Pa'akai

4.4
574 reviews
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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.

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.
General Manager- Matthew Portilla
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Phoenix
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 1

A big noisy group really spoiled the evening at an otherwise great restaurant. The space is too small to have most of it taken up by a big table. Would not go back for this reason as its unpredictable.

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P
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Salads had too much dressing.

Asparagus was tough and woody. Ended up not being charged for the 14 dollar asparagus side dish.

52 dollar fish dish was not incredible.

Ran out of chocolate cake!

Fillet steak was good.

Not worth $200 for two people to eat dinner.

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DT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent, bit noisy with smaller children near by. Service was great. The portion of the crab seemed a bit small, but the medallions were fantastic. Great reservations and we were seated promptly. Will go back on our next visit.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there to memorialize my mother. Each year I go somewhere different, quiet and relaxing. It was wonderful 🌺

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RV
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful place! Staff was exceptional and food was great. Highly recommend!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Highly recommended!!

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MH
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Pa’akai did an amazing job hosting our party of 16 for my sister wedding reception/dinner. They cut her cake for us with out hesitation! Everything from the ocean waves to the drinks and oh my the surf and turf! Thank you so much! Everyone and everything was very pleasant from start to finish! Mahalo! 🌺 3-23-2019

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MV
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with great service, will definitely return!

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K
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Oysters had a lot of shell pieces broken in them. Oysters should not be crunchy. Ponzu sauce should have been a topping option. Brussel sprouts were the most amazing I’ve ever had.

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G
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Steaks were overcooked, but good luck finding someone to tell. Also, half of the seafood tower was overcooked. Desserts tasted store bought. Way over priced for what is offered.

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C
Houston
35 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just okay
Would probably not return

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Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Heard great reviews from friends but unfortunately our experience was very disappointing. Expected fine dining but found the food preperations to be uninspired. Hoped for a special dinner to celebrate a milestone birthday. Instead paid high prices for mediocre food and piped in Dean Martin music.

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TD
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing food and wonderful night had at Pa'akai! We had 7:15 dinner reservations for 2 and were greeted and seated immediately upon arrival. We were given a window table, however, it was after the sun went down and we had only our reflections in the glass to look at! Definitely not an issue, just something to note if you're reservations are after sundown. Our server was very friendly and was always there to answer any questions we had. The restaurant was also very accommodating to our food allergy (dairy) and were quick to offer suggestions or ask the chef if they weren't sure (which those who have an allergy know is not always the case). Our food was perfectly cooked and phenomenal! I had the ribeye (I think they called it the prime rib, but it was grilled and not slow roasted) and it was cooked to perfection and was the perfect cut! I'm very particular about my ribeye and this absolutely exceeded my expectations! Overall, we had a wonderful night out and never felt rushed or pressured to pay and leave.

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WR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Server - Tiago from Brasil was the second most outstanding part of the experience - besides my beautiful fiancé - who would not have an appropriate category here... kinda off-the-charts and outta-da-universe kine

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SD
Memphis
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful dinner and Matt the manager is so nice and welcoming

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JS
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the seafood tower for an appetizer. Everything was perfect......the oysters, crab legs, shrimp cocktail, wedge salad, onion soup, Brussel sprouts and the perfectly prepared Parrot fish. Great food and perfect service made this a memorable night!

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M
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing and food was delicious! My husband and I shared a beautiful bottle of J Vineyard Estate Pinot Noir with the pumpkin ravioli and a perfectly cooked filet!

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Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The salmon and potatoes were phenomenal! We also really enjoyed sitting outside and had a lovely view and got to listen to live music. Highly recommend.

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KJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have eaten at Pa'akai several times, as we live 3 miles down Kam hwy. This was a new menu for us
and we thought it was terrific. The food was excellent and the prices reasonble. We'll be back.

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DB
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the greatest places we have ever eaten at. The staff is attentive and great!!!

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k
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Came here for a romantic weekend and will definitely be back! Here’s the quick and dirty!

Service: staff is very attentive and accommodating, the hostess ensured to ask if this was for a special occasion and the server was very gracious, wishing us well in our special day and gave us a drink and appetizer in the house!

Food: we ordered the escargot which comes with puff pastry (and was totally delicious) and the Caesar salad which was nicely dressed w/tender greens, we were given complimentary Parmesan bread and ahi taretare which was good, but would have been better if served w/some crostini because it needed a little texture. Entrees: 16 oz ribeye, filet/lobster surf and turf and Brussels sprouts. Ribeye was delicious and portion was huge! Filet was melt-in-your-mouth delicious and the lobster was very sweet and served with roasted garlic, roasted tomato and lemon. The Brussels sprouts have a subtle maple flavor and macadamia nut for crunch. All delicious! For dessert we ordered the vanilla creme brûlée which was silky and executed so well!

The only complaint I have is the ambiance of the restaurant I didn’t really love. Great beach views, however it’s already a small space and we were on the lower level of the restaurant and were slightly crowded near the emergency exit and another table. It was weird hearing ALL the other party’s conversations during our dinner.

All in all, delicious food at a beautiful resort on the north shore, will be back again!

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service!

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NP
Jackson Hole
45 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staying at the resort. A bit “gun shy” after a much less than satisfying dinner at “Roy’s”. This eatery more than made up for it. Nice menu, terrific wine list, and friendly waitstaff.

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AA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here for the last night of our vacation. The raw and cold seafood tower was amazing! The staff are completely attentive and want you to have the best experience ever. They are perfect at this!

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Miami
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect. One of The Best dishes i ever Had. The Blue Crab. Also The waiter The chef everytbody very kind.

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KT
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We actually ate at Pa'akai a couple of times during our stay on the North Shore. The restaurant has a beautiful view of the ocean and a very nice ambiance. The service was terrific- everyone was very friendly and helpful. My husband and I both ordered the crab encrusted fresh catch (Monchong) . We also ordered the roasted brussel sprouts, roasted mushrooms and mashed potatoes. Everything was fantastic, and we had plenty of food. We loved it so much we went back again for dinner a few days later. Excellent. Will definitely return again!

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DF
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! I've been to Hawai'i numerous times and haven't found a really great restaurant until this time @ Turtle Bay's Pa'akai.

Ambience, service and fine-tasting food!

Well-recommended...would certainly return.

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TM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just Awesome! We had a business meal here and everybody was extremely pleased.

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Austin
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Server was very professional and knowledgeable!

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g
Hawaii
194 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We came in to try the fairly new menu
The service from Mike was excellent.
The food fell short
We tried Raw Oysters and there were 2 types
One was excellent and one was ok for the price
French Onion Soup was nothing spectacular considering the price
Ceaser Salad was very good a bit heavy on the dressing
Salmon was good
Crab Crusted Monchong was just ok with the Sauce extremely Sweet and lacking a Miso taste again way off from price point
Dessert was just ok the Pistachio Cheesecake
We were looking forward to one of the Chocolate Desserts but were steered away by Mike
The bottlle of wine a Pinot Grigio was the best part of the meal and very fair priced
We plan on trying again
The Broiled Oysters,Rack of Lamb and some other things sound good

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CM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice place, good food, and the best view for sunset dining.

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San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing meal, service and experience. Wow.

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Phoenix
42 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef is amazing!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Photo worthy presentations with delicious taste.

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SW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The ocean view, and service were great! We shared a whole snapper meal that was delicious! It's worth checking out if your staying at Turtle Bay, but so are Roy's and Lei Lei's!

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K
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Unfortunately, I have to give a 2 star rating to my most recent experience at Pa'akai. It would've been a 1-star but that night's manager Matt really did try to improve our dismal experience as much as he could. We ordered 5-things, 2 of which we had to send back, and we aren't the kind of people to send things back. We ordered the Caesar salad - ok; escargot - ok; lobster bisque - terrible! We had to send it back; onion soup - ok; and, the mushroom ravioli - also terrible and was sent back. It also took 25 minutes for my husband to get a beer. Matt did send out some clams that were decent to help fill us up - that was a nice gesture. I feel that there wasn't even wait staff for as crowded as the restaurant was that night - this might've contributed to the reason for super long waits for service. Overall, I was very underwhelmed and disappointed with our experience at Pa'akai. Pa'akai afterall is supposed to be Turtle Bay's star restaurant.

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San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service! Steaks were perfection. Good wine list. Great kids menu.

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Ottawa
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal!

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Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fish was over cooked but prime rib was excellent. Staff was very attentive.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pretty good food. Good service and it was very busy, seemed like took a while to get food (even appetizers). But service was good and everyone was kind and helpful. I would definitely go there again when we visit.

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