Pa'akai

4.3
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668 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
At Pa‘akai – or “sea salt” in the Hawaiian language, we believe good food is a reflection of our relationship with Oahu's local food community, specifically the North Shore, which is abundant with a naturally food-rich environment. Pa‘akai proudly serves the freshest, organically grown local produce available, and sustainably caught seafood from trusted sources, with an emphasis on sourcing the finest quality meats available.

Signature dishes include the Poke Trio with Shrimp Chips, Ulu Fries with Furikake and Sweet Hawaiian Mustard, Compressed Watermelon, Huli Huli Chicken with Chinese Broccoli and the Ono Knife Burger with Maui Onion Jam, Fried Egg, Avocado Bacon on a Purple Taro Bun.

The Hawaii restaurant also features a full bar with signature cocktails, an extensive wine list, and an array of desserts including Chocolate Haupia Pie, Malasadas “Donuts", and Hawaiian Sweet Bread Pudding.
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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

A complete disappointment. If you want to sit and not be waited on then this is the place for you! Don’t order any drinks unless you don’t mind waiting 20-30 minutes. To top it off we received cold food and a $200 bill.

T
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Pa Akai used to be one of our favorite restaurants. Recently they have changed their menu and it is a disaster. The ambience and the service are still excellent; however, the new menu concept leaves a lot to be desired. Please return to your original concept and menu. The new concept is a black eye on the Turtle Bay Resort

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience1

We did not enjoy our experience at Pa’akai. My wife and I were celebrating our 5 year anniversary and we’re looking forward to a nice meal at our resort. All of the food was subpar at best, and the restaurant had the vibe of a decent hotel bar from the 80s. We ordered the Tuna appetizer and it came with 5 slices of meat, all of which were drenched in some sort of Aioli. We also ordered the sushi roll, and the portions of rice were much larger than anything I’ve had previously. The service was fine, but not anything stellar. We went to Roy’s (also at turtle bay) the night after and had a much better experience. Highly recommend that for your dinner option if you’re staying at the resort.

S
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to celebrate an Anniversary!!’

OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food, great ambience

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our server was pleasant and efficient. The lettuce for the shared lettuce wrap appetizer was partly wilted. Both my chicken and my partner’s fish were over cooked and dry. The wine list was off the charts expensive although we found a nice NZ Sauve Blanc for $48.

l
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service1ambience5

Loved the food and atmosphere.

c
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We made a reservation for brunch ....and got there to find out on a Sunday they were no longer serving BRUNCH .... Never got to eat after driving an hour from the other side of the island

JO
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Not loving the new menu. And an updated menu online would be really helpful. Staff was great. Just hated the menu. Seems like there is the same type of things on every menu in the resort. Would love to see some variety. Right now it just seems like everything is asian fusion. Everything.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience5

Nothing special

w
Salt Lake City
17 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sadly this restaurant is closing 11/15/19.
The casual hotel dining option will move to this location while the other area is remodeled.

LC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant, with its elegant setting and outstanding food and service. We enjoyed the fresh oysters, lobster tail and ahi tataki. From past visits we can also recommend the fresh fish and scallops. It is located in the Turtle Bay Resort, which will be undergoing renovations. We hope that Pa'akai will be part of the renovated property.

G
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food was excellent even if a bit pricey. Service was very good. Main dishes and appetizers were very good. Dessert was ok. Altogether my party of six enjoyed our dinner at the restaurant.

C
Phoenix
67 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had terrific service, a great view and terrific food. We are truly truly dismayed to hear the restaurant is closing and that when it reopens the "concept" and dining experience will be different and NOT a fine dining experience. This is one of the only reasons we consider staying on the North Shore. There are no other options for fine dining and now there will be none. This will factor into our return to the North Shore for vacation.

OT
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome experience again! Second time dining here and it was great. Service, ambiance, food and environment as an entirety excellent! I will continue to dine here and would recommend it to anyone. Thank you.

