Pa'akai (FKA: Twenty One Degrees North)
Pa'akai (FKA: Twenty One Degrees North)

Pa'akai (FKA: Twenty One Degrees North)

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.turtlebayresort.com/
  • Phone: 808-447-6538
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner:
    Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Seafood, Hawaii Regional Cuisine
  • Executive Chef: John Armstrong
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Kuilima Drive
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Hotel parking lot available as well as valet.
A word from Pa'akai (FKA: Twenty One Degrees North)
Newly renovated and remodeled, Pa'akai is the former 21 Degrees North restaurant. Pa‘akai – or “sea salt” in the Hawaiian language, reflecting Hawaii’s numerous seaside salt beds – features sea-to-table cuisine.

Pa‘akai’s menu highlights the best in fresh local fish, farm-raised lobster, Kauai prawns, sea asparagus, seaweed and sea salt produced in Hawaii.

Pa‘akai’s menu highlights the best in fresh local fish, farm-raised lobster, Kauai prawns, sea asparagus, seaweed and sea salt produced in Hawaii. Signature dishes include the pan-seared kampachi with roasted butternut squash, grilled crimini mushrooms and an apple daikon vinaigrette; as well as the Inamona–crusted scallops with avocado puree, Kahuku corn and pipikaula relish with macadamia nut chili oil.

