For starters, I ate at the bar and didn't have a reservation. It was wasn't a problem, Sunday night? I ordered a margarita that was fantastic then followed it with the Inigo Montoya, bc the bartender said it was light and refreshing. She was right so I ordered a second. I had the Ahi Palaha. The flavors were amazing. Portion size was a bit much for me but that gave me the option to guiltlessly nibble on all the pistachios and pickled mushrooms that tasted so wonderful. For dessert I had the Pavlova with tropical fruit and vanilla cream. This was so good I'm a bit short on words to describe how awesome it was. The menu is locally sourced and I would definitely eat here again!
More casual than expected but amazing food, well priced, attentive staff, live music, all around a great time.
I was so impressed with this restaurant. It was our first night in Hawaii and we had such an amazing meal and time here. The server was fabulous and so kind, the food was quick and delicious, and the live music even had a few couples dancing the night away. Highly, highly recommend!
Overall really great vibes. The Seared Ahi Tuna was incredible! The vegetables on the side were really great too! Locally grown taro, purple sweet potato and a Hawaiian fern along with onions and chili. The "Escape" cocktail was good as well. Definitely would recommend.
There is live music almost every night. The seafood is fresh!! The pizza is authentic, home made excellence!! Lanai Menu, Dinner Menu, Drink Menu is all fuego!! 🔥😋. Poolside seating, plenty of room throughout the restaurant. Awesome staff!! My new favorite hangout in Waikiki!💯
This place is a gem, and what makes it special is the people that work here. They are genuinely the most down to earth friendliest people we've ever had the pleasure of meeting. From the cafe, to the bar to the dining table, everyone was so helpful and kind. The cafe serves some of the best coffee we've had in Waikiki and the restaurant delivers on the flavours and creative presentation of their dishes. We had the Mahina family feast and it was awesome. The deep fried snapper was cooked to perfection. Our server Deevon was fantastic and personable. To top it off, they have live music playing to compliment your dinner. Absolutely fantastic. Mahalo for making our mothers day such a special event, definitely will be back again. ❤️
What a showstopper! We had the feast, which came with a whole fried 2-pound snapper and loads of incredible sides and incredible banana pudding dessert. We were staying in the Surfjack, so was a no brainer to eat there, but it should be a destination spot for anyone in Waikiki. And the cocktails were amazing too!
Celebrated a birthday 🎉 dinner and tried the Mahina Family feast! The a'u crudo was a great starter. Very fresh tasting fish 🐟! The whole fried fish was the treat. Beautifully arranged with three sauces options that were all good 👍.
Other sides complimented the meal very nicely. For dessert, the banana pudding was excellent 👌👍. I could have eaten the whole bowl!
For drinks, I had the barrel aged negroni. Was made very well. Ambiance was nice. We had a table inside near the corner. Apparently, it's the one President Obama gets when he comes there. 😀
All in all, an excellent place to enjoy a great dinner!
Avocado tacos were really good. I loved the hint of chili with shishito and fried avocados.
To my surprise they also had veggie chefs plate which was nothing but vegetables in different styles: steamed, cooked in sesame oil, tamale, and one more. For $28 it was super expensive but I was surprised that it tasted reasonably ok.
Husband had chicken noodle soup (err chicken papaya soup), it was your usual soup and chicken milenesse which half a chicken fried with a side of salad. No complaints it was chicken as it should be.
We also had their version of whisky sour and old fashion, they tasted good 😊
All in all a good experience on Christmas Day and some good vibes. The pool side table and live music added to the fun.
This place really impressed me - from the food to the ambiance everything was top notch. Extra bonus is that this joint is run by a local who tries to source mostly local ingredients. Everything we had was incredible and fresh - key call outs to the octopus, swordfish, ahi, and fresh fish shashimi-style app with green onion shavings on top.
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