P
Orlando
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, view and service. Expensive but expected in Hawaii.

g
Hawaii
88 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My golfing buddy and I had an excellent meal ... we started with the seafood tower (yummy!), escargot (scrumptious!) ... he had the rack of lamb which he indicated was one of the best he's had; I had the bone-in filet (it was tasty and tender). We split an order of asparagus and a bottle of wine.

Our server Zara was personable and professional ... great service!

We liked our meal and was saddened to hear that the restaurant is closing to change its format. That's too bad, there are few fine dining venues anywhere close to Turtle Bay.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Great view of the sunset the food was fancy but not impressive for the price. The other restaurants on the resort are better and the one next door to this one has the same view of the sunset. I would recommend skipping this one.

CB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal, amazing view/ambiance and amazing service by staff, while enjoying the North Shore! Had the fillet of beef and seared sea scallops, which were absolutely perfect. Enjoyed it so much we went there 2 nights in a row.

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant at Turtle Bay. Zara was an awesome server.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to watch sunset food excellent

OB
Phoenix
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Our orders were extremely slow out of kitchen (1hour). Food was good. Waiter was apologetic and had manager come to us and made a sizable adjustment to our check. Great gesture but the evening was ruined.

KF
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome! The food was spot on, highly recommend the whole fish. Julianna from Brazil was a fantastic server, place would not be the same without her there! We went both nights we were staying there mostly cause of her!

BF
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food is quite good although it would be nice if there were more raw bar selections for 1 person. The service is poor. I ordered sparkling Rose but was given regular rose. I said "That is not what I ordered" and the waiter just walked away. It took 10 minutes plus to have the waiter even come over to my table. I ordered a caesar salad and ahi tuna which are basically raw and it took a long time. Took forever to get my check as well.

LD
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing dinner!!! The atmosphere was very inviting, calm, and elegant. The service was 5 star service.

u
Hawaii
96 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice ambiance, good variety of menu items, excellent food and service. Thought the prices were on the high side. We shared the deep fried Opakapaka, and thought the presentation and flavor were great!

RL
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The service (especially the bus boy from Ethiopia) was phenomenal. We will come back for the Riesling, seared ahi app, and service.

DG
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was outstanding as well as the service. Our server Juliana made our experience and anniversary very special. The restaurant decor is blue like the ocean, and tables/seats inside are very comfortable. I would have given 5 stars on ambiance and a better rating on the noise level, but unfortunately for us, there was a loud table of people who didn't realize they were in a restaurant with other people around.

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience for my husband’s 50th birthday.

AP
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very beautiful sunset view. Best on the resort.

a
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My niece is visiting for the first time in 10 years. Wanted everything to be special and our experience at Pa`akai was all that. Food was wonderful, service great and the view OMG. Awesome. Pricey but worth it.

W
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday dinner. Money well spent. Best scallops I’ve ever had. Fish was well flavoured - not too plain. Complimentary birthday cake. Great experience over all.

GC
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Amazing view. Delicious food and drinks!! Was there for anniversary! Perfect evening!!

SM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We let them know it was our 34th anniversary and wife retirement after 37 years of teaching so asked for a nice table we could see ocean and sunset....arrived and hostess took us to a table as far away from what we asked as possible.
Waiter was nice but very distracted the whole time. Appetizers were good and arrived fast. Dinner took forever to arrive and not that busy. Wife’s rib steak was big but tough. My NY steak was big and very good but the three pieces of shrimp with it were way overdone and cold. $300......
Food and service at pool way better and waaaay cheaper.

AP
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful sunset

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AP
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Romantic scenery.

OT
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday x

OT
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was a celebration for my wife’s birthday. The staff was welcoming and attentive. I had the salmon and my wife had the New York Steak. We both enjoyed our food and found it flavorful. The cheese on my wife’s onion soup was a little burnt but otherwise it was also good. For dessert my wife had the Bavarian Tropical fruit and I had the carrot cake. We were both disappointed in our desserts. Otherwise we would rate this five stars.

SD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent. However it is very pricey, but worth it!

MF
Detroit
10 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated a double birthday at Pa'akai at Turtle Bay Resort! They made sure everything was perfect from the classy atmosphere and super service to our delicious meals and the birthday cake! It was a magical evening!