About Morimoto Waikiki

1775 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Morimoto's contemporary Japanese menu infuses traditional dishes with Western ingredients and preparation techniques. His seasonal and ever-changing selection of raw fish preparations will feature the best seafood that the Hawaiian waters have to offer as well as locally grown fruits and vegetables from supporting farmers. Morimoto's signature offerings include Toro Tartare, presented in a shallow wooden tray with condiments including Osetra Caviar, crème frâiche, wasabi, avocado, shiso leaf and dashi-soy and Tuna Pizza made with raw tuna, anchovy aioli and jalapeno as well as Morimoto Sashimi, a terrine of seared toro, smoked salmon, barbequed eel, tuna and hamachi served with five different sauces in pipettes.

Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Japanese, Sushi

Hours of Operation:
Lunch 11:00am-2:30pm

Dinner 5:00pm-10:00pm

Sushi Bar and Bar 5:00pm-10:00pm

Cross Street:
Hobron

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 943-5900

Website:
http://www.morimotowaikiki.com/

Catering:
Semi Private Dining Room avaialble that seats up to 20 guests as well as a semi private cabana that seats up to 10 guests.

Parking Details:
Complimentary Valet Parking is available at The Modern Honolulu which is located on Hobron Lane in between Ala Moana Blvd and Holomoana Street.

Public Transit:
Morimoto Waikiki is on the Red Line for the Honolulu Trolley, exit Discovery Bay. If taking TheBus, the following lines are avaiable 8, 19,20,23,24,42 and E, The Country Express.

Executive Chef:
Masaharu Morimoto

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, View, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please call for more information.

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Morimoto Waikiki Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

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fit for foodies (119)
special occasion (116)
great for outdoor dining (92)
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scenic view (80)
romantic (78)
good for groups (49)
hot spot (46)
great for lunch (25)
notable wine list (21)
neighborhood gem (19)
vibrant bar scene (14)
kid-friendly (12)
late-night find (10)
great for brunch (7)
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Well worth the experience

Dined 3 days ago

What can I say about Morimoto? It is more than just a meal, it is a dining experience. No wonder the first question the host asked on our way to our table was "Are you celebrating a special event tonight?". My wife and I had a few appetizers, some sushi and we split an entree before sharing a desert. Everything was delicious including the creative cocktails. "Foam" seemed to be a theme of our meal. There was a bacon cream foam on the pork gyoza which was amazing. The meal was tasty and artistic. It's a little pricey, of course, but worth it for the experience on a special occasion. It also didn't hurt that we were there during the Friday fireworks at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

One of the best in Waikiki

vip
Dined 3 days ago

Morimoto's is an excellent spot, whether it's just the two of us or whether we are entertaining guests. The setting with a view of the yacht harbor and the Waikiki lights makes for a special Honolulu experience. There's a choice of inside and outside seating but in good weather, outside is the place to be. The restaurant is sophisticated and modern. The menu is innovative and the food is consistently great. There are great cocktails and a good wine list. Waiters are knowledgeable and friendly. Our waiter wasn't the most attentive we have had ---but some of the waiters we've had previously just set a high bar because they were excellent. Highly recommend for a great night in Waikiki.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Always wanted to try because it's Morimo ...

Dined 3 days ago

Always wanted to try because it's Morimoto's restaurant. The food was unimaginable and very satisfying. The host was very polite and made sure we were updated on our wait time (which wasn't long). Our waiter was extremely nice and made great recommendations. Although he forgot our wine, he was quick to explain (short handed). He was handling the evening very well. Our first visit memorable one with fantastic food and great service.

Tags: romantic
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Fantastic view

Dined 6 days ago

Was nice to sit outside and eat. Shall recommend this place to others

Tags: great for brunch
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Night out

Dined 6 days ago

The spicy miso seafood dish was indeed spicy...but very delicious and contained a lot of different seafood. The staff was attentive and courteous.

Tags: special occasion
food5
ambience3
service5
value4

The degustation menu is outstanding.

