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Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro, Honolulu, HI

Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro

4.7
4.7
564 Reviews
$30 and under
Japanese
Ginza Bairin is located on 255 Beach walk at Waikiki and serving authentic Japanese Tonkatsu and Yoshoku ( Bistro) dishes that were inspired by Western ingredients.

Ginza Bairin offers (2) separate dining experiences,The Tonkatsu Room and The Yoshoku Room.
Each Room offers different menu items, with 10 Signature Tonkatsu items available on both.

In the Tonkatsu room : We serve all range of Tonkatsu dishes.
We serve high-quality Berkshire pork (Kurobuta) that forms the basis for the cutlet dishes, along with the low-sugar bread crumb batter and premium salad oil used to create a perfectly crispy outside and juicy inside in every bite. Ginza Bairin’s signature Tonkatsu Sauce, a blend of spices, fruits, and vegetables, brings out the natural sweetness and robust flavor of the Tonkatsu.

In the Yoshoku & Bistro room : Japanese dishes that were inspired by Western ingredients like Omrice and Hamburger steak, Napolitan spaghetti, Beef stew, Seafood Gratin and so on.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 96 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 16:00–21:30
  • Phone number
    (808) 926-8082
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress

What 564 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Japanese

  • Oahu

    Japanese

  • Oahu

    Most Booked

564 Reviews
  1. Rocky

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious! One of our favorite meals on our vacation. Will definitely be back.

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  2. Janet

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We made the reservations for this restaurant about a month ago. When we arrived at the restaurant ( we were on time), the host was about to seat us at the bar. I mentioned I made reservations for a table. Either way we got seated at a table. The waiter was super friendly and totally made up for the initial confusion of the seating. And the food was phenomenal!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always look forward. Came twice during our stay! Best place for dinner in the area!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food, always busy so make sure to come in at off times or make reservations.

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  5. RichL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Friendly and efficient service. Super nice would definitely return

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  6. randl

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Ginza Bairin was a very special place tucked in a road of Waikiki! The food was delicious and it bring me back to some dishes I have eaten in Japan. The portion sizes was more than enough and the waiter had given us that tip because we would’ve ordered a lot more! The staff was very friendly and I would go back there. I loved how parking was accessible!!!!!

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  7. cfct21

    New York City

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Popular. Make a reservation, a few days in advance. Great value!!!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great experience for our family my baby. Food was Ono and the service was top notch.

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  9. PeterL

    Los Angeles

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our go-to place in Waikiki. This trip we ended up going twice…once for lunch and once for dinner. At dinner service, they were out of a couple options at 7:15 and the place was very busy, however lunch was really more enjoyable….same menu but a bit more relaxed. The food and service were excellent

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  10. SHWU

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely divine! From the crisp, golden breading to the tender, juicy pork within, every bite at this Tonkatsu restaurant is a taste of culinary perfection. Not to mention the sauce. The cozy ambiance adds to the dining experience. With impeccable service and consistently delicious dishes again and again. A must-visit for us when we visit Oahu once a year.

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  11. KellyL

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our experience at Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu was so great we had to return the next day! Luckily, they were kind enough to accommodate us without a reservation the second day! We especially loved the chicken katsu, curry and specialty thick cut pork loin but everything we tried was delicious. They are also very family friendly and our toddler ate the most here out of all places during our time in Oahu! Huge thank you to the two gentlemen staff members working the back restaurant for being the best hosts!

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  12. EdwardS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very great service of Japanese style. But the price is a little higher than I expected.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    It was okay but not sure if it is worth $44 for to tonkatsu.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, service, and ambience! Will visit again!

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  15. BrianH

    Orange County

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 4 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is not our first time at Ginza. I normally order the premium don katsu. It's a bit pricey but the meat quality is really good, amazing really. It was well fried, so the texture was crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside, 5/5 stars all around. My wife ordered the katsu curry one. The meat was good for what was ordered. The curry was also fairly tasty, and I would give it a 4/5 stars. Service was excellent, sometimes there is a wait so make sure to reserve in advance just to be safe. Would go again.

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  16. JohnG

    Seattle

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very nice experience. Our first time having Katsu and the gracious staff showed us how to grind the sesame seeds to make the sauce! Pork tenderloin was fab!

