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“Make Sure You're Willing to Wait for Them to Finish Chatting on the Phone” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Grand Cafe & Bakery - CLOSED

Grand Cafe & Bakery
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Cafe, French
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Seating
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: Downtown Honolulu
Cross street: Richards Street, Beretania St.
Transit: City buses are available within a block or two from our Cafe. Please consult the City and County of Honolulu's Bus Schedule.
Description: Grand Cafe & Bakery was founded in 1923 by Mr. Ti Chong Ho, grandfather of one of the owners and partner Mr. Pang. During this period the Territory of Hawaii & particularly downtown Honolulu were bustling with activity. These Chinese entrepreneurs were part of the scene. American food was served and confectioneries offered. Grand Cafe & Bakery was been re-established in 2005. Our foods and recipes reflect a Honolulu of the early 1920's with a contemporary flavor. Executive Chef and owner, Anthony Kui Sin Vierra, great grandson of founder Mr.Ho is a graduate of California Culinary Academy. Chef Anthony brings his skills, talent, creativity to this family cafe. Comfort foods & old time island favorites made with the freshest ingredients will continue to be the focus. Awards: Critics Choice for Best Breakfast; Finalist for Best Bistro - New American Cuisine & our lemon cake was awarded best dessert. Tasty food & warm surroundings welcome you to this special spot in Chinatown!
Pearl City, Hawaii
1 review
“Make Sure You're Willing to Wait for Them to Finish Chatting on the Phone”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2013

Atrocious service!!!

Made us wait for them to complete their seven minute long telephone conversation, then informed us that it was too late to be served a meal (even though it was well within their advertised serving time.) They then offered their very limited bakery selection as an option.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank Nick D
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English first
London
1 review
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“Arrived hungry and left hungry”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2013

Sorry, nice place to have a cafe...but that is where my review ends with its positives...had the turkey salad and basically was dried tiny shreds of turkey (barely there and almost non-existent) with a huge mound of iceberg lettuce chopped, and missing the cilantro which was listed on the menu. Had the tomato bisque soup...hmmm, sour and not worth it.

Also, we had reservations at 12:15, we arrived at 12:15 and was told that our table was given away :(. What is the point of reservations? We were there exactly on time too.

They seated us at another table promptly, but they have huge spotlight lamps which was very obtrusive from above my head, felt the heat coming off of them the whole time, was "sweating" and especially during lunch where the crowd is super busy and at midday - no air conditioning!!!!!

Blah,...terrible meal, ambiance, etc. Not worth the money. Yuck. Will NOT be going back. Hope never to see that same menu ever again.

Looking forward to a new restaurant for lunch this week...to make up for this one. We will be trying Cafe Julia at the YWCA! Yeah!

Stomach still growling. Thank God I brought some almonds which are in the office.

  • Visited February 2013
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1 Thank MaryKLondon
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level Contributor
56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Yummy egg Benedicts”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2012

Nice airy cafe where they served really yummy egg Benedicts. The place was originally founded by the grandfather of the owners in the 1920's. How cool!
The hollandaise sauce on the benedicts is light, not heavy like some of the others we've had. My husband and I shared a plate. They had several different kinds. We didn't get the banana foster French toast but we checked out a fellow diner's and it looked really tempting. There was outdoor seating- nice for early morning but it may get too sunny depending the time of day. Nice place to have brunch!

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1 Thank Wina G
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Houston, TX
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Much more than we expected”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2012

My wife and I made reservations for 10:30 on a Sunday morning. There were seats available when we were arrived but they had taken the time to designate one reserved for us with a little sign on it. I thought this was a nice touch. My wife had the tropical mimosa which was so good she ordered another. She also loved the angelhair pasta with pesto, chicken and brussel sprouts (their "weekend pasta" dish). I had breakfast and thought their Portugeuse sausage was very good (not at all greasy or "heavy" like a lot of breakfast sausages). The atmosphere is classic old-style cafe and a little noisy but there was seating outside as well. We ate inside. There is a pay parking lot right next door but you have to enter off Smith street (on right just before you get to Pauahi).

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1 Thank UsuallyRV
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Hawaii
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67 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Almost Chinatown”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2012

This is a hidden treasure on the edge of Chinatown. The menu is more sophisticated than you would expect. Good food and friendly service.

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Thank smlhi
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