53 by the Sea

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Designed around its breathtaking view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, 53 By The Sea offers you the opportunity to experience Hawaii dining like never before. Delight at Japanese chef and Local chef artistry as he combines fresh local ingredients with succulent seafoods and the finest hand-cut meats. Just as exquisite are the melodic sounds of local pianists playing on the Italian made Fazioli piano in the adjacent T’s at 53 lounge, featuring wines and spirits from around the globe. 53 By The Sea is truly a celebration for all the senses! For men, required dress in the dining room is a collared shirt, no tuxedos please; for women no white wedding dresses are allowed.
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Orlando
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view, delicious food and fantastic service. Get away from the crowds and enjoy and wonderful dining experience!

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PD
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal. Went to celebrate my daughter buying a condo in Waikiki. Then relatives made surprise visit from California so our reservations went from 3 to 7, no problem. Everyone impressed with food & view. Make sure you take a trip to the bathroom to experience warm toilet seat & bidet options. Everyone in our party liked that as well.

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AN
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went her for our wedding anniversary, and we had an excellent experience. Everything from checking in for our reservation and up to the time that we physically left the building was great. The food was excellent and I felt reasonably priced, our servers were on point with everything, they checked up on us regularly, refilled our drinks without us having to ask. We had the seafood tower, and the pork belly appetizer, and for dessert we had the chocolate lava cake, and the complimentary strawberry short cake. This was our first time here since it switched over from the previous establishment, we will be returning to try other selections that we missed the first time.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Malia helped us and she was very sweet. Great service and food came out right on time! My husband loved his new York steak.

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FR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Been there several times. The view of Waikiki is spectacular specially at sunset. Food and wine selection is great and with great serbice.

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s
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great view and delicious dishes. We were so happy in the restuarant.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

雰囲気最高のレストランです。親切なvalet parkingのスタッフが沢山写真撮ってくれました。
食事 おいしかったですが景色が最高です。記念日に是非

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GJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Food was good though portions were small. I ordered the duck breast. Taste was very good but it was served at room temperature. Ambiance is very nice but I believe they are over priced compared to similar restaurants in town.

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AB
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere and elegant menu. Food was richer than I was in the mood for, but tasty. Service was attentive but not overbearing.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our time at 53 By The Sea. The appetizer was not the best. We had the crab lumpia and I think both my husband and myself could have done without the app. Entrees were delicious, I got the duck which I was worried about due to me being pregnant and having to be cooked well done but it was tender and wonderfully cooked. Husband got the snapper which was good. The deserts were the best part of the entire dinner. We got the lava flow and creme brûlée’s, both were outstanding. We also got a complementary dessert which was a strawberry shortcake, (it was amazing as well). Our server Matt was very attentive and extremely nice. Other than the appetizer our meal was fantastic. On a side note our appetizer was okay just not the best (also forgot to get a picture of appetizer)

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ML
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful location with ocean view overlooking Diamond Head Creator! Dinner is pricey but has good portions and the chef is top notch. Highly recommended.

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Y
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It’s so nice experience to our family. All food are delicious! And good situations. Thank you!

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CI
Hawaii
32 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

53 by the Sea is one of Honolulu ‘s best restaurants with an incredible location and a wonderful staff and excellent food service. The entire dining experience is elegant and relaxing but still efficient for lunch time guests who want a special meal. The view of Diamond Head, Waikiki and Kewalo Harbor provides a great photo opportunity and the grand staircase is another significant feature to enjoy. We appreciated everyone we met who were friendly and professional. So glad we chose to return to 53 by the Sea again.

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DD
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ambiance was excllent, food superb, service was "top notch" and Id highly recommend it to anyone interested in a great meal and high quality environment.

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BB
Aberdeen
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience from the start to the end.

Valet parking was great & also offered to take some photos for us prior to going inside the restaurant.

We went for the tasting menu & it was amazing. The 6 courses were very tasty & well presented.

The service we received was amazing & everyone was so friendly.

Since we were on our honeymoon & our 1 year wedding anniversary they gave us an anniversary cake.

Highly recommend.

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S
Hawaii
19 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The normal delicious fish was over cooked and dry. When mentioning it to a staff member, the Manager and waiter immediately came to our table to apologize, remove the plates and offer us another entree. The alternate selections were enjoyed. They apologized again at the end of our meal. Customer Service was in impeccable.

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RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was amazing and helpful, made the night better than can be put into
Words. Even brought out a dessert for our anniversary

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AM
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and staff were amazing. Reasonable price for the food and the view was unlike any other restaurant we've been to

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OT
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific serve and tasty meal.

