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The Lei Stand, Honolulu, HI

The Lei Stand

4.6
4.6
163 Reviews
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
Get Lei'd in Chinatown at our tropical cocktail lounge, located across from the iconic Hawaiʻi Theatre in the heart of downtown Honolulu, where Hawaiʻi's beauty and traditions are translated through food, drink, folk, and flowers.

Our elevated pupu menu offers a whimsical nod to the neighborhood by showcasing the flavors of Honolulu's multicultural Chinatown district.

Celebrating a special occasion and need a lei? No worry, beef curry! We have fresh lei available.

21+ over the cocktail bar and lounge. IDs are required for entry.

We have a 15-minute grace period for all reservations. Please send a message through the OpenTable app if you are running later than 15 minutes past your reservation.

We do not accept reservations for groups above nine (9)people through OpenTable. Please email us at events@theleistand.net for groups of 10 or more.

Mahalo!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Phone number
    (808) 900-0237
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    Please email events@theleistand.net to inquire about hosting your party with us.
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 163 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Oahu

    Hot spot

163 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It’s a cute place, but it is way overpriced. Is this the most expensive bar in Chinatown ??? Nice and friendly staff help you to swallow the cost of going there.

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  2. CarlosC

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff rocks. Food rocks. Drinks are money. What else can be said 🍒

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  3. LizA

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 5 on way to the Beach Boys at the Hawaii Theatre across the street. We sat in the back which os more open air, sunnier space. Our server was outstanding - we asked for separate checks and that was no problem. Our drinks & food came out promptly. All drinks - cocktails, brut, beer, & mocktails - were outstanding. We ordered chicken karaage, smoked salmon, sliders, chicken sandwich, and hummus. All delicious. The music was too loud and we asked for it to be turned down - no problem. Our server was fantastic. We will return.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Carl made fantastic drinks and the service was wonderful as always. Love bringing friends and family visiting here!

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  5. Hawaiigirl

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such an amazing place to spend with friends!! The drinks were delicious and the service was great. Can’t wait to go back.

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  6. cdp1030

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome drinks! Good small appetizers and great vibe!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We didn’t order a lot food wise, but the edamame humus was super yummy. The vibe of the bar was overall really good.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I LOVE the lei stand! The drinks are amazing BUT trust them when they say it’s strong! The Duke of Diamond Head is my favorite but when I say one and done it’s the truth. I am fully obsessed with the cheesy bread, chicken Karaage and taro chips. This is a really great spot for drinks and appetizers and is such an Instagramable experience. So bring your friends and enjoy the food and drinks

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Salt Lake City

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This spot was great. The atmosphere, energy and service were great. Some of the most thoughtfully curated cocktails we’ve had in a long time

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  10. KayeL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was exceptionally delicious, but very pricey.

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  11. Anon

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 1
    This place has a strict time limit on how long you can stay. An hour and half. This would have been nice to know or explained. They want you to finish up 10 minutes prior, regardless of whether you have food & drinks remaining. You are welcomed to stay, but there is no place to linger and finish your items. It is very loud in there and they pack the tables so close together, you can forget about having a conversation. The drinks were ok and the food was decent. We tried 4 items. The 2 sliders were the best item. A tad bit overpriced for a dinky slider. The karaage was over cooked. Either that or they do not change their oil in their fryer regularly. The peppers should have been served with the sauce on the side and not liberally all over the peppers. Finally the edamame hummus was very disappointing. You get less than half a cup of it with too much vinegar in it. The hummus comes with a loaf of sliced & toasted bread but not enough hummus to eat it with. The staff was friendly, but that would be one of the only positive thing about the place. If you have to attend a show at the Hawaii Theatre, come for a quick drink and 1-2 items if you don’t mind the noise.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    NOT WORTH IT!! Extremely disappointed with our visit last night. We had multiple reservations that were grouped together with over 20 people made months in advance. We went with the impression that we would be in the garden room in the back where we could mingle. Instead we got sat in booths isolated from each other. Unable to stand up and talk based on the restaurant rules. On top of that we got there at 9:00 and waited until 9:40 to get our drinks. 17$ cocktails that are watered down and dissatisfying. Half of our party didn't even order drinks based on how slow they came out. We ended up leaving at 10:00pm and getting multiple bottle service tables at Sky in Waikiki who were more than able to accommodate us. As we were leaving they tried to convince us to stay by saying the back area was finally ready for us. This was an hour into being there and we had already made the decision to leave. On top of that they wanted us to only have one tab for 22 people. It comes down to unskilled management and I will make sure to let friends and family know of our poor experience here. The prices of cocktails and appetizers here are the same as fine dining restaurants. But the service and drinks are of the same caliber as a college bar. This place is not catering to locals and it will end up being another tourist trap.

    1 person found this helpful

  13. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    12/10 would not recommend. Extremely disappointed with the service and cocktails. We waited 40 minutes for our mediocre watered down $17+ drinks. Not an experience I would want anyone to have on their birthday. In addition, I brought over 20 people to bring in business on this special occasion of mine who will not ever return to this “speakeasy”. Our tables were supposed to be in a specific area, the garden area, and they were not. In fact, the host and hostess did not have a clue when we checked in for our reservation. It was an embarrassment on my behalf for organizing this for my friends on my birthday not having the area that was reserved and being split up. We all left an hour into my reservation and more than half of my party did not want to order drinks due to the exceptionally slow service. If you plan on going with more than 2 people I would highly not recommend and have the expectation to wait at least 30 minutes to even get an order in.

    1 person found this helpful

  14. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely ambiance. Very professional staff. Incredible decor. Incredible selection of cocktails and spirits. The food was good, but not great. This place is wonderful, but not known for its menu.

