Morimoto Waikiki

Morimoto Waikiki

(Now Closed)
Japanese Restaurant$$$$
Waikiki, Honolulu
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  • Jessica I.
    Jessica IpAugust 25, 2015
    Do yourself a favour and order the spicy Alaskan crab. It comes with a side of fries drenched with the same spicy sauce. Hands down best fries! Loved it so much we ordered the fries on its own!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Try the chef's version of such local favorites as poke (a raw fish dish made with an avocado wasabi sorbet and dashi foam) and loco moco (made with wagyu beef and hayashi gravy). Read more
  • Nate R.
    Nate RichardsMay 29, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    So I've been here a lot while staying at The Modern. You can't go wrong. Surprisingly, this place has my favorite American breakfast (eggs cooked perfectly). Dinner: try the gyoza. Awesome Mai Tai.
  • Hillary F.
    Hillary FrancisJanuary 4, 2013
    Joseph is a great waiter- friendly & knowledgable. The hamachi carpaccio is highly inventive, but not much food at all. The yellowtail pastrami is to die for. Try the buri bop entree- it hits the mark
  • Jay S.
    Jay SyApril 12, 2013
    Call a day ahead for the crispy fish! Mediterranean Sea Bass - Branzino, only get 10 a night and gets flown in twice a week!
  • Meredith M.
    Meredith MeyerSeptember 4, 2014
    Start with signature mai tai. Then the pork gyoza and beef carpaccio. Sashimi was fresh and delicious. I hope you run into the Chef!
  • Mari S.
    Mari SmithOctober 20, 2011
    If you don't have a dinner reservation, just sit in the outdoor lounge! You can order from the full menu and it's sooo relaxing with chillin' tunes, candlelight & firepit.
  • Chris R.
    Chris RaghoobarNovember 23, 2015
    This was the first time I ever had an omakase, and what an experience that was. The food here is top notch, and the vibe was very chic yet welcoming.
  • Chris S.
    Chris SApril 2, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The omakase is very good although I suspect you could save by ordering a la carte dishes and sharing as the a la carte dishes are bigger. Good selection if sake
  • Jill
    JillJune 1, 2013
    The view of the marina from outdoor seating is amazing I'm not a foodie but enjoy a good meal. Morimoto is over rated.Went with the filet, I'm had better for cheaper.Stick w/the shrimp temp appetizer.
  • HONOLULU Magazine
    HONOLULU MagazineApril 27, 2012
    Order the pineapple tempura. It's wrapped in jamon iberico, the Spanish equivalent of prosciutto. The less salty, subtle flavor compliments the sweetness of the Hawaiian pineapple.
  • Cristina B.
    Cristina BehrensOctober 27, 2010
    Morimoto's (of Iron Chef Morimoto fame) has just opened in Honolulu. Had an amazingly memorable meal there. Try the oyster foie cold appetizer, toro tartare, and the black cod. So good!
  • Jim M.
    Jim MccarthyAugust 18, 2011
    Ask the waiter to move your table settings out to the pool area with candles.... Dinner and drinks for two will cost you a small fortune and a 20% tip is no bother to them to cater to your every whim
  • Kris L.
    Kris LandoDecember 1, 2013
    Surprise! Morimoto serves amazing breakfast too! The banana pancakes are amazing, paired with some thick slices of bacon. Yum!
  • Monique R.
    Monique RamseyNovember 1, 2010
    Also- their specialty cocktails are wonderful- I had some delish pineapple concoction and loved every sip. My mom had the lobster dinner and she thought it was the best she's ever tasted.
  • Albert L.
    Albert LJuly 26, 2012
    Try the Souffle - Kabocha (pumpkin) souffle with sweet potato ice cream and taro froth. Final 7th course of Omakase "Chef's Choice" menu.
  • Hamza K.
    Hamza KhanMay 4, 2013
    The Braised Black Cod is to die for. Also ordered market oysters and the chef's sashimi selection. Marimoto's is seafood heaven.
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 18, 2016
    This is a much better take on the loco moco. Wagyu beef instead of hamburger meat. Very tasty!
  • JennyJenny
    JennyJennyJuly 3, 2015
    Iron Chef Morimoto is the greatest Iron Chef. Order the whole menu over several visits.
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 18, 2016
    Never thought crab legs and fries would taste so good together. The sauce used with both is excellent.
  • Samaher
    SamaherJanuary 27, 2015
    Try the tuna pizza for something different. Order their surf and turf and the red snapper. Both are very good.
  • HONOLULU Magazine
    HONOLULU MagazineSeptember 22, 2011
    Order the Haupia semifreddo, as recommended by Daniel Skurnick executive pastry chef at Morimoto's. It's a plate of haupia ice cream between two crisp matcha wafers. Featured in our Restaurant Guide!
  • Albert L.
    Albert LJuly 26, 2012
    Try the Surf & Turf - 6th course: Entrée. Lobster Garam Masala with creme fraiche, New York Strip, pork tenderloin.
  • Mel Dog
    Mel DogJanuary 9, 2011
    There's the omakase. And the Japanese breakfast. And the Loco Moto. And the yose dofu. This menu is so extensive and the best fusion I've had in a while.
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamJanuary 16, 2011
    Ryan is a great server. Service is incredible here. Food comes out in what seems like 5 minutes after you order. Great atmosphere, energy in the dining room.
  • Caroline A.
    Caroline AnneDecember 9, 2011
    Try the dessert that has honey, coconut, & some sort of green tea frozen moose, the best dessert I have ever had!!!
  • David N.
    David NewtonJune 26, 2015
    Try the Kakuni - 10 hour cooked pork belly with congee. Very good indeed. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Nancy R.
    Nancy RealMay 1, 2012
    Finish your amazing meal with the vanilla roasted pineapple grillled sponge cake lemongrass sorbet. Light and yummy
  • Rob L.
    Rob LoweMay 3, 2011
    Go for dinner & have the omakase. Martin is the best waiter! Went for lunch as well, service not nearly half as good as dinner service.
  • David N.
    David NewtonJune 26, 2015
    Try the Chocolate Peanut Bombe - Peanut allergy? Stay away. You might be ok to eat the gold leaf. (via @Foodspotting)
  • Adina E.
    Adina EspyJune 7, 2014
    Order the sashimi plate & the shrimp tempura appetizer they were both amazing!!!
  • The Wall Street Journal
    Sip on a Morimo-Tai, a kaffir-lime-infused version of the classic Mai Tai, as you gaze on the Pacific. Read more
  • Kerry C.
    Kerry ClarkJanuary 19, 2014
    Good, reasonably priced sushi. Nice breakfast. Great place for a special occasion
  • Juliana M.
    Juliana ManzioneSeptember 27, 2011
    Best meal of my life and best service of my life! We got lucky and ended up there when chef morimoto was cooking!
  • Rayshawn W.
    Rayshawn WilliamsMay 18, 2016
    Tempura calamari with with fresh greens makes one great salad.
  • Jessica E.
    Jessica EturraldeNovember 12, 2014
    Better than one can imagine. Pricey, but each bite is an explosive sensory experience. Posh surroundings.
  • Jonathan G.
    Jonathan GoldnerDecember 15, 2011
    Go for breakfast and try the traditional Japanese sets. Miso soup, congee, rice, poke!
  • Nathan K.
    Nathan KamJanuary 19, 2011
    At night, making a right on Hobron can be crazy. Instead, make a right by the Hawaii Prince and take the back road to EDITION. Faster!
  • Nikki
    NikkiJune 9, 2012
    Must try: wagyu carpaccio & braised black cod, or what I always call "butterfish".
  • Coco S.
    Coco SalamonSeptember 10, 2011
    Let the sushi chef select.... He hooked us up with Bluefin tuna cheek sushi. OMG!!! Is all I have to say!
  • Elan
    ElanApril 30, 2012
    Try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Bombe - Dark chocolate, salted peanut ice cream.
  • David N.
    David NewtonJune 26, 2015
    Try the Shrimp Tempura Maki & Japanese Uni Gunkan (via @Foodspotting)
  • Scott G.
    Scott GallowayJuly 2, 2013
    Try the 7 course tasting menu. Excellent
  • Jennifer T.
    Jennifer TsengJuly 4, 2015
    Try the lobster melt and chicken ramen. Simple, but well-done.
  • Teresa P.
    Teresa PApril 16, 2011
    The yellowtail was awesome... Cooks in ur plate at the table. Steaks are pricey but other items kept around $30.
  • Albert L.
    Albert LJuly 26, 2012
    Try the Omakase - Selection of vegetables with olive oil and garlic.
  • Aya N.
    Aya NishiharaJune 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Their abalone takoyaki with the shoyu butter is to DIE for!!!!!!
  • Nicole P.
    Nicole PAugust 26, 2015
    The food is fine, but what you're really paying for is the ambiance. Good for romantic dinners if you're seated on the lanai.
  • Kristin C.
    Kristin CuillierDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The carpaccio is amazing. Always save room for dessert!
  • Kyra N.
    Kyra NewmanJuly 20, 2016
    Gyoza with bacon foam and Wagyu fillet was to die for!
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