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Ethel's Grill

Japanese, Asian, Pacific Rim
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232 Kalihi St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96819-3956
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:30 am - 2:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

In a industrial area away from the tourist area, you will find a wonderful home style Japanese restaurant. Reccomended by our friends from Honolulu, this is a cash only joint with a great menu. The vegetable saimin is great along with the chicken. In fact, we shared most of the dishes. The portions are generous but if you are really... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

Ethel's is famous in Japan and we decided to find out what the hype was all about. Upon parking I could not believe we were in the right place. It does not really look like much and the neighborhood is not really appealing. We were instructed to sign in by a grumpy employee or family member. So we waited a... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2016

I have been eating here over 20 years now and the food is always at its best.The tataki, breakfast special, taco rice, and bitter melon pork just a few of my favorites. You can find me here at least 2 times a week its that good! The prices are unreal and and I am happy they don't make it over... More 

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New York
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

I had a fish special, my husband chicken. As everywhere in Oahu everything was super fresh, especially the fish. Totally off the beaten track and you may have to sit outside for a few minutes to get a table - but absolutely worth it. The real deal

Thank eatsunlaugh
Pearl City, Hawaii
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The menu is simple local fusion food. Chef Bobby is very creative and has specials regularly. Minaka the manager says I have only five favorites but I surprise her sometimes. We love Ethel's and have been eat there every week for about 15 years. We see a lot of top Chefs and celebrities dining there, something must be right. Please... More 

Thank earniet
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151 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Our first trip to Ethel's made us believers. Having lived in Japan we appreciated the authentic tastes and presentation of food. We can see why people line up to eat here. Easy to find right off Nimitz. Don't be put off by the area. It is worth the trip for sure.

Thank Cheryl B
Tampa, Florida
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114 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

A local took me. Not sure I would have tried it without a recommendation. In an industrial area, only seats about 35 people at most. Old diner style tables. Cinderblock walls. Paper napkins. It is all about the food - presentation, quality, quantity, variety, and price. Pound for pound one of the best restaurants I have ever dined at. Wonderful.... More 

Thank Harveyjag
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Pig's feet soup, mochiko chicken, deep fried turkey tails, salmon with macnut watercress pesto, what more can you want? This place has about 10 or 12 seats and people wait in line to get in. You sit with strangers and make friends with Ethel.

Thank papaalhawaii
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322 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 174 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Ethel's Grill won the 2014 and 2015 Honolulu Magazine award for best Hole in the Wall restaurant... Located out in an industrial district next to a place that had rebar on sale.... When we first drove by we thought OMG!!!!! What are getting into? On the menu at Ethel's Grill? Fried turkey tails, ox tail soup, opah belly, pigs feet... More 

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Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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152 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This local Japanese restaurant has been serving good food for decades to the working class people in this industrial neighborhood. I remember when all the people eating here were the blue collar workers from the area, but I guess since the Internet and word of mouth, I see all kinds of people in here now so it gets super busy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $7
Japanese, Asian, Pacific Rim
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 232 Kalihi St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96819-3956
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: 808-847-6467

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