Assaggio Bistro

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Service: The service was very good at Assaggio’s Bistro in Kahala. Our waitress was very friendly and attentive and she went out of her way to make sure we had a good experience. The support staff was also very good and they were quick to clear our plates and fill up our water glasses.

Food: The food was pretty tasty but the menu is far to big and overwhelming with over 4 pages of entrees to choose from. The menu has typical italian items that you would expect including plenty of pastas (lignuine, fettchini or rigatoni), house specialites, steaks, veal, seafood, etc. If you go we would absolutly recommend ordering pasta with your entree as we did not care for the potatoes (they were suppose to be crispy but were far from it). A safe bet is to order anything with the fried garlic as both the vegetables we had as an appetizer as well as the fresh fish pasta were both to die for (mostly due to the fried garlic morsels). We recommend skipping the salads as they are not very exciting and kind of a waste of calories and unless your going to share your entree the small size portion is plenty for any0ne!!

Favorite Dishes: Fresh Fish Pasta with Garlic & Butter, Chicken Alla Parmigiana, Fresh Asparagus Sautéed with Olive Oil and Garlic (was delicious but not a lot of asparagus for the price).

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Assaggio’s Bistro in Kahala is nice. The inside has high ceilings and interesting artwork on the walls. It’s has a cozy feeling to it while still having ample seating which is always hard to achieve. The best part is that it has good insulation making it easy to enjoy table conversation without having to raise your voice. Its a good place to bring family for a night out on the town.

Consistency: We have only been once so far to this location but we will update this section after our next visit!

Parking: In terms of parking if you get lucky you can park out front which has about 10 spots that are shared with some other vendors. Or if you cant find parking in the lot or on the street you can always park accross the street at Ala Moana shopping center and walk.

Price: medium-high ($16-$29) per Entree
Corkage Fee: Wine $15 per Bottle (can’t bring wine that they have on their wine list) and for Champaign price starts at $20 per Bottle and goes up depending on the brand.
Reservations Not Needed (Perhaps for a large party its a good idea)
Take Out 

Kahala Bistro
4346 Waialae Ave. A
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 732-1011

Ala Moana
1450 Ala Moana Blvd. #125
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808)942-3446

Hawaii Kai
7192 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808)396-0756

95-1249 Meheula Pkwy
Mililani, HI 96789
Tel: (808) 623-5115

354 Uluniu St. #101
Kailua, HI 96734
Tel: (808) 261-2772

777 Kamokila Blvd., Suite A
Kapolei, HI 96707
Tel: (808) 674-8801

Hours of Operation:
Kahala Bisto: Lunch & Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm

Ala Moana: Lunch & Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 11:00am-3:00pm & 4:30pm-9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:00am-3:00pm & 4:30pm-10:00pm

Hawaii Kai: Lunch & Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm

Mililani, Kailua, Kapolei: Lunch & Dinner
Sunday-Thursday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-9:30pm
Friday & Saturday: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5:00pm-10:00pm
Kailua – Saturday & Sunday – Dinner Only
Kapolei – Sunday – Dinner Only
Monday to Friday
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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Genke Sushi

Overall Rating: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service is good at Genke Sushi restaurants in Hawaii. The staff is super friendly and very attentive. In fact, at the Kapahulu location in particular we have had the best service and before you even realize you need something your waiter is either bringing it or right by your side to fulfill your request which is always great when you go out.

Food: The food isn’t anything super fancy or even very creative but its good and cheap! Genke Sushi has a fun conveyor belt which rotates around the diners with various sushi rolls and food items like salads, edamame, etc. It is really a great way to enjoy a quick meal because while ordering off the menu you can grab an appetizer roll to hold you over. Basic items you can expect on the menu include Miso soup, Sashimi, Teriyaki Bowls, Salads, Udon Noodles, etc.
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Favorite Dishes: Spicy Tuna Hand Roll, California Hand Roll, Salmon Cream Cheese Roll, Softshell Crab Roll, Tempura Roll, Edamame, and Miso Soup

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Genke Sushi is very open and clean. The conveyor belt is the focus on each location (as it should be!) but Genke Sushi does a good job of building restaurants which are warm and inviting. The logo guy is unforgettable and is featured throughout art in each location making Genke Sushi a unique place to take out-of-town guests.

Consistency: Genke Sushi is very consistent. Each time we go we always eat the Ahi Tuna hand roll and it tastes exactly the same each time.

Parking: Each Genke Sushi location has free parking! the location in Honolulu which is hardest to park is the location on Kapahulu which only has about 10 parking spots, however, you can generally find a spot on the street or in Safeway’s lot across the street.

Price Range: Low ($1.50-$4.80) per Dish
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

885 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-7700
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Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.#2096
Mall Level
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 942-9102

Ward Center
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Building 3, Bay 3
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 591-5600

Many more Genke Sushi locations! check website for full list
Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Takeout Available Daily: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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California Pizza Kitchen

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Service: The service at CPK is excellent. They are very attentive, make great recommendations and always make you feel at home. If you are in a rush its recommended to grab a seat at the bar, its fast and you won’t have to wait to be seated!

