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Service: The service was fantastic at Stage restaurant in Hawaii. The waiters were extremely attentive and we didn’t have to wait for water, bread, wine or any of our needs during the dinner. Our waiter was also very knowledgeable about wine and the menu and really helped us narrow down our decisions during our meal.

Food: Yummy! the food has fenise, creativity and is delicious. Its so rare in Honolulu to be surprised by the food and you are while dinning at Stage at the Design Center. The menu is Scandinavian-m0dern with a touch of Fusion. In addition to a prefix menu  they also have a terrific happy hour Monday-Friday from 5pm-7pm. All the menu items are only $5 each and they also have various drink specials starting at $8. PLUS on Tuesday all bottles of wine are 50% OFF which is hard to beat. They also start you off with an Amuse Bouche which is always lovely and surprising!

Favorite Dishes: Stage Hamachi Sashimi (inspiring dish!), Beet & Goat Cheese Salad, Braised Short Ribs, Chicken, King Salmon, 4 course tasting menu (with entree’s of Miso Butterfish & Filet Mignon pictures of menu below), and of course the wine & bread!

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Stage is nice. The restaurant has high ceilings and interesting artwork. One of the most unique pieces of the restaurant are that they have different tables and chairs which is kind of artistic and trendy. The restaurant has wall to wall windows which overlook Kapiolani blvd which isn’t the best view but does give the atmosphere a spacious feeling.

Consistency: Both times we have gone were delicious but the menu had changed pretty dramatically so we promise to update this section again when we go again to keep you posted.

Parking: Parking is easy at the Honolulu Design Center. Its free which is always nice and has a full floor of parking available. If you go for a busy event night you might have more problems but during times like this they typically add a valet services. No need to get a validation at the restaurant as you dont need to take a ticket upon entry.

Price: ($23-$32) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Reservations Recommend
Take Out 
Happy Hour!
Special Events & Entertainment 

1250 Kapiolani BlvdHonolulu,
HI 96814
2nd Floor Honolulu Design Center
Tel: (808) 237-5429

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Friday
11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Monday to Saturday
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Happy Hour
Monday – Friday
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm


Amuse Bouche at Stage Hawaii

Truffel Amuse Bouche

Stage honolulu restaurant Amuse Bouche

Ahi Amuse Bouche

Stage Hamachi Sashimi picture

Stage Hamachi Sashimi

Beet & Goat cheese Salad from Stage Honolulu restaurant

Beet & Goat Cheese Salad

Miso Butterfish from Stage menu

Miso Butterfish

Stage Honolulu Filet Mignon Picture

Filet Mignon


Café Kaila

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Service: The service was good at Cafe Kaila in the Market City Shopping Center. The place was totally packed for lunch and we had to wait for a table / counter space to free up but the staff was very nice and extremely accommodating. They went above and beyond to make sure the got my wife’s custom order right which was really great. They also brought out waffle samples to the hungry and waiting customers out side the store which where delicious and crispy.

Food: The food was really good at Cafe Kaila! They serve breakfast all day which is always a winner and lunch starting at 11am. Items you can expect to find on the menu include fluffy omelets, egg scrambles, waffles, pancakes, salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas and some other lovely entree’s. The food was very fresh and tasted great. 

Favorite Dishes: Egg white omelet with smoked salmon, onion, capers and cream cheese (ask for the Lox Scramble as an egg white omelet and add the cheese), Lox Scramble also good, and the chicken avocado salad was great.

Atmosphere: Cafe Kaila is lovely inside. It’s a very quant restaurant with a light wood and a pleasant ambiance. The artwork is of french & italian paintings of scenic sites and nature. Overall the atmosphere is very nice and since the establishment isn’t to large its not very loud even when every table & counter space seat is filled. The restaurant is very popular so be prepared to wait 20 minutes for a table if you go during the high peek lunch hour or early for breakfast…

Consistency: Every time we have been so far it has been consistently delicious AND great service! we feel very good about this restaurants prospects 🙂 and come on who doesn’t love breakfast all day? or at least until 3pm!

Parking: Cafe Kaila is located in the Market City Shopping Center on Kapiolani blvd (at the end) in the same area as the Foodland and next to the Fun Factory. The shopping area has limited parking which is shared with all the stores / restaurants but if you are patient or lucky you can always find a spot unless you go on a weekend in which case it can be more challenging.

Price Range: ($-$) per Entree
Corkage $5 per a Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Market City Shopping Ctr
2919 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 732-3330

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sun 7 am – 3 pm

Cafe Kaila chicken and avocado salad

Chicken & Avocado Salad

Cafe Kaila egg white

Lox Scramble as Omelet

Cafe Kaila soup

Daily Soup


Yanagi Sushi

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Service: The staff was nice but not exactly helpful or very fast. In fact, it took over 20 minutes to get our credit card back which felt really strange when we paid. They did fill our water glasses quickly and clear old dishes but it wasn’t like they interacted with us. Typically if you notice a guest didnt eat more than one bit of a dish you would ask if they wanted something else of if anything was wrong with it. They just took it away and brought the check!

