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
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 7 days ago
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.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

結婚25周年で予約させて頂きました。
雰囲気も料理も大変満足しています。
また最後にはAnniversaryケーキまで出して頂き
最高の記念日になりました。ありがとうございます。

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the support I received before going to 53 by the Sea was EXCEPTIONAL & EXCELLENT! Erin, Josel, & Jordan (and many of the other staff) made the night so special. I asked for a family-style menu with some of their best dishes (seared opah, ribeye, lobster roll, pavlova, thai affogato, etc.) and they were so professionally accommodating. Everything was so delicious. The Christmas music performed live was outstanding. The view was to kill for. I will definitely go to this FIRST-CLASS, TOP-NOTCH restaurant again. By far, the BEST restaurant experience I have ever had! You must experience it for yourself!

DW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very happy with the service and ambiance of the restaurant.

OT
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving

DD
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and environment. Beautiful building.

l
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food fabulous service

YA
Chugoku/Shikoku
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

雰囲気も料理も受付や担当してくれたボーイさんも、ハワイで行ったレストランの中でも、ベスト3に入る素晴らしいお店でした!是非次にハワイに行くときにもまた行きたいと思います!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience for our anniversary!

GW
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Loved the lobster roll appetizer. Really liked the mushroom rissotto that came with the scallops. The scallops were a bit salty - both in the appetizer and the restaurant of the week specialty. Mahi mahi was a bit over cooked.

D
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Best views in waikiki to see diamond head and surfers. Loved noly paa at the piano on fridays. You can see waikiki fireworks as well. Food delicious. Beautiful atmosphere.

AH
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely stunning view of Diamond Head and the ocean while you dine! The food was fantastic, service was impeccable, and I cannot wait to go back!

RO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience5

The scenic view was enhanced by the sunny day. Noise level is low and tables sufficiently spaced to add to the ambiance of private dining. Ordered the Restaurant Week special which was a great value. The short ribs were dry and perhaps a sauce would have provided more flavor. Chowder and lime tart dessert were delicious. Service was attentive. The one downside which called for the 3 stars was that there were several flies in the dining room, not just one but 2 or 3. Waving off flies distracted from eating.

K
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated next to the window with the panoramic view of Waikiki and Diamond Head. We both ordered the fixed price menu for Honolulu's Restaurant Week and were very pleased with the presentation and quality of the food. Service was good although a bit slow. The attention to detail and the flavors of each dish was excellent.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Most elevated food experience

JX
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always enjoy 53 By the Sea. Their service is always on point and welcoming. The ambiance are spectacular as always!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinning experience in our Hawai’i vacation

m
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went with my friend to have lunch. Thank you very much for accommodate my request.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal and great experience! We decided on 53 by the Sea because of Restaurant Week. Definitely worth it! We were placed at a couples table that faced the ocean. The view was beautiful! The chair was a little sunk in but that didn’t take away from the great service and delicious food!

T
Orange County
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for the restaurant week menu and was very impressed all around. The food was delicious and the service was exceptional. After dinner my bf and I went outside on the lanai (with a drink in hand) and took in the beautiful view. Will definitely be back.

L
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu was very tasty!

OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our favorite restaurant, food is great and excellent service as usual, will go again.

WK
Hawaii
26 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience5

Restaurant Week 2019 ~ this was a disappointment. Fish was over cooked and under seasoned. Short ribs were dry and tough. Have a seafood allergy, they would not accommodate by serving a different soup. I figured for a restaurant of their caliber, they’d run willing to accommodate an allergy. The best part of the meal was the beautiful view, lavash and dessert. Will not be going back to this reata

s
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Server was good but we waited an hour for our food and it wasn’t even busy. Like on a previous visit, the food was not impressive - over cooked and hard. Beautiful restaurant, but wont be back.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Kick off to restaurant week was fantastic. The appetizer soup special was amazing. So flavorful I wish I could have had more. My aunt and grandmother had the spare ribs...they were absolutely wonderful. Melt off your fork and so flavorful. I had the fish...it was a bit overcooked but still tasty. Lilikoi tart for dessert was pleasantly refreshing, great for lunch. Overall we had a great time.

JB
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, excellent food and service.

TO
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we married here, NOV 16th,2016.
we are so glad to go 53 by the sea.
I will be back!!

OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food was delicious and the service was good, could be a little more attentive to what’s going on on the table. I understand a lot of people like time to talk to the others on their table but servers should keep looking for talking or lack of it and if beverages and bread need to be refilled. I really enjoyed the ambiance and great food, presentation and explanations of what was being served. It was a full fine dining experience and overall, they did a good job. I will especially recommend this restaurant for romantic dinners. It has the best view of Diamond head and the ocean. Amazing view.

RS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I used to be a regular at John Dominis and amazingly had not yet visited 53 by the Sea despite the numerous positive reviews. After having dinner there this past Saturday night with my girlfriend, I can honestly say it is in my top 5 restaurants on the island. I have dined at Mavro's, Roy's Waikiki, and Vintage Cave Club and 53 by the Sea is definitively in that class of dining experiences. The 7 course tasting menu is phenomenal and my girlfriend, who is a wine enthusiast, thoroughly enjoyed the amazing wind pairings.

GG
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What can you say about 53BTS? Its a wonderful value for lunch One of the best views in Honolulu. Consistently excellent food. Impeccable service. Their prix fixe menu is an excellent value. And they were very accommodating to my guest who had a food intolerance. Our waiter made some menu suggestions and minor alterations. She was able to enjoy a fabulous meal and felt she was treated as a valued guest.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

以前併設の結婚式場で結婚式をあげて
今回記念日に利用しました。
雰囲気・景色・お料理・サービス共にとても素晴らしかったです。
またハワイに行くときに利用します。

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J
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An exceptional place for beautiful memories & great food too! The wonderful staff took care of us from beginning to end.
Much Mahalo

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience3

My fiancé and I can in last night for our anniversary. The food was spectacular and atmosphere was wonderful. Our server however, was not knowledgeable about the food, uninvolved, and gave us little attention. When asked about food he recommended he gave one worded answers like good and fantastic without going at all into detail about anything. I’m not sure of his name but he was younger Caucasian man with brown hair. I am also a server at a upper-scale /casual restaurant and the service we provide was by far better than the service my fiancé and I were given at 53. There was however this nice young man I believe his name was Stephan that came and delivered our dessert, he gave us a much for pleasant attitude and brought a much more warming presence than our main server. Overall the the food was fantastic and the best ribeye I ever had! All together still had an amazing night.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Just wished it was not so expensive so we could eat here more often. 4x year.

DF
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was over the top fantastic and the service was even better. Great prices for quality of food, ambiance and service.

MT
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience5

Service was horrible yesterday, it appeared to be only one waiter working & no team to help! I had to summon the manager to place our order, then it took FOREVER to get our check.
It was noted we were celebrating a birthday on Open Table & acknowledged when we checked in, but we
did not receive any birthday dessert.

Our favorite lunch selection has always been the crustaceon sandwich, but now the portion of seafood is very skimpy and the slices of bread are ridiculously too thick. The jidori chicken is still prepared well & always juicy & yummy.