Vein at Kaka’ako

4.3
70 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
The theme of "Vein" is to help convey to our patrons the passion of a chef and his team and the heartfelt feelings of hospitality and warmth brought on by the front of the house team members. Together we are one in which we breathe in positivity and breathe out love.
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SA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I went for my favorite gargonzola and pear flat bread - but was disappointed when we were seated and told that they had no pears!

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Attractive restaurant to which we have now been twice. I think there is too much sea food on the menu for those that don't eat sea food. The restaurant was very noisy and I felt the maître d' was unfriendly when we asked for a different table. It's new and we'll go back again. One person in our party did not like his pasta entrée at all. The lamb was very good.

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SL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

The ambiance was nice - I like the contemporary, rustic look. We ordered the bone marrow with uni butter, crab cakes, uni pasta, filet mignon w/ Kaua'i prawns and prosciutto pasta. The uni pasta was more on the pepper side so I couldn't really taste the sauce. All other dishes were good. I would go back again for dinner.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Read it on Yelp

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JH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

My wife and I had been to Vein on two prior occasions ... once for dinner and once for lunch. We enjoyed our experience there both times. Unfortunately, our New Years Eve dinner was below average. At $100 per plate we were expecting a higher quality menu. The first two courses were salmon and ahi and somewhat mimicked each other ... sushi and sauce. The ahi was served on grilled bread ... very uneventful. The filet mignon was average at best. Great service at the bar! Charity was great! Would go back for lunch but not for dinner.

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Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner befor attending the Bill Maher show New Year’s Eve. The preset menu was incredible.

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ST
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

End of year dinner with friends.
Thought it was bit pricey but taste was good. Had lamb- excellent but needed a starch.
Felt we were being rushed into ordering but food came out in good timing

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Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was tasty and creative, but was a little expensive for what you got.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The food was amazing! The flavors were on point. However, every dish my friends and I ordered were at our table within 10 min. of ordering (I wasn't halfway through my first drink). It still feels like a young restaurant that needs to learn to course the dishes out and provide time for guests to get through 2 to 3 drinks throughout the meal. My friends and I were done in less than 40 min. Furthermore, I found an issue with them turning away guests due to "reservations" while the place was empty. With how quickly they served our food or would have been no problem to sit a walk-in before a scheduled reservation. Though in the time we ate, no scheduled reservations walked in but they did turn away at least 4 walk-ins.

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NR
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Christmas dinner me & fiancé. Our dinner was excellent! Thank you chef Dell well done.

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J
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We went for Christmas Eve dinner and they had a special menu. I heard great things about the uni pasta and other dishes but when we looked at the menu they didn't have the items that we wanted to try. I loved my seafood curry dish. The curry was light and had a good balance. The lamb chops could use a small starch and maybe one less lamb chop. Overall, for the price I felt it wasn't worth it in comparison to other restaurants with the same price point. We will have to try this restaurant again during normal nights to taste their regular menu.

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

The food is excellent and the service outstanding!

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JW
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a company Christmas Lunch there. The decor of the restaurant is very inviting, kool and hip. Food and Service was Awesome! Lunch menu was small but something for everyone. Highly recommend.

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V
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit here. Though the menu was different online from what was offered, our disappointment at not having some of the dishes available was quickly dispelled by the quality of the dishes we selected. We had a party of five and everyone was very happy with our dining experience. The first surprise was being seated in their private room. It gave our evening a special touch, in spite of the somewhat chilly AC for us local folk. Dishes that stood out were the: Snow Crab Cakes (very flavorful and a generous serving good for sharing); Rissoto (it was so good that I would have been happy with that alone; it disappeared in a flash that we had to order another starch); and Panna Pasta (so very delicious that I could have kept this one to myself as well). We were all very impressed with the preparation, presentation and serving size our different mains. I had the Snapper which was perfectly cooked with just the right seasoning. The two who ordered the Lamb were very pleased with the perfect doneness of their chops. The Short Rib was fork tender, very flavorful and a generous serving. The Scallops were also perfectly prepared (tender and flavorful) and generous. The bread pudding and creme brûlée desserts were a just the right culmination to a fine meal. Looking forward to returning.

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EQ
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great. Sit at the counter so you can talk to the chef and see the food prep. Very friendly staff. Great service. Try the lobster crab cake, uni pasta and lamb. Will definitely return.

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

Great team meeting lunch. Excellent service!

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JC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

So many great things to say about this trendy new restaurant -- but the FUNGHI RISSOTO was just so delicious! A must try.... and continue to eat time and time again! So delicious in fact that I am still thinking about it......

