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“Excellent food !”

Tanaka of Tokyo Central
Ranked #78 of 2,339 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Asian
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent food !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 9, 2013

The food is great. The chef was funny and nice and it was not that expensive. Cheaper than Outback. You have to make a reservation because it is a busy place.

Visited April 2013
Thank Stephane B
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Food excellent, service poor.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

Food was excellent. Service was poor.....we rang at 6pm for a reservation and were told the earliest we could dine was 8.30pm. We arrived at 8.30pm to be told there was no reservation! We were asked to wait for 30 minutes which turned into 60 minutes!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank Tania R
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Tanaka_of_Tokyo, General Manager at Tanaka of Tokyo Central, responded to this review, April 4, 2013
Dear Ms. Tania R,

I am writing to you on behalf of the management and staff to convey our deepest apologies for losing track of your reservation on Sunday, March 31. We are solely responsible for the mistake and please accept our further apologies for the delay and poor service. It really helps us when guests let us know about a problem. In your case your comment allowed us to review and pinpoint the exact reason for the problem and we reviewed the incident with our management and staff to prevent a recurrence in the future. Thank you for helping us re-evaluate our operations. Our company is a little bit better because you took the time to let us know.

We have added your name to our VIP list which will enable us to provide you with personalized attention and service and hope that we will have the opportunity to redeem ourselves in the near future. Again we would like to express our sincere apologies for all of the inconveniences we have caused and please do not hesitate to call me personally if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely yours,
Hiroshi Lamansky
Vice President & Corporate General Manager
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Camas, Washington
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service..a MUST visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2013

Our family of 5 ate here over the weekend and loved it!! Japanese Teppanyaki is our family's favorite dinners to have when we want to celebrate special occasions or if we want to treat ourselves..we stayed in Waikiki and decided to eat here for dinner..We had a 5pm reservation and was seated quickly, orders taken quickly with minimal wait. This place gets crowded fast so I would suggest the first seating or anything before 6pm, you'll be glad you did as it gets really hectic really fast!! Steak, lobster, shrimp and scallops were the best ever..cooked to perfection!! Our chef was really engaging and friendly as was our server/order taker..we have 3 children and the cooking kept them entertained and it's pretty kid friendly with all of the action of the cooking going on at all of the tables. It's not cheap..expect to pay more than your average dinner but it's well worth it in my opinion. Meals come with all of the fixings, from salad and soup to dessert. Loved it..and will surely return!! Can't wait in fact!

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank mommy808
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Vancouver, Canada
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Japanese Steakhouse done well. Fun, tasty, and friendly staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2013

Went this evening with my family. Everyone loved it. A little pricey at first glance, but when you consider all that you get, it is very reasonable. Seafood was very tender and delicious. Chef Quan was great! If you enjoy having your food cooked in front of you , while being entertained by the chef, then you will enjoy this place

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Thank BfromKtown
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51 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Amazing, amazing, amazing!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2013

My family and I have been to Tanaka's several times and we absolutely love it. I enjoy the teppanyaki style of eating and Tanaka's does not disappoint.

I highly recommend making reservations at any Tanaka's you go to as they are always busy.

The staff always greet you traditionally when you come in the door. They are always friendly and attentive.
When we went to this location it had just recently re-opened after the renovation. It looked very nice inside. However, a few things that were of note. There was a very strong suction created when the door to the restaurant was opened from the mall and it made it very hard to open the door as well. Also, the washrooms are not in the restaurant and you have to leave it and go into the mall to use the washroom.
We were seated with another family and the wait staff took our orders promptly.
Our chef came along shortly and was very good. He of course was fluent in English and Japanese and was very friendly and interactive with the group.
I ordered the Blackened Ahi for an appetizer and the Oodori for my drink. My main course was the Chicken Teriyaki dinner.
Another member of our group ordered the Calamari appetizer and the Steak dinner.
Everything we ordered was amazing. I can not express how delicious it all was. We all left so incredibly full afterwards and we didn't order dessert.
As good as the appetizers were they were not necessary as you get salad and miso etc with the dinner that you order.

We loved this location and Tanaka's in general. We can not wait until our next delicious meal here!

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Skatchie
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