Harbor Pub & Pizza

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

Service: The Service was average at Harbor Pub & Pizza. The waitress was friendly and remembered our order which is all I guess we can really hope for a hole in the wall bar. The place could have used a good scrub down (specially the bathrooms yikes!) but overall it was ok. That being said, we have had friends who have had pretty bad service so its really a crap shoot.

Food: The food is ok at Harbor Pub & Pizza in Waikiki. They are known for their pizza (hence the name of the establishment) and what’s nice is you can order a half / half of different kinds of pizza so everyone at the table wins! They also serve brunch which is nice but if you go we would recommend sticking to the pizza & salads.

Favorite Dishes: Spinach & Garlic Pizza, BBQ Chicken Pizza, and Greek Salad

Atmosphere: Ok to be perfectly honest its a dive bar. Nothing fancy about it and thats ok because it doesn’t promise to be. They have a small bar and about 5-7 tables in the back. There are a few large TV’s which they play sports and surfing on so its a good place to go if you are super hung over and want to hid from the world and not be seen my anyone you know.

Consistency: We have been a few times for drinking and its consistently a hole in the wall. However, it’s fun and has a good crowed. This is the type of place you go for a very low key drink and snack and you def get what your expecting as long as you don’t expect to much!

Parking: Harbor Pub & Pizza has validated parking or you can park in metered spaces across the street close to the Ala Moana Harbor.

Price Range: Medium ($15-$25) per Entree
NO BYOB
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available – ADD $0.50

Address:
1765 Ala Moana Blvd # 1
Honolulu, HI 96815-1486
Tel: (808) 941-0985
Website:http://www.harborpubpizza.com/Welcome_to_Harbor_Pub_Pizza.html/

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday – 7 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Happy Hour – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

greek salad from harbor pub restaurant

Greek Salad

Spinach and BBQ Chicken Pizza from Harbor Pub

Spinach & BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Cha Cha Cha Salsaria

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service is very good at Cha Cha Cha Salsaria in Hawaii Kai. The staff is really genuine and super nice. Both times we have been so far they where very attentive and you could really feel that they where excited to service you. Unfortunately the manager we can’t say the same thing about. We had two coupons which we thought expired in 2012 but turned out to expire in 2011. It was 5 weeks expired and we asked if we could use just one of the two by any chance (totaling $25). We understand they are expired but we ordered plenty of food and drinks and they already got the money from us for the GC’s so its not like it would have hurt them financially to let us use at least one of them. The server was so sweet and really stuck up for us. The manager however had a stick up his you know what!

Food: The food is hit or miss at Cha Cha Cha. The cobb cajun shrimp salad was terrific and the salsa was to die for (both types both Pineapple and regular) where fresh and had a really good bite. The enchilada and tacos however where pretty average. The enchilada casing was kind of gummy and even the salsa verde wasn’t very memorable. They do have a Happy Hour Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm and brunch on Sundays which is nice so maybe come for drinks (the perfect margarita was terrific) and just enjoy some pupus and the view. 

Favorite Dishes: Cobb Cajun Shrimp Salad, Free Salsa, Margarita

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Cha Cha Cha Salsaria is by far the best thing going for this restaurant. It’s located on the Harbor in Hawaii Kai right next to The Shack and is just beautiful. The restaurant has both inside and outside seating and guests are invited to grab a menu and find there own seats which is nice and feels empowering. The inside has mexican themed artwork and a cute little bar. It’s absolutely a good place to meet friends for a casual bite or drinks while enjoying the sunset and beautiful Hawaii weather.

Consistency: Both times we have been the margaritas and shrimp salad where just delicious. The other items where nothing special but may have been consistent we are not sure because we didn’t give them a second chance. We hear that brunch is good so will try that and update this review.

Parking: Cha Cha Cha’s has free parking at the Hawaii Kai shopping plaza so you shouldnt have trouble getting a spot unless you go on the weekend and fight with Safeway shoppers.

Price Range: Low-Medium ($7.95-$18.95) per Entree
Corkage Fee $10 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour Deals!

Address:
77 Keahole St. C-1A
Honolulu, HI 96825
Tel: (808) 395-7707
Website:
http://www.chachachasalsaria.com/

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday Brunch 9 a.m. to 2 pm
Sunday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday 3pm-6pm and All Night On Tuesday

Cha Cha Cha's chips and salsa

Chip & Salsa

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Chicken & Beef Enchiladas

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Cajun Shrimp Salad

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Perfect Margarita

Plumeria Beach House

Overall Review: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service was good at Plumeria the Kahala Hotel. The staff are very professional and helpful going above and beyond to accommodate customer needs.

Food: The food is pretty good at this restaurant but more recommended for lunch rather than dinner. They have an interesting assortment of dishes with an American / Japanese / Global /Fusion flare to them. The menu has a good assortment of pupus, salads, soups, sandwiches and entree’s so sure to be a hit with both kids and adults. They also have a really large buffet for breakfast on the weekends which is so so (not as good as it used to be since they got ride of the fresh crab legs and other delicious sushi options) but its still a nice place to go for a family gathering or to take some visiting friends.

Favorite Dishes: The Kahala Hamburger is really good and served with a fried egg (you can also ask for it with salad instead of fries which we recommend because its very heavy), same goes for the Garden Burger very good, plumeria fish tacos, lunch special of the day and salads.

Atmosphere: The best thing about the Plumeria restaurant is the ambiance and the view! its breathtaking and overlooks the pristine ocean. The table layout allows for you to site both indoor and outdoor (under tent) and is very well organized and has excellent acoustics (not to loud even when its a full house). Also the Kahala hotel has live dolphins and have great shows making this a good place to bring kids for an after lunch experience.

Consistency: Its consistently average… nothing really that you crave or would go out of your way to go to eat… but the view is always amazing and a great experience each time you visit.

Parking: The Kahala Hotel has valet parking which you can get validated by eating at Plumeria and only pay $5 or you can also park yourself in the visitors garage which is free with validation for a few hours.

Price Range: ($16-$45) per Entree for Dinner  ($12-$28 for Lunch)
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted and Recommended for Dinner
Take Out Available

Address:
Kahala Hotel & Resort
5000 Kahala Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 739-8760
Website:
http://www.kahalaresort.com/dining/plumeria-beach-house.cfm
restaurants@kahalaresort.com

Hours of Operation:
Opening Hours
Breakfast
(Continental or Full Breakfast Buffet, a la carte menu available as well)
6:30am – 11:00am
Lunch
11:00am – 5:30pm, a la carte menu
11:30am – 2:30pm, Curry Lunch on Wednesdays
Dinner
5:30pm – 10pm

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Hamburger

Plumeria sorbet

Sorbet

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Garden Burger

Café Kaila

Overall Review: CorkCorkCorkCorkCork

Service: The service was good at Cafe Kaila in the Market City Shopping Center. The place was totally packed for lunch and we had to wait for a table / counter space to free up but the staff was very nice and extremely accommodating. They went above and beyond to make sure the got my wife’s custom order right which was really great. They also brought out waffle samples to the hungry and waiting customers out side the store which where delicious and crispy.

Food: The food was really good at Cafe Kaila! They serve breakfast all day which is always a winner and lunch starting at 11am. Items you can expect to find on the menu include fluffy omelets, egg scrambles, waffles, pancakes, salads, sandwiches, soups, pastas and some other lovely entree’s. The food was very fresh and tasted great. 

Favorite Dishes: Egg white omelet with smoked salmon, onion, capers and cream cheese (ask for the Lox Scramble as an egg white omelet and add the cheese), Lox Scramble also good, and the chicken avocado salad was great.

Atmosphere: Cafe Kaila is lovely inside. It’s a very quant restaurant with a light wood and a pleasant ambiance. The artwork is of french & italian paintings of scenic sites and nature. Overall the atmosphere is very nice and since the establishment isn’t to large its not very loud even when every table & counter space seat is filled. The restaurant is very popular so be prepared to wait 20 minutes for a table if you go during the high peek lunch hour or early for breakfast…

Consistency: Every time we have been so far it has been consistently delicious AND great service! we feel very good about this restaurants prospects 🙂 and come on who doesn’t love breakfast all day? or at least until 3pm!

Parking: Cafe Kaila is located in the Market City Shopping Center on Kapiolani blvd (at the end) in the same area as the Foodland and next to the Fun Factory. The shopping area has limited parking which is shared with all the stores / restaurants but if you are patient or lucky you can always find a spot unless you go on a weekend in which case it can be more challenging.

Price Range: ($-$) per Entree
Corkage $5 per a Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
Market City Shopping Ctr
2919 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96826
Tel: (808) 732-3330

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sun 7 am – 3 pm

Cafe Kaila chicken and avocado salad

Chicken & Avocado Salad

Cafe Kaila egg white

Lox Scramble as Omelet

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Giovanni Pastrami

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Service: The service is good at Giovanni Pastrami in Waikiki. The bar has very friendly and attentive bartenders/waitstaff are full of smiles and very attentive to your needs. They can also mix up a mean cocktail!

Food: Giovanni Pastrami’s menu consists of hot and cold deli sandwiches which are delicious, pizzas, appetizers, pastas, soups, salads, burgers, hot dogs and typical bar food. Another great appeal is that they server breakfast all day until closing at midnight which is always a winner if you are itching for some eggs and bacon. The food is ok for bar food and a perk is that they have a fantastic Happy Hour with free cheese pizza with any alcohol purchase between 3-5pm, $5 appetizers and deals on drinks ($3-4 beers, $4 well drinks, $1 off wine).

Favorite Dishes: Reuben Bites (with pastrami), Sliders, Fries, Rueben Sandwich (with corn beef!) and Pizza

Atmosphere: The ambiance is that of a sports bar. They have both table seating and bar seating but both are completely surrounded by flat screen TV’s on all the walls which are really distracting if you are trying to eat but perfect for this type of establishment where everyone has their eyes peeled to a sports game of some sort.

Consistency: Giovanni is consistently average. It’s the type of place you go to for a happy hour drink or to valet your car and grab a quick validation to go somewhere else for dinner in Waikiki. Its absolutely consistently great for a drink!

Parking: One of the very best things about Giovanni Pastrami is that they have valet parking at the Wyndham hotel right next to the bar. After 6pm its $6 to park for 4 hours but after that jumps up to $3 per a half hour so be careful or you can quickly run up a huge bill. Before 6pm you can park for $3 for a flat rate all day. . 

Price Range: Medium ($13.95-$27) per Entree
No BYOB
Reservations Accepted But Not Required
Take Out Available
Happy Hour Deals!

Address:
227 Lewers St
Ste 118
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 923-2100
Website: www.giovannipastrami.com

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Sun: 8 a.m. – 12 a.m.
Happy Hour Deals: Mon-Fri 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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Lulu’s Waikiki

Overall Review: CorkCork

Service: The service is pretty good at Lulu’s. However, both times we have been recently they got our order wrong. They always correct the dish with lots of apologies but still its annoying to wait for your food to come out while everyone else at the table has lunch / dinner. It’s either the servers or the kitchen line but it shouldn’t be hard to make a salad without dressing!

Food: The food is run-of-the-mill American food. It’s not really exciting or always very good but its inexpensive and they have something on the menu for everyone. Menu selections include great appetizers to share with table, sandwiches, burgers, salads, pastas, steaks and seafood, etc. They also serve traditional breakfast with omelets, pancakes, local favorites like Loco Moco (and keep a few breakfast items on the lunch menu for those late risers which is considerate).

Favorite Dishes: Kalua Pork Nachos, Chicken Tenders, Grilled Chicken Sandwhich, Mahi Mahi Sandwhich, Grilled Island “Catch” Salad, Long Island Cobb Salad, and the Cajun Fries.

Atmosphere: We really like the atmosphere at Lulu’s in Waikiki! The ambiance is by far the best thing going for this restaurant along with its location. The restaurant is on the second story with large windows and a fantastic unobstructed view of the ocean & Waikiki strip. The palm trees are beautiful and its a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the sunset with friends for a causal lunch, dinner or pupu’s after work.

Consistency: The consistency is not so good. It’s rare they don’t get an order wrong or put a different ingredient on your dish from the last time you went. In fact, last time we ordered the Mahi Mahi sandwich and salad and they used Swordfish which was the “Fish of the Day” on both so either someone got confused or they ran out and figured we where tourists and wouldn’t notice. I mean they should at least point it out some people don’t eat Swordfish and may appreciate the opportunity to change their order for something else in stock.

