Address: 1001 Queen St #105, Honolulu, HI 96814
Rinka is a popular Japanese restaurant in Ward Village. They have a really extensive menu, and all of their dishes are pretty authentic Japanese tasting.
I like the crab dishes that Rinka has, as they use real snow crab. They have both real crab California rolls, as well as real crab cream croquettes. If you like croquettes, the crab croquettes at Rinka are really good (they are on the smaller side, which is actually good because they are not so heavy and oily).
However, the crab dishes are not the only dishes they have. Rinka also has a lot of takeout specials, most of which range between $10-20. These include things like tempura sets, soba, butterfish, chirashi, etc. If you are looking for a good takeout bento place in downtown Honolulu, Rinka is a good option. Check out the full takeout menu here.
Rinka is also still offering dine-in apparently, and if you dine in they have an even bigger menu. This menu adds a lot of sushi/sashimi options, so if you are looking for fresh fish you should try the dine-in option.
while Rinka is a little more expensive than your traditional Japanese restaurants, it is still relatively reasonably priced. In my opinion, it is much better than slightly cheaper and more convenient options such as Gyutaku (even though Gyutaku is still good!).
Rinka Recommendation Rating: 3.5
1: Something worth checking out if you have time
2: Something that is a hit for some people, but not a must for everyone
3: Something worth prioritizing if interested
4: Something worth making time to check out
5: An absolute home run, worth going out of your way for