Oceanarium Restaurant
Oceanarium Restaurant

Oceanarium Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pacificbeachhotel.com/
  • Phone: 8089216111x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 10:00am; Weekend Brunch: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Pan-Asian
  • Executive Chef: Mariano Lalica
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Entertainment:Dive Times
  • Saturday & Sunday:
    Regular Dive -11:45am, 1:30pm,
    5:00pm, 7:00pm & 9:00 pm
    Mermaid dive - 5:00pm & 9:00pm
  • Monday - Friday:
    Regular Dive - 5:00pm, 7:00pm & 9:00 pm
    Mermaid dive - 5:00 pm & 9:00pm

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Liliuokalani Avenue
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Self Parking and Valet Service Available
A word from Oceanarium Restaurant
Where dining is an adventure.
At Pacific Beach Hotel's Ilima award-winning Oceanarium Restaurant, the flavors are as amazing as the views. Indulge in mouth-watering crab legs, tender prime rib of beef, fresh Island sashimi and sushi. Plus a nightly pasta and dessert station complemented with nightly specials – all alongside incredible views of nearly 400 fish from more than 70 different species of marine life. Nowhere else on the island will you find a dining experience quite like this.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Oceanarium Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.3
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
67% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
kid-friendly (51)special occasion (49)good for groups (41)great for brunch (30)scenic view (29)great for lunch (15)romantic (14)fit for foodies (13)neighborhood gem (5)hot spot (4)notable wine list (2)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Oceanarium- Pacific Beach Hotel
    HawaiiGiRL
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    I go there every year for my birthday, but for the past 2 years the service has been poor. The food is always great, but I like the whole experience. Service is very important. It is a buffet so we get our own food, they basically just have to bring drinks in a timely manner, the check, when asked or not... the server should be aware that we are almost done and anticipate our needs, esp. since we had children, its late, we were there long, etc., and buss the table since a lot of plates are used at a buffet and for a large party the table gets cramped quickly. Bottom line, the food is great, but the service is poor. They should have kamaaina discount throughout the entire night also!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Paradise13
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Perfect view of the fish tank and good food, and the sign in the tank was a cute idea for photos
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Over priced with bad buffet food
    Speedy23
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Worst dinner buffet at this restaurant. We have celebrated many occasions here in the past and was very disappointed with this dinner. The food was not good and the selection was horrible. It was oyster night with only a couple oyster selections. Small selection of assorted sushi which was not that good. Prime rib was a little over cooked but ok. Horrible desserts! They replaced vanilla soft serve ice cream with pineapple flavor which was horrible! Service was ok although we didn't get the cups of coffee we requested. We won't be going there for a long time if at all.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    the food was good but the desserts were awful. they look pretty but taste bad or way too sweet. The big aquarium is great
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pricey
    Hawaii50
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We went for the King crab night. It was ok not that great for the price.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fun
    Dunjen2VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The aquarium was amazing! Apparently they have 'mermaids' swimming at dinner. Buffet had a variety. Lots of stuff geared towards the Asian tourists, but it was good.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great food service.food was excellent always kept it full waiters were great kept our beverages full
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Meh
    Nick2
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    I went on a Thursday night where the crab was featured. The cold crab was good, but the warm legs had a pronounced saltiness that spoiled the flavor. Other items on offer included a selection of salads that were quite good and garlic shrimp - yummy! Deserts were good, but not spectacular. When I was there, a diver was playing with the fish in the aquarium and the mermaid made an appearance too. Overall, the view of the aquarium is quite spectacular. In the end though, the food is kind of average given the price, even for Waikiki. Overall: meh.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Taste The Frozen Seafood Defrosted
    AussieAdam
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Flying over from Sydney and staying at the Pacific Beach hotel we were so looking forward to a sumptuous seafood buffet to begin our holiday in Waikiki. After reading online reviews we booked ahead our table at the Oceanarium Restaurant. The staff were helpful and attentive to our needs and were prompt in clearing away our finished plates between visits to the buffet. The seafood selection was minimal and the king crab was unappetising with little flavour, like it had been defrosted in tap water. I found our dinner expensive for the products offered, the cost woupd be consistent to a premium buffet for which this was not. My family all decided we would not pay for this buffet again, such a shame as my baby daughter loved the aquarium.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fun with a mermaid
    Love2Eat
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Food was great! My kids were super excited to see and take a picture with a mermaid along with getting a big HAPPY birthday song sang to her before our evening ended.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed the fish
    JWMom
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The food quality used to be better the previous times we dined here. My family complained that the short rib & carving station meat was tough, so I did not try them. They are afraid to return, as they would prefer other restaurants at the same price as Oceanarium. It used to be my favorite special occasion restaurant. The dessert table was also not refilled promptly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Service
    Localboy
