great customer service
although this restaurant can get busy, they got great customer service! The drinks are always filled, table cleared right away, and the food is awesome!
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good selection of food timely with reservations. Expected a more dressier atmosphere.
6/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Tried & True!
One of our family's favorite special occasion spots. Service is always a delight. True, it's a buffet, but the hostess, manager and folks who handle serving drinks and clearing empties are always pleasant and efficient. Love that they have kids' plates, divided plates shaped like a crab. The fact that they give birthday celebrants a coupon for a free future meal is another nice bonus!
6/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neat experience with a nice buffet
We were privileged to time our reservation with the manta ray and fish feeding. There was a good selection on the buffet and a truly unique experience.
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
They have a huge crab selection. They had 3 different types of crab, the steamed snow crab legs were by far the best. Their sushi selection was limited but with all the other food, it was satisfying. They had an somen salad/ udon station, roast beef, a salad bar, a few chicken dishes, kal bi, steamed opah, and a good dessert area.
We were seated a bit before 7pm, just in time for the fish feeding. Since it wasn't crazy busy we hung out till 9pm for the next feeding. The mermaid also comes out and swims around for a good 15 minutes. Its very impressive how she can hold her breath for so long!
Its a bit pricey at $46 per person but it was good. Since I live in Hawaii, I would come here again but only for special occasions.
7/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Service was well timed and food was prepared as ordered. Highly recommend the lamb chops and daily catch.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Come hungry, leave leave stuffed!
A dining experience like no other! This place had great service, great food, and a great visual treat for all. You will definitely get your moneys worth!
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Pricy but good King crab
For almost $50 each, this was our priciest dinner on Oahu. We went specifically for the king crab legs and were not disappointed, they were huge and tasty. The aquarium was pretty cool but I wanted the mermaid to not wear a mask, lol
7/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Aloha, my partner and I had a wonderful experience at the Oceanarium restaurant. The food was ono and the service was excellent. We will definitely be back, soon! Thank you again. :)
7/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was our last dinner before
This was our last dinner before we headed home to Australia the next day. So it was very fitting to have an amazing view of the aquarium as we ate dinner. The buffet of food was fantastic and great selection.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food ok, seating less desirable
Crab legs were good and table service was excellent and attentive. Tables were too tight together - for family with kids, our view of the aquarium was not great, even though there seemed to be tables available. In general, prices were steep unless you eat a LOT. in our case, we have a child who is a picky eater, the $19.95 is quite steep. Food was ok, not super but passable.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fish tank and chocolate fountain
The buffet provided a nice variety of food, with lots of sushi and fish options, cooked in a variety of ways. The highlights of the meal, however, were watching the diver feed the fish in the monstrous tank AND the chocolate fountain for dipping strawberries, pineapple, and marshmallows. Only minor complaint I would have is that a more extensive salad bar would significantly improve the buffet. Server was very attentive; impressive for a buffet-style restaurant.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Crab, crab, crab. Best snow crab in town. Hugh pieces, juicy & hot. Seniors, on weekends for less than $50.00 for two with prime rib which is excellent, not roast beef, sushi, sashimi, hugh tempura shrimp and a host of dishes including desserts. Can't go wrong with this deal. We go atleast once a month and are never disappointed. Also, go to the king crab nights. Sometimes they have the king crab, snow crab & dungeness crab. Kamaaina get a good discount before 5:30 pm.
8/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Eating with a Mermaid & fishes....
It was a decent meal & the fish were awesome to watch. The ambiance was a little too bright and the mermaid had on a mask (bummer).....but overall it was a nice meal for a buffet. If you're going for a special occasion, you can purchase signage that is placed in the tank near your table & a cake....they will sing happy birthday to you.
Try and look for a 15% off tickets for dinner before you pay full price. (They usually hand them out on the street). Also plan to be there for at least an hour and a half. Oh and make reservations AND request a table at that time (one with a good view of the tank) or else you'll have a table with a blocked view & near the service elevator.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
The aquarium show was great. Nice gimmicks. Food quality was good but did not change much even if it is a buffet. A little crowded between tables.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a table next to the
We had a table next to the tank and my son was entertained the entire time! The food was excellent...we went on the night when they had king crab legs. We enjoyed the experience, but ate way too much!
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best crab buffet
After trying a few other Oahu buffets offering crab legs, without a doubt the Oceanarium beats them all. Perfectly cooked, hot, big pieces, not drowned in fresh water like some places. More expensive but absolutely worth it. Everything else on the menu was great as well and the servers are very nice and attentive. Go early to avoid the crowds.
