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Pai Honolulu, Honolulu, HI

Pai Honolulu

4.8
4.8
416 reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
We welcome you to Celebrate life's special moments with us!

ho`o.PAI means to excite, inspire, and rouse. In 2017, chef Kevin J. Lee opened highly-anticipated and award winning PAI Honolulu after a four-year search for a welcoming restaurant that offered guests an innovative dining experience, while incorporating familiar flavors and presented in surprising ways. As a former food scientist, chef Kevin brings a unique balance, using the highest quality ingredients with a creative artist’s approach to presentation. His passion for his craft is evident in his commitment to curate as many of the ingredients that he uses in his menus in-house which has won the restaurant many awards including Hawaii's Best Restaurant, Best Chef's Tasting Menu, and more.

2 dining experiences:
4 course Prix Fixe Menu*
Chef's Tasting Menu**

*Pescatarian, Vegetarian and GF options available
**We are happy to accommodate dietary preferences and allergies with a 48 hour notice.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary Asian, Contemporary American

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 744-2531

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Resort Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive Chef

    Kevin J. Lee

  • Catering

    For catering requests, please contact Justine at celebrate@paihonolulu.com

  • Private party facilities

    Celebrate life's special moments with us! Please email event inquiries to Justine at celebrate@paihonolulu.com All occasions of any size are welcomed. They are all special to us and we hope to create a memorable experience for you and your guests! We are also happy to accommodate events on days that we are closed, for an exclusive experience!

  • Private party contact

    Justine Kadokawa: (808) 253-1363

  • Area

    Honolulu

  • Cross Street

    Bethel Street

  • Parking Details

    WEEKDAYS:- Municipal Parking in Harbor Court, Entrance on Bethel ($0.75 per 30 min for first 2 hours; $3 flat rate after 5:00pm) and Free Street Parking on Merchant St. after 5:30pm. For WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS- Municipal Parking in Harbor Court, Entrance on Bethel ($3 all day)- Free Street Parking on Merchant St. all day.

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

Experiences

  • Chef's Tasting Menu

    US$185.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Our menus can be viewed at www.paihonolulu.com/menu. With a 48 hour notice, we are happy to accommodate all dietary preferences and allergies - please include the details in your booking notes or call our team at 808-744-2531. If you need to cancel, we kindly ask for a 24 hour notice due to the detailed preparation of each menu. Same day cancellations and no shows may incur a full charge. *Menu is subject to change at any time due to seasonality and availability of fresh ingredients.
  • 4 Course Dinner

    US$95.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    Enjoy a seasonal 4 course prix fixe menu. $95 per person (kids options available upon requrest) Vegetarian and gluten free options readily available. If you have any other dietary preferences, please note in your reservation and we are happy to accommodate with a 24 hour notice. Current menus can be viewed on our website at https://www.paihonolulu.com/menu

Popular dishes

What 416 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Hawaii

    Best Service

  • Hawaii

    Fit for Foodies

  • Hawaii

    Notable Wine List

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Oahu

    Best Overall

  • Oahu

    Best Food

  • Oahu

    Best Service

  • Oahu

    Fit for Foodies

  • Oahu

    Healthy

  • Oahu

    Notable Wine List

  • Oahu

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

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  1. HO

    HueO

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the four course meal and added oysters. Dinner was exceptional. Balanced flavors. Friendly, attentive, and knowledgeable staff. Great bar program.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 June 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    From the Samoan crab cold corn soup and the next 2 dishes after was just too much salt and chili. We had to drink so much water. My father’s steak had so much gristle he wasn’t happy about it at all. The gnocchi was lumpy and undercooked. Gnocchi means pillow. They were not pillows at all. We felt there lack of cohesion to all the dishes. The lamb look funn the middle part of the noodle was hard and raw so it was not edible. I came here before with my friend to celebrate her master’s degree. That dinner was definitely 5 stars. This dinner however was 0 stars very disappointing.
  3. HD

    HappyDiner

    Los Angeles

    82 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary food.
  4. SP

    SaehyunPark

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Really good service with wonderful dishes. Contemporary cuisine with East Asian touch.
  5. J

    Joseph

    Hawaii

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on 5 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were great. A little expensive, but we’ll worth the experience.. looking forward to returning..
  6. g

    geoffreym

    Hawaii

    277 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    277 reviews

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came in for a Wednesdate and had a great time Nelson gave us excellent service Chef Kevin excelled in the dishes See you soon
  7. JW

