Bethel Street

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary Asian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    WEEKDAYS:- Municipal Parking in Harbor Court, Entrance on Bethel ($0.75 per 30 min for first 2 hours; $3 flat rate after 5:00pm) and Free Street Parking on Merchant St. after 5:30pm. For WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS- Municipal Parking in Harbor Court, Entrance on Bethel ($3 all day)- Free Street Parking on Merchant St. all day.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive chef

    Kevin J. Lee

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 744-2531

  • Catering

    For catering requests, please contact Justine at celebrate@paihonolulu.com

  • Private party facilities

    Celebrate life's special moments with us! Please email event inquiries to Justine at celebrate@paihonolulu.com All occasions of any size are welcomed. They are all special to us and we hope to create a memorable experience for you and your guests! We are also happy to accommodate events on days that we are closed, for an exclusive experience!

  • Private party contact

    Justine Kadokawa: (808) 253-1363

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