Home Bar & Grill

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Service: The service was good at Home Bar & Grill on Kalakaua ave. Both our servers where really nice, cute and really stayed on top of our groups service. Often times with a large group the service can be slow or some people’s dishes / drinks are not right but this was not the case with Home Bar & Grill which was just great.

Food: The food at Home Bar & Grill is typical bar local style cuisine. Items you can expect to find on the menu include grilled meats, fries, poke, kim chee, salads, loco moco, burgers, seafood and even chicken gizzards. The menu also includes a Home Bar & Grill Burger Challenge featuring three 8oz kulana burger patties with cheese, bacon, sauteed onions, mushrooms, fried egg and a pound of fries. If you can finish it in 15 minutes you get it for FREE. Its a fun local spot with good bar food variety and flavor-full food. 

Favorite Dishes: Pork Chop, Parmesan Truffle Fries, Garlic Soy Beans (edamame), and the tater tot nachos.

Atmosphere: The restaurant is the old Slammers and they didn’t really do much to change the inside of the restaurant. It’s kind of run down looking with miss matched chairs and tables. The ambiance is dark and is the type of place you would meet some friends late night for grindz or maybe even a secret lover! haha

Consistency: This was the first time we went but will update this section next time. We do have some friends who say its consistently good for drinks and pupu’s after work though!

Parking: They have a valet parking private lot out front with a few limited spaces….or you can try to find street parking but be careful late at night because the area is a bit ghetto after dark.

Price Range: L0w ($9-$26) per Entree
No BYOB Allowed
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
1683 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 942-2237

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sun: Dinner & Pupu’s 2 p..m – 2 a.m.

Home Bar & Grill

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Home Bar & Grill pork chop

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Truffle Fries

Zap’s Cafe & Lounge

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Service: The service was pretty good at Zap’s Cafe & Lounge in Honolulu. When we arrived our waitress informed us of a Happy Hour martini rate of only $3 which we where excited about. Upon asking the type of well liquor we where surprised that not one of all our group had heard of the vodka type. The upgrade for any name brand (Smirnoff, Sky, Absolute, Kettle, Grey Goose, etc) was no less than over double priced at $7 per a drink! Our friend had to then negotiate them down to $5 to be competitive with the bars in the area and seeing as we expected a large group to join us for Pupus after work we wanted to get a good deal. The waitress and manger were very accommodating and even called the owner to get approval for our request which was awesome. So we give the service at Zap’s a thumbs up but would hope the owners research the happy hour rates in town before setting themselves up for failure.

Food: The food was …..in the words of a friend….”Meh” –  Everyone in our group was left feeling like the food wasn’t that bad… but it really wasn’t that great either. The best thing by a long shot was the sweet potato fries, so if you go make sure you order at least 2 for the table to munch on. Other items on the menu included breakfast all day, pasta, burgers, salads, pupus, steaks, mac and cheese and other American classics & local favorites. Everything overall needed more seasoning and a little more pizazz.
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Favorite Dishes: Sweet Potato Fries, Edamame (a bit sweet), Pork Chop (Ok but dry and needed some dipping sauce to spice it up a bit). TIP: Don’t order the Eggplant Katsu it was really overcooked and like cardboard

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Zap’s is pretty basic. Nothing really is exciting about the interior of the restaurant or interesting for that matter. They do have a pool table and darts which are fun bar time activities but we didn’t play them while we there. The interior has both lounge seating, a bar and restaurant style seating which is nice for all types of social engagements.

Consistency: We have only been once to Zap’s and don’t think we will return anytime soon. It was OK but nothing very exciting or delicious. Unfortunately we don’t think Zap’s has a long future ahead of it.

Parking: Zap’s does have a small parking lot in front with room for maybe 10 cars.

Price Range: ($4.50-$14.95) per Entree (some market price items)
Corkage Fee $ per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
1018 McCully St
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 942-0012
Website: http://zapcafelounge.com//

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday: 4 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: 4 p.m. – 2 a.m.
Sunday: Open for Private Events After 4 p.m. Only

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Eggplant Katsu

Shokudo

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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

Address:
Ala Moana Pacific Center
1585 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 814
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
E-mail: InfoSHOKUDO@hawaii.rr.com
Reservations: (808) 941-3701
website: http://www.shokudojapanese.com/

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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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

The Yard House

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Service: The service is excellent at the Yard House despite how extremely busy it is. Regardless if you sit at the bar or a table the staff is attentive, friendly, and don’t leave you hanging for more drinks or whatever condiments you may need. The service does tend to be better earlier in the day/night and after it gets past 10pm it can be more challenging to flag down some staff if you are in the external bar seating. Our recommendation is to come early and once you are finished with dinner or pupu’s then migrate to the bar for more fun and faster drink service. Also… be ready to wait for your table. The Yard House is always busy and be prepared to wait for at least 45 min for a table during peak eating hours.

Food: The food at The Yard House is pretty good. It’s nothing fancy but each dish is tasty and fresh. It’s prefect American style food to share with friends any time of the day and they also have a great happy hour late night and after work for drinks (Domestic Beer $3.50, Martini $6.25, Wine $1,50 off per glass) and half off appetizers and pizza. They also have a gluten sensitive menu for those with this growing food allergy.

Favorite Dishes: Chicken Lettuce Wraps (da best!! – also good in vegetarian version), Moo Shu Egg Roll,  California Roll,  Spinach Cheese Dip (but don’t order that if you are on a diet its packed with tons of calories but is delicious specially after a few drinks), New York Steak Salad, Pizza’s, Burgers and Seared Ahi Steak Sandwhich

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at the Yard House is that of a fast-pass restaurant / bar. The decor is reminiscent of a trendy rock sports bar with tons of important beers, wide screen TV’s, double sided bar, and of course table seating. You always need to fight for a seat whether squeezing in at the bar or waiting the estimated 45-1.5 hours for your table. The music is always good at the Yard House if you like rock and your sure to have a good time with friends any time you meet at this hip venue.

Consistency: The Yard House is consistently good. The food and service are pretty standard and you know what to expect each time you visit.

Parking: Is pretty tricky at The Yard house for sure – there isn’t  street parking on Lewers but you can park at the valet at Embassy Suites Hotel on Beach Walk (NOTE  It costs $6 with validation not including tip!). Our recommendation is to take a cab and this way you can enjoy a few drinks, and not worry about parking in the heart of Waikiki!  

Price Range: Medium ($11-$34) per Entree
Corkage Fee $10 per bottle
Reservations Not Accepted For Dinner (Lunch reservations accepted and recommended)
Take Out Available

Great Happy Hour Deals!

Address:
226 Lewers St
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Tel: (808) 923-9273
Website: http://www.yardhouse.com/default.aspx/

Hours of Operation:
SUN – SAT
11:00am – 1am or later

Happy Hour & Late Night
Monday – Friday 2pm – 5:30pm
Sunday – Wednesday 10:30pm – Close

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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