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Duc's Bistro

#195 of 1,793 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Downtown Honolulu
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1188 Maunakea St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-5134
+1 808-531-6325
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Melbourne, Australia
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240 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and i ate here last week while we were holidaying in Hawaii. It was recommended by a member at our hotel. Located in Chinatown it is about a $15 cab fee from Waikiki shopping precinct. It is a family run business we found out and the owner is Mr Duc, who tells us he has had the restaurant... More 

Thank Globalcrtique
Denver, Colorado
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

Great little spot in Chinatown with amazing food and parking across the street. The escargot - delicious, same with the foie gras. The special was a papaya salad which was one of the best I've had, perfect with the ginger martini! Great place for a nice dinner or to hang out at the bar with friends.

1 Thank WP_skiwi
Honolulu, Hawaii
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80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

We have not been there for a while but took out of town friends recently. The restaurant is small, tables not close together, service was prompt and the Vietnamese inspired food excellent. We shared some appetizers, eggplant, spring rolls and crab cakes, all excellent. Main courses which we also shared were lemongrass chicken, breast of duck, New Zealand lamb chops... More 

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Watsonville, California
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306 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2016

Odd location but totally worth cab ride.2nd trip here and food is simply amazing! There are many dishes to choose from & served family style- to share. Owner & son are main people in front & guide you through menu choices. Wife in kitchen. These dishes are a unique blend of fine dining with freshest ingredients. Lamb & fish dishes... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2016

I travel to Honolulu several times a year and Duc's bistro is the only restaurant I insist on going to every time I return. It is always a wonderful experience, the food is routinely excellent and the hospitality of the host family is great. The ambience is also worth noting; very quiet with the tables spaced very generously for conversation--often... More 

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San Francisco, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 1, 2016

Had a great dinner here during our visit to Honolulu. The food is fantastic and the ambience is very nice with large black and white photos of Vietnamese scenes on the walls. Good value for the quality of the food and upscale dining environment.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2016

What a fantastic meal. Duc's has been using seasonal and local ingredients for 25 years. The food was awesome. The meals are easily adaptable to anyone's food issues- which is my problem. Vegan, gluten free, etc you will have many choices. The green papaya salad was amazing as were the shrimp. The bar is gorgeous and made from native Hawaiian... More 

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santa fe, new mexico
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2016

Fabulous restaurant that would fit in anywhere in the world, Duc's was a joy. We started with MaiTais. If we had nothing else, I would be writing the same review. So perfect, gingery, smooth. Four of us ordered different main courses and each one was yummy. Desert was no less wonderful, service was warm and friendly. I'd go back in... More 

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Pattaya, Thailand
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

I have been visiting Duc's Bistro many year's ago when I read about his Steak Tartare. Along with his excellent Shrimp dinner and a variety of French/Vietnamese inspired dishes, make it a truly excellent culinary experience.

1 Thank Stew-san
Atlanta, Georgia
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56 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2016

This is also a must go to restaurant in Chinatown. Owned by husband and wife the food is spectacular mix of French and Vietnamese. Let the owner chose your dinner and you will not be disappointed. Everything is good here,,,,everything!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Asian, French, Vietnamese
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1188 Maunakea St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-5134
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Downtown Honolulu
  • Neighborhood: Downtown Honolulu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-531-6325

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?