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About 53 by the Sea

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! Collared shirts are required please.

53 Ahui Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Daily 11:00am-2:00pm (last order)
Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm (last order)

Bar: Daily 4:00pm-11:00pm (last order)

Cross Street:
Olomehani St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 536-5353

Website:
http://www.53bythesea.com/

Entertainment:
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 6:30pm-8:30pm

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking available on site.

Executive Chef:
Hikaru Ide

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Details
Daily 11:00AM - 11:30AM 1:00PM - 1:00PM

53 by the Sea Ratings and Reviews

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4
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2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

95% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (45)
Special Occasion (40)
Romantic (37)
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Good for Anniversaries (37)
Waterfront (37)
Good for a Date (33)
Good for Birthdays (30)
Quiet Conversation (20)
Business Meals (17)
Notable Wine List (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Worth the Drive (12)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Cozy (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Groups (8)
Tasting Menu (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Live Music (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Bar Seating (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Authentic (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Seasonal (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

We were impressed with all aspects of the restaurant from parking, location and the view, service and food. We ordered a 12 oz. steak and it’s just perfect. The surf and surf was extremely satisfying so delicious. All of the food that we ordered was amazing and we never expected the complimentary Anniversary dessert which is actually perfect. Great experience.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Exceptional place for date night, special occassions (ie anniversary) and host weddings. Our experience was wonderful, great service and food. Highly recommend family and friends

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Cozy, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on January 13, 2018

It was our first time at this restaurant and I was delighted with the service and the food. Thank you for making my birthday celebration amazing!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Lovely setting, delicious food. Wonderful, attentive staff!

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

This place was totally amazing. The wife loved it!!!

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 8, 2018

The duck was dry and the fat was not rendered, mushrooms had too much garlic, finally they have a good selection of wines but very overpriced nearly double of retail

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Wedding anniversary

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Staff is very attentive and friendly. Will definitely come back for more special occasions!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Great food, service, and everyone was very friendly. Our server was great!

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 (Portland)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Wonderful experience and great service.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 5, 2018

I had a good birthday experience there. .. Only one thing I didn’t appreciate is when I went into the restroom and the host ran behind me saying that I can’t use this restroom because it is not part of their restaurant, I felt that for the money that we spent there I should be able to use any restroom.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

I visited the restaurant to celebrate my girlfriends birthday in Honolulu. I left the restaurant a note about the birthday event during my reservation. A complimentary cake was given at the end of the dinner and the staff are very friendly and attentive. Overall I highly recommend this restaurant as a visitor, atmosphere, service, food and value are all very good! We enjoyed it alot. Thanks.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

so pristine and beautiful, food was amazing I have never dined out like i have here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 3, 2018

One of the Top 5 restaurants in Honolulu. View: spectacular, service: excellent, food: delicious and beautifully presented. Is one of our favorites for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baton Rouge)·Dined on January 2, 2018

すごく良い時間を過ごさせていただきました。
また、来年新年のお祝いに家族で伺うことができたら良い一年が過ごせた事なのでその際は楽しませてください。
Opusone2013非常に美味しく頂きました。私には手が届かないですが、ワインリストもしっかりしていました。また、ハワイどこに行ってもそこそこな場所が多い中、日本で料理を食べているような心地よさを感じました。

ごちそうさまでした。

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·Dined on January 2, 2018

Hirota manager of the manager and you all very well
Dinner on 1st January 2018 was able to spend very nice time.
I also want to make a reservation next time I visit Honolulu.
Thank you!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 31, 2017

I booked this restaurant at the request of one of my girl friends not knowing what to expect. We were just getting together for dinner. Upon arriving to the restaurant I was pleasantly surprised because the outside looks more like an elaborate mansion not a restaurant. Keeping in mind I thought we were just going to a casual restaurant to eat, catch up on life etc. My friend and I were greeted by a friendly valet. As we got out of the car and walked up the stairs, someone greeted us at the large doors. Upon entering I was amazed at the decor which was beautifully done. We were seated by the hostess right away. The view of the waterfront and the ambience of this restaurant was superb.