8/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful Dining Experience!
We had a wonderful meal at the Oceanarium. Recommended by family and friends the meal was delicious and the aquarium was wonderful. It was a wonderful dining experience and we'll continue to recommend it to others. The food, atmosphere, and service was exemplary. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
My first time there was very good. The amazing scenery with the aquarium, and the feeding of the fish, unforgettable! Loved the food, a personal thanks to the chef in the buffet area. The girls at the front desk has such hospitality. The soothing and relaxing music was perfect for the setting. Sadly our server was lacking, forgot our drink and hardly checked up on our table, we were uncomfortable. It's pretty expensive which was only disappointing for the fact, that as a consumer you would expect better service for that much. In the end, the manager was very nice to see how everyone was doing, appreciated that. I'd definitely come back but more on special occasions.
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
WE COME HERE MAYBE 3 TO 4 TIMES A YEAR PRICE IS GREAT & ALL YOU CAN EAT , WE ALSO ENJOYED IT! MAHALO
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food has improved
Still a great place to go for special occasions. They do not give out certificates for free birthday dinners anymore. The quality of the food seems to have gotten better, not that it was bad before. The only thing that took away from the evening was a few kids treating the entire restaurant like their hide and seek playground. Come on parents, control your little ones.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best seafood buffet in Waikiki!!
I looked this up on yelp to find another seafood place my husband and I can go to while vacationing in Hawaii. We were seated about 3 minutes after we arrived but note that you will have to make a reservation otherwise you will not get a table. We got our drinks right away and didn't have to call anyone to refill our drinks which I really like as most restaurants forget about you until you're almost done eating. The waiters took our plates as soon as we're done eating so all you really have to worry about is getting your food, simple enough. Food here was great! I love the made to order pasta stand and their dessert selection. Overall I had a great experience at this restaurant. I would definitely be back and recommend to friends!
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoy the snow crab.
The snow crab over there is big size, and it has a lot of meat. Easy to crack and take out the meat. King crab will be hard to pull out the meat because the shell is kind of soft. It needs a special tool to break it. The prime rib is the best, and the dessert corner is amazing. It is a good for family dinner. One thing I like them provide a steak knife for my prime rib. Good food and good service! I will come back next year summer. Thank you the oceanarium team.
8/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
I have eaten here several times and I love it. Good is good and service is excellent. The only complaint is that it seems to cater to the Japanese in its food choices. I wish they had more American style foods like garlic mashed potatoes.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my favorite restaurants!
Excellent buffet selection and quality with huge aquarium providing an ever changing backdrop.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
I enjoyed the meal greatly.
I enjoyed the meal greatly. I would have loved to have had more fish to choose from. The crablegs and tiger prawn shrimp were outstanding.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything is always excellent.
Everything is always excellent. I would recommend Oceanarium to anyone looking for a excellent buffet.
I will continue to come to this place for years to come.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
They had excellent Crab Legs ,Sashimi, and Prime Rib.
Will return again!
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the most amazing experience ever! We absolutely loved the anniversary announcements and the food was just spectacular!
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the aquarium setting
A reminder for Kamaaina's. Dine before 5:30 or after 8:30 you are eligible for Kamaaina discount rate. Luckily we booked our reservation for 9:00PM. 8:30 might be a better time so that you don't have to rush. ENjoy!!
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
My friend was craving crab legs so we went to check it out for brunch. The crab legs were good, not the best I'd had. I thought some of the flavor was missing, I don't know if it was over cooked or what. The butter was ... blah. There was a decent variety of foods but I didn't have any breakfast items. Yummy desserts and tempura shrimp. Service was good waiter was attentive. Didn't like being mixedin with large parties. There were two wedding related celebrations around us and one group had a few loud and obnoxious guests.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very good all round restaurant. The crab was plentiful and top quality.
A bit of restraint needed to not eat too much.
The aquarium is well worth a look.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
If you like seafood...and I know you do...THIS IS THE BUFFET... A bit pricey..but come there hungry and go crazy on all you can eat crab legs, shrimp, mahi mahi, etc. etc. ... Get Dessert using the chocolate fountain, and if you are still hungry go back! Give yourself aobut 1.5 hr to eat...And if you like aquariums and a *mermaid* show, then this is a guaranted winner for the kiddies. Good times.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
We use to go to this restaurant frequently when we lived here in the 90's and really enjoyed it. We have now moved back and we are looking forward to having many more Brunches there.
9/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Value for money
This was my second visit to this restaurant in 6 months, and each time myself and my family thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Upon arrival we were swiftly taken to our table to commence our evening.
