A well-documented case history of a wharf liquefaction-induced failure from Kobe 1995 earthquake is employed for checking the reliability of two widely-applied in practice constitutive soil models. More specifically, the seismic response of the quay wall RC-5 in Rokko island is reproduced by conducting both undrained and uncoupled—consolidation-based—effective stress analysis with the finite element code PLAXIS using the UBC-Sand and PM4-Sand models. The computed quay wall response for the two aforementioned constitutive models is compared with each other and similarities and differences between them in predicting patterns of the observed liquefaction-induced failure are highlighted.