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Tanaka of Tokyo Central

#156 of 1,975 Restaurants in Honolulu
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Waikiki
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2250 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Oahu, HI HI 96815
(808) 922-4702
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11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 102
    Excellent
  • 110
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Actually one of the best meals in Hawaii

We picked Tanaka of Tokyo, for a simple last meal, well the service was spot on, and the food was amazing. Perfectly cooked in the perfect atmosphere Would go back in a heart beat, Amazing value for money and perfect meal sizes

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 5, 2015
jamesdiamond123
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ireland
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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278 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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ireland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

We picked Tanaka of Tokyo, for a simple last meal, well the service was spot on, and the food was amazing. Perfectly cooked in the perfect atmosphere Would go back in a heart beat, Amazing value for money and perfect meal sizes

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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 via mobile

The chef was very engaging and the meal was excellent. Rates up there with top hibachi meals. They got us in on very short notice.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Went here with family a few years ago on vacation. We waited 2.5 hours to get in (as we didn't make a reservation) but it was definitely worth it! The food was great. The chefs cook at your table and perform quite an entertaining show from telling jokes to juggling knives to playing with fire. We all loved it and... More 

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Atown
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015 via mobile

Just like Benihana. Great food, great show of cooking at table. Great service, very attentive but expensive. $200 for four.

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Ontario
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

We passed by this restaurant many times while walking the Waikiki shopping strip because of what we thought was an unusual entrance. We have never seen a restaurant that has an elevator as an entrance off the sidewalk. However, once we called in (using the telephone on the side of the menu display), entered the elevator, went to the floor... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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124 reviews 124 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

Diners in Waikiki have essential three choices for a Japanese steak restaurant and Tanaka is by far the best choice on the Island. The restaurant is beautiful, the service sincere and authentic, and the food---while expensive---is very satisfying. Admittedly, tourists come for a show and the chefs do not disappoint, but I think Tanaka of Tokyo is more than that... More 

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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

This was my first time at their new location and it did not disappoint. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We had a large group and had made a reservation for 13 as this was a retirement celebration for one of our beloved coworkers. I even made a miscount as I didn't realize that one of my... More 

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surrey, b.c.
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14 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Can't believe how talented the chefs are what with throwing utensils around while they are cooking your food. It is just amazing that they don't have any accidents. The food was cooked perfectly and chef had quite a sense of humour.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

Worst service I have ever received Been to numerous Japanese steak houses all over world and never seen such a poorly managed place. The soup came right before dessert, we ordered fried rice extra which only came when we had all finished our meal and we had to request the steamed rice as that also didn't arrive with dinner. I... More 

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

We always welcome constructive criticism but this review is mean spirited. In Japan, soup is always served towards the end of the meal. The server explained this and inquired with the guests if they preferred to have their soup traditionally or at the beginning. Some guests preferred the beginning, some preferred towards the end, and the rest were indecisive, which... More 

Sydney
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We chose this restaurant over several other Japanese steakhouses because of their restaurant awards. Unlike some other diners experiences, we found the drinks to be very good, as was the service. My wife and I decided to share and chose a chicken teriyaki and the recommended sirloin beef. As is traditional, the dishes were cooked in front of us and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2250 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Oahu, HI HI 96815
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Waikiki
  • Neighborhood: Waikiki
  • Phone Number: (808) 922-4702

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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