Dave & Busters

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Service: The service is not bad at Dave & Busters at Ward Centers but its all about timing and location. The bottom restaurant has pretty good service and is more formal while the upstairs is not quite as reliable but it is almost like an extension of the bar, much more casual. Regardless where you sit the staff is usually pretty friendly and young (this isnt always a good thing). We have had some pretty bad serivcie as well… but its pretty rare so we will leave the gorey details out.

Food: Dave & Busters certainly isn’t going to win any awards for mouth watering food but it is consistant. It’s like dinner food, its good but its not something you fantasize about later and can’t wait to go and order again. The typical things you find on the menu are… (you guessed it) Hambergers, Fish, Sandwiches, Salads, Ribs, Fries, Wings, Steaks… bar food that could use a bit more seasoning overall! The best part is that there is something for everyone. They do have happy hour and some special events like Taco Tuesday which is fun and worth checking out for some drinks, music and grinds with friends. 

Favorite Dishes: French Fries, Spinach Dip, Fire Grilled Salmon, Baby Back Ribs, Chicken Fingers (for the kids) and Apple Pecan Salad.

AtmosphereThe atmosphere is nice both upstairs and downstairs. Downstairs dinning is quieter and nice and bright with large glass windows and high ceilings. Upstairs is more of a game room / bar feel like a dark whole in the wall. The seating upstairs is booth style and is more of what you would expect at a traditional arcade. Dave’n’Busters also has a top roof bar which is very nice and tropical with a cool breeze and partially covered roof.

Consistency: They are very consistency average. You get what you are expecting most of the time but there have been a few low points in the past 5 years, and fewer high points were they surprise you with something “out of the box” delicious.

Parking: Parking is one of the best reasons to go to Dave’n’Busters at Ward Centers. They have ample parking at Ward Centers for free. If you get frustrated on a busy weekend (the movie theater is right next to the restaurant so some weekends can get a bit crazy) for $5 you can park in valet on the second floor of the parking structure.

Price Range: Medium-High ($9-$30) per Entree
No BYOB Allowed
Reservations Accepted Downstairs
Take Out Available

Happy Hour!
Special Events & Entertainment

Address:
1030 Auahi St
Honolulu ,HI 96814
Tel: (808) 589-2215
Website: http://www.daveandbusters.com

Hours of Operation:
Sun-Tues:11:00am-1:00am
Wed:11:00am-2:00am
Thur:11:00am-1:00am
Fri-Sat:11:00am-2:00am

Happy Hour
Mon-Fr 4:30-7pm
1/2 Price Cocktails
Beer & Wine Specials

Late Night Happy Hour
Sun-Thurs 10pm-Close
1/2 Price Cocktails
Beer & Wine Specials

Power Hour
Mon-Fr 4:30-7pm
60 minutes of video
game play for only $10

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Parmesan Sandwich

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Steak Salad

Chicken Salad at Dave & Busters

Southwest Chicken Sala

BBQ Chicken Salad from Dave'n'Busters in Hawaii

BBQ Chicken Salad

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Chicken Fingers

 

Gordon Biersch

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Service: The service is usually  good at Gordon Biersh but it can be slow when it gets really busy you just have to hope you get a good waiter. The appetizers come out pretty quickly so order some for the table when you site down so you don’t get fussy (Oh and a few drinks!).

Food: The food is pretty good at Gordon Bierch in Honolulu. It’s nothing fancy or really exciting but its classic American food and it delivers on its promise. The ingredients are fresh and prepared with care. It’s a great place to go with kids and their is truly something on the menu for everyone.  They also have a great Happy Hour Mon-Wed (4-6:30pm) with discounted appetizers only $5-$11 range and $1-$2 OFF Lagers, Ales and Wines by the glass. To top it off you can get a premium cocktail for only $5 making this a local favorite hangout.

Favorite Dishes: Southwest Egg Rolls, Gorgonzola Pear Salad, Southwest Chicken Sandwhich, Fresh Fish, Cajun Pasta, New York Strip (with Gorgonzola!), Burgers, Garlic Fries, Beers of course!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Gordon Biersch is awesome AND it was the first brewery in Hawaii. They are located right on the water and the view is both pristine and amazing. They have live music most evenings and its always a happening place to go with friends for dinner or pupus after work. Even lunch is nice and relaxing… it’s the perfect place to go for a stay-cation and enjoy Hawaii like you where on holiday.

Consistency: It’s pretty consistently fun and good. Whenever you go you get what you are expecting and our nieces and nephews love it.

Parking: The offer validated parking at Gordon Beirsch for 3 hours. If you valet you still have to pay a percentage of the total even WITH a validation so keep that in mind.

Price Range: Medium ($10:50-$28:50) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour
Live Music Entertainment

Address:
1 Aloha Tower Dr # 1123
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 599-4877
Website:
http://www.gordonbiersch.com/default.aspx
Check website for detailed live entertainment schedule each week.

Hours of Operation:
Restaurant Hours:
Sunday-Thursday: 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday-Saturday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Happy Hour:
Monday-Wednesday: 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Chicken Sandwich

Mai Tai’s Bar

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Service: The service is hit or miss at Mai Tai’s Bar in the Ala Moana Shopping Center but typically (during the day and early evening) its pretty good. Only when it gets late at night does it get a bit harder to get good service as it gets so packed. That being said, more than one time has our pizza come out cold or later than all the other dishes but whenever you complain they always are quick to rectify the mistake by getting you a replacement item fired ASAP and then taking the dish off your bill which is really excellent service and absolutely does make you feel alot better about the whole situation. The reason we think is because they share a kitchen with Forest Gump so the waiters have to travel a farther distance between retrieving the food and servicing the guests.

Food: The food is good for typical bar food and they have a playful assortment of local favorites and standard bar items like seafood appetizers including popcorn & coconut shrimp, ceviche, ahi, sliders, salads, sandwiches , and great flatbread pizzas on the menu. For a great deal on drinks and pupu’s you have two chances for Happy Hour everyday from 4pm-7pm and then again from 8pm-11pm. Happy Hour deals include $4 Martinis, Wine, on the Rocks $3-$8 Pitchers of Beer and $5 select appetizers

Favorite Dishes: Flatbread Pizzas, Avocado Spring Rolls, Sliders, and Edamame

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Mai Tai’s is wonderful. They have the perfect outdoor but indoor seating and it really relaxing and a great place to enjoy the outdoors and beautiful Hawaii weather during the day and the night. The tables and decorations have a Tiki & Hawaiiana theme and the waitresses all sport matching aloha wear outfits which brings the whole ambiance of the restaurant up a notch.

Consistency: Mai Tai’s is pretty consistently good. As mentioned before they also have a tendency to bring out the food not completely hot so be prepared for that (and remember to send it back!). Other than that they have great food, a full bar and a consistently cool atmosphere to be enjoyed!

Parking: Mai Tai’s has lots of free parking because it is located on the top floor of the Ala Moana Shopping Center making this a great place to meet after-work or anytime for some drinks and pupu’s with friends.

Price Range: Low ($7-$12) per Entree
No BYOB Allowed
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Live Local Music Twice A Day Every Day
4pm – 7pm & 9:30pm – 12:30am

Address:
1450 Ala Moana Blvd • Honolulu, HI 96814
4th Floor, Ocean Side
Tel: (808) 947-2900
Website: h
ttp://www.maitaibar.com/honolulu/about.php

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
NFL Sundays 7:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m.
Happy Hour Everyday: 4-7pm & 8pm -11pm

 

Mai Tai's restaurant in Ala Moana review

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BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

Outdoor bar in Ala Moana

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Indigo’s

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Service: Service is always pleasant at Indigo’s. The staff wears cool Balinese looking uniforms which match the decor of the restaurant which is always fun. The bar tenders in particular are always very attentive and make the best drinks! overall the staff is very good unless you go on First Friday when the crowds take over.

Food: The food at Indigo’s is a bit of a mesh between Asian, Mediterranean and French with an modern island spin. The menu has a good variety of dishes including interesting hot appetizers, salads, fish, and poultry – It is recommended to go for lunch and try the buffet instead of going for dinner. The lunch menu is very limited but if you get the buffet it is a good deal and you won’t be disappointed (note you cannot order from the dinner menu at lunch). They also have one of the most fantastic happy hours in town with over 30 Martinis to choose from all for only $4. It truly is Martini Madness and a great place for Pau Hana with friends after work (beers $3 and discount on Appetizers as well).

Favorite Dishes: For Lunch – Roasted Tomato Garlic Crab Soup (YUM!), or the best is to get the $15.95 lunch buffet – delicious assortment of cooked vegetables, seasonal composed salads, fresh fish, chicken, noddles, potatoes, pizza, hummus and at times warm appetizers. For Dinner – Tempura Ahi Roll, Watercress Salad, and Steamed Fish with Sizzling scallion oil

Atmosphere: Love Love Love the atmosphere at Indigo’s! Its so unique that nothing on the island compares to it. The restaurant has various seating areas all showcasing a different experience. The main dinning area has high ceilings and very modern tropical art & furniture. My personal favorite is the outdoor patio seating which feels a bit like Bali and you can enjoy a glass of wine as you can gaze over the garden outside. There are also two other bar areas and the Green Room is a wonderful place to meet friends after work and enjoy happy hour (Martinis to dye for! – big and cold) or for the late night crowed they have a dance room in the back.

Consistency: Lunch and Happy Hour are consistently terrific at Indigo’s. Great place to take an out of town guest if you go downtown for any reason!

Parking: Yup parking is not pleasant downtown but there are ample municipal parking structures you can select from. The cheapest one is located on Beretania on the right hand size of the street right after you pass Nuuanu Street (NOTE: this parking garage closes at 12pm and your car will be locked in so if you park here – make it an early night). Also Indigo’s has a valet service for $5-$6 dollars which is attractive at night when its harder to find a parking space.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Fee $15 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Catering & Take Out Available

Happy Hour!

Address:
1121 Nu’uanu Avenue,
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel: (808) 521-2900
Website:
www.indigo-hawaii.com
For more information on INDIGO catering please call 808.521.2900 or contact Bob Grossberger at Indigobob@hotmail.com.

Hours of Operation:
Lunch
Tue-Fri: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.

Happy Hour
Tue-Fri: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Sat: 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Dinner
Tue-Thu: 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Bar
Tue: 5 p.m. – Midnight
Wed-Sat: 5 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.
Closed Sun and Mon

Apartm3nt

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Service: The service was exceptional at Apartment 3. Even when the night crowd started to filter in our waitress was on top of her game. As she bobbed and weaved through people she never forgetting our orders or missing a beat. The bartenders are also top notch and mix up some delicious drinks.

Food: Apartment3 has a very interesting menu and takes modern play on traditional comfort foods such as Ratatouille, Mac & Cheese and French Onion Soup and integrates locally and sustainably ingredients to make dynamic and bold dishes. Happy Hour is one of the best in town with $5 specialty drinks, $4 drafts, and $5 pizzas to name a few. (TIP: Tuesday night is Happy Hour All Night!)

Favorite Dishes: Beet Salad (amazing!), The Yard Sale, Cheese & Honey, Stacked Ratatouille, and The Parma thin Crusted Pizza. (TIP: All the appetizers are large enough to share and only $5 each for happy hour – making it one of the best deals in town!)

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very cozy, classy and inviting. The room is very dark, lounge like and features a fireplace in the bar area. Apartment 3 also has pool tables and a special room for private parties. The main dinning room is off to the side of the bar and not quite as exciting as the lounge but has nice booth seating if your looking for a more intimate dinning experience. It’s not a very casual place so if you want to fit in you should dress to impress anytime after 8pm.

Consistency: The food and experience has been consistently strong since they opened. It continues to be one of our favorite places to go meet people after work as they have such a great happy hour, good music and friendly staff.

Parking: Apartment3 is located at the Century Center which has about 20 guest stalls which you can park in. The restaurant/bar also validates so the parking is free which makes this a very convenient place to go 🙂

Price Range: Medium ($9-$24) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted & Recommended
(For Dinner in the Main Dinning Room Only)

Address:
1750 Kalakaua Ave
3rd Floor
Honolulu, HI 96826
Phone Number: (808) 955-9300
Email: hello@apartmentthree.com
Website: www.apartmentthree.com

Hours of Operation:
Tue – Fri: 6pm – 2am | Sat: 7pm – 2am
Happy Hour Daily till 8pm (All day Tuesday)
Food served until 12:30am