Japanese Restaurants in Kahului

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Behind Tokoname's dark-wood storefront and rustic carved sign, chefs craft of authentic Japanese fare by the light of hanging lanterns. Sushi standards such as ahi tuna nigiri and shrimp tempura share table space with more exotic seasonal items, including abalone and monkfish liver. Patrons can also opt to wash down meals with a round of sake cocktails or a beer tower for the table. During lunches at the Manoa location, chefs also drizzle chicken in homemade teriyaki sauce.

442 Uluniu St
Kailua,
HI
US

From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Mushroom Medley - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Pork Gyoza Dumplings, and Chicken Karaage. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, grilled ahi tuna, or chicken with basil sauce until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.

1221 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
US

For more than 35 years, Kobe Steak House's skilled master chefs have fired seafood, meat, and vegetarian fare on tableside griddles—or teppans—right in front of captivated patrons. Pulling from a pantry stocked with tender aged beef, Nova Scotia scallops, cold water lobsters, and garden-fresh vegetables, these teppanyaki artists dazzlingly toss their ingredients and cookery tools into the air as they sear dishes such as teriyaki chicken or Emperor steak. Diners can also dig their chopsticks into sushi selections, including fresh cuts of daily-caught Hawaiian maguro sashimi.

When they're not watching the chefs helm a thrilling knife show, guests can cast their gaze upon the antique décor of a 300-year-old fisherman kimono, emperor dolls, fine porcelain hibachis, and steak-sauce bottles from the Edo period.

1841 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
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Tenyaku's menu abounds in yakiniku and shabu-shabu, two closely intertwined styles of traditional Japanese cooking. Yakiniku is a shared social meal, ordered one or two bites at a time, so that tantalized tongues can sample a smorgasbord of savory fare, including teriyaki chicken ($5.95), premium Kobe beef short ribs ($19.50), grilled pork belly ($5.95), and Korean-style octopus ($6.50). Shabu-shabu, or Japanese hot pot, also treats groups of gourmands to a cornucopia of thinly sliced meats, veggies, and supplemental dipping sauces. Where yakiniku metes out customer-selected bites, shabu-shabu unleashes a colossal cavalcade of the chef’s choosing, complete with a tabletop pot to cook it in. At Tenyaku, shabu-shabu comes in three varieties: beef ($19.95), seafood ($24.95), and beef and seafood ($23.95), but any order should contain enough variety to placate the persnickety and to ensure the meal’s genetic line adapts to evolutionary changes. Diners can also select one of Tenyaku's many Korean options, such as the fiery pork kimchi ($9.50) or the traditional Korean bulgogi, with sweetly savory marinated beef ($14.95).

1108 Keeaumoku St
Honolulu,
HI
US

Odoriko Restaurant has reaped the delectable harvest of the sea and transformed it into stylish Japanese cuisine for almost 40 years. A crew of seasoned chefs slice seafood and twirl it into rolls, such as the Odoriko roll with salmon, squid, avocado, and tuna ($9.95). King clam holds court over the sashimi menu ($25), leading the octopus ($12.50), aji ($11.50), and other sea creatures in the war against cooking. Nabemono, or hot-pot dishes, invite diners to brandish culinary gadgets and sear their choice of meat, vegetables, and Odoriko's handmade tofu at their tables ($35+). Nine varieties of sake headline the vast drink menu, which also includes shochu, a distilled traditional Japanese liquor ($6.95+ per glass). Odoriko extends a sharable party menu to groups of four or more, who may transform their conviviality into a full-fledged bash in a private room complete with karaoke and nearly endless renditions of "Endless Love."

2400 Koa Ave
Honolulu,
HI
US

Hiroshi's is a Yakiniku restaurant that serves the highest quality meat you can get on the island. All of our meat is shipped by plane and is never frozen. Hiroshi's only likes to serve the best products so that our customers will have the best experience possible. Our service is also something we are very proud of.

339 Royal Hawaiian Ave
Honolulu,
HI
US