Shokudo - Honolulu

3.9
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$30 and under
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Japanese
Presenting "the new wave in Japanese dining," Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar offers an affordable dining experience with a dramatic architectural and design details. Much like the familiar, casual dining of Tokyo's center city, Shokudo Japanese offers an elaborate menu selection that encompasses both traditional Japanese dishes and the many ethnic and foreign influences that now infuse the popular dining culture of the country. A sleek floating bar placed at the center of the restaurant that hosts specialty cocktails and martinis, including the traditional and contemporary preparations of sake and shochu. Shokudo Japanese transports diners to an exciting revolution in popular Japanese dining, the perfect spot for celebrations and the gathering of friends and family.
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3.9
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3.9
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IA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience2

Bad service, we ordered and order was displaced no apology asked for box for leftovers, not give.

H
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend moving away

JC
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We love Shokudo and now with Open Table online reservations it’s awesome to plan a family dinner with an amazing menu.
We were seated promptly and our food was delicious as always.

N
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding welcome at front desk. First time ever. Two smiling faces.

Shokudo ramen pork was too tough. Broth too garlicky. Always order the same ramen. It's usually top notch. Not today.

Tempura side order and spider roll are excellent. (However, heard sushi maker coughing. Yikes!)

EM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Overall experience was average. Our seating was tight, meant for party of 6. Food was tasty but it seems kitchen and sushi chef had hard time keeping up with orders. Due to delay, cancelled stone pot and sushi orders. Waiter was very pleasant and helpful.
Loved the honey toast.

OT
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good, thank you for accommodating a large group.

AL
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The service was great. The food was fresh and appealing. The soup stock was a little heavy, but delicious. First time ordering the Honey Toast and it was onolicious.

OT
Vancouver
88 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great find during our day in Honolulu. Loved the spicy miso ramen and selection of sushi and sashimi . our server Daniel took excellent care of us during a busy lunch time.

we will be back - thank you so much Shokudu for a memorable dining experience

OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Food was very good, when it actually came out to table. Unfortunately the service was uncoordinated and quite slow. Was at restaurant for 2 and 1/2 hours and still had not received all dinner entrees to table. One of our party actually never received dinner at all, although restaurant tried to charge us for it even though we never received. It would be difficult to find a place as uncaring and with no concern for your experience. Waiter was polite, but unable to handle our table of 10. Manager was not aware and provided no response other than an insincere, ‘I’m sorry’ when we spoke with him. So to sum up the experience would be this: Food was good, but save your time and spend your money elsewhere in Honolulu as there are much better establishments aiming to give you both good food and a pleasant experience.

OT
Corpus Christi
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious! Loved the honey toast too!

It was New Year’s Eve, so they were busy, but it was a wonderful evening overall!

BG
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food and fabulous service!

AN
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and had a lot of options that each guest got to choose and share . Great place to go before a Broadway show at the Blaisdell. Service was great :) and must get the Honey Toast dessart, they have small size now :)

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food. Good service.

PH
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Waiter forgot our sushi order then blames the chef. Took way too long to finally get the order to us after we pointed it out. Then had to wait long time for desert and again long wait for check. As bad as service was, so was the next table who were FaceTiming someone with volume up high. Food was not special. Will not go back.

YV
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family time. Great plates for sharing and sampling, also delicious cocktails. Always one of my favorite spots for special occasions.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating my wife’s birthday!

OT
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food we ordered came quickly and well-presented. Over all, it was good. Not amazing, but good. A bit pricey for what was delivered- even for sushi. Would eat here again, but after trying a few more spots.

R
Hawaii
95 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 of us ordered family style and enjoyed all the dishes - tofu salad, mochi cheese, lobster roll, Sukiyaki bimbap and pizza. Thank you for the delicious bread pudding tempura for my birthday. I love the 20% coupon that I was able to use that I had cut out from the newspaper.

SN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always delicious and there's enough variety on the menu for even a vegan (my brother-in-law). The Homemade Tofu salad is a "must have" whenever I go to Shokudo. One of my favorite dishes!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

We used to go to Shokudo a lot and loved this place
Hadn’t been in over a year but when occasion arose we wanted to celebrate there
Very disappointed
The menus were tattered and gross
That chairs we were sitting in were worn and torn
The food portions smaller and we received raw chicken karaage
The service was pleasant but slow and the place was not too crowded
To finish the night we were waiting for the famous Honey Toast- but again disappointed. There was barely any flavor
Overall not the Shokudo we used to love. In desperate need of a makeover!