Parking: The only place you can park even close to Lulu’s is in the Kapiolani beach park right across the street. Don’t forget they replaced the meter parking with the pay ticket station so their is no need to bring a bucket of quarters with you anymore (TIP: the machine only accepts credit cards).

Price Range: Low-Medium ($10-$24) per Entree
NO BYOB
Reservations Not Accepted (Expect for large parties)
Take Out Available

Address:
LULU’s WAIKIKI
2586 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
aloha@lulushawaii.com
Tel: (808) 926 – 5222
Website:
http://www.luluswaikiki.com/

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily 7 a.m. – 4 a.m.
Serving Breakfast (7am-11am), Lunch (11am-5pm) and Dinner (5pm-11pm)

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Fish Salad

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Mahi Mahi Sandwhich

Mexico Resturant

Overall: CorkCorkCork

Service: The service is usually excellent at Mexico restaurant and the food comes out of the kitchen really fast. The best waiter is actually Mexican so if you see him there its worth your while to site in his corner as he can really “work a room.” Only one time have we had a really crappy waitress who left our food sitting on the window ledge for a good 10 min before serving it cold and soggy which has pretty disappointing.

Food: The food is average-good. Its not the best Mexican food we have ever had, however, its one of the best in Hawaii for sure. They have all the traditional dishes, tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and a full bar stocked with tequila and a variety of beers. The chips and salsa are really good and they must make them fresh daily so try not to fill up before your huge entree arrives. One thing that is really nice about Mexico Restaurant is that they offer some healthy options including grilled fish tacos & burritos served with salad instead of fried with beans & rice.

Favorite Dishes: Fresh Burrito, Tamale, Mixed Fajitas (Come out sizzling and large enough to share!), Salsa, Chips,  Beans & Rice, and ALL the salads (TIP- if you like Crab is da fresh kind!).

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is one of the best things about this restaurant. Its really spacious and themed to perfection. The bar is very quaint and the tables, art and vibe is totally Mexican through and through. It’s a nice place to meet with friends or have a bite with your family as its kid friendly and overall very casual.

Consistency: The consistency is good. We have been 4-6 times and its pretty consistent. The food is just average Mexican food and nothing fancy so if your itching for a fixing…. Mexico restaurant is a good place to come even though its a bit out of the way.

Parking: There is free parking at Mexico Restaurant. The lot, however, is super small and can be difficult to park in during lunch or peak dinner time when the place is packed. Most often for dinner they have a valet guy outside to help customers so if you need help it may be available and will need it to get out of that lot in the dark… especially after a margarita or two!

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Fee $10-$20 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Live Music! Thur, Friday, Saturday Night

Address:
1247 N School St
Honolulu, HI 96817
Tel: (808) 845-9059

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Side Street Inn

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The service is wonderful at the new Side Street Inn on Da Strip! from the moment the valet opened the car door, to the moment we were seated the service was excellent. The staff was smiling, happy, and down right pleasant through the entire meal. Its rare to find such good service and it commendable!

Food: The food is served family style so its the perfect place to go with lots of friends & family for pupus or dinner. The menu is very typical of a local style restaurant with lots of Asian and Island flavors, lots of meat dishes, appetizers and overall good grindz.  Each dish was served hot, fresh and in a timely manner so its no wonder the place was packed!

Favorite Dishes: Nalo Green Salad (big and delicious), Pork Chops, Hoisin BBQ Baby Back Ribs (all ribs are just delicious!), Garlic Soy Beans, and drum roll….Peanut Butter Crunch dessert. Sooooo freaken good!  (Tip: Don’t order the fried rice, its very heavy and not very crispy)

Atmosphere: The new side street in has a great atmosphere. The restaurant has ample seating and airy high ceilings prefect for absorbing all the noise. The Side Street in has both booth and table seating making it a very homey, bright and modern restaurant you can feel comfortable wearing anything in.

Consistency: We have only been to this new location once but the food is consistently tasty with the other Side Street Inn location on 1225 Hopaka St.

Parking: Oh the parking… yes not our favorite part of the evening seeing as the only convenient place to park is the valet service provided by the restaurant at a $5 fee without tip! Don’t get me wrong… I’ll pay for valet but if I eat at the restaurant I hope to get a better deal than $7-$8 per a visit. Of course you can always find free street parking on Kapahulu if your lucky.

