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“Sushi was well prepared and tasty... Love, love, loved the poke platter!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Banzai Sushi Bar

Banzai Sushi Bar
Ranked #13 of 88 Restaurants in Haleiwa
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$25 - US$60
Cuisines: Japanese, Seafood, Sushi, Asian
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Good for: Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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.
Zephyrhills
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Sushi was well prepared and tasty... Love, love, loved the poke platter!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

They sat five of us at a high bar table meant for three and the Service was slow. The food was served in stages as it was made, so everyone got their food independent of the other. Three of us were finished eating before the other two even got their order. Giving three stars as the food was good, but service and hostess need improving.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Fort Mohave, Arizona
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83 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Nice Variety of Sushi and Sashimi”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

Banzai has a nice variety of sushi, sashimi, and rolls. For Haleiwa, the prices were quite reasonable and the atmosphere is very pleasant. Service was good and the waitstaff are efficient but not overbearing. They even have a few different types of poke including ahi tuna and octopus. Definitely a place I would go to again.

  • Visited July 2014
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Kensington, Maryland
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129 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“Nicest waitress ever!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2014

This was nice — I got the Banzai nigiri sushi and mom got the salmon. The only downside was I don't like mayo in the crab in a California roll. Otherwise the sushi was fresh and tender. The miso soup was excellent, and they had a nice variety of desserts to choose from. I opted for the green tea ice cream.
The waitress was delightful, as were others who jumped in at other times. It's great that they are willing to cover for each other that way.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Aquazoo
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Poulsbo
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Slow service, but Delicious!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2014

Nice if you need to relax and take your time. They had fun floor seating, but it was a little less fun after sitting for so long waiting for our food (tempura and sushi rolls). We got the dessert with tempura banana and coconut milk ice cream. LOVED it!

Visited July 2014
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Thank J H
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Houston, Texas
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Sushi with a Hawaiian twist”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2014

Cons: didn't take reservations and was crowded! Pros: Courteous staff that was more than helpful in recommending food and drinks! We had 3 rolls, Hawaii roll ($14), Banzai roll ($11), and Gnarly Marley roll ($14). They were all fabulous and worth every penny! This place also had live music the night we were there, local duo and they were awesome! Great experience and a change from the resort we stayed on!

Visited July 2014
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