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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 74
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 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
Most recent review
Excellent food. Great atmosphere.

My wife, who is Japanese, and I came here for dinner. Everything we ate was delicious and beautifully prepared..from Wagyu beef to fresh King crab to soba and other dishes. She enjoyed it very much, as did I. Very authentic. An excellent meal and experience. Reservation a must.

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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96 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife, who is Japanese, and I came here for dinner. Everything we ate was delicious and beautifully prepared..from Wagyu beef to fresh King crab to soba and other dishes. She enjoyed it very much, as did I. Very authentic. An excellent meal and experience. Reservation a must.

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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
625 reviews 625 reviews
524 restaurant reviews
710 helpful votes 710 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

Extremely popular, and always full (with lots of Japanese customers) for valid reasons: The food is good, and service is very friendly and attentive. In my opinion, the cooked dishes tend to be better, and quite reasonably priced. They also have some innovative sushi dishes. But I would avoid sashimi, which is not very high quality and way overpriced.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Excellent Japanese pub food which are small plates to share. Have to be adventurous to try new combinations of dishes. Their oyster shooters are to die for. Haven't had a dish we did not enjoy! Do need reservations unless you go at 5:00pm when they open.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

This is the real deal. Excellent food, excellent service, excellent ambience. Note: You need to make reservations several weeks in advance.

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Just. Go. It's Japanese bar fare- sort of like tapas style. It's just. Awesome. Overall it's a low-key small space, fills fast- great to sit at the bar, where u can watch them prep the food and be all, "what's that? Gimme." Monkfish was something else. Caviat- you have to be adventurous with food. Do yourself a favor and go... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

You know...the first visit here I was extremely excited for but the service was so atrocious that I really have no idea what the food tasted like....I won't describe the waitperson only I'll say that the person is still there and you'll know when you see... As a small sample of what we went through that night, green tea ice... More 

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San Francisco, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Top rate experience both on the sushi side and the Izakaya side. Everything from the greeting upon entering to the atmosphere to the service and of course to the food. We went with four people and ordered no holds barred, so we got to try several apps, a ton of sushi and a couple of the hot dishes. I'd put... More 

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san diego, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

This small sushi place in an unassuming neighborhood of Honolulu has garnered much encomium from reviewers on this site. I have been to Honolulu dozens of times in the last 25 years and know the city well. I have my favorite sushi joints but on this last trip, decided to try something new. So we duly made our before 7-PM... More 

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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

You need a reservation before 7 pm. If you want to attend before 7 pm, that will be very hard to do last minute because they are often booked. After 7 pm, it is walk-ins. We showed up at 9 pm and did not wait. The sushi is excellent. Well worth it if you like sushi culinary experiences on vacation.

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Honolulu, HI
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I love sashimi(raw) and authentic izakaya fare, and I must say I've had some of the best here. Everything is made to order, one order at a time, fresh, and delicious! Authentic Japanese fare in Hawaii! Make reservations early, I try to call at least a week ahead.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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