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Ono Hawaiian Cafe

Rated 3.68 out of 5 based on 72 reviews.
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2170 Broadway Ave, Boise, ID 83706 208-429-6800
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Hawaiian/ Pacific Asian Cuisine Upscale Hawaiian Food Live Hula Entertainment on Friday Nights Under the same ownership as Kanak Attack Catering. It is similar food, Catering is available through Kanak Attack.

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jean said:

Will not return...EVER
I don't know what happened to this place but over the last year ono's has become really bad. Used to be my favorite place to go. Service is rude. Food always looks old and is much more bland. Friday night has the same hula dancers. You know there is no true aloha when there is no local hawaiians eating or working there. Avoid.
April 19, 2011
Votes: +0

Kristi said:

This review is for the catering only - we have eaten at this restaurant many times and love the food. My (now) husband and I decided to hire Ono to cater our wedding, as we had our first date there. The first problem (which I'm sure others won't have) is that the catering manager changed three times between the time we booked the catering and our wedding. We met several times at the restaurant with the catering manager(s), and thought we had everything worked out perfectly. We chose our menu, appetizers and the only thing we had left to decide was what we wanted to drink. The wedding was for 125-150 people and we were quoted $500 for beer and wine. We questioned this figure, as it seemed quite low, but were assured that this was the average price for a wedding this size. 9 weeks before the wedding, we decided on specific beer and wines we wanted and asked for the specific quote. 3 weeks before the wedding, despite numerous requests we had yet to have a firm price (this was during the transition to the third catering manager, it seems). Finally 2 weeks before the wedding we got the quote - $1200. Really? We were told this was due to the wines we had chosen ($200/case), as well as the fact that we wanted 2 kegs (one domestic and one microbrew). When we called to see what the discrepancy was, we were bluntly told that 'those are our prices' and there was no offer to work with us. A second call revealed that we could switch to house wines ($100/case) and either get 2 domestic kegs, or 1 domestic and 1/2 keg of microbrew and that would put us closer to $800. So that was what we decided. We were in fact charged $130 and $160 for the cases of wine (white and red, respectively). This beverage pricing issue was our main complaint. One of the appetizers we had ordered for the wedding was not actually served (regular tomato bruschetta was substituted for shrimp and pineapple bruschetta). The staff at the wedding did do a very nice job. They were friendly, helpful, courteous and overall kept things flowing smoothly. One other thing that surprised us: the bar staff started packing up at 9:45 (the reception was planned to go until midnight). When we asked what was going on, they told us that their contract stated they were done at 10. A detail that, apparently, they were keeping to themselves.
October 14, 2010
Votes: +0

jireh said:

Aloha Time to Transform with Hawaiian Healing
Based on the comment of your costumer, i would say your the best. There are so much restaurant around the country and people are keep on admiring your restaurant. I do believe that you've done your best that is why people are continue commending your business. Sacred Journeys Hawaii
One of the secrets of being on the top level of business is doing what is the best for the sake of the costumer who patronage the products.
August 13, 2010
Votes: -3

Heidi said:

Oh No Part 2
I agree with @Nicole Chaffman--not a place for people w/ nut allergies. We were invited to an event that was being catered by Kanak Attack (the catering arm of Ono). Since one of my kids has severe nut allergies, I called ahead to talk to the catering manager about how the food is prepared and what the ingredients are. She said, "I think so," and "I don't think so," a lot as she answered my questions. Because she didn't seem confident, I didn't feel comfortable allowing my child to eat the catered food and we did not attend the event.
Ono and Kanak Attack have great food, but I will not let my allergic child eat there.
July 10, 2010
Votes: -1

Nicole Chaffman said:

