Pagoda Floating Restaurant
Pagoda Floating Restaurant

Pagoda Floating Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.pagodahawaii.com/
  • Phone: 8089488356
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast Ala Carte: Daily : 6:30am - 1:00pm
    Brunch Buffet: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm
    Lunch Ala Carte: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm
    Dinner Buffet: Friday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
    Dinner Ala Carte: Nightly 5:00pm - 9:30 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: International
  • Executive Chef: Jason Takemura
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Catering: Contact us for more information.
  • Special Events: Frank De Lima Mother's Day Show
    Champagne Brunch & Dinner Show
    For More Info and Reservations, please call 948-8370

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Keeaumoku
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is $1.00 an hour managed by a company not associated with the restaurant.
A word from Pagoda Floating Restaurant
Escape and experience Pagoda's enchanting waterfall and serene Asian garden as you feast on one of our savory International dinner buffets, or our traditional menu infused with local favorites during breakfast or lunch.

The Pagoda floating restaurant offers private dining for intimate gatherings and banquet rooms for large parties accommodating up to 400.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Pagoda Floating Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (31)special occasion (26)kid-friendly (24)scenic view (23)great for brunch (19)fit for foodies (16)neighborhood gem (16)great for lunch (15)great for outdoor dining (9)romantic (9)late-night find (7)hot spot (7)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Great Birthday Place
    grams
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We took advantage of the Free Buffet on your Birthday! With four people you can get the price of one buffet free for your Birthday. It was great. The prime rib was tender the crab legs were excellent. Even the regular price of the buffet was under $40.00. They had a great selection of poke and the hot entrees with the Salmon and the steamed fish was excellent! This is our favorite place to go. They even have a kids menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nostalgic
    LocalDiner
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    I hadn't been to the Pagoda in a long time (more than 3 years) and was happy to see that while the dining facilities seemed to have been refreshed, the main elements of the restaurant have been retained. Especially the fish pond and the pagoda rooms that branch out over the pond. Felt like being home again. The menu seemed similar to the Hukilau, which is not surprising since they are run by the same chef. Unfortunately, the quality of the food wasn't as good as Hukilau, which was rather disappointing. I ordered the garlic chicken which turned out to have very bland. I was surprised at the lack of flavor since the Hukilau food always has such great taste.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Yummy
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The crab legs and the spicy tuna hand rolls were delicious! We also liked the large shrimp cocktail and the prime rib. Our daughters always enjoy feeding the koi. How did some people get large cups of koi food when we had to buy small individual containers? It's too bad that the ice cream machine was broken. We were really looking forward to that and wish we had known it wasn't available. If the machine is broken, I think the restaurant should provide a substitute.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service, great food & Content
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I usually visit here to eat a few times a year and I am a local here from the island
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Merna
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Much better now, servers are friendly with better customer service skills. I notice team work and everyone helping each other out. Great job guys.!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Late reservation
    CEOMama
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We always enjoy the Pagoda the food is always very good. We did have a later reservation and so the selection of food was kind of less than normal. But when we told our server she immediately had the kitchen staff make more of whatever we wanted. It was fabulous service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Celebration
    seafoodlover
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I told the waiter we were celebrating my birthday. He brought me a nicely plated bread pudding w/a a birthday candle in it, & led everyone in singing "Happy Birthday!" When he brought the check, my entire dinner was comped! We were very impressed and have decided we'll be returning next year. This is a HUGE break in tradition since I'd celebrated at Todai for 10+ years. After a very disappointing experience last year, I decided to try a new restaurant this year. Pagoda was clean, food was yummy, koi were fun to feed, our table had a great view of their waterfall, nice ambiance, & good service! Even if my dinner is not comped next year, I'll return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    Crablover001
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Was not as good as I expected. Food was okay, not great. Dessert was okay too. Prime rib seemed like it was reheated from previous meal. Tender but not really tasty. Snow crab was kind of small but okay.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great place
    hunnygirl4
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Great food went for the dinner buffet,ice cream machine was broken but they had a lot of other desserts that made up for the missing ice cream & with the friendly staff, beautiful scenery can't go wrong.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • crab legs
    cfoodlover
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    If you're looking for specifically to indulge in crab legs and prime rib, this is the place to go. The rest of the food is great but they never run out of crab legs and the prime rib is always cooked perfectly!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    yummy4tummyVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Service is excellent and the view of the waterfall and koi pond is lovely, but the food quality was disappointing. The advertised Big Island grass-fed beef turned out to be heavily breaded.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxing and very comfortable.
    whatevah
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Loved the variety of items for breakfast. The oxtail ramen was very tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommendation
    Aloha
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    The food didn't quite have that "wow" taste. The crab legs was too dry. The host was very accomodating especially because we didn't want to sit by the doorway. ..the fish food should not be in the resturant, and especially by the entrance to the buffet. I thought the resturant went through a major renovation...I guess I was expecting to see something new.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The staff really made us feel welcomed and comfortable. Definitely gonna be a returning diner. Mahalo
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • murakiyuki@gmail.com
    KetomamaVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    this was the first time at this restaurant and we enjoyed the food, service and the ambience. We like the old fashion look of the place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Family group dinner in teahouse
    Redbird82
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We reserved the large tearoom for a rehearsal dinner for 19 people from three different continents. Everyone loved the place, fun to watch the fish and walk over to waterfalls. Since we had people from several countries who had never met, the ambiance was perfect. Buffet was nice with a large variety of food types. The don't have a very large selection of wines, an the waiter indicated this to us. So the only drawback was it took some time for the wine and wineglasses to arrive. Nevertheless the waiter was very helpful and polite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dinning experience
    Brad
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Booked a reservation for 9 people. Table was ready when I arrived 30 minutes early. Great breakfast and luncheon menus. Everyone was happy.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for breakfasts
