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Diners' Choice: Japanese restaurants in Hawaii

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Japanese cuisine in Hawaii? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of J-Shop restaurant
5.0
5 (14)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Honolulu
About the restaurant
We are BYOB, please bring your favorite liquor.
It is small hidden Izakaya started by J-Shop.
A Japanese fresh food store run by a company that directly imports fresh fish, wagyu beef, vegetable and fruits from Japan by several flights every week.
Since it is BYOB, please don't forget bring your favorite liquor!
Please enjoy the freshest Japanese foods at a hidden Izakaya.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 28, 2024
Wonderful food and exceptional service. This was our second time visiting and my family and I love it here. We will be back again!
A photo of Japanese BBQ Yoshi restaurant
4.9
4.9 (74)
$50 and over
Yakiniku
Honolulu
About the restaurant
Japanese BBQ Yoshi, a place where you can get a taste of Japan.

Restaurant features for U.S.
1. New environmentally friendly infrared grill technology.
2. A4/A5 meat air flown from Kagoshima, Japan to insure quality & freshness.
3. The best service that you can find with Yakiniku Dining.

Top review
Devineservicevip
Dined 7 days ago
We always have amazing experiences when we come to Yoshi. The pre-Mother’s Day dinner was absolutely delicious and we kept ordering more beef! The service of the staff is extraordinary! I would go again and again and again!
A photo of Yohei Sushi - KAHALA restaurant
4.8
4.8 (16)
$50 and over
Japanese
Kaimuki
About the restaurant
Yohei Sushi Restaurant was born by artisan chef Obara in 1990 and is still beloved by the Hawaiian community.
The second restaurant, "Yohei Sushi KAHALA,"opened in January 2024.
We offer a sushi-centric OMAKASE course, featuring fresh ingredients sourced from Hawaii and imported directly from Japan.
In Japanese cuisine, the flavor of "ichiban-dashi" (the golden soup stock!) holds great significance.
Immerse yourself in unique OMAKASE courses that begins with tasting "ichiban-dashi," and new dishes inspired by Hawaiian food culture.
* If you are interested in dining with more than 5 people, please call us for more information.
* We are pleased to accommodate dietary restrictions such as allergies, vegetarianism, dislike of raw fish, or kids' menu with advance notice upon reservation.

Top review
pohaku808vip
Dined on May 7, 2024
Wonderful omakase experience with a wide variety of dishes. We had the Kinohi set, which was the mid priced option. Each course was well executed in both taste and presentation. The pacing of the meal was perfect, we didn't have to wait between courses. The additional beverage pairing was very well done and had a good variety, including beer, wine and sake. We left feeling very full and satisfied. It's pricy, but I still consider it a good value considering the quality and quantity of offerings. Service was very friendly and attentive to our needs. We will definitely be back.
A photo of Han no Daidokoro restaurant
4.9
4.9 (588)
$50 and over
Japanese
Honolulu
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Ward, Han no Daidokoro specializes in Japanese style A5 grade yakiniku. We offer 7 days a week with luxe A5 Wagyu from Japan, Miyazaki and Washu beef from Oregon at the Ward Village. We are conveniently located on the first floor of Anaha. (Across the Whole foods, next to the Istambul) Come join us today for an unforgettable experience!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
An awesome experience and delicious tender mouth watering flavours with each cut of meat. Service was excellent.
A photo of Wasabi Bistro - Honolulu restaurant
4.9
4.9 (687)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Waikiki
About the restaurant
Wasabi Bistro Hawaii is one of the Honolulu’s casual dining, with an atmosphere of relaxing out-house theme. The restaurant was founded in 1992 as one of the Japanese restaurants in Oahu as a hidden spot, for family and friends to gather, and it has been treasured for many years.