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We dined at the Oceanarium Restaurant over the weekend and had a nice evening. The service was excellent. Chan, our server for the evening and he was great. He kept stopping by to make sure our drinks were filled, plates were replaced, and for any request we needed. Paul (Manager ?) also was great. He stopped by and chatted for a bit and made sure everything was ok. We sat at
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good but super pricey
    mrswolfwood
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We went here for a business dinner. The buffet made it very easy for everyone to find great dining options, the drinks were good and prompt and the service was very good. However the expense is a bit steep for what is on offer, and so I cannot say I would go again. Still, if you don't have a problem with $70 per person, might be a good place for a dinner in Waikiki.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Was Late for 5 Min
    luv2dineh82w8
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Made a reservation for 12:45 and since it Waikiki and traffic was pretty bad I was late for only 5 mins and my daughter really wanted to sit near the aquarium, but they placed us way back near the bathroom and consider a walk-in when I ask if they could seat us closer. Besides, during the whole time we were there the tables that we wanted wasn't occupied by anybody and we there for at least 3 hours.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was great as usual
    tagura8
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    As usual, the food was great but It seemed like the price had gone up. The staff was really on it and friendly. We like to pick the first brunch opening as the food is always fresh. The buffet always has a great selection.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Management
    Buttered
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Management doesn't take care of other peoples mishap! Kids running around knocking food/butter off my table and the manager did was apologize :( the waiter was more concerned . After the big mess that was made in my coach purse, the manager didn't offer a discount nor did he approach the customer. Didn't even offer to clean my purse! He really cared less! Waiter was awesome ! His boss sucked!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I enjoyed myself
    cruzicruz
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    thank you to your wonderful staff and kind service
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • oceanarium
    ainakea
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    The ambiance was great and the service was average. But food could have been great, I expected more from seafood theme restaurant. Maybe more type of sushi/sashimi and the pasta station could use salt on the pasta water. It was very blunt. Maybe more type of seafood. The prime was Great. Overall it's average place with high price.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Somewhat disappointing
    KANEKOA
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    With all the open tables near the tank, they sit us in the middle of tables on both sides and mind you, I'm a BIG guy so it was hard to squeeze in between chairs to get to my seat. The prime rib was tough, the Kalbi was tough, the king crab legs was so soft the nutcracker was useless. Clam chowder was overpowered by thyme. Must have new cooks since my last visit.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Was very disappointed - we've been there several times last year and usually have our Xmas & New Year dinner there however this time was very bad. This time the food quality was not up to par, crab legs were on ice rather than steamed, sushi was hard, salad bar very limited, chocolate fountain had no strawberries and very limited desserts. They need to step it up and think of the local people too, seems they are gearing their services towards just the tourists. They will lose the local people who I would think they need when tourism slows.......
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  • amazing
    funanddine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Service was awesome. Food was delicious, the mermaid show short and sweet but my children adored the entertainment.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mothers birthday
    smallkinedine
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Made reservations arrive on-time, my party was seated promptly. We were sat right next to the aquarium. The buffet had great variety. The crab-legs were abundant. the Prime rib was medium rare, just the way asked for it. Service was with a smile. All in all the dining experience was spendid. My mother, wife, and preteen boys really enjoyed themselves. Can't wait for the next special occasion to return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ann - Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    blondie2007
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    What a great dining experience. The food was terrific ! The prime rib was tender and juicy, just the way I like it, and the crab legs were awesome. And all the desserts were great too. It was a delicious buffet, one of the best I have ever tasted !The mermaid show was so great and all the different kinds of fish were so interesting that I took videos to show all my friends and family back home. It was truly a superb dining and entertaining experience that I would highly recommend to everyone !! Can't wait to come back again!!!
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    LuvMySeafood
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a great time with all-you-can-eat crab. The food was delicious and the service was very good. We walked in and we were greeted with friendly faces, where there was no wait and we were led straight to our table. Within about a minute of being seated, our server was at our table taking our drink order and inviting us to the buffet. The dirty plates were cleared almost immediately and our water glasses never reached less than half full. There was plenty of food with no tray being empty, and the desserts were delightful. The only downside was that it was a little on the crowded side. I had to dodge the other customers at times in order to make my way to the buffet. However, once seated, it did not feel too crowded.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overrated
    Rich
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    This is actually the second time we've been here. The food is okay but is it worth $50? For this price expected more selections. Food here is comparable to Todai or the many high priced buffets you would find in California. Not as good as a Vegas buffet at twice the price. However, you are definite paying for ambience. I wanted my kids to experience the divers in the aquarium. For some reason even that seemed not as entertaining as the first time I went. Definitely a must go for first timers but would recommend something else if you're looking for variety.
