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“Outstanding Japanese Food”
Review of Izakaya Nonbei

Izakaya Nonbei
Ranked #345 of 2,604 Restaurants in Honolulu
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Dining options: Reservations
Neighbourhood: Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
Reviewed January 4, 2017

Outstanding fresh fish. The chirashi was smaller than expected but was worth the price. The sizzling wafu steak, shrimp tempura, miso butterfish and deep fried crispy flounder were all excellent! The service was good, but always had to ask for refills of tea and water. Highly recommend and we'll be back soon.
Recommend making reservations since it gets crowded and go early since parking is a premium.

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Thank Brian M
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Reviewed December 30, 2016

You can do a lot worse in Izakaya land in Honolulu. Great service, good sushi. Saba shio, ohitashi, yaki udon--not bad for the standards.

Thank trumpsamoron
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Reviewed April 4, 2016

Izakaya Nonbei was not a restaurant we were planning to visit, but because of a traffic delay that caused us to miss the closing time of another restaurant, we ended up driving around Olu Street trying to find a place that is still open to serve dinner. We were glad we found this place!

From the outside, the restaurant does not look overly attractive - a traditional Japanese lantern, a small banner that marked the entrance to the restaurant... and when you step inside, several bigger tables, surrounded by a few more smaller tables. We were just glad to be able to find a place for the toddlers on board to begin their dinner, so we sat down, and started browsing through the menu. Before we placed an order, the restaurant's owner/manager brought forward, free of charge, three small dishes of egg for the toddlers to eat, seemingly sensing that the kids would be hungry by this time. The gesture was definitely much appreciated.

We quickly ordered, and the food arrived in a timely fashion. Most tasted very good, with a couple dishes that were quite great in fact. The dragon roll we ordered was fantastic - I would highly recommend it.

Service, like other authentic Japanese restaurants, was first-class. We were never rushed into anything, but were always looked after promptly. Just as the kids were finishing their respective meals, another treat on the house was brought forward - a house-special, home made brand of ice-cream. It was just a small scoop for each of the three kids, but again, it was so much appreciated.

Like I have said, Izakaya Nonbei was not on our list of restaurants to visit, but if we ever travel to Honolulu again, it sure will in large because of the outstanding service the restaurant brings.

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Thank Ed L
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Reviewed January 13, 2016 via mobile

Made a last minute business dinner reservation for 4 at this small Japanese restaurant located off the main road in a residential neighborhood. Our party was seated at a regular table. When available, you can request seating at one of several low rise tables. Service is excellent. Food and drink orders are quickly taken. One of the sake specialties is the iced cold sake. We asked the waitress for food specialties: King Salmon sashimi, wafu steak, mushroom/eggplant with butter sauté, miso butterfish, agendashi tofu. We ordered family style. The food came to the table quickly. Portion size was just right for 4 people. Prices are reasonable for quality food and service.

Thank Liz T
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Reviewed October 15, 2015 via mobile

We got the butterfish, salmon/otoro/hamachi/ebi sashimi, the uni sushi, the crab avocado salad, and the udon. Everything was amazing. Great deal too!

Thank jyping
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