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Great find. Good variety of small plates...and they are small plates. But that’s ok because that allowed us to try a lot of different things. Only slight disappointment was the tuna sashimi special at$23. 4 pieces and not worth it. Small parking lot available right...next doorMore
Gaku is an intimate and authentic Japanese restaurant. Our party of five dined in high style sampling a significant portion of the menu. Everything was phenomenal except the ribeye.
Sushi- all of the sushi we tried was excellent. Particularly outstanding was the lightly seared halibut....Poke- great poke with quail egg.
Pickled veggies- so tasty
Steak- very dry and disappointing
Stingray- dried stingray was fantastic, like a fish jerky that was perfect with an Asahi
Egg appetizer- nicely prepared egg
Service: Good service
Overall cleanliness: above average
Bathroom cleanliness: average
Ambiance: quaint, boutique JapaneseMore
A Japanese Isakaya is like a trattoria in Italy. Isakaya Gaku is the best Japanese restaurant in Hawaii . . . everything is super fresh. Some fish is even imported directly from Japan. Sashimi such as needlefish, octopus, sea urchin, horse mackerel, and local ahi...or ono. My favorite dish is the tartare of yellowtail with a quail egg. The best seats are at the sushi bar. When visiting Oahu, this place is not to be missed (ne reservations after 7:00 pm)More
I’ve heard about this place for a while but could not get a reservation for whatever reason. Finally went and it did not disappoint. Great ambiance. The yellowtail tartare was delicious. All the sushi was delicious and fresh. The sushi rice was incredible and not...too much. The sushi chefs were friendly and animated. They also had great recommendations. Sit at the bar for sure if you like that sort of thing.More