Our ohana came to visit us and today was their last day on island. We wanted to give them a great food and amazing views for their last evening on Oahu! 53 by the sea never disappoints us! The service is always impeccable and the food is the best!
All I can say is "wow". We visited from the Mainland and tihs week we ate at all the high end restaurants in Waikiki, as we do every year. This was our first trip to 53 by the Sea. We had the Degustation Menu with Wine Pairing and it was quite good. We are not red meat eaters so the Chef accommodated us with seafood/ veg courses. The food and the wine pairings were exceptional. Views also quite nice as you get to see Waikiki and Diamond Head from Honolulu. Restaurant was quiet and service impeccable - we had a 3-waiter team and they were attentive but not obtrusive. Only thing that could have made it nicer would have been a direct outdoor seating, which doesn't seem to be available for dinner. We will return!
One of Oahu's best restaurants. Wonderfully crafted French, Italian, local inspired dishes and preset menus. Superb service and ambiance with arguably the best view in Oahu (coastline of Ala Moana / Waikiki / Diamond Head).
We selected 53 by the sea to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary and they delivered an exceptional experience from the service to the quality of food with a creative presentation. This is a must restaurant if you are seeking a memorable dining experience
Thank you to all the staff that made our evening that more special!!
We’ve had a dinner here every year when we meet up w/my family from Japan & us from Seattle. We’ve absolutely loved both the food & the service every time we visited there, so I was looking forward to it. It takes a lot to do to meet with my family living so far, so we picked here as special occasion before leaving Hawaii. BUT, we were absolutely disappointed w/the service by the server Anjela & her assistants. First of all, my mom was so shocked to see the server spilled the water when she poured (it could happen everywhere) with “no apology”. It can be seen in 1 star restaurant with the behavior. Another thing was the people assisted the server weren’t polite either. When the guy came to take our dishes away, my mom wasn’t sure if she was done. He seemed to be so annoyed. The server never asked if everything was good; she just bought the check without asking if we were done. We asked her to call a taxi when we would be done in 20 mins. While waiting, Japanese manager showed us the chapels upstairs; We thought it would be right time when done, so we thought the cab should be there, but it wasn’t. I asked the server; she said “I thought you were letting me know”, which I did 20 mins ago. I didn’t even finish talking to her, but she walked away & never came back to apologize. My husband who is American couldn’t come with us due to work. We all were Japanese this time; we’ve never been treated this way with him. I wonder we were seemed to be tourists who don’t pay enough tip or whatever to them. I’ve lived in Seattle for over 10 years, so I know how the tip works. I didn’t think it’d even worth 18% for the service at all, but we did. I’ve been to customer service industry before & was trained the customer facing position is the face of the company. It really was sad to finish the trip w/ the crappy service in the luxury restaurant & Anjela was absolutely rude at the moment we stepped in the restaurant the way she looked at us.
I took my girlfriend their for her birthday and she really loved it and so did I . The food was really delicious and flavorful the waitress was really friendly and helpful the atmosphere was great definitely going back
I took my wife here for a date and it was a wonderful evening.
Breathtaking venue, amazing view, the service was absolutely too notch, and all of the food was delicious.
I highly recommend this restaurant to all couples.
We tried the seafood sampler, the lobster bisque, the 12oz ribeye, and the filet mignon with a full lobster.
I can’t go on enough about the venue, the wine selection, and the view.
I thought the ambiance was beautiful, service was descent, and food was good. We felt somewhat rushed at the conclusion of our meal, knowing that we came in for a mid week dinner and they weren't very busy. I assumed staff was trying to get out early. Understandable, but not at that price.
Perfect restaurant to celebrate any type of occasion. The food was delicious and the service was more than outstanding.
Took an hour and ten minutes to get our dinner served and the weight staff never even came to check on us...pretty view , terrible service!!
Although our water glasses were filled pretty quickly the waitress wasn't around that much.
Especially after the meal. We waited forever for the bill.
Plus I didn't like that the two-seaters against the wall was positioned where they are staring right at us since we were by the glass window. Very uncomfortable having two people staring right at you while we are eating.
Beautiful setting. We had a window seat overlooking the water with downtown Honolulu and Diamond Head in the distance. Perfect service, including the fact that we didn’t even receive the food menu’s until after we had taken our first sips of our adult beverages. They also place the napkin in your lap, changing the color to what is appropriate for your clothing (black or cream). Love that kind of attention to detail. The food was great. I had the Tasting Menu and my wife ordered the Surf-and-Surf. We shared a light salad. The wines were ordered by the glass and the server offered a taste prior to pouring. They gave us an anniversary dessert matching that shown in the pictures. The valet parking service was perfect. Definitely recommended.
My wife and I truly enjoyed it. Everything was great!
My experience here was excellent!! The view, service and food were top notch! They recently changed their menu which was a pleasant surprise. The portions were just the right size. Also, the wait staff were extremely attentive and went above and beyond to accommodate any request. Definitely going back again and again!!
The wedding groups make a lot of noise during your dining experience. Aside from that it is a very good venue for business meeting lunches.
Squid ink pasta taste so fishy I didn’t like it at all The lobster pasta is better but it’s not in the menu anymore.
Disappointed that they provided a menu with error and did not honor the mistake or make any compensation for the error.
Everything was great, except the servings were small. Otherwise, no complaints.
It was a delightful experience.
We had a wonderful meal. The view was beautiful. This place is a gem
What an awesome experience! Very roomy and a great view goes with great food. They have earned a loyal customer!
Everything about this place was nothing short of amazing!
My wife and I celebrated our fifth anniversary here and this was our first dinning experience. Having no other fine dinning experience makes it impossible to compare however, this was an amazing experience. We will definitely be back. We decided on the tasting menu with wine paring and everything was exquisite and very fast as well. The entire staff was very professional, from the moment we stepped out of the car to the moment we entered. Thank you for such a wonderful experience.
Wonderful setting with terrific food and service.
Dining room setup could have been designed better.
Professional service and great dining always when I come here. My favorite fine dining place of all time. I love how the servers know how to describe whats on the menu and they have personal recommendations that are on point. Best place to splurge and feel fancy and special once in awhile.
Love the atmosphere and customer service. Food tasted fresh and was visually appealing.
Best place I’ve ever eaten. The service here they treat you like your a millionaire and the food is top notch. Had my wedding Anniversary here and it was perfect.
Had pre-ordered appetizer which was not in, waitress did not attempt to double check if there were such a request. Just told us that did not get info so ordered what was on the menu. Not sure what type of cuisine the restaurant was to present. It is a miss mash of all type, no identity.
Not sure if I would be try again, service was on the slow side. Restaurant was not even half full,
but still service was a bit slow, this was lunch. Not sure if I would go back.
My order for Medium rear,was over well done. Asparagus was black burn like. My business left their lobster spaghetti after 2 bit. I think this restaurant is over rates.
We were seated at a window table with a beautiful view of Diamond Head and Waikiki. The ambience is lovely with beautiful live music in the background. There is also quick on-site valet parking. Glenn was our server and he did an excellent job along with the rest of the staff. Lobster bisque, house salad and seared foie gras were all very good. Wine selection, both by the glass and bottle was quite good. Chocolate lava cake dessert was tasty, albeit nothing out of the ordinary. We had Surf & Surf and Macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi for our entrees. Both entrees were unfortunately dry/over cooked and overall preparation and presentation for both should be re-evaluated as menu items. This is hard to say. The restaurant has so much to offer, but the entrees were a major drawback.
Poor service and food not meeting standards of a fine dining restaurant.
Everything was so delicious! Highly recommend for lunch I wish there was a kamaaina discount I would think more locals would come due to that and also if there was afternoon tea service it would be a amazing venue for that
Wonderful. Watched the fireworks from the Hilton was a nice addition.
I thought this restaurant was amazing. Really just wanted to go for the ambiance but the service from the staff was great. From the valet to our waiters. Thought this place was going to have small serving sizes but I was wrong and the food tasted amazing. Overall completely satisfied with 53 by the sea. Definitely will visit again and hopefully soon!
I simply loved this place, food was great, staff was great we had a excelkent time here: i appreciate the length they will go to satisfy their customer; will definitly return next year for valentines: thank you so much
It was a lovely experience for my girlfriend and I. The views were amazing and the food was great!