Dined 7 days ago

If you get an opportunity to visit Morimoto Waikiki, do yourself a favour and choose the degustation menu. Albeit a little pricey, the dishes that were presented were well worth it. Unraveling the depth of flavours was a delight and the ingredients used were fresh and of exception quality. The intervals of which dishes were brought to the table was timed perfectly and if there was a slight disappointment, it would be the lack of a nice Shiraz to pair with the prawn, waygu and pork dish.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Very good, but lacking innovation.

Dined on April 26, 2016

Service was exceptional. We had the omakase as we felt that should provide a good representation of the overall menu. Most of the dishes were tasty, but lacked innovation. The entree was a bit of a disappointment. Kind of "meh". Drinks were quite good and inventive.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

we had a fun and good night here.

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

It was all very good the only comment i would make is that the pineapple in the pineapple tempura was so acidic and tart that it ruined the overall experience

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience5
service5
value4

Excellent Service

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

Front staff service was good, but the waiter was excellent!! He was extremely helpful and very attentive!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

The restaurant staff were amazing! They ...

Dined on April 22, 2016

The restaurant staff were amazing! They were very polite and were there whenever you needed anything without being over bearing. They were very helpful in explaining some of the dishes we had never tried. We loved the menu some twists on some of the old favorites and some new dishes we had never seen before. We had the Demon Slayer sake based on the bar tenders recommendation and it did not disappoint. The only negative we found was the noise level but there was a very large group siting on the patio with us so that was most of it. The desert was amazing!

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience1
service4
value2

Morimoto - Too Quiet and ??Msg

Dined on April 20, 2016

We enjoyed our Omikase meals at Morimoto. We were only one of two tables occupied in the enormous Dining Room. There were 4 or 5 outdoors as well. The restaurant was WAY under utilized. Why are people not going there? Every course was beautiful and tasty. The service was OK except that some of the folks delivering plates spoke too quietly or had trouble with enunciation, so we did not get clear explanations of what was being served. Care attention was paid to one customers allergy. During the meal we drank many many glasses of water. I think, perhaps, that MSG drove this need.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Wonderful night at Morimotos

Dined on April 20, 2016

As you would expect from a Morimoto restaurant the food was incredible. We did the 8 course meal and it was incredible. A good variation of food, although it was more oriented towards seafood. Our waitress was very professional yet friendly and helpful at the same time. The remainder of the wait staff was equally friendly and professional and were knowledgeable about the food that was being served.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience4
service5
value5

Everything we anticipated

Dined on April 20, 2016

Let me start by saying; this was more than we ever spend on dinner, but was worth every penny. The wait staff was perfect for us , but may not be up to par for stuck up snob's. Sat outside at dinner and couldn't avoid the hot sun. Waitress brought a champagne ice bucket for my beer to stay cold. It all payed off with a beautiful sunset. Wagyu ribeye was a blessing from God. Wife loved here chicken ramen and wanted to go back the next evening again. Pinapple tempura appetizer and haupia dessert are works of art. Dessert with French press kona coffee, yes please. We will definitely be back next time we are in Hawaii. Thanks chef Morimoto for providing us with this wonderful restaurant and the staff for the great experience. And don't be stingy, the automatic %18 gratuity is not enough.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot
food5
ambience4
service3
value4

great food and views

Dined on April 18, 2016

The food and views were amazing. High priced but great quality and presentation . Easy to make reservations a little hard to find the restaurant. Did not like that the gratuity was added to my bill. The waiter was not very good was in a rush to get our order in due to the kitchen closing but then spent 25mins. talking to another table that was done with their meal before putting our order in. Then the only other time we saw him was to give us the bill. All other staff were really nice and helpful. Felt that I would have rather given the gratuity to the other staff members other than the horrible waiter. Overall was great food and great views and nice and quite. Will go back as long as different waiter.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Loved the omakase, the only thing that d ...

