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Izakaya Nonbei, Honolulu, HI

Izakaya Nonbei

4.6
4.6
175 Reviews
$31 to $50
Japanese

Izakaya Nonbei has been a mainstay in Kapahulu for over 30 years serving the best Japanese food and drinks.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Izakaya, Sushi
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu 17:30–22:00 Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun 17:00–22:00
  • Phone number
    (808) 734-5573
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Area
    Kaimuki
  • Cross Street
    Kapahulu Avenue & Olu Street
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

What 175 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Japanese

  • Hawaii

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

  • Oahu

    Japanese

  • Oahu

    Most Booked 1000-Point Tables

175 Reviews
  1. DineOut

    Hawaii

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great variety & quality. Will return! Parking avail. Close to home!

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  2. DebbieP

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was exceptional. Service excellent. Curious as to the ambience of the upstairs area

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  3. KrisF

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Small and charming and just a bit noisy but that is part of the deal and expected. Casual and fun with food that is delicious. High quality sashimi at a fairly high price but worth it compared to prices across town. Butterfish top notch. Wafu steak also great if you really enjoy garlic. Prompt service. Tight parking be cautious.

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  4. 808XXX

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We were not notified that that the kitchen was soon closing and wanted to make a last order of sushi and was told there is no rice left to make one. In all my years of going to sushi restaurants and the 25 times I have visited Japan, this is the first time a sushi restaurant did not have rice even for two or three pieces of sushi.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was super great. Everyone was so helpful and food was super yummy. Authentic and delicious. Clean and sophisticated ambiance. Thank you so much!

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  6. Waikikian

    Palm Springs

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Soft Shell Crab…excellent! Tempura crispy, hot and greaseless!! Sushi, great variety!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 7 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A hidden gem off Kapahulu. Amazing food, drinks, and service! Had their signature Nasu Kinoko eggplant/mushroom dish and it was wonderful. Crab, avocado and bacon salad was a favorite too. Salmon sashimi was high grade — fresh with no stringy tendons and it melted in your mouth. Miso butterfish and Tori Kara were also delicious and tender. Will definitely come back here again!

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  8. Digby

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Definitely my favorite Izakaya of all time. Great food. Great service. Good value

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  9. Eugene

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 29 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experienced. The food was great, the service was great when considering there's a labor shortage. Everyone was kind and the overall experience was just like an izakaya should be 🙂

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    waikiiからちょっと離れていますが、又きたくなる お店でした。値段も比較的リーズナブルです。 味は日本の居酒屋の中でも中の上と思います。

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time here. Overall great experience. Will definitely be back!

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  12. DavidK

    Las Vegas

    29 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on 23 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I feel bad leaving this review but it is the honest truth. Very disappointed with our dining experience. They were out of so many things that it really ruined the the dinner. No edamame? No scallops no this no that. The excuse was “we were really busy this weekend”. Should have gone elsewhere. Definitely not recommended.

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  13. JimandDeb

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Japanese restaurant outside the jammed packed beach area. Great food, great value. This is a localism place so not fancy Highly recommended for Japanese food.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 19 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food is fresh and delicious and served temperature perfect which is important for Japanese fare.

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  15. PhilL

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Sashimi pieces are sliced generously. VERY fresh and good quality! Excellent service from everyone, especially Anna! Thank you!! 🙂

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  16. MrAK

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 16 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had an excellent family meal at Nonbei, sharing many sushi and cooked items. The server was very attentive and friendly and we felt that it was a very good value for the price as well.

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  17. jungsukjungsukk

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Nice food but not very friendly servers. If you are looking for some nice home made Japanese food, then this is where you can go but do not expect too much about the servers' hospitality.

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  18. Dylan

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Extraordinaire restaurant avec une carte intéressante et des mets délicieux! Le personnel est attentif et très professionnel. L’ambiance est très agréable! Nous reviendrons avec plaisir! Nous recommandons chaleureusement cet excellent restaurant!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely food. Authentic. Well done. We had sashimi and sushi rolls. Both were excellent.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The waitress was really nice and service was excellent. Food was delicious and will go again

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 4 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Customer service is always 100 for me and they really go above and beyond here! Thank you folks for the good food and amazing service!!

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our go to izakaya restaurant. The service is top notch and the food is amazing.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    Awful, awful experience. There were 9 diners including me. My food (Karei karaage) took OVER 1.5 hours to come out. By the time the food came out people were starting dessert. I sent the food back and refused to pay for it since the point of eating out with others is to enjoy eating TOGETHER. The waitress was initially apologetic but then said, “Well this is an izakaya restaurant and the meals are meant to be shared.” As if to justify the ridiculous amount of time it took to bring out the food. How the hell can we share if all the food we ordered isn’t even delivered? If we thought 8 orders would be enough for 9 people then don’t you think we would have just ordered that? The 2nd part of this critique is that another person in my party ordered the same thing as me and I got to try the Karei Karaage. For something that they proclaim to be one of their “specialities”, it was lacking in taste and presentation. The fish itself is bland even with the ponzu sauce and the texture of the batter is consistent with something that was previously frozen. The atmosphere is loud and for some reason they play R&B music in the background of this japanese restaurant. Most of the other patrons seem to have come from Waikiki and as someone born and raised in Hawaii, I should have recognized that the lack of locals was a clear indicator of how this restaurant was going to operate. There is a similar scathing rebuke of this place on Yelp that was just posted yesterday by another commenter named Vanessa. Check it out and do yourself and your party a favor. Find some place else.

