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“Fantastic food!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of 12th Avenue Grill

12th Avenue Grill
1120 12th Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816
808-732-9469
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Ranked #29 of 1,923 Restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Harding Ave
Transit: Bus stops are on Kokohead ave just before the Waialae Ave intersection for #1 Kahala Mall-Kalihi transit center, #1L Hawaii Kai-Aala Park with limited stops, #3 Salt Lake #14 St Louis Hts/Maunalani Hts.
Philadelphia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Fantastic food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Felt like I was back in an east coast restaurant instead of in HI. Food was great and the waitstaff is very attentive and helpful. Locals seem to love it and it's a great little neighborhood find. Prices were great! Would have gone back again but they seemed to be well booked up. Go there if you can!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Des Moines, Iowa
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“An absolute treat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

Wow. We were absolutely blown away by the service, food, and atmosphere of this hidden gem in the heart of downtown. It doesn't look like much outside, but step in and...it is clean, airy, and bright in the right places. The staff members know everything there is to know about the menu choices, and are glad to give you more information about them. You MUST make a reservation, or else get in line outside the door before it opens in the evening and hope for a bar seat. There are only 14 tables and 10 spots at the bar. But it is so very, very worth it. Take time to enjoy the dessert of the evening, especially. When we were there it was freshly made cheesecake with local poha berries in a light honey sauce. It was THE best cheesecake either of us had ever tasted.

  • Visited June 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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Kentfield, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Possibly One of My Favorite Restaraunts Anywhere! (and I'm from San Francisco)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

I'd characterize the food as hearty, and very ample portions.
The art and decor was really lovely.
The staff was helpful with respect to their recommendations, and they have that nice "aloha" thing goin' on.
There was just so much attention to detail and their efforts to provide an all-around fabulous experience.
I wish there were a 12th Avenue Grill in San Fran!!!

  • Visited July 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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New York, New York
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49 reviews 49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
“Very Popular Neighborhood Joint”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2013

This somewhat surprising neighborhood hotspot is tucked amid nail salons, bodywork studios, and an array of other local businesses in a nondescript building that belies the culinary soul within. Locally sourced ingredients are used in interesting combinations, though there is also a hearty straightforwardness to the food here that is consistent with the informal decor and friendly service. Try the pork chop and beef tenderloin, both perfectly cooked. There is also a good international selection of wines at various price points.

Visited July 2013
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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23 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Within the top 10, if not top 5 restaurants on Oahu right now.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013

I had been wanting to experience the farm to table fare at 12th Avenue Grill for a long time until I finally got to dive into their deep menu and wine list last week.

Reservations are needed as 12th Avenue Grill is ground zero for an area containing restaurants that are steadily increasing in popularity. This area is known to locals as Kaimuki.

Our waitress was Jen, a local girl, who provides top-notch service combined with a stellar personality.

My meal began with Maui Venison Terrine, a delicious Pinot Noir, followed by a perfectly grilled ribeye, and a delicious bread pudding to finish off the meal.

I left the restaurant full and very happy.

Check out their website and menu and I'm sure you'll find something that will catch your eye.

  • 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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