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Chef Chai

4.7
4.7
866 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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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 866 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
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Oahu

    Hawaii Regional Cuisine

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious !!!
  2. KE

    KaimukiEats

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    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.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  4. K

    Krystal

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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 ::}
  5. LL

    LindaL

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

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

    JeffW

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Service was excellent Will be back soon
  8. 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!
  9. T

    Tabby

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We tasted three different entrees and two desserts and each was perfect!
  10. 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.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience3
    Good was superb!! nothing I could fault
  12. 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.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kyoto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Filipino food special was delicious. Definitely a meal to remember!
  14. 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.
  15. EM

    EdwardM

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time dining here. Food was really good and we look forward to going back and trying more of the menu. Service was okay. I had ordered oysters as an appetizer and they came after the main course. Also we had a bottle of wine that the Garson never refilled. Little strange. But otherwise he was good. Nice place with good valet parking.
  16. CH

    CarolH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Filipino cuisine selections tasty. But, lechon could have been crispier - rind was a little tough but would have been edible and tastier if crisp - baked vs fried would have worked. Pansit was disappointing only because I prefer pansit bihon. Chicken papaya was tasty but fruit slightly overcooked. Ioved the tilapia - deliciously prepared. However, if the fish was “ scored” the neat would have lifted from the bone n be easier to eat once deep fried. Btw, I’m a Filipina and enjoyed my meal. Just helpful hints hopefully. Waiter seemed a little “green” He was pleasant but a little slow on checking on our table’s needs
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was the Father’s Day buffet with Robert Cazimero entertaining us. The food was excellent, with Chef Chai overlooking the buffet line. As it was our first time there, it was exciting to see him there. The food was excellent! It was lobster nite, and I love lobster! The preparation three ways was a good choice. I didn’t try the curry one, although I’m sure it was good. I had a few other food selections, but enjoyed the lobster best! The service was great! Very attentive waiter — maybe a little overwhelmed a few times, but it wasn’t a problem. The other thing that brought us there was Robert Cazimero — we love his music, his personality, and his dancers. All in all, a very enjoyable evening.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My experience here was amazing. It was Father’s Day Lobster Buffet. Everyone here was so great from the hostess, waiter and Chef Chai himself mingled and served us. The food was delicious.
  19. N

    Naks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Lobster buffet for Father's Day was excellent! Lobsters were not over cooked, even the grilled lobster which can easily be over cooked. Truly enjoyed the fresh live oysters and smoked salmon too! I didn't try the chicken or braised beef, but those who ate the lamb said it was cooked perfectly.
  20. TH

    TroyH

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff, ambiance, food ... all were Amazing! How can you go wrong with a Lobster buffet anyway?
  21. SB

    ScottB

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best high-end buffet ever!! Wow...keep doing this lobster buffet for special events! 3 different kinds of lobster, super jumbo shrimp, short ribs, lamb...it was all amazing. Nothing like it...a 10! Service...amazing...outdoor dining in a tent...amazing...a perfect meal! Keep it up!!
  22. K

    Kuana

    Hawaii

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We want to Father’s Day Lobster Buffet. It was so delicious. We got to see Robert Cazimero and Kuana Torres Kahele perform. Wonderful food. Great service. We love Chef Chai!
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Father’s Day. It was a little early but great to get together to enjoy nice brunch and entertainment with family to celebrate Father’s Day.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Chai is the BEST place to be for a special occasion. We celebrated Father’s Day and my birthday. Service was great. Buffet was phenomenal! So many great flavors to choose. Desserts were sweet and light. Cakes were beautiful, petite and delicious. This was our 3rd time here, we are always so busy, but it gets better and better. We will be back again and again! I will always appreciate the authentic Thai green papaya salad. Fresh ingredients, correct flavor profiles. Lobster and all seafood prepared and made perfectly. Reminds me of my mother’s cooking, yet more refined. I am part Thai so I definitely can taste the authenticity of Thai ingredients used. Chai is the best. I love Chai! Thank you for another beautiful experience. A hui hou!!!
  25. f

    foodforthought

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was as promised. This was a Father’s Day buffet with as much lobster and other food you could eat. It was as advertised and the food was very good. Will go again next year.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We enjoyed the food; so good. Thank-you for the complimentary appetizer and dessert for the birthday girl!
  27. J

    Johnny

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef chai is an absolute treasure of culinary talents. My wife and I go to favorite restaurant.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chef Chai’s is one of our most favorite restaurants. The food is ALWAYS top notch with flavors that excites my palate. The presentation of the appetizers followed by the entrees are aesthetically pleasing as well delicious. Only the best waitstaff makes the cut at Chai’s and our server Dustin checked ALL the boxes for what defines exceptional service. The interior decor and outside patio dining areas were both inviting and romantic with the lighting and fresh flowers- always fresh flowers! If you’re wondering if you should visit this restaurant- a resounding YES!
  29. S

    Shay

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience, the service amazing. The staff was very attentive and fast, seating and dining areas were beautiful and the food was delicious.
  30. DS

    DeanS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    For a large party of 12 to all come away satisfied is really exceptional. Especially the scallops and Sea Bass drew rave comments. My risotto was perfect!
  31. K

    Kawika

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5
    The Prawns were great. The Filet was not. I make a better steak than that.
  32. CF

    ChaseF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing. My wife and I ordered the Tasting menu and were very pleased. Being outside on the patio we were still regularly checked on by our server. Service was excellent and appetizers platter so awesome
  33. MG

    MorGGie

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful tasting menu. Met Chef Mark. Loved the white chocolate torte gelato and miso sea bass. Highly recommend.
  34. JG

    JennyG

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our waiter was super. We celebrated our anniversary and they acknowledged with best service and a dessert.
  35. l

    lmcw

    Philadelphia

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding! Food was beautifully prepared and presented and all was outstanding. Loved the ahi tuna appetizer
  36. JG

    JessicaG

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Fabulous food. Very knowledgeable on Gluten allergies and GF options. However, to celebrate our anniversary they brought us a cake that was not GF and charged me for the scoop of ice cream I asked for since I couldn't eat the cake. I would still return! Great food.
  37. GG

    GloribelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was good and fresh. The gave us an appetizer for free and because was our anniversary they gave us the dessert for free too.
  38. EJ

    EdJVentura

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our favorite restaurant
  39. A

    Angel

    Hawaii

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy eating at this restaurant. Food is always great. This time around they ran out of a lot of the items we wanted to order, but Chef Chai himself made up for it by giving us our desserts for free. Great service!
  40. FG

    FernandaG

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We want for dinner and our plates were mora than incredible! We had the Filet mignon and is Delicious!! And the prAwns with ginger/spicy spice and were awesome. Of course chocolate lava cake is a most!

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 866 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

Takeout from OpenTableNew

This restaurant is currently not taking orders. Check back soon.

View takeout menu
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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