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yawuha
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    the food selection was limit and definitely over priced . We did not enjoy the meal and on the top of that , service was bad . We had keep checking on our server to clean the table for us . Last but not least , I thought it was really inappropriate to directly ask us that they would like to go ahead to add 15% gratuity on our bill. Very unprofessional.
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    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent service
    Tnt1811
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We really like the restaurant. The service was excellent . We went here seven years ago and we said we will come back here when we're back in Honolulu. We had dinner on 8/6 and our server is Guillermo, he provided excellent service. I will never forget how nice and helpful he was. On 8/8 for breakfast, we forgot her name, but she was great too. The food was exceptional! We will go back here when we're in Honolulu again. Thank you so much for the wonderful service!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Place ro make memories.
    yumyum68
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    We took special friends for their 40th anniversary and they were very surprised The looks on their faces was priceless when they saw the diver display their special sign. Food and atmosphere were excellent. Thank you for the memory!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rjalv
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    A little pricey, but a fun place and a great view.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • uh-oh!
    prettyreasonable
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    the dishes at the table were dirty and when we asked for new dishes, the waiter brought another set of dirty dishes and walked away. It was gross and we never used them cause it seems like you don't wash your dishes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We arrived 15 minutes early and got turned away until our reservation time (9:00), even though there were several open tables. We had 2 extra people join us and they charged us 15% more. Will never go back.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Fish tank is high point
    HungryMan
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Kid friendly, the fish tank is huge and gives the kids something to watch. Food is pretty standard for buffet; hard to justify $45 for the food, but worth it for the tank. Try to be there for the feeding or mermaid show.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Good atmosphere for a family dinner. The buffet provided a decent range of food as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My dinner experience
    Tweety
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food was very delicious.. But service was slow and front staff was not that friendly and helpful.But service was slow and front staff was not that friendly and helpful. It was a very special dinner for us we had very special friends that flew in to visit and wanted to take them for a wonderful dinner and we got a back table on the side when I saw that there were alot of open tables in the front. Terrible seating and I paid alot for dinner as well as I had paid for my sister and brother and nephew to eat for my nephew's birthday and they didn't bring or sing him happy birthday and sat us very far apart when there were about 3 big tables close to them that they probably could have sat us on. Front staff looked very irritated and unfriendly
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dinner buffet
    Nance
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Enjoyed the variety in the buffet and the friendliness of the cooking chefs. Noticed how well the workers kept refilling the items so there was no lack. Overall a very nice evening and looking forward to returning.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • jomeek02
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    The buffet items was always being replenished. The servers were right on top it, i.e. removing empty plates from the table very promptly, kept filling our water glass but when you place your hand over the cup they'll acknowledge the gesture. A hot towel after eating would be most welcome especially after eating the crab. Oh the crab, very nice size and never letting it go empty.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So many choices!
    Waianae2
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We first visited the Oceanarium four years ago with our teenaged daughter. Even she was impressed-not easy to do with a 16 year-old! This time we took my sister and a friend and it was the first time for both. We all enjoyed our dinner immensely and will certainly continue to dine there with visitors and our friends. Also a lovely place for just the two of us! There are so many choices that even my vegetarian husband is satisfied.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salty
    s2karol
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    I was super excited to dine in our in-hotel restaurant that contained an Aquarium on All-you-can-eat king crab Monday. However, that quickly changed with my first bite of the crab. It was super salty and had a bad taste to it, I tried multiple crab legs with the same results. All the other food was not great either. I have to say the best food in the restaurant was the clam chowder & dessert which is sad for a buffett. Not worth the price and will not be coming back even if our server Micah was fantastic. Definitely overpriced.
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  • Completely underwhelmed
    Woodhart
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Given all the hype, as well as the expense, I was expecting a great experience. What I got was a very crowded, noisy dining room and a mediocre buffet. The prime rib was subpar, the fish was dry, the chicken gristly, the sushi inconsistent, and the dessert selection limited. The crab legs were good but for the price I would expect everything to be good. This was in contrast to a dinner I had the previous evening at another buffet just down the street, which as cheaper and much better.
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  • Oceanarium
    Kimo
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We, my Family and I have always dined at the Oceanarium for special occasions. Birthdays, anniversary's, ect. Our favorites has always been the crab legs. Unfortunately they had changed the service of the crab. Snow crab is now served cold! We had always preferred the crab, including the king crab to be freshly steamed and hot. I don't now if its a mainland thing but I feel the majority of us local people, Kamaaina, prefer it to be hot. The service was Ok, and the rest of the food was pretty good. One of the workers, I will not say who, had told me the change of crab was done by a new manager.
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    special occasion
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