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“Fabulous fresh food, outstanding service”

Japengo Steak and Seafood
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Ranked #214 of 2,350 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Contemporary, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Families with children, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Cross street: Uluniu
Description: Located just steps from Waikiki Beach, Japengo Steak and Seafood delivers quality rib eye, porterhouse and grass-fed beef along with fresh island seafood in a contemporary setting with plush seating and a knowledgeable staff. If you have a hearty appetite, Japengo Steak and Seafood delivers a local culinary experience filled with flavor.
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Fabulous fresh food, outstanding service”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

Our last night in Waikiki so decided to go to Japengo. It was packed but we could sit at the bar. Fabulous service, chatted with the sushi chef, very interesting to watch and learnt a lot.
Really delicious food, whole scallops, whole fresh fish ...tasty and beautifully cooked.
Loved it ...a great night, was rather expensive but a real treat.

  • Visited July 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Love the sushi!!!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

The sushi chefs are not your typical quiet grouchy sushi chefs. These guys are cool, funny and very friendly. The sushi here is one of the best in the island. Sit at the bar and you will get better service.

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Sydney, Australia
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“Japengo no-no!”
Reviewed July 22, 2013

We don't often complain about food or dining but for this one we just had to share. We eat a lot of food all over the world and we were Expecting a delicate & sophisticated flavour from the signage on building & culinary promises in marketing. Shame, shame, shame. I've never been somewhere with that pricetag where every dish was poor and one $45 dish in-edible, rank, tasted like it had been cooked in a microwave, soggy, soaked in weird sauces, not weird in a good way . Even my soda was flat & warm....? Everything was so bad it was almost like a comic. Shame as it looked promising. Waiter was a good guy, unfortunately the food was unforgivable. Feel stung. If you are going to charge people $150 for dinner for 2 people don't make it Outback Steakhouse meets china town in a horror movie. ;)

  • Visited July 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We were recommended this restaurant by our hotel staff who had not been but had heard positive reviews. The restaurant is in a lovely location and looked really promising however our experience left a lot to be desired. The menu is very expensive and my friend was brought the wrong dish despite naming her choice several times and pointing to it on the menu. The server was generally fairly inattentive. For the prices we paid, we expected the food to be delicious and while it was fine it was nothing special. The ambiance left a little to be desired with a small child playing music on a phone and not being asked to turn it off. There are many other restaurants which would be better value.

  • Visited July 2013
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Vancouver, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“More sizzle than”
Reviewed July 11, 2013

While Japengo is a welcome addition and the sushi is excellent when you venture off the dishes get overrun with sauces and spices.

King Crab dish was recommended and one of my favorites however this offering was the lesser quality crab legs completely drowned out with sauce. Hard to taste the crab meat. Would have been really upset if they had used Alaskan Red Crab legs !

But sushi is as good as it gets in a large hotel

Visited July 2013
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