Best Japanese Restaurants on Oahu
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
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
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 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
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.
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