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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

53 by the Sea Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.6

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.7

ambience

4.7

value

4.1

Noise

Quiet

97% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (42)
Special Occasion (42)
Good for Anniversaries (40)
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Waterfront (39)
Romantic (37)
Good for a Date (32)
Good for Birthdays (28)
Business Meals (17)
Quiet Conversation (17)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Notable Wine List (14)
Great for Lunch (12)
Worth the Drive (12)
Cozy (9)
Fit for Foodies (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Local Ingredients (7)
Live Music (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Great for Brunch (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
Pre/post Theatre (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Fun (4)
Healthy (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Authentic (1)
Casual (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
People Watching (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Super attentive and the best rib eye I’ve ever had

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 (Savannah)·Dined 3 days ago

Outstanding in all aspects...a special treat

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service. All of the servers and back waiters were at tentative, very on top of it with refilling my water. Also, all of the food I ordered came out in a timely matter. I was very impressed with the service. My girlfriend said her surf and surf platter was outstanding. The crab and Shrimp were cooked excellent. It was a very much worth the money. I ordered the Tomahawk steak. It was tender, but lacked a bit flavor. The service and the fact my girlfriend was happy definitely made up for the steak tho. Overall had a great experience, bathrooms were stunning, valet and location was spot on, and I definitely would return.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

For location there are few places with a better ambiance; however on the two occasions I have dined at 53 By The Sea I have been disappointed in the quality of the food. It is good but not as good as it should be for the venue and the price.

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 (Portland)·Dined 5 days ago

The food was excellent and very fresh tasting. We had a fantastic view of Diamond Head and the ocean and landscape. Our server was very helpful and attentive to our needs.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

今日は、久しぶりに天気が良く景色が良く、ダイアモンドヘッドが綺麗でした。
料理と接待も最高でした。

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 14, 2018

The 5 course menu was awesome. Food was awesome all around. The dessert cake at the end was kind of dry, like box made, but overall it was really good. A bit on the pricey side, but for the occasion (Valentine's Day) it was a good time.

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Casual, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Romantic, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 14, 2018

Another nice outing at this restaurant.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a lovely Valentine's Day lunch. Food was excellent and so was the service.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 12, 2018

The ambience, food and service was excellent. My table is facing the ocean so it makes the dinner more enjoyable. The valet parking was impressive. The driver remembered my car and ran to get it as soon as he saw me. Overall thumbs up, definitely will be coming back.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 12, 2018

アラカルトを注文しました。

明るい時間からだと、ダイヤモンドヘッドをバックに海の景色は最高です♡
カカアコ 付近の有名コンドミニアムが立ち並ぶ景色も、
全体的に見えるので、素敵でした。


注文したものは

・燻製カンパチの前菜
・カプレーゼ
・ロブスタービスク
・ロブスターパスタ
・ゴールデンスナッパー(白身魚)のバタークリームソースソテー
・アフォガト

でした。


どれを食べても美味しくて、
景色もお食事もサービスもお値段もどれもマルでした‼︎

シェフは日本人の井手光さんという方だそうで、
hawaiian Quisineですが、日本人に合う味です♡
日本人のお客様も多かったです。

また利用させてもらいたいです‼︎

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Food was delicious but it was the dessert that made me enjoy the whole night. Best Raspberry Mousse I’ve ever had.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is a lovely place in a beautiful setting with excellent food and service. We saw it from a boat we rented and it's just as appealing from the outside as inside. Definitely a memorable meal in Honolulu.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great time for my girlfriends birthday and pre concert dinner. The view was awesome and the food was good. Great service. Enjoyed it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 8, 2018

53 by the Sea exceeded by expectations. My husband & I celebrated our anniversary here for an early lunch due to very busy schedules (the 1000 point bonus was a big plus too) & enjoyed the experience.

For appetizer, we selected the ahi kataifi roll which was delicious. My selection: seared scallops & mixed berry affogato...both very good & portion size of the dessert was huge. My husband selected the 3 course meal, which was more than reasonably priced at $38 & included a Chef's trio for appetizer, he opted for the catch of the day, & coconut panna cotta. I can't remember specifically what was included in the appetizer except for shrimp, a carpaccio of some kind, and a watercress wrapped thin beef. He said the shrimp was ok but the carpaccio & beef both really good. The fish was a white meat deep sea fish & came as a very generous portion. He also liked the panna cotta, which was light & served with fresh fruit. The restaurant also served a complimentary strawberry shortcake for our anniversary, which was a very nice gesture.

Service was spot on from beginning to end & every one was attentive & courteous. We would definitely dine there again, perhaps for dinner in the the future.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 7, 2018

View, food and service impressed my clients. Their "new favorite restaurant ".

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Impeccable service with awesome ocean and Diamond Head views!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 5, 2018

3 course lunch was great - the fish option was delicious and light.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Chinese New Year

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Took my daughter here for her 16th birthday just father and daughter dinner...I had an excellent experience my waiter was awesome...I needed a strong drink...I got one...lol...for dinner we started off with the chilled seafood showcase...nice presentation...then ordered the tomahawk steak...slight miss communication and only had one on order...but I wasn't disappointed...had dessert....and a complimentary dessert for the birthday girl....I was hesitant to go...because of friends with bad experience here....but all in all...our experience was awesome...we coming agian...

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 29, 2018

In Hawaii for our 41st wedding anniversary and thought we had found a lovely, romantic restaurant. The hostess knew it was our anniversary and I guess she thought sitting next to one another on a bench was romantic. She put us at a table where we both faced the window rather than one another. My view was actually a pillar. I would much rather have looked at my lovely wife. The worst thing was that there were large families with little kids on each side of us. Between babies crying and 5 yr olds playing games on their cell phones, any romance bit the dust early.

Forget the dress code. I had a dress shirt, tie and sport coat but the two fathers next to us had t-shirts on.

The food was good and well prepared. The service attentive though oblivious to our conditions. Not a restaurant I’ll return to and I suggest you look elsewhere unless you enjoy the ambience of IHOP.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great ambience and wonderful service but food was just ok. Ordered both $100 & $150 tasting menu. If you're an avid seafood/steak upscale diner than it might not be up to par, with what you're normally used to. Other than that, ok overall.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Amazing night! Food was awesome! I loved the choices for scotch and all that.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 27, 2018

Ordered the surf and surf...shrimps were tough....everyone else's food was excellent.

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Fantastic waiter, Joshua. Entire staff was very attentive.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Great as always

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Went for my boyfriend's birthday - staff very friendly and all wished him a happy birthday, came with a complementary cake as well!

Tags: Special Occasion, Cozy, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Engagement

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We came in and celebrated my Retirement.
I did the Chef Degustation+ Wine Pairing , and Lehua the Tasting Menu.
Matt was our Server
We really enjoyed all Dishes and plan to come back and explore the Ala Carte Menu

Tags: Live Music, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Great menu, outstanding staff. a very special moment in time.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Disabled Access
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Simply lovely
One of the best meals I have had in Honolulu. A lot of foodie places are fancy sounding but disappoint in execution. Our food was perfectly seasoned, not overwhelmed with salt or sugar. Each ingredient carefully balanced. The wait staff were well trained. Solicitous without being obsequious. Kudos to Glenn in particular for making my 86 yr old mother feel like a queen on her birthday. The complimentary slice of birthday cake, with greetings written in chocolate sauce on the plate brought a huge smile to her face.

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 17, 2018

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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 12, 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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 12, 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 9, 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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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 7, 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 7, 2018

Wedding anniversary

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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