Dined on April 18, 2016

Loved the omakase, the only thing that didn't seem to measure up in quality to the rest of the menu was the nigiri sushi. The fish freshness was okay (rather than superb) and the rice a little larger than we are used to at better sushi places. It felt like getting customers to fill up on rice. When reservation were confirmed the person knew it was for a birthday. Expected something to recognize special occasion evening, but nothing proffered. Server was helpful with information about the restaurant adapting the omakase each time return customers order so customers never have the same omakase repeated. With that in mind we would like to return.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food3
ambience4
service4
value3

still too noisy

Dined on April 18, 2016

I guess the younger crowd don't mind the loud noise. Especially when there's a large party. I haven't sat outside, maybe it's quieter out there.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5

One of the highest quality, and best val ...

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

One of the highest quality, and best value lunches we have had on our trip in Hawaii. We may just do lunch here daily from here on out after having such an amazing meal

food5
ambience4
service5

Spring for the omakase - it's worth it.

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

Spring for the omakase - it's worth it.

food4
ambience4
service5

It was surprisingly empty on a Saturday ...

Dined on April 17, 2016

It was surprisingly empty on a Saturday night which gave way to an excellent experience, save for a crying baby who was probably upset it had to drink formula instead of eat sashimi. The server, Mark, was one of the best I've ever had due to his knowledge, sense of humor, and kindness. The food was amazing...from the wagyu carpaccio and oyster foie grois to the surf & turf and kinmedai sashimi. On top of that we ordered two desserts, the peanut butter bomb which is basically reeses on steroids and haupia. Overall the food was excellent and I'll be back to try other menu items, the ambience was nice as the weather was pleasantly cool and clear. And again, our waiter Mark was the man. Keep in mind with two apps, two entrees, two pieces of sashimi, two desserts and 4 glasses of wine this dinner with tip came out to $300.

food5
ambience5
service4
value4

Great fiod

Dined on April 16, 2016

The food was spectacular. We had been two years before and didn't enjoy it however we are so happy that we gave it another go. Everything was perfect. Would go again in a heartbeat. Great ambiance. Loved it and can't wait to go again p

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
food4
ambience3
service5

A very elegant dining hall. You have a ...

Dined on April 16, 2016

A very elegant dining hall. You have a great feeling of a strong Japanese modern touch. The food dishes are pretty unique and has a connection to his iron chef stardom.

food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Wonderful spot

Dined on April 10, 2016

Morimoto was recommended by a friend. We decided to go early to catch the sunset. The ambiance was awesome. We decided to try different hot and cold appetizers and shared a main course. The service was quick and the server informed us properly of the restaurant's recommendation. I would go again when I return to Honolulu.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Incredible Service and Food

vip
Dined on April 9, 2016

Just another 5 star hit, freshest Toro around for sure. Josh was our server and he is amazing as well. Can't go wrong here.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best

Dined on April 9, 2016

Superb. Significantly better than the other Japanese notable nearby.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service2
value2

We were not impressed with the the food

Dined on April 7, 2016

The service was slow the food was just ok and the presentAtion wAs poor. We would not come back

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Just add this to the others

vip
Dined on April 2, 2016

Review #100+??? Lamb Carpaccio, Lobster entree 1st time, and the others to be found in my past reviews. Josh was our waiter. 3rd time since Mimi was off. His is equally amazing. Go and put your wishes in the hands of an amazing staff.

Tags: kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service5

Very good drinks. Food was mostly except ...

Dined on April 2, 2016

Very good drinks. Food was mostly exceptional with a few that lacked a little in taste from the entrees. Overall good dining. Outside area a little downscale for the upscale atmosphere they are trying to maintain. Great place, to eat and drink, would definitely visit again despite minor flaws.

food5
ambience5
service5

There are a couple of outstanding dishes ...

vip
Dined on April 1, 2016

There are a couple of outstanding dishes that make us return again and again ... the oyster / uni / foie gras appetizer, seafood tobanyaki and the black cod entree. The food is always outstanding and the service is as well... highly recommended.

food3
ambience3
service2

Underwhelmed by service (distracted) and ...

vip
Dined on March 31, 2016

Underwhelmed by service (distracted) and food. I understand the concept of food as art but it should extend to the flavors and while the presentation was impressive the food was bland or sauced beyond the flavor of the item if that makes sense. Note to guests; 18% gratuity is automatically added saving the server from a nick or two from my standard for solid service. For less money recommend some solid off the strip places like Town. Five nights in Waikiki and by far everyone's favorite.

food4
ambience4
service5

The miso clam soup was superb! We also e ...

