53 by the Sea

4.6
1554 reviews
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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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Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambiance and food were excellent! People who worked at the restaurant were wonderful and helpful!!

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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 5

Too expensive for the value, i don't wanna come back again.

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

As soon as you drive up, enter the grand foyer and greeted by the hostess Everything just gets better. Chef Goetz custom preparation of our request was amazingly delicious. The highlight of our fine dining on Oahu.

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Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The attention to detail from start to end made the experience unforgettable.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome overall! Great food, great view and awesome service

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DV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had lunch at 53 By the Sea after getting married on the beach. Staff was so helpful and made the day’s experience very enjoyable!! Food was delicious and the presentation beautiful.

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LH
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A beautiful view, wonderful service and amazing food! Loved every single minute at this place.

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

Excellent degustation menu

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VC
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful view with delicious dining choices! I love bringing my friends and family here!

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Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

料理は美味しいものと、そうでないものの差がありましたね。
パスタは残念ながら残してしまいました。雰囲気は高級感はありますが、何故か建物だけが立派という印象です。

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l
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such an amazing staff they helped my now FIANCÉ with the proposal I can’t wait to come back and eat there again thank you so much

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Portland
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an outstanding dining experience.

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Tallahassee
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From entry of the restaurant to exit it was wonderful. Location has a beautiful view of water with Diamond Head in the distance. Food presentation and taste was exquisite. Servers were all refined and pleasant. I wasn’t feeling well so didn’t finish my meal and they took it off the bill. They didn’t have to do that but that’s the kind of people they are. Will definitely go back.

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LH
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

always love dinning at 53 by the Sea. Delicious foods, excellent service, and amazing views.

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DK
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Everything was awesome except for our waiter. He barely came to our table as he was more preoccupied with the tables that had the Japanese tourists. We got more service out of the nice woman taking our plates and glasses away, and our food runner. The woman taking our plates and glasses was also more knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection. As our waiter simply read the menu, which we could easily do ourselves. Forget his name, but some Filipino guy with slicked back hair with buzzed sides and a terrible mustache. I think he would be better serving at a better place as he brings down the prestige of the restaurant.

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

Consistently good food and ambience.

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FC
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and the food was tasty. It seemed to be darker than I'd prefer, but that's very minor.

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Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view was spectacular. Service impeccable. Food & cocktails superb. All for a surprisingly affordable dinner.

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MC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was good, the only one thing that I wasn't quite happy about was one of the table was talking very loud. That table was 10 feet away from my table and I can clearly hear their conversation.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent from top to bottom. They have booths for parties of 2, overlooking the pacific. Lobster roll, scallops and 21 day dry age steak were all on point. Great spot to celebrate a special occasion!

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Hawaii
31 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fabulous evening...Matt, our server did a great job! We enjoyed all the items we ordered.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The view of Diamond Head is spectacular and the cuisine is off the Richter!!!

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Portland
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Not busy but the wait staff, while being nice people, couldn’t get the delivery of our needs met in a timely manner

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service!

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San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great servers and timing was perfect. What a view of diamond head. Will visit again.

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MY
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful but it can be pricey. Go to lunch instead of dinner. Be sure to take a pik with Diamond Head in the background.

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1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was great

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Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance, bad food, decent service

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

ダイヤモンドヘッドを正面に眺められるテーブルはとても綺麗です。美味しい食事もさらに美味しく感じられます
サービスもとても感じ良く、全てに満足しました

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JJ
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It has been a while since we have been to this restaurant so we thought we would celebrate my birthday there. The last time I recall the menu was heavily Italian influenced. This time around the menu was more Asian fusion and sourced local ingredients which was a nice change. I started with the oysters with caviar and then ordered the seared fish. My husband ordered the peppercorn crusted filet which was fired to perfection. All in all, it was a nice cozy dinner with a lovely view of the city.

