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Reviewed 27 January 2020

Best Sea Food lover Restaurant in Honolulu. Great Mahi - Mahi fresh fish Big Diner selections menu, ------Salmon covier delicious, Services Fast and Wonderful

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 30 July 2019 via mobile

Our niece recommended this place to us. The sushi was very fresh. A lot of native Japanese people were here. The waiter was very nice and polite. We had a good time there with our niece.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 22 January 2019

Since learning of this gem during our last visit to Honolulu, we made it a point to come and revisit Imanas Tei this time round. We were not disappointed as everything we ordered was finished to the last bite. Amongst our favourites were the deep...fried tofu with tempura sauce, the spicy clams, the spider roll (soft shell crab), hamachi Kama (hamachi neck) and the nabe pot (Japanese hot pot). Basically, we liked everything we ordered. A special mention to goes to those spicy clams...the sauce is the perfect balance and we made sure to finish it to the last drop! This restaurant is located about a 10 min drive from the main strip of hotels by Waikiki beach. Just on the other side of the canal and the Uber from the hotel cost about $12USD. The decor's simple elegance with a triangular shaped long table on the restaurant side and a small tatami room. On the other side is a sushi bar where you can watch the deft hands of the sushi chefs as they work. Service was great, our server was friendly and patient as we try to decide on our orders and willing to answer any questions or explain any dishes. One last note, reservations are highly recommended and if you don't make it in, there is a yakitori restaurant next door.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 17 November 2018

Imanas Tei is my family's favorite restaurant on Oahu. We probably dine there about three times a month. The food is consistently good, the prices are reasonable, and the service is excellent. They have a wide variety of food from sushi/sashimi to nabe to grilled...and fried foods. Everything is really good! Some of my family's favorites include chanko nabe (with zosui at the end), negitoro tsumami, dynamite, garlic clams, chicken shioyaki, misokatsu, hamachi kama, agedashi tofu, spicy tuna rolls, salmon and mentaiko onigiri, and maguro yamakake. There also is a nice variety of Japanese sake available. Parking can sometimes be a challenge with limited stalls in front of the restaurant that are shared with Torikyu, a Japanese yakitori restaurant. When those are full, I've always been able to find parking on King Street. Reservations are taken for seatings between 5:00 PM and 7:00 P.M. After that, it's on a walk-in basis. Even though Imanas Tei is an izakaya, there is no problem with kids/families dining there. We must've dined at Imanas Tei more than a hundred times over the years. We have never been disappointed (except when they ran out of certain menu items)!More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 31 January 2018

Love this place. Always visit when in Honolulu. Traditional Japanese restaurant. Some nights we have to wait for a table it gets that busy. They have a sit down restaurant section and also a sushi bar area to sit at. It's great for a quick...easy meal if that's what you are after. It's not a fancy restaurant at all but if you are after honest, easy, simple and clean Japanese then this place is perfect. We love the simple green salad, the potato salad and the spicy tuna rolls.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed 21 November 2017

I am never able to get a reservation after 7pm. They always allow me to eat at 5:30pm if I am willing to leave by 7pm. That seems the best way to get entrance.

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

We were recommended this tiny izakaya by a friend and it remains my go-to for Japanese cuisine. The atmosphere is intimate yet friendly and the service is on point. I love eating the beef tongue, seafood dynamite, fried gobo and all the sushi. When I'm...hungry, the chanko nabe can't be beat. After all, this is what sumo wrestlers eat to gain weight! I especially love the end when the broth is flavorful and they add your choice of udon or rice and egg. My favorite is the rice - it makes a delicious savory porridge. Prices are reasonable given the quality. I will return here again and again!More

Date of visit: October 2016
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Reviewed 8 December 2016 via mobile

Everything from appetizer to dessert were soooo delicious!!! Grilled butterfish is a must try item! Seafood and Gobo chips, you can only eat it in Imanas, no where else. Parking lot is small though.

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

You know a Japanese restaurant is good when there are only Japanese speaking patrons eating there. The freshest homemade soba in a small room setting. Intimate and unique I love eating there.

Date of visit: November 2015
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Reviewed 17 July 2016

We tried Imanas TEI since we heard it was ranked #5 in the nation for Japanese food and it did not disappoint. Lots of selections on the menu, and our server was very helpful in giving advice as to some of the most popular dishes....We thoroughly enjoyed everything. They have several a la cart items, and we started with the salmon sashimi and dynamite (scallops covered in dynamite sauce - which a really good creamy sauce, but somewhat hard to describe) that were both awesome. The server recommended chanko nabi - an awesome soup dish with chicken, thin sliced beef, king crab legs, clams, pork meatballs, tofu, and vegetables cooked at the table- highly recommend. We sat in the back at a more traditional style Japanese table - recommend that, too! They take reservations, so you can ask for the traditional style table. Their is parking out front, but the lot is small, so parking may be a problem. We got there at 5:30 and got one of the last 2 spots.More

Date of visit: July 2016
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