Food: The food at CPK is always perfect. The food is Californian-Italian-American and has a very good selection of salads, pizza and pasta with international inspiration. They are constantly adding new food to the menu and offer fresh seasonal specials. It’s the type of restaurant where everyone leaves happy and is a good place to go with family or friends!

Favorite Dishes: Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Field Green Salad, Waldorf Chicken Salad, Tricoloré Salad Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza, Thin Crust Pizzas!

Atmosphere: The ambiance at all CPK’s are very contemporary. The ceilings are high and the color scheme is black and yellow. The restaurants are casual and you can feel comfortable wearing anything to one of there establishments. The bars are also very nice and the seats are comfortable.

Consistency: This is one of the most consistent restaurants we have been to. All the ingredients are weighted out and you always get exactly the same size and taste every time you go.

Parking: Depending on which location you visit parking is usually always available. The Kahala and Ala Moana Mall locations have ample parking and for the Waikiki location its best to park at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center parking across the street.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$25) per Entree
Corkage Free $5 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 941-7715

Center of Waikiki
2284 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 924-2000

Kahala Mall

4211 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737-9449

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 11am-11pm

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P.F. Chang’s

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Service: The service is hit or miss at P.F. Chang’s. Typically its not that bad but every once and a while you can get less than acceptable waitstaff.

Food: The food is pretty good. The menu is American Chinese and P.F. Chang’s has all the basic standards you would expect like Lemon Chicken and Mongolian Beef. Nothing really exciting but all the food is good. They have a special lunch menu which is a good deal and attractive if your going for a business engagement and are short on time. P.F. Chang’s also has a Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 3pm-7pm with half of appetizers and Drink specials – $3 draft beers, $6 Drinks, $2 OFF wine

Favorite Dishes: Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Dumplings, Hot & Sour Soup, Spicy Green Beans, Kung Pao Chicken, Buddha’s Feast, Cantonese Chow Fun, Marinated Sea Bass and Dirty Martini (they are so big they count as food!)

Atmosphere: Both locations have a similar landscape and are both very beautiful inside. The concept is fresh, contemporary and bright. Guests can be seated both outside and inside which is nice for breezy summer days or brisk winter nights. The high ceilings and art help make these restaurants dynamic.

Consistency: Both Hawaii P.F. Chang’s are consistent.

Parking: If you are going to the Waikiki location the best place to park is at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. If you are going to Ward Center the best place to park is at the Hokua condominium where the restaurant is located. P.F. Chang’s will validate parking at both these places.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$25) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $10 (Cannot Bring Wines that are on P.F. Chang’s Wine List)
Take Out Available
Reservations Not Needed

Great Happy Hour!

Hokua Restaurant
1288 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 110
Honolulu, HI 96814
Serving lunch and dinner daily.
For reservations please call: (808) 596-4710.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday and Sunday 11am – 10:30pm
Friday and Saturday 11 am – 11:30pm

Happy Hour Monday-Friday: 3pm-7pm

Waikiki Restaurant
Royal Hawaiian Center
2201 Kalakaua Ave Suite 116
Honolulu, HI 96815
Serving lunch and dinner daily.
For reservations please call 808-628-6760.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday and Sunday 11am – 11pm
Friday and Saturday 11am – midnight

Big City Diner

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Service: The service is always very good at all the Big City Diners. The staff has a lot of Aloha and you always feel right at home.

Food: The food is excellent. The menu screams classic American “diner” but with a local flare. There is something for everyone at the Big City Diner and its sure to become your families favorite! They also have an excellent Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm with your favorite dine-in pupus at 50% OFF and $1 OFF big beers, house wines and well drinks. Big City Diner also features a weekly menu selection of $10 entrees which are delicious, fresh and make the menu really exciting.

Favorite Dishes: Ultimate Vegetable Omelet, Bloody Marys (designated as breakfast food), Fresh Fish & Eggs, Fried Rice, Ramen, Salmon Salad, Paniolo Chicken Salad, Taco Salad, Upcountry Veggie Sandwich and many others!

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is nothing fancy but that’s part of the charm. Its a place where you can never be under dressed and is perfect for spending time and a quick bite with friends and family. Each location has the same homely environment and they even have a treasure chest and balloons for the keiki’s! yay!

Consistency: Each location is excellent and we never leave disappointed.

Parking: For the Kaimuki location the best place to park is at the Kaimuki shopping center. For the Ward Center location directly across from the movie theater is a good place to start looking for parking or in front of Nordstrom’s Rack. If you are in a rush you can valet on the second floor of the movie theater parking lot for $5.

Price Range: Low ($8-$20) per Entree (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
No Corkage Fee!!
Take Out Available
Reservations Not Needed

Big City Diner – Kaimuki
3569 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu – (808) 738-8855

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Big City Diner – Ward Center
1060 Auahi Street, Honolulu – (808) 591-8891

Plus locations in Pearlridge, Waipio and Kailua!

Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thursday: 7AM-10PM
Fri-Sat: 7AM-12AM (midnight is last seating)

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