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“Great Food, long wait”

Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant - South King Street
Ranked #500 of 2,405 Restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Punahou & McCully
Description: Authentic & Contemporary Japanese Cuisine in a Family Friendly Atmosphere. Established in 2001 and voted Hawaii's Best Japanese Restaurant year after year by the readers of the Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Magazine. Gyotaku is truly one of the most popular places where 'locals' dine. Sushi, Tenpura, Seafood, Steak, Noodles, Salads, Beer, Wine & Sake 3 Locations: Pearl City, King St, Niu Valley
Garden Grove, California
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great Food, long wait”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Gyotaku puts an expanded spin on traditional Japanese food. You can get traditional dishes there but they offer a very large menu with light, nuanced tastes that our extended family enjoyed a lot. Very popular with locals the wait was over 30 minutes for dinner. IT was a pleasant wait and well worth it.

  • Visited August 2013
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
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English first
San Francisco, California
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Clean, bright, satisfying dining”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Pleasant Japanese ramen dining experience, located at lower level of Ala Moana Shopping Center, Ala Moana Blvd. side of Center.

Good variety of ramen. Pleasant interior. Efficient service.

Nice place to drop in on for casual, quick meals. Even when crowded, Gyotaku is an ideal place to rest during a shopping stint at this center.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Dalailumma
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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Gyotaku Niu Valley Japanese Food Favorite Neighborhood Restaurant”
Reviewed August 19, 2013

Gyotaku Restaurant in Niu Valley is a Favorite Family Japanese Restaurant.
One of Three Gyotaku Restaurants on the Island. Delicious Food.
Quiet Spacious and the Restaurant is able to hold large parties.
Great for Families.
Go Early Fills up fast!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Sandy W
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Littleton, New Hampshire
Level 6 Contributor
344 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
“Excellent lunch place”
Reviewed July 24, 2013

Wow: If you don't think you like Japanese cuisine, try this place it will change your mind. Some friends invited us to join them for lunch at Gyotaku, the place was busy and it is easy to see why. They have a pretty extensive menu with lots of great dishes. I had the California delight which included miso soup, tempura and sushi; all of it fantastic. My wife had the Yakitori-Don and thoroughly enjoyed it as well. The service was good and the staff friendly. Highly recommend Gyotaku especially if your looking for something a little different and off the beaten path.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Life-travelers
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Ban Patong, Phuket, Thailand
Level 6 Contributor
258 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Going down in quality”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

My family and I had routinely eaten at this restaurant over the last 15 years. I no longer live in Hawaii, so when I visited, I took the family for dinner. The price has gone up almost double. The service was lacking. We apparently received each course as it was prepared instead of all together. So while some of us were finishing eating, other members were just beginning. However, the food quality is good. It is a shame that the prices have gone up and service has gone down.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank Tim K
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