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Banzai Sushi Bar

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Japanese, Organic, Seafood, Sushi
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66-246 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-1452
+1 808-637-4404
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12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Voted one of Oahu's best by Honolulu Star Advertiser four consecutive...
Voted one of Oahu's best by Honolulu Star Advertiser four consecutive years, BANZAI Sushi Bar is truly one of Haleiwa's best kept secrets. Tucked away in a back corner of the North Shore Marketplace, casual fine dinning, outdoor covered seating with Japanese-style seating on Zabuton pillows or conventional tables, diners relax all while watching surf videos and enjoy live local musicians on the weekend. BANZAI uses local organic produce when ever possible and has their very own Hawaiian fish buyer who presents himself on a daily basis at the worlds largest Tuna fish auction here in Honolulu allowing them to serve the freshest fish almost immediately. With one of Hawaii's best Sake selections, any sushi lover and sake connoisseur will be in pure nirvana. Dont miss BANZAI Sushi Bar on your next visit to Oahu's North Shore in Historic Haleiwa Town.
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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Love Happy Hour!

Happy Hour is Mon-Thurs 4-5 pm. Lots of rolls half off. Great deal and a nice place to talk story with friends!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
Lisa L
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Waialua, Hawaii
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Waialua, Hawaii
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44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Happy Hour is Mon-Thurs 4-5 pm. Lots of rolls half off. Great deal and a nice place to talk story with friends!

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Sorry, but I have to stand up and say the emperor has no clothes. I've been fortunate enough to travel around, and live in, different Asia-Pacific locations for the past 32 years, eating one heckuva lot of sushi along the way. Probably the only place on the planet where this sushi would be considered good is in funky, eclectic, off-the-beaten-path,... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

My husband and I had a excellent dinner at Banzai. They have some deals with rolls, but we did not get that. We order some sashimi, some of the specialties of the chef and we don't regret at all. It's more expensive then the promotions they have, but for sure it's worth it. The fish is very fresh and tastes... More 

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

the sushi here is well prepared and very fresh. It is quite pricey however, very easy to spend a couple hundred for four with drinks. I was also very surprised that their wasabi was absolutely tasteless. I even asked for more thinking it might have been that batch. When I questioned the server she said maybe the new bartender made... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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106 reviews 106 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
141 helpful votes 141 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Having a group of 7 it's always going to be very difficult to over exceed expectations but Banzai certainly did exactly that! We shared maybe 10 different dishes and all were faultless. Simply delicious with outstanding service including very knowledgeable wait staff. A great find after years of coming to the north shore and we'll be back without question.

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Fullerton, California
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510 reviews 510 reviews
259 restaurant reviews
246 helpful votes 246 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This place is hard to find as it it tucked away in a touristy mall...but if you find it you will not be disappointed. The sushi was fresh and some of the best we have ever had. Glad we read the reviews and tried this place. Really enjoyed it and will be back when we visit the area again.

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Fort Worth, Texas
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Some of the best Sushi we have ever eaten. Everything was fresh and so tasty. We wanted time eat every meal there. Will definitely go back.

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Hawaii
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32 reviews 32 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Took a day off and cruised over to Haleiwa town to enjoy lunch, using our Living Social deal. Bonzai sushi is a local favorite offering up live music on weekends - call ahead to ask, a packed party during the Triple Crown or a super chill tranquil place on any given day/week of the year. DH and I went here... More 

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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015 via mobile

The ambience is very nice. We had the opportunity to sit on the floor, what a fun experience. During dinner, we were able to converse and watch a neat video about surfing. The sushi was simple, it would be good for rookie sushi eaters.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Very good sushi. Great service. The atmosphere here is what makes it so wonderful though. Something about sitting on a pillow, eating sushi on North Shore. Doesn't get much better.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 66-246 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-1452
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Haleiwa
  • Phone Number: +1 808-637-4404

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 60
  • Cuisine: Japanese, Organic, Seafood, Sushi

Description

Voted one of Oahu's best by Honolulu Star Advertiser four consecutive years, BANZAI Sushi Bar is truly one of Haleiwa's best kept secrets. Tucked away in a back corner of the North Shore Marketplace, casual fine dinning, outdoor covered seating with Japanese-style seating on Zabuton pillows or conventional tables, diners relax all while watching surf videos and enjoy live local musicians on the weekend. BANZAI uses local organic produce when ever possible and has their very own Hawaiian fish buyer who presents himself on a daily basis at the worlds largest Tuna fish auction here in Honolulu allowing them to serve the freshest fish almost immediately. With one of Hawaii's best Sake selections, any sushi lover and sake connoisseur will be in pure nirvana. Dont miss BANZAI Sushi Bar on your next visit to Oahu's North Shore in Historic Haleiwa Town.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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