Ka 'Ikena Restaurant at Kapiolani Community College
Ka 'Ikena Restaurant at Kapiolani Community College

Ka 'Ikena Restaurant at Kapiolani Community College

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://culinary.kcc.hawaii.edu/
  • Phone: (808) 734-9499
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 1:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Friday: 5:30pm - 6:00pm when classes are in session. Check out our website for available dates.
  • Payment Options: MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American, Hawaiian
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, BYO Liquor, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 18th Avenue
  • Public Transit: East from Waikiki toward Diamond Head, board Bus #22 and stop at the KCC campus on Diamond Head Road.

    East from downtown Honolulu toward Koko Head, board bus #3 and stop at the KCC campus on Makapuu Avenue.

    West from Hawaii Kai toward downtown Honolulu, board bus #58 and stop at the KCC campus on Diamond Head Road.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Dinner patrons have unrestricted use of the entire campus parking facility of over 1,000 parking spaces

    Lunch patrons have 10 reserved diagonal parking spaces next to the Ohia Building on a first come basis.
A word from Ka 'Ikena Restaurant at Kapiolani Community College
The majestic "Million Dollar" ocean view from The Ka Ikena Restaurant of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific is surpassed only by the gourmet delights found on its menus. The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapi`olani Community College has produced many of Hawaii’s top chefs who have become world famous for their ability to blend classical Western cuisines with the unique ingredients and flavors of Asia and the Pacific.

Lunch and Dinner are produced and served by students enrolled in its culinary and pastry arts program, .

