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“Good Family Style Food” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Side Street Inn

Side Street Inn
Ranked #21 of 2,326 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Asian, Hawaiian, Bar
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Ala Moana - Kakaako
Victoria, Canada
Level Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good Family Style Food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

Awesome Family style..
BUT WOW a lot of food! Not very much parking but good to go to after a round of golf! The mushroom platter was so yummy and full of roasted garlic!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank KimberleyDawn
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  • English first
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English first
Fairfield, Maine
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58 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“How could a pork chop be this good?”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2013

There are two Side Street Inn locations in Honolulu Hawaii and for our dinner we choose the locals favorite on Hopaka Ava. The area is a bit on the scary side and is down a rather desolate road away from the main drag. Parking on the narrow street is a nightmare, so we opted for the parking garage across the road from the restaurant. The restaurant also looks like it has seen better days, but the food more then makes up for the lack of ambiance. The food is excellent tasting and is served family style in huge portions. We saw many party's of eight or more and it appeared that the locals loved to gather the family together and make a night of it. Thankfully we had made reservations. I wouldn't dare try to eat there without one as you probably would be waiting most of the night. The menu is pretty big and is filled with comfort food favorites that are simply prepared but unbelievably good. Simone and I started with Mushrooms sauteed with wine, garlic and Parmesan. If you love garlic then you will love these as it dominated the dish ( and also dominated my breath for the next day and a half). I ordered a plate of Kim Chee for myself and it was well cooked, tender and had a little spicy kick. For her entree Simone choose the Misoyaki Chicken Thighs. They were sweet and juicy and were marinated in Miso and Soy then seared on a smokey grill and served beside white sticky rice topped with Norri. I choose the Pan Fried Pork Chops and they were outstanding. The perfect comfort food that reminded me of my childhood. And the portion was huge. Two larger then life bone in pork chops were lightly floured and seasoned then fried to the perfect crunchiness and served with the bones and all. I loved that they actually served the pork cut for you and also give you the bones to gnaw on. I felt like a kid again. And to top it off, there was ketchup for dipping. I actually had the leftovers the next morning and it was just as crispy and good cold. For dessert the Peanut Butter crisp brownie was possibly the best dessert of our vacation. A Chocolate Peanut Butter marbled gooey rich brownie was topped with crunchy waffle cone bits, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream with chocolate syrup. A decadent way to end an amazing meal. The meal was easily 5 stars.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank FishFreeReview
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Seattle
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfect spot for a large group...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2013

But I don't want to discourage you from going if you're dining alone; just grab a seat at the bar!
This place came highly recommended by a NYC-based food writer friend. She told me Side Street Inn was a must-do for dinner, and recommended the Fried Pork Chops.
We had the pork chops, plus boneless Kalbi ribs, some type of fried chicken and the biggest plate of (KimChi) Fried Rice I've ever seen. 4 dishes were plenty for 3. In fact, it could have fed 6 or 7.
Great friendly service, fun lively atmosphere, delicious food, and not expensive. The perfect find for soul-satisfying comfort food. We were on a family vacation, and Side Street Inn was just what we needed!

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank BHS24
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Traverse City, Michigan
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479 reviews
369 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
“Good taste, very pricy”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 22, 2013

A hard to find place down a side street (alley?) just west of Ala Moana shopping center. Quite busy with a sports bar atmosphere. Ordered the ribs. Ala carte portion was smallfor $18 but tasty. Side dishes were at least $4 each. Good service but a noisy restaurant. If it hadn't been so difficult to get to (bus and walking) we would have passed after seeing the prices. The place is a big hole-in-the-wall with cloth napkin pricing. Would not recommend.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Bill H
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Michigan
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great food, family style”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

We were visiting family in Honolulu and wanted to take them out to dinner. This place turned out to be the perfect spot! Their dishes are "family style," so you order several entrees and everyone shares. The portions are huge and the food is good - I especially liked the basil-pesto ahi, so yummy! While they have an assortment of entrees for people who want an upscale dish, they also have stuff kids love - like popcorn chicken. We had a party of four adults and three kids, and everyone left happy - especially when the bill was under $75 for all of us.

One tip - parking is limited in this area. The restaurant has $5 valet parking - take it! You can park in the garage across the street, but it's more expensive to park yourself than to have the valet do it.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank c_juleski
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