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Sushi Izakaya Gaku

#182 of 1,783 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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1329 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2341
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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54 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I made reservations a month in advance to make sure we could get in to celebrate my son's birthday. Everything was so fresh and delicious. We ordered the large sashimi platter, which had a variety of 9 seafood specialities like ama-ebi (sweet shrimp), moi, maguro. Sushi platter A (which had a fabulous ikura nigiri flavored with dashi, delicious), a few... More 

Thank awalua
Dublin, Ohio, United States
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190 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

One of the chefs used to work in Ohio and I had to go there when I went to Honolulu since his restaurant was the best in town. The foods exceeded my expectations and we really enjoyed the foods and hospitality. Even we had to use taxi from Waikiki beach, it was worth the drive. It is a kind of... More 

Thank DublinKG
Honolulu, Hawaii
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2016

Never judge a book by it's cover! The outside doesn't look like much and 9 out of 10 people would simply just walk by. However this hidden gem has the best sushi you will ever taste.The staff is friendly and the meals are prepped in front of your eyes which gives you first glance at the craftsmenship that is put... More 

Thank Zee S
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262 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2016

This Izakaya has Happy Hour specials and a varied menu. Our favorites include the assortments of tofu-- . On this occasion, they were out. Instead we had the chicken and mushroom rice, cooked in a clay pot and mixed with a raw egg. Amaebi and ikura nigiri sushi, a large platter of sashimi, with four or five different kinds of... More 

Thank sharkisland
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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016

We saw the reviews and pictures from other Yelp users and had to give this place a try. I'm glad we did!!! The place seems "closed" when we arrived around 6:30pm, since there was no sound as we approached this place. Even up to the door entrance, no noise. But once you enter this place, you'll hear.......IRASSHAIMASE!!!!! And many customers... More 

Thank 339gregoryh
New York City, New York, USA
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323 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

This popular place has the convivial atmosphere of an Izakaya, where the regulars are drinking Sake and singing or enjoying music. Even the Tamago appeared to be stamped "Ongaku". There were several small plates "tapas" available. The Sushi was fresh as expected. Neither the small plates nor the Sushi were remarkable for such a highly rated place. I felt Sushi... More 

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Pearl City, Hawaii
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102 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016

This restaurant's overall quality is very consistent, which is rare in the food industry. I usually sit on the table or zashiki since we have 2 kids, but this time my husband and I were alone and sit at the counter. It's a very different experience which we got to talk to the Sushi chef and they recommended the Day's... More 

Thank LikoA
Oahu, Hawaii
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

I have dined at this Izakaya 4 times and it has never let me down. The food quality, taste and service is excellent. I know this is a Japanese restaurant but the Steak is excellent not to mention the broiled Moi which they always have. I recommend you go early before the crowd comes and do make a reservation.

1 Thank HowardL82
Boston, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

I am Japanese who has lived both in the States and Japan and have been to many sushi and izakaya places. Honestly I am puzzled that this restaurant is even highly reviewed. + Food - Sushi and nigiri - Seafood is fresh and good quality but each nigiri piece is very tiny. There are other sushi places that offer a... More 

Thank wanderlust-cosmo
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80 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2016

This is a small and very popular restaurant that ignites to life every time another customer walks in. The service is great, and the food experience is very special. I was fortunate to have gone with someone who new the place and the menu - that certainly helps with choosing the courses. The sushimi was incredible, with the Toro and... More 

1 Thank Ralphfjr

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1329 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2341
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: 808-589-1329

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