Food: The food was very disappointing at Yanagi Sushi on Kapiolani blvd. This restaurant has been a stapil in Honolulu for years and has always had good Japanese food in the past. However, its been at least 5 years since we have been last and the food has really suffered during that time. Out of the 4 items we ordered only one was good or even eatable. The Pork Cutlet (Tonkatsu) was really chewy and cut into super large pieces making it very hard to eat. The shrimp tempura had a tiny thing little shrimp inside and so much batter on its all you could taste. Finally the chicken teriyaki was covered in fat and really grimly tasting. The only thing we even could eat was the butterfish (which was good) and the miso soup. Even the end of the experience was a bummer because the ice cream was very icy and overly sweet. 

Favorite Dishes: Butterfish Miso-yaki and Miso Soup

Atmosphere: The ambiance is nice inside Yanagi Sushi but it is in need of a facelift. The tables are super old and the floor has seen better days. With a little work this place to be polished again. One nice attribute is that the walls showcase famous visitors and friends of the owners and make the restaurant quaint and have a unique family feel.

Consistency: About 15 years ago this was a consistently good restaurant but after the experience we had today we wouldn’t go back for Japanese food ever. There are so many great restaurants like Imanas or Sushi ii you can go for the same price if not cheaper than Yanagi Sushi to have a delicious Japanese feast.

Parking: Yanagi Sushi has valet parking out front which is convenient. All you need to do is pull up, pass over your keys and tip the boys a few dollars when you leave and you are all set!

Price Range: Medium-High ($8.95-$37.50) per Entree or Combo
Corkage Fee $15 per Bottle of Wine or Sake
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

762 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96813
Tel: (808) 597-1525
Website: /

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: 11a.m. – 2p.m.
Dinner: Monday – Saturday: 5:30p.m. – 2p.m. Sunday: 5:30p.m. – 10p.m.

Yanagi Sushi restaurant review

Combo Plate

Yanagi Sushi Butterfish Review

Butterfish Miso-yaki

Yanagi Sushi pickles



Papa John’s Pizza

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Service: The services is great at Papa John’s. From the delivery boys to the pizza makers the team at Papa John’s do a good job specially for a fast food restaurant. In fact, we had a pretty bad experience with a new location and after writing to corporate was pleasantly surprised to receive 2 free large pizza cards in the mail – now thats good service!

Food: The pizza is good at at Papa John’s. From thin crust to regular the dough is not oily and the ingredients are fresh as promised. The chicken wings and other items are not as much of a slam dunk but if you are in the mood the honey Chipotle Wings are pretty tasty.

Favorite Dishes: Thin Crust Pizza with Chicken, Peppers, and Onion, Hawaiian Pizza

Atmosphere: Well since we NEVER eat at Papa John’s its really hard to say but I have been into a few locations and they are always clean which is a plus for the ambiance. Really its not a place you want to site and eat unless maybe its raining outside or if you are hungry after some drinks on your way home and itching for some slicest.

Consistency: The Kapiolani blvd location has always had the best and most consistent pizza in our option. After we moved to a new district we have struggled with pizza consistency and often times the wrong ingredients are on the pie or its cold when it arrives which never used to happen…. so i guess it depends on your location and the management!

Parking: Most Papa John’s locations have some designed spots for pickup or are in locations where they have ample parking so if you are swinging by after work don’t worry you should be in good shape no matter what.

Price Range: Medium-High ($16-$26.99) per Large Pizza (Papa Johns always has Daily Specials so Ask!)
Take Out Available

Papa John’s Store #1752
611 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 733-7272

Papa John’s Store #1751
1646 Kapiolani blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808)592-7272

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Papa Johns restaurant review

Thin Crust Specialty Pizza

Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza

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Service: The service was good at Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza on Kapiolani blvd. Of course we where lucky and when we went it must have been an slow hour because there was only one couple ahead of us in line and they had already ordered so our food came out really fast. There is a sign indicating that it can take 20-30 minutes while busy because each pizza is backed fresh so just be prepared for any scenario. The staff where both really nice and full of smiles.

Food: The pizza was really good at Inferno’s! we where pleasantly surprised with the high quality ingredients they used on the pizzas. It really makes  a big difference in the final product. Inferno’s has lots of variety of vegetarian and meat pizzas including daily specials. if you are in mood for only a slice you can get cheese or pepperoni for $3 a slice which is perfect for a late night snack. Also if you eat at the restaurant they have a special where you get a free drink with pizza so we shared a diet Pepsi and felt really good about the entire experience.

Favorite Dishes: Spinach, Garlic, Tomato Pizza (only one we tried so far but the BBQ chicken looked really good as well!)

Atmosphere: Well Inferno pizza is located in a parking lot so its not going to win any awards for ambiance. However, for being a fast food / truck location it does have a special type of feel with the wood fire oven. They also have a nice little shaded seating area so you don’t have to eat your pizza on the street corner which is great. I’m sure at night its a very exciting place to be with all the bars and clubs in the area and has a strong street appeal for people watching.

Consistency: We have only been once so far but can’t wait to go back and try some other of the fresh pizza pies.

Parking: Parking is free at Inferno’s and is conveniently located across the street from the Pan Am Building. They have around 50 spots so shouldn’t be a problem to stop in any time of the day or night for a slice!

Price Range: Low ($8-$12) per Pizza
Reservations Not Accepted or Recommended (Its Street Food!)
Take Out Available

1637 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96819
Tel: (808) 375-1200

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thu 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Inferno's wood fire pizza in honolulu

Spinach, Garlic, Tomato Pizza

Inferno's wood fire pizza restaurant review

Wood Fire Oven



Migawon Korean Resturant

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Service: Well the service at Migawon on Kapiolani blvd was overall pretty bad. The moment we walked in we were greeted with smiles (most likely excitement because no one else was in the restaurant) but it didn’t last long. At one point we asked for some napkins and the lady pointed to the corner table where they were located! I mean really? its not like they didn’t have the time to service the only customers in the restaurant. Also they barely spoke English and it took two of them to figure out what we wanted.

Food: The food was pretty competitively priced with other Korean BBQ places in town, but Migawon only gave you 5 lousy kimchi sides which were not very good and very disappointing. In fact, we only asked them to refill one of them (the bean sprouts) which is not what you want when you spend $20+ per a person. The menu was pretty typical they had both BBQ options and regular menu items including stews, pancakes, bi bim bap, etc. It was memorable…. but not in a good way.

Favorite Dishes: BBQ Chicken, Boneless Kalbi, Lettuce & Seaweed (for wrapping meat and rice).

Atmosphere: WOW the atmosphere at Migawon is just awful. It’s dirty, has zero personalty and was thrown together with a mish-mash of tables and chairs. The music was like a techno pop which was really strange for a Korean restaurant and flies/gnats were flying around us the whole meal which is super unappetizing.

Consistency: We have only been once and we will never return. Honestly this place is not long for this world. I can’t imagine it being around for longer than 3 months.

Parking: They do offer parking but its really unclear where that was exactly. We ended up paying to park down that back ale off of Kalakaua and Kapiolani.

Price Range: Medium ($20-$27) per BBQ Entree
Reservations Accepted (Not Recommended)
Take Out Not Available

1726 Kapiolani Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 947-5454

Migawone Korean BBQ in Hawaii Picture

BBQ Combo Plate


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Service: The service is so so at Shokudo. The food is either really fast or super slow and you never know how long it will take for lunch. Its my recommendation to take your time and only go to Shokudo if you are not in a rush so you can really enjoy the food and atmosphere no matter how busy the kitchen is.  The waiters are really friendly and conversational which makes the restaurant a nice place to go.

Food: The Food at Shokudo is very tasty. Its typical Japanese food with a global twist and menu items include Sushi, Tempura, Noodles, Pupus, Salads, and Rice dishes. The food is pretty basic but they do have some “out of the box” items which make this restaurant unique and memorable. The best way to enjoy the innovative cuisine is to share the dishes family style. They also have bento boxes for Lunch at a very reasonable price and the bar is open late night serving food until 12pm on the week days and 1pm on Friday & Saturday night.
Shokudo Menu For Download

Favorite Dishes: Spicy Tuna Crispy Rice (extremely good – instead of cold rice they serve the sushi on puffed cooked rice), Spider Roll, Spicy Tuna Roll, Fries, Edamame, Tempura, and Fresh Homemade Tofu

Atmosphere: In Japanese Shokudo means “dinning room” and we would have to agree that the ambiance of Shokudo is wonderful. The restaurant has high ceilings and two unique sides and designs with booth seating and regular table seating. The restaurant also has a private room in the back for large parties. Shokudo is a great place to bring a date because its trendy, and you can feel comfortable and in style dressed casually or island chic.

Consistency: The consistency is pretty good at Shokudo. Its a good place to take out of town guests or meet friends for reasonable priced pupus after work.

Parking: Validated parking entrance on Kona Street, behind the restaurant. Or you can park in the Ala Moana shopping center and walk over.

Price Range: Low-Medium ($5-$25) per Entree
Corkage Fee $15 per bottle Wine (no other liquor is permitted to bring yourself)
Reservations Not Required  (but recommended for dinner if you have 3 people or more in your party)
Take Out Available

Ala Moana Pacific Center
1585 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 814
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Reservations: (808) 941-3701

Hours of Operation:
Sunday – Thursday: 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Last call at 12 midnight
Friday – Saturday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Last call at 1:00 a.m.

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Spicy Tuna Roll

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Shrimp Tempura