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Tanaka of Tokyo Central

#181 of 1,967 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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Families with children
Romance
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 97
    Excellent
  • 107
    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
Most recent review
Best Time in a Japanese Restaurant!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 12, 2015
quest4sunshine
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Ontario
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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270 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ontario
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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40 reviews 40 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 via mobile

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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67 reviews 67 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 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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Auburn, Alabama, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The food was okay, the drink from the bar was very weak and watery. The service was extremely slow. The atmosphere is nice.

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Prague, Czech Republic
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

I have visited the restaurant with the large group of 50 clients for the dinner. The clients appreciate this evening and dinner. What disturbed me - the lady with camera making the photos of the guests - this is not too emphatic - and than sale of this photos for 15 USD. There was also a little bit rush in... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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68 reviews 68 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We were a large group, 13 with a mix of kids, teens and adults. Thought it would be fun to see some food theatrics. We had the combination meals and each person picked their own protein (shrimp, chicken, steak etc). Most had the sirloin and chicken, but the fillet, a bit more expensive, was the best. What disappointed was the... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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99 reviews 99 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Let me start by saying that the food was ok, nothing outstanding but good average Tepanyaki. Also, the chef that we had on our table was entertaining, fun and pretty skilled with his blades.....so nothing bad to say about him!! But the service in general was appalling! I actually took pictures of us serving our own drinks because it became... 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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