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“Excellent Food and exceptional service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Side Street Inn

Side Street Inn
1225 Hopaka St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814 (Ala Moana - Kakaako)
(808) 591-0253
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Ranked #64 of 1,816 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Hawaiian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Ala Moana - Kakaako
Austin, Texas
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and exceptional service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

The food was amazing! The portions were very generous and extremely reasonably priced. We had 5 people and ordered 4 dishes and ended up taking a lot of it home with us. Our waitress was so nice she was quick with the drink refills which was so important since we were dying of thirst. She was also very kind and wrote down other recommendations for us to check out while we were staying on the island. We all had a fantastic time and everyone enjoyed everything, even our picky eater!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“food, food, and more food...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

if your are a group, the food is served family style, they bring out big portions, and you pass the plate around... the ribs were delicious, everything was delicious....good time, good food...good service....

Visited June 2014
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Bellingham, Washington
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335 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 316 helpful votes
“Hate to tell anyone how good this is...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Because then it might be even harder to get in! It's a local haunt not meant for tourists, and I'm the tourist who wants to keep it that way. Never mind that I found out about it from Anthony Bourdain.

Outstanding food you might describe as gourmet Hawaiian comfort food. Large servings are meant to be shared family style, in particular the sides like salads and fried rice. (And, oh my god, the fried rice!) Platings are not unsophisticated, they're just bounteous--as I said, family style. Each of the sides will feed four to six. Everything is seasoned and cooked to perfection--I've eaten here several times and never had anything that wasn't expertly prepared and totally delicious.

The restaurant itself is unpretentiously modest but comfortable--it's not about fancy, it's a restaurant for people who love to eat. There's a full bar and a good selection of fine beer and even finer wine. And the prices are quite reasonable, especially for Honolulu.

Just remember, you didn't hear about it from me. :)

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Orlando, Florida
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13 reviews
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“Not much to look at from the outside, but....”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

My son's boss recommended that we eat at this place while we were on vacation in Hawaii, but when we saw it, my first thought was, "How much does you boss like you?" My description of the exterior was "seedy", my son's description was "sketchy". The interior didn't look much better, but when the food came, all appearances were forgotten and we were only thinking of the delicious meal! Our server was very friendly and she cautioned us about ordering too much because the generous portions are served family style. We took a lot of leftovers home and the bill for 4 adults was $55.50. It was one of the memorable stops of our Oahu vacation.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Highly recommend it if you are on vacation and looking a place to eat outside of the Waikiki area, to get there take the # 2 eastbound on Kuhio Ave (about 10 minutes), ask the bus operator to let you know when to get off, you will see a Prudential Insurance Building across the street from the bus stop, the restaurant is located inside the main entrance, many excellent choices on the menu and each selection is enormous and enough for 3 to 4 people depending on how hungry you are, the local favorites are the pork chops and fried rice selections, super fast service and a very friendly staff, beside being a sport bar lounge atmosphere there is also a family style dining area, the entire staff went out of their way to ensure that families will have a very enjoyable and positive dining experience, reservation is a must for dining after 5 PM, you will see many tables with reservations upon entering the restaurant, this is one favorite restaurant for the locals, I will defintely return here on my next visit to Honolulu

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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