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Ethel's Grill

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

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  • 21
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  • 10
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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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
Amazing

I had a fish special, my husband chicken. As everywhere in Oahu everything was super fresh, especially the fish. Totally off the beaten track and you may have to sit outside for a few minutes to get a table - but absolutely worth it. The real deal

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 10, 2015
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New York
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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

I had a fish special, my husband chicken. As everywhere in Oahu everything was super fresh, especially the fish. Totally off the beaten track and you may have to sit outside for a few minutes to get a table - but absolutely worth it. The real deal

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Thank eatsunlaugh
Pearl City, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The menu is simple local fusion food. Chef Bobby is very creative and has specials regularly. Minaka the manager says I have only five favorites but I surprise her sometimes. We love Ethel's and have been eat there every week for about 15 years. We see a lot of top Chefs and celebrities dining there, something must be right. Please... More 

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Thank earniet
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87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Our first trip to Ethel's made us believers. Having lived in Japan we appreciated the authentic tastes and presentation of food. We can see why people line up to eat here. Easy to find right off Nimitz. Don't be put off by the area. It is worth the trip for sure.

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Thank Cheryl B
Tampa, Florida
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93 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

A local took me. Not sure I would have tried it without a recommendation. In an industrial area, only seats about 35 people at most. Old diner style tables. Cinderblock walls. Paper napkins. It is all about the food - presentation, quality, quantity, variety, and price. Pound for pound one of the best restaurants I have ever dined at. Wonderful.... More 

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Thank Harveyjag
Honolulu
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Pig's feet soup, mochiko chicken, deep fried turkey tails, salmon with macnut watercress pesto, what more can you want? This place has about 10 or 12 seats and people wait in line to get in. You sit with strangers and make friends with Ethel.

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Thank papaalhawaii
Norcal
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323 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Ethel's Grill won the 2014 and 2015 Honolulu Magazine award for best Hole in the Wall restaurant... Located out in an industrial district next to a place that had rebar on sale.... When we first drove by we thought OMG!!!!! What are getting into? On the menu at Ethel's Grill? Fried turkey tails, ox tail soup, opah belly, pigs feet... More 

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2 Thank lwj
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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141 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This local Japanese restaurant has been serving good food for decades to the working class people in this industrial neighborhood. I remember when all the people eating here were the blue collar workers from the area, but I guess since the Internet and word of mouth, I see all kinds of people in here now so it gets super busy... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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91 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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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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1 Thank Bob M
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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152 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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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2 Thank Cheri A
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149 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

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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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?