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“Impeccable service but not what we expected...” 4 of 5 stars
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Hoku's
5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-5411
808-739-8780
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Ranked #203 of 1,906 restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: $31 - $75
Cuisines: Asian, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Kahala Avenue
new jersey
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Impeccable service but not what we expected...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The service was impeccable, the atmosphere very nice but somehow it wasn't what we expected...

First thing my eyes were drawn to when we entered the restaurant was the kitchen... right in the front and open. The smell of seafood was so overwhelming in my opinion and it was a turn-off.

For starters we ordered the scallops and the ahi appetizers - both were very good. We decided on their special whole fried fish selection... I thought it was just OK, my husband thought it lacking in flavor and didn't really care for it or the accompanying sides.

They did have a very extensive wine list, which being a wine buff, my husband very much enjoyed!

I can't pinpoint why it wasn't what I expected... but for starters, I thought it would have a view of the water or some "lanai type" seating. We went on a night that was a bit chilly and somewhat drizzling so do not know if that played a role on it feeling so closed in.

It was pricey and we don't mind if we would have been "wowed" but unfortunately, that just wasn't the case!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
“Can't beat the food and ambiance here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

Impeccable service, great wine list and very attentive service. One of the best in Honolulu in my mind. The seafood tower is a must order, and if also the daily catch for two and the tasting menu is very tasty as well.

Visited December 2012
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Morgan Hill, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 30 cities Reviews in 30 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Outstanding food and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

Fabulous Imperial Prawns, Delicious whole fried fish for two but unbelievably expensive, and superb service.

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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37 reviews 37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“This food rocks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

This is a remarkable culinary experience with innovative dishes expertly prepared by Chef Jeremy. Our waitress, Lisa, was ever ready and knowledgeable about the food preparation and wine choices. We had the unique Ahi Musubi and amazing braised short rib tempura with fabulous sauces. Steamed Hong Kong style Pacific fish of the day (snapper when we dined there) and sashimi were excellent. This is a must go to place when you visit Honolulu.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“yummy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

Best California rolls we had.. food was outstanding as was the wait staff..since we were staying at the hotel, it was an easy walk!!!

Visited October 2012
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