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Tanaka of Tokyo East

#191 of 1,832 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Waikiki
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131 Kaiulani Ave., Honolulu, Oahu, HI HI 96815
(808)922-4233
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5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 4
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  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great food. We will return!!

My husband and I ate here on Christmas day Dec. 2014. Reservations is a must. This is our 2nd time eating here and the food is excellent. It is similar to Benihana's but I think Tanaka is even better. The prices are fair and the service is excellent. We will definitely return the next time we... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 5, 2015
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Los Angeles, California
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  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Vincentia, Australia
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

very good theatre and restaurant. A little on the expensive side but worth the effort. Chefs put on a Good show and produce good quality meals

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Flower Mound, Texas
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6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Visited with 4 other friends. The steak was melt in your mouth tender. The Salmon was out of this world. This was truly a dining experience

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

The chef was amazing, the wait staff brilliant. We had a fun night, even my 14 year old! It had the whole package - good food, entertainment from the talented chef, sharing a table with people from other countries. Best of all we didn't have a booking, were told the wait was 15 minutes but it was only 5. Highly... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

My husband and I ate here on Christmas day Dec. 2014. Reservations is a must. This is our 2nd time eating here and the food is excellent. It is similar to Benihana's but I think Tanaka is even better. The prices are fair and the service is excellent. We will definitely return the next time we are in Hawaii.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Thought this was going to be much better than it was. Service was good, dated interior and food was about average. Miso soup was hot and we enjoyed that. The salad with ginger dressing was what you would expect. Fried rice was a let down as there were hardly any vegetables in it so pretty much just rice up paid... More 

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Auckland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

Great destination for a fun group dinner. Pricing is pretty good and servings generous. They took a photo of us and gave us a free copy which was a very nice touch :)

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New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

The young chef was very entertaining but the food is very average - basically what you get after all the magic tricks and hitting knives on counters is elaborate fried rice! We didn't add on the lobster tails after seeing them at the next table and they were very small. Wine list limited and had to ask for water. Please... More 

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michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We come here on every visit to Hawaii, for more than a decade. The food is pretty average, but good, Teppan-Yaki. Chefs are well above average on the performance level. It's very fun for the kids. I've noticed over the years though that the portions of things like rice and veggies are below average - you get about 1/2 bowl... More 

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New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

It's always fun to have your food cooked in front of you and the chef did a good job of making this entertaining. The seafood selection, steak and teriyaki chicken we had was all cooked to perfection. The miso was a little watery. We would have liked to have a little more salad / vegetables for more balanced meals, but... More 

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Grande Prairie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Tanaka's is definitely one of the highlights of our trip when we go to Hawaii. The food is always amazing & chefs never fail to entertain. We usually go with a large group & they're very accommodating. My nieces & nephews love it. My 6 year old nephew said this place never gets old ;)

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 131 Kaiulani Ave., Honolulu, Oahu, HI HI 96815
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Waikiki
  • Neighborhood: Waikiki
  • Phone Number: (808)922-4233

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?