Harbor Pub & Pizza

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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.

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Greek Salad

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Spinach & BBQ Chicken Pizza

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Papa John’s Pizza

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Service: The services is great at Papa John’s. From the delivery boys to the pizza makers the team at Papa John’s do a good job specially for a fast food restaurant. In fact, we had a pretty bad experience with a new location and after writing to corporate was pleasantly surprised to receive 2 free large pizza cards in the mail – now thats good service!

Food: The pizza is good at at Papa John’s. From thin crust to regular the dough is not oily and the ingredients are fresh as promised. The chicken wings and other items are not as much of a slam dunk but if you are in the mood the honey Chipotle Wings are pretty tasty.

Favorite Dishes: Thin Crust Pizza with Chicken, Peppers, and Onion, Hawaiian Pizza

Atmosphere: Well since we NEVER eat at Papa John’s its really hard to say but I have been into a few locations and they are always clean which is a plus for the ambiance. Really its not a place you want to site and eat unless maybe its raining outside or if you are hungry after some drinks on your way home and itching for some slicest.

Consistency: The Kapiolani blvd location has always had the best and most consistent pizza in our option. After we moved to a new district we have struggled with pizza consistency and often times the wrong ingredients are on the pie or its cold when it arrives which never used to happen…. so i guess it depends on your location and the management!

Parking: Most Papa John’s locations have some designed spots for pickup or are in locations where they have ample parking so if you are swinging by after work don’t worry you should be in good shape no matter what.

Price Range: Medium-High ($16-$26.99) per Large Pizza (Papa Johns always has Daily Specials so Ask!)
Take Out Available
FREE DELIVERY

Address:
Papa John’s Store #1752
611 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 733-7272

Papa John’s Store #1751
1646 Kapiolani blvd
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808)592-7272
website:
http://www.papajohns.com/index.html

Hours of Operation:
Open Daily 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

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Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza

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Service: The service was good at Inferno’s Wood Fire Pizza on Kapiolani blvd. Of course we where lucky and when we went it must have been an slow hour because there was only one couple ahead of us in line and they had already ordered so our food came out really fast. There is a sign indicating that it can take 20-30 minutes while busy because each pizza is backed fresh so just be prepared for any scenario. The staff where both really nice and full of smiles.

Food: The pizza was really good at Inferno’s! we where pleasantly surprised with the high quality ingredients they used on the pizzas. It really makes  a big difference in the final product. Inferno’s has lots of variety of vegetarian and meat pizzas including daily specials. if you are in mood for only a slice you can get cheese or pepperoni for $3 a slice which is perfect for a late night snack. Also if you eat at the restaurant they have a special where you get a free drink with pizza so we shared a diet Pepsi and felt really good about the entire experience.

Favorite Dishes: Spinach, Garlic, Tomato Pizza (only one we tried so far but the BBQ chicken looked really good as well!)

Atmosphere: Well Inferno pizza is located in a parking lot so its not going to win any awards for ambiance. However, for being a fast food / truck location it does have a special type of feel with the wood fire oven. They also have a nice little shaded seating area so you don’t have to eat your pizza on the street corner which is great. I’m sure at night its a very exciting place to be with all the bars and clubs in the area and has a strong street appeal for people watching.

Consistency: We have only been once so far but can’t wait to go back and try some other of the fresh pizza pies.

Parking: Parking is free at Inferno’s and is conveniently located across the street from the Pan Am Building. They have around 50 spots so shouldn’t be a problem to stop in any time of the day or night for a slice!

Price Range: Low ($8-$12) per Pizza
NO BYOB
Reservations Not Accepted or Recommended (Its Street Food!)
Take Out Available

Address:
1637 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96819
Tel: (808) 375-1200
Website:
http://www.infernopizzahawaii.com/

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Thu 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.

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Bella Mia

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Service: The service is ok at Bella Mia. The staff is friendly and its a family owned business which is always nice. Both times we have been the service staff was welcoming and full of smiles. I wouldn’t say the service is fast but the food comes out quickly and the overall its pleasant.

Food: The dishes are huge at Bella Mia and absolutely large enough to share or for you to bring home for a second meal. They have everything you would imaging a from a NY-Italian restaurant including pasta, pizza, and a few salads. The marinara sauce and hot bread they serve you is delicious! its hot and the sauce is so good you could drink it. I would recommend going for lunch and having a salad and the bread as an appetizer it would be a perfect meal. The pasta was pretty good as well but was a bit overcooked.

Favorite Dishes: Greek Salad, Free Bread and Marinara Sauce

Atmosphere: The motif of Bella Mia is that of a casual, family style NY Italian restaurant. The table clothes are the traditional checkers of red and white. They have a pizza window and fun pictures and nick knacks around to give the ambiance that of a comfortable family-dive restaurant. Its the type of place you can bring kids and they can spill marinara sauce all over the floor without a second thought. The tables and chairs are miss matched which adds to the charm of this Italian family business.

Consistency: Both times we have been the food was consistently OK.

Parking: Parking is easy at Bella Mia because the restaurant is in the Kaimuki Shopping Center. You can find ample parking (most of the time) for only $1 for the first hour.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$22) per Entree
No Corkage Fee!
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
1137 11th Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737-1937
Website: /

Hours of Operation:
Tuesday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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Greek Salad

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California Pizza Kitchen

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Service: The service at CPK is excellent. They are very attentive, make great recommendations and always make you feel at home. If you are in a rush its recommended to grab a seat at the bar, its fast and you won’t have to wait to be seated!

Food: The food at CPK is always perfect. The food is Californian-Italian-American and has a very good selection of salads, pizza and pasta with international inspiration. They are constantly adding new food to the menu and offer fresh seasonal specials. It’s the type of restaurant where everyone leaves happy and is a good place to go with family or friends!

Favorite Dishes: Chicken Lettuce Wraps, Field Green Salad, Waldorf Chicken Salad, Tricoloré Salad Pizza, Thai Chicken Pizza, Thin Crust Pizzas!

Atmosphere: The ambiance at all CPK’s are very contemporary. The ceilings are high and the color scheme is black and yellow. The restaurants are casual and you can feel comfortable wearing anything to one of there establishments. The bars are also very nice and the seats are comfortable.

Consistency: This is one of the most consistent restaurants we have been to. All the ingredients are weighted out and you always get exactly the same size and taste every time you go.

Parking: Depending on which location you visit parking is usually always available. The Kahala and Ala Moana Mall locations have ample parking and for the Waikiki location its best to park at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center parking across the street.

Price Range: Medium ($10-$25) per Entree
Corkage Free $5 per Bottle
Reservations Not Accepted
Take Out Available

Address:
Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
Honolulu, HI 96814
Tel: (808) 941-7715
Website: www.cpk.com

Center of Waikiki
2284 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
Tel: (808) 924-2000

Kahala Mall

4211 Waialae Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
Tel: (808) 737-9449

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 11am-11pm

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Arancino

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Service: At the Beachwalk location the service was pretty poor. It took 20 min to get the bottle of wine that we ordered and consistently had to ask to refill the waters. It was painfully slow but the waitstaff was very friendly at least and apologetic. The Arancino’s at the Marriott was also not much better but that may be because it was an off time to each and we sat outside.

Food: Arancino’s has a very traditional Italian menu and you shouldn’t have trouble finding something to order with all the options! The food at the Beachwalk location was cooked perfectly and although the pasta portion was rather small it tasted amazing. When we visited the Arancino’s at the Marriott the Prosciutto pizza had more fat than meat and the salad sampler was literally a bite of three types of salad. Def not worth the money so order something else.

Favorite Dishes: Spaghetti all’ arrabbiata (in the menu this is Penne pasta but we substituted with spaghetti and its very tasty), Insalata alla caprese, Tiramisu, and the Prosciuttto e rucola pizza (at the Beachwalk location this was really delicious but not at the Marriott).

Atmosphere: The Beach Walk store is a very small, quaint restaurant and the tables are situated very close together. Not ideal location for an intimate dinner experience. The Marriott location has nice outdoor seating which is great for people watching in Waikele and has great shade for those hot Hawaii days.

Consistency: Well between the two restaurants it wasn’t very consistent at all and the ingredients where definitely not the same quality. However, The pasta excellent good both times and was good enough to warrant a revisit.

Parking: For the Beachwalk location is situated in the heart of Waikiki so parking is tough but you can always park at the Royal Hawaiian Center and walk a few blocks or Arancino validates the Bank of Hawaii parking structure on the weekdays for 2 hours and on the weekends its free to park all day! For the Marriott they have guest parking and validate for 3 hours so you can also enjoy the beach after a meal or walk through Waikiki after dinner. If you wish to valet the car it costs $10 without tip and with validation from Arancino.

Price Range: Medium-High ($15-$35) per Entree
Corkage Fee: $15 per Bottle
Reservations Recommended
Takeout Available

Address:
255 Beachwalk
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone Number: 808-923-5557

2552 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815-3662
(808) 931-6273
Website: www.arancino.com

Hours of Operation
Marriott
Breakfast – 7AM-10:30PM
Lunch – 10:30AM-2:30PM
Dinner – 5PM-10:30PM

Beachwalk
Lunch – 11:30AM-2:30PM
Dinner – 5PM-10PM