Yakitori Hachibei - Chinatown Hawaii

4.6
167 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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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing valentines experience and prefixe menu!!

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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 9, 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 8, 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 8, 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
1 review
Dined on February 7, 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 3, 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 3, 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 3, 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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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 30, 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 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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RP
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 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 20, 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
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 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 18, 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 16, 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 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service excellent food

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 3, 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
200 reviews
Dined on December 30, 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 30, 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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NF
Montreal
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place had the most amazing food and service with a reasonable price. We tried the chef's tasting menu which was great but definitely too much food for one person.

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RK
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Practically perfect in every way! Gracious owner and staff. We are gluten free with celiac and they were very accommodating. Can’t say enough about our experience and the food was exquisite.

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RK
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a birthday for my son. It’s his ritual
Now to come here to celebrate annually for dinner.

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MK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, lovely service, great cocktails. Loved this meal.

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S
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious and affordably priced! I wish they would give more bread for some of the dishes. They only give 5 slices from a tiny baguette and an extra order of bread costs $1.

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AS
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Awesome, selection. In tasting menu

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GL
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Food is bad and service is bad. I ran into my neighbor. We all agree this place is over rated.

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Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice venue for a quiet relaxing dinner, food takes a little to prepare but worth the wait!

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AN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Service is as poor and food was not great

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g
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my FAVORITE meal in 2018... love love love it here!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is consistently good. Management is very friendly.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, good service, and someplace I'll definitely come back to eat at.

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JL
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second time to the restaurant. I wanted to revisit some tasty dishes, as well as to try some new ones. They had some interesting unique dishes (uni tempura), but their best ones were probably the simplest on the menu (like the pork skewers, the butabara).

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 1ambience 3

満席だったためか、ホールが回っていない感じでした。料理は美味しい。

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ER
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality of food, presentation and service are fantastic. Too bad I can’t go more often cause it’s too expensive.

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

Yakitori Hachibei is the best! Sit at the counter to watch the Yakitori chef do his magic. Our server Emi was the best. Great knowledge and she knows which dishes are good to eat and drink Happy hour was great too! Owner Bobby was kind, gracious and humble and friendly with all customers!

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LY
Hawaii
200 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first time to Hachibei and my husband loved it. I lived in Japan for ten years a couple of decades ago and had missed going to a good yakitori shop, so when I found Yakitori Hachibei on Open Table, I decided to try it out. The dishes were very tasty and I especially loved their seafood chawanmushi, which was a special for that day and was not listed on their regular menu. The custard part of the chawanmushi was done to perfection, the texture not being hard. I could've probably had 5 of those for dinner alone, but there were too many other interesting dishes to try. We will definitely go there again in the near future.

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

The service and food were excellent. We had the Hacibei selected $58 course and we loved it. I will definitely be back again.

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