Yanagi Sushi

★★★☆☆
  • 762 Kapiolani Blvd

    Honolulu, HI 96813

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  • 808-597-1525

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Monday To Saturday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM Monday To Saturday From 05:30 PM To 02:00 AM Sunday From 11:00 AM To 02:00 PM Sunday From 05:30 PM To 10:00 PM

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I don't care how good the food is, and this was nothing to rave about, there is no excuse for treating customers rudely. The only thing the sushi server would say to us was "it comes from Japan", and that was when we could get his attention. I knew we should have got up and left when he demanded we move our dishes back to where he wanted them. We didn't see him talking to his Asian customers like that and they had moved everything. Needless to say, we won't be going back, and our company will not be having dinner meetings here either. Anyone know of a sushi bar in Hono or Waikiki that has good service?

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★☆☆☆☆

I don't care how good the food is, and this was nothing to rave about, there is no excuse for treating customers rudely. The only thing the sushi server would say to us was "it comes from Japan", and that was when we could get his attention. I knew we should have got up and left when he demanded we move our dishes back to where he wanted them. We didn't see him talking to his Asian customers like that and they had moved everything. Needless to say, we won't be going back, and our company will not be having dinner meetings here either. Anyone know of a sushi bar in Hono or Waikiki that has good service?

Pros: Complimetary valet parking with a very nice valet

Cons: Rude sushi server.

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Yanagi's has always been one of my favorite sushi restaurants in HI. The fish is very fresh and the service is very Japanese and friendly. Their is limited parking in front, but you valet your car.

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★★★★☆

Yanagi's has always been one of my favorite sushi restaurants in HI. The fish is very fresh and the service is very Japanese and friendly. Their is limited parking in front, but you valet your car.

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...time and time again I've strayed to other sashimi places in hopes of finding some variety in my life. What am I left with? Finding myself returning to Yanagi Sushi each time and even having given up the seemingly futile search for a *better* sashimi place.

At their worst the sashimi might not be the tastiest nor the freshest but even then the quality KILLS most other restaurants. The only one I've found comparable in terms of quality is Rokkaku, located at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. My dad (the pickiest person I've ever known, who should have been a food critic instead of a business owner) will agree with me.

They are almost always packed on any given night at any given time. They are open late Mondays through Saturdays, which is great for late-night cravings. One night after going to a sake tasting where they offered ONO (really really good) food we still ended up going to Yanagi to eat!! If our bill comes out less than $100 we weren't really hungry. It's not that they're expensive, because they're really not if you take quality and service into account, but it can get pricey. The last time we went we doubled our order of sashimi even though we weren't *hungry*... the serving amount is more than decent. Again, a great value.

They have combination dinners which are more than filling and you can pick from a wide variety of selection -- New York Steak, fried chicken, sashimi, tonkatsu (pork cutlet), butterfish, saba (mackerel), udon, tenpura... all off the top of my head but I know I've missed a few. They also have a lot of sashimi. My favorites are hamachi (yellowtail), sake (salmon), and uni (sea urchin). Their green tea is very good, sake selection is okay. Beer is great at a good price, but I've never tried their wine. They constantly walk by and there are a lot of them ready to help you. All you have to do is get their attention. The water is rarely empty, they constantly refill the green tea as well.

For those of you who aren't into sushi (oh I forgot about the rolls and their late night specials -- Oyster shooters, spider roll, dragon roll are some of my favorites), they have shabu shabu (the hot pot). It's a healthier way of cooking your food... They also have an excellent salmon skin salad. And some ice cream to finish you off =)

I've been going there for... over ten years now. I even go without my parents and am willing to pay $100+ on my meager salary lol. So yeah, it's definitely worth going.

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★★★★★

...time and time again I've strayed to other sashimi places in hopes of finding some variety in my life. What am I left with? Finding myself returning to Yanagi Sushi each time and even having given up the seemingly futile search for a *better* sashimi place.

At their worst the sashimi might not be the tastiest nor the freshest but even then the quality KILLS most other restaurants. The only one I've found comparable in terms of quality is Rokkaku, located at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. My dad (the pickiest person I've ever known, who should have been a food critic instead of a business owner) will agree with me.

They are almost always packed on any given night at any given time. They are open late Mondays through Saturdays, which is great for late-night cravings. One night after going to a sake tasting where they offered ONO (really really good) food we still ended up going to Yanagi to eat!! If our bill comes out less than $100 we weren't really hungry. It's not that they're expensive, because they're really not if you take quality and service into account, but it can get pricey. The last time we went we doubled our order of sashimi even though we weren't *hungry*... the serving amount is more than decent. Again, a great value.

