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“BEST DINNER IN HONOLULU”

Tanaka of Tokyo East
Ranked #153 of 2,623 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Waikiki
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We had the best dinner ever at this Japanese Tepenyaki restaurant. The manager Jamie and his staff make the experience so enjoyable. The food is perfection! We had lobster, calamari, scallops, teriyaki chicken, and steak. The portions were large and so much was included: soup, salad, shrimp, fermented veggies, rice, veggies, green tea and ice cream. You can not get a better value, quality and experience in Honolulu. We are going back before we leave. Tip: call for a reservation because they are busy!

Thank Valerie M
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Reviewed 1 September 2016

A restaurant that sets up well for the teppan-yaki experience. There are many seating stations that enable more discreet groupings for a teppan-yaki experience close up. You get the distinct impression that you are an audience at a show and once you are seated at the table, it ramps up to showtime. We had a cook from Alabama that had been there a week and while he tried hard, the dropped tools, clumsy slicing and a number of glitches spoiled the experience a little. But then the food, it was delightful and prepared to perfection. We walked away saying it was a taste treat and something we will remember for a long time. Cant say I thought the lobster element of the meal was a taste sensation but I'm spoiled by tasting this straight from the sea so perhaps some forgiveness is needed there. The scallops and poke were outstanding. Overall, a very enjoyable experience and certainly worth trying if you are in the side streets of Waikiki.

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1  Thank Bruce P
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

The food is great - steak from Maui - lobster tail from South Africa, prawns from Mexico, salmon from Alaska. Cooked on a grill by a chef in front of you. Beware though because you are near the grill you walk out with your clothes smelling of bbq and it gets pretty warm beside the grill. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the chef's antics throwing the food around.

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Thank Sally W
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Reviewed 27 August 2016

Just like Benihana but Tanaka is better. Our last dinner best dinner with family picture (picture is not free if you want you buy it cost you $15.00 each pictures.)

Thank susanuro
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

Tanaka of Tokyo is a long-term favourite restaurant for us in Waikiki. Recently we ended our holiday in Hawaii with another very enjoyable dinner there.
The Shogun meal (USD 67 pp with fried rice) provides more than enough food - lobster; steak etc preceeded by a salad and followed by a small dessert.
The "theatre" of Tanaka has not changed at all over the years and was in evidence once again. Our chef was entertaining and of course very competent.
Drinks service was very slow, however, proving to be a frustration throughout our evening. At times it was a struggle to find a waiter and we waited at the beginning of the evening for a long time, (some 20 minutes!) before drinks were delivered.
Tanaka is expensive - for four of us with some mai tais, two bottles of wine and a beer or two, the check was USD 460.
But it was a good finish to our holiday and we left happy!!

Thank GWGGWG
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