Chic, modern, cozy and fun are the first words that come to mind when describing Odori-ko. Owned by siblings Hiro Takei and Rie Akita, the family has roots in Hawaii’s restaurant business that extend all the way back to when their parents’ first restaurant opened in 1972…
Oftentimes, you can tell a lot about a restaurant from its name, and that certainly is the case at Odori-ko. When expressed in English, the Japanese moniker translates to “a dancer,” and hints not only at the story behind the new Kapiolani Boulevard eatery, but also at the unique dining atmosphere it is creating for the local community.
From Quick Bites/TGIF: Odori-ko: A “Best of Odori-ko” Christmas set dinner will be available from 4:30 p.m. to midnight Dec. 21-25. The $49.95 meal consists of salad; seafood sampler with palm heart tempura; miso soup; choice of wafu steak, miso butterfish or teriyaki or shio chicken; and chocolate or lilikoi panna cotta. With sake pairings the price is $69.95. Also, from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 22-25, guests can enjoy live entertainment with their meal. The lineup includes Benny Chong, Dec. 22; “Little Albert” Maligmat, Dec. 23; Tommy James, Dec. 24; and Jim Howard, Dec. 25. Odori-ko is at 1680 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite F-8. Reserve at 955-6555.
Sometimes you want to joke around with a bunch of buddies and stuff your face while a game blares in the background; sometimes you and your significant other want to down a shot or two of shochu without a lot of wasted words. But if you’re still in the getting-to-know-you phase, and you’re looking for a clean, well-lit spot that’s not too romantic, not too dank, but just right, Odori-ko is a place that hits the spot. It’s a refreshing option in pau hana enjoyment, well-suited for girlfriend get-togethers, date nights or a family meals.
When the shopping center where their parents’ longstanding restaurant was located was going to be shut down for redevelopment, brother and sister Hiro Takei and Rie Takei Akita couldn’t bear to see it close. So they relaunched the eatery with the same name, Odoriko, at a new location on Kapiolani Boulevard in October.