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“Mind-blowing”

Doraku Sushi Waikiki
Ranked #51 of 2,474 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$50
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Good for: Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Waikiki
Cross street: Seaside Avenue
Reviewed 25 June 2014

Server: How was your meal?
Me (stuffed and in front of empty dishes): Mind-blowing.

Where did this restaurant come from? We were on our last evening on our trip in Honolulu and we were looking for a slam-bang place to eat. This place is tucked in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center so we nearly missed it. On a hunch, we decided to pick Doraku. And boy, is this proof that hunches can be bang-on right.

This isn't a classical Japanese sushi restaurant with traditional sushi. This is modern Japanese fare with diverse influences, including Peruvian (hence the great ceviches). The sushi is all incredible, often to the point of being over-the-top, since they are so well garnished. Appetizers are amazing. Desserts are gloriously decadent. We are big cocktail fans, so I can say that the drinks are fantastic.

Service is friendly and efficient which is a plus, considering that the restaurant can be quite crowded (reservations are recommended). As an added bonus, there is also a happy hour (3-7 PM) so you can have great value for the quality of your meal.

For modern Japanese food, Doraku is among the best. I will definitely try their other restaurants as well.

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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We visited Doraku after it was recommended by a local. The sushi was divine, so elegant and tasty. We went twice during our stay as once wasn't enough. The staff were very friendly and helpful when it comes to the menu. If you are up for desert I'd highly recommend the tempura brownie to finish!! For best value go during happy hour (3-7pm).

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1  Thank Nada J
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

It's right next to Waikiki beach but seems to be frequented by locals as much as tourists. This is a different style of sushi with some inventive plates, particularly the 'rice free' emperor rolls. Given the weather here, it's nice to be able to sit out on the terrace area, particularly at night when you can enjoy the breezes. There are very good cocktails as well. The area isn't really noted for great dining options so this was a find.

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Reviewed 18 June 2014

We go here often, we always get the butterfish, the lobster tempura, vegetable tempura , the seafood salad, the emperor roll, and Hamachi, all delicious and their Sake sampler are always a good addition to the meal, along with some Sapporos or Asahis. Best place ever! depending on what time of day and what day of the week it can get really busy so reservations are good to have.

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2  Thank Charlenea29
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

This is a beautiful restaurant with great staff who make and serve beautifully made Sushi that tastes amazing!

Highly recommend this dinning experience.

1  Thank Brad S
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