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Best Japanese Restaurants on Oahu

Updated on July 18, 2012

"Irasshaimase!"

That's what you'll hear when you step into just about any Japanese restaurant on Oahu - "Irasshaimase," or "Welcome!"

And Oahu is fortunate to be the home of numerous Japanese restaurants that make you feel just that - welcome, through their friendly customer service and oishii (delicious) food.

Whether you're craving fresh Sashimi, a variety of Sushi, flavorful Soba, crispy Tempura, or savory Katsus, check out the restaurants below, which are just a few of the many great Japanese restaurants on Oahu.

Restaurant Kuni & Lounge Chicken Teri
Restaurant Kuni & Lounge Chicken Teri | Source

Restaurant Kuni & Lounge

Restaurant Kuni & Lounge has been a mainstay in Waipahu for over 30 years, serving ono Japanese food in their restaurant, and offering a place for guests to relax, have a drink, and sing karaoke in their lounge.

Teishokus are a popular item, which come with Tsukemono, Moyashi (bean sprouts), Miso Soup, and Salad (Kuni's is well known for their dressing in addition to their Japanese dishes), along with your choice of entrees.

You can choose from 1 to 3 entrees, and options include Chicken Katsu, Tonkatsu, Chicken Teri, Miso Mahi Mahi, and Tofu Steak.

Other offerings include several varieties of Udon, Saimin, Nabemono, and Donburi.

While dining at the restaurant, if you happen to see the silver-haired owner, Kuni, ask him to do his special magic trick that involves a cup of water.

Restaurant Kuni is also a very popular catering option for parties and other gatherings.

Restaurant Kuni & Lounge: 94-210 Leokane St, Waipahu, HI 96797, (808) 671-1100

Kunio Restaurant Chicken Katsu and Vegetable Tempura Combination
Kunio Restaurant Chicken Katsu and Vegetable Tempura Combination | Source

Kunio Restaurant

Located in the Waikele Shopping Center, Kunio Restaurant has been a popular Japanese dining spot ever since it opened its doors.

Even after it expanded to increase the amount of customers they could serve, there is often a line during peak lunch and dinner hours.

A small sushi bar is available for those who wish to indulge in one of several varieties of sushi, including Uni, Maguro, Ebi, Tako, and Natto Maki. Specialty sushi rolls, such as the Dynamite, Caterpillar, and Spider are also pleasing to the eyes as well as to the appetite.

Combination plates are very popular at Kunio, allowing you to choose from several options such as Yakitori, Chicken Teriyaki, Miso Butterfish and Vegetable Tempura.

Miso Soup, Tsukemono, and other appetizers are included with orders of combination plates.

A semi-private area is available for small- to medium-sized parties.

Kunio Restaurant: 94-799 Lumiaina St. Suite 2F, Waipahu, HI 96797-808.680-9188

Ojiya Restaurant Agedashi Tofu
Ojiya Restaurant Agedashi Tofu | Source

Ojiya Restaurant

Ojiya Restaurant is considered an Izakaya - a venue that emphasizes food just as much as it does alcoholic drinks.

In addition to their popular Soba and Sushi dishes, other specialties include Agedashi Tofu, Gobo Chips, Asparagus-Wrapped Bacon Skewers, and Baked Fish Cake with Mozzarella Cheese.

For the more adventurous type, Gyutan (Beef Tongue) and Chicken Gizzards are also offered.

Order several of their dishes and enjoy "family-style" with your dining companions while enjoying a few drinks.

Ojiya Restaurant:1718 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814; 808-942-3838

Gyotaku Chicken Karaage and Mochiko Chicken
Gyotaku Chicken Karaage and Mochiko Chicken | Source

Gyotaku

With three locations on Oahu, Gyotaku is well-known for it's lunch specials and family-friendly atmosphere.

Their lunch specials are very popular and very reasonably-priced. The California Delight includes a California Roll, Karaage Chicken, Assorted Tenpura, Salad, and Miso Soup.

The Gyotaku Lunch Box includes assorted Sushi, assorted Tenpura, Teriyaki Chicken, Miso Soup, and Salad.

Combination Bentos (2 or 3-item options) are also available, with entree choices such as Chicken Karaage, Misoyaki Salmon, Furikake Salmon, Misoyaki Butterfish, and Mochiko Chicken. Bentos include Miso Soup, Salad, Pickles, and Rice.

A semi-private dining room is available for large parties, and kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday night with the purchase of an adult complete meal.

Gyotaku: Click here for locations.

Noboru Restaurant: California Roll
Noboru Restaurant: California Roll | Source

Noboru Restaurant

Located on the windward side of Oahu, Noboru Restaurant specializes in Teishoku, Sushi, Shabu Shabu and Chanko Nabe, and has a great variety of Japanese Beers and Sake to complement your meal.

Teishokus come with Salad, Miso Soup, and Rice, along with your choice of 1, 2 or 3 items such as Sashimi, Grilled Salmon, Chicken Teriyaki, Misoyaki Butterfish and Beef Teriyaki.

Fresh Sashimi and Sushi are other popular choices, as well as the Sukiyaki and Wafu Steak.

Generous portions and friendly service, in addition to a monthly Free Sake Tasting, attract customers from all around the island to Noboru.

Noboru Restaurant: 201 Hamakua Drive, #102, Kailua, HI 96734; 808-261-3033

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    • peachpurple profile image

      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      For those who are planning for a holiday trip to Oahu, this is a great hub for diners.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      My favorite is the Gyotaku. I would love some of that chicken, salad, and miso soup. I am now very hungry so I may have to go find something so satisfy my cravings for this food. Such an interesting hub.

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      nAnce mUra 4 years ago from Calgary, aLberta ,Canada.

      Konichi wa!I have been to the Oahu many years ago.and remember eating Udon and Sushi.I think there was a main market strip where there were Kiosks. I enjoyed eating Japanese food as I am Japanese born here. Loved the Japanese foodmarket.It was nice that we could buy Japanese food . Love, Miso soup and Tofu, and Tempura. Thanks for sharing recipes , the food makes me want to have a dish filled with Sushi and Tempura Looks Like Kuni has a restaurant full of Japanese dishes, everyone would like to try out.

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