L
Hawaii
25 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Good value for what you order. The honey toast is a must!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alex our server was awesome. Big thank you to Calvin for accommodating our special drink request as well, we really appreciated it. We celebrated our best friends birthday & she really enjoyed the entire dining experience

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

It was busy night but services was slow. They didn’t ask if we needed water. It was about 10 minutes when we finally got water. We were here to try out the Hawaii restaurant week. The set menu was perfect but the food was coming to fast. It was hard to enjoy but overall it was delicious.

GY
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was okay, food was good but the menu's were very worn and good looking. Haven't been to this restaurant in a while but got the feeling it had gone down in appearance. The menu also looked like the amount of dishes got smaller unless it was because of being lunch.

M
Hawaii
72 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our dinner here! When we want tempura we head for Shokudo. Does not disappoint!
If we went earlier, we could have taken advantage of your generous Early Bird offerings.
There’s always next time! Tofu salad is one of my fav too!

OT
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Location was hard to locate. Greeting could’ve improved dramatically but the food was pretty good and our server was splendid.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

What happened to this place? It was not the Shokudo experience I remember... though their happy hour and desserts are not bad - maybe this will just no longer be a "dinner" option.

Pros:
-Their desserts are still fun and delicious! The Honey Toast is still a fave and the Flambé is still a nice show.

-Parking is still free.

Cons:
-It started with the menus that the lamination was almost completely peeled back... that was a very poor first impression for a celebratory dinner.

-Then our table's 2/3 drinks were delivered (an Asahi from the bottle and a mixed drink), except I waited until our server came back to take our dinner order to remind him of the Draft Kirin I ordered...

-Finally, we were advised the fryer is "lagging" and our pork chops, Katsu, and tempura was on its way... my nephew at his fries first and then the Katsu came out AND then it wasn't until we all finished eating and ready to order desserts did my mom receive her pork chops.

(Our server was kind enough to explain that there was another table who ordered the pork chops and it mistakenly went there so the kitchen is making hers right away.)

-Not really a "con" but this was just uncomfortable... the super narrow "walkway" between the host stand and the front door- that's a nice squeeze to get in and out of that upper section. Maybe consider making the path larger and/or moving the host outside? But that's just being nit-picky about the overall experience.

-After looking at a photo I took of my Chicken Soba Salad, it could totally be my eyes, but it still looks a little pink.

EM
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food at Shokudo never disappoints! Always came here with my husband for some date nights in the past. Its the first time we brought our kids and they loved everything we ordered. Will definitely be back with my kids soon.

8
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Overall.. it was a decent experience.
The only issue, was the service. Our waitress took a very long time to come over and take our order. It was a slow night from what I remember.
However, we enjoyed the food and company of friends.

OT
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

We arrived 10 minutes before happy hour ended and were not able to order drinks, as last call for happy hour was apparently 5:45. We ordered four rolls, and each roll had twice as much rice as you typically want in a roll, and half as much fish. For the price, this was certainly the worst sushi dinner we’ve had.

RS
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience2

After 6 pm background music very loud and generally with guest coming, very noisy.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Food was delicious with good portions and variety to choose from.

OT
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Four friends went to celebrate one of our birthdays mid-afternoon. The menus we were given were tattered, the laminate coating coming off the corners rolling up! Then our miso soup was horribly luke warm! They brought us new bowls that was much better temperature-wise. The tofu salad I have loved over the years was not the same ~ the tofu they used on it was mealy and granular (probably old, left over), compared to the side dish tofu that was included with my bento! Overall I was terribly disappointed with the quality of food; they were once top-notch but I've noticed have steadily deteriorated.

I will not be surprised when this restaurant closes and I will definitely not return, even if someone else is paying the bill because there are so many other restaurants to choose from here in Honolulu. So Sad it has fallen out of grace, but thanks for the earlier great food, Shokudo! Sayonara!

LK
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Pono was welcoming and attentive. The food was very ONO as usual. I brought 5 colleagues from different parts of the continent which were their 1st time to Shokudo. They left happy! Then Ryan, as the manager he greeted us warmly with a smile. He recognized that I was a repeat customer. Good experience.

I have reservations for a business lunch back at Shokudo in 3 weeks.

Mahalo, Larry Kekaulike

OT
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Family from neighbor islands were visiting

T
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We had a party of 8. Server added the gratuity to the bill ( which is fine ) but didn’t say anything when he dropped the check.
Not sure if anyone saw it on the menu but atleast say something when dropping the check. Or circle it.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful as always

KG
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We go to Shokudo at least once a year for lunch. This time, our server was really excellent! She got us drinks that are usually served only at dinner time and the food that we ordered was sooo good!!! We all enjoyed ourselves!!

EL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ordered several dishes but the Mochi Cheese, Ume Cucumber salad, Sushi Pizza, and Honey Toast were our favorites. Our server was very good.

Q
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Pono our server was great and so was the manager who dealt with a little issue we had. Very professional