Appetizers Range from: $9-$16
Entrees Range from: $32-$58
Five Course Menu Available w/ Wine Pairings
A Great venue for Private Parties
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Pa'akai (FKA: Twenty One Degrees North) reviews from OpenTable diners
20 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.1
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (14)romantic (13)scenic view (12)fit for foodies (9)good for groups (3)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (2)great for brunch (1)kid-friendly (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Was hoping for better...
    veggielover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This is the second time we've been to Pa'akai. The first time was great. This time was not as good. Good news: My husbands fish and sweet potato mash was great. The service overall was very good. Not so good news: I ordered the tofu dish. At $33 it should have been great, but the dish was way way over-salted. My daughter ordered the filet mignon medium-well, tricky I know but it was very well and dry in spots. Our entrees seemed to come flying out of the kitchen after appetizers, we felt rushed. We like the ambiance and would like to come back to Pa'akai but not so sure.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a true gem of the north shore
    MeaAiLover
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    decided to inquire about the menu and was drawn in by the atmosphere, ambiance and aroma. the lighting was perfect for the evening. they even had live music. the lychee martini was awesome!. dinner was tasteful and the service simply amazing. a true gem of the north shore.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Potentially a 4 or 5 star
    V123VIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    At arrival the hostess tried to seat us on a table with uncomfortable direct sunlight striking. We had to ask for the logical placement on a window table with a sunset view. The restaurant was only 30% occupied and all those tables were unused. With this beautiful view of the ocean sunset our dinner was impressive!!! Started with a "salt block" appetizer. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Delicious and original. I traveled around the world and never had been served anything like this before. So fun and delicious to start with.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    LondonVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We had reservations at another restaurant but decided to stay close. So glad because we found the best place on the North Shore. Incredible wine list. Above expectations on service. This is the place to come and enjoy a special occasion or just have a nice dinner.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best on the North Shore
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The changes in this restaurant are all to the good. As advertised, the menu features very fresh ingredients and they are prepared creatively and well. It's great to see innovative fine dining on the North Shore and this is it -- it's really the best place to go for modern, well prepared food in a lovely setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem on North Shore
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I dined here during our vacation for our 32nd wedding anniversary! The food was outstanding and the service was impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lacks understanding of its namesake
    TurtleBayed
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Amazing that a restaurant named for salt has such poor understanding of how the world's most ubiquitous ingredient should be used on its often uninspired, overpriced fare. Too little salt on steak, too much salt on ahi poke make this a solid miss. Best avoided at this resort space that keeps reinventing itself but just can't seem to get it right.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Charlotte
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Food was delicious ! Our server was really knowledgeable and attentive , but nothing can beat that beautiful view of the ocean.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very flexible
    FlaGirl
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We didn't want the five course meal but liked the options. They allowed us to mix regular meal options and the five course meal ones. Loved the scenary.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place
    ponypup
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    The best luxe meal I've had in Hawaii. The prixe fixe menu was beautifully sourced, concise and elegant and the wine pairings were both generous and well conceived. Our waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable and the hostess was charming. The view was so so since the resort was in the midst of renovations but the restaurant itself is extremely attractive and paints a pretty romantic picture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    GinaVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We celebrated our anniversary here and had a wonderful meal and a great experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good location, great ocean view
    Roys
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Food was good, not exceptional (poke could have been much better), prices were reasonabl for a nice dinner IMO. Great service, nice evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special occasion dinner
    Brooke
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Wonderful service! I got the seafood special but the regular menu was outstanding. We shared the salt block for an appetizer - very interesting and tasty! If you can, go to the martini bar beforehand or order one (or two) at dinner. The bartender made us a lilikoi cheesecake martini- AMAZING!!! Its not on the drink menu but she can pretty much make any cocktail you desire and this one is delicious. Dinner was quite expensive but if you have an occasion to celebrate or just treat yourself one night, this is a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Food & View
    Sheepsleeps
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This was a good restaurant. The food and wine list were solid. While it has potential, I didn't give it 5 stars for the following reasons: - The food was well prepared, but it took way too long for our entrees - The waiter seemed to shout out all the ingredients on our plate to the point where neighboring tables would stare at us any time we got our food - We never received bread like the other tables did - The ambiance was just a bit of a snooze - Dessert needs some serious re-boot
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 6 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 110 reviews are from the Pa'akai (FKA: Twenty One Degrees North) reviews archive.
  • 29th anniversary
    acdc
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    we had a beautiful dinner, people were great, drinks awesome, they even comped (sp?) our dessert and coffee! Chocolate soufflé was delicioius
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptional dining experience
    LuvQuietDinner
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    The folks at Pa'akai and Turtle Bay Resort - plus the warm, welcoming, and well appointed surroundings - provide a rare and pleasant dining experience. Service and food and atmosphere are all superb. Well worth the drive if staying in Honolulu. An experience one wishes could be repeated each week of life. If looking for that lifetime dining experience - I recommend dinner at Pa'akai at Turtle Bay Resort,
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Excellent Service and very fresh food, delicious and good presentation
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
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  • Excellent Across the Board
    DeniseVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Even though there was a very large group (20 ppl) the food and service were excellent! The restaurant manager checked to ensure we weren't being affected by the group. Had lamb chops, filet mingnon and pork tenderloin all were delicious and perfectly cooked. Great wine list, great atmosphere. By far the best restaurant at this resort.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go at least once
    Elena
    Dined on 4/2/2014
    Very nice location, known for their martinis, nice atmosphere and great service . Would recommend for a special occasion It is not a place you go to more then once per trip due to prices . It is pricy and the menu not too big .
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Kathi
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    My husband and I have eaten out at a lot of good restaurants over the years, but I must say the service at this place was top notch! Very respectful, very helpful, and while right on top of everything we needed was non-intrusive. We had a romantic time and would definitely recommend to others. The food was also great.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Finally, a special restaurant
    frack77
