About Restaurant & Bar KO
Restaurant and Bar KO is a new restaurant that opened in February, 2013. Our speciality is modern Japanese food which you can feel Japanese season by tasting in the Chef's dishes. Please enjoy our Kaiseki and a la carte menu in our bright and comfortable atmosphere restaurant.
Hours of Operation:
Monday, Wednesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am; Sunday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access
Restaurant & Bar KO Ratings and Reviews
KO more than OK. Thursdays with discount ...
KO more than OK. Thursdays with discounted dinners is a find. Early bird, 5 to 6, also good.
Wonderful neo Japanese Izakaya experienc ...
Wonderful neo Japanese Izakaya experience
Foods were good. Staff were not attentiv ...
Foods were good. Staff were not attentive and difficult to communicate.
Fish is delicious!
Fish is delicious!
I like the Tree.
They have some new dishes, we ordered Tenshinhan(our kids' favorite), Furofuki Daikon(THE BEST) etc. We still need regular izakaya menu like yakitori, sashimi, tofu and Healthy dishes. But They're doing good. Thanks KO!
Special sashimi dishes, Hamachi and abal ...
Special sashimi dishes, Hamachi and abalone were great. All dishes were tasty, timely and valued pricing.
Great Early Bird specials
Ko offers great Early Bird specials at a great price. Our waiter Ian gave us outstanding service.
Arriving at this restaurant it was very ...
Arriving at this restaurant it was very modern and open, we sat in a private booth inside. Their was no sashimi on the menu but when we asked the accommodated and the chef made a amazing sashimi tray of toro and salmon the fish was fresh and so Ono. The mochi agadashi was great but I wish they cut the mochi into smaller pieces. The butter fish was nothing but perfection the flavors danced with array of citrus, ginger and a savory on my tongue.
Best kept Secret
Best kept secret in Honolulu. One of the finest authentic Japanese cuisines at very reasonable prices. The Manager, Saori Ohki, is excellent
This is a great find in Kaimuki/Palolo area. It was totally unexpected. The quality of food is top class and the price is very reasonable. Recommend this place highly . Parking is a challenge but you can always park at Times Supermarket which is across the street. Just buy something at Times and you'll be OK.
I really love this spot. It's been two ...
I really love this spot. It's been two months since my visit here and my family and I still talk about it. The server was extremely Great . Kume san ! What a manager ! (I'm guessing..) & and other staff. A warm place We have find finally. The cheese Tofu and a Maguro Fish (Tuna) Carpaccio. was the Five star dishes, but so many dishes You should try... The prices are affordable( accutually They should make it higher....don't do it..). Hopefully, we could make this fine restaurant secret. ONE OF THE BEST IN Paradise ! At least much better than famous restaurants in Waikiki & Ala Moana. Don't try this restaurant! It's mine.
Good, not great
Good neighborhood restaurant. Great, quick service and really nice decor inside the restaurant. Food is just average. A lot of the appetizers lacked great flavor but a couple of the rice and noodle dishes were good. They discontinued their kaiseki menu last month. Great casual night out but not a special occasion place.
Food is excellent and good value for quality.
Sho is the manager. Very good and friendly. Makes you want ton return. Ko has right ambience for Kaimuki. Good service makes it more enjoyable. I miss their set menu which was very good and great value. Hope they bring it back.
The dishes that we ordered were all very ...
The dishes that we ordered were all very good, but I do miss some of the items from the previous menu.
New menu!! I expected to enjoy their Kai ...
New menu!! I expected to enjoy their Kaiseki but it was out from menu. But they accommodated our wish,made it happened. Thank you!
Nice modern Japanese fair
Love coming here with my adult kids! It presents with some nice Japanese flavors made in trendy presentation. Keeps everyone happy. Pretty wide menu to choose from! Delicious sushi!
My wife and I enjoyed our second time at Ko and enjoyed the special set Ko menu. Best deal in town. The service is excellent, and the food was perfect. The Ko set menu doesn't appear to be enough but it is after dessert. You have a good sense of the commitment and quality of what chef prepares. Everything is prepared to perfection. Seafood, meats, sashimi, sushi, prepared dishes are all of high quality You will not be disappointed.
Food was delicious ♪
The food was good for the most part, but the sushi rice was too wet and soft. It was also too hot inside because the AC wasn't working, which made the dining experience unpleasant.
Pros. Food was much improved than last time. Oyster kamameshi, Chicken was above average. Cons. There's a difference between Good foods and not ... We had to wait longer than before. We'll go there more .
Best meal on Maui!
On our last evening of a 10-day wedding and honeymoon trip to Maui, we went to KO in the Fairmont. Had a wonderful table looking at the pool...our waiter was perfect...and the food was superb..really delicious. I can't say enough about KO, it is worth the trip and worthy of all its praise.
Our favorite restaurant has gone... That's not KO anymore.. new operation .. It's just OSAKA.... Taste was below average Japanese cuisine. New Ko is like a Greasy spoon in OSAKA, JAPAN. dissapointed.. But service was good.
Great food with great price..... but this place needs to hire more people. the restaurant/bar was FULL and 2 waiters were sooooooo busy taking care of everyone, getting reservation and doing the bills. It was almost impossible to get their attention.
