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Main Dining room - Chef Chai, Honolulu, HI
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Chef Chai

4.6
4.6
927 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
Opened for both dine in and takeout.
Masks required for both diners and staff
Outdoor and indoor with the CDC distant guideline
No contact menu available

Chai Chaowasaree owner and Chef of Chef Chai at Pacifica Honolulu is recognized as one of Hawaii’s top Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs. Known for fusing fresh Hawaii ingredients with the exotic flavors of Asia, Chef Chai has created a culinary style that reflects the cultural diversity of Oahu and the Hawaiian Islands.

To further strengthen the partnership with Hawaii’s local farmers and fishermen, Chef Chai co-founded Hawaii Island Chefs (HIC), the second generation of Hawaii Regional Cuisine Chefs. This group of HIC chefs is on a mission to provide the world with the best of Hawaii’s diverse culinary resources from the culture of the people and the bounty of the land and sea.

The exquisite experience await you at Chef Chai

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

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Private dining

Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Fusion / Eclectic, Thai French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 585-0011

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chai Chaowasaree

  • Catering

    Full Services cater from 10 to 1000, from rental, food, bar, staff, setup and break down. Call Chef Chai at 330-0279

  • Private party facilities

    Chef Chai is perfect for a private event from 15-100 guest. Award-winning cuisine in a beautiful surrounding, handcraft cocktails, and professional friendly services. From cocktail reception, business dinner to a wedding, Chef Chai will create any menu to suit your need and taste

  • Private party contact

    Owner/Chef Chai: (808) 330-0279

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Cross street

    Kapiolani Blvd. & Ward Ave.

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • 11/9 Full Moon Concert

    $95.00 per person

    Nov 9, 2022 only
    Enjoy our special Prefix Dinner and entertainment by Robert Cazimero and his hula dancers! (5:30 Dinner Reservations Recommended, Concert begins at 6:30pm). Please call to check for table availability, otherwise you will not be guaranteed a table for the show due to limited seating capacity. See the full menu here: https://chefchai.com/monthly-full-moon-concert/.
  • Special Christmas Eve Dinner at Chef Chai’s

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 24, 2022 only
    Celebrate Christmas Eve with our special three course meal! Select one item from each course: 4 appetizers, 8 entrees, and 5 desserts (see full menu on chefchai.com). There will be two seating times (4-5pm or 7:30-9pm). A 48 hour notice of cancellation is required to avoid a penalty charge. Mahalo for understanding!
  • New Years Eve Special Dinner at Chef Chai’s!

    $95.00 per person

    Dec 31, 2022 only
    Enjoy a special three-course meal on New Years Eve! Select one item from each course: 4 appetizers, 8 entrees, and 5 desserts (see full menu on chefchai.com). There will be two seating times (4-5pm or 7:30-9pm). A 48 hour notice of cancellation is required to avoid a penalty charge. Mahalo for understanding!

What 927 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Special Occasion

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Oahu

    Special Occasion

  • Oahu

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner after the Jersey Boys, we enjoyed the play snd the food at Chsi’s was exquisite.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    Very overrated. Our appetizer came out with cold centers (wontons). Our server was nice and quickly corrected. But they were still meh. I made a huge mistake and ordered the veggie terrine. Ugh. It looked pretty but was so bland. My husband ordered the prawns. Instead if the meal coming prepared it was a bowl of rice on the side and 5 prawns that had to be dissected.
  3. SC

    ShirleyC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the appetizers and their entree. We all wanted dessert and shared them. Dustin - although busy, was very attentive to our table and always with a smile. We will be back again!
  4. MM

    MaryellenM

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a pre-concert dinner recently at Chef Chai’s and it was a great experience! The service was impeccable, and the food was beautiful and delicious! We have already thought of several “excuses” to go back soon, and take friends and family who will love this wonderful restaurant!
  5. CT

    CarlT

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing Chef Chai and Team…Dustin and crew were very attentive and food delicious. When a “Queen Foodie” challenges to finding a great dining experience…Chef Chai’s delivers Mana and passion every time! Mahalo!
  7. r

    rik94115

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal & service
  8. SC

    SatisfiedCustomer701

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Table was available at the reservation time. Food and dessert was complemented by all. Beverage choices were excellent. This restaurant was visited before and has not disappointed yet.
  9. JM

