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

4.7
4.7
892 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 19 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

  • 9/9 Full Moon Concert

    $95.00 per person

    Sep 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/.
  • 10/9 Full Moon Concert

    $95.00 per person

    Oct 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/.
  • 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/.

What 892 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Oahu

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

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  1. S

    simoneS

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  2. LB

    LisaB

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    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.
  3. MH

    MatthewH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  4. J

    808J

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  5. TB

    TerioB

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.
  6. BK

    BrandyK

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was fast and friendly. Food was very good
  7. 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.
  8. HH

    HollyH

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very good experience. We were trying to keep our carbs down and they accommodated zucchini noodles instead of rice plus a low sugar dessert! Had plans to see a concert across the street so very happy with everything.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday dinner and i and my family LOVED every single dish we ordered. I’m visiting from Seattle. Definitely will come back to try other foods in the menu! You are a great!!
  10. MR

    MR11

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very good early dinner menu
  11. P

    Pikake

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and service staff very cordial and checked in at the right moments. The chicken was crispy and moist and the desserts so yummy!
  12. E

    Elizabeth

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter brought to my attention how the steak is cooked when ordering rare, med rare, well done. Friendly and helpful advice.
  13. G

    Gator

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience1
    We did not have a good experience with our server James. He was either new or having a really bad night but was disorganized and lost from the beginning of service. The food that we did get was well done but he ordered the wrong entree for me and when he brought it back all they did was used the same fish I tried and changed the sauce even though I told them that I wanted a new dish. It also came well after my wife already finished her meal so we got it taken off the bill and left. Would not recommend outdoor dinning either as it is right beside a really busy street which is noisy and windy and if it rains it would not be a fun place to be.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience3
    Service was good, but the food was just okay. Very bright inside with no music, don't know if that's their style.
  15. HT

    HonoluluTony

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This “Early Bird Special” is a great way to experience Cafe Chai’s superior service and cuisine. I’ve dined here a few times before and this the perfect time to have a sampling of the Chai’s experience at a more leisurely pace.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect place 👌🏽
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Wish to pre-order the whole fried fish. They ran out by the time we got there. But, we saw a table got their fish after told us that it ran out. Hmmm... we should have bribed the server?
  18. SF

    StacyF

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Good was great!! From appetizers all the way to dessert. Service was a bit slow, but this is not normal. Noise level was a little loud. Overall a great place to celebrate.
  19. l

    ladieswholunch

    Hawaii

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service was outstanding as always. We never get tired of dining here!
  20. P

    Precious

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Salmon was a little dry but otherwise great as usual. Celebrated birthday for a friend at kids favorite restaurant Chai's.
  21. MG

    MikeG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Full moon concert with Hawaiian food and Uluwehi on the ivories - what more could you ask for...? Well, great hula, too. Not inexpensive, however, these are once-in-a-lifetime moments to cherish. Mahalo, Chai!!
  22. JW

    JonathanW

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening at the monthly Full Moon dinner concert with Robert Cazimero and dancers. Chai has been a champion of local musical talent for decades. The Hawaiian food appetizers were enough for dinner alone and super tasty.
  23. JE

    JamesE

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Don't eat outside. Too much traffic noise. Early bird a good introduction to the restaurant. Jame's service was excellent. Food delicious, unfortunately salmon was overcooked a tad.
  24. j

    jayf

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    It took around 30 before we got our cocktails. Appertisers was sufficient on time . But it took an hour before our entrees. after we finish eating , another 45 before desserts. Servers got defensive when one of our party ask if there was enough help in the kitchen. overall it took around 3 hours for our evening to finish.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, best meal I’ve had on Oahu.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious !!!
  27. WG

    WandaG

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous! Food, service and ambiance was so relaxing. I was able to hear my dinner companion for conversation because the music was gentle and not obtrusive. Thank you for a wonderful evening. 👍
  28. KE

