Keola our server was ever
Keola our server was ever present, friendly, attentive and well-dressed and groomed. My friends and I enjoyed ourselves tremendously and the staff was more than willing to accommodate our every requests and needs from the reservations to billing. I'm not a fan of buffets but there was a wide selection to choose from and the price is terrific for what you get... Don't change this. The setting and ambiance could use some updating or "spiffing up" but altogether, a very nice place. The uniforms of the staff are classy and clean and neat looking. Don't change that. Perhaps stay open a little longer than dinner hours for late cocktails and perhaps provide a strolling trio of Hawaiian musicians. That would be a nice touch. Enjoyable evening.
3/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
First let me state that initially I was surprised at the restaurants location. It's in a someone less than desirable neighborhood for my taste, however, the buffet more than made up for the location.
I went with my family and my three year old loved the scenic ponds and fish. If you want to keep a little one occupied and interested this is the place for it.
The food was fresh and delicious and I would certainly recommend to others.
3/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
great family restaurant
Buffet great; service wonderful. Really. But I was stunned at the tab (should've asked first). Even after discount for senior citizens, slightly pricey for (a) large family dinner, (b) tasty/wide selection buffet but not foodie food and (c) pleasant but unfancy ambiance.
Koa pond fantastic for adults and kids.
Parking meter confusing to use and inconvenient (pay outside the lot then go back to car to put ticket on dash).
4/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Enjoyed the Happy Hour, great
Enjoyed the Happy Hour, great local pupus selection, and drinks are very reasonable.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
This restaurant has a buffet and menu option. I am typically not impressed with buffets so I ordered off the menu, my husband got the buffet. I tasted everything on my husbands plate and was surprised at the quality of the food. Everything was really good! And my meal was excellent. I got the Butterfish which was so moist and tasty. The atmosphere is kid friendly and people definitely come here to get their money's worth. The atmosphere is not great for special occasions, but the water around the restaurant and decore is really nice. We will be returning to Pagoda for sure.
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
The butterfish was good but
The butterfish was good but small portion. The shrimp tempura also tasted good but it was a small shrimp. Would prefer a medium or larger shrimp. The scenery is very nice with a koi fish pond. On the pricey side but ate the early bird special for $18 which was a bit more reasonable.
5/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Will DEFINITELY go here again!
I've been to buffets before, but this is by far one of the better ones I've gone to. The rib eye is hit & miss only because if you go too late then it's been soaking in marinade for a long time and that's all about personal preference. However, I focused more on the seafood and can guarantee that it was amazingly delicious! Though you will need to ask for a shell cracker if you're eating the crab since it's not there with the utensils. But they do have it and they will give you that upon request. Furthermore, aside from the food being great, the service was surprisingly amazing if I do say so myself. The glasses weren't empty for long, coffee was offered (I was freezing so I was thrilled), table was cleaned, and courtesy wasn't a rarity!
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
I haven't been to the Pagoda in a long time and my wife has never been. I surprised her with dinner there. After being seated we ordered the sampler platter (pupu's) and the seafood pasta. The waitress was very friendly and offered to split the meal since we were sharing.
The food was pretty good even if the serving sizes were a bit smaller than I expected. While waiting for the appetizer we went outside and my wife bought some koi pellets and fed the fish. It was fun trying to feed the turtles, walking around the scenic area/water falls, and enjoying the relaxing atmosphere. We ordered the lichee sorbet and it was both delicious (with actual lichee pieces and quite large- it was enough for us to easily share).
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice for 2 adults & a toddler.
I got the soy sake short ribs and they were EXCELLENT. My husband got the seafood linguine and said it was decent but he wouldn't get it again...he'd get the short ribs!
6/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Our server, Matt, was very
Our server, Matt, was very attentive and friendly. The food was very good and the portions were pretty large. I would definitely recommend this restaurant!!!
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
In the two weeks we were in Honolulu, This was by FAR the BEST food we had... Our server Matt was helpfull and attentive. He knew the menu and was spot on with his descriptions of the food... This place doesn't look like much on the Outside... but the food and service more than make up for it... This is a try resturaunt! - Kim
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful old time restaurant
We really enjoyed our recent lunch there. All the staff were very friendly, welcoming, and helpful.
They treated us like friends and valued guests. Very warm and friendly attitude. Full of old time Aloha spirit. We had oxtail soup with noodle, and loo moco. Both dishes were well cooked and very delicious--great comfort food. The lunch menu is well priced. Very reasonable. The portion is big and generous. If you like a old time restaurant, you will like Pagoda. Great place to bring family and old friends there.
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I always took my family to
I always took my family to Pagoda and did not think with the new menu and owner it could get any better. I was impressed and surprised as the menu and atmosphere had improved. Definitely we will be returning. My family and I enjoyed the food but felt that the sushi station would be better had it been set on the side with a dedicated sushi maker!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kids loved feeding the fish!
My lunch was delicious--the salmon belly. My husband's was OK. What we loved most was the surroundings--the kids loved watching the fish before the meal came, and enjoyed feeding them (with food provided by the restaurant) afterwards!
8/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was outstanding. Salads were fresh. Variety of fresh fish, oysters and hot crab legs. Prime rib was delicious. Went to dinner late and food was still fresh and they kept bringing food to the buffet line. Scenery of the restaurant was amazing. It's a floating restaurant. Koi fishes in the pond. Durring dinner there was fish feeding by an employee.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great basic "go-to" restaurant
Great place to connect with friends and family. During week it's a good place for business breakfast or lunch.
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good Customer Service, Good Food
We went to dine at Pagoda Floating Restaurant because the new Ala Carte Menu looked good. Marty was our Waiter, he was very cordial, professional and provided great customer service throughout our meal. The entire wait staff was also friendly and helpful. Appetizer menu has tasty pupu's to offer, Smoked Tako Salad was tender, Ahi Poke Salad was vibrant in color, big enough for 2. Clam Chowder rich, with chunks of clams, Kalua Pig and Shrimp Spring Roll satisfying the tastebuds. Pan Roasted Kona Kampachi tasted good with the special infused sauce, it rounded out the flavor for a "white meat" fish. Fire Rib-Eye Steak was done to order. Dessert was a Fried Banana Cream Cheese roll Ala Mode, very good out of the traditional ice cream and pie.
9/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for buffet but got a great sit down dinner instead ... My rib eye steak was perfect with garlic mashed potatoes! The appetizers were good eating ... Ahi belly , roast pork bao w/kim chee and ahi poke! Dessert was ono ... A moist and melty chocolate brownie ala mode!
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
I don't recall seeing raw oysters on the buffet before but my Dad LOVED them! His only regret: not getting more.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food is as good as ever. The drinks were never empty, (beer, ice tea and water) The table was cleared when the dishes got full of crab shells or whatever items were left and replaced with a clean one.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was good until the sticker shock of the check
the server said "the tip is included" $90 hello? and the hut fee of $30
We had a good server -- Hookano" but clearing dishes and filling water for an hour 45 minutes $90???
he said he gave us a discount on the hut fee fee, supposed to be $40
we were at Pagoda two years ago same time similar function
no hut fee and we decided the tip
I know you did renovations and have to pay for them
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Yumm Floated With Ease
By far one of our best meals and service received on Oahu.
10/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
The Pagoda Floating Restaurant has been around for as long as I can remember. It continues to offer a great dining buffet menu at a reasonable price point and the staff is very attentive and friendly. This is a "go to" restaurant for those looking to celebrate a birthday, graduation, wedding reception, etc. and any last minute date night considerations when you're in a bind to find someplace centralized with parking.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Surrounded by koi pond
The brunch buffet for Thanksgiving was okay. The watercress tofu salad was yummy. Pancakes were average. Nice selection of usual brunch hot items. Good selection of poke & tempura. Waiters were friendly & checked on us regularly despite the holiday rush.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Waiting too long
Made an online reservation for 6:30 pm and didn't get seated till after 7:05 and we arrived at 6:20. Then only after I asked a second time. Host asked for my name for a second time to look up reservations again, but don't think he ever found it. So he seated us immediately when I told him how long we were waiting. Waiter not especially attentive to serving drinks and clearing table.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Awesome Holiday Brunch
Service was friendly & attentive. Food variety was awesome & great value! Server Ro was spectacular - made us feel like we were the only table in his section, although the room was filled and busy. Definitely made our holiday and made us feel special!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM