Chili’s

Overall Review: Cork

Service: The service is good at Chili’s at Kahala Mall which is about the only thing that this restaurant has going for it. Every time we have gone to Chili’s (a handfull of times) the staff have been really friendly but not to bright. The last time when we had really fishy salmon and the waitress though that they caught it fresh in Hawaii (Honey Salmon doesn’t grow here!) but she did take $10 off the total which was appreciated since it was practical uneatable and was priced at $26.

Food: The food is slightly above fast food but priced like it was a first class establishment! The salads look more dead than alive and they charge you an extra $2 for a side salad which is ridiculous when its straight out of a bag, limp and partially brown. All the food and seafood is poor quality but what can you expect when you use cheap ingredients? The food is below average and very inconsistent. The ribs are tasty but there is hardly any meat on the bone. Everything you order is just bland or really bad. Burger King has better food than Chili’s! The biggest problem is that the price tag doesn’t match the food quality so every time you eat at Chili’s you feel like you have been raked over coals. The last time we ate there was so bad that we swore to never go again unless we are drinking margaritas at the bar. Our advice… heat up an Amy’s lasagna or eat an apple and you will have a far better experience than going to Chili’s (its worth waiting for a table at CPK or the Counter. You will end up eating better food and saving money). Chili’s also has a crappy happy hour. Booooo Chili’s!

Favorite Dishes: Dry Rub Ribs (Full Rack don’t get a combo), Santa Fee Chicken Salad, and the Hamburgers.

AtmosphereThe atmosphere is meeeeehhhhh at Chili’s. The tables are old and could use a makeover. The lights are low over the booths and so bright that you feel like you are being grilled at the police station which is really annoying and hard to enjoy dinner (specially if you are sensitive to light and get headaches easliy). Overall the bar has a better feel to it than the regular restaurant but the whole place could use a fresh coat of paint and some new decor besides TVs.

Consistency: They are very consistency overpriced and terrible.

Parking: Parking is easy at Chili’s in Kahala mall. If you go during the day you can park right out front, if you go later at night you need to be a bit lucker or you can always park on the roof or over by Macy’s and walk.

Price Range: Medium-High ($11.99-$26) per Entree
No BYOB Allowed
Reservations Not Necessary
Take Out Available

Happy Hour

Address:
4211 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 738-5773
Website: http://www.chilis.com/EN/Pages/home.aspx

Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thursday:11:00am-10:00pm
Fri-Sat:11:00am-11:00pm

Happy Hour
Mon-Friday 2:30-6pm in Bar only or Patio ($2 off drafts, $2 off appetizers, $1 off glasses of wine, and $2 off margaritas)

Chili's ribs & shrimp

Combo Ribs & Shrimp

Chili's ribs and salmon

Combo Ribs & Salmon

Baby Back Ribs

Baby Back Ribs

Salad

Side Salad

Chicken Fajitas

Fajita Sides

 

Assaggio Bistro

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

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 
Available

Address:
Kahala Bistro
4346 Waialae Ave. A
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 732-1011
Website: http://assaggiohi.com/

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

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

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

Kapolei
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

Assaggio Bistor Asparagus

Asparagus Close Up

Sautéed Asparagus Assaggio Bistro

Sautéed Asparagus

Assaggio's fresh fish pasta

Fresh Fish Linguine

 

Golden Duck

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service is really good at Golden Duck Chinese restaurant in Kahala. The food comes out of the kitchen lightning fast so if you where planning a leisurely meal don’t order everything at once. The staff is very friendly,  attentive and make you feel welcome.

Food: The food is good at Golden Duck. If you enjoy fresh seafood then we definitely recommend going to this Chinese restaurant because its taste and its cheap at only $13.95 for live lobster and $20.95 for live crab! The other items are OK but don’t stand out like the crab and lobster. Golden Duck has typical Chinese food including Peking Duck, Stir Fried Green Beans & Pork, Noodles, Soups, Vegetables, and most likely anything you are craving / classic favorites.

Favorite Dishes: Fresh lobster with black bean sauce, Fresh crab with ginger and onions, Choy Sum with oyster sauce, Fried string beans with pork (Tip: order rise instead of noodles they are a little oily and overcooked)

Atmosphere: The ambiance isn’t anything exciting. The restaurant is big and has plenty of seating for all size parties which is great. The decor is very clean feeling because the wall and furniture are both bone white but they do have some plants and artwork which brighten it up a bit.

Consistency: We have been twice so far and both times the fresh seafood was delicious! similarly the noodles dishes were not so great.

Parking: One of the best things about Golden Duck is that it has tons of free parking located in the back of the restaurant.

Price Range: Low-Medium ($11-$30) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
4230 Waialae Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737-7188

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner
Sun – Thu: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri – Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.

golden duck chinese restaurant in kahala review

Lobster in Black Bean Sauce

golden duck restaurant review

Crab in Ginger Sauce

Golden duck soup

Sweet & Sour Soup

Wahoo Fish Taco’s

Overall: CorkCorkCork

Service: The table service was good at Wahoo’s in Kahala and was a welcome change from the location at Ward Center where you have to service yourself. The staff is friendly and in-line with the company vision.

