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US$7 - US$7
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Japanese
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Lunch
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Reviewed 8 March 2020 via mobile

This is off the beaten path with fabulous food. Only 18 seats! You wait outside until a spot opens up. We had the taco rice and the tataki sashimi. Both were great, very flavorful I preferred my sashimi to the taco rice as the fish...is amazingly fresh. They include salad, miso soup and iced tea with your meal. Ethel's has been written up on Savor, travel and leisure and bon appetit for good reason. Remember it's cash only.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 27 January 2020 via mobile

Great mochico fried chicken and ahi tataki. Entrees come with salad, soup and iced tea. Very reasonable pricing. Parking next door

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 7 August 2019

My favorite is Mochiko Chicken, Japanese style Hamburger Steak, Goya Chanpuru(Stir Fry), and AHI Tataki sashimi.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 29 July 2019

The place closes at 2pm. Waiting is on the sidewalk. There are only 7 tables or so. You need to be there by 1pm. If there are more than two parties waiting, then too bad. if you don't like waiting in the heat, then too...bad. The neighborhood is a little rough.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 4 July 2019

My Sib Tristan sys that if you do not live on Oahu you may not find this place! The food was so delicious! The Owners were so nice and the food was plntiful!

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed 29 May 2019

Love the comfort food that this place serves up. My favorite dish here is the Ahi Sashimi topped with soy marinated garlic chips. Family run restaurant, been open for a long time, great service.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed 16 September 2018

We went late today, hoping the crowd would be gone, but, there were tons of people waiting. We waited almost an hour, but, sat on the wooden benches and conducted our business. It was worth the wait. I used to work in the area and...this was our favorite place to eat. Years have gone by and the quality is the same! Delicious! I forgot how delicious the food is from the just-right salad dressing to the savory miso soup and the perfect ahi tataki! All great! Everyone's food that were being served looked amazing---the mochiko chicken looked so crispy and juicy! Those giant hamburger steaks and loco mocos were humongous. I had the Champuru, which is bittermelon stir fried with tofu and pork and eggs. Such comfort food! I just loved it! I won't wait so long to return. The prices were unbelievable--where else can you get salad, soup and a heaping plate of delicious food for under $10???More

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Tiny little restaurant in an industrial neighborhood between Honolulu and its airport- keep an eye out or you will miss it! Keep in mind they usually close at 2pm. We will make this a must visit on our future trips to Oahu from now on!...Very reasonable prices for good portions of very tasty local staples: tuna tataki (renowned and a must-try!), mochiko chicken, garlic chicken, grilled ahi, saimin, etc. If you don’t mind the neighborhood and very casual working class setting, and wish to be frugal, prepare to enjoy an excellent meal!More

Date of visit: March 2018
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Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

Went by Ethel's for lunch today at 1pm....its been closed for 2 weeks, no sign saying when if it will reopen. Maybe moved to Hawaii Kai The Cafe by Ethel’s Grill Inside The Oahu Club 6800 Hawaii Kai Dr Hawaii Kai

Date of visit: September 2017
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Reviewed 9 September 2017

I love Ethel's Grill. It's a small and delicious joint that I never a chance to visit when in Oahu. It's true there aren't many seats and it is cash only, but it is a local gem. The food never disappoints and I'm glad to...support a business that has been feeding the locals for a long time :) This place is perfect mix of plenty types of cuisine- Hawaiian, Japanese, Filipino, etc. Our plane landed just afternoon, and I was sad that we might be missing the visit since they close at 2pm. Luckily we were able to get our car quickly and fly down to EG just in time. Hubby saw that bittermelon stirfry was a menu item and didn't hesitate to order it (since I NEVER make it at home). Sadly, they were out. No worry tho because the had the garlic ahi instead was completely satisfied. My younger son got oxtail soup because he LOVES their oxtail soup, older son got the mochiko chicken and I got the garlic pork chops. We also got a side order of the ahi tataki and gobbled it right up! I like that they have staples on their menu, but also have a healthy mix of specials. We've had many of the regular items, but it's fun to see what specials they have up for the day each time we visit! It's a busy joint favored by locals and out-of-towners alike, so bring cash and be patient because it is worth the wait! Found out a few days into our Oahu visit that the cook was out for surgery. You better believe that I was super thankful that we were able to get our EG fix. Can't wait to go back!More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Ethel's Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5