Pai Honolulu

4.7
296 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 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.

3 dining experiences:
Ala Carte Menu
4 course Prix Fixe Menu*
Seasonal Chef's Tasting Menu**

*Pescatarian, Vegetarian and gluten free options available
**We are happy to accommodate dietary preferences and allergies with a 72 hour notice.

Experiences

  • Wine Dinner with Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo

    $165.00 per personPrepaid

    Jul 29, 2021 only

    4 Course Wine Dinner with Master Sommelier Patrick Okubo. Event starts at 7:30pm $165 per person - includes 4 course dinner and wine pairings, tax and gratuity. Limited Seating available *regular dinner menu will not be available this evening. Menu will be available shortly and will be updated on our website www.paihonolulu.com/events **Tickets are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another guest.
  • Na`au x PAI Collaboration Dinner

    $230.72 per personPrepaid

    Sep 5, 2021 only

    Join us for our Fall Collaboration Dinner with Chef Brian Hirata of Na`au Hilo. $185 per person + tax and gratuity The menu will be updated online at www.paihonolulu.com - stay tuned! Limited seating available. Tickets are non-refundable, but may be transferred to another guest
  • Seasonal Chef's Tasting Menu

    $185.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    **To book a standard reservation, scroll down and select "no thanks" or "standard reservation" Our menus can be viewed at www.paihonolulu.com/menu. With a 72 hour notice, we are happy to accommodate pescatarian, vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and other dietary restrictions 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 296 people are saying
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipJudyL
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff were attentive and kind. Food was excellent!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner we had in such a long time! Amazing food, wonderful service, beautiful atmosphere!

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JeffB
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can I say about Pai Honolulu. It was our first time and my wife and I loved it! Employees were top notch, very professional. The food was very tasteful. We will definitely come back!

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MPSELVAG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food experience with some creative food options alongside more conventional options. Excellent service. Highly recommended for foodies.

JT
vipJenniferT
Hawaii
87 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Foodies should put this restaurant at the top of their list. The menu is beautifully crafted and every item on it is perfectly prepared. This chef is an innovator; but he does it with care so each ingredient in a dish makes perfect sense and adds to the dish rather than distracting from it, as often happens with other new restaurants. This season’s mushroom lasagne course features a tissue-thin homemade pasta that melts in the mouth. Our hamachi and short ribs were perfectly done. This is the third time I’ve had the hamachi and it always excellent…..Golden crisp on the outside, perfectly light pink and moist on the inside. How he does it, I don’t know. The mango pana cotta was tangy and creamy and the french toast bread pudding was amazing.

The wine list has some excellent and interesting choices. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable and watching the chef and his kitchen crew quietly choreograph the food is a great experience. We can’t wait to go again.

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vipDrBCalifornia
San Diego
60 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible experience. Would highly recommend for romantic and quiet evening with outstanding food. We did the 8 course chef menu and didn’t regret it.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Went here when on vacation in Honolulu. Was so excited and unfortunately a bit disappointed. I think the restaurant was overwhelmed by a large party (table of 12). The time between courses was exceptionally long. We had to ask to have two of the courses brought out together because the meal had already taken over 2 and 1/2 hours. We did the chefs tasting menu. The cornbread was delicious. The turnip cake was outstanding as was the chilled lobster. The style of tako served was not to my liking, personally. The gnocchi was excellent, though I preferred it without the short rib. Both desserts were quite tasty. We sat outside, which may have been a mistake. The music outside was like that in a spa and the outdoor seating is in a rotunda. Bathrooms are also inconvenient and require someone to walk you there and let you in. Overall, particularly for the price it was a bit disappointing. I’m hoping it was a one off and will say - the first 4-5 courses were quite good - but overall not what I expect of a $200/person tasting menu.

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Kirie
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had the summer prix fixe dinner and added on the oysters and shrimp chips. Everything was tasty and the prix fixe portion sizes were generous!

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Eddy
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good attention to detail. Food is delicious with interesting flavors. Staff was very attentive.

