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Asahi Grill

#116 of 1,946 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Ala Moana - Kakaako
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515 Ward Ave, Ste A, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4168
808-593-2800
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Busy busy lunch hour

Located in Kaakaako on Ward Avenue, it was a busy lunch hour with lots of people ordering take out. The inside seats were all taken with a waiting line. I put my order in and sat outside on the picnic bench – they had 2. Had an OK view of the Blaisdell Arena area and mountains. It took a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Honolulu
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Honolulu
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 192 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in Kaakaako on Ward Avenue, it was a busy lunch hour with lots of people ordering take out. The inside seats were all taken with a waiting line. I put my order in and sat outside on the picnic bench – they had 2. Had an OK view of the Blaisdell Arena area and mountains. It took a while... More 

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Sacramento, CA
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64 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

Stopped by to check out the Hawaiian menu and was happy with what we found. The orders were taken quickly, even though it was very busy, and the food came out remarkably quick. We had mainly soups and a loco moco, and all were delicious and we will come back to check out other items on the menu.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

we arrived about 6 PM to have dinner before Janet Jackson concert. There was a party of 8 and only 2 was present. They told the workers there will be there in 3 mins. The 2 was seated and they other 6 was did not show within 3 mins. meantime there was a line and was raining. The other customers... More 

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Norcal
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

The Asahi Grill is a small restaurant, pretty close to the definition of a hole in the wall... I have been in places that are definitely holes in the walls (like Ethel's Grill), but Asahi Grill is a step up... Parking is limited around Asahi Grill... The service is good and fairly quick. We tried the Ox Tail Soup.... it... More 

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Monroe, North Carolina
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45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015

We enjoyed the food and the prices were low. The place really needs a little touch up and a little paint. The menu could be cleaned up and the paper taped to the tables could be removed. Try it and you may find the food is enough.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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108 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We regularly come to Asahi Grill for lunch but today we went here for a very early dinner. The place needs a facelift but we don't mind because it's clean, service is friendly, and the food is good. Tonight we had their popular oxtail soup (which rivals The Alley's oxtail soup) and the saba (mackerel) fish entree with brown rice,... More 

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Cal
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

My Japanese friend raved about this place, so I had to try. It was busy all right. It was an unusually humid night when we went there. We ordered THE FAMOUS oxtail soup of course. It was just OK to me. Nothing spectacular. I was hoping a good broth. Tons of cilantro didn't do much either. I felt like my... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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186 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I was a bit disappointed with my first visit as the food was only okay and the menu average. Its typical, greasy stuff loaded with lots of calories and typical stuff like fried fish or oxtail soup.

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Sacramento, California
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

This is an interesting place. Half of it is a coffee shop and the other half is a full service restaurant. Nothing incredibly terrific but eating here just feels like home. When you read through the menu you see aspects of Japanese, Chinese, Filipino, and Hawaian cooking. The Oxtail soup was highly recommended and was as advertised. We tried it... More 

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Daegu, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Fresh tasty Hawaiian and Asian dishes prepared in a timely manner. We have patronized then five times over two visits to the island.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 515 Ward Ave, Ste A, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4168
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Ala Moana - Kakaako
  • Neighborhood: Ala Moana - Kakaako
  • Phone Number: 808-593-2800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Soups, Japanese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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