    2 people found this helpful

  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    No frill, excellent food. The sashimi was delicious!

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  25. RandallL

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. It got quite busy after we placed our last order and weren’t able to get it due to the length of time we had to wait. Server apologized and we understood that it was really busy but they still get 5 stars ⭐️. We’ll be recommending and returning to eat there in the future.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    food was good. sashimi fresh. but kitchen backed up, so much that we were still missing several dishes by the time we finished eating about 2 hours into dinner. not acceptable. the staff didn’t know what we ordered either. maybe just short handed but made for a poor experience.

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  27. Adachimari

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed quality time with ohana. Izakaya Nonbei offered a variety of dishes to choose from. We pre-ordered the day before several pupus to share since we knew it would be quite busy. Having the private room for our party of 11 was nice for we were able to converse & laugh with one another without causing disturbance to other patrons. Also it was beneficial for our 87 year old uncle who has difficulty hearing . There was some delay in certain dishes coming out in a timely manner but I contributed to a full house and a busy kitchen. Overrall, our ohana enjoyed dining there and will be back.

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  28. JustinM

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our 2nd visit. Our son returned home from NYC. So we wanted to take him to the best Japanese Restaurant after the DHT show. We were all very happy, for different reasons. Izakaya Nonbei was the common denominator!

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  29. TULEIA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The restaurant was not full when we appeared for our 6:30 P.M. reservation. Sadly, our positive opinion of Izakaya Nonbei began and ended there. We discovered shortly after having been seated, that service would, in fact, not be timely at all. As the evening progressed, we were of the growing impression that no skillful or effective interaction existed between the wait staff and the kitchen staff. We had no problems with the food or ambiance. However, service during the 2 hours was exceedingly poor. A prime example was the haphazard service of 4 same entrees, the Assorted Tempura, which took over an hour to complete. No apologies were given. After dessert, the Manager appeared suddenly and requested we immediately vacate our table as the next reservation was waiting for the table. The Manager's request was unprofessional and in exceedingly poor taste. It is not my practice to lob idle criticism or post bad restaurant reviews, but our negative experience at Izakaya Nonbei has left me no other alternative. I understand that hard-working, experienced restaurant staff sometimes make the occasional, albeit rare, mistake. However, what our party was subjected to at Izakaya Nonbei was inexcusable. As an informed consumer, I feel compelled to bring the above-described deficiencies to the attention of others.

    2 people found this helpful

  30. happywifeishappylife

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Definitely one of my new favourites! I love the renovations, and the additional parking makes for ample parking. They do take pride in the food that is served and have a wonderful assortment of quality sake. The interior is new and modern, the only thing to be aware of is that it can get loud when the restaurant is full due to the echoing of the walls and floors.

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  31. Firsttimer

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    3 members of our party ordered their own dinner. My father’s dinner came after we were all done eating. No apologies, no let me take it off your bill, they didn’t even bring edamame to hold him over. They kept saying it’s coming. Just before it finally came, we were told that the grill was busy and besides this is izakaya and it’s not meant for a single person’s meal. Our server how took the order knew that it was my dad’s dinner order and he even asked for rice. Very disappointing service compared to the delicious food.

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  32. Anonymous

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Izakaya Nonbei is always reliable. Food is always so tasty.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 10 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Tables were small, would have ordered more food if it was bigger.

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  34. memit

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 9 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service and value. It's been a while. We'll beback

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  35. MadelineB

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great local spot, would say based on prices it qualifies as slightly more upscale izakaya, but everything was really good.

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  36. TiffanyU

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you for the piece of birthday cheesecake! Your staff is friendly. We enjoyed ourselves.

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  37. CurtO

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 27 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We haven't been to Izakaya Nonbei for a while and thought I would take Dad. Easy to make a reservation at 5pm so parking was good. Plus they got another lot for guests to park. We were greeted promptly by the GM Bobby who was very hospitable. We ordered appetizers and our dinner..fabulous and delicious. Their karaage chicken was fantastic and their koebi karaage awesome. Shrimp Tempura was tasty and lots of upon and two extremely large shrimp. Good value. The menu was so extensive with a lot of options. Wait staff all attentive and created a very enjoyable evening. We will return. You will not be disappointed at all.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    They have provided excellent food and services every time we dined there!! Thank you!!

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  39. foodfanatic

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    People were super pleasant but food was a little underwhelming and it is also not super cheap so expected a little more…

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  40. NathanK

    Hawaii

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on 19 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We absolutely love Izakaya Nonbei. The food, beer, sake selection, service keep us coming back for more. Not to mention it’s in a great location with plenty of parking in front of the restaurant or in a private lot a little up the street. The sashimi sets are a must, as is the sushi, kakuni, chicken, beef tongue, eggplant and mushroom, agedashi tofu, chawanmushi, fried flounder and butterfish. Everything is so delicious here. Can’t wait to return.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Izakaya Nonbei is rated 4.6 stars by 175 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 12 times today
Google Map for Izakaya Nonbei

3108 Olu St, Honolulu, HI 96816-1426

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Kapahulu Avenue & Olu Street
  • Area
    Kaimuki
  • Hours of Operation
    Thu 17:30–22:00 Dinner Mon–Wed, Fri–Sun 17:00–22:00
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Japanese, Izakaya, Sushi
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Private Lot
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine
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