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Asian, Hawaiian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
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Reviewed 29 December 2019

I was looking forward to dining at Liho-Liho for a long time due to its popularity. We finally booked a table and while the food was really good, it wasn’t amazing in my opinion. Also service wasn’t great. I feel like the waiters were not...very friendly and didn’t give us much attention. For some reason, also, I got VERY sick when I got home. So it just made my whole experience worse.More

Date of visit: March 2019
Reviewed 17 December 2019

From meeting our server, Caitlin, last evening, this was a very good experience. She guided us through an interesting cocktail list, and gave detailed descriptions of menu items in which we were interested. In addition, she was VERY helpful in suggesting numbers of small plates,...entrées/main courses for us. However, at some point, I asked her if there was any other music that was available not techno, to which she replied that it was a soundtrack. She DID manage to get the volume diminished, and--for a time, perhaps 15 minutes?--something not quite as annoying in its repetitiveness. Just FYI as it might affect your dining experience.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed 30 November 2019

After a few months of trying to figure out how to get a reasonable reservation time on a weekend I got up at midnight when they open the reservations a month ahead of time and booked a table for four. I have been looking forward...to eating here for some time. We were seated immediately and the restaurant is fun and high energy, not pretentious. The menu has some interesting twists on standard fare. One of us ordered the popcorn appetizer, I am not sure why, and it was just popcorn with salt and pepper to me. The poke appetizer was really good, the fried rice with homemade spam was very good, the short ribs were good but I have had better, we all loved the fried chicken. We shared a rice pudding dessert and I enjoyed that. The sommelier was helpful and recommended a wonderful wine in our price range.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 26 November 2019

The ribs was extremely tender and juicy. Tasty and fresh. Service was excellent and the restaurant was neat and clean. A must place in SF

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 1 November 2019 via mobile

Fun place. Friendly service. Creative cocktails - made with a heavy hand. Delicious food. But soooooo RICH Really needed an acid or sweet balance. Will return - but will scan the menu for lighter items.

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 19 October 2019 via mobile

We had dinner here on a Friday night. Parking was interesting so best to take Uber/Lyft. Once inside, the restaurant was packed - in a good way. People were enjoying themselves and the environment was great. We ate in the bar and service was excellent....We had tuna and corn salad, both were delicious. The cocktail selection is creative. This is definitely worth a visit.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 3 October 2019

We loved Liholiho. Our server was awesome, recommending the perfect amount of food and suggesting delicious items. The wine and vibe were also lovely.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 3 October 2019 via mobile

This place has excellent energy! We have a group of 7, our organizer made reservation 1month ahead and there were plenty of available time slots. This was my first visit. The open kitchen there was lively at 5:30pm, the restaurant was already quite full. You...go in and you can just sense the relaxes and joyful atmosphere. We ordered a plethora of small dishes to share and some drinks. We highly recommend the shaved pig head, the kung pao sweetbread, the curried manila clams, and the baked Hawaii!More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 2 October 2019

We got a reservation when they opened at 5p. All the tables filled up within minutes. It's a must try if you're visiting San Francisco! The food is so innovative and delicious. Wonderful attentive service as well. We shared several of the small plates. Highly...recommend the tuna poke, yellowtail sashimi and the soft shell crab katsu. We didn't love the browkaw avocado but appreciated the beautiful presentation of it and all the dishes. It's pricey but worth the different tastes exploding in your mouth. We'll certainly be visiting again.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed 1 September 2019

An impossible place to get into, Liholiho offers a little Hawaiian flare on the side streets of San Fran. The service was really laid back but attentive. It's a higher priced restaurant but the service didn't nor the ambience made me feel like it was...the typical high priced restaurant. My quick down and dirty feedback is: - Popcorn - app that was good and nicely seasoned - Soft Shell Crap - with soy, ginger and pineapple - recommended - Brokaw Avocado - fried green beans and avocado - good - Kimchi Fried Rice - best thing on the menu! - Opah - a fish that seems alot like tuna. I'd never had it before but it seemed well cooked and very meaty. Overall, the food was highly salted (miso/ teriyaki seasoning). The service was the best thing, oh the desert was just as good.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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10 July 2018|
Response from zackm913 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they have a lot of none meat meals.
Laurence A
24 March 2017|
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Response from Cathy W | Reviewed this property |
There is a small menu although the dishes brought Dim Sum style are not on the menu and are described by staff.
14 April 2016|
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Response from 785charliec | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe there is a private room
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