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StephenA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PAI Honolulu is the creation of Michelin Star rated chef Kevin Lee, who unlike some other highly acclaimed restaurants is actually still in the kitchen cooking your meal. The restaurant’s location is a little off the beaten path, located in the retail area of the courtyard lobby of a financial building. Once inside, the restaurant is simple, with clean lines and good materials used in its furnishings. A full view of the kitchen is available, and you can sit facing the kitchen at a court side bar to watch the skilled artisans at work if you choose to forgo a traditional table. The kitchen is immaculately clean at all times, which is very impressive with the different types of food and all the sauces being used.

An eight course chef tasting menu with a full wine pairing is more than $200, so I usually opt for the smaller course tasting menu which is less than $100, although the eight course is definitely worth it to truly experience Chef Lee’s ability to combine a scientist’s technical approach to flavors and an artists approach to presentation.
The items on the eight course menu are not offered on the regular menu. The food is exquisite with many vegetarian/Gluten free options and ample portions even for a tasting menu. The smaller tasting or prix fixe menu items are available as traditional entrees, which when ordered as stand alone entrees cost between $25-45 and come in larger sizes.

They have recently added more inventive craft cocktails, and seem to be trying to improve the quality of their drink menu to match their impressive wine selection. The Absinthe Minded and Thundar Gone Rogue are two favorites off their recent menu.

The restaurant often holds unique events, bringing in celebrity bar tenders or sommeliers to add to the flair of the restaurant.

PAI has quickly become my favorite restaurant in Honolulu.

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OpenTable Diner
Boise
5 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place to spend our Anniversary. Outstanding service and dining.

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Luis
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for an establishment that is romantic, centric, tasteful and worth the money, PAI Honolulu is one of the few establishments that has my 5+ star rating and beyond. The staff was extremely professional and courteous and were extremely knowledgeable about the wines. Our Server Nelson is awesome!!!! They are very warm to talk to and give top notch service. My Wife and I were there for our anniversary. We did the 8 Course Meal with Wine Tasting and this DID NOT DISAPPOINT at all. Chef PAI himself was catering to our evening and his blend of food, seasonings, spices and sauces brought out the elegance of EACH and Every Dish. Thank you Chef PAI and thank you and your amazing staff for making our anniversary memorable.

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OpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
3 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

honestly such a fun experience!!
the staff is where it all started they are so attentive and bring great conversations.
Chef is impeccable! I don’t consider myself a vegetarian but TRY the veg options in the set menu. You will be floored by the flavors the chef has created. Cocktails are a MUST

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vipEricW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow. The food is just unbelievably out of this world! The service is only aptly matching but beyond expectations

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and fantastic service for the last night of our honeymoon!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Preset course wasn’t worth it. The crispy vermicelli was not crispy. It was stale. Almost like chewing plastic. The service was subpar.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose the Chef Tasting Experience. It was truly an amazing evening. Chef Kevin and his team gave us a once in a lifetime experience. I highly recommend sitting at the counter as you are able to watch the precision and dedication of this team. Watching the hard work only added to the wonderful food. Nelson was there to take care of us all evening….he was brilliant….like visiting and talking with a friend.

Thank you Chef Kevin and team for a memorable evening…!!

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vipAtlantaFoodCritic
Atlanta
23 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We were doing a special mother-daughter dinner. The food itself was pretty good, but for that price, you could get more high end ingredients at other restaurants. The service was lackluster. We had to keep on flagging down waiters for stuff. In the end when we’re leaving, there were 2 waiters standing near the door, they stared at us but didn’t bother to sat goodbye or open the door for us (this is not the part that bothered us but what happened next), the waiter trailed right behind us (with my mom opening the door for him), and he held the door for the party right behind us, enthusiastically thanking them and bidding them goodbye while ignoring us. The contrast in treatment was really a sour ending after the 2 of us spent nearly $300 on dinner there!!

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JulieS
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great in every way.

