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“creative sushi to a perfect rice quality combination”
Review of Banzai Sushi Bar

Banzai Sushi Bar
Ranked #13 of 90 Restaurants in Haleiwa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$60
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese, Seafood
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Voted one of Oahu's best by Honolulu Star Advertiser four consecutive years, BANZAI Sushi Bar is truly one of Haleiwa's best kept secrets. Tucked away in a back corner of the North Shore Marketplace, casual fine dinning, outdoor covered seating with Japanese-style seating on Zabuton pillows or conventional tables, diners relax all while watching surf videos and enjoy live local musicians on the weekend. BANZAI uses local organic produce when ever possible and has their very own Hawaiian fish buyer who presents himself on a daily basis at the worlds largest Tuna fish auction here in Honolulu allowing them to serve the freshest fish almost immediately. With one of Hawaii's best Sake selections, any sushi lover and sake connoisseur will be in pure nirvana. Dont miss BANZAI Sushi Bar on your next visit to Oahu's North Shore in Historic Haleiwa Town.
Reviewed 10 May 2014

Since we had a small celebration (100 days of traveling) we decided to go to Banzai restaurant. We already had taken lunch to go but now we wanted to sit in.

The crew was very gentle and professional, the food we got was amazing in its originality and quality! The sushi you get here is not the plain fresh fish and rice but the chefs added loads of creativity to is. For example the try the Volcano, simply delicious! We were advised to take a very smooth Sake in order to perfection the meal. All together it made it to be a very special occasion for us, absolutely fitting our small celebration.

We would definitely go back and advise it to fellow travelers to go there as well

Note: you can't compare Banzai to the Original Japanese qweay of presenting sushi, however in price, quallity and originality is was worth the 5 star rating.

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Thank Esther1606
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Reviewed 27 April 2014

Atmosphere of this place is awesome tables on the covered deck, or more Japanese style cushions on the floor. Old surf movie playing on the screen in the background, super friendly and efficient staff. Rolls were innovative, flavourful and fresh. Loved the raspberry saketini and there cold sake selection.

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Thank erinarmstrong
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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Coming from the west coast of BC I'm pretty picky about my sushi. This place nails it! Some of the most fresh and tasty sashmi I have ever had. The Hawaiian stripped Marlin was our fav!
We shared a Hawaii roll, Red Dragon Roll and a Volcano roll. All were incredibly tasty. We couldn't decide between the Hawaii roll and the Red Dragon Roll for which our favorite was! Such god, fresh, sushi! The atmosphere was great, a nice trade wind was blowing and I'm not sure but eating outside makes everything all that much better. The chairs are somewhat uncomfortable but they do have an option to sit on floor pads at short little tables. This is the only shushi place on the entire north shore and it's not to be missed!!

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Thank Jennsar2014
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Reviewed 25 April 2014

We ate here on a Thursday night, no reservation. Our caveat is that we are from SF, so used to really high qulity sushi.

The fish selection was limited, but the quality was good. The Ciraschi (?sp) sashimi was a good selection and tasty. Would order again. The Gnarly Marly (Marlin) roll (a house favorite) was bland for us. Nice fish, but nothing special. We will go back and try other things.

Festive atmosphere. The bar seats at low for eating at the sushi bar, otherwise comfortable. The service was good - not great, we were left alone sometimes but the wait staff super nice, friendly. Great sake selection from the bar. We thought the prices were in-line with usual sushi prices.

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Thank CJM123
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Reviewed 14 April 2014

We went there for lunch. It wasn't too busy the day we were there. We ordered maybe 3 rolls, an order of veggie tempura and a bowl of miso soup. The rolls were good, the fish was fresh. The tempura was OK(heavy batter) We drank water with our lunch. (no drinks) Our bill was over $70.
The service was ok.

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