Pai Honolulu

4.5
151 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
A new restaurant in downtown Harbor Court (across from Aloha Tower) featuring local and internationally inspired menus.
PAI Honolulu offers a culinary experience at our 10 seat chef's counter, highlighting a 10 course Chef's Tasting Menu with wine pairings. Chef's Tasting Menus require a 24 hour notice and a credit card number to hold on file. We will follow up with a phone call or please feel free to give us a call at 808-744-2531 to confirm.
Or join us in our Dining room or outdoor seating to enjoy our Ala Carte DInner menu or Seasonal Chef's Tasting Menu
Happy Hour is Tuesday-Saturday from 5:00-6:30 in the bar/lounge or outdoor seating.
Lunch is available Wednesday - Friday from 11am-2pm

For large parties or if a time you are looking for is not available, please feel free to contact us by phone or email at info@paihonolulu.com
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining experience. The food was exciting and very original, absolutely recommend

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Hawaii
36 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I met a friend for dinner after work in a Friday night and we made reservations at the bar, since the tables were booked. What I loved about the bar seating was that you could order from the regular menu and the personalized attention from the staff.

My friend is a vegetarian, so we ordered all vegetarian appetizers to share. The house made focaccia bread with salted butter is as perfect as it gets! We devoured it in no time and followed that with the cauliflower - which is no ordinary cauliflower. Each bite is delicious, bursting in flavor and quite a good portion size.

For dinner, my friend had the vegetable tartine, which she loved, and I decided on the sampler appetizer, as I was getting quite full. The sampler is exquisite and tasty! The people next to me also ordered it and said it was fantastic.

We also ordered the special Valentine cocktail (gin and strawberry) and topped off our dinner with a lovely avocado ice-cream (unusual but wonderful!).

I should note that it was the day after Valentine’s and they were still serving their Valentine set menu, which if I had been more hungry, I would have jumped on - it sounded amazing! I see that they are having a special menu of dishes from Spain coming up! Can’t wait to return!

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Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First of all, our first adventure at PAI Honolulu was a special occasion so some of what I might say may not pertain to them in an everyday way, but a leopard’s spots are still their spots and those might be pretty tough to change their personality in that regard.

The restaurant is a bit on the small size so it feels a bit more intimate and personalized than some of your bigger brands, which means for Valentine’s Day, it was perfect.

I had the Chef’s tasting menu (10 courses) while my wife had the Pre Fixe Valentine’s Day menu (5 courses). We wanted to get as wide a range of different flavours from this menu as we could at the hesitation of the chef. That being said, we found that the food itself was very inventive, bold where it counted and subtle to add complexity. We enjoyed every dish more with every course that was brought out. You can imagine, all of our etiquettes went out the window by the time dessert was served as we devoured every morsel and would have licked the plates if we weren’t so visible to the public.

Saying the food was excellent is one thing, but where this restaurant shines is in the service. Our service team whose frontman was Gabriel (I think his name was Gabriel, nice young lad in any case), was exactly there when you thought you might need something and melted into the backdrop when you were admiring a dish or deep in conversation. I think it was the best service I’ve had in a year.

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Miami
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The experience was excellent with great food and drinks. The timing was off with the service and there was often long delays between each course and inattentive staff. Overall though, the experience was unique and high-quality tastes.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bday and Valentine’s day

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent food and wine pairing. awesome cocktails.

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CU
Hawaii
237 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE BEST LUNCH EVER
I’ve never reviewed a lunch before since both breakfast and lunch are not very special for me. I’ve reviewed PAI many times for dinner and consider it the quintessential restaurant on any of the Hawaiian Islands but lunch, why not. First of all the ambiance is perfect. Modern Bistro vibe. Super relaxing and the price range especially for the amazing food and wonderful wine(check out the Gamay Rose) can be considered semi budget. My wife and I shared two dishes. Two of the best individual dishes we’ve ever had and that includes our former home in NYC and Brooklyn as well as all of France. Kevin Lee and his awesome staff have amazingly mastered the making of bread. If you go there ask him how he makes the bread for the following which we had. Smoked Brisket Sandwich / 18 southern spice-rubbed 12-hour slow cooked brisket, cabbage slaw, green papaya, mayo vinegar, house-baked ciabatta & 90-Day Dry-Aged Beef Burger / 19 + Foie Gras Torchon (supplemental 10) + Burgundy Truffles (supplemental 20)
> all of our beef is dry-aged in house aged beef patty, cheese, red onion, cucumber pickle, roasted shallot mayo, garlic butter, house-baked potato bun. The bread on my brisket was the best bread I’ve ever had.

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LG
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pai just keeps getting better. The new menu format is great, and the cooking is stellar. Service is top-notch, with staff practically practically anticipating my every need.

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We really enjoyed our dinner at Pai. The service was friendly, knowledgeable and attentive. The food was was on point. We had a few outstanding dishes - beef tartar, risotto, deviled eggs. Great cocktails and the sommelier recommended a nice bottle that complimented our diverse meal.

The interior is well appointed and the ambiance is nice.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Kevin Lee is a culinary genius! Just the most amazing creations, rivaling any Michelin rated restaurant. The service was impeccable. A must try on everyone’s list.

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D
Hawaii
50 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome every time!

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n
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Went for dinner and happy hour. For dinner and happy hour seated at the same table. Prices are great for happy hour.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good, including that most important thing, food. But a few of the items may prove a bit too innovative for some.

