Side Street Inn Kapahulu

4.5
916 reviews
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$30 and under
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Comfort Food
Aloha and welcome to Side Street Inn, Oahu’s hidden hot spot, located in the heart of Honolulu. Recognized locally as the "gathering place" for the island's best chefs since opening its doors in 1992, Side Street Inn remains a true "local bar," that dishes out simply delicious comfort food in a relaxed, unpretentious environment. With a frequent mix of famous faces, professionals and steady regulars, it's the ideal place to enjoy good food and good times with friends.

Side Street Inn boasts something for everyone from sports lovers to wine connoisseurs with satellite-ready, big-screen TVs to view games and a full-bar with a vast variety of domestic and imported beers (even their own signature "Side Street Inn Rogue Ale").

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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We come and visit the island about 4x a year. We ALWAYS come in for the Side Street Inn rice, the famous pork chops, and the fried chicken. Our server was on top of everything, and our party of 6 was wanting for nothing! You can’t tell me that another restaurant!
Thanks guys!

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G
Hawaii
138 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great restaurant. Food wise and service. I always request a "specific reservation" in terms of location in the restaurant and the staff always abides by the request. Keep it up, guys!!!!!

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h
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The food is always as you expect, great tasting. Everything is always good as far as food, service etc. Lately though the food has been coming out slower than usual.

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HN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and service. Great local ambience. Will always return here every trip. Great experience that they make available all those residents as well as out of town visitors. Great value, made even more so because the food is so delicious and high-quality. The fried rice from Chinese sausage is a classic just like my mother used to make. The ribs with passion fruit and the pork chops and fried chicken are all standouts- huge portions and great for lunch the following day

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DT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The portions seemed to have gotten smaller. It was Chinese New Years so it was quite noisy with the Lion Dance going on.

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s
London
15 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and wonderful service! Truly a great spot for local food at reasonable prices. Would return when we are back on the island.

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

We were looking for a good place to relax, have a few drinks, enjoy good pupus, Sidestreet did not disappoint! Everything was great! Highly recommended! Getting reservations on Open Table is a must!

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MM
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Plenty of food to share! Hugh portions! Best pork chops ever! Tender & juicy! Chinese chicken salad was fresh & crunchy! We’ll be back for sure!!!

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DS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great location, good food, fun environment. Would be a great place to watch football or basketball, a lot of TV screens.

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TM
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Puzzling that the entrees arrived before the appetizers, even though we ordered them well ahead of the main courses, but still great!

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L
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

The so many times I have dined here, it was great. This time, I am not sure what it was, but it just wasnt the same. Our waiter took long to greet us, another waiter brought out utensils & plates before we were asked for drinks. Basically each time he stopped by, he took long to return. Sorry but it wasnt that busy when we got there. We ordered their signature fried rice (minus peas & carrots), boneless kalbi, original boneless fried chicken, roast pork poke & sauteed mushrooms. The mushrooms came out first, then the fried rice about 6 mins later. Immediately I noticed the rice was shiny. The fried rice was super mushy & extremely oily! I had to return it. Less than 5 mins later a second batch came out but there were peas & carrots. Not as oily but we started eating it anyway. THEN a third fried rice plate came out & another waiter asked if we double ordered. I said we didnt but the waiter took it away & gave us the correct one. LOL so weird! The other foods we ordered came out inconsistently, meaning by the time we received the boneless kalbi, the other foods were partially cold & we were full, basically cause of the amount of rice we had. I averaged the wait time between five different foods being brought to our table, approx 5 - 7 mins. I wanted dessert but we were already there maybe 90 mins & there was only 3 of us. Overall, it was the worst service I had with SSI Kapahulu. Most of the time the food is awesome but not this time. I raved about this place but it was my husband and daughters first time. I spent $98 but I would’ve thought maybe comp the one soda we had for bad service.

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DI
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Authentic Hawaiian food in a simple setting. Good value for the dollar.

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l
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food as always

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Daughter’s birthday. Good food, good service. Always great atmosphere.

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MM
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food,great service nothing fancy. Lots of people just enjoying there food. Beer was cold. Fried rice and short ribs were good.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good and came in very large portions. Cocktails, Mai Tai in particular was very tasty. Waiter was very attentive. Will come here again soon!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Used to love this place, but tonight the experience was less than satisfactory. Despite being relatively empty and not super busy, food came out at random times, beers and water refills took 20 minutes and management was rude. Super disappointed. Heard that unfortunately the owner passed recently and I am wondering if whoever took over does not have the same standards as the previous.

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

First time back in Honolulu in a long while(Born and raised in the neighborhood). Good quality food and great service. Will be back!

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G
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been going to Side Street for more than 20 years and it never disappoints.

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n
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I made a ressie but didn’t get seated til 15 minutes after the ressie time. That would be my only complaint. Otherwise, food, service etc was great as usual.

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Manitoba
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous! Waiter made the perfect recommendations. Best fried rice ever and the pork chops took me back to my childhood! Just like mama made! Can’t wait to go back!

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LF
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service were great. Went at a good time when it wasn’t too busy yet. Would highly recommend for a fun pau hana place
to go.

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WM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We were there to treat our L.A. cousins to some local food and they were happy! Adrienne (sp?) was an outstanding server! She was friendly, knowledgable and helpful with the menu.
Side Street did not disappoint.
Mahalo1

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DK
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food. Great place to take out of town guests.

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Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Family style spot that is best with a group so that you can order a diverse menu. Fish in garlic cream sauce , short rib and kimchee fried rice were the best.

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C
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent value in the family-style menu for 4-6 people (the menu suggests 3-4, but one would have to have the appetites of a lumberjack or athlete in training to finish if you only had 3 people!). It was lots of tasty food, a nice variety of healthy and decadent choices, and perhaps the best fried rice and pork we have had in years. Our server was great and we definitely recommend it as a fun dining experience overall.

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LY
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good meal when taking guests from out of town! Now they have a prix fixe meal for 3-4 people for only $105! What a bargain!

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SO
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

OK, so we were told a few times about this restaurant; it's a strange location literally inside an office building - or at least a former office building? We had 7 people, so we got a large booth. Eh, nothing fancy; kind of like a pizza joint atmosphere with TVs sports on. We never walked around, but I guess it might be a sports bar? Either way, the portions of food, no matter what you order, are HUGE, so sharing is the name of the game at this restaurant. The selection of food is very authentic Hawaiian - lots of fish dishes, funky sounding things. It was completely not what we expected after hearing all the hoopla from Uber drivers and friends from the mainland telling us 'we must go there'! It's very very casual, almost run down casual. To be fair, I'm sure the food is very decent, but I just didn't want to try any of the funky sounding dishes at all, so ordered a pasta dish, which was fine. I don't know what the big deal is here, but clearly it's a beloved home style restaurant adored by locals!! Big portions big portions, keep that in mind!!

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Always great food and excellent service.

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G
Hawaii
139 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Great food and a great place. Keep it up, whatever you are doing to make
the restaurant a success!

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Ordering is family style for the most part. The new parking system in the adjacent lot was difficult to use. It takes no cash, so bring your credit card and hope it works. The restaurant has no control on the lot as it doesn’t belong to them. But you either park there, find street parking or pay $6 for valet.

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h
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

以前からの有名店にようやく行くことができた。名物のポークチョップはもちろん美味しかったのですが、おすすめはオックステールスープです。だいたいの料理が量がすごいので注文しすぎに注意です。ワイキキから歩いて10分ほどですが女性の方はタクシー等使われた方がいいです。

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Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Years eve

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TE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always! The food there is absolutely amazing. Gotta have the boneless Jambi ribs, special fried rice and the garlic chicken!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

場所はオフィスビルの1階という感じでわかりにくいですが、わいわい賑やかな店内でした。
日本人はほとんどおらず、欧米の方がグループでお食事されていました。
日本語メニューが欲しいと伝えると快く持ってきていただけました。
量はどれもとても多いので人数分頼むと食べ切れません。
食べきれなかった分は持ち帰りできます。

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NL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food. From the fried rice to the beef to the pork chops. Super value!

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B
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. Went on a real busy night so service was a little slow.
Our waiter was very nice but really busy. Over all we did enjoy the night.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

会社の同僚4人で行きました!とても美味しかったです!量が多いとのことで、キムチフライドライスとポークチョップをオーダーしました!両方ともとても美味しかったです!フライドライスはキムチの辛さとケチャップの甘さと具材のダシで、絶妙でクセになる味で、皆3〜4杯おかわりして、とまりませんでした!ポークチョップも美味しく、おかわりオーダーしました!店員の方も色々気を使っていただき、快適でした!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious!

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BC
Hawaii
45 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We decided to have our Christmas dinner at side street this year and was so glad we did! Everything was awesome! We’ll definitely be making this a yearly tradition!

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