Harbor Pub & Pizza

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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.

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Greek Salad

Spinach and BBQ Chicken Pizza from Harbor Pub

Spinach & BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Monsoon India

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Service: The service was good at Monsoon India for the most part. Our waiter was really polite and all the staff was friendly and pleasant.

Food: The food at Monsoon India on Ala Moana Blv in Honolulu was average but nothing sensational. The menu has typical indian items such as Curry, Tandoori breads such as Naan and Roti, Samosas, Tandoori Meats, Paneer, Biriyani , and other indian classics. The grilled meat Kababs assortment we tried had chicken, shrimp and lamb and was overall very dry. The Naan was super crunchy and was missing the chewiness it typically has which is great for mopping up yummy sauce & curry. The Vindaloo curry was the best thing we tried with Mahi Mahi and had great heat, however, there was only 2 tiny little pieces of fish and the rest was all potatoes. Also something to point out was they didn’t have that yellow rice option with saffron on the menu and only had Basmati rice which was ok but a bit oily overall. 

Favorite Dishes: Papadamu, and Fish Vindaloo

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is nice at Monsoon and homey. It has some indian artwork and other ethnic touches . The restaurant is small and only has about 10-15 tables total. The restaurant overlooks the Ala Moana blvd street which isn’t to pretty but does bring alot of light and airiness into the restaurant ambiance.

Consistency: We have only been once since it changed from Bombay India to Monsoon India and if we return we will update this blog… however, we still feel that Cafe Maharani is the best Indian food in Hawaii so will most likely not come back to Monsoon India anytime soon to satisfy a Indian food itch!

Parking: Monsoon Restaurant has validated parking available at the Discovery Bay building, on the Ocean side of Ala Moana Blvd in Honolulu. You shouldn’t try to find street parking because the parking at the Discovery Bay is super convenient and the elevator goes directly to the level with the restaurant.

Price Range: Medium-High ($14.95-$27.50) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
1778 Ala Moana Blvd
Suite 213
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 941-5111
Website:
http://monsoonindiaoahu.com/site/

Hours of Operation:
Dinner – 7 Days a Week
5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Lunch – 7 Days a Week:
12:00 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Monsoon India Naan bread

Garlic Naan

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Papadamu

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Tandoori Kababs

Fish Vindaloo at Monsoon India restaurant in waikiki

Fish Vindaloo

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Yakiniku Hiroshi

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Service: The service was absolutely top notch at Yakiniku Hiroshi in Waikiki. They had about one server / table back per a table and it made a huge difference in the overall dinning experience. We didn’t have to wait even one minute for a refresh of our water/tea or to add other items to our order.  They also quickly removed old plates which is always appreciated.

Food: The menu at Yakiniku Hiroshi comprises of a large variety of meats, seafood, noodles and a terrific assortment of vegetables. One of the best things about this restaurant is they have a very high standard of meat and only accept the top 1% of USDA graded beef. The best selections on the menu are Gold & Platinum grades of Wayu Beef raised in Idaho and known as some of the best high quality American Kobe Style beef available.  The vegetable side dishes that came with the sample menu (for 2 people) where delicious and included choy sum, kim chee, diakon kim chee, bean sprouts, roasted garlic, rice, seaweed, and even a side salad. The food is good but its also very expensive for the amount of food you get for each dish so we recommending going with a big group so you can afford to try lots of items on the menu. They also have an excellent wine list with over 200 selections!
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Favorite Dishes: The Smaller Premium Sampler which was $45 per a person was great and if you prefer they will substitute the beef tongue for another meat variety fresh that day (we got a thinly sliced pork which was very yummy).

Atmosphere: The ambiance was very nice at this establishment and they two seating areas downstairs (5 tables) and upstairs (10 tables). The tables are very clean and new-age for Yakninku and utilize a charcoal burning brazier which is smokeless and really enjoyable. The only thing we where not to keen on was the music which was very poppy and didn’t really mesh with the relaxing atmosphere.

Consistency: We have only been once so far but would like to visit again soon.

Parking: Yakiniku Hiroshi offers validated parking for 3 hours at the Waikiki Trade Center which is one block away from the restaurant.

Price Range: Medium-High ($10.50-$65) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted & Recommended
Take Out Not Available

Address:
339 Royal Hawaiian Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Tel: (808) 923-0060
Website:
http://www.yakinikuhiroshi.net/flash.htm

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily for Dinner: 5:30 p.m. – 11 p.m.

 

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Roy’s

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Service: The service is top notch at Roy’s. From the moment you arrive till your exit from the restaurant you are treated as a prince / princess. The waiters are attentive, courteous, and extremely professional at this 5 start dinning establishment.

Food: The food is modern asian pacific cuisine and items you can expect to find on the menu are Sushi, Salads, Seafood, Meats and of course desserts. The fresh fish is sensational and truly captivates the essence of the islands. The meats are also very tender and the short ribs just fall off the bone. There hasn’t been anything we have tried on the menu that we sent back or didn’t think was terrific. Another nice touch is instead of giving you a big basket of bread to start  you receive a bowl of well seasoned edamame which is a nice light start to your decadent meal.

Favorite Dishes: Beef Carpaccio, Baby Back Ribs, Salads, Hawaiian Style Misoyaki Butterfish (OMG delicious!!), Short Ribs (Fantastic!), Chocolate Soufflé, and Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Roy’s in Waikiki is stunning. Both the inside and outside seating area’s are and tropical feeling. The art is also asian influenced which ties into the dinning experience very well. The inside area is rather large but has good acoustics. The only negative thing the restaurant was freezing cold. The outside is much more casual feeling and also has a bar which is perfect for some pupu’s or drinks while enjoying Waikiki.The Hawaii Kai location is in Hawaii Kai and has a similar decor. The restaurant is located upstairs and is also lovely.

Consistency: The consistency at Roy’s is fantastic. Each time you come you can be sure to have a delicious dish with the same amount of food, seasoning and taste as you remembered it.

Parking: Roy’s has validated parking at the hotel around the corner on Beach Walk at the Embassy suites for $6 for 4 hours (you can forget about finding street parking! don’t even try… its not happening). At the Hawaii Kai flagship location you can park for free at that Hawaii Kai Towne Center.

Price Range: High ($24-$33) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Take Out Available
Reservations Accepted & Recommended

Address
Roy’s – Honolulu (Hawaii Kai)
6600 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, HI 96825
Tel: (808) 396-7697

Roy’s – Waikiki Beach
226 Lewers Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 923-7697
Website: http://www.roysrestaurant.com/

Hours of Operation:

Hawaii Kai: Dinner Only
Mon – Thu: 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fri: 5:30 p.m – 10 p.m.; Sat: 5 p.m – 10 p.m.; Sun: 5 p.m – 9:30 p.m.

Waikiki Location: Lunch & Dinner
Daily: 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.

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II Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar

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Service: The service was average at ll Lupino in Waikiki. Both times we went to this restaurant the staff was friendly but very slow to respond to our needs. For example the first time we went the waiter never came back to fill up our wine glasses and we also asked for another menu to order additional items and he forgot twice (was missing in action for most of the meal). The other time we requested Parmesan cheese and peppers for our pizza and waited for over 10 minutes for the items to arrive (by the time we had eaten half our entrees) and the excuse was “we had to grade fresh Parmesan for you” well if its an Italian restaurant we would recommend doing that each day since its pretty probable someone will want it! Overall don’t go to this establishment if you are in a rush or not willing to wait for food, drinks and everything else you may want.

Food: The food was good at II Lupino and is the new Italian restaurant from the chef / creator of  Wolfgang Steakhouse. The food was good but not each dish knocked our socks off by any means. The pasta was the most memorable of all the food and we can’t wait to go back and try some different ones from the menu. The salad was extremely boring and the first time we went we ordered the white pizza (with spinach and mushrooms)  which wasn’t our favorite, however, the last time we went our friend ordered one for the table and asked for them to drizzle some truffle oil over the top and it was 100% better. (NOTE: if you love prosciutto for $8 they will add fresh slices to any pizza).  They also have Happy Hour specials – Pizza’s for $10, Wine by the glass for $5, Beer $4 and snazzy cocktails for $7 between 3:00 pm – 6:30 pm daily so try it out after work for some Pau Hana with your friends.

Favorite Dishes: Prosciutto Panini (for lunch), White Pizza (ask for truffle oil!) Linguine alle Vongole with(Linguine with Clams) served with White Wine, Ravioli all’Anatra (Slow-cooked Duck Ravioli with a Duck Ragu and Parmesan cheese) Yummy! Our recommendation just stick to the Pastas and you can’t go wrong.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is very nice at II Lupino Italian Restaurant. They have both ample indoor and outdoor seating both are extremely nice and have a causal yet elegant decor. The outdoor seating is lovely because it overlooks the Royal Hawaiian Gardens which are beautiful. The color scheme of the restaurant is a stunning yellow and black with rock walls creating a truly memorable dinning experience.

Consistency: We have been twice so far and both times the pasta was delicious and the rest of the items where OK but certainly nothing to write home about. We haven’t been for breakfast or dinner thus far so will update this section after we experience it first hand.

Parking: The Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center has a parking lot (for cars under 6.2 feet tall) and II Lupino validates  so the parking is free for 3 hours after you eat which is nice if you wish to do a little shopping or take a stroll in Waikiki while in town.

Price Range: Medium ($12-$38) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted & Recommended For Dinner
Take Out Available

Happy Hour Deals!

Address:
Royal Hawaiian Ctr
2233 Kalakaua Ave
Ste 110, Bldg B, Level 1
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 922-3400
Website:
http://www.illupino.com

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Every Day, 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Lunch: Every Day, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Dinner: Sunday – Thursday: 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Friday – Saturday: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Happy Hour: 3 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. daily

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Giovanni Pastrami

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Service: The service is good at Giovanni Pastrami in Waikiki. The bar has very friendly and attentive bartenders/waitstaff are full of smiles and very attentive to your needs. They can also mix up a mean cocktail!

Food: Giovanni Pastrami’s menu consists of hot and cold deli sandwiches which are delicious, pizzas, appetizers, pastas, soups, salads, burgers, hot dogs and typical bar food. Another great appeal is that they server breakfast all day until closing at midnight which is always a winner if you are itching for some eggs and bacon. The food is ok for bar food and a perk is that they have a fantastic Happy Hour with free cheese pizza with any alcohol purchase between 3-5pm, $5 appetizers and deals on drinks ($3-4 beers, $4 well drinks, $1 off wine).

Favorite Dishes: Reuben Bites (with pastrami), Sliders, Fries, Rueben Sandwich (with corn beef!) and Pizza

Atmosphere: The ambiance is that of a sports bar. They have both table seating and bar seating but both are completely surrounded by flat screen TV’s on all the walls which are really distracting if you are trying to eat but perfect for this type of establishment where everyone has their eyes peeled to a sports game of some sort.

Consistency: Giovanni is consistently average. It’s the type of place you go to for a happy hour drink or to valet your car and grab a quick validation to go somewhere else for dinner in Waikiki. Its absolutely consistently great for a drink!

Parking: One of the very best things about Giovanni Pastrami is that they have valet parking at the Wyndham hotel right next to the bar. After 6pm its $6 to park for 4 hours but after that jumps up to $3 per a half hour so be careful or you can quickly run up a huge bill. Before 6pm you can park for $3 for a flat rate all day. . 

Price Range: Medium ($13.95-$27) per Entree
No BYOB
Reservations Accepted But Not Required
Take Out Available
Happy Hour Deals!

Address:
227 Lewers St
Ste 118
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 923-2100
Website: www.giovannipastrami.com

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sun: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Happy Hour Deals: Mon-Fri 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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Rueben Sandwhich

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Entrance

Nobu

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Service: The service at Nobu is exceptional. Each waiter is very professional and you know you are sure to get stellar service when you go for dinner or drinks. The sushi bar in particular has excellent service and it is fun to watch the sushi masters create each roll.

