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“Incredible izakaya” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Imanas TEI Restaurant

Imanas TEI Restaurant
2626 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826-3248
808-941-2626
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Ranked #55 of 1,921 Restaurants in Honolulu
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Sydney, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Incredible izakaya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This restaurant is simply a must try for Japanese izakaya style cuisine. Great selection of sushi and sashimi. You must get a reservation in advance as this is a local favourite. Smooth and efficient service, the food is fresh and well presented. The uni sushi is stunning, as well as the other izakaya dishes such as grilled ox tongue and sashimi salad. A very nice, casual, friendly and cosy dining experience. A very nice choice for fans of great food.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This place is fantastic. Basically, not that expensive but food quality is not less than the over-priced "fancy" Japanese restaurants in Waikiki. I also like the Interior design and service. We ordered a bunch of dishes and we liked most of them. For dinner, they accept reservation from 5 to 7 p.m. So, make a reservation early or go and wait after 7 p.m.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is the gold standard for Japanese cuisine in the United States. Fresh food, amazing service, best sake selection I've seen outside of Japan.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hawaii
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111 reviews 111 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
“Ono kine Izakaya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Yeah I like Izakaya style Japanese food and this is top 2 or 3 in Honolulu. Did not want to write this because it is already hard to get a reservation and the locals like to have a place they can go that has amazing atmosphere and is not filled with Japanese tourists or people who read things like Trip Advisor reviews and then I will not be able to go there without reservation. The food is great.. atmosphere is created by indirect lighting through bamboo creating an elegant zen space. Service is bilingual, the shabushabu is clean and no MSG in the broth, I love ordering a bunch of stuff Izakaya style, the beer is cold. The communal table is beautiful and this a great space mama-san has created... a favorite of local celebrities and tourists in the know.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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107 reviews 107 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Incredible Fish Plus Izakaya food..Imanas Tei is a WINNER”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Always great quality fish and great service and the izakaya food is excellent too....You can't go wrong with an evening here...many great tables good for a quiet, romantic date..

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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