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“Nice Variety of Sushi and Sashimi” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Banzai Sushi Bar

Banzai Sushi Bar
66-246 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-1452
+1 808-637-4404
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Ranked #13 of 61 Restaurants in Haleiwa
Price range: $25 - $60
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Seafood, Organic
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Voted one of Oahu's best by Honolulu Star Advertiser four consecutive years, BANZAI Sushi Bar is truly one of Haleiwa's best kept secrets. Tucked away in a back corner of the North Shore Marketplace, casual fine dinning, outdoor covered seating with Japanese-style seating on Zabuton pillows or conventional tables, diners relax all while watching surf videos and enjoy live local musicians on the weekend. BANZAI uses local organic produce when ever possible and has their very own Hawaiian fish buyer who presents himself on a daily basis at the worlds largest Tuna fish auction here in Honolulu allowing them to serve the freshest fish almost immediately. With one of Hawaii's best Sake selections, any sushi lover and sake connoisseur will be in pure nirvana. Dont miss BANZAI Sushi Bar on your next visit to Oahu's North Shore in Historic Haleiwa Town.
Savoy, Illinois
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54 reviews 54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Nice Variety of Sushi and Sashimi”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Banzai has a nice variety of sushi, sashimi, and rolls. For Haleiwa, the prices were quite reasonable and the atmosphere is very pleasant. Service was good and the waitstaff are efficient but not overbearing. They even have a few different types of poke including ahi tuna and octopus. Definitely a place I would go to again.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Kensington, Maryland
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87 reviews 87 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Nicest waitress ever!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was nice — I got the Banzai nigiri sushi and mom got the salmon. The only downside was I don't like mayo in the crab in a California roll. Otherwise the sushi was fresh and tender. The miso soup was excellent, and they had a nice variety of desserts to choose from. I opted for the green tea ice cream.
The waitress was delightful, as were others who jumped in at other times. It's great that they are willing to cover for each other that way.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Poulsbo
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36 reviews 36 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Slow service, but Delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Nice if you need to relax and take your time. They had fun floor seating, but it was a little less fun after sitting for so long waiting for our food (tempura and sushi rolls). We got the dessert with tempura banana and coconut milk ice cream. LOVED it!

Visited July 2014
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Houston, Texas
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Sushi with a Hawaiian twist”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Cons: didn't take reservations and was crowded! Pros: Courteous staff that was more than helpful in recommending food and drinks! We had 3 rolls, Hawaii roll ($14), Banzai roll ($11), and Gnarly Marley roll ($14). They were all fabulous and worth every penny! This place also had live music the night we were there, local duo and they were awesome! Great experience and a change from the resort we stayed on!

Visited July 2014
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Fresno, California
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Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Check out the happy hour specials”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

We ate at Banzai a couple of times during our recent North Shore vacation. It's a little pricey, but we discovered their happy hour specials. Many of their sushi rolls are half-price during happy hour, and it made the meal much more affordable. Service and the quality of the food was great.

Visited June 2014
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