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“Hoping for Better”

Tanaka of Tokyo East
Ranked #143 of 2,524 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Reviewed May 1, 2012

Hostes a bit clueless about if the restaurant offered take-out or not, she called the manager who immediately helped me place an order. We ordered the sirloin and lobster, it was cooked very nicely but for a mean that cost in excess of $90 it was a bit skimpy on quantily -- the salad literally consisted of 4 slices of lettuce and that was it. Not sure if we would return after our take-out experience.

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2  Thank DominicParamore
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Tanaka_of_Tokyo, President at Tanaka of Tokyo East, responded to this reviewResponded May 4, 2012

Dear Mr. Paramore,

We hope that you will "dine in" with us in the future as "take out" really eliminates the fun factor of communal dining, being served hot food from the teppan-yaki grill by a fun chef, and makes it impossible for us to wow you with our service. Take out is extremely rare & difficult for us and is only done with a manager's approval. As of today, we have decided to eliminate take out entirely at all of our restaurants for the sake of our reputation. Also, we located your check and it included two Steak and Lobster dinners at 37.50 each, 2 fried rice at 3.75 each and a large bottle of beer at 7.50 for a total of 90.00. Please let us know if you were mistakenly overcharged.

Sincerely Yours,

Chester E. Kaneshiro
President
Tanaka of Tokyo Restaurants Ltd.

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Reviewed April 28, 2012

A friend and I took our daughters to Tanaka's in the Ala Moana Center. The inside is very clean, the service was perfect as was the fod.

Thank MollyMcMillen
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Reviewed April 6, 2012

Top rated Japanese restaurant in Honolulu? Please. Sat at a table with some visiting Japanese, told them about the "Honolulu" magazine rating, and they thought I was kidding. Marginally better than a Benihana. The "cooks" need more training in cooking, though their Japanese was at least passable. Overpriced. Only good if you've never been to a Benihana. Won't go again. Thanks, "Honolulu" magazine.

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3  Thank KonaMark
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Reviewed February 16, 2012

Good food and good value prepared and served with you. For $30 a person, the meal include miso soup, house salad, grilled shrimp appetizer, very good scallops, bean sprouts and pickled veggies. My wife had shrimp so we shared our main dishes. A friend lamented over his nice rib-eye staek that was cut into cube for eating (a terrible thing to do to a nice rib-eye) but the taste was great. Bonus - the Japanese couple seated beside us showed us some origami.

Thank David B
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Reviewed January 11, 2012

The food is great and the show they put on for you at your grill is funny. You can pick a la carte of a "special" roughly around $45.

Thank CheshireCat1471
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