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Tanaka of Tokyo Central

2250 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Oahu, HI HI 96815 (Waikiki)
(808) 922-4702
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Ranked #153 of 1,886 restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Waikiki
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Muri, Cook Islands
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Chris the Chef was entertaining, amazing to watch and a great cook. The food is the best we have ever had. Lovely place, A1 . and professional staff. Can not fault it.

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Sydney, Australia
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42 reviews 42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

We had the shogun set here, and it was great. Not the absolute best teppanyaki I've ever had, but it was good and we thoroughly enjoyed our evening here. The space is quite nice inside, dimly lit, with a lot of space between each big table. We would definitley go back, and would definitely recommend it.

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Zurich, Switzerland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Great experience and a must when staying in Waikiki. The chef cooks your dinner right in front of you. Each entrée comes with different appetizers and also a dessert (ice-cream). Good value for the money. The supersize Tanaka Sirloin is excellent!

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Santiago, Chile
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

My kids adore teppanyaki, and this was an excellent choice. Delicious food and the service was perfect. The place itself is gorgeus, really beautiful. almost no waiting time (and books and crayons for the kids!) We had a great time.

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Red Bluff, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

Great food. Excellent staff. Great for families, our 17 month old loved it. If you are going to drop $125 on dinner at a buffet anyway, go here instead. Way better experience. Everything in Hawaii is expensive but not necessarily worth it, this place is. You won't be disappointed.

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Holt, Michigan, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

Four diners total and each of us had a wonderful meal/dining experience. The staff was very welcoming and our cook ( Kris) did a super job preparing our meal with greater than expected flair! The portions were generous and plentiful enough to provide us with breakfast the following morning. Do not miss if you are looking for Japanese style /... More

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Edmonton, Canada
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90 reviews 90 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant is like the Japanese Village chain of restaurants. You are seated in a group around a grill and the chef performs all sorts of tricks with his knife and spatula all the while keeping up a charming patter which is highly scripted. There are fires and volcanoes but at the end of the day, it is just food... More

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Fresno, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014 via mobile

Great food, wonderful ambiance, EXCELLENT service by all. Especially our chef Kris! If you want great teppan yaki, look no further

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Melbourne, Australia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Having read so many glowing reviews of this place we decided to finally try our first tepanyaki experience. We made a prior booking and as it wasnt busy that night they even arranged for us to have a table to ourselves, which we appreciated since we didn't want our first time to be spoiled by loud guests which we clearly... More

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Joey S, Manager at Tanaka of Tokyo Central, responded to this review

Aloha hades68, We are very sorry that your dining experience at Tanaka of Tokyo did not meet with your expectation. We take customer comments very seriously and do everything we can to improve to our service. Our standard operating procedure is to use a minimal amount of shoyu to enhance the natural flavor of our food and we apologize for... More

Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

We decided to try this restaurant half way through our trip. I wished we'd tried it earlier! We got there at 8pm without a reservation, restaurant was packed, however we were seated within 10 minutes. The entertainment (Chef) was great. It's obvious that each chef has their own way of entertaining the dinners. I had the Matsu which gave me... More

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