    Mahina
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Pagoda is one of my favorite breakfast locations. It's a convenient location for breakfast meetings as well as for a gathering of friends or family. Its extensive breakfast menu has something for everyone and features ono innovations such as oxtail kim chee fried rice, kalua pork hash, and oxtail ramen.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    luv2dine
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    What I experienced on this occasion is a new policy. The hot & cold food station loss choices. "Size & quantity" of pieces diminished. The roast beef station. I never a chef "on station"… and, I went back 3 times. "Short staffed." Quantity available in several pans were down to a few pieces before being replenished. Dessert table. Choices cut by a half. The ice cream machine was replaced by a "potted plant." Just 4 waiters, hard working and always nice_ but, again, "short staffed." Management, you just lost your loyal base customer, the families. The cost for this epicurean experience_ $38.00, not incl tax & tip ($48/ person).
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pagoda is great for Groups
    Bigsoleleo
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our church leaders and my fantasy football league love going to Pagoda after our summit meetings and our end of the year crowning of the fantasy champ. Always great!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for kids!
    Skipford
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Great except for the price. Adult price start at 9 years old!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • NotSoHuntry
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    It has been a while since I visited the Pagoda restaurant. It reminds me of a time ago; good for multi-generational gatherings. The addition of the bar and bar noise was jarring bec/ the patrons would erupt with enthusiasm, meanwhile the tables would continue on with their meals. The Pagoda is in an in between space; it hasn't come into the modern day. As for the dinner items: the prime rib and tempura were quite decent, and kudos to the sushi chef. The crab legs were ok, but a lot of everything else was quite half-hearted --- hot and cold foods, including the oysters. Dessert was in shambles. Quite surprised they are still in business as a buffet; that's probably why it was mostly empty on a Friday night.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Kellie
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Good value - food/price. Friendly, accommodating staff.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hula Girl
    HulaGirl
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We haven't been to Pagoda for awhile. We were very pleasantly surprised with the quality, flavor and presentation of our meals. We had rib eye, seafood linguini & butterfish. All excellent. The clam & taro chowder was superb with lots of clams. We felt the prices were also reasonable for what we received.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 211 reviews are from the Pagoda Floating Restaurant reviews archive.
  • We waited 1 hr for our food.
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Deep frying the link sausage is not my idea of a good cook. Requested it grilled and it came back deep fried again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bryan
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Food quality was a lot better than before. However, they ran out of crab. For the high price of the buffet, all of the food served should be available to the end. Price is too high. Explains why the restaurant was empty on a Friday night.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • luv2eat
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Our experience there was excellent..the food and service was really good! The only thing I have to say though is that i don't think our teens should pay as much as an adult...kind of pricey.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • :(
    mdce
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    expensive with only passable service. "famous" for crab legs but had no implements to help w/the shells, the prime rib was tough and inedible, the fruit was hard and unripe, the noodles were tasteless and undercooked, and i could go on and on about the poor quality of food. for the exorbitant buffet price only a few bites were decent, if that. it's an interesting, if odd, place. so the only positive thing i can say is "been there, done that," because i will never willingly choose to eat there again.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • DELICIOUS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food just can't be beat! It is great value for a dinner that is both quanitfiably and quantitatively superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    goodfoodmakesmehappy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I was looking for a place that was reasonably priced and this was not it. I think they jacked the price up for Mother's Day. Just for my husband and I, our bill was $100. They also did not have a menu, the only option was the buffet. The only thing on the buffet that we enjoyed was the crab legs. They also were hesitant on showing us the drink menu because they didn't have most of the items on it. We won't be going back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bisar
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Selection of food and server was great. Would be nice to bring back chocolate ice cream and cone.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • That was my first time.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The noodles was burnt :-( the host was accompdating, but our waiter had to be flagged down for service. I was sad that they didn't have Reisling and limited top shelf liquor.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrating 50 years!
    XavierVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We dined at the Pagoda for the first time. Actually my husband ate there 47 years ago when he was a marine on leave from the Vietnam War on R&R. It is a delightful neighborhood restaurant. The ala carte menu is well crafted and I enjoyed the butter fish. My husband enjoyed the buffet. Our waiter was a real GEM and we'd return just to see him again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great buffet
    Jarrod
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    The food is great with great selections. Crab for days!!
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Deceptive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Doesn't look like much from the outside and the inside was questionable too but the service was excellent and the food fabulous so I'd give this restaurant an enthusiastic "thumbs up"!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy!
    Bookworm
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Great tofu watercress salad! Macadamia and chocolate mousse tarts were different! Salmon and menpachi were great! Tempura was excellent, as usual!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great eatery
    Debs
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    This is a must go to spot! The Butterfish. Is to die for! The server was outstanding and the blueberry mojitos were awesome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very satisfied!
    Nalani
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    We were a group of 4 senior ladies looking for a place where we could talk, have pleasant surroundings, tasty food, reasonable prices, and free parking. We found all these conditions at the Pagoda! We had the salmon belly, loco moco, braised short ribs loco moco, and furikake fresh catch...all delicious except short ribs was a little tough and needed more seasoning. The salmon belly was fantastic! We look forward to going again soon because there is so much more on the menu that we want to try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Customer Service
    Tinker
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Our Waiter Ro was awesome he attended to us like we was his only customer. Our drinks was always filled, table was cleared of used plates for us to bring back new plates to our table. Keep up the good work!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local elegant mix
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    Pagoda Restaurant was a nice experience with very good food and service. It is a nice "local" spot with great food with a flair. Reasonable prices too for a "hotel" restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.