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Sushi Izakaya Gaku

#176 of 1,793 Restaurants in Honolulu
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1329 S King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2341
+1 808-589-1329
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17:00 - 23:00
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 23:00
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Oslo, Norway
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6 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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

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Thank StructuredReviews
Tokyo, Japan
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago 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...

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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!

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Thank princesslala88
Koloa, Hawaii
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 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 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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60 reviews
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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 

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Thank awalua
Dublin, Ohio, United States
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198 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 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 

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Thank DublinKG
Honolulu, Hawaii
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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 

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Thank Zee S
Honolulu
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291 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 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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Thank sharkisland
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

We saw the reviews and pictures from other Yelp users and had to give this place a try. I'm glad we did!!! The place seems "closed" when we arrived around 6:30pm, since there was no sound as we approached this place. Even up to the door entrance, no noise. But once you enter this place, you'll hear.......IRASSHAIMASE!!!!! And many customers... More 

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Thank 339gregoryh
New York City, New York, USA
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323 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

This popular place has the convivial atmosphere of an Izakaya, where the regulars are drinking Sake and singing or enjoying music. Even the Tamago appeared to be stamped "Ongaku". There were several small plates "tapas" available. The Sushi was fresh as expected. Neither the small plates nor the Sushi were remarkable for such a highly rated place. I felt Sushi... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Japanese, Sushi, Asian
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
17:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 23:00
Thursday
17:00 - 23:00
Friday
17:00 - 23:00
Saturday
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?