Kobe Keeps the Spark Alive

Ali Carte Columns

March 24, 2012

Story By: Dining Out Team |

The friendliest — and tastiest — teppanyaki spot in town, better known as Kobe Japanese Steakhouse, excites customers night after night as highly skilled chefs stylishly grill the best in fresh meat and seafood on flat-tops placed at each table.

  • Short Ribs ($12)
  • Rainbow Roll ($14)
  • Lobster and Steak Combo ($45.95)
  • Ahi Poke Salad ($10)
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While there has been an an abundance of construction outside the Ala Moana Boulevard restaurant, owner Roy Nakamura confirms the steakhouse’s doors are wide open, cooking up Japanese fare as effortlessly as ever.

Kobe recently got hold of a rarity in the fresh seafood world that is taking one of its teppan meals from flavorful to absolutely divine. Lobster and Steak Combo ($45.95), which usually features tender steak and a prime Tristan lobster tail, will include two smaller Tristan lobster tails with every order, while supplies last.

“The smaller lobsters are usually more tender,” says Nakamura. “But it’s the same Tristan lobster, so the quality’s really good.”

In addition to memorable teppanyaki-style dining, customers also may enjoy an evening at the restaurant’s low-key, intimate lounge.

Beginning April 1, the lounge will offer a slew of specials from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. There’ll be daily drink specials as well as discounted domestic beers ($3 each) and standard cocktails ($3 each).

To accompany your drinks, sushi will be presented at 20 percent off, with fresh classics such as Rainbow Roll ($14) and Spicy Tuna ($11.50) flying off the sushi bar. Or nibble on pupu favorites like boneless, kalbi-style Short Ribs ($12) or Ahi Poke Salad ($10, spicy or regular).

“Poke salad has always been a favorite. That’s available in the dining room, too,” explains Nakamura.

It looks like the legendary Waikiki spot’s recipe for succulent dishes, outstanding customer service and a unique Japanese-cabin style setting has come out just right, because it continues to sizzle today, just as it has for more than 30 years.

Kobe Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

  • Where
    • 1841 Ala Moana Boulevard
    • Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Call
    • (808) 941-4444
  • Hours
    • 5:30 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    • Open daily for dinner only
    • Lounge opens at 5 p.m.
  • Website
  • Notes
    • Valet parking available in front of the restaurant.