Food was excellent! Brought two young kids under 7, and ordered some of the most simple items on the menu for them, and those items were fantastic. When a restaurant does simple things with impressive skill you know the place is special. The other appetizers and entrees were each unique, fresh, and notably creative. Highly recommended.
We love this restaurant. We visit Honolulu almost every year, and Town is the only restaurant in this growing foodie city that we never miss. The food is excellent, and the staff treat us like natives. We avoid going back to any eatery where the interior or clientele screams “welcome to Hawaii”. Here the only Hawaiian features are the fresh local ingredients and the laid back friendliness of their servers. Town has been at the top of our list of Honolulu restaurants we recommend to any family member or friends who are heading to Honolulu.
Town was one of our favorite restaurants until this past Saturday dinner. They discontinued serving Ma'o salad. Replacement was mediocre, greens was not crisp, no taste. Server forgot to bring appetizer (ahi tartar) that we're looking forward to. Fish was overcooked.
This was my 5th time at Town . Usually it’s a great experience but this time I tried the “Taste of Town” which is a fixed price tarting of various menu items. The waitress was nice enough to let us swap the pasta offered for my preferred gnocchi but the rest of the meal was pretty lacking. The salad arrived very underdressed and we had to ask for more dressing (I mean we could barely detect the dressing if at all!). The mahi with sprouted lentils was WAY over-salted and the pork with polenta was underdone on my friend’s plate. The polenta was great, however- just wish there was more than a tiny smear on the plate ( basically ever serving was VERY small . I understand it’s a tasting meal but still too small IMO). The chocolate tart with pretzel crust was maybe 1/8 the size of a regular slice of a tart but that was ok because it was just “ok”. The waitress did end up comping us our drinks due to our bad experience so that was good. I was sad I’d talked the place up so much to my friend who was visiting from California. I’ll definitely be back because I’ve had so many good meals in the past here, but I don’t be trying the testing menu anytime again soon. 😕
We were tipped on this place by a friend and so visited on our vacation. We enjoyed it very much -- the decor, vibe, staff and meal were all excellent -- and we'd definitely dine here again and recommend it to others. We had the tasting menu and cocktails instead of wine pairings. The menu was well designed (both the tasting menu and the overall menu) and I think most diners would find something appealing. Our waitstaff was incredibly friendly and the food came out timely and was beautifully plated. If I had any criticism, I'd say a few of the dishes were weakly seasoned. For example, we had a lovely fresh greens salad-- and the salad greens were perfect -- but the meyer lemon vinaigrette was so faint as to be virtually absent.... in fact the greens almost seemed entirely undressed. Again, the greens were very good, but a bit more 'punch' on the dressing would have made it exceptional. It's important for kitchen staff to actually taste what's going out, I think sometimes a dish is designed by one person but implemented by another...and in these cases, the 'look' might be perfect...but the detailed flavors missing... the cocktails were outstanding and were we not flying home the next day, I'm sure we would have dined there a second time!
I went there for lunchtime. There were not so many people maybe 4 table are fill.
I was waiting food about 45minutes and server didn’t apologized. Every other table already had their food, so no reason we had to wait this long!
I was totally disappointed , also food was not so great. I’ve eaten here many times in the past but very disappointed this time. I won’t be going back!
I don’t recommend to my friends anymore....sorry you lost good customer!
This restaurant is lovely, from the knowledgable serving staff to the interesting meals and prep (and the flexibility to modify for a picky child) to the local, fresh food. We'll definitely be back when we are in Honolulu again.
Waitress a bit inattentive also picked up our desert before we were finished. Felt a bit rushed. Food delicious as always.
Town is solid with well prepared and creative cuisine. They do not rush you and we felt like we were dining in Europe. This is our go to restaurant when in Honolulu.
Always delicious. We are never disappointed. Creative.
Town has been in it's current location for twelve years... this was our first visit. It was recommended by someone who lives on the island. The local farm to table concept works out well for this restaurant. The dishes we had were wonderful, our server was great, and having Jordan (Manager) share his passion for food was enjoyed by us both. We will definitely return to Town on our next visit!
Great local restaurant in Kaimuki. Across the street from Mud, Hen, Water and Superette - all Ed Kenney places. Features local ingredients and creative meals. Very enjoyable at a reasonable price.
Great fries! Pasta is always a good choice too. Consistent and tasty.
Great choice for Valentines dinner
Good food, good service, our friends really enjoyed it, too! It won’t be our last time at Town!
Our food overall was disappointing. I used to eat here a lot and haven't returned in a while. The service was slow, our steak was hard, the appetizers were mediocre unfortunately. I don't think I'll be back again.
Superb farm to table food and outstanding service!
Town was great! Food & wine both delicious and service was friendly, knowledgeable, & prompt. A delightful evening all around.
Food was good. Waiter was a little stand off-ish at first but was okay. Even though it was for my friend's birthday, they did NOTHING to help me acknowledge it which was very disappointing.
Sophia the waitress was the best part of the meal, really tremendous. Leek soup a bit expensive at $9, but was very good, the killer was the eggplant bread which cost $13 and came with only one piece of bread. The pasta was good, but over priced at $23 for what we received. Cut place, but not much value in the offerings, but as stated above. Sophia was a great waitress.
Outstanding food, best meal on our trip, would highly recommend!!!
Food was well presented and tasty. Eggplant bruschetta had a great topping but the bread was very hard to bite or cut into. Goat cheese pancakes with lilikoi was delicous but portions were small. Gnocchi was excellent
Went for first time to try their pasta, but pasta maker broken. Had Penne pasta instead with same sauce: okay. Waitress was nice, but hadn’t brought bread until much later and only because we had to ask.
Great food, cocktails, service (Olivia) and atmosphere. Thoroughly enjoyed our night, thx!
Food expectations were not met
Service was awful..waiter got order wrong and 6 of us were served food one by one.
Maitre D didn'teven acknowledge us and ignored us as we were leaving.
So not the good foos Honolulu experience we were told of.
The service was very slow. Quite delicious food but we waited 45 minutes and they weren't very busy at 6:15.
A private chef recommended Town to us and we're glad she did. We sat outside and savored every bite. Highly recommended.
This is a neighborhood restaurant which has excellent food served by very friendly and helpful staff. They are very accommodating with food allergies and provide a great dining experience.
It was my first time and I will definitely go back again. The food was fresh, creative, and original. The portions looked small, but it was just right. They had a tasting menu that I would love to try on my next visit to Town. My friends and I had a great experience!
Had dinner here in March 2017 and loved the food so much that I booked a reservation from Canada before we left.The food was as exceptional as the last visit-the best meal we had in Honolulu.
The only comment I have to make is that it is extremely noisy and hard to hear anyone at the table unless they are sitting right next to you.Definitely not the place for a quiet,romantic evening.
But I will be back!
Our service was terrible - server had a real attitude. We waited 2 hours for our meal and were ready to leave and our meal was finally served. Talked to Manager and she complimented our meal, which was very nice, but we would not go back.
We were welcomed enthusiastically, seated promptly and were quickly off to a beautiful evening.
Our group tried the vegetarian plate, the pasta and the roasted chicken. Each meal received a rave review.
Our delight continued with the chocolate pretzel pie and the panna cotta desserts. A reasonable wine list and cocktail menu was available. The restaurant was full but the noise level still allowed pleasant conversation. My thanks to Cat for tying it all together for a perfect experience.
Town was the beginning. What I mean is that 6 years ago my wife and I move from NYC to Oahu, Hawaii. The only thing that was missing from our total package was the food scene. There was basically none. We were Wine Educators for over 30 years in NYC so food and wine were very important to us. Then we found Town. We felt that we were back in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The other night we had their hand cut pasta with pork and beef. Really an amazing bolognaise. As close to my wife’s as possible. The ultimate compliment. And to top it off you have multiple choices from their super wine list. A great staff adds to the Total Package.
We found the food to be delightful and tasted wonderful. My daughter had the Ulu and leek soup which was amazing. The eggplant bruschetta gave a whole new twist on using shisto peppers. The Ahi tartare was just the way you would wish it to be.
The entrees were also delicious. My husband got the fish of the day which was Mahi Mahi. He did not share much but the taste I got was perfect. I got the pork loin and the flavors were sublime with the portions right on. My daughter got the pasta and it was a lovely take on comfort food.
Our server was pleasant and very knowledgeable. We did not want for anything.
We were pleasantly surprised when the manager recognised us from eating at one of their other restaurant and came over to say hi. It made us feel like regulars even though this was our first trip to Hawaii.
If you are a foodie - this place is for you
Absolutely love dining here. Food, staff, decor, open air all appeal to me.
Food was good, but steak was tough and staff didn't offer a well needed steak knife. When server delivered food, she had dangling bracelet which dragged through food as she served across the table.
Salad was negligible. Flavor profile was poor. Could make better salad at home. Pasta was okay. Hand cut noodles were okay, but again flavor was just passing.