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About Pa'akai

Pa‘akai – or “sea salt” in the Hawaiian language – features local sea-to-table cuisine.

The menu varies daily in order to highlight the best in fresh, locally caught fish, farm-raised lobster, Kauai prawns, sea asparagus, seaweed and sea salt produced in Hawaii, additionally, 5- Course Wine Pairing menus are always available.

Signature dishes include the pan-seared kampachi with roasted butternut squash, grilled crimini mushrooms, and an apple daikon vinaigrette; as well as the Inamona–crusted scallops with avocado puree, Kahuku corn and pipikaula relish with macadamia nut chili oil.

In addition to the extensive wine list, Pa'akai also features a full bar with mixologists crafting a wide variety of martinis and craft cocktails.

Pa'akai is located at Turtle Bay Resort along Oahu's North Shore and is loved by visitors and locals alike.

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy.
North Shore, HI 96731
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Organic, Seafood

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Tuesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm

In addition to the extensive wine list, Pa'akai also features a full bar with mixologists crafting a wide variety of martinis and craft cocktails until 11pm.

Cross Street:
Kuilima Drive

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 293-6000

Website:
http://www.turtlebayresort.com/Oahu-Restaurants/Paakai

Parking Details:
Hotel parking lot available, as well as valet.

Executive Chef:
John Armstrong

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Details

Treat your love to a delectable 4-course dinner with wine pairing at Pa'akai. Enjoy panoramic ocean views and sip on signature martinis with fresh fruit infusions.

Pa'akai Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

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Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (23)
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Local Ingredients (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Waterfront (13)
Scenic View (13)
Fit for Foodies (10)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Quiet Conversation (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Notable Wine List (4)
Business Meals (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Live Music (1)
Authentic (1)
Casual (1)
Cozy (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Spicy (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The brussel sprouts are a must. So are the ribs and calamari for appetizers. The miso butterfish is the best ever!!! And the staff is attentive, polite, and friendly.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

The spicy glazed tofu dish was delicious. The sauce over the veggies was incredible.

Neat ambiance, feels like you’re in an aquarium.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Vegan, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Romantic
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on December 29, 2017

They cooked our caight fish beautifully and four ways. Spectacular presentation! Overpriced but stull worth it. Wonderful wine list also. Compliments to the chef!!!

Tags: Healthy, Good for Groups, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Local Ingredients, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Service was not great and food was mediocre. Super overpriced. Skip this one and eat at Roy's instead. It's right on the other side of the resort.

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on December 26, 2017

Would I pay to eat her again probably not good was okay but I’ve had better at Roy’s for half the price. The service was okay very slow even to get my check. This restaurant is small so I don’t use stand how busy you could be and that slow.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 26, 2017

The service at the beginning of the meal was excellent. The wait staff came by the table frequently. Unfortunately once the dinner was served, the service started to wane. I would not hold this against them though as all of the staff were super friendly.

As for the food...the appetizers were delicious! My husband thoroughly enjoyed his mean but I found mine a tad bland.

The big attraction for this restaurant is its location. It is right on the water and watch surfers. Also, if you time your visit to coincide with sunset, you won’t be disappointed.

All in all I would recommend this restaurant.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Waterfront, Disabled Access, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Outstanding food beautifully presented. Extremely kid friendly despite the sophisticated atmosphere.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies
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 (Orange County)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Live Aloha. It’s a feeling, not dust a phrase !

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Nice atmosphere and view. Food wasn’t all too great, excepted better from a fancy place.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 7, 2017

We enjoyed our dinner here very much. The views are beautiful, the food was great and the service was excellent.

Tags: Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 6, 2017

Love Love Love
Everything was amazing food, service, and atmosphere
Thank you for amazing birthday dinner.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 2, 2017

The service was great food was also great once they got it right. My wife and were celebrating or 20th anniversary, everyone wished us a happy anniversary and gave us some champagne to celebrate. We each ordered a steak and split a Caesar salad. The salad was great but our steaks were cook wrong. However they quickly took them back refutes new ones for us and apologized and even the manager came out to apologize. Then the comped our deserts.

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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We choose this restaurant for our 30th wedding anniversary. We had a great table with a perfect view of the ocean at sunset. Dinner was fabulous! Highly recommend.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (New England)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food and sad I discovered it on our last night in Oahu. I really enjoyed the poke and what we ate was probably the best in the area. Coming from San Francisco where you can good food anytime I really enjoyed the meal and service at Pa’akai.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 25, 2017

The service was great! Ambiance very scenic and romantic. The food was great! I recommend Pa’akai Restaurant to anyone looking to celebrate a special occasion.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2017

I expected fine dining. The prices are fining dining. But the quality of food and service is not fine dining. It was a chain restaurant experience.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

It was a great time here! It was a bit expensive, but not bad enough to break the bank and great to save for a special occasion! My friend and I went to try somewhere new, we did the 5 course menu and it was amazing! I don't eat seafood (texture and taste can be too overwhelming) but the chefs prepared it in a way that I loved it and ate all of it! Would definitely come back again

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Memphis)·Dined on November 8, 2017

We went while on our honeymoon and I cannot say enough good things about this restaurant and it's service! From the minute we walked in we were welcomed, our server was friendly and amazing! She also gave excellent suggestions!

Tags: Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 8, 2017

We were staying Turtle Bay resort and decided to have diner at Pa’akai. It is a fine dining restaurant and we both felt a little underdressed. It didn’t matter, the server was excellent and the food superb. I honestly can say it was the best meal I have ever eaten. The only down fall is we didn’t save room for dessert. I would highly recommend it, it is a little spendy so be prepared to dish out a couple hundred bucks for the meal.

Tags: Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 2, 2017

The five course meal portions are very tiny but the reg entrée was good portions for fine dinning

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Great food - a few vegetarian options - good selection of wines - great service

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Waterfront
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Was excepting to be wow-ed, but the restaurant came up flat. When I ordered with a special request of well-done food, it did not come out as such. The restaurant was empty and waiters were just standing around when we arrived, and the decor seems very outdated. The chocolate souffle was great, but overall wouldn't eat there again and would not recommend.

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The evening was wonderful. We got there just before sunset and the view was spectacular! The service was excellent and the food superb. We ended the evening with the best soufflé we've ever had. Our compliments the chef and staff.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Waterfront, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

The food was great with a huge selection on the menu that was so tempting you could chose anything and be happy -along with awesome personal attention by our waiter - Tiago - It created an experience to remember!
Tiago was only new at the restaurant but his knowledge and service were exceptional ,along with His friendly demeanour he made us feel like he was a seasoned pro !!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 15, 2017

There was absolutely nothing that went wrong at this restaurant. Went there to celebrate my once-in-a-lifetime 50th birthday with my family and they delivered...and then some. From the hostess to our fabulous waitress and bus boy, to Chuy the manager (he was Awesome!), we are so glad that Pa'akai was our first and only choice. Mahalo to the Pa'akai staff and especially Chuy the manager! Kudos!!! 1,000,000 stars!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of food and service. The waiters were attentive but not intrusive. The menu and everything we tried were at a level beyond expected at Turtle Bay.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 11, 2017