Dined on March 30, 2016

The miso clam soup was superb! We also enjoyed the sushi rolls. We will come back on our next trip!

food5
ambience5
service5

Highly recommend this place, great view ...

Dined on March 28, 2016

Highly recommend this place, great view and food. Sun can be trouble, but still well worth the price. The food is creative and excellent, will definitely return.

food4
ambience4
service4

First time at Morimoto Waikiki. Excellen ...

Dined on March 27, 2016

First time at Morimoto Waikiki. Excellent service. Sushi/sashimi lunch set is a great deal. Lobster melt sandwich was amazing and just $17. Great service. Would definitely come back.

food5
ambience5
service5

I took my son and his girlfriend they we ...

vip
Dined on March 26, 2016

I took my son and his girlfriend they were visiting from out of town. She loved the food presentation and variety.

food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Fantastic Japanese food in Honolulu

Dined on March 25, 2016

Went for lunch for the great value lunch sets. Food was tasty and generous and service very good. Even surprised by the restaurant when they provided some dessert for our anniversary.

Tags: fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Best meal in Hawaii

Dined on March 25, 2016

This was definitely the best meal I had in hawaii. The wine paring was spot on and the ingredients were very fresh. Loved every moment of it

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

celebrating birthday in Waikiki

Dined on March 25, 2016

Morimoto's of Waikiki delivers every time and didn't disappoint during a recent celebration of a birthday. The weather was delightful and our seat at center of the edge of the outdoor dining area was perfect to catch a wonderful sunset over the harbor after a wonderful meal. Sushi was outstanding and fresh, cocktails were innovative and refreshing, entrees were served with care and refinement they deserved. Service, as always, was on point. Definitely can't wait to come back and dine again!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
food2
ambience3
service4
value3

Not enogh variety

Dined on March 24, 2016

For non seafood lovers not the place to go. Very limited selections and not great. Deserts are great though.

food3
ambience4
service3
value3

Waikiki vs Maui

vip
Dined on March 23, 2016

We had eaten in Mori Moto in Maui and enjoyed it so much that we tried the Waikiki location. It was not as good as Maui. We were disappointed with the food. We thought Maui was beyond excellent and Waikiki was OK. For the price and our expectation we were disappointed.

Tags: great for outdoor dining
food5
ambience4
service4
value3

Great sushi/Tired decor

Dined on March 22, 2016

This was our second Morimoto restaurant we have tried, and the food was superb. We brought our friends who are big foodies, and they really enjoyed the meal, and frequent Honolulu and said they would be going back for certain. They came with a very discriminating palate, and were pleasantly surprised. Although, the decor is very tired, the furniture was noticeably worn and that was my biggest surprise. The place needs to be updated. If I go back to Honolulu, I will definitely be dining there again.

food3
ambience5
service5
value3

One dish was not as good as we expected

Dined on March 21, 2016

Of the 4 dishes we ordered 3 were incredible and 1 was just mediocre. It arrived warm and was chewy and bland. The other three were delicious and flavorful. With an average Entrée price of $45 I'd expect them to all be consistently good, if not spectacular. UPDATE: I left similar feedback in the comment card as I paid. The manager has already replied to me which is consistent with the other part of our experience: the staff were all top notch. Our server Sara and all of the other waiters and staff were observant but subtle. Our glasses were filled before we needed to ask but it didn't feel in-your-face. The table was nicely cleaned of spots in between courses but the bussers were incredibly subtle with their wash-clothes and we didn't notice they had wiped anything away until later. Overall this was a good experience and I'm interested in returning now that the manager has personally contacted me to tell me they're going to take a closer look at the quality of the dish we had a bad experience with.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view

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