We ordered a tomato and avocado salad, Mac nut crusted Mahi, Lobster pasta and the Berry Affogato for dessert. My friend and I actually shared family style. I know it was a bit unorthodox for this type of restaurant but we just wanted to taste a few of the delights on the menu. The portions were just right. Everything was delicious, the staff very attentive and friendly. There was a gentleman playing music and singing off to the side of us. We both enjoyed our experience at this restaurant and highly recommend for special occasions or to impress a date perhaps. I already made reservations to take my husband for our anniversary. I figure I will impress him with this place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Live Music, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Manitoba)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Very beautiful restaurant. The view of the city is gorgeous! Service is very good at the restaurant! Our main was absolutely delicious (surf and turf with the crab). The appetizers were good but nothing to write home about (pork belly, mushroom stuffed with escargot). The drinks were also very good! Would definitely go back!

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Outstanding food, view and professional yet friendly service.

Tags: Waterfront, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Scenic View, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Sunset is the perfect time to go. Very opulent, valet parking, great staff, food is very good.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

53 by the sea was very accommodating and helpful in my being able to propose to my now fiancé. The food was great. The menu selection was awesome. The service was superb. Thank you so much for making my special day even more special.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

It was alright.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Would definitely come back for special occasion. We felt a little ignored by our waitress. We had to flag another down to take our order.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

I received a fine-grained service. The food and the shop were very satisfied.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 23, 2017

The food was amazing and I was recommended a good wine. Service level is high and love the whole experience of dining at this restaurant. Thanks for the hospitality and good service.

Parking was very friendly too.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Great place to have meal. Reserved a good table, the place offers fantastic view of Diamond Head & Downtown Honolulu. I was most impressed with its dish presentation complemented delectable taste.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Hong Kong)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very attentive service, but there was a bit too much delay in between courses. Especially, the last two courses before dessert.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Excellent food and service, beautiful views during the day, great experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Great service and ambiance. From appetizers through desert every course was fantastic. Would go there again and again.

Tags: Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 9, 2017

* The one star is for the chef ONLY.
- We ordered crab cake, lobster pasta (daily special), lamb chops, 2 cocktails >> Very tasty, great sauce on lobster pasta; lamb chops were cooked perfectly.
- No dedicated server; never introduced today's fresh catch until we asked; took our knifes while we were still eating; one server asked us who has what dish but later another server came and gave utensils to the wrong person and got the dish wrong (rib eye instead of lamb chops); glad to have birthday cake but no utensil is provided (?!) >> Bad organizing, lack of communication; This is not the problem of having sections or not. Restaurants in Asia don't serve by sections and it works well.
- The angry part: We couldn't finish the lobster pasta. We have half of the pasta and half of the half-cut lobster left. Server boxed it for us and we left. When we were back home, we found out that our half-cut lobster was missing! Apparently the server didn't pack it! I don't know how the server detemined that there was no meat in the lobster......even no meat, I'm sure most of the restaurants would still pack the shell. One word: ridiculous.
- With this price range, I give them a F.
--- Dec 8th, 2017

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 8, 2017

As always we had a wonderful time at 53. We were celebrating my sister's birthday and wanted to take her to a quiet, elegant, special venue with a beautiful view and a delicious meal. Mahalo to Ricky for being the perfect server and taking care of our family. They enjoyed every moment of our luncheon celebration. Thank you 53 for another fantastic dining experience.

Tags: Fun, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Fantastic waiter, Joshua! So attentive and remembered every preference from prior visit! Amazing!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great food and beautiful location with an incredible voew

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Excellent relaxing atmosphere with superb food. Beautiful views

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 28, 2017

Incredible place for special occasions!
My Love and I always look for great date night places and this one was wonderful. Private loveseat facing Diamond Head was spectacular!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Hot Spot, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Anniversary dinner at 9:00 pm. Really satisfied. Excellent service!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

It was good to couple and date. Nice and view good. but After 8pm. you can not see the see. To dark.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

We had our anniversary dinner and the service and everything were perfect! Great recommendations and my boyfriend and I sat right next to each other looking out the window for our dinner which was something we really liked.

Tags: Waterfront, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Fun
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Consistently one of the best dining experiences in Honolulu. Michelin qality food, impeccable service and probably the best Diamond Head, ocean view anywhere.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Bar Seating, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Great food and great service!

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