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ED
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Came to celebrate a birthday & it was beyond amazing. The service was spectacular & romantic. We will definitely come back for another occasion☺️

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MI
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just as I started my meal I encountered an ingredient in my soup that I had an allergy to. I asked the waiter if I could order a salad as a replacement due to my allergy. He profusely apologized and hurriedly replaced the soup with a very good salad. The wait staff and management continued to monitor my condition throughout the dinner to insure my well-being. The food was excellent and more importantly I was made to believe they really cared about my condition. The service was excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mahalo! You made my Mother’s 60th Birthday Month start off right!

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Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

サプライズで特別なディッシュが出てきました。

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JS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a wonderful experience from start to finish! The staff was super friendly and warm. We didn’t pack anything fancy for our Hawaii trip; so we wore nice casual attire. We were greeted warmly nonetheless. The cocktails were excellent; I had a Mai Thai and my wife a great version of the Moscule mule. The scallops, grilled octopus, and duck breast were all prepared to perfection. We had the chocolate lava cake and coconut panna cotta. Both were amazing. Lastly, the view was magnificent; we could see the surfers and our hotel as well as beautiful sunset against the ocean from the restaurant. The kids enjoyed fireworks which were easily viewed from any seat in the restaurant. 53 by the Sea is definitely a “five star” establishment! We can’t wait to come back next time we’re in Oahu! A must for everyone! Accommodating for families and super romantic for couples!

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F
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very pleasant location looking out on to the sea. Attentive staff and good cocktails with a great backdrop. The mai tai and the 53 mule were excellent. Lobster to start with was very good and the scallops likewise. The meat dishes sounded good, but we went for seafood. Although some wines are pricey, there are some reasonably priced decent wines on offer. Well worth a trip.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner & awesome service. Angela was very great!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday! The great experience started from the valet. Was greeted at the door by name and directed to the table. Great food. Wait was normal. 15-20 min.

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h
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Oprah was onolicious and as always service was exceptional.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

ロケーションが良く、料理も美味しかったです。
夜は周りが暗いので、タクシーやuberをオススメします!
(お店でも呼んでもらえます)

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Tokyo
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

嵐の15周年記念コンサートで、ミッシェルズと並んで注目されたお店です。
ミッシェルズが高級フレンチレストランで夕陽も良いのですが、雰囲気だけなら、こちらの方が落ち着いています。値段的には、どちらも同じ感じです。嵐ファンのブログで、カリマリ(イカ)のフリッターをはじめとしてリーズナブルなメニューを目にしますが、それらはレストランメニューではなくバーメニューになります。もちろん、レストランでオーダーも可能ですが、それらを中心にリーズナブルに済ませたい時は、予約時からバーを指定した方が楽かと思います。

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MF
London
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

レストランの中で虫が飛んでるのが気になります。スタッフが優しく丁寧で嬉しいです。結婚式の撮影をしている方が私達に対して邪魔物扱いをするのが凄く不快でした。

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Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

料理は非常に美味しく、ワインもお任せで美味しいワインが出てきます。
また、日本人スタッフがいるのも良いですね。 雰囲気も静かで落ち着いていますよ。

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food drinks service and ambiance

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JC
Yosemite
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Very pricey for the ambiance and service. Nice view.

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AF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

何を食べても美味しい。そして、景色がとてもキレイ。スタッフの方もみなさんフレンドリーでした。

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LM
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My sister & her husband were visiting from Italy. It was their first trip to Hawaii. We live here but it was our first time dining here since it became this restaurant. Everything was amazing! Looking forward to our next dining experience here!

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Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality control,great restrooms and good service,food

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

テラスハウスを見て行こうと決意しました。

結論、めちゃくちゃ良いです。

ガラス張りの席を用意してもらってかなり雰囲気も良かったです。

料理もアラカルトで頼みましたが、かなりお腹いっぱいになります。
(自分は結構食べる方ですが、腹パンパンになって帰りました)

また、ハワイに来る機会あれば来たいです。

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d
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As local residents, we appreciated that the sensitive staff did not treat us as if we were tourists. This is a common problem dining out at fine restaurants in Hawaii. It was a relaxed, no-pressure dinner.

We also were guided immediately to the best table for two available.

And we very much appreciate the sourcing of fresh Hawaii-caught seafood such as opakapaka.

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K
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited 53 by the Sea to celebrate our birthdays. We each ordered the six-course Chef's menu, of which our favorite dish was the Seared Scallop Tartar and Caviar. The service and food were excellent, and we enjoyed the live music. We recommend this restaurant to everyone.

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