House Without a Key

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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
House Without A Key is a distinctive open air restaurant providing more casual fare and nightly Hawaiian music. It’s Halekulani’s gathering spot for informal meals and our signature Mai Tais. Enjoy a casual dinner in our main dining room (standard tables) or cocktails & pupus at our terrace (bar tables).
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.5
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4.7
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h
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 20 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant. A must if you're in Waikiki. Great tasting food and drinks. Excellent service. Beautiful view of sunset and Diamond Head. Great live Hawaiian music in evening.

Y
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good dinner.
Good music.
Good hula dance.
Good service.

I had a good time.
Thank you so much.

h
Osaka
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

旅行最終日に家族で素敵な想いでができました。
素晴らしい夕陽も眺められお料理・雰囲気も最高です。
また訪れたいです。

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SM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Nothing special about this place and food was not great quality. Was expecting much better.

I
Anchorage
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Went to celebrate Valentine’s and our Anniversary. I had booked a 5pm reservation but we had to call because we would be late due to traffic. Arrived at 5:40. We had to wait about 5 min to be seated but unfortunately we weren’t seated in the main covered area where I had requested. Yes, we were late but it wasn’t crowded. Lots of seating still available in the area I requested. We were seated in the umbrella covered area to the left closest to the pool.
Our server Ian was very polite and service was very attentive as expected at Halekulani. Water always refilled. Bread basket of Taro Rolls & Lahvosh is always asked if you would like it refilled which doesn’t happen at most places.
Trio of poke, Hamachi Sashimi & calamari is always delicious! We both had the fresh catch which was island sea bass prepared with a lemon burBlanc sauce, brocollini and steamed rice. We didn’t have time to stay for dessert as we were headed to the Blue Note but Ian packed us up their famous coconut cake to go for our anniversary which was a nice touch of Halekulani.
We did enjoy ourselves but I was very disappointed in where we were seated. When the sun set, it got very dark. There is a little light that was basically useless. I looked at the tables around us and they seemed to have the same problem as us..... we couldn’t see our food.
We will be back again but I will never be subject to sit where we were seated. Again, I know we were late but there was lots of seating still available.
We were just there in January and was able o walk up without a reservation and have a nice table.
As you can see from the photos, by the time our main entree was served it was dark and hard to see. I had to brighten the photo so you could see it.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Ambiance was great, and primarily why we chose to go here for vday. Food was overpriced and mediocre at best. $20 for four small coconut shrimps and $20 for 4 meh oysters. We wouldn't go here again.

PW
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The restaurant is nice. The hula and trio are nice. The service is good. The food is very meh for the price. The sword fish for example was really sad. My wife had the snapper and that was considerably better. When you approach 40 bucks a plate it had better be more than standard pub grub quality, and it wasn’t.

JA
Miami
84 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Long line to check in - was a bit off-putting; drinks were small; light bites/pupils were good

OT
Tokyo
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

サンセットの時間帯に、音楽を聴きながら食事、最高でした。キッズメニューもあり、良心的な価格です。大人は2人で二皿をシェアで満腹でした。

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ハネムーン 最後の夜に
流石ハレクラニ お料理もサービスも素晴らしいです
新婚おめでとうのケーキもご用意いただけて本当にありがとうございました
すごくおすすめです

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N
Los Angeles
53 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We have enjoyed this place since we were first introduced to it by some friends. Now we make a point to visit it whenever we come to Honolulu. The atmosphere is without parallel and the food is consistently excellent.

P
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food2service1ambience5

having visited Oahu many times it is the wonderful show the hotel puts on in house without a key that makes us return.the waiter was sloppy and non engaged. It is expensive but considering the entertainment it is special there is nowhere else to go...maybe they know that.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service3ambience4

海外沿いで海の夜景を見ながら ゆっくり出来た時間を過ごさせて頂きありがとうございます。最初に案内をして頂いた女性の笑顔と接客態度が良かったですが オーダーをしたいのですが 人数が多く オーダーを待ってる時間が多かったです。

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

メインはかなりボリュームがあるのでシェアがおすすめです。

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OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

ハワイ帰国前日、いい思い出ができました!
また来たいと思います。

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SG
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Somewhat sterile environment but quite and nice to sit outside with view. Service was fine. Prices very high for an average sandwich. If I would have paid 1/2 the price I would have been whelmed at best. Fish was fresh but meal pretty plain. Paying $25 for a basic fish sandwich and fries made me walk away underwhelmed for certain. NOT worth the price.

RM
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Three generation celebration and House Without a Key did not disappoint! The menu has something for everyone including the amazing coconut cake. The setting under the ancient tree with the combo playing was highlighted by the hula. What more could we want!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very beautiful experience by the ocean ... $$$+

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff was amazing and put us in a great spot close to the ocean and with a great view of diamond head. They made my parents feel really special on their anniversary and helped us with everything we had planned for the night!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. All staff friendly and attentive. Food wonderful as usual.

NV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great restaurant with great music, food and drinks.

TH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time I’m in Waikiki , I make sure I go there for lunch or dinner,

F
Hawaii
51 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic experience. We brought friends from the mainland for the first trip they love the ambience and service was superb. We would expect great food and we were not disappointed

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good Place to watch sunset with beautiful music & dance.

JN
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

The site makes the restaurant, on Wakiki beach at sunset. Lovely small group plays Hawaian music. Special evening for a special occassion

OT
Sydney / NSW
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Magic! The food, the atmosphere and the brilliant service makes this a great option.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

アニバーサリーで予約しましたが良いお席を用意して頂きました。ありがとうございました。

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S
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to visit! Excellent service, food, music and ambiance! Love it!!

BN
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Our view of the live band was blocked by a large pillar. After making the reservation several days in advance and notifying the concierge that it was our anniversary, we would have hoped for better seating. We were told a better seat would not be available unless we waited another 30 minutes, moving our dinner up to 8:00 pm. No thanks. Also, the prime rib was well-done, not medium, as we had requested. Overall, good experience, but not for the price we paid.

OT
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

The waiter was rather unfriendly, very unlike US standard and surely not in accordance with the Hawaiian spirit.
The food was good and there was a very delicious complimentary surprise birthday desert. The big advertised Hula show was mediocre, short with a lot of brakes.

RB
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Got the Ahi catch of the day. It was very bad. Definitely not fresh.

L
Chicago
54 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the most beautiful settings in Waikiki

R
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

もう少し早い予約ができなかったのでしょうか。7時半のテーブルしか予約できなかったので行ったところ空席が一杯でした。以前、予約不要の頃にに比べるとメニューも多くなりお料理も楽しめました。ウエイターが来ないので追加の注文がなかなかできなく帰りが遅く9時半になってしまった。

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OT
Columbus
11 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cool place to hang out at for sunset

CA
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, large portions, friendly and attentive staff

ID
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Too bad the staff forgot it was my birthday, too embarrassed to tell them at the end, what could I do ?

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

ハネムーンで利用させていただきました。
営業終了時間にも関わらず、アニバーサリーケーキを出してくださいました!
とってもうれしかったです!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food3service3ambience5

サンセットがとても綺麗で、音楽と雰囲気があいまってとても良かったです。

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V
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Positively loved it. I was late for my reservation and the hostess excused my tardiness by telling me, "It's OK, you're on Hawaiian time AND it's your birthday, so you're allowed to be late." Then I waited for less than 15 minutes. Had my meal in another 15 minutes and done in 30. I mean, in and out all within an hour at a busy place is fantastic! And I had the Braised Short Ribs. Let me tell you, they must have beat that cow for a week! I never had meat so tender, I absolutely set the knife to the side. That poor cow must have been in tears.😂 The staff was nothing but courteous, the atmosphere was joyful, the scenery was breathtaking. One main course meal plate, some bread, a Blue Hawaii drink and 1 small cheesecake and I was stuffed! Worth every penny! Mahalo!!

FL
Phoenix
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, attentive and friendly service. Food was done to order and was high quality and well presented.
Planning on dining at Halekulani again.

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