Butterfly, The Embarcadero
Butterfly, The Embarcadero

Butterfly, The Embarcadero

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.butterflysf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 864-8999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Tuesday-Sunday: 5pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Pan-Asian, Californian, Asian
  • Executive Chef: Robert Lam
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: For parties larger than 40 guests, please contact the Special Event Coordinator for details.
  • Private Party Contact: Daryah Newman 4158648999x
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz on Thursday for dinner service.
  • Special Events: From wedding festivities to convention parties, our waterfront location is the perfect backdrop for your next event. Please contact us for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bay Street at The Embarcadero
  • Public Transit: Take the bart or muni to Market Street. Catch the F-line street train towards Fisherman’s Wharf. It stops in front of our restaurant at Pier 33.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking lot across the street. Metered street parking on the Embarcadero.
A word from Butterfly, The Embarcadero
Butterfly offers the perfect mix of food, atmosphere, an amazing California Wine List and great decor. Chef Robert Lam was named as a previous "Top 6 Rising Star Chef" by The Chronicle, Lam continues to impress by bringing his innovative California-Asian cuisine to the waterfront location on the Embarcadero. " Narsai David of KCBS said," Butterfly is a happening place". Best seafood soup, I have ever had!" A few suggestions Clams and Mussels, Salmon and Strawberry Rolls, Kalua Pig in Butter Lettuce Cups, Crispy Fried Whole Fish, and Banana Bread Pudding for dessert.
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Butterfly, The Embarcadero reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
79% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (53)fit for foodies (42)romantic (33)neighborhood gem (21)special occasion (20)great for lunch (15)good for groups (13)hot spot (12)great for brunch (10)notable wine list (5)late-night find (5)vibrant bar scene (3)kid-friendly (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • nice overall dining spot
    cocoon
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Butterfly is a restaurant that one can dine for light meal, lunch or dinner with enough variety of choices. This is our third return and we continue to find the servings good and menu choices flavorful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Service I've ever had here!
    amzmanVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I've had some mixed Service at this restaurant over the years but the team of people working this time was outstanding. I didn't have to ask for anything, they refilled my water, we received our food promptly and in order (i.e. appetizers first then main course). Even the new hostess was better than the grouchy one we've had to deal with in the past over our past few reservations.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • fun2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Went for dinner with a friend. Seated in a great spot and had excellent service from all. Animal style garlic noodles wonderful as was the lettuce cups with pork and the bread pudding. Also enjoyed kumquat margarita. Overall delightful experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love Butterfly
    epicureVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    WE have been to this restaurant many times and have never been disappointed. IT is consistently good and the service is excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful dinner
    jabber
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    We had a celebratory dinner at Butterfly. The Peking Duck was the single best thing I have eaten in years. Great balance of Umami, salt, sweet, etc. They remembered that it was Linda's birthday and put a candle in the dessert. Service was attentive, but relaxed. We will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Groupon
    Couples2getherplease
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    We had a good time @ Butterfly - wish we (4 other couples) could have been seated together. 3 of the 5 couples got the same waiter anyway. We were all on the Groupon special rate.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    BethSFVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I am never disappointed in Butterfly. The food and the service is excellent -- PLUS -- the view is outstanding. Our servers were very accommodating and moved us over to a window table when one became available. This is a really nice restaurant. I love it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food, poor service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We had brunch at Butterfly and while the food was outstanding, the service was terrible. Our main entrees arrived before the appetizer, literally five minutes after we placed our order, and when I questioned it, the server said "Did you want them before?" as if that was odd. We were never asked if we wanted another drink and the server was harried the whole time. The worst part was we had a Living Social voucher, which he saw at the beginning of the meal, but then when the check came he and the manager told us we couldn't use it because it was for dinner. We spent $75 on lunch and they denied our voucher. Which I could understand maybe but he saw it there the whole meal. Obviously they were more concerned with tourist turnover than locals.
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  • Excellent Embarcadero Location
    datspeedVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We've always enjoyed Butterfly - great location, on the water, very good food - pan-Asian cuisine. We especially like the whole fish - crispy, still moist inside, excellent presentation. The appetizers are very good, too. You can make a meal with them. Full bar, interesting cocktails. Could use a few more beer choices One negative - they haven't changed the menu and have no daily specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Meal before fireworks on 4th July.
