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“This Spot Translates Well” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin
Ranked #156 of 2,326 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Maui
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171 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
“This Spot Translates Well”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2013

Honolulu has many restaurants that at first glance might intimidate a mainland visitor. The menu items sound unfamiliar and even the name on the door doesn't compute. Set that aside for a moment and follow along. Tonkatsu is a Japanese style pork cutlet that's breaded and fried much like a schnitzel. They're usually served sliced with an accompanying sauce. Meanwhile Ginza is an upscale shopping district near Tokyo and Ginza Bairin is an old school tonkatsu house within that district. It's known for using only the best meat and serving a light, flavorful product. We found the Hawaiian version to be most welcoming and a great find in the urban maze of Waikiki.

KulaBob, Author
Hawaii Restaurant Guide Series

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“I love tonkatsu!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2013

This is by far the best I've ever had. Found this place on yelp and always wanted to go. One night I finally walked to the restaurant from my hotel. Yes, it is close to the hotels in Waikiki. The service, atmosphere, and menu was two thumbs up. I sat at the bar/counter since it was pretty crowded and it was only me. I ordered the calamari and the 4.2oz pork tenderloin katsu. Loved it!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Islanderboi
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Wildomar, California, United States
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Not an Asian food fan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

Tried this place which was right below our hotel. The owner said hello to us every time we walked by for the first 3 days and even explained the menu concept to us. I had heard good things about it but as I am not a big fan of Asian food I was reluctant. Oh well, what the heck. Very, very good! Breaded and deep fried pork cutlets or tenderloin done in various different ways, pleasantly surprised. Try it!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Casey M
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San Jose, CA
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51 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Great Katsu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2013

Great location next to Embassy Suites. Easier to take back to the room since the restaurant was so small. They are very proud of their premium ingredient Katsu - not exactly Hawaiian type of pork Katsu.

Visited December 2012
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Edmonton
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85 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Yummy good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 23, 2013

It was a very small and friendly restaurant, and the food was very good. I had the most tender tonkatsu sandwiched between egg plants, and my son had pork belly, both were just YUM YUM good. The servers were very courteous and showed us how to grind the seasame and mix the sauce.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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