Lives in Kaneohe, HI
Since Jul. 2008
65+ year old male
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For many, many years I've totally enjoyed going to this unusual spot right at the edge of the sand in Waikiki. The concept of "grill it yourself" may not be new, and may not be something everyone enjoys, but it's always been fun for me. What makes it totally special is the great meat that you can grill to your pleasure, and doing it yourself means you can say "My compliments to the chef." What you can't do, though, is complain about the cookery. There is a huge assortment of side dishes, with a plethora of salads. Their drinks are only so-so and their mai-tai is not particularly authentic, but who cares when you're sipping it while overlooking that beautiful beach.
Roy's has several locations on Oahu, and this spot is fairly new. I especially enjoy Roy's pineapple martini, and his food, which is a fusion type of cuisine, is filling and delicious. It's unfortunate that the view is not better (it fronts a busy street with no ocean view) but who cares when the food is this good.
An elegant drinking spot with excellent entertainment in one of the nicest hotels on Waikiki beach.
This is my favorite drinking spot on Waikiki beach, not just for the truly excellent mai-tais (which are the most like the original Trader Vic's) but for the laid-back ambience under the palms with the famous surf of Waikiki right next door and the sensational Hawaiian music (often with hula dancers) in the evening.
Great for diving! Also a vast beachside park that's swell for walking, jogging and just being laid back.
Great for history buffs. The tour includes a very informative film, a ride across the calm waters of Pearl Harbor and a stirring visit to the memorial.
There are several locations of this fun and authentic Japanese nabe restaurant. I especially enjoy the "do it yourself" shabu-shabu, and the sukiyaki is excellent as well. A limited bar menu, but I recommend the green apple shochu martini.
Another "must" for history buffs. "Remember Pearl Harbor" is definitely an appropriate saying.
A luxurious restaurant with a delightful ambience and delicious food, although since it's not in Waikiki it might be a little inconvenient for a tourist. It's worth the trip, though, for the excellent food.
Anyone familiar with Nobu's cuisine will appreciate this spot. Even though I'm not a big fan of fish I enjoyed the hamachi sashimi.
This upscale restaurant located in the Ala Moana Center branch of the upscale (and sometimes snooty) Neiman Marcus store is a fine choice when you're shopping at the center, or just if you want an elegant meal with an excellent view of Ala Moana beach park. Go at sunset for a special treat (such as, if you're lucky, the famous "green flash").
Hearing the Royal Hawaiian band at the historic bandstand located at the Iolani Palace (the only royal palace in the US) is quite a treat. They are an excellent musical group and play an assortment of traditional Hawaiian music as well as familiar light classics.
I wish I could recommend Padovani's Grill, because chef Padovani's cuisine is nothing short of miraculous. Unfortunately, his restaurant is now closed. However, you can still enjoy his fantastic chocolates by visiting his shop in the Dole Cannery shopping area. If you're lucky, you'll find him behind the counter!
I totally enjoyed my meal here. I especially enjoyed the cold pasta dish with a very tasty tomato sauce with lots of cold tomatoes included. It's a little unusual finding an Italian restaurant with a Japanese twist, but it's definitely worth the price of admission. Incidentally, this place is in the same place where the aforementioned Padovani's Grill was located.
A worthy entry into the food culture of Honolulu, Chai's has some truly memorable dishes that are a mix of French, Italian and Thai. I've enjoyed it several times and now that I think of it, it's time to go again.
If you're looking for a less crowded beach, you couldn't find a better spot than this one. Although it may take some walking to get there if you're ensconced in a Waikiki hotel, this is a relaxing spot with a very nice, uncrowded beach with excellent swimming, surfing and even SCUBA diving. You might do well to book a room at the New Otani hotel located right on the beach!
Although it's technically a chain, it's an upscale one and the steaks here are grilled to perfection! It has a great location, right next to the Ala Wai yacht harbor and affords a great view of the sunset at the appropriate time. Maybe you'll even see the famous "green flash" of Waikiki!
I'd rate this as the most elegant (and most pricey) restaurant in Oahu. The food is very upscale, tasty and superior. The service is all you'd expect from the magnificent Halekulani hotel. A table overlooking the shoreline is a mind boggling experience, especially at sunset.