They have combination dinners which are more than filling and you can pick from a wide variety of selection -- New York Steak, fried chicken, sashimi, tonkatsu (pork cutlet), butterfish, saba (mackerel), udon, tenpura... all off the top of my head but I know I've missed a few. They also have a lot of sashimi. My favorites are hamachi (yellowtail), sake (salmon), and uni (sea urchin). Their green tea is very good, sake selection is okay. Beer is great at a good price, but I've never tried their wine. They constantly walk by and there are a lot of them ready to help you. All you have to do is get their attention. The water is rarely empty, they constantly refill the green tea as well.

For those of you who aren't into sushi (oh I forgot about the rolls and their late night specials -- Oyster shooters, spider roll, dragon roll are some of my favorites), they have shabu shabu (the hot pot). It's a healthier way of cooking your food... They also have an excellent salmon skin salad. And some ice cream to finish you off =)

I've been going there for... over ten years now. I even go without my parents and am willing to pay $100+ on my meager salary lol. So yeah, it's definitely worth going.

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Called on a Saturday to make reservations for that same night. I was told that they were booked and there would be no chance of walking in to get a seat. My husband thought he would attempt to make a reservation too. He was able to get a reservation at a prime time and we got a nice table when we got there. I was conflicted because we did want a reservation, however, when he was treated better than me, I did not appreciate the restaurant. Besides, the service isn't that great (they're slow and don't treat you well unless you speak Japanese) and the food isn't really spectacular (the sushi pieces are less than stunning and they can't even cook chicken right--I had to send back because it was undercooked). We can get better sushi at Zippy's.

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★★☆☆☆

Called on a Saturday to make reservations for that same night. I was told that they were booked and there would be no chance of walking in to get a seat. My husband thought he would attempt to make a reservation too. He was able to get a reservation at a prime time and we got a nice table when we got there. I was conflicted because we did want a reservation, however, when he was treated better than me, I did not appreciate the restaurant. Besides, the service isn't that great (they're slow and don't treat you well unless you speak Japanese) and the food isn't really spectacular (the sushi pieces are less than stunning and they can't even cook chicken right--I had to send back because it was undercooked). We can get better sushi at Zippy's.

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I have been to suhsi places all over the world for 40 years, starting from the late 60's when eating raw fish was still virtually unheard of outside Japan. I have been to this place several times since I bought a place in Hawaii. The food at this joint is below average compared to similarly-priced sushi places in LA or NY. The service is acceptable, but the chef is usually not very attentive to non-Japanese-speaking customers at the bar. Last night, I had to leave the place hungry after an hour and a half, because I failed to attract his attention for an hour after my first order. All the while, he was serving his Japanese customers who showed up a good half an hour later order after order, joking and all. If you don't speak Janapese, avoid this place! Honolulu is hardly a goumet town, but there must be some other decent sushi places. If not, well, my doctor has always been advising me that eating fish raw is a risky business!

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★★☆☆☆

I have been to suhsi places all over the world for 40 years, starting from the late 60's when eating raw fish was still virtually unheard of outside Japan. I have been to this place several times since I bought a place in Hawaii. The food at this joint is below average compared to similarly-priced sushi places in LA or NY. The service is acceptable, but the chef is usually not very attentive to non-Japanese-speaking customers at the bar. Last night, I had to leave the place hungry after an hour and a half, because I failed to attract his attention for an hour after my first order. All the while, he was serving his Japanese customers who showed up a good half an hour later order after order, joking and all. If you don't speak Janapese, avoid this place! Honolulu is hardly a goumet town, but there must be some other decent sushi places. If not, well, my doctor has always been advising me that eating fish raw is a risky business!

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It's an OK place for Hawaii, but wouldn't stand a chance in mainland or in Tokyo. Fish was not too impressive for the price. Staff was courteous, but it took an hour and a half to get just 5 orders of sushi at the bar.

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★★★☆☆

It's an OK place for Hawaii, but wouldn't stand a chance in mainland or in Tokyo. Fish was not too impressive for the price. Staff was courteous, but it took an hour and a half to get just 5 orders of sushi at the bar.

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Its a great place to go for good sushi. You get very large cuts from the chef and its usually fast service if you can get his attention. You have to be aggressive with that in ordering you food. I would rate this place high for the authentic style and great food. Reservations are recommended as you might have to wait. Good valet service.

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★★★★☆

Its a great place to go for good sushi. You get very large cuts from the chef and its usually fast service if you can get his attention. You have to be aggressive with that in ordering you food. I would rate this place high for the authentic style and great food. Reservations are recommended as you might have to wait. Good valet service.

Pros: Large Cuts, Good Quailty, Good Parking

Cons: Service

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had a bone in a piece of sashimi, manager said
"it happens". never before, plus, dynamite was not
so, and toro was very gristly...

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★☆☆☆☆

had a bone in a piece of sashimi, manager said
"it happens". never before, plus, dynamite was not
so, and toro was very gristly...

 

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