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Izakaya Nonbei, Honolulu, HI

Izakaya Nonbei

4.6
4.6
51 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

Izakaya Nonbei has been a mainstay in Kapahulu for over 30 years serving the best Japanese food and drinks.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 19 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya, Sushi

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 734-5573

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Kaimuki

  • Cross street

    Kapahulu Avenue & Olu Street

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What 51 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
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Hawaii

    Japanese

  • Oahu

    Japanese

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  1. R

    Rabbit

    Hawaii

    111 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    111 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We were very disappointed because I chose this restaurant to celebrate my birthday, thinking that I could have my favorite Deep Fried Flounder, like before. They said that it was very difficult to get and didn't have any. When my daughter ordered Hamachi Kama, they had just served their last big piece. However, I had my 2nd favorite Miso Butterfish and I enjoyed that with a konbu musubi. They gave a complimentary shaved ice to my daughter and her husband, celebrating their 6th anniversary and also to me for my birthday. We appreciated it and enjoyed it. Next time when I call to make a reservation, I'll make sure I ask if the Deep Fried Flounder and Hamachi Kama are available. The service was excellent.
  2. CM

    ChynnaM00

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the service, semi busy night, very nice ambiance. Food was great and came out in a timely manner.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relative longing for Miso Butterfish. Exceeded expectations! Everything was so tasty-yummy. Love Bobby!
  4. T

    Tedd

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wide selection menu. Great food. Fresh fish. Perfect tonkatsu.
  5. Y

    Yokozuna

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience4
    Nonbei seemed to be short on staff last night, especially in the kitchen. The food was great, as usual, but service was very slow despite the wait staff scurrying around.
  6. DH

    DebbieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my first time. A bit pricey, but very tasty. We had wonderful servers! The soba and udon were reasonable. It's ala cart, but it was fun trying the different foods. I would go again. : )
  7. T

    Tropical

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stellar customer service!! Food was delicious! I’ll definitely be back with more people!
  8. M

    Mizu

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is excellent on all fronts. Bobby (the manager) and his team are all great at what they do. Food and service is fantastic. I feel so welcome when I get there.
  9. FB

    FayB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience at Izakaya Nonbei. The food is delicious every time!
  10. J

    Joseph

    Hawaii

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food and service was good. Very fun energetic atmosphere. Looking forward to going back..
  11. GS

    GregoryS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The restaurant is an Izakaya, so the focus is on small dishes to be shared as in a bar rather than dinner-sized servings. We stuck with mostly the dishes recommended in the menu. We all agreed that all the dishes were excellent, especially the nasu kinoko (mushrooms and eggplant). We ordered two servings of that one.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful service and excellent food!
  13. BT

    BetsyT

    Hawaii

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Since we were having dinner after the UH Wahine VB game , we were leaving the parking lot at the time of our reservation, 8:45. I called & asked if that would work for them, I was told we had adequate time as 9:30 is the time for the “last call”. Everything was excellent: order was prepared in a timely manner, all items were delicious & well prepared, the service was excellent & the wait help was helpful friendly & efficient. Since we were the last customers, we received attention from other servers as well! Although prices have increased since COVID, the value is still good for the Omakase meal.
  14. J

    Junior

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointed with the food and the overall experience.
  15. j

    jasonboe

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Agedashi, Dragon Roll, and Wafu Steak were excellent. Gyoza smelled great, but tasted OK. Felt like an Izakaya, which a lot of places with that name don't.
  16. h

    hellokitty808

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The chutoro is to die for
  18. CT

    CarolT

    Hawaii

    36 reviews

    4.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great place for small plates. Really wanted the squid, but they had run out. The Geso wasn't a good replacement - but it was still good.
  19. M

    Mars

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    2nd time eating here. Nice inside. The only bad thing is the noise level. Both times seating was at capacity. With everyone talking, it’s hard to carry on a conversation.
  20. LY

    LovesYummy

    Hawaii

    339 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    339 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    I know it got crowded, but the service was just fair. The food quality was ot as good as the our last visit. The ambience was not great, though the place was clean. Will wait awhile before booking there again.
  21. DS

    DiamondStylz

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came with a group of 12...Great food and great service.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Just ok. Wafu steak was objectively bad
  23. LW

    LivesinWaikiki

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    My husband and I enjoyed our sushi, tempura shrimp, soft tofu, tsukemono and sake. We will be back.
  24. DB

    DavidB

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was great. Our waitress was wonderful.
  25. CT