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AndrewJ
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Kevin and his team provide an outstanding experience, the best food in Honolulu, in a very inviting and comfortable dining room, with a staff that truly makes you feel welcome and at home.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Best part was the corn bread. Be ready to literally wait 3 hours to complete your meal. Staff is very nice and chef really tries but it’s not worth what you pay. Don’t reserve past 7pm. Plan on beginning dinner 1-1.5 hours after you sit down. Mango desert is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing tasting experience. Only way to go. Chef Kevin impressed.

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vipJenniferT
Hawaii
88 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is, hands down, the best restaurant in Honolulu. Pai offers the most innovative menu in town. Every dish is a work of art and tastes even better than it looks. No one who appreciates food should miss this restaurant. And watching the kitchen is so entertaining. The chef works so quietly and smoothly with the team…none of the clatter, none of the egos, none of the tension that we witness in some open kitchens. Just an elegant preparation of beautiful food. Thank you Kevin and Pai!

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vipopdrev
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals of my life. The summer 2021 tasting menu is spectacular. Get the French toast dessert!

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Marco
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have lived in Hawaii for 17 years and dine out often. Our dinner and dining experience last night was the best ever. The food was both delicious and inventive. The service was a 10 out of 10. The restaurant setting was elegant and quiet. Dinner for two with 2 glasses of wine came to about $275 with tip, so for most it would be a place to dine on a special occasion. Everything considered, it was well worth the cost and a good value.

Mahalo.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bday dinner was amazing!!!

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Snishi
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Masterful dishes inspired by local favorites with consistently great wine pairings. Truly one of the best fine dining restaurants in Honolulu.

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KimP
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had the 4 course tasting menu and it was delicious. I sat at the chefs tasting and it was amazing to see how organized the kitchen is. The only downside to my meal was the entree, it felt very lackluster. I had the hamachi and while it wasn't over cooked, the outside was seared very hard and was dry. There was a swizzle of a sauce on the plate but it needed a sauce. Other than that the other 3 courses (Cornbread, Curry Pasta and Brownie) were heavenly!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall5food2service5ambience5

Incredible

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vipBubs
Chicago
22 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fine dining done very well. Highly recommend doing the tasting menu with wine pairings. Wish I could add more photos. The attention to detail is exceptional here. Will be back

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We left our kids at the resort for a date night during our vacation.
I was amazed that I booked chef’s tasting menu at the last minute.
We were also encouraged by our cab driver that we were headed to fantastic place. Yes, Pai was fantastic! From start to ending the staff were friendly and very accommodating. We waited for counter seating where we saw our meals getting prepared to perfection.
I am not going to describe the dishes I had, it’s something you have to experience it yourself and I will not do the justice anyway.
Highly recommended!!!

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vipFoodie
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prix Fixe menu was awesome. My wife and I each selected different dish choices so we could experience a wide variety of flavors. Very attentive service. Excellent food, not too rich nor too much.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and Great Meal

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vipAlfonsoM
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing dishes, creative tastes, the curry farfulle home made was fantastic, hamachi, crab avocado salad candy cane beets, wines were superb

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Robert
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was excellent ,the food was exceptional , the chef has a very good taste

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StephenA
New England
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic cocktails, fantastic price fix 4 course menu

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tucked in a luxury apartment complex at the edge of downtown , Pai is a hidden gem. About 25 tables total and bar, the menu is filled with creative and delicious options from appetizers to homemade gelatos for dessert. Get a drink by the mixologist, enjoy the musters or lobster and avocados, and if the Maitake mushroom is on the menu, definitely get it.

Pleasant staff and nice ambience inside the restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing! We were celebrating my husband’s birthday and the chef sent over freshly baked red velvet chocolate chip cookies that were the perfect end to a delicious meal! Will definitely come back in the future!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was extremely slow. Main course was both undercooked and cold when it arrived. Portions very small even for a fine dining restaurant.

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PirandelloK
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Pai for our anniversary while visiting Oahu, and it was honestly one of the best dinners we’ve ever had. We were blown away by both the attentiveness of the staff and the quality of the food. We reserved kitchen counter seats as well, and it was cool to be able to interact with the chef as the dishes came out.

It definitely is on the pricer side, however the experience is amazing, and I highly recommend their tasting menu to anyone looking for an unforgettable meal.

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 296 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.