Named in honor of Queen Kapi`olani, the college and its culinary arts program maintains her legacy and her motto, “kulia i ka nu`u” (to strive for the highest) in all that we do. Great food at reasonable prices served in a beautiful atmosphere - that is the Ka Ikena Restaurant of the Culinary Institute of the Pacific!
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Ka 'Ikena Restaurant at Kapiolani Community College reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.7
  • Food4.7
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (41)neighborhood gem (36)fit for foodies (34)good for groups (30)special occasion (27)great for lunch (20)romantic (14)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Fine dining experience at moderate prices
    Maluhia
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Despite not having the filet mignon that was on the menu, our group of 6 were thoroughly pleased with our orders of scallops and lamb shank. Service and ambience were excellent. We also bought pastry items to take home from the pastry cart to help support the program.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening at Ka Ikena
    lolly
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I took my mother, daughter and her boyfriend to dine at Ka Ikena for my daughter's birthday. Excellent service, excellent food, and to top it off, they made my daughter a special dessert and the instructor and wait staff all sang happy birthday to her. Some of the other guest also joined in. Excellent atmosphere. It was our first time dining there and we are all planning on returning and making this our new restaurant of choice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
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    Jkee
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    I've always enjoyed dining at Ka Ikena. I like variety and this is what the dining room offers. The price is reasonable. The view and the service is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent value
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    What an amazing value! And the food is beautifully presented. The desserts are delicious and the portion size is generous.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good as always!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Good as always though I would like to see a variation in the menu. Can't beat the price combined with the quality of food.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • service
    slk250
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    Or wait help (Kanani??) was so personable. She had a geniune spirit, no put ons or fakey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food + beautiful artwork
    Iluvfood
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    beautiful ocean views, fantastic food artfully presented. Imagine 6-8 ' of gourmet freshly made salads! All fresh ingredients, dressings superb ndsof variety. Watercress and shrimp, salad nicoise with fresh ahi etc! Thought i had died and gone to heaven.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • tennispiggy
    tennispiggy
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    I've eaten here before and I find no fault with the food. Food was good and seasoned well not bland. Plate presentation was eye-catching and excellent. Server was attentive, although forgot a couple of times what to bring next. Time between each course was a little too long (15-20 minutes). I especially liked that the chefs came out from the kitchen to inquire of the diners how the food was, what was good and any suggestions to make it better. Although culinary students, it seems once they graduate and jobs secured in the restaurant this courtesy service seems forgotten. The atmosphere was relaxing and I will continue to return to KCC,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A lot of fun
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    This was a great experience. knowing that you are being cooked for and served by students who are studying to do this as a career makes this fun. This is a classy place where the food tastes great and is presented in a style that made me feel like I was going to pay much more than we did. The dining room was a little plain but had an incredible view of the area and the ocean. The price was amazing, be sure to bring cash to leave a donation (not a tip) when you are on your way out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding!
    Aloha
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food and service were outstanding especially the Soft Shell Crab and Squash soup. We will be returning to try other dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • High-end dining in Training
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Great prices for fine cruisin at a fraction of the cost. Only opens Monday to Friday during school terms. Lunch is a little cheaper but also smaller portion than dinner. You can bring your own wine. No tips required.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Our first time & we loved it!
    Toot
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    I had heard about this restaurant at KCC for years and finally experienced it. It was a great evening spent with a friend. The food was AMAZING, the view and the ambiance outstanding!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • LovesYummyVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Altho' the food was good, we felt the quality had gone down from the last time we had come here. The service was only fair, help was inattentive. However, with the negatives having been said, I believe the service and food quality went down only because it is just the beginning of the school year and the students need better training. We got a window seat this time and since the restaurant is located at the base of Diamond Head, we had a partial view of the ocean which was lovely.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great place!
    KeffenVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    If its possible, the students running the front end may have over serviced us! They all are friendly and really wanting to provide best service. Menu options were impressive and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine here with the panoramic view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent value for FINE DINING!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    What a jewel... Nice view, relaxing atmosphere, great service, yummy soup and salad and entree and dessert and kona coffee - all for under $25??? Unreal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Exclusive Dining Experience!
    FineWineFoodie
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Should you be lucky enough to get a reservation here, you'll have an excellent culinary adventure. Of all the times I've been here, I've been impressed with the food the students prepare. Service is always great. Great price point for their meals too. Don't forget to purchase some baked goods if they're available. The breads here are all delicious! They have killer desserts too! I can't way to be back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Can't go wrong
    KeffenVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Perfect blend of location, ambiance, and food. Excellent choices on the menu, all the servers were pleasant and attentive, and you just can't get a better value. All this while helping the students hone their craft.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We love supporting Ka Ikena Lau'ae Restaurant and the students that work there. John Santa Maria, the manager, is easy to work with and very helpful and friendly. The kids are trying their best to do a good job and learn the skills to make them successful in the business world. The food is great all the time, though the best times are when they have a buffet of desserts! Winner!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super find
    poocher
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Enjoyed the whole experience. Great matre'd and super menu. Server needed some help, but instructor handled it well. We suggest you go early and enjoy the huge cactus garden on campus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Dining Experience
    Jack
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Wonderful dinner for the first night of service. Food was excellent and served in a timely manner. Service staff was cordial. It is truly amazing that culinary students produce such fine cuisine. Will recommend to,others and come back again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 30, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.7
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 511 reviews are from the Ka 'Ikena Restaurant at Kapiolani Community College reviews archive.
  • hawaiian friday lunch
    tennispiggy
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Food was outstanding. Many varieties of local foods. Noise level was loud due to the number of diners. Wait help was stretched due to the many diners. Seemed disorganized. Observed some wait help standing idle when we were looking for assistance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting, will need to come back
    Adventurer
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Had always heard about Ka Ikena and was curious, so went with a friend to check it out. We just happened to be there on their last day before summer break, so it was great to have a very large buffet. We were able to taste a great variety of different food - from salads to hot dishes and deserts. What a tasty meal. I was sad that I didn't have more room to taste more dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prix Fixe vs. Single Entrée
    italophile
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The menu consisted only of prix fixe. Although prix fixe may be a good idea for some, it would be nice for those who want only an entrée to be able to have that option. Not everyone really wants dessert, and very often no soup/salad either. Personally, I often find that an entrée is more than enough for lunch; prix fixe may simply lead some persons to overeat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic restaurant experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    From the view to the food, to the service and price. This restaurant has it all and more!!! Reservations are very limited, so pre-planning is a must. If you are a foodie, you will love this restaurant experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    xhotelexec
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    As a former hotel exec, it's been 30 years since I dined there and the first for my wife. Chawan mushi was excellent and the best we've ever had, even though a bit salty. Fish was overly salty and returned. Sauce was spicy, but bland. Pork belly lacked flavor and more sauce. Noodles were ordinary, very overcooked and did not compliment pork. Desserts were good with large variety. Wait staff was excellent. Too much emphasis is being place on HRC fusion which creates combinations that are not impressive. 30 years ago when I dined with other hotel execs, we came away very proud and impressed. I am still proud and supportive of KCC and students, but execution needs improvement. Decor hasn't changed and is tired and boring.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Dining Experience
    vh007VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    My husband and I had the opportunity to dine at KCC on our visit to Oahu, it was the best!!! We were impressed. The Culinary Arts Program students were professional and well trained by the "professors (chefs)". KCC will be forever on my list to visit when in Oahu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I have been here before for Dinner and had a wonderful time. The problem this time was the menu, which changes every two weeks. This was the first day of a new lunch menu and the theme was reinvented pacific asian classics... The waiter did not know how to describe the menu very well and so what we got was not quite what we expected. And the dishes were odd and not all that tasty. Another menu and this would be a different experience. The re-invented caesar salad was wonderful as was dessert... Hopefully these entrees do not return anytime soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • tennispiggy
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great food, wait service good and the deserts was outstanding. Generous portions.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful hidden gem
    Kealoha
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    I may be sorry I wrote this great review, because then more people will know about this wonderful place and it will be even harder to get reservations! But here goes.....FABULOUS view, lovely staff that want to meet your every need, DELICIOUS food, beutifully prepared. You can only make reservations 30 days in advance, and they are only open certain weeks. The price of the food is incredibly reasonable - it's gourmet food, with excellent staff and beautiful ambience, and there's no tax and no tip. HOWEVER - you SHOULD make a cash contribution to the donation box on your way out, it helps train these wonderful students to be the chefs and catering managers you will one day be depending on!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lunch at the KCC Culinary Arts
    CInouye
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    We were so pleased to be able to have lunch at the KCC Ka Ikena Restaurant. The Culinary Arts Program students were professional, well trained and wonderful. All of the food came out quickly and expertly prepared with great presentation equal to the finest luxury dining rooms in Hawaii. The value provided is fantastic and the amazing view of Kahala and Koko Head is unmatched. IMahalo to the Students and Staff at Ka Ikena.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ka Ikena
    2014localgirl
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Wonderful way for students to practice their culinary learnings! If you are open to student's work/study this is a great place for fine dining. Nice view, good Asian fusion food, and nice service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Ka 'Ikena was a little hard to find and it was obvious the students were a little nervous but that is the purpose of the program, right? The view was great and so was the food. Talking to the students was fun and I could see how some of them are going to have a great career.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KCC's culinary students shine!
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    A friend visited KaIkena for the first time & she was so impressed with the quality of the food, and the culinary and hospitality student waithelp. KCC's culinary arts program continues to shine, and it's no wonder that KCC's Culinary Arts program ranks among the Top 20 Culinary Schools in the US; way-to-go KCC! The dining room manager (John Santamaria) was visible and supportive of his students. Under Chef Grant Sato, the Asian Cuisine students excelled; my misoyaki salmon was outstanding! The baking students served perfect dessert under Chef Dan Wetter's superivision.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    It was a nice and quiet people weren't talking loudly. My mom enjoyed going there. I would go there again to dine and I would also recommend this place to my friends & family. Food was really good view is very nice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Remember they are students
    MarySunshine
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    This is the restaurant staffed by KCC hospitality students. This is not a dine and dash place. Be patient with the students as they must serve from the left, clear from the right, and hit all their other marks. The food is excellent and the students earnest. For approximately $30 you will get two starters, an entree, dessert, and a beverage -- all in a fine dining setting. On this visit, after being seated by the host, there was a delay in receiving water, menus, and being assigned a waiter. The program instructor stepped in when he realized my table had been sitting for over 15 minutes without acknowledgement. After that, the rest of the evening's service was smooth. The panoramic view is outstanding. Will return again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful Dining Experience
    Live2EatVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The view from this Diamond Head campus overlooking Kahala and Kokohead is outstanding thus making the food a wonderful gastronomic experience. This restaurant is a "gem" for great food and service while training up and coming chefs.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch with mom
    Foodhound
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Since reservations fill up fast in advanced, I was surprised at the sparseness of the dining area upon entering. Seating and table service was prompt. Unfortunately both of our entree selections were substituted. Instead of the London broil steak with risotto milanese, I had beef stew on mashed potatoes. My mother ended up reselecting salmon for a pasta dish.Our entrees were presented facing the wrong direction but the food was seasoned and prepared well and the baked breads were good. Overall, you get a good value for your money and I would go back again. The view is absolutely beautiful and I caught my mom staring out the window several times.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience
    livetoeat
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    My husband and I dine at Ka'Ikena at least twice a year. We always enjoy the food and the students.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • choco808
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    I think overall, the customer sevice was just outstanding! Our server was very nice and patient, and took care of even small issues like picking out wines. The only reason why I would not give 5 starts is because of the food. First, between 4 of us who ordered rib eye steak, 3 of the steaks were not cooked.... I think that is important factor because even though we ordered welldone, it was all rare... second, the seafood entree was extremely salty. We just had to chew it down with water. Besides these I think it would be very helpful if there are more vegetarian menus, and choice bevereages. Dessert was just amazing, and I think it was great experience. I recommended to others, and it is just great that this type of restaurant is on KCC.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.