    CarolT

    Hawaii

    36 reviews

    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Love the food & variety. Service was good but a little slow. Likely because they seemed short staffed.
  26. RF

    RFer

    Hawaii

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good food and beverages! Noisy and uncomfy chairs.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was delicious, prepared and presented beautifully. Staff were so nice and helpful. The brought us a dessert for our birthday, very nice ending to a great meal.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    We really enjoyed it. The only issue was that they were out of some of their signature dishes. But I guess that is because this place is just that good.
  29. LY

    LovesYummy

    Hawaii

    339 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    339 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time dining here and it was very enjoyable. The food was delicious and fairly priced. The place looked newly renovated with clean lines and pleasant paintings placed in just the right places. Service was attentive and courteous. We've found a new go to Izakaya.
  30. DO

    DianeO

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was excellent, but it was very noisy. We sat downstairs and I couldn't hear what the other person was saying. I started talking louder and louder.
  31. C

    Cozhawaii

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I started coming to Izakaya Nonbei around 1998 when it’s interior decor was that of a quaint and cozy farmer’s home. It has undergone a major redesign and has a contemporary interior. The food is still delicious and comforting. My best moment however, was when, years after my last visit, my favorite waitresses welcomed me back and made me feel right at home. I love that they are still there.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We waited an hour for Sashimi & Sushi and in the end it never came. No one seem interested in solving this problem. The chairs are very uncomfortable and made small and short. Like sitting on a stoolZ not suitable for bigger adults. Manager seem disinterested in providing good service and seemed preoccupied with friends.
  33. P

    Param

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really good food, and great service. Definitely recommended
  34. AB

    AmandaB

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Really great food and fast service. We enjoyed the dragon roll, Yakisoba, butter fish and regretted that we didn’t order the Kama because it looked so big and yummy.
  35. PM

    PaulaM

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food and atmosphere!
  36. N

    Naomi

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    My family and I have been coming to this Izakaya for years now and like multiple recent reviews said, it has gone way downhill! On 8/9/22 we took our visiting relatives to eat here and are retrospectively so embarrassed by our choice. From the start, our waitress was not friendly. We had to ask multiple times for water, rice, take out boxes etc... and each time we asked for something it seemed like it was a huge burden to her. On top of that the food took FOREVER. After 45 minutes all we had gotten was a salad and a an appetizer. Within 1.5 hours we had gotten our noodles and steak (best tasting dish there). Around the 2 HOUR mark we got our first sushi rolls. At this point, we asked if they could just cancel the rest of our food as it was a weekday and getting late. Our waitress told us that we could in fact NOT cancel our remaining 14 nigiri sushi orders because the sushi chef had "already cut the fish" and that it would be out in the next 10 minutes. (6 of the 14 sushi pieces were tamago/egg sushi and ikura so I'm not sure why these couldn't be cancelled... but whatever). It took a little over 20 minutes for 12 of the 14 sushi to come out. (My relatives actually timed this) The general manager then came to our table to say they were short staffed and that they were working on the rest of the food... knowing we had just asked to cancel. This really irked us because he didn't apologize for the now 2+ hour wait, but instead made it seem like we were bad customers for trying to cancel. We left after 2.5-3 hours without receiving some sushi and other food items. The food itself is still decent but not good enough to make up for the terrible service. We will not be back here. Be careful, they also cancelled our reservation on Open Table after we dined to attempt to prohibit us from posting a negative review. Make sure they don't do that to you as it leaves a negative history on your dining account. Really just pathetic!
  37. TD

    TracyD

    Raleigh

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Best spicy tuna roll I’ve ever had!!! It gets busy and they were short staffed. Give them patience and understanding this place is worth it!
  38. B

    Baba

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I have been here a number of times and it's always consistent. Service and food is always top notch. The setting could be more traditional Japanese, however tables are wll spaced and noise level is just right. I dislike many modern restaurants, where the noise level is too loud, and you can barely hear the people on your table.
  39. C

    Cookie

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good food and selection, good service by Ms. Benn, great value.
  40. p

    potatoprincess

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thank you for a memorable birthday celebration! Food was wonderful. Service was great. Definitely will be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Izakaya Nonbei offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 734-5573.

Izakaya Nonbei is rated 4.6 stars by 51 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 19 times today
Google Map for Izakaya Nonbei

3108 Olu St, Honolulu, HI 96816-1426

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kapahulu Avenue & Olu Street

  • Neighborhood

    Kaimuki

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Japanese, Izakaya, Sushi

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Private Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

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