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“Absolutely wonderful sushi” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Imanas TEI Restaurant

Imanas TEI Restaurant
Ranked #277 of 2,215 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese, Sushi, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
PEI
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Absolutely wonderful sushi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

This was an absolutely amazing meal. Incredibly fresh fish, great presentation and friendly service. Some of the best sushi I have ever eaten. Would go again and again, if only I lived in Honolulu. You won't regret this.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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1 Thank ubergeek101
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Sydney, Australia
Level Contributor
44 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Incredible izakaya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

This restaurant is simply a must try for Japanese izakaya style cuisine. Great selection of sushi and sashimi. You must get a reservation in advance as this is a local favourite. Smooth and efficient service, the food is fresh and well presented. The uni sushi is stunning, as well as the other izakaya dishes such as grilled ox tongue and sashimi salad. A very nice, casual, friendly and cosy dining experience. A very nice choice for fans of great food.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 Thank Holy-ung
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New York City, New York
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

This place is fantastic. Basically, not that expensive but food quality is not less than the over-priced "fancy" Japanese restaurants in Waikiki. I also like the Interior design and service. We ordered a bunch of dishes and we liked most of them. For dinner, they accept reservation from 5 to 7 p.m. So, make a reservation early or go and wait after 7 p.m.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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2 Thank Travelcl0ud
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Honolulu
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Superb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

This is the gold standard for Japanese cuisine in the United States. Fresh food, amazing service, best sake selection I've seen outside of Japan.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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2 Thank PlanWellHappyTravels
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Hawaii
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116 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
“Ono kine Izakaya”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

Yeah I like Izakaya style Japanese food and this is top 2 or 3 in Honolulu. Did not want to write this because it is already hard to get a reservation and the locals like to have a place they can go that has amazing atmosphere and is not filled with Japanese tourists or people who read things like Trip Advisor reviews and then I will not be able to go there without reservation. The food is great.. atmosphere is created by indirect lighting through bamboo creating an elegant zen space. Service is bilingual, the shabushabu is clean and no MSG in the broth, I love ordering a bunch of stuff Izakaya style, the beer is cold. The communal table is beautiful and this a great space mama-san has created... a favorite of local celebrities and tourists in the know.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Value
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Service
    • 5 of 5 stars
      Food
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3 Thank Kamakanuiahailono
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