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Ethel's Grill

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232 Kalihi St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96819-3956
808-847-6467
Today
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:30 am - 2:00 pm

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  • 13
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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
Most recent review
Ethel's Grill a Great Hole-in-the-Wall

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 20, 2014
Cheri A A
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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23 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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117 reviews 117 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 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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68 reviews 68 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
24 helpful votes 24 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
63 helpful votes 63 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2007

sumo PORTIONS! love this place but really small

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?