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Sushi Izakaya Gaku

#140 of 1,945 Restaurants in Honolulu
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1329 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2341
808-589-1329
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5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 89
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wow!! Incredible experience at Gaku

This is a small and very popular restaurant that ignites to life every time another customer walks in. The service is great, and the food experience is very special. I was fortunate to have gone with someone who new the place and the menu - that certainly helps with choosing the courses. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a small and very popular restaurant that ignites to life every time another customer walks in. The service is great, and the food experience is very special. I was fortunate to have gone with someone who new the place and the menu - that certainly helps with choosing the courses. The sushimi was incredible, with the Toro and... More 

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Thank Ralphfjr
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28 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015 via mobile

For my 6 day trip to Oahu, I spent my 2 dinners at this Izakaya. Oh, I so much love thier fresh sashimi and so chewy and fresh sushi. The best one is, Uni sushi- urchin roe- so yummy. And I also love their shrimp sushi too. But it's not enough for a serving so you should order some more... More 

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Thank Hyongmin K
San Francisco, California, United States
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We came with our kids and they had a great time cooking their own dinner. The food and service were great - fun, casual place, you can come in flip flops or dressed up.

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Thank Leilani L
Brighton, Australia
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

Seriously warm and fuzzy reception that puts you on cloud nine to begin with I recommend you walk in after 8.30 pm on a weeknight.We went on a Wednesday Just go he'll for leather on this delectable experience of fresh flavour We had the seafood dynamite,the octopus,the yellow tail dish Baked king crab dish,the quail egg one and spider rolls... More 

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Thank OakstoneDental
Kaneohe, Hawaii
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We finally decided to sample sushi at someplace other than Mitch's Sushi. Since we were on stay-cation, we sampled the omakase menu (chef's selection) at Izakaya Gaku. Superb sashimi, great wagyu tataki and house made tofu complete with their shoyu-dashi jelly and the best hamachi I've ever sampled. Of course, omakase meals don't come cheap but this meal was well... More 

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Thank GochisoGourmet
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107 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We had a great meal at Gaku. The sushi was off the boat fresh. They give a rousing welcome to all who enter and service was very friendly. Omikase included a most delicious wagyu. Fun night!

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Thank drivinggirl
Honolulu, Hawaii
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141 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Are you ready for this appetizer: Dried stingray w/aioli? This very tasty offering arrived right after the raw quail egg and uni shooter and was followed by the seared beef tongue and egg custard topped with ikura (salmon roe). The chef's selection of fresh fish was next- alternating between sushi and sashimi. The pacing of our chef was perfect and... More 

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Thank Paul O
Honolulu, Hawaii
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76 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

Oh where to begin. We love Izakaya Gaku so much! The best advise I could give you would be to make a reservation for anything before 6pm. This is not a problem for us since we like to eat dinner early. We sat at the dining area and sushi counter and the service is amazing and consistent. I highly recommend... More 

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Thank Yulene K
Honolulu, Hawaii
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

I actually know the owner of this place. His name is Manabu and he used to be a sushi chef at another friend's restaurant. He wanted to open his own place, and Izakaya Gaku was born. I have not eaten there for a year or ss, but it still gets rave reviews. Manabu works the sushi bar and is a... More 

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Phoenix, AZ
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72 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

After my second trip here I thought they deserved my praise. The first trip we ordered off the menu, mostly sushi and it was very good. This time we went for it, the omakase, and made a great choice. Sit at the sushi bar, have a great conversation with your chef and your neighbors and mostly TRUST the chef to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1329 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2341
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: 808-589-1329

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Japanese, Asian, Sushi

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?