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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 #141 of 1,920 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Saint Louis, Missouri
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

...We still managed to have a lovely simple dinner in a cool, elegant setting on a hot evening. We were a party of two, and had remembered we had come to Tanaka 20 years ago when we were first married at Laie Point. With humor, I remember we were the only Caucasians in the restaurant 20 years ago, and were... More

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Sunnyvale, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014 via mobile

We've been to a number of Teppenyaki restaurants over the years and this one is one of the best, definitely better than Benihana's. In fact, we've been coming here long before social media was around! I had the Matsu meal which was excellent, but way too much food. I also had the Garlic Fried Rice which was a little too... More

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Gold Coast
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I have been to a few Teppenyaki restaurants but this is definetly one of the best. Food was delicious, services was great and the show put on in front of us was amazing to watch. It really was a lot of fun. The room layout and atmosphere is relaxing, the dimmed lights made it more exciting to watch our chiefs... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I had a $50 gift certificate for Tanaka of Tokyo. They have three locations, but this promo specified their central location. Knowing where their parking garage entrance is helps since it's on Laula (sp?), behind the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. Even though it says that Tanaka of Tokyo is on the fourth floor, they were on the third floor. Their big... More

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Moscow, Russia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

We have visited this restaurant during our recent stay in Honolulu. It is conveniently located in very central part of the town near Waikiki beach and all major hotels. We have booked for 7.45 and arrived 5 or 7 minutes earlier and was asked to wait 5 to 10 minutes. They asked us to seat on a bench right in... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

This has been our son's favorite restaurant since he was about 2 years old. For any adults craving some good food, and something to entertain the little ones, this is your place. This location is their newest location and so the surroundings are quite nice and the ventilation system is good. This is one of those restaurants where they cook... More

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

EVERY staff member was fully bilingual- English and Japanese! The food was so much fun to see prepared and so delicious! My kids loved the experience! The chef was also a musical genius! Expensive, but HELLO, Honolulu seafood and steak! It was worth it! A professional photographer sold us a nice photo of our family as well. Fun time! Reservations... More

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middleway wv
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29 reviews 29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Not sure when they moved but I don't like the new location as well as the old one. It seemed more Kobe than tanaka. The food and the service were great so although I miss the old location I would eat here again.

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Long Beach, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Very attentive staff n nice food. Fun place. Pricey but this is Waikiki beach where everyone charges premium prices. It's a great experience definitely. But if u are on a budget you should go somewhere else. But Cheesecake Factory is not that cheap anyway. And you would want something different when u are on vacation right?!

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39 reviews 39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Came with a large group from Texas. Much like many of the other Japanese Steakhouses in the States. Very upscale on atmosphere and service, Food was fantastic and the table chefs were amazing but not much more that others of this type. Great fun for a larger group and the kids got very excited to explore the restrooms of all... More

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