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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 #144 of 1,919 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Japanese
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

It is essential to make bookings because this restaurant is very busy. The food was really delicious, the staff was very friendly and fun. we had dinner twice in Tanaka during our eight days in Honolulu. It is strongly recommended!

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Swan Hill
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Loved this restaurant. The food was delicious and the "show" was wonderful. It was our 8 year old's first teppanyaki and he loved it. Be sure to make a reservation. You can request to sit with others speaking your language and they will try to accommodate you. We were a party of 6 (including 2 kids) and everyone was happy.

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Vancouver, BC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

There are many reviews of this place, so I will share something others have not. First - I always thought Japanese teppan kind of tacky in most U.S. cities. Not this one. The atmosphere is just right. The service is impeccable and all of their chefs are amazing. Second - spend the $3 extra and get the fried rice. Trust... More

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

Starting with the hostess heading over to the bartenders and finally to the table side chef and great food selection it was the best meal we had all week in Hawaii. We each (4 of us) ordered a different selection and everyone was pleased on their choice. The Chef/Entertainer kept us involved and eager to see what he would do... More

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Sacramento, California
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

Great ambiance. Friendly staff. Good food. A full meal including a scoop of ice cream for dessert and a few drinks for less than $100. Chris, our chef, was funny and professional and Shawn did a great job taking care of drink orders and the other details. This meal far exceeded the quality and value of our meal out the... More

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Canada
Top Contributor
125 reviews 125 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Loved the food, the chef show, the ambiance and the location. Prices were kind of high but we knew that walking in.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

This restaurant is on the third floor of the Waikiki Shopping Plaza, in the centre of Waikiki. Entry is very Japanese. Stark simplicity. Inside it is a large restaurant, but dimly lit, except around each of the cooking stations. We were in a bay with six seats. We could see others with seating for larger numbers. Our fellow diners were... More

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Boone, North Carolina
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Wonderful food! Amazing staff! Great place to eat all around! Waiter was so nice helpful and kind. Cook was great put on a good show.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

...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
22 helpful votes 22 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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