We had a very good family dinner. Every ...
We had a very good family dinner. Every plates were enjoyable as usual. Much more reasonable price. Thanks new KO Team!
The service was excellent, food was okay ...
The service was excellent, food was okay, nothing to rave about. Parking is tight and limited.
Much more enjoyable.
Always a enjoyable !! I think more reasonable than before by new operation?.. Price authentic Japanese dishes with a flair, Ko is a must! They have great hours and a really comfortable ambience! Highly recommend, when they have it, the Wagyu special menu section is amamzing!
Left hungry and needing a washer
The kids meals: came out on a steaming hot skillet! My 6 year old would have loved to burn himself on it! I asked for a plate. It eventually came. Cute but not for a kids meal. My wife's butterfish: Pungent and gross. Over flavored to say the least. She did enjoy her Japanese egg omelette. My meal: Never came. It was a meal that was to take a longer time but never? We did ask for it and I was offered rice while I waited. We left without the rice and my meal. Compliments of the chef! Um ummmmm um delicious . The wait staff: Looked and acted like a bunch of clowns. Overall: Not worth the effort.
More than expected
Everything is inexpensive and good. I especially like Kamameshi.
A nice first visit!
Party of 2 for an early dinner, seated in a booth - very comfortable! We both ordered the $35 bento, taking different options so we could try various dishes. Plenty of food, everything beautifully presented. The dishes were nicely flavored - not too strong, not too mild. The seafood dishes were especially delicious! Reasonably priced for the quality and quantity of food. Service was attentive and not intrusive.
Need better services
We went to eat Early Bird Dinner which is 3 course meals. But appetiezer and sashimi dish came almost same time. Within 3 min, the main meal were brought. Of course we do not want to hot meal cold. Then we did not finish the dishes like some of the vegetable were still there and the server asked we finished. Not even one time. A couple times. So of course I said no to them not to take away my dish. Food were more than my expectation for the price and I enjoyed but we came here to enjoy sit down meal not like fast food. They should have learn better service for customer.
good food,sloooow service.
the food is very good. the tastes are such that you want to go back again. the price isn't bad. the waiters and waitresses are pleasant helpful and friendly but the kitchen is slow. it took over an hour for us to get our total order. six dishes came out one by one. when we asked the waiter if there was shirt staff tonight she said no, one cook and two helpers but the kitchen is small. that means that it may always be that way. in all fairness there were eight tables to service but the service just needs to be faster.
After 8:00 PM. It was Happy Hour ! We had a very nice dinner. Waitress treated us nice, Food was nice & fresh. Thanks. KO Team!
Noisey, Hot and screaming
First time, we took seats at a outside table. and then It's very hot, much traffic in front of us, tourists with a screaming baby by our side.. What an entourage! Foods is not much but it's OK level. Service is the only hope at that night. The waiter was under 20, then He cannot give us the suggestion about drinks but He was great and treat us nice.
Great Japanese Next Door
I was pleasantly surprised by KO. Just based on the reviews here, we decided to venture outside our comfort zone and try something new. The restaurant is nondescript from the outside, looks like a house really. The parking is in the back, not many stalls but maybe just enough. The interior feels clean, fresh, minimal and modern. We had the $28 set meals which comes with six choices. They have a $55 set with a lot more food and also serve ala cart. Many good choices here. Of course we had to have some Japanese beer and sake with our meals. Overall, very nice meal, not crowded so we felt like the staff were attentive. We'll be back!
Now they serve a lacarte menu. I love their seasonal fish. Price is reasonable.
The food was very excellent
The food was very excellent and the staff were friendly but the pace of the servings were way off. Everybody's food was brought out at different times, throughout the meal someone ended up watching the others eating.
Great Japanese in Kaimuki
Food was great--the foie gras was awesome. Loved it! The pepper pork was a bit salty and overcooked. The spinach with egg was great. The chicken salad was good too--nice portion as well. Service was good, but a bit slow. Took a bit to refill tea and water. Would definitely be back!
Excellent 3 courses dinner
We have been driving pass this place and always wanted to try since they have good Yelp reviews. The food and presentation both exceeded our expectations. The place got more energetic during our dinner (about 8 pm). The sake selections are above average. We had the Born Gold Junmai Daiginjo sake which was very good. I was on a 3 weeks vacation and so was eating out a lot and Ko is one of the best restaurants we tried. Even the a la carte items all seem very reasonable priced. There are two waiters and the services was good enough (with 4 tables) but I can't image when the place is full (especially with the full outdoor seating). The happy hours are from 10 pm-2 am. We definietley will be back.
Food and service were great, but...
...the behavior of the kids present took away much from the experience. The parents did little to control their children (there were three of them, fussing, crying, talking really loud, screaming, throwing things) that it was difficult to have a nice time. The staff also didn't try to manage the situation. The outdoor lanai would've been a better choice. If this happens all the time, I'm not sure I'd want to return... With that said and put aside, the tasting menu we had was good - flavors were amazing and the array of dishes was plentiful. The pace of the presentation was good - there was even a little pause in mid-service to let us take a breath, clear our palates and anticipate the next courses.
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