Izakaya Nonbei

$$$ Kapahulu Japanese

Fodor’s Expert Review

Teruaki Mori designed this pub, one of the most traditional of Honolulu's izakayas, to make you feel that you're in a northern inn during winter in his native Japan. Dishes not to miss—aji tataki (seared, vinegar-marinated jack mackerel topped with ginger); karei kara-age (delicate deep-fried flounder); dobinmushi (mushroom consommé presented in a teapot); fried gobo (burdock) chips; and crab, avocado, and bacon salad. And don't forget to try the frozen sake: the menu item that brings locals back begging for more. Open until 1:30 am on Friday and Saturday, it's good for a late-night bite.

Japanese Casual Dinner Quick Bite $$$

Quick Facts

3108 Olu St.
Honolulu, Hawaii  96816, USA

808-734–5573

Known For:
  • Local favorite for happy hour and quick bites
  • Tiny spot but a huge menu
  • Being busy (reservations strongly recommended)

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