Town

4.5
1968 reviews
icon/ic_price_rangeCreated with Sketch.
$30 and under
icon/ic_cuisineCreated with Sketch.
Contemporary American
"Local first, organic whenever possible, and with Aloha always" is the mantra upon which this unpretentious neighborhood bistro was founded. With a menu that changes daily to reflect the freshest market ingredients, Town features hand-cut pastas and gnocchi, slow-braised meats, fresh local seafood, a wine list of small artisan producers, and hand-crafted cocktails. Drawing inspiration from classic recipes of the Mediterranean, Town's cuisine is best described as Contemporary American with an Italian sensibility, where the ingredients are allowed to shine and nothing is wasted.

With bar and "dog-friendly" patio seating reserved for walk-in guests, the restaurant has become a favorite for casual impromptu dining as well as for special occasions. Town is located in hip Kaimuki, just minutes from Waikiki, and is loved by locals and visitors alike. Go to Town.
What 1968 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
food
4.4
service
4.3
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
5
4
3
2
1
Sort by
Newest
Filters
BJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We were a party of 6 so we anticipated some delay in being served. but we had to wait quite a while for our food. The food was not remarkable, especially considering how much it cost. We had to huddle together to hear the person sitting across the table from us. The best feature of the evening was the waitstaff. They were very friendly and gracious.

Report
Helpful
SC
Seattle
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We went to Town 18 months ago and loved it, but the food really went south. Steak cooked not to order, famous fries too greasy, salad underdressed. Will not be back.

Report
Helpful
BW
Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent great food. The ahi appetizer is too good to share!! Guard your plate. Entrees are all amazing. Favorites are the chicken & handcut pasta.

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good and friendly

Report
Helpful
m
Hawaii
39 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, prompt & friendly service, lunch was great, the burger is excellent, flavorful & fresh. Their salad with fish of the day outstanding! (Free, easy parking behind their building)

Report
Helpful
EC
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great service. Town is always a good choice.

Report
Helpful
RF
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 1

It was a cold & rainy & windy night and we were seated directly in the line of the front doors — every time someone came in or left, we were blasted. Food was so-so, nothing great. Parking is limited and difficult to find.

Report
Helpful
F
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Love the location. Feels very much dark to table. Clearly a locals spot. Great people watching

Fresh focaccia was awesome
Drinks-Moscow Mule had a strange fishy flavor and the waitress begrudgingly took it back after we asked as she didn’t offer replacement was just ok. Both drinks had a strange flavor
Profile.

Fries with dipping sauce. Perfect cook and so fresh tasting
Caesar salad outstanding fresh local Ingredients
Pork shoulder. Over cooked and dry. Seasoning was nice but cook was off
Pasta was good. Nice flavors from the chorizo. Noodles a bit dense
Chocolate tarts with pretzel crust. A big miss as the crust was stale and chewy, the chocolate wasn’t firm enough

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
122 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We still love this Kaimuki gem. All of our favorite items are still here: Ahi tartare, pan roasted chicken, gnocci, and the Kulana strip loin. All cooked to perfection. #comfortfood

Report
Helpful
JL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Town has delicious food! Sat at the bar, where it seems slightly quieter and had great service. My sister and I had the Pork Shoulder and Strip Steak. Good portions and nicely prepared veggies, it was a such a nice meal!

Report
Helpful
MQ
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Everyone was moving really fast in the restaurant. We ordered and our kale and carrot salad came right away. It was good, once we got some dressing for it, but it was quickly followed by our pasta dishes. The gnocchi was nice and tender but the sauce had absolutely no depth of flavour. It was basically lightly cooked leek, mushroom and some cherry tomatoes. The ragu sauce was also not spectacular. Overall, the ingredients were quality ones but the preparation wasn’t and it really lacked the feel of a “dining experience”. Rather it was a quick, ok meal.

Report
Helpful
OT
Orange County
12 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner! Saw that Anthony Bourdain came here and wanted to check it out while in Oahu. Great staff and amazing food and drinks! Will definitely come back when we are in town!

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was on point! The service was awesome. Come back here again!

Report
Helpful
TK
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always our meal at Town was delicious. Fresh ingredients and so flavorful.

Report
Helpful
G
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Service was slow and food did not come out for a while. When it did come out, 3 tables got their food all at once. Food was excellent. We wanted dessert but 2 hours for lunch is a bit goo long.

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The usually great fries were limp and soggy. The medium rare burger was over cooked. Citrus cooler used be muddled and this time there was just orange slice on the edge of the glass and some basil in the drink. Disappointing since I raved about the food to my guest.

Report
Helpful
LN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fresh and nuanced. We very much enjoyed the local ingredients and Chef's light touch. Friendly, knowledgable and accommodating staff.

Report
Helpful
KH
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Overall it was good, but not great. We've been here several times over the years, and the quality of the food seems to have gone down some. The Gnocchi were not edible. They were mushy with no consistency or flavor. The chicken however done well and nicely flavored.

Report
Helpful
WA
Hawaii
46 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Superb quality at a very reasonable price. Wine list is downright cheap. A great spot for lunch!

Report
Helpful
CU
Hawaii
237 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It started it all about fourteen years ago. The truly first farm to table restaurant. They haven’t changed anything except to get better and better. Since the influx of so many new and great restaurants on Oahu we haven’t been going to Town as much as we’ve gone in the past. This has nothing to do with how great it is. Unbelievable ambiance, excellent wine list and with restaurant Fete right along side, the best fish on Oahu. We had the following and it’s impossible to pick which one was the best.

sweet land goat’s cheese pancakes, tomatoes, basils,
liliko’i

ahi tartare
risotto cakes, chive

gnocchi
cremini, corn, asparagus, sungolds, lemon, sage

Mahi Mahi in a saffron fish stock with aioli/bread and turnips + ?

Report
Helpful
JT
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service was excellent, the food was very tasty, overall a great experience!!

Report
Helpful
MW
Milwaukee
14 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Was very excited to try this restaurant and found it very disappointing.

The air conditioning was non existent.

Report
Helpful
CV
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food, local, sustainable and great service !! Highly recommendable......

Report
Helpful
F
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It's our fourth time at Town (over eight years) and the food is, as always, the best! Great wine selection at affordable prices. Mardi, our waitress, was so kind and knowgeable. We will be back. Mahalo

Report
Helpful
NU
New England
8 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great vibe in the restaurant, our server was super nice and the food was delicious. We were seated immediately since we made a reservation.

Report
Helpful
OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

丁寧に作られてる感じの料理と、にこにこ気持ちのいい接客でした

Report
Helpful
LT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Thoughtfully prepared food using fresh, seasonal and local ingredients. Town's food is consistently good and simple without being overbearing, heavily sauced or ambitious. Town also makes some of the best and most authentic Italian pasta on the island. The pasta and sauces are made in-house, with the perfect amount of sauce. The house ragu is excellent. Portions are ideal too, without being excessive. The quality of the ingredients is superb. Town is a true gem.

Report
Helpful
OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Still one of the best restaurants around!

Report
Helpful
SD
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

My friend ordered a medium-rare hamburger but it came to the table charred and beyond "well done." He had to send it back.

Report
Helpful
s
Seattle
21 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Town was very good, not quite great- we were there on New Years Eve, an extra busy night which might have held it back a bit. It is quite small and there is very little place inside to wait for a table- which means you might have to wait outside if your reservation isn't ready- a bit less than ideal.

Food shows a bit of italian/local fusion overall-
Goat cheese pancake appetizer was solid. Hand cut pasta with pork, beef, porcini ragu had a bit of a loco moco flavor to it- and the texture of the meat was a bit ground beef like. Gnocchi was very good- with a pleasant flavorful broth. The Mahi dish was good, though my son found the greens/tokyo turnips a slightly overpowering with bitterness. The pork belly porchetta was decadent and loved the crispy skin and creamy polenta.

Wine list is a bit small and italian dominated- unfortunately a couple of choices were also sold out.

All in a solid choice and would go back.

Report
Helpful
PB
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and I am already planning my third already. Best gem in Waikiki. A must!

Report
Helpful
DB
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The setting and the serve staff were terrific. The food however, was terrible. There were 5 of us and we each had something different and not one good thing can be said about any of it, other than the yam fries and ciabatta bread which were both good. The main courses looked and tasted dreadful. Wouldn't recommend this place to anyone ever.

Report
Helpful
SS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Dishes were generally too salty. The turnips were hard and couldn't be cut with a knife.

Report
Helpful
c
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

口コミを見てどうしても行きたくていってきました。私たちは行きは徒歩で街を見ながらいきました。帰りはトロリーでワープしてきました。パワイの地元の野菜が食べたくていきました。人参は甘くておいしかったし、味付けもさっぱりしておいしかった。サラダもメインのお料理も2人でシェアすればあれこれたべれそうな量でした、
私たちはサラダをシェア、ちきを1人ずつたのみましたが、チキンもシェアしてサイドメニューをもう一品たのめばよかったなーと思いました。次回またホノルルにいったら絶対行きたいです。

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

Great food, nice selection of wine, warm atmosphere, and too reasonable price.
No complaints at all.
Elaborated cook for organic loco ingredients. Good balance of salt, sour and spice for every plate.
Excellent restaurant.

Report
Helpful
OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the best meal I had in Honolulu! Outstanding! Service was excellent very attentive.Highly recommended.

Report
Helpful
OF
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food. Inventive menu, expert preparation. Delicious!

Report
Helpful
y
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Service was extremely slow. Took 15-20 min before or “official” server came to table...and only because we requested it. But...she was nice once she arrived.

Report
Helpful
NP
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

We have eaten at Town before and have never been impressed by anything about it, but we are staying at the home of friends who, when we invited them out, chose to go there. The menu is very limited, there aren’t many vegetables on offer, the service was lackadaisical, the room was noisy, and the restrooms are a hike away and not very attractive. The prices are not higher than elsewhere, but the experience is much better elsewhere in Honolulu.

Report
Helpful
m
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

ランチで利用しました。自分の中でのベストハンバーガーです。
ただ、今回は全てが遅かったです。ハンバーガーで30分以上待たされました。毎回遅いわけではないので、ウェイターによるのかもしれません…次は行くかどうか悩むと思います。

Report
Helpful
1
2
3
50

Tweets by Town