Pai Honolulu

4.4
137 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

Specials

Downtown Happy Hour Tues-Sat

$1 off draft beer $8 select craft cocktails $2 off select wines by the glass

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: January 18, 2019

Ends: January 19, 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 4:30PM-6:30PM

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Celebrate with a special 5 course prix fixe dinner for $85 pp (menu coming soon) or our Seasonal 10-course Chef's tasting menu $185 pp. We will not be offering our ala carte menu this evening, but will offer "bar snacks" that can be ordered at the bar only.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 137 People Are Saying
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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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n
New York Area
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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F
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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E
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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K
Hawaii
25 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
33 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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C
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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L
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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F
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
119 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
4 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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LE
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was warm, friendly, helpful and quick to respond to questions of all kinds. The food was great and the noise level was manageable. But then we were only 2 people, couldn't tell if we were a group of 6 or so. The dessert was out of this world! I would definitely go again for the Almond Biscotti dessert.

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RY
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I don’t feel I have been to the restaurant, because the whole time I sat outside. Food is ok.

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RP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Great service. Limited menu. Food was very subpar and salty.

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CU
Hawaii
231 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Couldn’t wait to go back to PAI. It’s around our seventh time. Love the new choice of either picking from menus or totally a la carte. We left it up to Kevin (Keven Lee the head chef and owner). Pai is still the only Hawaiian restaurant that is on par with the top NYC/Brooklyn/ Paris Restaurants.
We ha the following( and each one was unbelievable )
BEEF TARTARE
90 day dry-aged striploin |
garlic chives | toasted baguette

PAN-ROASTED HALIBUT
matsutake mushroom | bay scallops | white bean ragu | sweet potato puree

CHILLED LOBSTER
stone crab stracciatella | shaved truffle | tomato | pickled grape

SCALLOP & JELLYFISH CRUDO. smoked bay scallop | cucumber | ogo | cherry tomato | pear | yuzu tare

FOIE GRAS TORCHON
roasted apple | almond cookie | sourdough focaccia

SHIITAKE MUSHROOM LASAGNA
kombu mornay | pecorino | white cheddar | gruyere

Bao Buns:pork head cheese katsu,12 hr. Smoked brisket,

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M
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at Pai and it was excellent! The food was great and the atmosphere was pleasant. Justine was very accommodating with seating us at a table versus the counter and all the help (Nelson in particular) was very attentive. The only down side is that it is located downtown. Other than that we would definitely enjoy it again.

Thanks for a great evening!

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LB
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The dishes were creative and very tasty. Four of is shared the risotto and two desserts so we can all taste them. 3 of us had the cioppino and no leftovers. Seating was a little dysfunctional because the server couldn’t get to everyone comfortably so we helped serve and clear to those seated on the end. Will definitely go back to try other dishes.

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J
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was asian fusion. Chef Kevin Lee is very creative with his food. Presentation and taste was superb.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible dining experience! Loved everything about it. Highest recommendation.

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HL
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was amazing. The host went above and beyond with accommodation for our child. The service was informative and warm. The wine service was new and interesting and lastly the food was some of the best I’ve ever had! I can’t wait to come back. Mahalo for a wonderful evening and being so understanding of an energetic toddler!

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch with my mom. Great glass pours and lunch options are creative and delicious. Also, all the bread they serve is made in house. Talented warm staff! This is definitely in the rotation

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HD
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 2

The staff was welcoming and professional. Food great. The lighting was horrendous. Bright fluorescent lights - I felt like I was in an office building. Not a good ambience- but all they need to do is change the lighting.

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F
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Ambiance and service was really great!
Wished the food lived up to pricing.
The Naw Mai Gaw was really great. Hyped Nabeta. Would visit again as a casual get together but not for special occasions!

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was very eclectic beautiful presentation. Service was very attentive. Enjoyed the tasting menu but felt a bit overpriced. Didn’t really like the desserts. Will try again. Tasting menu took 3 hours.

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

Excellent food and ambiance. The attention to detail is outstanding.

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