    JohnW

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The cornbread was ok and so was the citrus cured kampachi. The best dish was the pork, foie gras & black bean agnolotti. However, the Thai curry stew was disappointing. I couldn't finish it. The vanilla custard Japanese sweet bread French toast was very good.
  8. FM

    FredM

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 21 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative menu with excellent service and ambiance.
  9. s

    sdgw

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    I didn't expect too much at any of Oahu restaurants at this point. I know most restaurants on Oahu has bad services compared to my home country, Japan. I mean it's terrible here, in Hawaii. So, I didn't expect too much at this restaurant as well. As long as they get my reservation and give us a menu, water & correct order in decent time, I would be okay. However, their service was beyond my expectation! All people at the floor (Chris, Matt & sorry we didn't get our female server's name) gave us excellent service. Food was good too. The service of any restaurant is equally important with the food for me. (might be more important for me) I already recommended this restaurants to a couple of my Japanese friends who live on the island. I was so glad that my hubby chose this restaurant to celebrate his birthday!! He was also really happy with the service & food. (and his wife didn't need to grumble about the service as she usually does! lol)
  10. B

    Beachfolks

    New England

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated our anniversary here.. the staff was amazing, knowledgeable and very courteous…our food presentation was beautiful and it tasted delicious!! So happy we had an unforgettable dining experience…
  11. ML

    MomLandM

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noticed that the outside (in the courtyard) seating was louder than the seating inside. Service was spectacular. Food was creative and delectable. Completely enjoyed the chef's tasting menu.
  12. L

    Leslie

    Charlotte

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful! Lovely people and always treated like a princess
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The service was beyond compare. Our waiter and sommelier went above and beyond. This isn’t just dining out this is an experience to remember.
  14. Y

    Yosh

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Chef Lee's team led us on a memorable journey through their Mother's Day 8-course chef's tasting menu. Each course was incredible individually but felt complementary as we went from one course to the next. The wine pairings were also spot on and enhanced each dish. The staff were also very attentive, knowledgeable and friendly.
  15. A

    Anonymous

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Celebrated a good friend visiting from SF. We had the tasting menu and wine pairings and everything was just perfect. The service and knowledge of the staff was incredible. If you are celebrating something, have visitors from out of town or just want a nice night out, I highly recommend PAI! The restaurant is beautiful and it really is the best restaurant in Honolulu.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was awesome! Wine pairings were excellent!
  17. PD

    PDRAL

    Los Angeles

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and service…. The prix fixe is an outstanding value and not to be believed. Our 4th visit over the last year…. Many more to come
  18. A

    Anonymous

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We planned a group dinner and had a great time. The team at PAI took great care of us from planning to execution of the dinner. It was an amazing experience! Thank you to everyone at PAI for making our dinner a special one.
  19. b

    bigrabbit

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal, the 8 course tasting menu was phenomenal. Unique and creative blend of flavors. Excellent service and atmosphere too. Best meal we had in the islands.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance was amazing, servers were friendly and very accomodating (special shout out to Nelson the sommelier, who was looking out for us the entire evening and gave great recommendations). The food was really special and you can tell it was made with passion, congratulations to Chef Lee, if we visit again, this would be one of our stops! We do suggest making a reservation inside though (specifically the bar) the outside can be noisy due to the passing cars 10/10
  21. P

    Pacman

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The curry dish was the only dish that we didn't like. This was a surprise! I guess Kevin can't always hit! 99% isn't bad
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the chef’s tasting menu. This was a seriously tasty culinary journey. The flavors and presentations were divine. Thank you
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food. Outside seating is in lobby.
  24. M

    Mauimayd

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful ambiance and great outdoor location. Food was excellent.

    Pai HonoluluResponded on 1 May 2022Aloha, thank you so much for your review. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your recent dining experience at PAI Honolulu. We hope to see you again soon!

