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Ethel's Grill

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232 Kalihi St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96819-3956
808-847-6467
Sunday
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast

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  • 15
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Surprisingly Great Hole-in-the-Wall

My friends have talked about Ethel's for years, though I'd never gotten down to eat there because Ethel's is in an industrial section of Honolulu that's not the safest place to be at night ... and feels a little sketchy during the day. After a short wait, we were seated in the tiny restaurant... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
Bob M
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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English first
Honolulu, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

My friends have talked about Ethel's for years, though I'd never gotten down to eat there because Ethel's is in an industrial section of Honolulu that's not the safest place to be at night ... and feels a little sketchy during the day. After a short wait, we were seated in the tiny restaurant (about 20 seats) and enjoyed the... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

We ate at Ethel's Grill today around 10am. It's just a little hole-in-the-wall kinda place but the food is great! We ordered Japanese style hamburger steak. It doesn't come with gravy, they have a light shoyu sauce with grated dikon on top. It's served with a bowl of rice, miso soup & a small bowl of fresh greens with their... More 

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Top Contributor
122 reviews 122 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

This is a very small hole in the wall eatery that is a hidden gem. It can hold about 23 people at small tables. The decor is sumo themed with posters and pics on the walls. The sashimi was excellent and perfectly prepared. If you are looking for great food at a good price this is the place to visit.... More 

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Hawaii
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177 reviews 177 reviews
127 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

This place has been around forever...all of the classics and more... loco moco, hamburger steak, ahi, oxtail soup....the list goes on and on... what impressed me was the freshness of the food, the original style of the cooking... and some of the healthier options..such as Japanese hamburger steak... served with a light soy dressing instead of the heavy brown gravy...the... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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72 reviews 72 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

I've been eating here for years. A very small place and more often than not there is a line outside waiting for a table, an obvious indication that good food awaits. Take out is an option if you are in a rush though I recommend calling your order in. Meals come with a small salad (delicious homemade dressing) and miso... More 

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Walnut Creek, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

Ethels is a must for us every time we come to Honolulu! The food is amazing and they don't skimp on it! Try the Sumo Size of most dishes - you probably won't be able to finish it. I enjoy the Loco Moco here as well as Mochico Chicken and good old Ramen. You can't go wrong with Ethel's -... More 

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Honolulu
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53 reviews 53 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Great down-home experience. Parking is tough but other than that, all great. This place is a nit of an institution for the area.

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Boston
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76 reviews 76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We, a party of 4, lunched here a couple of days ago. There was a short wait for a table. The plates we ordered ranged from excellent to passable. The Takati Sashimi was very fresh; it was excellent. The Miso Chicken was just OK, and parts of it were undercooked. The Island Mahi Mahi had been dipped (or rather drenched)... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2011

We actually live in Minnesota. So when I saw the review written about Ethel's Grill, I had to comment about it because on our last trip there in the winter 2010 we stopped there to eat. It was great. We were in a party of 4 and were looking for something fresh and uniquely Hawaiian to eat. So naturally when... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2008

Great food, great prices. The place is tiny so take out or be ready to wait to sit down.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 232 Kalihi St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96819-3956
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: 808-847-6467

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 7
  • Cuisine: Pacific Rim
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 am - 2:00 pm

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