Da Smokehouse restaurant Waikiki
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444 Hobron Ln Honolulu, HI 96815
  • I have known Shirley for a long time and I know that she wouldn't allow it to be any other way

    • by Gonzo808

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      Da Smokehouse is a small restaurant and bar located in Eaton Square on the edge of Waikiki. In fact, its current location is only a block away from its first location on Ena Road. Shirley, the owner, was wise enough to keep its new location close to the old one, in order to keep older customers coming back, without their having to look around too much after she moved, as well as keeping it in the same neighborhood and attract new customers over the years.

      The inside of the place is rather unremarkable. A tiled floor with several small tables and a couple of booths for people who come in for the food, as well as a bar for the people who just come in to drink.

      The restrooms always have soap and hand towels, even if they look rundown. The back area leading to the restrooms always seem to be cluttered, but its navigable and

      not obstructed.

      The bar itself is well-stocked with a good collection of beers and hard liquor, though it can feel rather cramped when the chairs are all filled-up. They’ve gone-through several bartenders over the years and it seems like there’s a new one everytime I go in or passby. A television close to the bar let’s you watch a game that might be on and there are other TVs around the place for restaurant customers.

      The main seating area can also feel rather cramped when there are a lot of customers and there is some seating outside for people who’d rather be away from the crowd and bar noise. A jukebox provides music during the day and on nights when there isn’t a band playing. The bands that play there are usually not professional-sounding, but you wouldn’t expect it for a venue that small. When a band is playing, it sounds more like karaoke night than ...

      • a professional performance. Since I’m not a fan of karaoke or anything that sounds like it, I tend to stay away during band nights.

        As far as the crowd itself, I have never seen any trouble occuring at Da Smokehouse at any time I have gone there. The staff is usually very friendly and courteous, especially Shirley. The bartenders I have seen there were always very nice to the customers and the customers never seemed to act like some other bar crowds do in that they don’t act like they own the place and can do whatever they want. Yes, the crowd can be noisy, but they’ve never gotten out of hand, that I am aware of.

        The food quality isn’t what you might call “fine dining”, but you wouldn’t expect that going there. It’s ribs and chicken, with some sandwiches. The side dishes are nothing special, but the servings are very good for the price.

        Good quality food at a reasonable price is what you get there. In Waikiki, where a burger can run you $5, Da Smokehouse gives good value for the money.

        As far as a downside, I feel that the kitchen closes too early in the evening, often by 10:30pm. I guess either the cook only has a shift until 11pm or they just closedown because they don’t expect to have anyone come in and order food after 10 o’clock. I usually eat late in the evening and I am sometimes frustrated at Da Smokehouse’s kitchen closing so early.

        The final verdict on Da Smokehouse is that they have a good selection of alcohol, good staff, reasonably-priced food and a crowd that seems to behave itself most of the time. For Waikiki, this is quite an accomplishment. I have known Shirley for a long time and I know that she wouldn’t allow it to be any other way.

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