We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Worst dining experience in all of Hawaii!!!”
Review of Genius Lounge

Genius Lounge
Ranked #275 of 2,357 Restaurants in Honolulu
Cuisines: Bar
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
New York, New York
Level Contributor
73 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Worst dining experience in all of Hawaii!!!”
Reviewed 27 March 2014

Upon hearing that this restaurant (if you want to call it that) offers everything on their menu for $3.99 during happy hour, my friends and I were curious to try it out.
Upon arriving the restaurant and climbing the stairs to the back of the building we had to practically ask a server to help us. We chose to eat outside. We ordered drinks and a variety of menu items: Pasta Sticks, Genius Poke, House Salad, Kimchee Fried Rice, Seafood Pasta and Grilled Short Ribs. The items started to slowly appear, first the tiny bite size salads, then the 3 tiny pieces of poke, then the pasta sticks (which appeared to be shavings of breadsticks) then the seafood pasta.. An Hour went by and no sign of Kimchee Fried Rice or Grilled Short Ribs. Asked the waiter over 3 times about the status of the meals, when i went inside to help myself to napkins as the waiter did not offer, i looked in the small kitchen and did not even see my items cooking. Fifteen minutes later the waiter came with a different dish to make up for the wait (nothing even close to what was ordered) said they were waiting for the wok to warm up to make the fried rice, an hour and a half really???? Finally the Grilled short Ribs full of fat and gristle showed up and were completely not edible... Fried Rice never arrived... to this day...
Will never return..

  • Visited February 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank ExpertTravelCritic
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

70 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    41
    22
    4
    1
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Any
English first
Los Angeles, California
Level Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“3.99 menu - what?!?!”
Reviewed 8 March 2014

RIGHT NOW they are having a celebration of sorts and have installed a 3.99 menu, I'm not sure for how long but you get these tapas style plates with truly quality food. The drinks could be stronger but c'mon..I paid 3.99. Besides, all your sweating from the humidity will destroy your tolerance. My sister lived on the island for a while and LOVED it here. I wish I could go back for another yuzu chicken.

Visited February 2014
Helpful?
Thank Gracie F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
UK
Level Contributor
67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“A welcome change.”
Reviewed 19 February 2014

Most drinks & all food (tapas style) $3.99 . Bar area , indoor & outside seating areas, friendly staff , plenty to choose from on the menu. The food was very tasty & there was a good chilled background vibe. Definitely worth at least one visit , if not more .

  • Visited February 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Mugginsdogsbody
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
St. John's, Canada
Level Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Awesome food”
Reviewed 5 February 2014

Food (mostly Japanese) is served in small portions ($3,99) and we use to spend 2-3 hrs sitting on the beautiful terrace trying different dishes. Food is served in nice porcelain plates, unlike in some other places. If you know how to enjoy the food, this is the place to go. If you just want to get stuffed, do not go to this place.

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
Thank 1skywalker
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
49 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice place with delicious japanese tapas”
Reviewed 4 February 2014

First night the service was outstanding, was not Friday. On friday the serbviose was dreadful. No tip given to waiter on Friday, he forgot several of our orders.
Careful about your cocktails , all are not at $3.95 price.

Visited January 2014
Helpful?
Thank TAB2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Genius Lounge also viewed

 

Been to Genius Lounge? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing