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, recommended clothing in the dining room is a collared shirt, no tuxedos please; for women no white wedding dresses are allowed.
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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience3

With qualifications; seating was quite far at end of dining area, and establishment was not busy. Food appetizer, lobster bisque was only Luke warm and I sensed had been sitting for some time before serving. Entree was well presented, and of good quality. Overall atmosphere somewhat formal and while not "cold" not necessarily warm either... I have been there in past, this seems to be the norm rather than the exception....however, individual staff members were very accommodating, I have been a guest of other parties attending, and primary reservationist about equal number of times. I do sense a difference when there are local/Asian participants in party.... Overall the experience could be better, given the facility, views, and quality/price.... So yes, I would recommend 53 By the Sea with the above comment. I continue to return because the view and potential atmosphere could be very memorable...... I find the time between visits expanding rather than increased frequency.... Thank you for allowing me to offer an opinion

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

急な時間変更にも親切に対応して下さり、娘の誕生日を無事祝うことができました。ありがとうございました。

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LA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Another fine meal at this fine restaurant--only detractor was waiter forgot to bring wine ordered by my wife & extra ice ordered for my cocktail, until we flagged down another waiter. Excellent valet parking by Jared.

DN
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food2service4ambience4

The quality of food was mediocre however the ambiance and view was exceptional. We were not pleased with the service, specifically how they asked our bachelorette to remove her veil and tiara. We traveled from San Francisco to celebrate this very special occasion and they did not make us feel special.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

ランチで利用しました。
景色が最高でシーフードも美味しかったです。
値段は高いですが味は普通。景色代です。
記念日で予約していたら最後にケーキをいただきました。

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JR
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and very delicious

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent service and kind gestures to help us celebrate!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best all around

FL
Dallas
28 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing. What a beautiful place with an amazing view. The seafood tower was amazing and the fish of the day was perfectly prepared. The drinks were delicious and the service could not have been better.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

予約時に母の誕生日とコメントしたら、スタッフの方々から「ハッピーバースデー」の温かい言葉。とてもうれしかったです。前菜のホタテ料理、メインの鴨肉の料理がおいしかった。

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OT
Detroit
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was incredible! Beautiful spot with amazing view food and service

DH
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for our 1 year Anniversary!!!!

NY
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Way to expensive for what you get, and the service was slow.

y
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a very good time with our family there. Food and wine were fantastic.

OT
Kyoto
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

料理に欠品が多かった。

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

ロケーションは良かったですが、お料理が残念でした。

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OT
Baton Rouge
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

値段の割に、的なところはすごくあります。

ふたりで、700ドル使ったら、日本だったら、星付きにいけますね。。

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

素晴らしかった!家族で利用しましたが、大満足です。

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

大満足でした。ありがとう😊また行きたいです。

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OT
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The view is phenomenal. Really nice staff and the food was really good but fell short of where I wanted it at that price point. Each component was fantastic but the combinations lacked balance in texture and/or flavor.(e.g. too much granola in the Thai tea affogato, but the granola was really good, and so was the Thai tea)

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Felt discriminated... white people were given a better seating and we were given a table away from the main room

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

素敵な雰囲気と美味しい料理を堪能できました。また来たいです。

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o
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The setting is wonderful if you want a more upscale lunch or dinner. The view of Diamond Head and the ocean is amazing. The service is efficient, friendly and not intrusive. The braised oxtail and seared ahi salad was very good.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my Birthday. The view, food, service were wonderful. We had BD desserts. Thank you!

B
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating birth of grand child.

MR
Brisbane / QLD
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful restaurant. Fabulous food. Would recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting fine dining in Honolulu!

L
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We came to eat here on Christmas afternoon. I'm not sure if they were short on waitstaff but service was very slow. It took 15 minutes to even see a waiter. We ordered a cup of corn chowder. It was delicious bout only a half full cup. We were constantly fighting flies that seemed to like our table. The food was excellent and I wouldn't hesitate to give the restaurant another try when not on a holiday afternoon. The view was stunning as the restaurant is right by the water.

K
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our third visit to 53 by the Sea in the last four months. As always, the service and food were excellent. We love coming here to celebrate special occasions.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Celebrated Christmas a little earlier at 53 by the sea and had an outstanding experience.

BP
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is really good but the portions are a bit smaller than I am accustomed to. This is coming from someone used to Southern cooking in the U.S. where portions are rather large. The service, atmosphere, and views(went before sunset) are incredible and I would highly recommend dining here. My wife and I were out for a night without our children and around 730 the volume level was higher than we would have liked but I am sure that varies greatly night to night. The price is well worth all that is entailed in dining at 53 by the Sea.

j
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All smiles and aloha from the entire cast at 53 by the Sea. What a hidden gem! The chef’s talents are as good as any you’ll find in Hawaii—original and thoughtful spice selections to really bring out the flavor in the seafoods and meats. We loved sitting near the bar and piano. It was our anniversary and of course, a world class restaurant like this can’t let you go away without a complimentary, personalized desert for our occasion.

D
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal. Thanks

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful view, atmosphere, service and fabulous food.

VV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always service were excellent! Eerything were delicious, lovely location, my family, friends and I are always very happy to dine @ 53 buy the Sea.

BP
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Once again, very impressed with both the food and service. We were celebrating our anniversary with dinner and the ballet. 53 by the Sea is right down the street from the Blaisdell Concert Hall so it was the ideal place for dinner. They were busy with a wedding party and other large parties, but were able to provide us with a fine dining experience and a well paced meal. The view is great. The service is attentive, but not intrusive. The food was cooked as requested and exceptional in quality and taste. They even gave us a nice anniversary cake. We have never left 53 by the Sea disappointed.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

記念日のディナーでお世話になりました。
ワイキキビーチを一望できる絶好のロケーションなので、
お昼の方が満足度高いかもしれません。
冷製シーフード 盛合せ、鴨肉のソテーココナッツソースは
とても美味しく、呑兵衛の2人には充分な量でした。
最後にデザートのサービスまでいただき、ありがとうございました!

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MT
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We sure lucked out to have a very lightly occupied restaurant on Marathon Sunday, and the most clear, sunny, beautiful day ever! The ocean views were spectacular! The service was 100% better this time than it was in October!

I ordered the Asian style oxtail cooked in sweet soy sauce. Some pieces were soft, some tough, & could have used some kind of a sauce. Also, the few pieces of shaved carrots seemed to be an afterthought to add color to the plate, but were horribly dried out & tasteless, why not serve with baby carrots or pieces that one could bite into?

Husband ordered scallops and linguine, it was delicious.

Affogato dessert and lava cake were delish. I really miss that Muddy Buddies aren't offered anymore.

Z
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our server wasn't very personable and it was kinda weird having five different people popping up to spiel the food. There was a pillar blocking my view. The food is amazing though.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

昨年5月にも53by the Seaを利用させて頂ました。その時は、スタッフ、お料理、雰囲気、全て満足しました。
それで、今回は息子家族の新婚旅行も兼ねての家族旅行でしたので、53by the Sea を予約させて頂きました。
ところが、今回はスタッフの接客が酷くてせっかくの料理が美味しく感じられませんでした。
前菜として冷製シーフード盛り合わせなど3品頼みましたが、取り皿を取り替えてくださる事はありませんでした。
娘がお皿の交換を頼んだところ、嫌な顔をされた上に娘のお皿を変えただけで、他の人のお皿を変える事はありませんでした。
メインディッシュに関しても、さっと置いていくだけでした。
前回は、オーダーする時にも説明があったり、お料理が運ばれて来た時にも丁寧に笑顔で説明されましたが、今回は一切説明は
ありませんでした。
せっかくのお食事が美味しく感じられませんでした。
タクシーも20分後に頼んだのに、2、3分後に案内があり記念写真も慌てて撮りました。スタッフに家族全員の写真撮影を頼んだ所、
無表情で1枚シャッターを押して直ぐにカメラを無表情で返されました。w
私達が帰る時にも、誰からの対応がありませんでした。
2度と行きたくないというのが、家族全員の意見です。

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m
Sacramento
17 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

Great view, good took an hour to arrive after ordering. Food was just a little boring and bland. We had a variety of orders and we all felt the same. For the price it should have been much better. It lacked seasoning, like the chef was too conservative. Huge wine line but far far over priced.