Honolulu's 5 best spots for high-end Japanese eats

Honolulu's 5 best spots for high-end Japanese eats
Photo: Tanaka Of Tokyo West/Yelp
By Hoodline - Published on October 03, 2019.

Looking to satisfy your appetite for Japanese fare?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best high-end Japanese restaurants around Honolulu, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to fulfill your urges.

1. Tanaka Of Tokyo West

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Topping the list is Tanaka Of Tokyo West. Located at 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., in Ala Moana-Kakaako, the steakhouse and teppanyaki spot, which offers seafood and more, is the highest-rated high-end Japanese restaurant in Honolulu, boasting 4.5 stars out of 972 reviews on Yelp. 

Start your meal off with an appetizer like calamari, scallops or beef tataki before opting for heartier entrees such as steak and teriyaki chicken glazed with house sauce; Daimyo, which includes a petite filet, lobster tail and scallops; or Utage, a deep-sea gourmet lobster and filet mignon combo dish. Check out the full line of offerings on the business's website. 

2. Sushi Sasabune

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Next up is Makiki-Lower Punchbowl-Tantalus's Sushi Sasabune, situated at 1417 S. King St. With 4.5 stars out of 961 reviews on Yelp, the sushi bar, which offers seafood and more, has proven to be a local favorite for those looking to indulge. 

This spot's extensive menu features a wide array of sushi, including everything from tuna, halibut and red snapper to mackerel, jumbo clam and salmon egg. Hand-cut rolls and sashimi also grace the restaurant's menu. 

3. Sushi Izakaya Gaku

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Makiki-Lower Punchbowl-Tantalus's Sushi Izakaya Gaku, located at 1329 S. King St., is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the fancy sushi bar and izakaya 4.5 stars out of 841 reviews. 

This joint specializes in sashimi. Hone in on popular options like the fresh Japanese mackerel, the Blue Fin Oh Toro or the snapper. Cold plates, like seaweed salad, and hot plates, like pan-fried tofu, are also available. Check out the menu here

4. Mitch's Fish Market & Sushi Bar

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Mitch's Fish Market & Sushi Bar, a sushi bar that offers seafood and more by the airport, is another much-loved, pricey go-to, with 4.5 stars out of 715 Yelp reviews. Head over to 524 Ohohia St. to see for yourself. 

Mitch's offers an a la carte sushi menu which includes offerings such as octopus, freshwater eel, yellowtail and tuna, as well as sushi rolls and appetizers (like angel hair seaweed.)

Really hungry? Score Mitch's Special Course that includes lobster sashimi, abalone sashimi, an appetizer of your choice, assorted sashimi, a grilled protein dish, a handful of sushi rolls and miso soup. Check out the website here for more information, pricing and a full range of bites. 

5. Sushi ii

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Over in Ala Moana-Kakaako, check out Sushi ii, which has earned 4.5 stars out of 654 reviews on Yelp. Treat yourself at the sushi bar and Japanese spot by heading over to 655 Keeaumoku St., Suite 109.

Score some sashimi, nigiri or sushi rolls as a starter before looking at grilled steak, fried crab or house-smoked duck for your main course. 

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