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    After looking for a special occasion restaurant on the north shore we have succeeded. I thought the prices were in line for the food served and the view cannot be beat. Unfortunately, two white wines by the glass my husband tried, were not up to par, especially at $14 a pop. My prosseco was great! Both our fish dishes were spectacular. The scallop appetizer was by far the best app we have had in three weeks. Hot, very tasty, crunchy on top makes my mouth water just thinking about them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • North Shore Gem
    DrusklyVIP
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    The chef knows his stuff...even makes taro edible! The fish was incredible, and the scallops are not to be missed. If you can, get Bobby as your server...that guy was friendly, efficient, and went way out of his way to make it a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Adequate but pretentious. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Adequate but pretentious. The Kula Grille, for all its lack of charm, actually provided a superiior meal. This resort is still finding its way.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The waiter was LOUD! Wrecked dinner
    HMBlocalVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We visit Turtle Bay often and always make a point of eating at 21 degrees. The food is always excellent and service usually very good. However, this time around we had a server who actually yelled menu items, your order, specials, etc. maybe he didn't realize but the entire restaurant looked as he went from table to table. He absolutely destroyed what is usually a memorable dinner. We don't plan to returnto this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Valentines let down
    TravelingWahine
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    The good: The resort is gorgeous The entrance into the restaurant was truly beautiful (mini waterfall and dimmed lights) Most of the staff were absolutely sweet Now on to the bad points: I reserved a seat by the windows and even called to confirm this. Needless to say we got the exact opposite. Almost a 1/3 of the listed brunch items were not found, I had to request them. The fruit juices were not out, they needed to be requested as well and the waitress brought the wrong juice insisting it's better. I'm from here I know what POG taste like. Even worse, she wouldn't get me my specified juice! I had to insist that I wanted it at least 3x! Everything was cold/undercooked. Stick to dinner @Tbay & Go to Lei lei's, never a disappointment.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Highly Disappointed
    Greg
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    We were promptly seated and water was poured right away. The server asked if we would like anything else to drink and I ordered a Bloody Mary and my wife ordered a Mamosa. The Mamosa came relatively quickly, but I had finished eating before I received my Bloody Mary. We had to ask to have the plates cleared and when they did they took the silverware as well. So, when we went back to the buffet for more, we had no silverware to eat it with and we had to wait until the food was cold before we received more. Very limited choice of food and no seafood save smoked salmon. Mostly breakfast food on the line and prepackaged deserts. Overall bad experience and we will not go back to a buffet at Turtle Bay.
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Overall this place is good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Overall this place is good. The food is slightly above average. Beautiful view of the ocean while eating, Staff was attentive. We will go back again. This time perhaps just get wine,appetizers and deserts. The salt block was great. The
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great view of the water, and
    tekay
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    great view of the water, and ambiance were amazing. our server seemed to be overwhelmed and didn't keep our drinks refreshed and took a while. but was a great experience, i feel that it was only this that made the night a little bad. as the rest of the service, and servers seemed to be on top of things. great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food and service is not worth
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Food and service is not worth the money you pay for.
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  • Valentine 5 course experience
    Buckeye808VIP
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was ok and the service was adequate. The 4th course surf and turf was paired with a Pinot Noir and it was a dreadful pairing. We told the server and nothing was done to make it right. The meal cost over $320 and for that price I expect better service and fabulous food and wine. This meal was very disappointing for the price!
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    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 21 Degrees is now Pa'akai
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    21 Degrees was one of our favorite restaurants. Now Pa'akai can be added to that list. The same ambiance and the food is delicious. Can't say anything more except it is nice to be able to go out and know you are going to enjoy the meal
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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  • The view of the ocean is outstandin
    DevilinaBuckVIP
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    The view of the ocean is outstanding. The food is delicious too but you cannot beat the view.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Nice dining experiance
    fisherman
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Our group of four started with perfectely mixed martinis. We then tried the hot salt block and Yellow fin tuna appetizers which were delicious. The main course was two filet mignons, a rib eye steak. and lamb. All were cooked to perfection. The is the best restaurant on the north shore of Oahu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for Couples
    FoodieFavVIP
    Dined on 12/12/2013
    The ambiance was comfortable and casual yet perfect for special occasions. You can wear slippers and an aloha shirt and fit in with everyone else. And the food was unbelievable. We loved the poke table side -- what a great concept. I loved the Kampachi with sweet potato mash! My friends has a taste of both and wished they had ordered mine. The scallops were so tender and perfectly seasoned! We heard about the salt block and saw others enjoying theirs. I asked our neighboring table how it was and they said "awesome." Next time. We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Turtle Bay Restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 12/10/2013
    This restaurant was okay. It was very expensive and had a pretty limited menu of things that were not all appealing. The service was okay. The waiter was pushy in trying to get us to order their chocolate soufflé and though we ordered drinks and salads along with our entrees, seemed put out that we didn't order more. I ordered the mushroom rissotto which was pretty good at first, but not flavorful enough to be great in a dish with so many mushrooms. My husband got the prime rib which he said was very good. We have stayed at Turtle Bay many times and were excited to check out this new restaurant,however for the price and quality of the experience we'd much rather go to Ola, Lei Lei's or Haleiwa Joe's.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Special occasion spot w/ a view
    KatM
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    My husband and I went for dinner during our honeymoon and loved it. We'd been hitting up local Haleiwa spots and shrimp trucks for most of the week, so it was great to cap the trip with a nice Turtle Bay dinner. We had the tasting menu and all of the courses were delicious. It being Hawaii, I'd highly recommend any of the seafood dishes, and the chocolate haupia ice cream was a tasty treat that I haven't ever had elsewhere. The view was spectacular, and though we were by far the youngest people at the restaurant without kids, the vibe was not overly stuffy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    npstracey
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We had such a wonderful time, and the food was amazing.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worth the drive from Honolulu
    Lou63Canada
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    The food was very good. We had two vegans in our and they were very open and helpful. The tasting menu was amazing and with the wine pairing it was extremely reasonable. The only complain that the restaurant would need to be refurbished a bit. But the view is wonderful so it is still worth the trip. Best Mai tai in Oahu!
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    fit for foodies, scenic view, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non-Waikiki Enjoyment
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    The food was very good. A must have is the Himalayan salt block appetizer course. My guest and I both had different roasted fish filet dinners (one was Monchong and the other Kampachi), and both were cooked to perfection.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch
    Honeymooner2013
    Dined on 9/25/2013
    Everything dealing with meal was outstanding. The food was delicious, hot and came right on time. Service was great as well, very knowledgeable of the menu and foods and had great recommendations. Pa'akai is the epitome of a fine dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.