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Sushi Izakaya Gaku

1329 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2341
808-589-1329
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Ranked #11 of 1,920 restaurants in Honolulu
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

If you love sushi, this the the place to go in Honolulu. I love sushi, but I had no idea it could be this good. First of all, we were the only non Japanese people in the restaurant. This is a good sign. Also, if you have no reservations, you will wait. We waited for an hour. Worth every minute.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We went really early as we were heading to the airport. Good thing we did as we got the last table that didn't have a reservation. While we're not sushi aficionados, we know our way around a sushi menu, and the waitress seemed surprised that we didn't just choose a standard tuna or California roll. We had the oysters which... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Fantastic place. Great atmosphere Full even early on a Tuesday night. VERY fresh tasting sushi, and the rolls were perfect. The only better sushi we've ever had was at Sugarfish in LA.

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Riverside, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We came two nights in a row (a tough feat because of the limited reservations) but no other sushi compares. Even after eating at Nobu, whose reputation is high, this blew them out of the water. The chefs were very nice and were able to recommend their most fresh nigiri for us. Everything we had was spectacular. In nigiri, we... More

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Houston, Texas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Food was pretty much everything fresh and tasty.If you experienced real Izakaya food and fresh sushi in Japan, it is hard to say this place is the best. But all chefs are Japanese who originally from Japan.They are so friendly and very professional. Price are little high, but you are in Honolulu, so that is understandable. I and my husband... More

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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Perhaps my expectations were too high after reading so many rave reviews both here and on Yelp. However, I found everything was too salty. In general food in Hawaii was too salty, so perhaps it was adapting to local tastes? The sashimi was good, but I've had better in my hometown of Toronto. It was an expensive disappointment for us.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I have written this review earlier but I guess you did not receive it. My wife and I have been going to Gaku Izakaya for sushi once a week for the past 4 years and we are now practically part of their family. We have been to many sushi restaurants in Hawaii and Japan and consider Gaku as one of... More

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Riverside, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

I can say this place rates top 3 on my list. We ate at 4 sushi places and this place killed the rest! Top TOP quality sushi! Sushi chefs are really entertaining and not drones. Get the moi and tuna as well as seabass, best choice by far! Even the toro was really great! Spent about 100 bucks but it... More

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