Serves meat, vegan options available. Opened in the former Downbeat Diner & Lounge space Oct '20. Menu includes vegan wings, sandwiches with vegan chicken and vegan cheese. vegan burgers and salads. Also has mini vegan sliders on the junior menu, vegan breakfast dishes, house specialties and vegan drinks such as milkshakes. NOTE: Shares with a restaurant called Dash of Sazon. Open Fri-Sat 10:00pm-3:00am, Sun 10:00am-10:00pm.

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18 Reviews

First Review by MyaPapaya


Points +2470

12 Aug 2023

Go-to Vegan Junk Food when open

One of my favourite places to stop and grab a bite. They have an incredible selection of food and I love that most everything can be made vegan. they’re open very late which can be hard to find!
Favorite items: Vegan wings, vegan breakfast burrito with beyond sausage, vegan chicken sandwich, vegan milkshakes

Items I wouldn’t recommend: the vegan nuggets (close to dark meat- so if you like that texture then it might be for you!), Reuben (flavor was mild with very little meat).

Their service has definitely improved over the past couple months with a lot of very sweet souls who work there!

Edit: Open with the other side menu only 3 days a week. The rest of the time it’s for another restaurant.

Updated from previous review on 2023-05-07



Points +86

30 Nov 2022

Descent in a pinch

Most of the vegan options were out when we went. It was ok, but pricey for what it was.


Points +320

08 Sep 2022

Vegan Junk food

I often get frustrated with the vegan option being healthy or vegan/gluten free. That's not a problem here. The vegan buffalo wings were amazing! I also enjoyed the mozzarella sticks. The chili was not for me, but others in my group liked it. If your looking for greasy vegan grinds this is the spot.


Points +61

29 Jun 2022


Lots of options, I like the burgers but the other options are not really for me

Updated from previous review on 2022-06-29

Pros: Lots of options

Cons: Expensive


Points +63

22 Jun 2022

good veg options

50s style diner, lots of veg/vegan options. wings, burgers, sandwiches, shakes typical diner food. serves alcohol. open late. in Chinatown, so if you don't mind leaving the main strip, we took a bus, easy to get to.

Pros: nearly everything can be made vegan, open late, very tasty food

Cons: a bit out of the main area in Chinatown


Points +73

11 Jun 2022


Ordered a variety of vegan items on Door Dash, and they were all good. Will definitely be back!


Points +18

26 Jan 2022


I am in town for my honeymoon and was so excited to find this place! I had the vegan loco moco with an impossible burger instead of their homemade vegan burger. There were so many vegan options. They do have meat options, so could be a good spot to go to with your non-vegan friends. I did get it delivered so I cannot comment on the ambiance. #Veganuary

Updated from previous review on 2022-01-26

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Tastes great, Good serving size


Points +28

25 Sep 2021

Awful. Just go elsewhere and save your money.

This was a laughable experience. My husband paid $18 for one order of their vegan omelette, and I wish we had taken a picture of what we got.

It was one small slab of just egg, thrown into a take-out container with some mushrooms. Holy crap. It wasn’t even cooked together. They even forgot the avocado that we paid extra for. We didn’t have time to go back, but this is one of those times that I would have asked for a refund.

I ordered the Korean chicken, which was good for the most part, but honestly it just wasn’t worth the money. We understand Hawai’i prices, but we have gotten plenty of great food elsewhere.

Save your money. Go ANYWHERE other than here.

Cons: Expensive for such a small serving size , Not many options , No effort was put into the vegan options here


Points +62

16 Sep 2021

Very disappointed

Found this place through happy cow and drove all the way out there to try it. My husband and I are the only vegans in our family so we were super excited to find a place we could all eat. We arrived at the diner and asked if we could dine in. The host answered yes that we could dine in if we showed proof of vaccine or a negative COVID test which was not a problem to us as all our party is fully vaccinated. But then something in me urged me to ask if digital proof was accepted so I asked the host and i was answered with no (rudely and no further engagement in conversation). So then i asked if the Hawaii safe travels QR code was accepted and again rudely I was answered “i understand but we don’t accept QR codes” without any further involvement or any willingness to accommodate us (maybe offer take out option). My husband and I are the only vegans and also the only one with only digital proof of vaccination which follows all state requirements. We are both health care workers and have been fully vaccinated since January 2021. I’m very disappointed in how we were rejected and just want to share our experience so people who are on the same boat as us know what to expect.


Points +60

06 Aug 2021

fav vegan spot in Chinatown

have some great vegan options, love the french toast!


Points +1157

10 Jul 2021

Great place!

Many vegan options, staff is knowledgeable. Recommend this place when you are in town.

Pros: Many vegan options


Points +3172

04 Jul 2021

Great spot!

Decent sized menu with vegan options! Friendly staff and fast service. Highly recommend the Kilauea fries!

Pros: Vegan options

Cons: Expensive , Serves meat and dairy


Points +34

16 May 2021

Vegan Diner Grub and Booze

Fell in love with this cool diner in Downtown Honolulu’s China Town. Vegan apps include vegan Buffalo wings, BBW wings, and vegan chili cheese fries or tots. Mains include vegan chicken katsu, a delicious vegan pesto chicken sandwich, amd several other items that are vegan alternatives to their traditional mains. Lots of good beer and spirits options, too!

Pros: Chill vibe , Close to breweries and nightlife


Points +62

05 May 2021

Great find!

Great find if you’re having some junk food cravings!
They had tons of options for vegan milkshakes. Seitan with different sauce options. Offer vegan versions of their sandwiches


Points +23

26 Apr 2021


vegan wings were not on the same level as the previous Downbeat wings were. lots of yummy drinks and many options to choose from.


Points +40

07 Apr 2021

Great quality

The vegan wings were good. My first experience was so good, I’m hoping the mainland has the same quality. The moco loco with the house patty, gravy, and just egg was delicious.

Pros: Many options , Friendly staff , Chill environment


Points +456

28 Mar 2021

Tasty & plenty of options

Buffalo chicken wings & breakfast burrito were really good


Points +259

30 Dec 2020

Would Recommend

There were so many vegan options I didn’t know what to choose! Food was so yummy and service was great.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Friendly service , Taking covid safety precautions

Cons: A bit more on the pricey side. Good date night.

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