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April 12, 2019
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Maria Mancuso

Oahu Restaurants: 6 Top Waikiki Restaurants with a View

At the end of a day of fun in the sun, you want to experience the best of Waikiki Restaurants, and better yet, you’d like to enjoy the 6 Top Waikiki Restaurants with a view!

Waikiki has some of the best, most beautiful beaches in all the world. What better way to enjoy the view of Waikiki Beach, or a sunset on Waikiki Beach than to enjoy a great, memorable meal at the same time!

We agree! Waikiki is home to several great restaurants, and some offer breathtaking views of Waikiki Beach.

The following Oahu Visitors Blog article gives you a list of just ‘6 Top Waikiki Restaurants with a View.’  When planning your next visit to Oahu, be sure to book reservation at one of these Waikiki Restaurants for a memorable night of dining with a view of Waikiki Beach!

Most of the Waikiki Restaurants on this list are within walking distance of Ambassador Waikiki Hotel.

Waikiki Beach in the Moonlight
After your wonderful meal at any of these great restaurants, you can kick off your shoes and walk along Waikiki Beach and enjoy the stroll in the moonlight.

53 By The Sea
Cuisine: Seafood
Location: 53 Ahui St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-536-5353  

53 By The Sea offers a premier fine dining experience on Oahu and was recognized with the ‘Hale ‘Aina’ Award for ‘Most Romantic Restaurant in 2017 and 2018.  53 By The Sea also was honored with the ‘Hawaii’s Best’ Award for ‘Restaurant with a View’ by the Honolulu Star-Adviser.

The restaurant itself is beautiful with its iconic sweeping staircase and one of a kind views of Waikiki and Diamond Head in the distance.  Guests enjoy an expansive menu offering such selections as; Kombu Cured Kampachi, Black Angus Filet Mignon, Chilled Seafood Tower, Coconut Poached Local Snapper, Grilled Prime Ribeye and delicious desserts, cocktails and Coffees.

All dishes incorporate fresh local ingredients sourced from local farmers and expertly brings together the cuisines of Mediterranean and the Hawaiian Islands. 

Cuisine: Coastal Italian/Global Fare
Location: 2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: 808-923-2311

Orchids Restaurant is located inside the Halekulani Hotel right on Waikiki Beach.  This beachfront restaurant is consistently rated as one of Oahu’s Best Restaurants and is a longtime favorite among locals and visitors to the island alike. 

Orchids serves a global fare and a very popular Sunday Brunch – along with of course, a spectacular view of Waikiki Beach just outside its windows.

If you want to ensure the best view while dining, request a table on the Lani, where you will dine outside and have an amazing view of Waikiki Beach and if the time of day is right, you can enjoy the beautiful sunset too.

Orchids serves Breakfast throughout the week, lunch and Afternoon Tea. Orchids is also open for dinner nightly as well as a very popular Sunday Brunch that is known as ‘the Best Buffet on Oahu’ but don’t take their word for it, try Orchids during your next visit and find out for yourself.

Bowl of Seafood
Enjoy a fantastic meal and an unforgettable view of Waikiki Beach - what could be better?

Duke’s Waikiki
Cuisine: Hawaiian/Seafood/Steakhouse
Location: Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort: 2335 Kalakaua Ave #116, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: 808-922-2268  

Duke’s Waikiki is one of the most popular beachfront restaurants in Waikiki. Of course, Duke’s is named after the Hawaii legend, Duke Kahanamoku who grew up swimming and surfing the beaches of Waikiki, Oahu and other Hawaiian Islands.  

The sand of Waikiki Beach comes right up to the back patio of Duke’s Waikiki where guests can enjoy a before or after dinner Mai Tai, listen to live music, watch the breathtaking sunset, witness the Catamaran’s leave Waikiki Beach on a cruise and best of all, you can enjoy a great meal. The Breakfast Buffet at Duke’s is always rated as one of the best in Waikiki.  

Enjoy dinner appetizers like Crab and Mac Nut Wontons, Panko Crusted Calamari, Seven Spice Ahi and Slow Roasted Prime Rib.  

If you’re just wanting to enjoy some great local music on the beach and a great cocktail, you can visit the Barefoot Bar and order a Duke’s famous Mai Tai…no visit to Duke’s is complete without one.

Hula Grill Waikiki
Cuisine: American, Bar, Seafood
Location: Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort: 2335 Kalakaua Ave #203, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: 808-923-4852

Ah, the Hula Grill Waikiki is a very popular beachside restaurant famous for its Pupu, Fish Tacos, great Breakfast items like Ono Omelets, and Tropical Pancakes.  Enjoy Brunch and Diner items including; Crab Topped Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, Panko, Sesame Crusted Ahi and Filet Steak Kiana.

The Hula Grill uses all-natural meats, locally grown produce and local, line-caught fish to prepare their memorable dishes.

You will also enjoy the live, local music and amazing cocktails, oh yeah, and a great view of Waikiki Beach and Diamondhead.

Hula Grill is located just upstairs from Duke's Waikiki, its sister restaurant.  

Beach House at the Moana
Cuisine: Hawaiian/Seafood/Steakhouse
Location: 365 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: 808-921-4600

Beach House Restaurant provides guests with the finest seafood, steaks and Hawaiian-island inspired cuisine featuring local ingredients and produce.

Located in the Moana Surfrider Hotel, this beachfront restaurant features an old school Hawaii, but elegant look and feel.  Guests can look out onto Waikiki Beach and the famous back patio of the Moana Surfrider.

Choose from the many great dishes offered for Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner, including; Mac Nut & Banana Pancakes, Mochi Waffle, Coastal Crab Cakes,  Kona Lobster Bisque, Truffle Fries, and amazing Steaks, like, Filet, Porterhouse and the famous Tomahawk Steak!

Couple eating a romantic dinner
Some of the restaurants on our list offer outside dining on their Lani so you can enjoy the ocean breeze and amazing view during dinner.

La Mer
Cuisine: French
Location: 2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone: 808-923-2311 

La Mer is considered the finest 5-Star Restaurant in all of Oahu. Beautiful views of Waikiki Beach, open doors welcome the ocean breeze and of course the food is – fantastic!

La Mer is located in the Halekulani Hotel, in the heart of Waikiki and a short walking distance from Ambassador Hotel Waikiki.

This popular eatery has combined formal French cuisine along with a relaxed Hawaiian style of dining.  Even though La Mer is located on the beach, you should know that they require men to wear a collared, long sleeve shirt or jacket and ladies should dress appropriately as well. It is worth it to leave your Aloha shirt and shorts back at your hotel.

After your wonderful meal of Kampachi Ceviche with Ginger Caviar Fennel Sphere, Fennel Purée, Crustacean Nantua Sauce, Roasted Lamb, Eggplant Mousseline, Laque Pearl Onion, Lemon Olive Oil Marmalade or one of the many other fine dishes – you can kick off your shoes and walk along Waikiki Beach and enjoy the stroll in the moonlight.

Oahu is home to many great Waikiki Restaurants, but when you are looking for a great view to enjoy with your meal, please refer to this Oahu Travel Blog article, ‘6 Top Waikiki Restaurants with a view.’  

Be sure to visit our Oahu Visitors Blog and Oahu Visitors Guide for more articles on things to do, see and experience during your next visit to the island.

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