10 Best Japanese restaurants in Honolulu servue up sushi, sake and everything else

Jade Eckardt

By , Local Expert, Honolulu
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Sometimes, the urge to have Japanese food strikes, and nothing satisfies until you get it. When that happens, count on 10Best to point you in the direction of Honolulu's best Japanese restaurants. We understand the desire to have a great meal, and we work hard to bring you the top places to eat in Honolulu. We vet restaurants carefully for quality, and when we recommend popular eateries like Kobe Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar or tell you that Nobu Waikiki gets good reader feedback, you can believe it. We'll make sure you get - and eat - what's best.

But Japanese food in Honolulu isn't just about sushi. With our guidance,...  Read more »

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    Traditional Japanese food made up of locally caught seafood is prepared in the finest way possible.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the ahi/avocado tartar and/or the breaded tofu, and BYOB."

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    Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

    Open from 5:50 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Weekends, Sansei combines amazingly fresh fish with nightlife entertainment.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make reservations on Weekends. "

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    Sushi Sasabune

    Their dishes are comprised of the freshest and locally sourced fish around.

    Local Expert Tip: "Weekends are the most crowded, so make a reservation on these nights. "

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    Kobe Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

    After nearly 40 years of exquisite service and food, it's impossible not to love Kobe Steak House.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to make reservations."

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    Wasabi Bistro

    Wasabi Bistro lends a modern take to traditional Japanese food with an exquisite element to its ambiance.

    Local Expert Tip: "Sit front row at the sushi bar to view the mastery first hand. "

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    Yanagi Sushi

    Yanagi Sushi serves up traditional Japanese food in a traditional and fun environment.

    Local Expert Tip: "Call in advance to reserve a private dining room. "

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    Banzai Sushi Bar

    Banzai Sushi blends amazing Japanese food and unique nightlife on the North Shore of Oahu.

    Local Expert Tip: "Happy hour is 5 to 6 p.m. daily and they don't take reservations on Friday and Saturday. "

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    Restaurant Suntory

    Authentic Japanese dishes, from shabu-shabu to sushi, teppanyaki and elegant kaiseki dinners.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget to make reservations for Suntory's. "

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    The sushi buffet takes place four nights a week from 5:30 to 9 p.m. and serves exquisite fresh sushi.

    Local Expert Tip: "Remember to wear resort attire. "

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    Nobu Waikiki

    Sleek. Delicious. Modern. Fun. Words that all describe Nobu Waikiki.

    Local Expert Tip: "Make reservations. "



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