53 by the Sea
ExcellentGreat view of Kakaako. Excellent view of the Honolulu City Lights. No sunset view. Suggest dinner. Arrive at dusk.5/16/2013 12:00:00 AMSpectacular Honolulu Shoreline ViewThis new restaurant on the site of the former John Dominis offers a spectacular view of the Honolulu shoreline, upscale wine list and innovative menu. It is very accesssible with excellent parking. Aloha5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMThe prices increased fromThe prices increased from the last time I was there. The fruiti di mare wasn't as tasty as the last time and the mussels were really tiny. The dessert was presented beautifully however, it's didn't taste all that great. They should go back to serving their sorbet. The service was EXCELLENT and everyone were really personable. I was really impressed of our waiter...he really made the birthday celebrant feel special. Thank you for a wonderful experience. I'm bringing more friends and family soon. :)5/7/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful View, ButBeautiful view during the day...I liked the previous mostly Italian food. I think they are now overpriced.5/5/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat ExperienceHad a wonderful time, staff was very nice and the view was incredible!5/4/2013 12:00:00 AMDiamond Head ViewGreat view..ocean front , see the beach front and all of Honolulu lights... and on Friday nights free Fire works show from the Hilton. Food and service very good. Will do again next time we visit the island.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a findLoved this restaurant. The food was excellent, the staff was great and the view was beautiful. Would recommend to all. Really made my anniversary special.5/2/2013 12:00:00 AMGood for Honeymooners :)It was a little noisy, but the scenery and the food was good for enjoying romance. The recommended menu(chicken with mushroom) was so delicious!!4/30/2013 12:00:00 AMServiceOur waiter Dirk was outstanding, very patient with four 80+ seniors.4/29/2013 12:00:00 AMThe view of the ocean is magnificenThe view of the ocean is magnificent and enhances the dining experience. The service and food is impeccable. Methods of preparation are unique regarding the steaks and lamb chops. I had the lamb chops which was delicious and highly recommend this entree.4/28/2013 12:00:00 AMI was really satisfied withI was really satisfied with your atmosphere, food, service on that day. Especially my friend was very pleased to have her Birthday lunch over there.4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMOutstanding!Overall experience outstanding! Once you try 53 by the sea you'll be a returning customer too!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMBy far the finest dining myBy far the finest dining my wife and I have ever treated ourselves to. If you go request to be seated in the section Scott is serving. Greatest server we have ever had. Very knowledgeable and charismatic, never once did we see him without a giant smile4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMeverything was great excepteverything was great except for the open face crab sandwich...such a small portion that we were wondering if someone in the kitchen ate the other half.4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe setting!!! Perfect. BestThe setting!!! Perfect. Best view of Diamond Head and the ocean!!!The food.....just ok4/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was my third visit.This was my third visit. Was surprise that the lunch prices had gone up considerably and the appetizer cart was eliminated. What was originally a great dining experience at a reasonable price has now become quite pricey. Would recommend restaurant for a special occasion only. Riesling was not available and had to settle for Pino Grigio, including the guest of honor.4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMVIstited Honolulu and 53 isVIstited Honolulu and 53 is always on the must-visits.
Started with seafood platter for two ($30) and had Ahi and Hamachi Sashimi, lobster, crab and scallop. Great value
Had an entree of the filet and was very pleased.
Attentive wait staff, beautiful view of the harbor and Waikiki. Enjoy!4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional service and ambiance!Exceptional service and ambiance! Great for a lunch date4/19/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful dinnerVery nice place and great foods, live pianist, their version of tiramisu is mildly sweeten, good with me, but probably not for most people. Expected less noise, but that's the customers...4/18/2013 12:00:00 AMI went with my Japanese customerI went with my Japanese customer for lunch. I was sure they would love it and they did. Really enjoyed service, food, view and atmosphere of the restaurant. They said good cost performance.4/16/2013 12:00:00 AM53 by the Sea was AWSOME !!!Excellent service, food was very good , I will be coming back & letting all my friends know about 53 by the sea.4/12/2013 12:00:00 AMTook Mainland relatives forTook Mainland relatives for lunch. Makes a terrific impression, especially for visitors familiar with Honolulu, because this is a new, special place to dine. Jimbo (server) was very attentive and friendly. We ordered some new things this time and were surprised and very pleased.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat setting, view and good food!The food was delicious. Escargots were exotic but a little on the salty side. A little less salt and it would have been perfect. The calamari salad was very nice, grilled calamari would have been better than battered ones. The vegetable linguini was very nice, almost perfect. The spaghetti Bolognese was very rich but delicious all the same. The service was first class. The view was fantastic. Overall, a very pleasant experience. Definitely will revisit with friends or for special occasions.4/8/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome setting for a deliciousAwesome setting for a delicious dinner and fine wine with dear friends. Beautiful evening view of Waikiki. Enjoyed our dining experience at 53 by the Sea....4/6/2013 12:00:00 AMA very special restaurantA very special restaurant that locals should celebrate special occasions and business people should not miss.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWhile dinner can be quiteWhile dinner can be quite pricey, their lunches are quite reasonable. Entree selections automatically include appetizers and dessert and seem to average around $20. The views of Diamond Head and Kewalo are spectacular, and the tables are optimized to take advantage of this.4/3/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a wonderful experience.What a wonderful experience. Our expectations were high and they managed to exceed them! Congratulations. A definite "must-return" restaurant. Can't say enough good things about it...