Wasabi Bistro Global is a modern take on intricate, traditional Japanese food enjoyed in a quiet elegance of an intimate bistro setting. Subtly decorated with exquisite Japanese art and artifacts, the dining areas have been designed to offer guests the utmost privacy. Enjoy a front row seat at the sushi bar and watch the intricate handwork of our master chef, as he displays his skills in the art of sushi making.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 8, 2024
This place is an absolute GEM! My wife and I dined there on our first of 9 nights in Waikiki. We are already rearranging our dinner docket to find a night to go back! They truly lived up to all of the incredible reviews that we’ve read about them. If we could give them a 10, we would…because they are!
A photo of Omakase By Aung restaurant
4.8
4.8 (230)
$50 and over
Japanese
Kaimuki
About the restaurant
Taste the umami!BYOB! (WE DO NOT SELL ALCOHOL )
Omakase By Aung is modern, up beat and contemporary sushi omakase restaurant located at 567 Kapahulu Ave next to world famous Waikiki beach in Honolulu. Mixture of Edomae style nigiris and model innovative nigiris will be served in 1 hour 45 minutes long Omakase meal. Seasonal fish from around the world are used in the 15 courses omakase meal.
Omakase by Aung provides single 15 courses menu to all customers for both Lunch and Dinner Service.
Chef Aung will provide laid back and fun experience for all sushi lovers. Open kitchen with a long 12 seats sushi counter in the middle of the restaurant allows interactive experience between the customers and the chefs.

Top review
Stoochie
Dined 7 days ago
Chef Aung and Sarah was the best. Good food with fun people! Enjoyed the night.
A photo of Izakaya Matsuri restaurant
4.8
4.8 (440)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Honolulu
About the restaurant
"Welcome to Izakaya Matsuri!"
We offer you freshest Sashimi, Sushi and various chef Specials in Japanese cuisine along with selected Sake, Shochu and wines to complete your meal. Izakaya Matsuri is located in the center of town- on Young St. with lots of free parking for our customers.
(*We do not provide highchairs, or baby seats for children since we are Japanese - Izakaya style restaurant which is mainly for adults.)
* Please, aware that your reservation may be cancelled if you do not confirm your reservation, please cancel your reservation within 12 hours prior to your reservation,
or you will be subject to charge the cancellation fee per person $30.
Do text, or call us to cancel (business cell) 808-745-5858. (The cancellation fee will be automatically charged if it happens after 12 hours prior to your reservation time)
* You will be charged the fee for NO show.($50 per person on your credit card)
* Please, be aware we may add group service charge20 % for a table of 5 or more.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 8, 2024
Customer service and food are fantastic! I love coming here for date night
A photo of Oao restaurant
4.8
4.8 (683)
$50 and over
Japanese
Wailea
About the restaurant
Oao, is Wailea's hottest & newest Sushi Bar & Grill founded by Chef Bernardo Oao Jr. Here we utilize fresh, locally sourced, and authentic ingredients to serve our customers the finest Sushi & Japanese cuisine (with a French Flair) Maui has to offer! Come eat & talk story while dining on our delicious assortment of Fresh Sushi, Juicy Steak, and Delicious Cocktails.

Oao at Wailea is NOT a BYOB establishment. Wine & Sake are ok to bring but bear in mind that we charge a $35 Corkage Fee per bottle brought.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
We overheard a local resident on the plane raving about this place, and I definitely had to try sushi in Maui. We really lucked out. It was nearly as good as the sushi I got in Japan. Really great! Wish we did not have a lack of parking issue though. Our reservation was pretty early in the afternoon, so I would imagine it is 100 times worse during peak hours to find a spot to park. Happy hour prices was great too.
A photo of Yohei Sushi restaurant
4.8
4.8 (49)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Honolulu
About the restaurant
Kazuto Obara came to Hawaii in the 1970s with a dream to open his own authentic Japanese restaurant. Practicing the traditional style of sushi known as Edomae, Chef Obara crafts a special omakase experience from the waters of his birth country (Japan) and his home (Hawaii). With his family roots from Hiroshima, he has served generations of families here in the islands. Book a reservation today
Top review
SandraT
Dined on May 7, 2024
We've been going to Yohei for many years and it's always so amazing. Staff is the same. They are very aware of their patrons in case you need anything or have any questions. The sushi and hot food is made to order to make it the very freshest. I love the variety of their side dishes, which changes based on available ingredients. The construction on the main road has not dampened the experience at all!
A photo of Izakaya Nonbei restaurant
4.8
4.8 (197)
$31 to $50
Japanese
Kaimuki
About the restaurant

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

Top review
StanleyS
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
This is a great place to eat. Casual, wide variety of food, overflow parking up the street and great Sake selection.
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