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JS
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dinning experience I've ever had. My fiance and I went to celebrate our anniversary and it was amazing. Will definitely be returning at some point. Staff was amazingly helpful and kind

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Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very beautiful restaurant in an unusual part of town. I never would have guessed it was there. Dining was very elegant as was the attire of Servers, bartenders and hosts. It was supposed to have a dress code for fine dining attire, however men still showed up in Shorts and aloha shirts. It was kind of tacky given how 90% of those there were dressed appropriately. Must have been tourists with few clothing choices. The table next to us was loud and someone’s cell phone rang and they took the call and talked for a minute or two. Still, very annoying but not as annoying as the tourists who kept walking past our table to open the large patio glass door to admire the view and take pictures. The view was beautiful, but please don’t disturb people that are dining. Other than rude people/diners, the restaurant was beautiful, the service was truly what fine dining is suppose to be. I would recommend it and I am planning on returning. I’m just going to to ask not to sit by the sliding door.

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DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my parents 65th Anniversary. It was a wonderful evening with superb service, classic menu and the best view in all Honolulu- recommend the seafood appetizer- although costs about $75, it is delightful and something to enjoy - the presentation is as wonderful as the taste. Thanks for a beautiful evening;).

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Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

I wish that the food on the lunch menu could be included in the dinner menu too

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DT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

It was a very disappointing anniversary dinner for us. Service was excellent but food was disappointing. First they changed their menu a few weeks ago and everything we were looking forward to ordering was not there. We were going to do 2 orders of their surf & turf with the whole lobster and asked for 1 of the orders to be medium rare, was told that the lobster, because it is precooked, would be more medium to medium well. So we ordered only 1 and ordered something. When the surf & turf came out, the filet was ok but the losbter that they said would be medium to medium well was rare to medium rare which the person who was eating it was hoping for it to come out the way the waitress had said. We also ordered the lamb, medium rare and it came out medium well. Was asked if we wanted another one cooked, but never got it. I guess our waitress did not hear us say that we wanted a new order of lamb, they did take that off our bill but dinner was just not as enjoyable as we had hoped for. I believe it will be a while before we go back or if we go back at all. This was a favorite restaurant for us prioyto our recent dining there.

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Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

とても美味しく楽しい食事ができました。
目でも楽しめるお料理が大好きです。

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Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

いつ行っても心地よいサービス。料理も工夫かあって素晴らしい。おまけに素晴らしい景色。サンセットとタイミングが合うと、感動してしまう。

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BP
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I'm glad that I didn't view the menu or read any reviews before making the reservation. If I had done either, I would not have made the reservation. The drive isn't encouraging as you pass through more than one homeless camp. You are greeted in the parking lot and provided free valet parking. The entrance is impressive as you pass through huge doors to enter a foyer with an impressive staircase that should be in movies. The view once you get around the staircase is even better. The hostess was not overly friendly and asked us to take a seat as we had arrived early for our reservation as opposed to offering a seat at the bar as an option. We did make it to the bar. The bartender was not familiar with their liquors and had to be directed to the bourbon requested. We were soon seated at a window table with an impressive view of Diamond Head. The poor reviews were either for poor service or poor food quality, but not for both. All I can say is that both the service and the food were exceptional. I had the Chef's Degustation Menu with wine pairing and most everything was delicious. The only item that was less than exceptional was the tenderloin. It was edible at best. My wife started with the Crispy Lobster Kataifi Roll which was well prepared (the lobster was not over cooked) and delicious. We will be ordering that again. She enjoyed the pasta dish she ordered for the main course, but was not nearly as impressed as she was with the Kataifi Roll. The service was attentive and the pace of the meal was perfect. To summarize, we had great food and great service. We are not in a position to make this a regular dinning choice, but will definitely be back.

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Hawaii
86 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food is getting worse..

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WM
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Raised in honolulu and lived abroad for many years, 53 By the Sea was my choice to celebrate my wife and our 18th wedding anniversary and it was our single most enjoyable night of fine dining. A couple of rounds of wine, the lobster appetizer, and her course of Surf n Turn and my Ribeye ensured we were full and happy. And with the elegant ambiance fronting the water and an unforgettable view of our beloved South Shore to Diamond Head, it was a place for us. Its our new favorite! We think it can be a place for everyone. I recommend 53 By the Sea for all your truly cherished moments with your spouse or family!

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