    KaimukiEats

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and great service at Chef Chai's. We were served an array of savory appetizers including the visually appealing tiger prawns wrapped with crispy philo stands. Our entree - baked salmon - was perfectly cooked and still steaming hot when it was served. We enjoyed everything, especially the special heart-shaped white chocolate truffle filled with vanilla gelato and raspberry sorbet.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My husband and I celebrated our 15 year anniversary. We loved the friendly staff and service. The food was delicious and amazing. We were so touched by the complementary appetizer and dessert. It made us feel very special. The only thing I think that took away from the experience was that we were seated by the door to the outdoor seating area that the wait staff was continuously going in and out of. It was very windy and noisy.
  30. K

    Krystal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Aloha... to all potential "CHAI's" diners...Almost within the first 5 minutes we were presented with something to wet our appetite. It was a couple small skewers of chicken with a Thai peanut sauce plus a few slices of NAAN bread. We didn't order it or pay for it...just free and a great way to start out the meal! I ordered the FILET MIGNON which was PERFECT!!! I asked to have mine done Medium Rare. The steak turned out AWESOME. I honestly could have stayed another hour if I had another steak ...lol :) The dinner came with a puff pastry filled with mushrooms....unbelievable tasty...YUM! There was a small (about 8 spears) of very slender Asparagus. I would have liked to have been give a much larger portion...because the ones that were on the dish were cooked to perfection. They were crisp, but still soft without being mushy. There was whipped potatoes as well. OH...I almost forgot to include the fabulous demi glaze that was over the steak & found it's way onto the potatoes too! NO COMPLAINTS at all!! Simply delicious...all of it. I hated to put that last bite in my mouth...really. I didn't order dessert since I was drinking a fabulous Chardonnay! I STRONGLY suggest everyone should try this restaurant...and try eating outside. The tables outside have a ceiling/ roof over them as well as separation by curtains between the tables for privacy. Make sure to bring at least $200 to spend if there is 2 of you & you're drinking! Enjoy ::}
  31. LL

    LindaL

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Chai is our go to for wonderful food, excellent service and #1 dining experience.
  32. JW

    JeffW

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    So it didn’t make a difference by indicating it was our Anniversary. Your hostess didn’t even acknowledge our celebration. Service by James was exceptional!!! Food was great too. But……… Other restaurants make us feel special when we note these occasions on OpenTable; but, Chef Chai failed on this!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Service was excellent Will be back soon
  34. J

    Jaxs

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great quality first class meal. Service is always absolutely great! Very professional staff. Great all around!!! Enjoyed everything!
  35. T

    Tabby

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We tasted three different entrees and two desserts and each was perfect!
  36. KN

    KalaniN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent service. We hit there early and got seated right away. We got to meet Chef Chai too.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Good was superb!! nothing I could fault
  38. J

    Jonathan

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Of our party of three, this was the first time for two of us. We went during the Filipino food week. All the dishes were very impressive. Given that two of us aren't very versed with Filipino dishes, we were expecting more in your face flavors. This was not the case. Everything was very balanced and the quality of the ingredients were fantastic. Everything from the start of the meal to the desserts were great. However, we really wanted to taste the strong flavors that Filipino food is known for. This was also a family style dinning experience. Nonetheless, we wished the dishes came out a little slower and one at a time. By the time we got to the amazing looking fried fish at the end, it had sadly gotten cold. The fish was really reliant on the sauce that it came with and sadly the sauce was nothing too crazy. That was the only fish that I had something to say about. Everything else was absolutely fantastic.. best lechon I ever had. I look forward to trying the regular menu. Thank you very much Chef Chai and the staff that gave us sick a wonderful experience.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kyoto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Filipino food special was delicious. Definitely a meal to remember!
  40. A

    Aaron

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to Chai's for their annual Filipino week special. Not much to say other than "great as usual". Portions were huge, even for 2 people. Had to take home a doggie bag. Wouldn't expect anything less from Chai's. Waiter/server James was da best!! Explained the menu and very attentive. Will definitely be back. Aloha.

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 4.7 stars by 892 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 19 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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