Chart House Waikiki

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Service: The service was applaudable at the Chart House in Waikiki. From the hostess to the table back the staff really was professional, friendly and worked like a well oiled machine. We never had empty water glasses or dishes on the table the whole night and it was really refreshing. They also gave us a complementary Mudd Pie since it was me and my wifes one year anniversary which was delicious and very thoughtful.

Food: The food was delicious and we ate every single morsel of food they put in front of us. The menu has traditional items you would expect to have at a steakhouse including lots of seafood and proteins. The food was really flavorful and worth the price (the Alaskan crab legs where a bit steep at $66.50 for 4 claws but they where super tasty and if you are looking to treat yourself for a special occasion go for it). We recommend getting a few appetizers and sharing with the table to try a few different items. One nice thing to point out is each entree comes WITH a starter salad or soup and side dishes one starch and one vegetable which is really nice and not a-typical for steakhouses who charge ala cart for these items. Finally they also have happy hour from opening to 7pm and 10pm to closing so its a great place for afterwork or late night pupus and drinks with friends.

Favorite Dishes: Sizzling Szechawn Shrimp, Escargot, Whole fried fish (yummy could have eaten two), Crab Claws (great but very expensive $5 per a bit), and the Chart House Waikiki Mudd Pie (best we have ever had!).

Atmosphere: The atmosphere at Chart House is just fantastic. The restaurant is right on the water and overlooks the yacht harbor in Waikiki. Its beautiful to watch the boats during the day and at night. The decor is old hawaiianan and the inside of the restaurant is dressed in warm wood tones. Some nights they have live entertainment and ALWAY a full bar! One positive note is that the restaurant is large enough so intimate diners don’t have to be bothered by the rowdy bar goers.

Consistency: We haven’t been to eat at the chart house in a long time but have had good pupus and drinks in the past few years. However, with this surprisingly great dinning experience it won’t be long until we go again.

Parking: The chart house has a parking garage which validates and they also have metered parking out front.

Price Range: Medium-High ($19,95-$69.50) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted & Recommended
Take Out Available

Happy Hour & Daily Specials! 

Address:
1765 Ala Moana
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 638-2471
Website:
http://www.charthousehonolulu.com/index.html

Hours of Operation:
Dining Room: Monday–Thursday, 5:45 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday, 5:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Happy Hour (everyday)- Opening to 7:00pm & 10:00 pm to Closing
Lounge Opens
Monday thru Friday 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 5:00 pm
Closes:
Sunday–Thursday, 12:30 a.m. (Food Served until 11:30 p.m.)
Friday & Saturday, 2:00 a.m. (Food Served until 12:30 p.m.)

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Escargot

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Sizzling Shrimp

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Clams

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Whole Fried Fish

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Alaskan King Crab

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Mudd Pie

 

Blue Water Grill

Overall Review: Cork

Service: Yikes…. the service was terrible at Blue Water Grill in Hawaii Kai. The evening started out with us calling and booking a reservation at 7:30pm that night. When we arrived we where informed that it would still be at least 30 minutes before we could be seated. I inquired why they didn’t tell us to come at 8pm if there where busy and the hostess was frazzled and didn’t really have an answer… hummmm get it together guys! Then once we where finally seated an hour later not only was the restaurant empty (like tables everywhere) but our waiter was less than impressive and kept forgetting things or was MIA for most of the evening.

Food: The disappointments kept on coming when we received our food. By the time we where seated both the local fresh fishes dishes they where out of as well as the lamb. They blamed all the issues on the Groupon deal they did but we felt that they should have been more “on their game” knowing that their deal was expiring July 4th and that MAYBE this weekend people would come and use the GC before it expired!! The food was lack luster, under seasoned and overall pretty bad. The salmon came with mushy and overcooked rice, the ribs where dry and served over a watery slaw which made all the french fries wet, the Filet Mignon was cut into two thine pieces of meat (not a thick piece like it should be) and even our friends hamburger which is impossible to screw up wasn’t so great. 

Favorite Dishes: Seafood-Artichoke Dip, and our drinks.

Atmosphere: The atmosphere is the best thing going for the Blue Water Grill. The restaurant is overlooking the water / harbor of Hawaii Kai and has a beautiful view. The is an ideal place to go for drinks and to watch the sunset. The decor is warm inside with high ceilings and light wood floor and fixtures.

Consistency: We have only been once so far and will never go again. If we do for some strange reason we promise to update this section.

Parking: Blue Water Grill has free parking out front if you are lucky enough to find a spot. The parking lot is in the Hawaii Kai shopping center and is shared with all the other restaurants & vendors including Safeway, The Shack and many others.

Price Range: High ($20-$30) per Entree
Corkage Fee $20 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted (but even if you have one you may still have to wait!)
Take Out Available

Address:
377 Keahole St
Honolulu, HI 96805
Tel: (808) 395-6224
Website:
www.bluwatergrillhawaii.com

Hours of Operation:
Lunch & Dinner:
Mon-Thu: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Fri: 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sat: 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Sun: 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Happy Hour – Monday to Fridays 3:00-6:00 p.m. daily.

 

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Kincaid’s

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Service: The service was excellent at Kincaid’s. Our waiter was professional, courteous and very helpful throughout our entire dinning experience. He was well spoken and we felt taken care of the moment we sat down. In fact, he went above and beyond to give us the fresh baked bread coming out of the oven and one of the dishes we ordered was fishy and our server took it back right away, apologized profusely and offered to replace it and give us free dessert. That’s exactly the type of service  you want to have at a restaurant! attentive and trustworthy (like I wasn’t worried he would spit in our food in the back).

Food: The food is seafood & steak through and through. The menu also has the classics like Fish Tacos, Salads, Calamari, Artichoke and Crab Dip, Oysters, Steaks, Pork Chops, Fresh fish and a bunch of daily specials. They often add and change the menu which keeps it interesting. Kincaid’s also has a good Kama’aina special a 3-course meal for only $25 between 4-6pm daily. They also host happy hour between 3pm-7pm & 10pm-close daily.
Download Kincaid’s Menu in Honolulu

Favorite Dishes: Steamed Manila Clams (Delicious and not fishy at all!), French Fries, Mediterranean Salmon (on lunch specials menu), Home Grown Baby Greens with Maytag Blue Cheese Spring Rolls (ask for light on the dressing but very interesting and tasty dish!), Bread (TIP: ask for the butter on the side they smear it all over the top of each piece)

Atmosphere: The ambiance of Kincaid’s is that of a sailing restaurant sporting a stunning view of the Ward Center harbor. They also have various sailing pictures and instruments as the featured art to tie the theme together. The tables and chairs are super dated. With a serious makeover and this restaurant could really have a unique and upscale feel.

Consistency: Its been over 4 years since we have eaten at Kincaid’s so we promise to update this section once we return. However, the consistency between the dishes was so-so. We had two really great dishes, one OK dish, and one “send it back” dish which doesn’t say alot about the restaurants overall consistency – or lack there of!

Parking:Parking is a breeze at Kincaid’s. They have ample outdoor parking at Ward Warehouse and the overall Ward area but it is also a very popular mall with the movie theater across the street. If you can’t find a spot try the parking garage in the Ward Warehouse building – its huge and your sure to find something.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
Corkage Fee $13 per Bottle
Reservations Accepted
Take Out Available

Happy Hour!

Address:
1050 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 591-2005
Website: www.kincaids.com/

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Mon-Sun 11am-4pm
Dinner: Mon-Sun 4pm-10pm
Bar: Sun-Thurs 11am-12am, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
Happy Hour: Daily 3pm-7pm and 10pm-close
First Seating: 4pm-6pm

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Maytag Blue Cheese

Kincaid's fresh fish

Daily Fish

BLT

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Service: The service was top notch at BLT. They have plenty of staff and I never had an empty glass of water throughout dinner. The waiter was extremely nice and also very helpful in answering questions we had about what was in each dish.

Food: The menu at BLT is classic Steakhouse meets French bistro. They have a very diverse menu and wonderful raw seafood selections. BLT spoils you with two table appetizers starting with grilled bread and warm pate, followed by hot popovers covered with cheese. They have everything you would expect on a traditional Steakhouse menu in addition to a Chefs Daily Special 3 course menu which everyone at our table took advantage of for only $60 per a person! The dishes where inspiring, had very generous portions and an island pacific flare to it.

Favorite Dishes: The free appetizers of course! From our 3 course dinners – Spicy King Crab Dumplings in Miso Soup, Tenderloin, Crusted Shutome, and Coconut Parfait with Guava Curd and Pineapple Soup was the most delicious dessert we have had in a while.

Atmosphere: BLT has a wonderful atmosphere. The restaurant has both with indoor and outdoor seating perfect for any occasion. The ambiance is beautiful with walnut floors, dark leather banquettes and highlighted with tropical art and murals. The restaurants design has fantastic flow from room to room and even the bar area is separated enough from the main restaurant that it creates another interesting dinning experience and really helps reduce the traffic and noise to the dining room.

Consistency: We have only been once so far but promise to update this section when we go again which will be soon since it was so delicious!

Parking: BLT is located in Waikiki so parking is challenging on the street and Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center is a bit of a walk. We recommend valeting your car as the restaurant validates and you can even enjoy a free bottled water while waiting for your car after dinner (or after dinner drinks upstairs).

Price Range: High ($29-$50) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $25 per bottle
Reservations Recommended

Address:
Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk
223 Saratoga Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Telephone: 808-683-7440
Website: http://www.bltsteak.com/

Hours of Operation: Open For Dinner Only
Sunday – Thursday: 5:30PM – 10PM
Friday & Saturday: 5:30PM – 11PM

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Wolfgang’s Steakhouse

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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!
Download Wolfgang’s Steakhouse Menu In Waikiki

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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Bar Chips & Blue Cheese Dip

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Filet Mignon Prefix Menu

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Apple Strudel

Hy’s Steakhouse

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Service: The service is always excellent. The staff is friendly, attentive and professional. Your waiter is also very present through the experience as Hy’s has table service (i.e. they make the salads and desserts at your table fresh).

Food: Caesar Salad, New York Strip (medium), Baked Potato, Sauteed Spinach, Cherries Jubilee, and the House Merlot.

Atmosphere: The “Library” is beautiful, romantic and very classic in its architecture. The ceilings are very high and the booths are charming. You may end up seated in the top room which doesn’t really feel like Hy’s classy atmosphere but the food is still good. It’s recommended when making reservation to request “Library” seating.

Consistency: Always consistently delicious! being a personal chef in Hawaii I always appreciate and acknowledge consistency. When you go to many restaurants the food is different depending on who is in the kitchen and its having excellent consistency that  separates a good chefs and restaurants from bad ones.

Parking: It’s located at at the Waikiki Park Heights hotel so you can valet your car.

Price Range: High ($30-$70) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $25 per Bottle
Take Out Available
Entertainment – Live Music preformed Weds – Sat nights
Reservations Recommended

Address:
2440 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
Phone: (808) 922-5555
Website: www.hyshawaii.com

Hours of Operation:
Mon – Fri: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Sat, Sun: 5:30 – 10:00 pm