    JimM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great food, service, and atmosphere. Ordered the sea bass and salmon...cooked perfect.
  10. EW

    EWaka

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    The service was slow. It seemed not enough wait help. Also, seemed like many were in training. They didn't know how to take away used plates first before putting the next course in front of you. They were unused plates all over the place and no room for new course. I had to suggest the wait help to take away the dirty plates. Food was pretty good. The risotto was undercooked. Still crunchy. The oxtail soup tasted great, but meat could have been cooked a bit longer so that we didn't need to struggle to eat the meat off the bones. It was a bit tough. Unfortunately nothing you can do about traffic noise. Also not very professional to have hostess looking and texting on her cell phone.
  11. WM

    WalterM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were outstanding , as always. Water glasses always refilled and inquiries as to how we were doing occurred often! Chai's is Always a delight.
  12. CS

    CarolS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cuisine was phenomenal! Service was incredible with Chef Chai himself ensuring every detail was attended too and personally taking care of some things like packing up the take home trays like an attractive meal! The affordable pricing on the most exquisite dellicious delightful gourmet dinner is such a gift to the people of Oahu who can experience the best fine dining in the islands due to Chef Chai's generosity! Many mahalos!!!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience1
    Decent food, substandard service, poor ambiance. When I was in service my manager made it clear that a waiter has not done his job if the customer’s glass is ever allowed to become completely empty. The customer’s needs require constant attention to feel at home and comfortable. Let’s just say that my glass was left empty for most of the meal, and this was only the tip of the iceberg when it came to the constant inattention we felt: Slow to take our orders, slow for them to arrive, and items forgotten along the way, even though the restaurant was not particularly busy. The choice of attire of some of the female staff was also very questionable and far too revealing. Oh, and do yourself a favor and skip the outdoor seating: The street noise is horrendous. The food was delicious and creative, but it was not enough to shine through the lack of hospitality and ambiance at Chef Chai. We probably won’t be back.
  14. B

    Barney

    Las Vegas

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and excellent service. Only suggestion would be to dim the overhead lights and set the ambience to a more romantic setting.
  15. l

    luvgreatfood

    Baltimore

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit to celebrate a 10 year wedding anniversary. AMAZING experience. Thank you!!
  16. J

    Jaxs

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was extremely delicious and service was impeccable. Class act service! Best Chef in Hawaii. Truly cares about the quality of the food.
  17. AM

    AntonM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was amazing Couple popular food items were not available. Overall great place
  18. LG

    LuvGreatFood

    Sacramento

    102 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    102 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Had SUCH a great evening at the “full moon concert/ dinner!” The food was excellent and the luau-type items provided as appetizers were - of course - superior to food seemed at typical luaus. Our lamb chops were superb. The vegetable terrine that our friends ordered was gorgeous. Although I’m not fond of coconut, I ordered the coconut cake and it was fabulous. We appreciated that they were able to accommodate my husband’s need for gluten free items (celiac). Robert Cazimero provided music and singing and all the hula dancers were fantastic. Loved it all! A very special evening!
  19. EG

    EveG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant meal! The food was a work of art by a master chef. Asian fusion but so much more. Adventurous cooking techniques for the adventurous palette and those foodies who are looking for something new.
  20. WS

    WinfieldS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience1
    Food delivered too fast. Too bright in the dinning room. Too cold in the dinning room. The food was good.
  21. AO

    AaronO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place for special occasions, or any occasion. I knowledgeable staff, quick, timely service. Be sure to order everything from app to dessert.
  22. MW

    MichaelW

    Hawaii

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Before the Josh Tatofi and Babyface concert, we enjoyed various appetizers and drinks. Everything was spectacular, so well-plated featuring amazing flavors. Service was high level and attentive but not overly done. If you’re looking for a spectacular dining experience, Chef Chai is the place to be.
  23. JH

    JHawaii

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Get there before 5PM to take advantage of the early bird special. It'll save you $25/person, if you have the tasting menu.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    incredibly delicious food and personal attention from Chef Chai himself thank you Chef !
  25. GB

    GinaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience on every level. Chef Chai never disappoints. Extremely impressed by the quality of vegetarian dishes. Elegant and comfortable in both atmosphere and presentation.
  26. LY

    LovesYummy

    Hawaii

    329 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    329 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Their signature dishes are wonderful! The a la carte menu needs a little work on. Ambience is great, as is the service.
  27. CP

    CynthiaP

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent food and service. Noise level was high, there was a wedding reception taking place in the closed off section.
  28. K

    Kerri

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Chef Chai's restaurant last Saturday evening was superb! The food was marvelous, and the service was incredible! It was our second visit to the restaurant, and we are planning to come back many more times.
  29. TJ

    TutuJudy

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Generous portions of delicious food; good variety of flavors and dishes.
  30. G

    Glenne

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chef Chai is a longtime staple of the higher end food choices in Hawaii and he keeps getting better and better. We dined on his Childhood Favorites menu. It was amazing. The crispy whole fish was stunning as was the soup and beef salad with Lemongrass, Garlic Dressing.
  31. LL

    LindaL

    Hawaii

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    These special multi course meals are fantastic! Shows the talent and creativity of Chai....and he has been consistently at the top all these years!
  32. BA

    BeeA

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was a last minute reservation for our large group of 12, so we ended up booking a 9pm dinner. The food was great, ambiance was great, the options were somewhat limited since it was late, but they made up for it by giving us complimentary appetizers, which were very yummy! I recommend if you are in the Honolulu area and don’t want to be in the busy Waikiki for a nice dinner, this is great option! Price was not cheap, but worth it!
  33. G

    Gretchen

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Food was fine, but nothing special. Seems like sticking to grilled meats and salads is best here. Very good desserts and wine list. Overall the 250$ tab for a family of four 2 children 2 adults was annoying but I guess that’s the cost of decent dinner service in Hawaii.
  34. S

    simoneS

    Las Vegas

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Some of the food we ordered was delicious, such as the curry vegetable terrine the Chilean sea bass the complimentary chicken satay other dishes were a miss such as the eggplant zucchini soufflé, which was bland and the macadamia nut shrimp which was greasy and hard to eat off the skewer. The restaurant itself was ok, not much ambiance and very bright, could have used some candles and mood lighting.
  35. LB

    LisaB

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about Chef Chai’s was excellent, especially the food. I had the New Zealand salmon and was especially pleased with all the vegetables that came with it. A lot of restaurants don’t include many veggies with entrees - probably wanting customers to order a side. But these days with prices being as high as they are it’s great when they’re included.
  36. MH

    MatthewH

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Cold, unwelcoming waiter. Waiter also a bit defensive of the very limited menu choices for vegetarians/vegans. $12 for a salad? Vegetable terrine was ver good. Chef Chai, himself, was very nice.
  37. J

    808J

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Full moon concert. It was great, the food did not disappoint and of course Robert Cazimero was in fine form. It was a special nite of great food and song.
  38. TB

    TerioB

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Had another great time dining at Chef Chai for our pre-concert dinner meal. Got in early enough this time to order the pre-fixed early bird meal which in my opinion is a great deal. Our server was very patient but helpful with suggesting a meal. The sample starter appetizers are always a fun display of good bites to kick off our dining experience with drinks. Only drawback was the sauce on the chicken and salmon main entrees was a bit too salty for our palette. The nice touch was Chef Chai helps out with delivering your meal to your table and being able to talk and take pictures with him.
  39. BK

    BrandyK

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fast and friendly. Food was very good
  40. PR

    PriyaR

    Houston

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    While the food was good, this was definitely not a special occasion place. Service and ambiance was OK. The restaurant was really cold and we felt rushed through our dinner.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Chef Chai offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 585-0011.

Chef Chai is rated 4.6 stars by 927 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Chef Chai

1009 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kapiolani Blvd. & Ward Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Honolulu

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Fusion / Eclectic, Thai French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Chai Chaowasaree

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (808) 585-0011

  • Catering

    Full Services cater from 10 to 1000, from rental, food, bar, staff, setup and break down. Call Chef Chai at 330-0279

  • Private party facilities

    Chef Chai is perfect for a private event from 15-100 guest. Award-winning cuisine in a beautiful surrounding, handcraft cocktails, and professional friendly services. From cocktail reception, business dinner to a wedding, Chef Chai will create any menu to suit your need and taste

  • Private party contact

    Owner/Chef Chai: (808) 330-0279

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