    Asho
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This is a lovely restaurant with spectacular views of the bay. Service was very good- considering it was 4th July and it was busy! Food was great too. Nice upbeat atmosphere. We were leaving to watch the fireworks after our entrees and the waiter invited us to watch them from the patio, which was awesome! We stayed on at the restaurant bar after the fireworks and sampled some of the yummy cocktails. It was a lovely experience overall!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good view, Amazing food and Service
    mclare987VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Went for dinner on July 4th, busy night for them. The servers were friendly and cheerful, treated us so well we felt like their only customers. The food was amazing. Each dish was presented beautifully, stone fruit salad with bacon and cheese... YUM! Kahlua pork in lettuce cups and Peking duck so good we would have ordered more (if we didn't need to save room for dessert). The chef stopped by after each course to ask how everything was, then went back to station in the kitchen checking every plate. So much attention to detail and service. We were happy to find this great restaurant and will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We had a lovely dinner (made up of a whole bunch of appetizers that were delicious)---and a very attentive and personable waiter. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect for birthdays
    DanaJ
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My boyfriend and I had such an amazing experience at Butterfly. I included in the notes of the reservation that we were celebrating a birthday and would love a table with a view. Not only did we get a view, but the best seats in the house. We ordered cocktails, three appetizers and a burger to share. Particular highlights for me were the Tuna Tartare and the pork lettuce cups. The burger was also cooked perfectly on a bun that I would have eaten on its own. We ended the night with a creme brûlée topped with a raspberry, lychee fruit and a candle. Everything was delicious! Definitely recommend for celebrating a special occasion or if you're looking for a great happy hour spot with a cool vibe and a great view.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Ambiance
    Foodfan
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great spot. Food is good, great atmosphere. Chef came over to check on our meal, doesn't happen in every restaurant. Does have a lot of tourists because of its proximity to pier 39
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The food was delicious & well presented. It was a leisurely & enjoyable. The only damper was our server, Ruth. She was slow & forgetful. Had to remind her on a few things & she even forgot a few things. We felt a bit ignored. Too bad it would of been over the top for us!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food,great view,great service
    shade
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Thank you so much for the great meal! Took a friend out for his bday and it was perfect!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    the food is always good, friendly service good view, we enjoyed it everytime we are there.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day Brunch
    LocalVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Hard to find parking. Lot across street charging 40 flat rate! No cheap way to get to the City anymore. Shared calamari, burger, duck spring roll ( best) salmon benedict, garlic noodles. Bread pudding was excellent. Not to be missed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First time for lunch
    Khay01
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I like the dinner menu more than thee lunch menu.. They have better selection for the dinner time. Food wasn't bad, just don't have enough selection. Service was good. I saw they did some changes on the restaurant. We used to seat on the booth. I did not notice if they still have a booth. The chair kind of uncomfortable to seat on. overall, experienced was okay. Last time food was really good and service by the server but the host did not even great us but the people behind us she did, really unprofessional. Will try again one more time, hopefully that host attitude will change because the food are excellent..
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Fare
    grayVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    All 4 of us had something different and it was all good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific dining experience
    Wine2dine
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Terrific food, ambience, service and overall experience . Enchanting view and surroundings . Wine list a bit thin and pricey
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth every bite
    Lovetoeat
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We decided to have an early Father's Day Dinner on Friday night. The appetizer menu is full of wonderful options, so I opted to order several appetizers instead of an entree. Everything was delicious...our teenage girls loved the pork lettuce cups and the garlic noodles. My personal favorite is the Ahi Poke. The hanger steak entree was cooked perfectly and had great flavor. My husband had the dine about town menu and ate every bite! Desserts didn't disappoint, you can't go wrong with Mitchell's ice cream! The service was great, the wait staff all very friendly and accommodating!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A little disappointing
    not2picky
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    For the price, the food was OK, but not great or even very good. Service was OK and cocktails very good. Ambiance was "energetic" leaning toward loud. Overrated restaurant. We are locals and, given san francisco's great food scene, there are better choices at the same price.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We arrived early and the hostess accommodated us which was excellent customer service. The female bartender was outstanding. Our meal was great - we all had the 3 course dinner menu which is a good vaue and tasty. it was hard to hear the server over the noise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Scenic Innovative Fusion Dining
    Kathie
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Dining at "Butterfly" was a treat in both the visual and taste sense. The beautiful view of the sparkling SF Bay, great service coupled with an innovative fusion menu make this a special dining experience. Each menu item was prepared with care coupled with proper pairing which was pleasing to both the palate and the eye.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    My girlfriend and I was in the area and decided to take advantage of Dine in Town and try some restaurants for lunch and dinner. We ordered the kalua pork appetizer and duck confit spring rolls. The Kalua pork appetizer was a wrap-it-yourself dish. However, the pork was soggy, so every bite you take would lead to a messy splash on your plate. The duck confit spring rolls were decent. I also ordered the Hangar Steak in teriyaki sauce. It had a side of potatoes / onions covered in cheese? The hangar steak was drench in a wet sauce, overseasoning a good cut of meat. As a fusion dish, it was very poorly designed. The food was not designed well and felt rushed for dine about town. maybe the regular menu is better.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view and food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Went to butterfly for Dine About Town and really enjoyed ourselves. The food was great and the service was great, although it took a bit too long in between plates (however, good portions so this time ended up being a plus!). Will definitely go back. Great date spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful food
    2DineOut
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was a fantastic experience from the moment we entered. The service was attentive beginning with the Hostess who gave us the best seat in the house. The food was amazing! As each dish was brought out we anticipated the next. Not one morsel of this delightful meal survived. A definite return spot. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Butterfly hasn't Changed
    Linda
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I've always found Butterfly to have excellent food and service. Their kahlua pork lettuce wraps are really amazing. Love to go back to a restaurant where I'm certain I'll have a good time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very friendly hostess - Madison.
    Luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    We were greeted by a very friendly hostess. She seated us at a table with a magnificent view. The waitress could be a little bit more efficient. The snapper was delicious and smooth! Yum.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dianemtn
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Small but interesting menu. Friendly service. We liked that the tables are spaced out so no one bumps as they pass.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The foods here are excellent always
    happyminnie7
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    We came here quite often since our 1st visit. During happy hours, they have a variety of dishes to choose and try. Duck config spring roll, dates with bacon, pork meatballs with fish sauce, garlic noodles, kalua pig lettuce cup to name a few. As for dessert, warm banana pudding and crème Brule..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    There was a large party there and our food took too long. We were talking and enjoying our conversation, but service is not the best.
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  • Not overwhelmed
    YummyfoodVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Went to Butterfly expecting an elegant view and nice dinner to celebrate a special occasion with family. First, the menu is quite sparse and the only non-carnivore option was a veggie bento box which was not very good. The view is nice and the décor is definitely very upscale, but fundamentally there were about 5-6 entrée choices and the service was not what I would expect from somewhere in the midst of the Embarcadero (forgetting drinks, etc) Good dinner spot, but not anything special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AraSDVIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    Table for 1. Graciously accommodated earlier than my reservation time. Pleasant cocktail list, small menu made choice easy, easy to over-indulge. Pleasantly surprised by my last-minute find
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gourmet Asian Fusion spot
    AbyG
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Dined there on a Wednesday night. Found parking easily and got waterfront seating, which on an unusually hot spring night was a great start to the evening. Ordered the shrimp pot sticker soup (with Indonesian sambal base), which was flavorful- whetted our appetite just right. My husband ordered the seared ahi tuna entree which when eaten with the accompaniments was a very cleverly crafted dish and tasty. I had the chicken roulade that I believe was technically perfect but for me a little lacking in taste- I can see other people who like minimal spices and seasoning liking it though. For dessert we had the banana bread pudding which was just the right amount of serving at the right level of sweetness. All in all a good culinary experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great dining
    Wine0boyVIP
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Butterfly has some good things going for it - the food is decent, not spectacular, and freshly prepared (large portions), the view is quite nice (especially if you get a table by the window), and the vibe is low key and casual. The service was spotty at best and although we had a reservation for a large group (8 people), the host, who was either just in training or completely clueless, took my name at check in but then gave our table to another party with a similarly sounding last name. She sincerely apologized but we still had to wait 45 minutes to be seated (the manager should have stepped in to assist with the situation).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Place for Dinner
    Lippy
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Excellent service, this restaurant while pricey,especially the wine list, delivers appealing, reliable great tasting dishes. The atmosphere is intimate and they never rush you out. A great place to take a date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite!
    Lv2eat
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Appetizers and small plates dinner is a good way to go. Tasted a nice green salad as well, also delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Island Food iwth a Twist
    IslandBoy
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We were missing Hawaii so we took our family for brunch as well as to celebrate a daughter's birhday. Since it was a Sunday PM, it was not crowded. We loved the Calamari and the Kalua Pork appetizers. The Calamari was basic but the Kalua Pork was delicious. Kalua Pork could have used some cabbage with it but it worked. For the entree, nice spin on the Loco Moco served with black rice and Spam bits, nice island touch. One of us ordered the Fried Fish Sandwich, not bad but just a plain item. Another winner was the Garlic Noodles with shrimp. Great flaver, nice tender shrimps which were not overcooked. The Vietnamese Meatball Lettuce Wraps were a bit on the oily side and too small a portion. Best desert was teh Lychee icee.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate