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Genius Lounge, Honolulu, HI

Genius Lounge

4.5
4.5
436 Reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaiian
Come grab a cool Hawaiian beer, fresh seafood, unique Hawaiian-Japanese fusion food on the rooftop lanai, and enjoy an "Aloha" experience with our friendly staff!

Genius Lounge is established in 2009, is a full service bar restaurant serving Japanese inspired Hawaiian dishes. We were selected 2022 & 2023 OpenTable Diners' Choice Restaurant.

Our menus are created by Japanese experienced chef Taiga Sasahara, using Hawaiian ingredients throughout our dishes.

We have some famous Hawaiian items; Sushi, Fresh seafoods, Steaks, Salads, Pizzas, and Original homemade noodle dishes!!!

You can pair those items with our extensive drink menu such as Sakes, Wines, and a lot of original cocktails!

It is perfect a place to enjoy a low key night with friends or a romantic date in the heart of Waikiki.

We also accomodate private parties. We have a quaint private lanai space and 3 party courses for your private party. It is also a perfect place to enjoy your wedding party in the heart of Waikiki.

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2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Hawaiian, Seafood, Izakaya
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Phone number
    (808) 626-5362
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Daisuke Kano
  • Private party facilities
    It's a hidden gem in the heart of Waikiki. We're the perfect venue for your next special party at Genius Lounge. We can accommodate a variety of dinner parties for up to 70 guests. You and your guests will love our Japanese inspired Hawaiian fusion menu made with Special Aloha!
  • Private party contact
    Daisuke Kano: (808) 626-5362
  • Area
    Waikiki
  • Cross Street
    Lewers St. and Kuhio Ave.
  • Parking Details
    Municipal Parking at Ritz Carlton Tower. Behind of our building.Open 24 hours$1.50 per hour (Coin operated parking only)Time Limit 5 hours.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine

Experiences

  • Steak & Seafood Lovers Special (Tax&Tip Included)

    USD 70.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Multiple dates available
    Special prefix menu for Steak & Seafood Lovers! Ahi Poke, Baked Oyster, Green Salad, Surf & Turf (Original Garlic Shrimp & Rib Eye Steak), Hawaiian Dessert. 2 orders minimum. Poke and Green Salad are Sharing style. 1 big oyster, 1 dessert, and 1 full potion of Surf & Turf per person!! Super good deal!! Enjoy your dinner at Genius Lounge!
    Steak & Seafood Lovers Special (Tax&Tip Included) photo

Offers

  • Everyday Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

    25 Aug 2023 - 25 Aug 2024
    Sun - Thu - 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm,Fri - Sat - 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
    Everyday Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm. Kirin Draft Beer $4, Honolulu Beer Works Draft $6, House wines $6, House Sakes $8, Edamame $6, Curly Fries $7, Karaage $8, Green Salad $8, Garlic Shrimp $15, Loco Moco $15, Kalua Pork Nachos $10. Enjoy our happy hour for your night starting! Aloha

    Everyday Happy Hour 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm photo

What 436 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Hawaiian

436 Reviews
  1. PatrickA

    Greece

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was overwhelmed by our larger party and struggled to keep up. Server also complained that we did not order enough alcohol or food, even though our section would have been empty in our absence. Food/drink is somewhat more inspiring than the hospitality, but there are places that manage to serve you lukewarm calamari rings without lecturing you.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    店員さんも日本の方がいるためか 利用者も日本人の方が多く、 日本人への理解度高いお店で安心して過ごせました! とても楽しかったです♪ありがとうございました!

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  3. Tony

    Detroit

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really cool quaint restaurant located on the second floor. The specialty sushi dishes are phenomenal. The service is always great.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    日本人が多く来店されてました。日本語が通じるので、オーダーも不便ありません。味付けも、日本向けで食べやすかったです!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    店内は静かでサービスとどれを食べても美味しかったです。そしてハッピーアワーメニューが嬉しかったです!またリピートしたいお店です。

    1 person found this helpful

  6. JaxH

    New York City

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on 11 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My second time here. Delicious and great happy hour. We tried a bunch of pupus this time and everything was great. Mochiko chicken and gyoza were real standouts. Will be back

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  7. KatyATX

    Austin

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 9 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quaint rooftop. Loved the vibe. We shared many small plates- loved everything. All 5 of us agreed. Highly recommend. ⭐️

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  8. GiselletP

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food! & hospitality. The service was nice. Finding a fellow Hispanic waitress was also a plus!

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  9. Anonymous

    Hawaii

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 29 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    全ての料理が大変美味しく、まだまだ食べたいメニューがたくさんあるので、また行きたいと思います。今回の滞在中でNo.1のレストランでした。店員さんもとても感じが良かったです。おすすめです。

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 27 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place was surprisingly good. I usually eat closer to Central Waikiki, but being a little bit off track, I was hesitant at first. Based on the reviews, I took a chance, and I’m glad I did. The service was outstanding, and the food was great. The prices were reasonable as well. I sat out on the terrace and enjoyed my evening very much.

    1 person found this helpful

  11. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall this restaurant has amazing customer service and very yummy food! They handled our party of 15 with ease. Will definitely come back!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    こじんまりしたお店だけどあまり騒がしくなく料理も日本人好みで美味しかった ハッピーアワーでお得に頂けた

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great date night to go out and try something new. Location is a little hard to find parking but overall the dining experience was great. The food was also amazing. That more than one pound ribeye was fantastic with the Hawaiian sauce. Appetizers was also really good. Loved the dessert as well. I recommend getting the fried kulolo with ube ice cream and macadamia sprinkles. Super good. Overall, you should come here and give it a try.

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  14. BreannaH

    Cleveland

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Overall experience was good, nothing fantastic. Probably wouldn't make it a point to go back but the prices were reasonable. Decent for a small space

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    カルアポークのナチョス、ガーリックシュリンプ、ロコモコが特に美味しかったです。定員さんもとても親切でまた利用したいです。

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  16. Anonymous

    Hawaii

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Their food was so good and interesting. Extensive Hawaiian drinks. Friendly and attentive servers. Hidden gem. Must repeat.

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  17. MattK

    Seattle

    91 reviews

    5.0

    91 reviews

    Dined on 27 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a super fun experience. Lots of sharing. Lots of tasty dishes. Definitely didn’t feel like we were in the heart of Waikiki.

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  18. Anonymous

    Hawaii

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 20 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Super nice restaurant as always. Their food is the best in Waikiki. Nice rooftop patio and very attentive friendly servers. Highly recommend!!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    ハッピーアワーを利用しました。従業員の方はどの方もきめ細かな接待で気持ちよく食事が出来ました。日本語大丈夫なので安心して利用できます。次回も訪れたいと思います。

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  20. MatthewB

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lots of stairs to get in. However it was well worth it. The food and drinks were good.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a really bad experience me and my other half was there for over a hour 10pm-11pm and we only got our salad and poke and we had a pre paid set items 70 dollars a person. We didn’t want to miss the firework show on New Year’s Eve so we asked to have the main course 2 go. Overall when we took the food home to eat it it was pretty good but service and time it took food to come out was pretty bad.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as always! Poke is very fresh and delicious!

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  23. DeborahC

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    It was difficult to find as it was upstairs. The table was booked 3 weeks in advance yet did not have a table for us and had to find one. We were there on time. The food was ok, though the sides were greasy. So many restaurants in Waikiki, they need to up their game a little!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Houston

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    どのお料理もとても美味しかったです。サービスも雰囲気も良く、とても楽しい時間を過ごしました。ありがとうございました。

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  25. Ayumi

    Hawaii

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 18 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love inside sofa seat here especially winter time. Cozy and feel drinking @ living room. Stuff is always friendly and nice. Also love draft IPA. I always order yuzu chicken and lomi salmon Caprese. If you have D point card (Japan).you also saving the point:D

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    14 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    I really wanted to try this place but the food was very disappointing. Service was great but the mochicko chicken was dry and soggy, sushi rice in the roll was very dense, baked oyster did not taste like an oyster at all, cheddar cheese so powerful it overwhelmed the dish? Curly fries had a bunch of big clumps of potatoes so soggy and undercooked. Just a miss in my book.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 12 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was really good, interesting ingredients. The drinks were Ok. Order a Mai Tai, but the flavors were not distinct and it just had a fruity non descriptive taste. Interior felt like going into someone’s home, was cozy, cute decor & beautiful holiday tree. The lanai seating was spacious, but the decor looked misplaced… like we were at a Mexican restaurant. Overall, would visit again to try their ingredient combos.

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  28. JUNJIK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    料理が美味しく、サービスも素晴らしかったです。また、ハッピーアワーの時間が90分に長くなったことも良かったです。

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  29. CraigB

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the hidden gems in Waikiki. Always a great experience when we dine here. Add this place to your itinerary when you visit Oahu.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good. I’d say prices were lower than elsewhere. 👍🏼

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant, inconspicuous location but best held secret! Fabulous!

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  32. Allie

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 November 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was delicious. With 9 of us, we sampled almost everything from Happy hour menu and it was all delicious. Dinner entrees were just as delicious . The service was attentive and friendly. We added this place to our list of “must visit “ when in Oahu.

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  33. Wantgoodfoodandservice

    Columbus

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 23 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Awesome spot for good food and ambience. Highly recommend

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  34. MauriceR

    Detroit

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 20 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the best restaurants in Waikiki with reasonable prices and delicious food

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We easily made a reservation for an outdoor table. The staff was very friendly seating us promptly and recommended menu items. The drink menu and beer selection was extensive. Our food was delicious. The salad with the homemade onion dressing was so good I wish I could take some dressing to go. The seared tuna and noodle dish were also both a treat. The waitress and waiter could not have been any more friendly. We will be back.

    1 person found this helpful

  36. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 3 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stephen always takes great care of us. Food is always on point. This place is amazing for any event. If you haven't tried this place it is a must. Every dish is so delicious took new family members here and it was a hit. Love love love this place.

    1 person found this helpful

  37. Anonymous

    Hawaii

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on 1 November 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was so good. No.1 restaurant in Waikiki as always. Mahalo

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and attentive staff. Great happy hour especially my Pina Colada.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Customer service was great. Every item we had was delicious. The servers were very knowledgeable and friendly.

    1 person found this helpful

  40. ginab

    Western NC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ate here while on vacation in Honolulu - it was an absolute delight from start finish. Everything was top notch, including the service.

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FAQs

Genius Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 436 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

7:00 pm


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Genius Lounge

346 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Lewers St. and Kuhio Ave.
  • Area
    Waikiki
  • Hours of Operation
    Mon–Thu, Sun 5:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–1:00 am
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Hawaiian, Seafood, Izakaya
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    Municipal Parking at Ritz Carlton Tower. Behind of our building.Open 24 hours$1.50 per hour (Coin operated parking only)Time Limit 5 hours.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Daisuke Kano
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Phone number
    (808) 626-5362
  • Private party facilities
    It's a hidden gem in the heart of Waikiki. We're the perfect venue for your next special party at Genius Lounge. We can accommodate a variety of dinner parties for up to 70 guests. You and your guests will love our Japanese inspired Hawaiian fusion menu made with Special Aloha!
  • Private party contact
    Daisuke Kano: (808) 626-5362
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