    1 person found this helpful

  15. LauraM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    The interior was really nice but the music (hip-hop) was way too loud and clubby. The music didn't match the vibe of the interior in my opinion, but mostly it was just too loud to hold a normal conversation. The cocktails were only okay -- not well-balanced enough to warrant the price tag. If I come back I'd like to try the food and I'd probably get standard mixed drinks rather than the drinks on the menu.

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  16. JCRS

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very cool spot with skilled bartenders, great service and overall fun atmosphere. Highly recommend if you’re looking for some tasty cocktails and great ambiance.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    It’s a new place about 1 yr or so. Nice servers great location. We all had a nice time!!!!

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  18. Miyuki

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We sat at the bar and had great service from the bartender. Drinks and food (Salmon Dip & Beef Sliders) were very good. Next time we will try to get a reservation outside.

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  19. JoeP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my new favorite bars in the world! They mix well crafted cocktails with little hints of joy and fun (hint: order a cocktail that lists 'luck' in the ingredients). The food was also superb. We had the octopus special and we haven't had octopus that good since our trip to Portugal for our honeymoon. The inside was tender, the outside crispy, and the flavor was to die for.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to come on a night out. Our waitress was the best. She always made sure we were attended at just the right time. Really enjoyed the vibe. Would go back again

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time with friends and enjoyed the food and drinks!

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  22. Jadja

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice Hawaiian island vibe ambiance but the music is too loud! It's a bit puzzling because the atmosphere is supposed to be relaxing, but the music is loud, like music played in a club rather than Island style music. It's unclear what the theme of the place really is. However, the waitress pays good attention to our order, and the food and drinks are reasonably priced ($15-$20). They even offer a menu with inexpensive drinks if you want a cheaper cocktail.

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  23. BobbyF

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    It was average at best! The bar around the corner has great pizza 😋

    1 person found this helpful

  24. Alex808

    Hawaii

    25 reviews

    4.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience and service. The food and drinks we had were good. Tables we were seated at were extremely small!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was such a great experience. The food was delicious, the server was so kind, and the ambience is so fun!

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Everyone was very helpful and nice! The food was delicious and different. The cook came out and was just the sweetest. Will definitely be going back.

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  27. LeeM

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My first experience was fantastic with Ramona hosting. She was very energetic and had a vibrant happy personality that made you want to be there. She made everyone feel welcomed.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    I was told this was a speak easy. Walked in and it was a full on club. Music so loud we had to yell. Service was ok, more like what you would get at a club. The cocktails weren’t very good at all. Especially the last round we had. We choked them down because we paid for them. Not the experience we were looking for. The sliders were better than we expected though

    1 person found this helpful

  29. SheilaM

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I have heard so much great things about this place and I had to check it out. One clarity I’ll make for everyone is although the option is booth or bar. The big red booths are for 6 people and you want to specify what seating area you want. I didn’t expect to be sitting in the row of chair area instead of inside. The staff was really great! The music was a vibe. Overall I look forward to coming back and sitting in the lounge area.

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  30. Kalamela

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love everything about this place.. the only reason some stars are missing is due to the tall turquoise chairs. If u have a dress and are short in stature, chairs are not functional! Hard to get in and out of and I almost knocked the table down a couple times because of that. Other than that, this place is perfect for good drinks and a good fun spot!

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  31. Kathy

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came here on a Wednesday and it was pretty dead but it was a Wednesday. The ambiance inside was so pretty. I definitely liked how right when you walk in you can see the leis and the large booths. An a plus on the interior. Drinks were okay and priced reasonably. I would come back on the weekend as it looks like it would've been more fun

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    friendly and fun place. service was a bit slow, and it was a slow tuesday night too. we didnt get water for a while . and had to ask for refill . pupu menus is lack luster. overall still recommend but dont have your hopes up.

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  33. CarlosC

    Exclusive

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An excellent addition to the area,great lounge ambience with awesome music. Tourist and locals alike here. Drink menu is constantly evolving, already have seen a few menu changes this year. Bartenders are knowledgable, efficient, and also kind, which is a great trifecta you want to see in any bar you go to providing higher-value cocktails.

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  34. AlohaFoodie

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great vibe, Great Cocktails and great staff. I loved the design and feel.

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  35. MacKenzieG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AMAZING! Great venue, beautiful interior and exquisite craft cocktails for every palate. Bartenders were friendly welcoming and can't wait to come again. Shoutout to Carl our awesome bartending making us craft drinks with for three completely different palates!

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  36. StephanieS

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the speciality cocktails and the adorable theme and decor to the lei stand. Drinks and snacks are a bit pricey, but we were celebrating so the vibe was perfect.

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  37. mamimunoz

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is a hidden gem! The ambiance is so fun and the food is delicious! A little on the expensive side but all in all worth it for the experience. Highly recommend!

    1 person found this helpful

  38. k2fromoak

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely, welcoming staff and some of the best drinks on O’ahu!!!

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  39. John

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great ambiance and cocktails! Cozy inside as well. It was a little loud the night I went due to a DJ.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    So much. Staff friendly and accommodating. Great for a celebration !

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FAQs

The Lei Stand is rated 4.6 stars by 163 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 8 times today
Google Map for The Lei Stand

1115 Bethel St, Honolulu, HI 96813

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Downtown
  • Hours of operation
    Tue, Wed 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Thu 5:00 pm–11:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:00 am
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Cocktail Bar, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 900-0237
  • Private party facilities
    Please email events@theleistand.net to inquire about hosting your party with us.
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