Oh No is right!
Well we went in and the look of the place is adorable, my food was amazing (pulled pork) but what my husband ate made him violently ill. He is allergic to many kinds of nuts, discluding macadmian nuts. The dish he ordered stated to be made with only macadamia nuts and the waiter assured us no other nut was included in the recipe...well, two bites into my husbands meal and he eventually had hives all over his body! I did my best to ask repeatedly what exactly was in the food (kinds of nuts) and was reassured many times "only macadamia". Well, I said that was impossible because my husband is now in your bathroom and will be for quite some time puking. They gave us a 10% discount and sent us on our way. JUST BE WARNED: ANYONE WITH A NUT ALLERGY SHOULD NOT GO HERE, THEY DONT KNOW WHAT EXACTLY THEY ARE COOKING WITH. There may be only macadamia nuts in the dish but maybe they where prepared in peanut oil (one of many nuts my hubby is allergic too) and packaged that way to the restaurant, them not realizing it...? I brought this idea to thier attention but it seemed to have fallen on deaf ears.
March 29, 2010
Votes: +0

Cheri said:

Ono fantastic!
Went today and used a restaurant.com gift certificate which made lunch incredibly affordable. Beautifully presented entrees, perfectly cooked.

On a scale of 1 to 10, a 9.5! smilies/smiley.gif OUTSTANDING!
November 05, 2009
Votes: +2

primo said:

best in da 208
best food in da 208 by far. no one can compete. best chefs in town, no doubt. call for reservations. food is da bomb!!
October 06, 2009
Votes: +0

Andrea said:

Love it
We have been to Ono twice now. Both times the service was great and the food was delicious. We loved the Hawaiian wings on the appetizer menu. Can't wait to try the Friday night buffet. We will definitely be back and refer our friends.
April 30, 2009
Votes: +0

Rod Brady said:

The food here is very good. We had a party of 10 adults and 4 kids and Ono's did a great job of accomodating us. With 10 of us, we ordered a variety of plates and they were all good. And the desserts were scrumptious. This place is definitely good for an encore.
March 25, 2009
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Michael Boss said:

The Spirit of Michael Mohica's Grandma Lives On at Ono http://bit.ly/zWCah
Michael Mohica, owner of Ono Hawaiian Cafe, firmly believes that Hawaiian food goes beyond an eclectic mash up of culinary cultures. It’s a genre. “I’m drawing on a tradition of what we call ‘plate lunches’ in Hawaii – a mix of different ethnic foods that includes Asian, Spanish, Filipino, Japanese, and Korean, as well as Polynesian.” That mix shows up in a number of Ono’s signature dishes.

Hear Michael tell his story: http://bit.ly/zWCah
February 24, 2009
Votes: -1

salmonbrie said:

food was GREAT!!!
Ono hawaiian cafe is the best food in town!! We went there for Valentine's Day and had the most spectacular 5 course dinner. Great service and wonderful food presentation. I cant even compare the flavors of the food to anything. If your looking for a good dinner in Boise you have to try ONO!!!!! smilies/cheesy.gif
February 15, 2009
Votes: +0

TD said:

Hey, it sounds great! Should try some Garden Green Garbanzo Beans. (GGG) .... an Idaho Preferred Product. See ClearwaterCountry.com
January 18, 2009
Votes: +0

Trudy said:

Great food, beautiful presentation and very friendly service. What more do you need? smilies/grin.gif
January 16, 2009
Votes: +0

Leilani said:

Missing Hawaii, next best thing
Ono's lived up to its Hawaiian name of "delicious". The food was outstanding, flavorful, presentation was awesome and the service was wonderfu. The atmosphere has been the closest to Hawaii for me since I've moved to Idaho. Great vibe, great entertainment on a Friday night and most of all incredible food.....!smilies/smiley.gif
December 26, 2008
Votes: +0

Roberto said:

Lives up to its name
Wow - nice job Ono! The food here is fantastic and the service is great. The plate lunches are large and tasty. My only disappointment was the generic strip mall restaurant atmosphere. They definitely could do more to give the restaurant a tropical feel. Regardless, the Ono Hawaiian Cafe earned the 5-stars I gave it and I look forward to my next visit. Mahalo!

December 25, 2008
Votes: +1

makapiapia said:

Ono Hawaiian Cafe is the Best Restaurant in boise!!!
hands down da best food in the city, probably the state. sophisticated food, great flavors. it is just out of this world. if you love flavor, go here. if you dont like flavor, eat here and you will find out why this is the greatest food imaginable. the soups are some of the best, the plate lunches are huge, the service is great, the food is just unbelievable. smilies/grin.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/grin.gifsmilies/grin.gif
December 18, 2008
Votes: +0

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