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  17. TylerW

    Houston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely killer katsu, so good. Definitely one of the best meals we had in Waikiki.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely delicious. Eat here every time I’m in Honolulu.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing. Best piece of pork I've ever eaten. So tender and juicy with that crispy katsu layer. Must get the specialty kurobuta tonkatsu. I strongly recommend adding a side of the curry sauce, so good! There are 2 main restaurants for tonkatsu in Oahu. Very hard to get reservations at the other restaurant, but all of the locals I've talked to said Ginza Bairin is better. I haven't tried the competitors but I'd probably agree with them, best tonkatsu I've ever eaten. I had it once in Japan, but it was not nearly as tender or juicy as Ginza Bairin. Staff is also very friendly. 10/10 would recommend.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent tonkatsu and service here! Always a favorite! Just make sure you have reservations before going! Enjoy!

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was okay. My husband had a hair stuck on his tonkatsu.

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  22. JeffU

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 22 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our White person was very knowledgeable and pointed us in the right direction regarding food choices. Everything we had was excellent. Many of the dishes we ate at this restaurant were first time dishes for us. And we have been to Japan several times. I highly recommend this restaurant. High quality ingredients, excellent preparation, and great service.

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  23. LilikoiKitchen

    San Francisco

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The service from the staff was excellent. The thick cut pork tonkatsu was my favorite. Love the crispy cabbage and side of pickles.

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  24. Meeechellek

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a party of 4 and each ordered different plates and were really impressed with all our choices. The tonkatsu meat is so tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. The curry add on is just incredible. It was our favorite restaurant on Oahu

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New Mexico

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, The waiter was nice and explained the way to combine the ingredients for our dish,which we really appreciated because this was our first time trying Japanese food. We loved the ambience, and the restaurant was clean, The meal portions for a person were large,A must try if you are in the Honolulu area.

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  26. KazukoA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We made a dinner reservation at Yoshoku Bistro, but it was not even in business anymore. So we went to the Tonkatsu section. The reason we decided to go to the Yoshoku section is because there were some menu items my 88 year old mother can eat. Please update your restaurant information online.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Go early first seating if you’re determined to get the kurobuta tonkatsu juicy & delish! Umeshu highball drink is also a fav.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything about this place is superb. Food and service are excellent.

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  29. CarolynH

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Fantastic food, good service, good location. The only complaint I could possibly come up with is that it seemed too brightly-lit, I would have preferred it a little dimmer. Otherwise, perfectly crispy meat, fresh side salad with lots of dressings and sauces. The curry was also very flavorful, better than I’ve had in NYC.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent. They sat us earlier than our actual reservation after we arrived in the area sooner than we originally anticipated. Very nice server. The food was perfect.

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  31. Michu

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were no special cuts left, #1 and #3 but our meals were still great!

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  32. WinEatsandBeaTS

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This needs be a tourist's destination stop when in Oahu. I've been trying to come here for years but either the timing wasn't right or there was no reservation when I wanted to go. Finally Finally got the last time slot on New Year's Day 2024 at 2:15 pm. YES!!!! This is why they are always booked. Their sando was mind blowing delicious. The mustard inside had a bit of horseradish spread inside. The katsu fried to perfection with a nice thin panko batter. The bread. OMG the bread was nice and chewy, cut into 4 slivers. I loved this sando, which wasn't even mine to begin with (my DD) that I came back the following night AFTER dinner to order another one, to go. Yes, it IS that good. Okay, onto MY dish. Pork Katsu Curry Set. Get the set. It's worth it! The cabbage salad was finely julienned and chilled making it so refreshing. I love the sesame dressing the best. The rice and miso was piping hot. The katsu had a juice crunch to eat bite. Service was great! Highly recommend to make a reservation

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Had reservations & still waited 25 minutes & service was slooow, waited another 30 min to get food, But as always, delicious food!

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  34. VincentS

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seating is a little tight but manager and staff amazing!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    Very oily. Not worth $44! It’s not a needed experience.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was ok. Over hyped. Happy to have tried it. Wouldn’t go again

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  37. NedaJ

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    A few of the menu items were not available to order, but maybe that's understandable since it was 8 pm on Christmas Day. Otherwise, we enjoyed our food and atmosphere at the restaurant. The servers were very friendly and accommodating. We would visit again.

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  38. Seed

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 25 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s a simple, clean, family-friendly restaurant. The price is reasonable. The food is well prepared. Their signature pork katsu is super crunchy outside and very juicy inside. The rice is excellent too. It is a very popular restaurant so a reservation is highly recommended.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The price was a bit expensive, but the pork cutlet was satisfactory.

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  40. GailC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, efficient service. Helpful in offering to answer questions. Food was tasty! Everyone enjoyed the experience.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 926-8082.

Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro is rated 4.7 stars by 564 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 96 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Ginza Bairin Hawaii Tonkatsu and Yoshoku Bistro

255 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815

Additional information

  • Area
    Waikiki
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 16:00–21:30
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Japanese
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Valet
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Takeaway, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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