We were staying at Turtle Bay for two nights to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We live on Oahu. The table we had was really nice, but a little strange in that they had us facing the window overlooking the pool. Since it was 7 pm, the sun had already set so there was no other view since it was already dark. I felt uncomfortable with my back to the rest of the dining room and our waiter, Mike had to come around the table to talk to us and take our orders. The restaurant was pretty empty so the noise level was really low which made it easy for my husband and I to have a conversation. My husband ordered the fresh fish, a kampachi, which he said was excellent. I recently became a vegetarian. I ordered the tofu dish, which had really good reviews on yelp. However, I asked if it could be mild since I don’t like anything spicy and Mike said they can do it. I actually stated I would rather it be bland verses even a little spicy. So I was surprised that when I tried the dish, the tofu had a kick and was a little too spicy for me. I told Mike it was a little spicy, but okay. The saving grace was the other veggies under the tofu, they were excellent and the sauce on it was so delicious! I ate half and asked to box the leftovers. They also served some delicious rolls which I asked the bus boy if I could also box up and he said yes. The big turn off was when he cleared off our plates and was determined to clear it all off one time. He had to move the buns on the plate so he just picks up the rolls with his hands. I was flabbergasted! I know I am local, but it turned me off that he didn’t use a tongs or fork to move the rolls. My husband and I just looked at each other, surprised and we joked about how bad that was. If I didn’t see it, I would have never known that they think it’s okay to move food with your hands that God only knows what you touched before touching my leftovers. The next day before we checked out, I threw it away.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 11, 2017

It was an amazing experience over all. Great food and drinks also the service were fabulous.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

A well designed and executed meal was served to us, and the server's attention was just right; neither too attentive nor too indifferent. The menu selection was excellent, and the wine list was extensive, but I must complain that your wine list falls into one of the traps that is on my list of pet peeves, and that is you don't have any of the fruity wines such as the rhines or the reds such as valpolicella. The dessert was outstanding; my compliments to the chef, his staff, and all of the other support staff. I will eat there once more before I leave. Keep up the good work!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients, Great Beer
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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We were seated at the worst table in the restaurant against a wall facing another wall despite having a reservation. The entree menu was very limited. The mains was fine and the dishes we were served were good but not spectacular. At the end of the night the restaurant was being cleaned up around us and we tried to pay for our bill multiple times, we were constantly told to sit back down despite wanting to leave and pay our bill, yet they were just packing up around us and not serving us. Wouldn't expect this service from this type of restaurant and certainly wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

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·Dined on September 22, 2017

We wanted to return, but the restaurant has closed on Sunday and Monday

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Amazing meal! Chef Jimmy Jones created a spectacular blend of flavors with Duck breast with lilikoi sauce, duck confit and Molokai sweet potatoes with hollandise sauce with lilikoi reduction. Splendidly Delicious!

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·Dined on September 16, 2017

I was are first time to the restraunt and we enjoyed it. From the service to the food awesome. And the view outside was beautiful as well as inside.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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 (Montreal)·Dined on September 15, 2017

Very flavourly food, good service, great for special occasion.
Good wine list, with a sunset view.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (New England)·Dined on September 10, 2017

Limited menu. Ordered the whole fish special of the house and the two waiters disagreed as to what type of fish it was. Pricey and a little bit too fancy.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Overall, a pretty nice place to dine if you're staying at Turtle Bay Resort. They were very kind and happy to accommodate our dietary concerns without any issues. It's a pretty restaurant and far nicer than the other main restaurant at their hotel. Outdoor seating is okay but if you get a few rowdy people down below the restaurant where they have live music performing, it can be a little loud. Worth trying if you're near by for sure.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Worth the Drive, Romantic
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great except for the man at the bar with an exceptionally loud and foul mouth. There were parents dining with their children and he was quite rude.
We were there for our anniversary and quite relieved when he was ushered outsid with his equally loud date.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Food was just ok. Very salty, sweet and over spiced. The rolls were outrageously delicious. It's a beautiful location and the service was ok.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Love this place. Great food, great service and beautiful views. The scallops and the salsa served with it is so delicious I could eat that for a full meal!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront
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·Dined on August 9, 2017

The food is pricey but the quality is great. I was there with my two teenagers of which one refuses to eat any dairy and the other is a hardcore vegan, yet, we've all had a wonderful meal. I will add that the service was excellent as well. Will certainly eat there again if in the area.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View
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