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“Izakaya with Aloha” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Izakaya Nonbei

Izakaya Nonbei
Ranked #455 of 2,326 Restaurants in Honolulu
Cuisines: Sushi, Asian, Japanese
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighbourhood: Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
Hawaii
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113 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Izakaya with Aloha”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2012

Kapahulu on the east side of Waikiki has become a dining alternative with many small restaurants that give a much needed option to expensive Waikiki franchises. For many years this was a hidden treasure for Japanese tourists in the know.. and now has been discovered by local Japanese-Americans as well as those who want Izakaya style Japanese dining. The space is small and cozy and always full. You need a reservation because there is not a lot of turnover. There were families but this is really not a place for kids - if you have 3 kids and one in a stroller... go to Genki Sushi across the street that is cheap and the kids can be entertained by sushi on parade and you wont bother adults who don't want to listen to other peoples kids.

There is a small sushi bar, community table and a table in the corner on the floor. A TV with sports for the guys. The service is like at a family run restaurant in Japan and just fine for regulars who are the core customers. The toilet is clean. There is a good selection of sake and shochu, wine, Asahi draft all around $5. Yakitori, tofu, croquettes, sashimi, sushi, bowls of udon, entrees of fish and steak and no one rushing you out of your seat. The kind of place you dont really want to tell anyone about if you like your privacy, Izakaya style dining and drinks.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hands down the best Izakaya outside of Japan”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2012

This is by far my favorite restaurant in all of Honolulu! Go ahead and order too much food - it's all delicious!!! You won't let any of it go to waste.

Visited December 2011
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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85 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Yummy porridge!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2011

I never thought that porridge can be so tasty and after I tried the porridge from Izakaya, I am so addicted to porridge. The fried oysters were fresh, the maki was yummy as well.

Visited September 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great food hiding in residential Kapahulu--hidden gem!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2008

Great food hiding in residential Kapahulu--hidden gem!

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Hawaii
1 review
“Best Japanese Restaurant in Hawaii”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2008

Best Japanese Restaurant in Hawaii ... The food is excellent ....
Hamachi sashimi ,Nonbei steak ,never been disappointed ... I eat here all the time ....

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