Yakitori Hachibei - Chinatown Hawaii

4.6
188 reviews
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Bringing the spirit of Hakata Yakitori to Hawaii. Using traditional Japanese techniques passed down through generations, our chefs grill Hawaii's natural ingredients to perfection. Supporting the community we serve, we are committed to sourcing the very finest ingredients from Hawaii's many talented farmers, fisherman, purveyors and suppliers. All of our yakitori is skewered fresh daily and our broths and soups are taken naturally from katsuobushi (dry shaved bonito), konbu (dried kelp) and iiriko (dried sardine).

A wide range of beer, wine, nihonshu (sake), shochu, chuhai and highballs are available to complement our Yakitori.

Housed in a 1902 brick building in Chinatown, Yakitori Hachibei, with a retro-sleek ambiance, brings a new dining destination to the heart of Old Honolulu.
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RK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent dinner. Extensive menu including an “early menu.” Beautiful presentation and quality ingredients. Miso Eggplant, Ahi Poke, Yaki Musubi, Ramen and Matcha Creme Brûlée were our favorites. Robert was professional and very gracious as well as our server. Thank you.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

六本木ヒルズ店に通っていましたが、日本と変わらないクオリティーで満足しました。料理ももちろん良かったのですが、現地の店員さんの細かなことにすぐに気づく接客がとてもよかったです。リピート来店したくなる内容でした。

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1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome I can’t complain

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JB
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were amazing! Will definitely be back

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Chiba
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

家族4人で行きました。
お店の雰囲気も良く、食事も美味しかったです。
次回、ハワイに来た時はまた訪れたいです。

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Family in town and celebrating a birthday.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Yakitori, good service - especially Mgr? I think his name was Robert was very attentive & accommodating. We will definitely go back!

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J
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing skewers, a great selection and perfect service! One of the co-owners is always around and makes it a point to introduce himself to customers. We feel so welcome every time! He explained to us the difference in the world they use and how it makes their skewers so delicious. This is our first dinner out anytime we have anyone visit from the mainland

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SP
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, nice ambience, corteous service! We look forward to go again and taste other things from a very unique menu in Hawaii.

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a
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

2nd time hubby and I dined here. 1st we sat at the counter, this time it was at a table. We opted for the course meal, it’s was the longest dinner I have ever had. Reservations were for 7:30 we didn’t finish till 10pm. The kitchen seemed to be struggling to keep up. The grill was on point. I had to ask several times why the delay. I’ll still go back but definitely be sitting at the counter.

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C
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Service started out spotty....I had to hail a server to order drinks and he wasn't very pleased about being called upon. I called him the second time and he ignored us....however, our real server made up for the difference.

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AF
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We walked by and decided to give this place a try.

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Montreal
12 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was bland and some skewers were hard to eat. Cant order bottles of sake, just by the glass. Not flexible to customer needs, 3 levels of chef menus, all must order same or not at all. Comes very short for me.

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JM
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic, authentic (in presentation, quality) Japanese food!

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Tokyo
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

コース料理をオーダー。タイミングよくサーブされ、定番串、創作串共に美味しい。日本の一般的な焼き鳥屋さんより美味しく満足できる。またの機会に訪れたい。近くに市営の駐車場あり。

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n
Hawaii
38 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Best yakitori in town. Lots of happy hour specials if you are on a budget. A4 wagyu was melt in the mouth tender. Yotsumi is always a winner. Their ramen is a great way to end a meal.

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and atmosphere

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AG
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience was excellent. The food is designed and sourced with care. Japanese tradition is evident and attention to detail prevails. Flavors are fresh and exciting. Service is personal and friendly. To us, a great value and a new favorite dining option.

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1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Yakitori Hachibei was great! The food was excellent. We really enjoyed the butabara, sukiyaki, and chicken ramen. Service was also excellent with very friendly staff who made good recommendations. We will be back!

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing valentines experience and prefixe menu!!

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AA
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day dinner. What a great experience. Fortunate to be sat at the "bar", which is like a sushi bar. Tried a lot of different yakitori sticks and they were all good. Miso eggplant was a winner. Owner was very gracious and appreciative along with the rest of his staff. Oh, and don't forget the chocolate cake. That's a must have to end your meal. Cant wait to go back and try other items on the menu.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent eating experience.. from walking in the door and being greeted by employee (owner, Robert) seating was ready for us and drink order taken, was maybe 5 minutes. Meal was served hot and excellent taste. Server was very friendly and helpful. Will be back again! Doomo

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Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Owner, Robert, is a most personable and gracious host. I felt like I was in his home enjoying wonderful food we loved everything we had!

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1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Meet owner Robert and he was very hospitable and quite impressed with all of his staff. Aloha spirit and professional. Will spread the word about the experience and will be back when visiting.

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JL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I came to eat here at the end of Dec 2018 and I have to say... it was by far my FAVORITE meal in 2018. (and I'm a HUGE foodie- traveling all over the world to eat at the various places including multiple Michelin Star restaurants).

So, when I was back in Oahu a month later, I HAD to come back... and let me say... the team at Yakitori Hachibei did not disappoint. Not only is the food amazing, the service is impeccable and the fact that the food is locally sourced and ALL of the animal is used, makes me very happy to know/hear/eat here.

I definitely would recommend this place... hands down!

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

Wow the food was small so small i needed a microscope. They have one grill meaning you need to wait for your microscopic food to come out in the queue. Everything tasted delicious but it was so small even after several orders i was HUNGRY my advise skip this one.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, we decided to try a bunch of different things vs the fixed course menu. Favorite was the pork belly swirled with a basil-like leaf. Great ambiance. We will definitely be back.

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CK
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A reservation is a must, request the counter if available. Suggest early reservation (5 - 5:30) so you can get the discounted starters. The goma salmon, goma kampachi, spicey ahi rice crisp, yamaimo fries, and tempura calamari were perfect. We then enjoyed the following skewers: pork belly (butabara), enoki maki (mushroom), tomato maki, and the expensive (but great) A4 Japanese Wagyu. Finished up the dinner (about 2 hours) with two orders of the chicken ramen. Kirin draft beer only $5 during the 5-6 Happy Hour. This is our second visit. We learned to order most of what you think you will eat all at once and let the waitress and yakitori chef pace the food for you. We will be back!

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

素材も良いし料理もとても美味しかった。
一手間加えた串もの、特に牛タン串は良かった。
ウニの天ぷらだったかな?こういう一品料理も美味でお料理には文句無し。

ただ希望としては、メニューに日本語の併記も有ったら良かったなと。
当方在米長いですし英語に問題無いですが、
日本の素材や調理法を英語だけで書かれていると、自分自身での理解が甘くなる分同行者へ英語で説明するのに困難でした。
料理が出て来て「あーこういう事だったのね」と予想と違った事が有った。
もしかしたら日本語メニューも有ったのかも知れませんが…。

あとは出入り口に近いカウンターに座りましたが、出入り口が近すぎてちょっと落ち着かなかった。
店内の雰囲気も良いしサービスも良いですけどね。

それと夜のダウンタウンは街自体の雰囲気はあまり良くないので
(正直治安もあんまり良いとは言えない)
日本から観光で来られる方はタクシーでの往復をお勧めします。

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Chicken skew was dry and felt like frozen chicken. The others were ok. Only good dish was eggplant denngaku. Very disappointed.

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KG
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Very sketchy location in Chinatown, but once inside everything was excellent.

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RP
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

The food comes in small quantity for its price, service lacked that attention to detail, it seems that they avoid eye contact with their customers for whatever reason. The whole experience should have been tolerable if it wasn’t for the group we were seated next to! They were inconsiderately loud! There is something to be said about this place. We saw a lot of out of Japanese people
From out of town so maybe we will give it another chance.

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MG
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Japanese restaurant I've ever been to. Unique to-die-for flavors. Not too expensive.

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Melbourne / VIC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time visit and loved it again. Say at the bar and enjoyed the set menu which was delicious. Staff are friendly and welcoming.

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AH
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well, it's been a year since we last ate here on our annual return to Honolulu and still one of my favorite restaurants in Hawaii. Robert, the manager, makes us feel so welcome and we had our same server, Sasha that we had last year. The service and food was awesome and reminded us of why we like this restaurant so much. They had a few new items on their menu and was a great addition to their outstanding menu.

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AL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Not bad but not good either. I'm particular with Yakitori and this place would be below par if it was in Tokyo. Of course if I compare it to my favorite yakitori place in Tokyo, Masakichi this place would be below average. I don't like places that try to present themselves as good but fail to deliver.

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

Great service excellent food

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

焼き鳥に加えメニュー全て外れ無し。コスパも良いと思います

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LY
Hawaii
201 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was very nice, but the counter was a bit too energetic, and it was difficult to have a nice conversation without having to raise one's voice. The seafood chawanmushi is one of the best we've tasted in Honolulu.

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CK
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

The timing of our food service was hampered only by our unfamiliarity with the most efficient way to order it. We should have ordered our happy hour selections along with the other items (mostly skewers) we wanted. Then, if we wanted more, we could have ordered more. We caused a break in the service because of ordering from the Happy Hour food menu, then later ordering the other items we wanted. Talking with the manager, who is wonderful by the way, we learned that we could have ordered everything at once and our server would have managed the timing of the food for us. We learned and will order this way the next time we go.

The following items were exceptional: Spicy Ahi Rice Crisps, Yamaimo (sweet potato) Fries, Fried (tempura) calamari, Tongue, Shishito peppers, Pork Belly (Butabara), Minced chicken. They did not have the pate so we cannot rate. Skewers are 1 per order, enough for a good taste for two. I suggest at least 8-10 different skewers as well as at least 3-4 different Happy Hour discounted starters if you are smart enough to arrive at 5 PM.

The menu is extensive beyond just skewers. We are looking forward to at least 5+ visits just to try most of it.

Reservations essential. We did not sit at the counter, not critical like at a sashimi bar. We could see the food being grilled from our table. If you get a table, be sure to get up to take a look at the prepared skewers at the counter refrigerated display case.

Staff top notch....manager/owner told us the entire crew was brought in from Japan.

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