  25. CU

    CUD3

    Hawaii

    304 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    304 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been going to PAI since the day it opened. We also have been to many of their wine tasting dinners and special event dinners. Last nights was by far PAI’s best creation. “ From City to City: A night of Food, Wine and Hip Hop”. How do you pair food and wine to that theme. Kevin and his amazing team succeeded on the highest level. It was not just a fun, relaxing evening, the food was incredible. Service was flawless and each wine married each dish perfectly.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I went to the From City to
  27. KS

    KellyS

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 2 April 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Ambiance was wonderful, restaurant was beautifully presented and staff friendly. Attention to details was obvious with each dish offered. Every dish presented, featured different taste experiences!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    This wasn’t a meal, it was a gastric experience. Amazing!
  29. A

    Anonymous

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 28 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We just had our son's first birthday in their "outdoor" area and it was perfect. It was covered (we didn't have to worry about the weather) and having the whole space for our party allowed us to enjoy and not worry about how much noise the kids were making. We worked with Chef to create a special menu for our guests and the food was so good! He even made some special items for the kids. The service was outstanding as well - anytime we needed anything, they were happy to help. They also helped us set up and clean up afterwards. We could not have asked for a better experience.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super awesome dining experience!!
  31. FM

    FredM

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 25 March 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food, service and ambience was very good and attentive. Angela, our server, was very good at explaining the menu and suggesting items. We come here often and recommend it to others.
  32. KA

    KarenA

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    The presentation and the flavors of the food was outstanding. The sommelier made some excellent wine choice and pairing. All wait staff were attentive and courteous. Only slight let down is the location/ venue. There is no view and restaurant is located in a external foyer type area. This was a let down as the food, wine and wait staff was fantastic.
  33. JJ

    JaniceJ

    Los Angeles

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 20 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the Chef’s Table during which Chef described each creative and delicious dish. It was an enjoyable experience.
  34. JJ

    JJNK

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious creative dishes and cocktails. The waitstaff is knowledgeable about wine pairing and have good humored personalities. It’s nice to watch the efficient, quietly run kitchen and the head chef ensures all dishes going out are esthetically appealing. Nice date night.
  35. A

    Artzlin

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Pai was fantastic. The four of us ordered the pre fixe menu and one wine pairing, martinis and the Lilikoi Agua Fresca. The dinner flavor combinations were so original. From the honey-miso butter, melt in your mouth Ginger Steamed Snapper, to the Japanese French toast every bite was memorable. They even included a couple of our favorite previous dishes. My daughter especially appreciated how delishishly they accommodated her food allergies. The attentiveness and consideration of the the whole staff really sets this place apart!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience; we had the menu tasting!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Oh my god the food and service was to die for. Sometimes you come across dishes that EXCITE you- this was one of those rare restaurants where literally every course blew my mind! It’s experimental which I totally love. So amazing.
  38. A

    Anonymous

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had my friend’s 32nd birthday party in the completely covered “outdoor” area, which is really nice because we had open air, but without the worry of the weather. The food, service and drinks were absolutely amazing! Chef prepared a special menu for us to enjoy and everything was delicious! Highly recommend planning your next special occasion or even a nice date night out.
  39. S

    carolS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 March 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurent we have been to in years! Daughter bought us gift certificate after she went her because she and her boyfriend thought it was excellent dining experience. Food and service both excellent.
  40. L

    Laure

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 26 February 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Extraordinary dinner. Incomparable service. Quiet. Lovely. Great cocktails. Go.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

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

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Pai Honolulu offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 744-2531.

Pai Honolulu is rated 4.8 stars by 416 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Pai Honolulu

55 Merchant Street Suite 110 Honolulu, HI 96813

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Bethel Street

  • Area

    Honolulu

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed–Sun 4:30 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Contemporary Asian, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking Details

    WEEKDAYS:- Municipal Parking in Harbor Court, Entrance on Bethel ($0.75 per 30 min for first 2 hours; $3 flat rate after 5:00pm) and Free Street Parking on Merchant St. after 5:30pm. For WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS- Municipal Parking in Harbor Court, Entrance on Bethel ($3 all day)- Free Street Parking on Merchant St. all day.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, Women

  • Executive Chef

    Kevin J. Lee

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (808) 744-2531

  • Catering

    For catering requests, please contact Justine at celebrate@paihonolulu.com

  • Private party facilities

    Celebrate life's special moments with us! Please email event inquiries to Justine at celebrate@paihonolulu.com All occasions of any size are welcomed. They are all special to us and we hope to create a memorable experience for you and your guests! We are also happy to accommodate events on days that we are closed, for an exclusive experience!

  • Private party contact

    Justine Kadokawa: (808) 253-1363

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