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Waikiki’s Asian Restaurants

Waikiki’s Asian restaurants feature a variety of Japanese, Chinese, and Thai cuisines for a range of budgets and dining styles from casual to elegant. You’ll also find a nice selection of truly traditional dishes.

Japanese

No detail has been left unexplored at Nobu (2233 Helumoa Rd., 808/237-6999, 5:30pm-10pm Mon.-Thurs. and Sun., 5:30pm-10:30pm Fri.-Sat., $48), where the architecture and interior help create an intimate and elegant setting, and the innovative and award-winning “New Style” Japanese cuisine is unmatched. A sophisticated seafood-centric menu covers a range of hot and cold dishes, sushi and sashimi, complete dinners, and kushiyaki and tempura. Their happy hour (5pm-7pm Sun.-Thurs.) has drink and food specials that could suffice for a meal by themselves, though it’s only available in the bar and lounge area.

A piece of anago nigiri from Nobu sushi in Waikiki.
Anago (salt-water eel) nigiri at Nobu in Waikiki. Photo © takaokun, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

Serving contemporary, inventive sushi and Asian-influenced dishes, Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar (2552 Kalakaua Ave., 808/931-6286, 5:30pm-10pm Mon.-Thurs. and Sun., 5:30pm-1am Fri.-Sat., starting at $8) is one of the most popular sushi restaurants in Waikiki. With its handful of award-winning sushi creations, the à la carte menu is perfect for sampling the gamut. They have a popular early bird special 5:30pm-6pm Sunday and Monday with half-off most of the menu (people line up early at the door) and half-off drink specials 10pm-1am Friday and Saturday.

Odoriko (2400 Koa Ave., 808/923-7368, 6am-midnight daily, $4-50) serves up traditional Japanese cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as offering an assortment of fresh seafood and sushi—even live Maine lobster. If you’re not feeling like fish, they also have hot pot entrées like shabu-shabu or sukiyaki. Odoriko has private party and karaoke rooms for rent by the hour starting at $30.

A Japanese meal at Odoriko in Waikiki.
Traditional dishes can be found at Odoriko. Photo © David Recordon, licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-alike.

Tanaka of Tokyo (131 Kaiulani Ave., 808/922-4233, 5:30pm-11pm daily, $19-95) is a Japanese seafood and steak house teppanyaki restaurant where the food is prepared by master chefs on tabletop grills. It’s a fun and relaxed atmosphere with excellent food and service. The Shogun Special, with tenderloin, lobster tail, and sea scallops, is a house favorite. Find them on the third floor of King’s Village.

Doraku Sushi (2233 Kalakaua Ave., 808/922-3323, 11:30am-11pm Mon.-Thurs., 11:30am-2am Fri.-Sat., 11:30-midnight Sun., $4-44) features izakaya dining, where dishes are brought to the table throughout the meal to share. On the menu you’ll find hot and cold dishes as well as a beautiful assortment of specialty sushi rolls, sashimi, and soups and salads. A relaxing and enjoyable experience.

Chinese

For fine Chinese seafood dining check out Beijing Chinese Seafood Restaurant (2301 Kalakaua Ave., 808/971-8833, 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm daily, $35-92). Specializing in set dinner menus with a variety of delectable seafood creations paired with entrées including duck, chicken, and beef, this place won’t let you leave hungry. Their lunch menu features a range of steamed dumplings.

Thai

Keoni by Keo’s (2375 Kuhio Ave., 808/922-9888, 4pm-10:30pm daily, $11-18) features Thai and Western cuisine on the menu, and the owner sources many of his ingredients from his two North Shore farms.

Siam Square (408 Lewers, 808/923-5320, 11am-10:30pm daily, $10-15) is a great little Thai place located upstairs from the ABC Store on the corner—look for the small sign. It’s clean and comfortable with good food, as well.


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