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“Good Stuff!”
Review of Genius Lounge

Genius Lounge
Ranked #259 of 2,391 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Sushi, Japanese
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good Stuff!”
Reviewed 6 April 2014

Me and my wife were walking down the street looking for something not-so-mainstream for our first night in Waikiki, when we saw this place, above a clothing store with the same name. It wasn't on our Fodor's guide, but it looked good from the street. It's on the third floor, and it has two balconies, one facing the street and the other facing the back. We didn't have reservations, but were able to get the last table on the front-balcony @ around 8pm on a thursday night.

The waiter brought our $4 draft beer fairly quickly, and we ordered some pupus (tapas/ appetizers) with the same price. Good stuff. Everything. We had the Ahi Poke, the fried Chicken, the smoked salmon, the spicy sausages and a pizza. All, except the pizza, were $4.

We stayed there for around 2 hours, and had a great time. When we left, the front balcony was still full.

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank Guilherme A
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Any
English first
Vancouver, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Fun and great service.”
Reviewed 4 April 2014

We come to this restaurant lounge every time we visit Honolulu. The food is good and unique. Service staff and the local clientele is always friendly. Great $3.99 menu of food and drinks.

  • Visited March 2014
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New York, New York
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 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
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1 Thank ExpertTravelCritic
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 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
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Thank Gracie F
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UK
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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
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1 Thank Mugginsdogsbody
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