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For 2
Sun, 2/25
7:00 PM
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Booked 17 times today


443 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine
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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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Organic, Seafood
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Hours of operation
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.
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Phone number
(808) 293-6000
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
John Armstrong
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Cross street
Kuilima Drive
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Parking details
Hotel parking lot available, as well as valet.
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
What 443 People Are Saying
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0  Dined 2 days ago

Best sunset I have ever seen! Wow!!!! All the pics are from the table we had our meal at.

OpenTable Diner (New Mexico)
3.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day dinner. Four course menu was okay, but overpriced in my opinion.

cari710 (Denver)
4.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

The food was excellent - the table side poke and Hawaii sea bass were two of the highlights.

eattolive (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

We chose Pa ‘akai for our date night/ Birthday specifically because it had a tasting menu, and we had been here once before and really enjoyed it. We hired a sitter to come to the resort so we could dine and relax together. First, this is a lovely space that is quiet with a wonderful view of the ocean and surrounding property. Second, the service is good and you are not rushed. After we were seated we weren’t impressed with the evenings tasting menu, (I am sometimes finicky, not that it was bad). The manager stopped by to ask if we had any questions on wine or the menu, and after some questions he was more than happy to let us put together our own tasting menu with wines he paired for us. My husband was very impressed that this was a “working” manager, who spent time with patrons, was observed bussing a table, and helped staff as needed. Every single dish we chose was delicious, but the star of the night was the whole crispy fried fish. It was so flaky and moist, the presentation was artfully done, we enjoyed it very much. The wine pairings were spot on, my birthday was a real treat. This restaurant has been fantastic both times we have been here, we look forward to another visit when we get back to Turtle Bay.

vipCBNYC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 31, 2018

Dined here for a couple of years and consistently excellent service and great food. Ambience is perfect, we were celebrating a vow renewal and were greeted with champagne. Staff is very knowledgeable with menu and preparations, wine pairings, etc.; awesome cocktail menu and will be back again.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

We had an excellent experience at Pa'akai! We both are vegetarian and ordered the tofu. It was amazing! Yes, I know... tofu? AMAZING? Yes! I've had a lot of tofu and it was the best I've ever had. Beautiful view of the ocean and sunset. We were on our honeymoon and our waiter brought us a couple glasses of champagne to celebrate! I would absolutely recommend this restaurant!

vipBIGD (Hawaii)
1.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Don’t sit outside with the feral cats.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
1.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Friendly and good service but to food quality has gone way down from prior experience. It started with stale bread and never recovered. Too bad... we used to really enjoy the food here.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

We went here for dinner right after our intimate wedding ceremony. I spoke with the manager earlier in the day explaining that first and foremost I'm a celiac ( the most important) and second it was our wedding day. So when we got there, they actually had my husband and myself set up alone outside on the porch over looking the pool and ocean. It was like we were VIPs. They treated a so special. The waiter was so kind and aware of celiac disease. Between the waiter and the chef they were so very accommodating to all my dietary needs.

Where do I begin with the food... it was unbelievable! I ordered the catch of the day which was mahi-mahi. It was the most incredible dish I have ever had! Just perfect! My husband had the surf and turf. Which he throughly enjoyed as well.
Then to top off the evening the chef sent us out a gluten free passion fruit sorbet with berries. It was an EPIC ending to an EPIC Meal and an EPIC day.

Thanks for reading.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

We ordered a bottle of wine at the bar while waiting for our table. We were seated very quickly however there was a considerable delay before our waiter came to greet us. My husband ordered the five course tasting menu. It took 30 minutes to get his first course! Then another 30 minutes to get the second. After another 30 minutes (90 minutes total now) we were out of wine and tired of waiting, so I tracked down the waiter and asked for our check. He said he was literally just bringing our food (my husbands third course and my ahi dinner) so we sat back down. He offered us complementary glasses of wine (since our wine was gone) which we accepted, but after sitting some more we decided not to wait any longer for the last two courses and asked for our check. Our waiter applied a 20% discount without us asking which I appreciated, but the check was still over $300. It is difficult to pay $300 when at that point all you feel is disappointment and frustration.

OpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 16, 2018

Great food, attentive service and wonderful ambiance as always!

vipOpenTable Diner (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on January 5, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Portland)
5.0  Dined on January 2, 2018

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

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

vipRomee (Cleveland)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 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!!!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on December 25, 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.