Ars Cafe

Hawaii's Espresso-Coffee-Gelato-Art Gallery

Ars (latin)

ars (artis); third declension meaning art, skill craft, power

Ars Cafe celebrates creative expenditures in the arts. Our mission is to provide high quality coffee from all over the world, delicious homemade gelato and a platform to feel inspired through our Art Gallery; showcasing different artists and mediums.


August Gallery Opening Reception

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Our August Gallery featuring The Artwork of Peter Shepard Cole is now up! We have a series of tremendous works by Cole on display all month long. Please come by and have a look at his wonderful art.

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July Gallery: Beyond the Static

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Our July gallery is now up! We have a special curated pieces from local artistans. Beyond the Static displays a crossover of art and design and features Noa Emberson, Isaac Inouye and Travis Sasaki.

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Giant Robot Opening & Ramen Burger Party

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This past weekend, we welcomed Giant Robot to our cafe. Featuring works from world renowned artists: Peter Chan, Maggie Chiang, Luke Chueh, David Horvath, Mari Inukai, Deth P. Sun, Katsuya Terada, and Yoskay Yamamoto, visitors from all over the island and parts of the world attended to see this one of a kind event.

The opening night sought an explosion to many exclusive pieces sold. If you’re interested in purchasing these one of a kind originals, please come by our cafe to see what is left!

The festivities continued to the next day at our sister restaurant, Pioneer Saloon. Here, we hosted a Ramen Burger party with Giant Robot with music provided by Hawaii’s first Iron Dj, Dj Packo and custom signing and drawings from Luke Chueh himself!

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Art Gallery

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We also provide a space which will be home for periodic art shows throughout the year.

We would like for you to feel inspired when entering our cafe.



This month, we are currently hosting an art exhibit featuring the works of Peter Chan, Maggie Chiang, Luke Chueh, David Horvath, Mari Inukai, Deth P. Sun, Katsuya Terada, and Yoskay Yamamoto


ARS Café and Giant Robot present: Giant Robot Hawai’i 2016

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ARS Café and Giant Robot presentGiant Robot Hawai’i 2016

June 4th – 30th, 2016 @ ARS Café (3116 Monsarrat Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815)

Opening Reception Saturday June 4th, 2016 6-9pm

Giant Robot returns to Honolulu to celebrate Giant Robot Hawai’i 2016. Eric Nakamura, the owner of Giant Robot, presents a group art show personally curated for ARS Café. This show offers Honolulu a sampling of pieces from artists who regularly showcase at the Giant Robot store and GR2 art gallery in Sawtelle Japantown district of West Los Angeles. Giant Robot Hawai’I 2016 will feature works from Peter Chan, Maggie Chiang, Luke Chueh, David Horvath, Mari Inukai, Deth P. Sun, Katsuya Terada, and Yoskay Yamamoto.

Eric Nakamura and Luke Chueh will be in attendance at the June 4th opening reception.

The show will run through the end of June inside the ARS Cafe Gallery.

ARS Cafe is the third establishment Chef Nori Sakamoto has created in the Diamond Head area of O’ahu on Monsarrat Avenue. Following the success of Pioneer Saloon Hawai’I and Monsarrat Shave Ice, Chef Nori opened ARS Cafe in March of 2015.  ARS Café specializes in coffee, gelato, baked goods, sandwiches, and salads created by Chef Hikaru. The art gallery and cafe are open daily Monday through Saturday 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM and Sunday from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM

The following day, on June 5th – join us at Pioneer Saloon for a Ramen Burger Party featuring Luke Chueh!



Ars Cafe May Art Gallery

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Opening Reception is tonight!  May 1st from 6pm-9pm

Ara Feducia
Sally French
Jordan Higa
Nicole Naone
Sarah Sollner
Linda Yamamoto



Duck Lips: Pink Gloss
30” x 22”
Screenprint on BFK Rives


Mending My Wicked Ways
30” x 22”
Hand-embellished screenprint


“Self Portrait NYE 2016: Conversations with my Mother, Things I Never Told Her”
Prismacolor over my mother’s early oil painting on canvas board
15” x 13″


Self Portrait NYE 2016/ Conversations With My Mother, Things I Never Told Her: I Enjoyed Pissing You Off


Baked Goods

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We have a delicious assortment of baked goods to pair with your coffee.

Baked fresh everyday by our Chef Hikaru


Banana Bread $3.5
Prosciutto Cheese Bread $3
Rum Raisin Roll $2
Avocado Bread $3.5
Cinnamon Rolls $3.5

*special items also served daily



Our Menu

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Our heritage is in food. Having owned Pioneer Saloon, we pride ourselves in offering delicious menu items that will compliment your visit to our Cafe.


From a special selection of Toast, Sandwiches and Salads, we have a sophisticated, yet simple offering to enhance your experience at Ars.

Our Menu



Doppio $2.50
Macchiato $3.50
Americano $3.50 / $4.50
Cortado $4
Cappuccino $4
Latte $4 / $5
Iced Latte $4.5/$5.5
Iced Americano $4/$5

Add Shot $1
Soy Milk +$.50




Local Rost $5 / $6

World Coffee $4 / $5

Cold Brew $3 / $4.5

Hand-Squeezed Lemonade

Small $3.50
Large $4.50


(Houjicha, Earl Grey, English Breakfast, Yerba Mate, White Peony, Pu-Erh Ginger, Rooibos (Caffeine Free))

Small $4
Large $4.50


(Earl Grey or Houjicha)

Small $4.50
Large $5

Matcha Latte $4 / $5
Iced Matcha Latte $4.50 / $5.50


Small $3.50
Large $4.50

Kitchen Closes at 2pm everyday


Butter Toast $6 w/egg + $1

Avocado Toast $7 w/egg + $1

Veggie Toast $8.50
(Kale,Tomato, Spicy, Sesame Oil)

Mushroom Toast $8.50
(Mixed Mushroom, Gorgonzola, Honey, Balsamic)

Chicken Toast $10
(Shredded Chicken, Ponzu Aioli, Mushrooms, Cucumber)

Salmon Toast Platter $11
(Smoked Salmon, Red Onion, Capers, Chive Cream Cheese, Sprouts, Greens, Baguette)




Roast Beef $12.50
(Greens, Au Jus, Mushrooms, Onions, Mayo)

Caprese $11.50
(Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella, Pest0)

Shrimp & Avocado $11
(Cajun Shrimp, Avocado, Parsley)


Chicken, Asparagus, Spinach Au Creme $10

French Toast Panini $8

Ultimate Hawaiian Eggs Benedict $12

Spinach, Garlic Grilled Cheese with Tomato Basil Soup $12


Seared Garlic Cajun Ahi Sandwich with Avocado $12

Cajun Fried Rice with Avocado & Poached Egg $8

Grilled Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing $9


Choose Your:  $6

Greens (Kale or Nalo Greens)
Dressing (Balsamic, Wasabi, Onion (no-oil))
Add On (Shrimp, Salmon, Chicken + $2) (Egg + $1)




Banana Bread $3.5
Prosciutto Cheese Bread $3
Rum Raisin Roll $2
Avocado Bread $3.5
Cinnamon Rolls $3.5