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“Still a winner, but with new, slick vibe replaces coziness” 4 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 #60 of 1,789 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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.
Honolulu, Hawaii
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76 reviews 76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Still a winner, but with new, slick vibe replaces coziness”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The old 12th Avenue Grill wasn't on 12th Avenue. We loved the intimacy, the openness, and feeling like we had discovered a hidden treasure. Yes, we knew it could get crowded, and the waits, even with a reservation, could be a bit long. The new location is much larger and gives the restaurant an honest name -- it's on 12th now. The food was still yummy, and the service just fine. The intimacy is gone, but there's a good selection of by-the-glass wines, and we were able to get a table without having a reservation or a wait. I had a really good burger with brie and a roasted peach, and my dining companion enjoyed his all-time favorite: the pork chop.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Ambiance service and good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Great intimate dinner setting. Good food with local ingredients. Service was great, very attentive even when they were really busy.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Honolulu
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Didn't enjoy...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

...eating here. I'm. Sure others did, though, as the restaurant was packed. I personally felt as if was neither upscale nor local dining. Too much noise. Lots of drinking.

Visited February 2014
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Waikoloa, Hawaii
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34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Farm to Table Excellence!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

During a recent trip to Oahu, some clients took me to dinner at the 12th Avenue Grill. Everything was exceptional! They employ a farm to table concept- using fresh, local Hawaii ingredients to create fanciful dishes like their Local Vanilla & Orange Braised Beef Cheeks. Our table started by sharing mac & cheese and their Big Island red beet gnocchi. The gnocchi was so flavorful and rich- savory with a hint of sweetness from the lovely balsamic reduction. For entrees, we all decided to try something from their list of nightly specials- smoked paprika monchong (fish), beef brisket. I couldn't resist the tacos de lengua- coriander dusted Maui beef tongue tacos. They were dressed with Ka'u orange marinated cabbage and pico de gallo made from Hau'ula tomatoes. The beef was so tender that it just melted in your mouth. Muy delicioso! Unlike similar establishments, their portions were very generous. And although we were stuffed, we couldn't resist ordering a couple of desserts to share- the fruit crisp (huge & heaping) and their mochi (sweet rice cake). They had to roll me out of there, but it was well worth it!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Excellent meal from start to finish”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

We finally had our first visit to 12th Avenue Grill for dinner with friends. Enjoyed a wonderful red beet gnocchi and the flat iron steak, perfectly cooked, with scalloped potatoes and a raw brussel sprout salad...and for dessert, mango and rhubarb crisp with vanilla gelato. Heaven! What took us so long to get here.

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