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Well seasoned and cooked but flavors not complementary.

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

とても美味しかったです。
スタッフの方が・・・我々が誕生日プレゼントを持っている事に気付いてさりげなく食後にハッピーバースデーのデザートをサービスで出して下さいました。
ホスピタリティも素晴らしいと思います。
また、伺いたくなるお店です。

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BL
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

We went for a nice dinner before the Kevin Hart show. The food was very salty. The menu was bland and so was the food. To many servers not enough patrons. The service was great:) The presentation of the food was beautiful.

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AL
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is so cozy and the service is great, everyone from the host to bartender and servers greeted me as I came in and when I left. The food surprised me! I wasn't too familiar with the menu but I enjoyed everything we got and the dishes were very creative. I came here on a business lunch and decided to book my holiday party here. You can order family style and sit outside or inside, so many different forms of seating. This is a small place so I recommend a reservation. Can't wait to go back!

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AH
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place! The employees are friendly and offer great service.

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KK
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I must say I have been to Vein at Kakaako several times since their recent opening and I am ALWAYS so AMAZED at how FIRST CLASS the food and service is!!!
Their seasonal menus are are a great way to try a variety of delectable dishes.
The staff and management are so accommodating and so polite.
Will DEFINITELY recommend to everyone who wants an unforgettable dining experience!!!
FIVE ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ STARS!!!!

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LG
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Kitchen was out of three dishes and even more ingredients. Tried to pass off a watercress salad as the butter lettuce salad I ordered. Dude, diners know what butter lettuce looks like. Arugula on my pasta included leaves that had turned bright yellow. Tako was tough and rubbery.

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Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience- the staff made our special occasion celebration memorable! The food was made with pride, precision, and passion. The braised ribs were so amazingly tender and don’t even get me started on the bone Marrow. To die for. Can’t wait to be back again.

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AE
Savannah
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Menu is limited and crazy expensive

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I liked the creative taste of the pasta the diver scallops were heavenly not the run of the mill flavors

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C
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicole our server was awesome!! The food was on point and love the ambiance!

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J
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was good. Glad we tried the restaurant. Can’t say I would rush back. Our two appetizers were fine. They weren’t amazing. I expected them to taste a little more. That was just it. It didn’t have a ton of taste. We got the special app - ahi sashimi and then the burrata appetizer which was a good portion for sharing but it lacked. My main course was the mushroom risotto. That had good flavor but there were these green grass like pieces on the dish that were not easy to chew. We shared a bread pudding that was fine. I enjoyed the wine. And the server was very helpful and even turned down the fan above our head. Maybe next time I just need to try different meals and it might be a hit.

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d
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From beginning to end a great dining experience. The decor was modern and welcoming. The staff was friendly and warm. The menu is simple and innovative. We were pleasantly surprised how fantastic their grilled naan salads were. The twist of the confit egg yolk with arugula, pesto, roasted grape tomatoes and prosciutto was scrumptious! We couldn’t stop eating! It was so fresh and flavorful.

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MM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and the service was outstanding. Hosted out of town friends who are foodies - always a risk! - and had a great time. Pricey but love the local flavor and unusual combinations.

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Z
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

If you value quantity as equal to quality, Vein may not be for you, portions are adequate, if far from generous. This place is about unique combinations that develop very different and sometimes complex flavors. Eat slowly and savor, swallow only at the last possible moment. There is ambience, but the lack of sound baffling does a very effective job at destroying the subdued effect that was probably the goal of the interior designer. Comfortable casual seems to be cool; I had shorts and a pullover and I was not alone. My tab for two glasses of house wine, the "special," two other entrees, desert, and coffee for one came to about $125 before tip. A good value, entrees average less than $30, but again, quantity should not be a high priority.

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

Great food, service, if you sit at the counter you can enjoy conversation with the sous chef and that was a blast.

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GA
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent. Will be back.

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was honestly perfect from start to finish. Awesome staff. Awesome food. Perfect date night.

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PV
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Truly enjoyed the seared ahi salad and the plantation tea is the best I have ever tasted. Very good service and prices are reasonable. This place is a real gem tucked away in this area!

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DH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Untrained service staff here. Food very mediocre. WAY too expensive for what you get...and this was my second time going here!

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S
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food needs a little work. Flavors are okay. served a pasta that was cold and tasteless.

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l
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Portions were way too small. I am a very small eater and finished my dish entirely. I don’t think the males in my party head enough for lunch

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, father in law said he wasn't expecting Italian and that it was the best restaurant food he'd eaten in a very long time.

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