Food: Wow the food is above and beyond delicious at Nobu! each bite is packed with unique clean flavors that dance on your tongue. Nobu has a wide variety of dishes from sushi to salads with exotic global flavors. Each dish created by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa is well balanced and the sashimi is so fresh it melts in your mouth. No matter what you order its  sure to be memorable and super yummy. They also have a fantastic happy hour Monday-Friday 5-7pm in the lounge area with special dishes, $4 beers and $8 martinis.

Favorite Dishes: Spider Rolls, Nobu Tacos (Lobster and Crab), Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno, Eggplant with Misa, Miso Black Cod, Salmon New Style Sashimi, Shitake Salad, Sakitini (Sake Martini – cold and fresh), EVERYTHING

Atmosphere: We just love the atmosphere at Nobu. The restaurant is very grand with high ceilings and red/ gold color scheme. The lamps are also very trendy and have a modern meets antique feel to them. The tables are dark wood and there are both circular tables and booth seating available. Although the restaurant is large its not very noise which makes it the one of the best restaurants in town. The bar/lounge area is also lovely and very chic feeling. Its nice to go for a drink before dinner or even to have dinner at the bar with a friend.

Consistency: This restaurant receives my top personal chef approval for being one of the best Japanese restaurants in Hawaii. Each dish is always consistently tasty and you know what to expect.

Parking: Nobu offers Validated parking at the hotel.

Price Range: Medium-High ($18-$46) per Entree
Corkage Fee: Wine $25 per bottle, Champagne $35 per a bottle
Reservations Recommended
Take Out Not Available

Happy Hour in Lounge

Address:
Nobu Waikiki
2233 Helumoa Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Phone: +1.808.237.6999
Fax: +1.808.237.6990
Website: http://www.noburestaurants.com/waikiki/experience/introduction/

Hours of Operation
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30 p.m – 10:00 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Monday – Sunday: Bar Lounge 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.

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New Style Sashimi

Nobu's miso black cod

Miso Black Cod

Morimotos

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Service: The service at Morimotos is not much to sing about. Both times we have eaten it was slow from taking the order, to receiving our drinks as well as our food. Its fair to say this is a type of restaurant that you go to enjoy a non-rushed lengthy meal, however, some things you don’t want to wait a 30 minutes for including your wine.

Food: The food was good but overall a bit disappointing. Knowing that Morimoto is an iron chef we were expecting some really out of this world dishes but nothing really stands out as the best. The food is artistic and very well plated which makes the experience interesting. The food was overall good but we felt his best dishes were the ones that concentrated more on flavor than jazz.  The only negative thing we can say was that the first time we ate at Morimotos we got sick on the Pastrami Sashimi which was disappointing especial when you pay $20 for the dish.
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Favorite Dishes: Tofu, Gioza, Bisque, Caprachio, Morimoto Sashimi

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Morimotos is just beautiful. Both outdoor and indoor venues are zen and well designed. The green and dark wood tones are well balanced and the overall feel of the restaurant is trendy. The outside is much more enjoyable with lounge music, couches and fire pits for mingling. The inside has enlarged images of orchids and moss embedded clear tables. we recommend sitting outside because the indoor seating is so loud you can barely hear your dinning companions without screaming.

Consistency:Well the first time we didn’t have a very good experience with getting sick, however, when we went back again for dinner the food was good. I think the dinner menu is more exciting than the lunch menu so we would recommend going for an early dinner and sharing some dishes with friends.

Parking: Parking is complimentary with validation at The New Edition Hotel. Don’t forget to stop at the downstairs bar on the way out for a custom handmade martini! delicious…

Price Range: High ($30-$40) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per bottle of Wine or Champagne
Reservations Recommended

Address:
1775 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 943-5900
Website: http://www.morimotowaikiki.com//

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast 6:30am-10:00am
Lunch 11:00am-2:30pm
Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm (Friday and Saturday until 11:00pm)
Sushi Bar and Bar 5:00pm-10:00pm

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Yellowtail "Pastrami"

Morimoto Smoked Sashimi picture from Waikiki

Morimoto Smoked Sashimi

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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California Roll

Yard House chicken wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps