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

 

Dave & Busters

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

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

Cheeseburger dave and busters

Cheeseburger

parmesan sandwich dave and busters

Parmesan Sandwich

Steak Salad dave and busters

Steak Salad

Chicken Salad at Dave & Busters

Southwest Chicken Sala

BBQ Chicken Salad from Dave'n'Busters in Hawaii

BBQ Chicken Salad

Dave'n'Buster chicken fingers

Chicken Fingers

 

Harbor Pub & Pizza

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

Service: The Service was average at Harbor Pub & Pizza. The waitress was friendly and remembered our order which is all I guess we can really hope for a hole in the wall bar. The place could have used a good scrub down (specially the bathrooms yikes!) but overall it was ok. That being said, we have had friends who have had pretty bad service so its really a crap shoot.

Food: The food is ok at Harbor Pub & Pizza in Waikiki. They are known for their pizza (hence the name of the establishment) and what’s nice is you can order a half / half of different kinds of pizza so everyone at the table wins! They also serve brunch which is nice but if you go we would recommend sticking to the pizza & salads.

Favorite Dishes: Spinach & Garlic Pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza, and Greek Salad

Atmosphere: Ok to be perfectly honest its a dive bar. Nothing fancy about it and thats ok because it doesn’t promise to be. They have a small bar and about 5-7 tables in the back. There are a few large TV’s which they play sports and surfing on so its a good place to go if you are super hung over and want to hid from the world and not be seen my anyone you know.

Consistency: We have been a few times for drinking and its consistently a hole in the wall. However, it’s fun and has a good crowed. This is the type of place you go for a very low key drink and snack and you def get what your expecting as long as you don’t expect to much!

Parking: Harbor Pub & Pizza has validated parking or you can park in metered spaces across the street close to the Ala Moana Harbor.

Price Range: Medium ($15-$25) per Entree
NO BYOB
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available – ADD $0.50

Address:
1765 Ala Moana Blvd # 1
Honolulu, HI 96815-1486
Tel: (808) 941-0985
Website:http://www.harborpubpizza.com/Welcome_to_Harbor_Pub_Pizza.html/

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday – 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Happy Hour – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

greek salad from harbor pub restaurant

Greek Salad

Spinach and BBQ Chicken Pizza from Harbor Pub

Spinach & BBQ Chicken Pizza

harbor pub restaurant review

Ambiance

 

Home Bar & Grill

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

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

Rib Eye

Home Bar & Grill pork chop

Pork Chop

home bar and grill restaurant review

Truffle Fries

Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza

Overall Review: CorkCorkCorkCork

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
NO BYOB
Reservations Not Accepted or Recommended (Its Street Food!)
Take Out Available

Address:
1637 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96819
Tel: (808) 375-1200
Website:
http://www.infernopizzahawaii.com/

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

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