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Sushi Izakaya Gaku

#227 of 1,838 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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1329 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2341
+1 808-589-1329
17:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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348 reviews
260 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place came highly recommended. The food is very good, but pricier than expected for an izakaya. The sashimi was fresh and I really enjoyed what was selected for us. The yellowtail tartare is a truly special dish. Call ahead for a reservation since it's on the smaller side. About a 10-15 minute uber ride from Waikiki.

Thank Amy W
Los Angeles
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2016 via mobile

The best dish here tasted like cat food. Most of it was dog food. Several of the dishes had no taste, which greatly benefited the dinner. The crabcake was fishy and unappealing. The hamachi tare tare was odd flavored. The tnt dynamite had poor textured seafood swimmimg in mayonaisse water. The simplest dish of shrimp tempura was frozen shrimp and... More 

Thank walletwad
Oslo, Norway
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

Perfect Japanese Izakaya experience at reasonable price, and a clear dining highlight after island hopping Hawaii for three weeks.

Thank StructuredReviews
Tokyo, Japan
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21 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

"Only one ring to rule them all...". Izakaya Gaku is still THE Japanese Izakaya in Honolulu. On point cuisine, the best ingredients, engaged sincere service in a small intimate atmosphere. $50+ a head but what are you waiting for? Start chanting... toro, toro, toro...

Thank David W
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Was looking forward to a nice japanese meal, food was ok, ive tasted better, the udon was the worst ive tasted including instant ones, service was poor, my waiter made no effort to interact with us at all, will not be back!

Thank princesslala88
Koloa, Hawaii
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

This is as close as it can be to an authentic Japanese Izakaya restaurant. This is "genuine" Japanese food. Most of the customers are local. Furthermore, all the staff is Japanese which gives you a pretty good idea about "authenticity". The food is simply superb, and the raw fish (sashimi) is as fresh as it could be. The variety of... More 

Thank hanaleibay23
Honolulu, Hawaii
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62 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I made reservations a month in advance to make sure we could get in to celebrate my son's birthday. Everything was so fresh and delicious. We ordered the large sashimi platter, which had a variety of 9 seafood specialities like ama-ebi (sweet shrimp), moi, maguro. Sushi platter A (which had a fabulous ikura nigiri flavored with dashi, delicious), a few... More 

Thank awalua
Dublin, Ohio, United States
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207 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

One of the chefs used to work in Ohio and I had to go there when I went to Honolulu since his restaurant was the best in town. The foods exceeded my expectations and we really enjoyed the foods and hospitality. Even we had to use taxi from Waikiki beach, it was worth the drive. It is a kind of... More 

Thank DublinKG
Honolulu, Hawaii
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Never judge a book by it's cover! The outside doesn't look like much and 9 out of 10 people would simply just walk by. However this hidden gem has the best sushi you will ever taste.The staff is friendly and the meals are prepped in front of your eyes which gives you first glance at the craftsmenship that is put... More 

Thank Zee S
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303 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

This Izakaya has Happy Hour specials and a varied menu. Our favorites include the assortments of tofu-- . On this occasion, they were out. Instead we had the chicken and mushroom rice, cooked in a clay pot and mixed with a raw egg. Amaebi and ikura nigiri sushi, a large platter of sashimi, with four or five different kinds of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1329 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2341
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-589-1329

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?