Gene Vosberg3/31/2013 12:00:00 AM33rd anniversary. Prix fixe33rd anniversary. Prix fixe lunch quite tasty (we're foodies) and a bargain. The "Happy 33rd Anniversary" dessert plate written chocolate, including a drawing of Diamond Head, was a lovely touch. Cozy side-by-side seating in a booth with a beautiful view looking out toward Waikiki and Diamond Head. What a gorgeous view!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMJUST SIMPLY OUTSTANDING INJUST SIMPLY OUTSTANDING IN EVERY WAY, WHAT MORE CAN I SAY.
Charles David Dreher
Waikiki Health3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a great view!A gem located in Kakaako and who knew? I've been coming to Hawaii for over 50 years and certainly didn't. We'll be back!3/28/2013 12:00:00 AMWhat a beautiful experience!What a beautiful experience! The food, service, and ambiance was excellent.3/27/2013 12:00:00 AMQuality of pasta dishes wasQuality of pasta dishes was very good. Fish was very good.Problem was long wait before main dishes arrived.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMThe food was good not greatThe food was good not great but the views of the
ocean and Diamond Head were worth having lunch
there. Service was exceptional. Nice place for lunch
or to celebrate a special occassion.3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMVERY Enjoyable, Excellent!!!!Awesome meal,! excellent server, she was very attentive,-We went for our Anniversary, last month, but, will be back soon!3/24/2013 12:00:00 AMOur first dining experienceOur first dining experience here was a very enjoyable evening. Food and service were very good. The shared mixed-seafood appetizer was a pleasant surprise...very fresh, nicely prepared and ample portions. While the restaurant orientation does not provide sunset views, the views toward Waikiki and Diamond Head are terrific!3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome gem! Food was outstanding.Awesome gem! Food was outstanding. Great value, good portion. Ambience is amazing. We will definitely return.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMDefinitely worth another visit!We loved this place. The lunch prices were excellent for the quality of the food. We will definitely visit this place again. The view was wonderful. Service was excellent and the space was quite lovely.3/22/2013 12:00:00 AMDid not find the menu to haveDid not find the menu to have a variety of choices. very limited!
Taste of food was average! Nothing wow !
Service was excellent!
Wouldn't go back for food, but for the ambiance!3/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThis is my second time. MyThis is my second time. My husband and I had dinner a few months ago, and it was very nice. I thought I should try the lunch this time. The kitchen was very busy and the server offered us a cup of soup while waiting. The pasta was stuck together, which I did not like, but the source was good. I prefer stronger coffee, but I liked the warm milk served.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMGet away form it all by going to 53I and a friend of mine went there to celebrate my birthday--but when the reservation was made I did nto tell them. My friend (while I went to get something out of the car) did just that.
Any how the waitors name was Davin--outstanding. Pleasant --very professionlly dressed--nice sense of humor and a great smile and personality. He had all the right answers for all the questions both for myself and my friend asked--oh this was our first time here. The service was great--the food from the appetizers and on was terrific--My compliments to the chef for the delicious salmon that he or she prepaid--I am a salmon persona nd believe me this was spectacular--it just melted in your mouth--Great view--Great all a around3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful decor, very goodBeautiful decor, very good service. Filet mignon was excellent. Seafood pasta a little too al dente for my taste. They were changing the menu to reflect the new chef. Would like to dine again to see.3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Lunch VenueGreat venue, view, setup, lunch cuisine and wine list, although the wine markup is rather high. Also have heard from friends mixed reviews of their evening dining experiences. That said, the food, wine, setting, view and service for lunch there was of very high quality, and I would recommend it and go back for lunch any time.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AMBeautiful surroundings, atmosphere,Beautiful surroundings, atmosphere, very impressive...excellent service!3/11/2013 12:00:00 AMOur main waiter was great.Our main waiter was great. The side-by-side seating was unusual, but pleasant, but a little uncomfortable if you are short like us (I'd rather have a regular chair than a loveseat). The food was good but not great- I found it to be lacking in flavor and added salt. I'd been to the Pineapple Room the day before and did not feel the need to add flavor to anything. The overall ambiance and experience was great.
I think the food should be great to match the whole experience. I think that there is a trend to have healthier/simpler fine dining, but for that kind of $ I want flavor. I do believe you can do both, but in this case it was lacking.3/10/2013 12:00:00 AMArrived on time, seated proptly.Arrived on time, seated proptly. We had the worst table, as it was right in front of the kitchen door! Other tables were taken or reserved. It you go, please request any table but by the kitchen. Food, service was excellent.3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMour first of manyIt was our first visit & we are ready for our dinner on our next visit. Mahalo's for making it a very special occasion for us. The meal, food & service was excellent...not to mention my seating request with a great view. Mahalo .:-)3/9/2013 12:00:00 AMAwesome place and great foodAwesome place and great food and service. This is worth the reservation if you can get one! Make this a stop on your list when in Honolulu.2/20/2013 12:00:00 AMThe service was fantasticThe service was fantastic but the food lacked big time. The manager did come to our table and appologize because the Chef was new and did compensate the overdone steak. He and the service staff were awesome! We've been there many times before and everything was great but this time it was different. Hopefully the Chef will get it together.1/31/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent Itlaian cuisineExcellent Itlaian cuisine mixed with local seafood dishes that work well together. Absolutely beatiful new restautant with awesome views along Waikiki toward Diamond Head. Still some uneven service (forgetting items, empty glases, rushing courses, etc.) that needs to be worked out for a truly fine dining experience.1/19/2013 12:00:00 AM