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Permanently Closed - Oceanarium Restaurant

1018 reviews
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$30 and under
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The Oceanarium Restaurant, located steps away from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, serves delectable seafood crafted with global cooking styles in its bright and vibrant eatery. The kajiki poke with fresh marlin, Hawaiian salt and sweet ewa onions and the chilled prawns and snow crab legs with passion fruit cocktail sauce make superb starters. Some of The Oceanarium Restaurant's specialty entrée dishes include the grilled angus New York steak with peppercorn and cognac reduction, the seafood linguini in basil cream sauce and the pan-seared chicken breast with wild mushroom and caper sauce. Desserts, such as the grilled pineapple tart with spiced macadamia nuts, makes a perfect end to the meal.

The Oceanarium Restaurant also serves sensational breakfasts, such as the bacon banana waffle sandwich with strawberries and Nutella and the Diamond Head omelette, made-to-order with your choice of toppings, both of which go perfectly with fresh-pressed Kona coffee.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 10:30am
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Phone number
(808) 921-6111
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Mariano Lalica
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Cross street
Liliuokalani Avenue
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Parking details
Self Parking and Valet Service Available
Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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3.8  based on all time ratings
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on August 31, 2016

Dinner was exceptional as always! So sorry to see restaurant closing. It was nice to enjoy a final dinner with family and friends at Oceanarium.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on August 21, 2016

The food was awesome. This was for a birthday and the scuba diver with the happy birthday sign was a get touch and made the brunch extra special. The staff was friendly, attentive, and delivered fast and great service

MelinaD (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on August 14, 2016

I've been wanting to try this establishment because of the large wall filled aquariums. Well I didn't do my homework before hand because when we showed up all the aquariums were covered up and we were told the restaurant is undergoing an extensive renovation and the end result will be an entirely new restaurant. We drove all the way to Waikiki from Ewa Beach so we ended up staying and having brunch. Service was great! I think that was the highlight of our whole experience. Our server was friendly and on it! He even noticed we didn't pick up any crab legs so he went and brought us some! Very very thoughtful!

jasong (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

Lovely meal however far too expensive for good quality buffet.
Many restaurants in the area for half the cost. $300 for 2 adults and 2 teenagers.

TitiR (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on August 11, 2016

Food and service always excellent except for the infestation of fruit flies on the food.

808withanappetite (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on August 8, 2016

This was an informal family birthday dinner for son turning 18 years old. He wanted seafood. Everyone eats a lot. Seafood Buffet it is. When I made the reservation online there was no notice about the time limit of 2 hours. I understand buffets, but when I called to add a few more seats, the receptionist was pretty darn rude about the 2 hour limit and the one check rule for groups over 6 and automatic 15% tip. When I am about to bring a table of 14 people at $52 a head, I expect at least a pleasant voice. Not good for kids because it is expensive. Only for informal big groups because it is a buffet, no intimacy here. Strictly to gorge yourself on seafood. Average seafood dishes but plenty. A little slow on replenishing items. They HIDE the good stuff behind the carving station and there is no signage to direct you to where the King Crab Legs and the pasta are. You have to ask or just follow someone who knows. that is frankly offensive. I am giving it more stars than I would have only because my kids were happy they found the good stuff and made it a funny running joke throughout the dinner. The service was prompt and pleasant, though they look like they have worked there forever and act like its been forever, making me feel a bit like cattle. Also, the oceanarium is under renovation so there was nothing special about this particular space. It is supposed to be done in 2017. I wonder if the price goes up when it is done. If so, we wont be back. over $50 a head is pricey for average food, even though it is a buffet. At least the hotel parking is $5 with validation. Without validation it is TEN BUCKS AN HOUR. whaaat???? Tourist hotel. They did bring a special piece of cake with a candle and sang happy birthday. That was a nice touch.

LeoN (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on August 6, 2016

Excellent service by waiters. Excellent brunch buffet. It's a shame that some of the employees will be losing their jobs and the buffet will be done away with forever at the end of the month. The Oceanarium should really rethink this decision.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on August 5, 2016

The food was mediocre at best. We were seated with a welcome of, "There's a two hour limit." There was ample staff to take our plates away, but anything beyond bussing was too great a task. Might as well spend your money where the food is good and the service is, too.

HitomiS (Hawaii)
2.0  Dined on August 3, 2016

A water tank was under construction and was disappointed.

FrankS (Hawaii)
3.0  Dined on July 26, 2016

We reviewed the comments on tripadvisor before booking some months before our trip. The two main reasons we chose this restaurant were the aquarium and the seafood. Imagine our disappointment when we arrived and found that the aquarium was under renovation and won't be completed until sometime in 2017. If we had known, we would not have booked here. You should advise your members of this on your website so that they know exactly what they're in for when making future bookings. The food itself was OK. Some of the Alaskan crabs were not as fresh and hard to crack to peel the shell. We noticed that a group next to us must have complained about this because the staff brought some crab legs directly from the kitchen to them. The decor is also a bit dated.

hilday (Hawaii)
4.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

We were a little sad the aquarium was closed for renovations, but once we started eating we were having such a great time we got over it! Loved the crab n cream brûlée ! Service was excellent!

charlesw (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on July 24, 2016

I enjoyed the everything about the dining experience, I also loved the ease of making an reservation. GREAT JOB!!

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on July 21, 2016

They had good food and friendly staffs.
The seafood including crab legs were great.

DennisM (Salt Lake City)
3.0  Dined on July 20, 2016

The buffet selections were ok, but I felt it was overpriced. I could get better selection and value at other locations.

vipkpno97 (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on July 17, 2016

Celebrated my brother's birthday and the food was way better than expected for a buffet. They had King crab, and almost every other type of seafood available and everything was good. The service was very good too. It's too bad that they will be closing soon for renovations and when they reopen next year, the format will be different. Glad we got to try this place now.

vipgramnette (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

What a great buffet. All you could eat and many delicious choices. Crab legs shrimp prime rib desserts galore

ShannonC (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on July 16, 2016

This was our first time eating at Oceanarium, and I must say the food was really good. This place was very clean, kid friendly, and the staff was very welcoming and made sure our table stayed clean. I highly recommend this place for breakfast.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on July 11, 2016

Best restaurant in Hawaii!!!

OpenTable Diner (Chicago)
3.0  Dined on July 9, 2016

Very disappointed that it was not highlighted beforehand that the aquarium was under reconstruction as this was the main reason for booking.
Food was excellent and plentiful.

MichelleW (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on June 26, 2016

Excellent place to Dine in. We went there on the First night and last night of our holiday.

We will be back in 2019, and will definitely Dine there again.