Genke Sushi

Overall Rating: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service is good at Genke Sushi restaurants in Hawaii. The staff is super friendly and very attentive. In fact, at the Kapahulu location in particular we have had the best service and before you even realize you need something your waiter is either bringing it or right by your side to fulfill your request which is always great when you go out.

Food: The food isn’t anything super fancy or even very creative but its good and cheap! Genke Sushi has a fun conveyor belt which rotates around the diners with various sushi rolls and food items like salads, edamame, etc. It is really a great way to enjoy a quick meal because while ordering off the menu you can grab an appetizer roll to hold you over. Basic items you can expect on the menu include Miso soup, Sashimi, Teriyaki Bowls, Salads, Udon Noodles, etc.
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Favorite Dishes: Spicy Tuna Hand Roll, California Hand Roll, Salmon Cream Cheese Roll, Softshell Crab Roll, Tempura Roll, Edamame, and Miso Soup

Atmosphere: The ambiance at Genke Sushi is very open and clean. The conveyor belt is the focus on each location (as it should be!) but Genke Sushi does a good job of building restaurants which are warm and inviting. The logo guy is unforgettable and is featured throughout art in each location making Genke Sushi a unique place to take out-of-town guests.

Consistency: Genke Sushi is very consistent. Each time we go we always eat the Ahi Tuna hand roll and it tastes exactly the same each time.

Parking: Each Genke Sushi location has free parking! the location in Honolulu which is hardest to park is the location on Kapahulu which only has about 10 parking spots, however, you can generally find a spot on the street or in Safeway’s lot across the street.

Price Range: Low ($1.50-$4.80) per Dish
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

885 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-7700
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Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.#2096
Mall Level
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 942-9102

Ward Center
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
Building 3, Bay 3
Honolulu, HI 96814
(808) 591-5600

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Hours of Operation:
Sun-Thurs: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Takeout Available Daily: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Genke Sushi Resturant Review in Honolulu Hawaii

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
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour Deals!
Live Music!

Ward Area
940 Auahi St.
Honolulu, HI 96814

4614 Kilauea Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96816

Hours of Operation:
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.

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Phuket Thai

Overall: corkagecorkage

Service: The service is friendly at Phuket Thai but also very lazy as every single glass we say in the establishment was dirty. In fact, the wine glass they brought me even had old (or new) lip stick on it! its pretty disgusting and specially when the restaurant isn’t busy the staff should have enough pride in the establishment to whip the water-marks or what-not off the glasses.

Food: The food is not very good at Phuket Thai. It’s rather old tasting, very run of the mill stuff. Sometimes its above average and some times its not. I’ll put it this way….we wouldn’t recommend it to friends, or go again if we can help it, but if a group wants to go then recommend the Phuket Thai in McKully Shopping Center its much better than the new location at Ward.

Favorite Dishes: Fish patties, spring rolls, curry. Don’t order the laab or basil chicken – NO GO – also papaya salad was pretty sad.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere in Phuket Thai’s are pretty nice. You feel like your in a more upscale Thai restaurant and not a hole-in-the-wall. The ambiance is ambient, with pretty artwork and green/dark furniture and color pallet. During the day its more casual than at night and a place where families bring kids and eat a relaxing lunch. The new Ward area Location (with the worst food) is nicer than the Mccully location and has ample more tables.

Consistency: These restaurants are consistently average. Sometimes they are pretty darn good…. or at least decent…. but this last time we went it was just terrible and everything was old tasting.

Parking: The parking is just perfect at both Honolulu locations. The Mccully shopping center has free parking both in front of the restaurant (limited) as well as under the center (better parking). The Kamakee location has a parking lot right next to the restaurant which you need to pay $1 and get a ticket but then like validating a parking ticket Phuket Thai gives you a token to redeem your fee.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Free $10 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted and Recommended
Take Out Available

Mccully Shopping Center
160 Kapiolani Blvd #109
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 924-8194


401 Kamakee St
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 591-8421

Mililani Town Center
95-1249 Mehuela parkway #A6
Tel: (808) 623-6228

Hours of Operation:
Mccully Shopping Center:
Open Daily: 11 a.m. – 10:15 p.m

Open Daily: Sun-Thur: 11 a.m. -10 p.m.
Friday-Sat: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.

Mon-Thur 11 a.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Friday-Sat 11 a.m. -10 p.m.

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Chicken Larb


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Service: The service was excellent at Kincaid’s. Our waiter was professional, courteous and very helpful throughout our entire dinning experience. He was well spoken and we felt taken care of the moment we sat down. In fact, he went above and beyond to give us the fresh baked bread coming out of the oven and one of the dishes we ordered was fishy and our server took it back right away, apologized profusely and offered to replace it and give us free dessert. That’s exactly the type of service  you want to have at a restaurant! attentive and trustworthy (like I wasn’t worried he would spit in our food in the back).

Food: The food is seafood & steak through and through. The menu also has the classics like Fish Tacos, Salads, Calamari, Artichoke and Crab Dip, Oysters, Steaks, Pork Chops, Fresh fish and a bunch of daily specials. They often add and change the menu which keeps it interesting. Kincaid’s also has a good Kama’aina special a 3-course meal for only $25 between 4-6pm daily. They also host happy hour between 3pm-7pm & 10pm-close daily.
Download Kincaid’s Menu in Honolulu

Favorite Dishes: Steamed Manila Clams (Delicious and not fishy at all!), French Fries, Mediterranean Salmon (on lunch specials menu), Home Grown Baby Greens with Maytag Blue Cheese Spring Rolls (ask for light on the dressing but very interesting and tasty dish!), Bread (TIP: ask for the butter on the side they smear it all over the top of each piece)

Atmosphere: The ambiance of Kincaid’s is that of a sailing restaurant sporting a stunning view of the Ward Center harbor. They also have various sailing pictures and instruments as the featured art to tie the theme together. The tables and chairs are super dated. With a serious makeover and this restaurant could really have a unique and upscale feel.

Consistency: Its been over 4 years since we have eaten at Kincaid’s so we promise to update this section once we return. However, the consistency between the dishes was so-so. We had two really great dishes, one OK dish, and one “send it back” dish which doesn’t say alot about the restaurants overall consistency – or lack there of!

Parking:Parking is a breeze at Kincaid’s. They have ample outdoor parking at Ward Warehouse and the overall Ward area but it is also a very popular mall with the movie theater across the street. If you can’t find a spot try the parking garage in the Ward Warehouse building – its huge and your sure to find something.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Fee $13 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour!

1050 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 591-2005

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Sun 11am-4pm
Dinner: Mon-Sun 4pm-10pm
Bar: Sun-Thurs 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
Happy Hour: Daily 3pm-7pm and 10pm-close
First Seating: 4pm-6pm

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Maytag Blue Cheese

Kincaid's fresh fish

Daily Fish

Kaka’ako Kitchen

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Service: The service is excellent at Kaka’ako Kitchen. They have a very low employee turnover rate and all the staff goes above and beyond their job descriptions to provide provide excellent and personable service.

Food: The food is really good at Kaka’ako Kitchen. It’s a favorite spot of locals and they serve great plate lunches which are always fresh and hit the spot every time! You can also order your plate with either fresh Nalo greens, crispy fries, or macaroni salad depending on what your in the mood for and what fits into your dieting.

Favorite Dishes: Fried Rice (only served at breakfast), Furikake Mahi Wrap, Seared Ahi Chop Salad, Furikake Tempura Catfish (extra delicious!), Sweet Chili Chicken, and Fresh Catch of the Day. (TIP: The salad dressing is to-die-for and you can also purchase a bottle for $7 to take home)

Atmosphere: The restaurant is one where you order at the counter, pay, take a number and then they bring your plate to where you select to sit. There are both outdoor (covered) and indoor seating available and its a great place to go for a quick bite. The atmosphere is laid back and it’s the perfect place to people watch.

Consistency: The food is consistently excellent and exactly what you expect it to be every time! We have never been disappointed with the food.

Parking: The good news is parking is free at Ward Center. The bad news is you have to fight for your spot! It’s recommended to park in the lot across from the movie theater and walk across the street or tackle the parking structure.

Price Range: Low ($8-$12) per Entree
No Alcohol Permitted
Phone & Fax Orders Accepted!

1200 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Telephone: (808) 596-7488
Fax: (808) 596-9114
For Catering: (808) 596-7491

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Thursday – 8am-9pm
Friday-Saturday – 8am-10pm
Sunday – 8am-5pm

P.F. Chang’s

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Service: The service is hit or miss at P.F. Chang’s. Typically its not that bad but every once and a while you can get less than acceptable waitstaff.

Food: The food is pretty good. The menu is American Chinese and P.F. Chang’s has all the basic standards you would expect like Lemon Chicken and Mongolian Beef. Nothing really exciting but all the food is good. They have a special lunch menu which is a good deal and attractive if your going for a business engagement and are short on time. P.F. Chang’s also has a Happy Hour Monday-Friday from 3pm-7pm with half of appetizers and Drink specials – $3 draft beers, $6 Drinks, $2 OFF wine

Favorite Dishes: Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Dumplings, Hot & Sour Soup, Spicy Green Beans, Kung Pao Chicken, Buddha’s Feast, Cantonese Chow Fun, Marinated Sea Bass and Dirty Martini (they are so big they count as food!)

Atmosphere: Both locations have a similar landscape and are both very beautiful inside. The concept is fresh, contemporary and bright. Guests can be seated both outside and inside which is nice for breezy summer days or brisk winter nights. The high ceilings and art help make these restaurants dynamic.

Consistency: Both Hawaii P.F. Chang’s are consistent.

Parking: If you are going to the Waikiki location the best place to park is at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center. If you are going to Ward Center the best place to park is at the Hokua condominium where the restaurant is located. P.F. Chang’s will validate parking at both these places.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$25) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $10 (Cannot Bring Wines that are on P.F. Chang’s Wine List)
Take Out Available
Reservations Not Needed

Great Happy Hour!

Hokua Restaurant
1288 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 110
Honolulu, HI 96814
Serving lunch and dinner daily.
For reservations please call: (808) 596-4710.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday and Sunday 11am – 10:30pm
Friday and Saturday 11 am – 11:30pm

Happy Hour Monday-Friday: 3pm-7pm

Waikiki Restaurant
Royal Hawaiian Center
2201 Kalakaua Ave Suite 116
Honolulu, HI 96815
Serving lunch and dinner daily.
For reservations please call 808-628-6760.

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Thursday and Sunday 11am – 11pm
Friday and Saturday 11am – midnight


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Service: The service is so so – it’s not really good, and it’s not really bad, it’s just slow…and you are at the mercy of your server. Often times they ignore you all together but its really hit or miss, we have also had very good service at Tango. Historically it has been much better for lunch than for dinner.

Food: Food is fresh and well executed. The presentation and menu have a very strong Scandinavian flare and its something you won’t find at any other restaurant in Hawaii. Frequently they run out of dishes and in all the times we have gone they have never had the Rhubarb dessert that’s on the menu since they opened!

Favorite Dishes: Salmon Salad, Gravlax Sandwich

Atmosphere: Very small restaurant and crowded so be ready to sit close to your neighbor. The atmosphere is nice and airy and the restaurant has loft ceiling. Modern art complements the bright space. Very noisy when full.

Consistency: You get what you where expecting every time. The dishes are also consistently good between one anther, so trying something different isn’t quite as much of a “risk” at a restaurant like this which is nice.

Parking: It’s located at The Hokua condominium building next to P.F. Chang’s at Ward Center. Tango validates parking so be sure to remember your ticket stub.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$25) per Entree
Corkage Fee $15 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted for Parties over 6
Take Out & Catering Available

Tango: Contemporary Cafe at The Hokua
1288 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 120

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast : Mon – Fri: 7 am – 10 am   Sat & Sun: 8 am – 10:30 am
Lunch : Daily, 11 am – 4:30 pm
Dinner : Daily, 5 pm – 9:30 pm

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Gravlax Sandwich

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French Onion Soup