Price Range: Medium ($8-$20-Market Price) per Entree
No BYOB Allowed
Reservations Recommended
Take Out Available

Address:
614 Kapahulu Ave.
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 591-0253 or 596-8282
Website: www.sidestreetinn.com

1225 Hopaka St.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel:(808) 591-0253 or 596-8282

Hours of Operation:
Hopaka St – Sunday – Saturday 2:00 pm – 2:00 am
Da Strip – Please call restaurant as hours for new location are TBD

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Pork Chop

Kaimana Beach Hotel – Hau Tree Resturant

Overall: corkagecorkagecorkage

Service: The service was so so at the Kaimana Beach Hotel. The staff is def union and we had some old timers serving us. They where all very friendly, local and personable, however, they where not very fast or gave good recommendations. That being said they did refund our crappy appetizer which we appreciated.

Food: The food is ok. The fresh fish was good and brought the overall dining experience up.  The vegetables where cooked perfectly and the portion size was way above average and I would defiantly go back for the dish.

Favorite Dishes: Fresh Opakapaka with steamed vegetables (TIP: Do not order the Chefs Ocean Trio! gross)

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is prob the best thing going for this restaurant. Yes the furniture is VERY dated – think 60’s – bright pink table clothes that are super run down and rinky-dink tables and chairs. However, the restaurant sites ocean front and is shaded by a beautiful Hau Tree where Robert Louis Stevenson use to sit and write. At one time this restaurant was most likely IN and charming but now it looks like it needs a serious make over! If you visit either look up at the tree or out over the ocean and no where else!

Consistency: We have only been once for dinner so far but once we return promise to update this portion.

Parking: The restaurant is located at the Kaimana Beach Hotel so you can valet the car and get validation. Or you can park at Kaimana Beach park and walk.

Price Range: High ($25-$39) per Entree
Corkage Fee:
Reservations Accepted

Address:
The New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel.
Hau Tree Restaurant
2863 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 923-1555 / Fax: (808) 922-9404
Website: http://www.kaimana.com/hautreelanai_2.htm

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 7 am – 10:45 am
Lunch: 11:45 am to 2 pm (Mon. – Sat.)
Sundays Lunch: 12 pm – 2 pm
Dinner: 5:30 pm – 9 pm

Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

Overall: corkage corkage

Service: The service was pretty good and the staff was both friendly and attentive. The only negative thing that happened was for Happy Hour when we first sat down our servers shift was ending and it took a while for our new server to take over (at least 20 min!) during which time they lost our initial order which was annoying. That being said, once the change over happened our server was on top of his game.

Food: The food was really disappointing. When you go to a restaurant of this caliber you expect everything to be cooked to perfection but it was not. Throughout the meal we where constantly reminded that if you want a good steak go to Hy’s!
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Favorite Dishes: Happy Hour: Steak Tartar & Ahi Tartar (both only $5) where the best dishes of the 4 they offer from 5:30-6:30pm. Dinner: Canadian Bacon! Yummy! it’s so good you can just go and eat that for dinner, Sauteed Spinach, Ribeye Steak, Apple Strudel (straight out of the Swiss Alps).

Atmosphere: The atmosphere of the restaurant is elegant with dark floors, high ceilings and beautiful views of the Royal Hawaiian lanai area and Waikiki. The restaurant isn’t particularly large but they managed to squeezed a ton of tables into the space which makes uncomfortable and the acoustics are terrible. The floor was so incredibly slippery that it was like an ice skating rink, be careful and for god sake hold on!

Consistency: Both times we have gone, the food has been terribly inconsistent and throughout the meal we have had a range of food i.e. Fries that where soggy than crispy, potato chips where stale then burned, sliders and steak which was raw and then totally overcooked.

Parking: Wolfgang is located in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center so its best to park in the mall and make sure to get your ticket validated for free parking or it can cost you a small fortune to park!

Price Range : High ($28-$60) per Entree
Corkage Fee $25 per Bottle
Take Out Available
Reservations Recommended

Address:
2301 Kalakaua Avenue
Royal Hawaiian Center, 3rd Level
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone Number: (808) 922-3600
Website: www.wolfgangssteakhouse.com

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thu: Lunch & Dinner
12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Fri-Sat: Lunch & Dinner
12 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sun: Dinner
5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sat-Sunday: Brunch 11 a.m. -3 p.m.

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