Food: The food is ok at Wahoo’s Fish Taco’s. It’s really basic food nothing special or so good that you can’t wait to go back but it is very inexpensive and good for the price. They also have alot of specials each day including Taco Tuesdays with $2 tacos, as well as other Happy Hour items making it a fun place to go with friends.

Favorite Dishes: Wahoo’s Salad, Fish Tacos, Chicken Tortilla Soup

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Wahoo’s is fun and casual. It’s a mix between a local hangout and fast food joint. Both locations have great layouts with both indoor and outdoor seating options. The Ward location is more like a fast-food restaurant but the Kahala one is more upscale and has a full bar and table seating. It’s a great place to go for happy hour and grab some drinks with friends PLUS they have free music at each location during select times (see hours of operation below)

Consistency:Its consistently ok at Wahoo’s. The fish is fresh and tastes consistently not fishy which is always a plus.

Parking: Both locations have free parking lots and or street parking (at Ward metered and in Kahala free).

Price Range: Low ($10 and under) per Entree
No BYOB!
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour Deals!
Live Music!

Address:
Ward Area
940 Auahi St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
808.591.1646
Website:
http://www.wahoos.com/index.php

Kahala
4614 Kilauea Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808)732-9229

Hours of Operation:
Kahala
Fri-Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Dinner & Lunch
Live Music: Tue, Fri: 7 – 9:30 p.m.
Ward Center
Sun – Thu: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Fri – Sat: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Live Music: Wed 6 – 9 p.m.

Wahoo's fish tacos in hawaii restaurant review

Wahoo's Fish Salad

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos

Olive Tree Cafe

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The Olive Tree is a seat yourself restaurant and  the service is fantastic. The service providers are friendly, pleasant and very quick to take your order and clear tables. A great idea if you are concerned about waiting for a table is to call in advance for take-out. You can typically pick up your order 15 min after ordering, walk straight to the front of the line and be home before a table opens up!

Food: The Food at the Olive Tree is traditional Greek. It’s fresh, flavorful and always delicious.  It’s hands down the best Greek food in Hawaii and a fun affordable place to go with friends, family and even a date.

Favorite Dishes: Fresh Fish Slovaki (TIP: If you are trying to not eat bread order this dish without the pita and ask for extra salad!), Lamb Slovaki, The Daily Special, Hummus, Babaganoush, Olives and Feta Cheese, and the Dolmas.

Atmosphere: The Olive Tree has a wonderful, hip ambiance to it. It is a seat yourself restaurant and you can select a table out doors or in doors depending on availability and the weather. The restaurant plays authentic Greek music to add to the experience. It is extremely busy so its recommended to have one person hunt for a table while the rest order inside or you could wait forever.

Consistency: The restaurant is very consistent and you always get what you are expecting. Being a private chef in Honolulu I have first hand experience what restaurants retain the integrity of their dishes time and time again.  Over the past years we cannot think of one instance where we had bad food at Olive Tree Cafe!

Parking: The Olive Tree has free parking if for about 10 cars. The parking is directly in front of the restaurant but also shares with Subway. If you are not lucky enough to find a spot you can park on the street outside of the Kahala post office.

Price Range: Low ($8-$15) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!

Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
4614 Kilauea Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816-5309
Telephone: (808) 737-0303‎

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 5pm-10pm

The Counter

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The service The Counter is very good while seated at the counter, however seating in the main restaurant can prove challenging. They only have one or two waitresses and they struggle to keep up with the drinks and orders which gets old real fast.

Food: The food is pretty good at The Counter. When you go, you go for only two things, Hamburgers and French Fries.  Each eater is given a check list to “create” there burger in a bowl or on a bun upon arrival and they have endless toppings to choose from including a special topping of the month to tantalize its customers. We recommend ordering some fries for the table to share they are not only  delicious  but come out fast (TIP: If you seat at a table these table treats could keep you from eating the silverware or getting the grumpy)

Favorite Dishes: Turkey Burger – In a Bowl – Mixed Greens – Red Onion – Jalapenos – Blue Cheese – Cranberries – Avocado, Hamburger – On a Bun – Mixed Greens, Tomato, Grilled Onion, Jalapeno Jack Cheese, Roasted Garlic Aioli (on the side), The “Fifty-Fifty” Sweet Potato Fries & Regular Fries

Atmosphere: The Counter has a great atmosphere and the concept of the restaurant is to build your ultimate personal burger in a trendy diner. The layout is clean, bright and feels a bit industrial. The music is fresh and they often play sports at the bar making it a great place for a quick bite or after-work drink.

Consistency: When The Counter first opened we felt the food was better cooked and the service was faster. As time as moved on its gotten a little more generic and not as good as it used to be, however, if you are in the mood for a burger I can’t think of anywhere else better to go.

Parking:The Counter is located at the Kahala Shopping Center right next to Whole Foods. It’s easiest to park on the second floor of the parking garage then walk down the stairs to the restaurant.

Price Range: Low ($8.95-$12) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $15 per bottle

Reservations Not Available

Address:
4211 Waialae Avenue E-1
Honolulu HI 96816
Telephone: 808-739-5100
Fax: 808-739-5102
Email: kahala@thecounterburger.com
Website: www.thecounterburger.com

Hours of Operation:
Sunday-Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday-Saturday: 11am-10pm

The Counter in hawaii restaurant review

Chicken Burger

The Counter burger salad in hawaii

Turkey Burger Salad