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JT
Hawaii
72 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

This is an amazing food experience. We’ve been here many times and every time is a wonderful eating adventure. Some times we opt to select from the tasty and varied dinner menu. This time we went for the full chef’s tasting menu and every bite was excellent. We sampled bits of crab beignet, lovely scallops in citrus, mushrooms and pasta (spaetzle), and a bouillabaisse whose broth was filled with tastes of lobster...the best we’ve ever had. And though he deserves the highest praise, this chef and his kitchen crew have zero pretensions and clearly work very hard to make sure that every dish is perfect. Highly recommend this restaurant for people who want a great food experience with a chef and crew who truly appreciate every person who comes into the restaurant.

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DD
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We appreciate the chef being flexible with our vegan life-style and coming up with some plant-based options for us on the menu!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Tasting menu is beyond compare. Perhaps the best in the state. Beats many of New York City’s very best restaurants.

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M
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was very unique and delicious! We shared 10 different dishes and they were all beautifully presented and very tasty. They did add up, as did our cocktails, so while we'd love to return, this will be a "special occasion" restaurant for us.

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My cioppino was very tasty but soup was cold. My 2 lunch companions parked in the bldg’s garage but no validation extended.

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San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dedinitely a hidden gem. Food was very, very good and service was impressive. I would definitely come back here.

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New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent drink menu and an innovative food menu. Beautiful dining space, but we sat at the bar and liked it a lot.

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KH
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was cerebral but pleasingly composed. The wine list was equally interesting. The service was friendly but if getting your food at the same time as everyone at the table is a priority then it would be best to dine alone!

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JR
Las Vegas
30 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We thought Pai was very good. The food is creative, and thoughtful, and we liked everything we ordered. The Fois Gras and short rib pasta was amazing! My husband loved the chicken with the Mochi rice.
The one thing we found lacking was the wine list. It wasn't very good, for our tastes. We like more of a variety of California Cabs, and maybe some Zinfandels. Not as keen on the Spanish , French wines and Pinot Noirs. We would go back, thou. Very nice!

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Hawaii
37 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great time at Pai for a recent get-together with a friend! We booked at the bar but were able to order from both the happy hour and main dining menus. Happy hour drinks at $8 are a good deal and quite yummy (we tried the Pai 55). Service is very attentive without being overbearing and dishes are delivered professionally. They even go as far as to describe the dish you’ll be enjoying. We had so much fun, we ended up staying for hours and never felt like we overstayed our welcome. Thank you, Pai, for a fun “girls night out!”

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Kevin is awesome at what he does! My family and I enjoyed the food and received exceptional service.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were fabulous!!!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Limited menu. Advertised happy hour menu and prices, but when we got there, they said they weren’t having happy hour? Selections are overpriced and lack taste and structure. No soup of the day, no bread and butter. We were asked to vacate our table before we were finished to allow another party to be seated. Do not recommend.

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Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best new restaurants to open in Hawaii in the last few years. Chef Kevin Lee and his team deliver great food and the service is incredible. Go see Joe at the bar for a cocktail and some bites of you only have an hour or so before heading home.

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MP
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

The potato chip gelato should be renamed to Wonka Three Course Gelato. At first the unmistakable experience of corn flakes hits you in the face then the patato chips smoothly replace that evolving into theater popcorn... it was great and the entire meal was full of surprises. Normally one would have to travel to experience a meal this creative and well executed without being overly pretentious. Well done Pai :)
And don’t miss the XO Game hen. So easy to underestimate but it’s amazingly saticefying and more than enough to share.

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JS
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great chef’s tasting with wine pairing food was excellent as were the pairings.
Highly recommended
Great service
Was a really fun evening

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had such a relaxing time at PAI today. Compliments to the Chef as the food was absolutely delicious! Would highly recommend.

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n
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Expected a bigger and more interesting choices. The sandwiches were good, chioppino was ok. The day we went, there was only one dessert available.

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TT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a place. Dreamlike in it's splendour. I think that it will be difficult getting people to believe that I ate at such a place. Sting was there and he was playing acoustic versions of lesser known gems that can be described as, at the very least, music.

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Hawaii
18 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was outstanding! Nice presentation and full of flavor. Service started off great but once we got our food, servers were no where to be found. Took a while I get our check. Regardless, I would go back for the food.

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JL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is physically attractive with clean lines. The food is excellent. The service was attentive, but not intrusive. The hospitality was special. A real find!

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Little details as small as a welcoming place card for my guests from out of town, which I had asked for in my reservation. Service was great. The GM and Chef Kevin came out to chat with us. All the cooks were friendly and had the kindest of eyes.

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ND
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 1

Food was tasty but way overpriced. It’s in the courtyard of a giant building and you are bathed in mood-killing flourescent light, no ambience what so ever and the bathrooms are so far you need an escort. You literally get escorted by a staff member to go to the bathroom.
Service was excellent but w prices that don’t match the food or ambience I will not be returning.

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JK
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had at least 3 Wow! Experiences during the counter tasting. Amazing food and great personal service.

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Hawaii
122 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Kevin Lee is constantly exploring his culinary universe with thoughtful and exquisitely executed tasting menus. Get on board this journey! House made everything including breads, charcuterie, and dry-aged beef. Start with a cocktail at the bar... Joe is an unpretentious master craft cocktail creative. Support staff attentive and professional. Love this place.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Justine was extremely accommodating in setting table for 2 inside. There is outdoor seating as well. There is seating at the bar which creatively serves delicious drinks. The chefs table is directly in front of the food preparation. The food was creative, cutting edge, and delicious. I will keep Pai as one my personal favorites.

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NV
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drinks were phenomenal. One can easily see the pride, skill, and effort the staff put into their respective crafts. All elements of our dinner were accompanied by a personalized touch. I especially want to point out the outstanding sommelier, Nelson, and the amazing instinct and knowledge he brought to his recommended pairings for the prix fixe option during Restaurant Week. Highly recommend

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