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“Good Japanese food for a resonable price.”

Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant - South King Street
Ranked #467 of 2,494 Restaurants in Honolulu
Price range: US$12 - US$30
Cuisines: Japanese
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Punahou & McCully
Description: Authentic & Contemporary Japanese Cuisine in a Family Friendly Atmosphere. Established in 2001 and voted Hawaii's Best Japanese Restaurant year after year by the readers of the Honolulu Star Bulletin, Honolulu Advertiser and Honolulu Magazine. Gyotaku is truly one of the most popular places where 'locals' dine. Sushi, Tenpura, Seafood, Steak, Noodles, Salads, Beer, Wine & Sake 3 Locations: Pearl City, King St, Niu Valley Closed on Thanksgiving Day
Reviewed 8 January 2014

We like the vast combinations of the food. There is something for everyone. They recently updated their menu and now have more to choose from. I like their salads selections better than before- which most Japanese restaurants seem to neglect - even their regular "comes with salad" is better than most places because of the nice mix of different vegetables (most Japanese restaurants seem to think that tiny portions of salted vegetables alone is sufficient). I like their senior menu available for my parents and the early bird specials which have a nice assortment of everything for a reasonable price. I like to be able to get two kinds of sushi and some tempura and a nice salad and the miso soup for @ $10. Which makes it one of the best deals in town for a nice sit down meal. We like it so much that we request gift cards from our relatives for this place. We think that it is better than most plate lunch places for value and taste - and it is not a starchy and greasy menu like most of them. Lots of local think the same thing and the lines for seating can get long on days like Father's day and all holidays. Which is why it is better to go on non holiday days and go when they first open for the day for lunch or an early dinner for better service and parking. The parking at most of their multiple restaurants is usually too limited and the tables crowded together- try for the booths and try to make reservations. Parking at their Aiea/Pearl city location is bad underneath the building and it has a steep slanted ramps that can scrap the bottom of the car if your car is full of people entering or leaving while getting over the hump from street level. The parking lot under the building was made for compact cars and there are too many concrete pillars and little space for turnings into the parking stalls- too many times we have had to let someone out to help guide the midsize car into spaces between large SUV's. There is upper level parking but even that is full in the first 30 minutes it is open. Lots of times we do a drop off and have just parked across the street and one person gets the car. That is a problem with most of their restaurants - that and the long waits to get seated if you did not make reservations and the tight seating at the King street restaurant (Aiea/Pearl city has mostly booths).

Thank Laura T
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Reviewed 27 October 2013

Good restaurant for Japanese food. We had tempura which was excellent. My husband said the kamemeshi was o.k. but he's used to eating in Tokyo for business purposes. I also went there for lunch and had a wonderful green tea shave ice with green tea ice cream. Heartily recommend it for those who like green tea shave ice!

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Thank RoxiePotomac
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Always a great place to eat, service is fast, food is good and usually you can find parking. The big menu is sometimes too big and makes it hard to choose what to eat.

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Reviewed 5 September 2013

Gyotaku puts an expanded spin on traditional Japanese food. You can get traditional dishes there but they offer a very large menu with light, nuanced tastes that our extended family enjoyed a lot. Very popular with locals the wait was over 30 minutes for dinner. IT was a pleasant wait and well worth it.

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Thank Derrick H
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Reviewed 3 September 2013

Pleasant Japanese ramen dining experience, located at lower level of Ala Moana Shopping Center, Ala Moana Blvd. side of Center.

Good variety of ramen. Pleasant interior. Efficient service.

Nice place to drop in on for casual, quick meals. Even when crowded, Gyotaku is an ideal place to rest during a shopping stint at this center.

Thank Dalailumma
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