The variety of dishes and presentation was hugely enjoyable and satisfying.
Overall, we had a very memorable evening and will be happy to come back again soon when we next visit Waikiki.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great staff, good food
Staff were excellent and friendly. Main dishes were great but the sushi was just average. Restaurant was nice and clean.
10/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
ambiance and wait staff was
ambiance and wait staff was exeptional. i got everything i was hoping to have at dinner. my kids enjiued it as.well, and that was my main concern.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good buffet and atmosphere
Over all good. A little pricey. $100 for 2 people. I say a fair price would be more like $30-35 per person (based on food) not $50. The food was good but not great, Great selection. The service was superb. I love the huge salt water tank and all the different fishes in it. If you go check out the oceanariums website to find out when the diver/ mermaids feed the fish. Awesome sight. I would go again....especially if the prices were lowered slightly.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was a nice treat. A bit costly but well worth it.The service was excellent, food was excellent, seating was fast.
10/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
GOTTA try Oceanarium!!!!!
This place was incredible for food ambiance and pleasant entertainment! We had to come back a second time during our short stay! We tried other buffets in the area an there was no comparison! I felt we were a little cramped with tables being so close but it was well worth it. Mahalo to the Oceanarium!
10/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
There are very few things that my children truly enjoy. However this under the sea dinner experience combined adventure, food, and fun. My children were mesmerized by the diver's interaction with the marine life, and enchanted by the mermaid swim. The service was outstanding, and there was a great selection of food. Not sure how I will top next year's birthday surprise.
11/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kids love it!
Unfortunately you won't get them to eat much of anything with their focus being solely on the stingray, fishies, live mermaid and diver...the WHOLE time!! The five kids in our party that night were all glued to the tank, mommies trying to shove a couple bites into their open mouths while they stood right up front and close to the tank. So heads up - you may want to feed them prior to arriving. If your children are 3 years old and up, you'll pretty much be able to enjoy your meal, double fisting the crab legs, because your kiddies will be entertained and happy. The littler ones tho, they love it too, but you'll probably need to be carrying/holding them near the tank all night.
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Food food food
LOVED the buffet. The crab legs were amazing. We want to go back before we leave.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Under the Sea
Great buffet. The mermaid added a nice touch. The fish feeder gave a great performance. The message on the sign for the front table really thrilled the people sitting there. They appreciated the gesture.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
THE BEST BUFFET EVER
It was so nice I forgot I was at a buffet. Clean, high quality food but you better have deep pockets. This buffet was $46 per person butwell worth the eexperience. Close to mostly all the hotels on Waikiki beach. Friendly staff as well.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
For my nephew's 5th birthday we decided that this was the place to go! It was a lot of fun for him to see the diver in the tank with a personalized sign for him. I don't know if I would recommend dinner here for kids though. It was kinda pricy for the amount of food he ate (or rather didn't eat).
Other than that, the food was delicious, the selection of food at the buffet was good, and the aquarium was, of course, amazing!
11/18/2013 4:00:00 PM
its all about the service
The oceanarium is a great place to go with family and friends for a special occasion. The food is really good, in the fish tank you'll find a mermaid every so often to entertain little kids and she can also bring certain messages for those special occasions. However, my biggest concern is always service and they do great here. For a Buffet the tables are a liiiiittle small so I had asked if there was a way for us to use the table next to us since it seemed to be empty. Without hesitation our server put our table together making our night much more comfortable. They consistantly came back to check on us and if we EVER needed anything they were very quick about it when we did. Overall a great expeiwnce. Thank you Oceanarium Restaurant!!
11/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
My daughter loved all the fish. It was fun watching them feed the fish. Have to say we all liked the variety of the food!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
I've never eaten ant the Oceanarium for a normal meal. We've always gone for the Thanksgiving buffet so I cannot comment on their regular menu. The buffet is always a good one with plenty of variety. Being a special event the ambiance is a probably a little more frenetic than usual and the service mainly consists of refilling beverages so it is difficult to give a fair review.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I have not been to the Pacific Beach Hotel Oceanarium Restaurant for quite some time, though each experience has been memorable and very positive. The food and menu this visit were both outstanding. I arrived very hungry, and left totally satisfied. The rate was reasonable, and especially considering other restaurant offerings in the area, I feel that the Oceanarium Restaurant is superior. We were lucky enough to view the diver/mermaid show, and we were very impressed by their ability to stimulate activity from the stingrays and other marine life. This was by far the nicest Thanksgiving dinner that I can remember. We will definitely be back soon!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM