House Without a Key

4.3
1495 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Open for Sunset Cocktails at our terrace nightly with Hawaiian Entertainment, light pupus and beverages. House Without A Key will not be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner until further notice.
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Amanda
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and complimentary valet. So happy to see the hotel open again. It is still sharing a kitchen with Orchids right now but they should be fully operational again. Gorgeous sunset and you can’t beat the ambiance. Perfect setting for a casual evening with live music!

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CraigJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent Covid era experience. Outdoors, distanced tables, masked service help.
Excellent musicians playing outstanding list of Hawaiian and Island related music.
Beautiful Hula. Sunset timing is a beautiful bonus!

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vipRyanB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

House Without a Key is not open and should not be advertised as such. It is an extremely limited food and drink menu, the bar itself remains behind a construction wall and it is some chairs and very small tables placed on the lawn.

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vipElizabethD
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great music, drinks and atmosphere

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Aliya
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a phenomenal time at House without a Key and will definitely be back!! The live music and hula dance performance were highlights for us, along with the beautiful sunset and scenery. This is an oasis and sanctuary away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki without actually being far away from it. The food and cocktails were delicious, and we were even pleasantly surprised by a generous treat for our anniversary.

After a lovely evening at House Without a Key, I can genuinely say I have no idea why any negative reviews were left by others in the past. Our high expectations were exceeded all around and the service was fantastic. No complaints. Mahalo!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall2food5service1ambience5

Great music and view. Very poor drinks and our particular waiter was awful. The service from all the other waitstaff was excellent. The food looked great but stick to wine or beer.

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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience5

Service was ok but frankly not friendly. When getting seated, we requested to move our seats a few inches to avoid looking in to the sun behind the performers. Waiter’s response was “everyone is looking in to the sun.” Another server realized that was not the appropriate response and moved our chairs. Charcuterie board was not imaginative and the savory meat was stiff and stale. Praying this is a pandemic re-opening rough patch

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ptynewport
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We love this place. We got here at 5:30, promptly at our reservation time. We had requested a table for two close to the entertainment. Even though there really was no one seated at this time the waiter asked us if we would like to sit at a far table on the grass area. We were perplexed and said no thanks, we’d like to sit at a closer table to the entertainment, which was rendered.
After that, everything was wonderful.
It just seemed that they didn’t even look at requests at all.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall2food1service1ambience5

We made reservations and arrived early. We were told we had to come back at our reservation time, so we walked around the resort and sat by the pool. At our reservation time we were sat and many tables around us never were filled. We ordered drinks and food. Our drinks came (delicious and beautiful). Our food or server never returned. The show ended and finally our server came by to see how we were doing. We told her we never got our food order, and she just stared at us blankly. We asked for our check and left. Overall the atmosphere and entertainment was wonderful, but the service was terrible. No apology from our server. Just matter of fact.

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MikeW
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Disappointed because we made dinner reservations and found out after we got there that House without a Key was closed for renovations and could only get drinks and small plates but music was good! Would of been nice to know the restaurant was closed

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MargaretA
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Wonderful, as usual. Server slow to take our order. Looking forward to their being fully operational again. Really difficult to get a reservation. We had to settle for 7:45 pm, which gave us only the last set from Kapalama, the group that plays on Fridays and Saturdays.

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vipDebbiedoesdctoo
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience4

We were excited to go to the legendary spot for mai tais but were disappointed and how little was offered in the menu. We get all the COVID issues but it still made the experience not as good as as hoped. We did love the maitais the music and Brooke lees hula

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MarneeM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to celebrate our anniversary! Beautiful hotel and beautiful set w music hula dancing and amazing drinks beach front. We watched the sunset and had the perfect few. Def will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Everything was exceptionally except for the choices in the food menu.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful sunset with music and hula.

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davidw
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Fries and poke were not good

They appear not ready to be open to expectations if you've been there before.

It's only the cocktail tables. No dinner tables.

This was not made clear at all

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vipStephenC
Hawaii
23 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Just as before, with beautiful Hawaiian music, and Brook Lee dancing mesmerizing hula. Drinks were spot on. Menu is very limited; but everything tasted fantastic. Returns as the best place in Hawaii for Friday “pau hana”!

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vipHeatherO
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Best ambience & mai tai cocktails in Hawaii! Must visit if visiting Honolulu and amazing sunset, live music, and hula dancing performance❤️

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Mercedes
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a memorable way to spend our last night in Honolulu!! The live music and dance was lovely!!

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TammyW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous entertainment and wonderful food and drinks. Service was superb and the highlight was the view at sunset.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

This is one of our favorite restaurants, BUT ITS NOT OPEN!!! A few appetizers and drinks. NO FOOD. UNDER CONSTRUCTION. NO KITCHEN

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time, very enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent dishes and staffs!

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Tadayoshi
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Location was good.
I saw the sunset.
It was beautiful.
And food was awesome

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

家族でハワイ最後の夜に予約。
20時からの予約でしたが、少し早く着いてしまったので、
ダメもとで受付に聞いてみたら、快く時間を早めて席に案内して下さいました。諦めていたフラショーも、時間を早めたので堪能出来、お料理、サービス、雰囲気、どれも素晴らしく、一流ホテル内のレストランなのに、カジュアルなサービスで、居心地も良かったです。またハワイに行ったら伺いたいレストランです。

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LynP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

We were so looking forward to dining in the restaurant and listening to the music. We booked weeks in advance and asked for a table up the front so we could watch the sunset.
We arrived on time at 6pm and asked about our table and the hostess said they had a lovely table for us and to sit for 5 minutes. We waited 20 minutes and then were taken to a table at the back of the restaurant with no view and surrounded by empty tables. The food was expensive and not up to the normal standard of the restaurant. We had dined there many times in the past. The only bright side was our waiter who was very friendly and very professional. We wouldn’t go back nor would we recommend the restaurant. Sitting outside under the tree is a better option than sitting down the back, under an umbrella where it is dark and gloomy.......it’s not fun.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Ambience and service was very good to excellent. Food was meh. Has the market fish cooked well but the sauce was bland. Needed acid and salt.

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vipTomT
St. Louis
23 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

House Without A Key is our favorite while visiting the islands. Ian and John are both great HALEKULANI ambassadors. Plus they do their jobs very well.

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Therese
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for House Without a Key during my first visit to Honolulu, as it was recommended by a friend who said it's THE place to watch the sun set. Yes, it was a good place for that, but in my opinion, the food, service, and overall ambiance equaled the sunset view.

I started with a Chi Chi, my husband had a Blue Hawaii, and our dinner companion ordered a Chi Chi based on my reaction. The drinks were superb. We indulged in some dinner rolls, which were also delicious--made from purple taro.

I chose the catch of the day, a type of a moonfish, as my entrée. It was very good, served with white rice and extremely tasty broccolini. My husband enjoyed his beef and our friend enjoyed her salmon equally much.

Because we were celebrating my birthday (a fact the staff probably only knew from our Open Table reservation), the waiter brought out a slide of coconut cake, a a plate beautifully adorned with "Happy Birthday" in chocolate script. My husband had a fantastic cheesecake.

The service was excellent throughout the evening. One of the best features of the restaurant was the live, traditional Hawaiian music. A trio of musicians played with the ocean as their backdrop. For several of the numbers, Brook Lee (former Miss Hawaii, Miss USA, Miss Universe) danced hula, which made the wonderful entertainment even more magical.

Dinner at House Without a Key is rather pricey, but when you want a special dinner experience, the price is well worth it.

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vipRonnie
Hawaii
59 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding! Sandra made our dining experience extra special. The food was amazing as always. We had the coconut shrimp, the wrap, the cheeseburger, soup , and for dessert we had the key lime pie and coconut cake. It was all so delicious.

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HungryDiner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Everyone there was super friendly and helpful. They had a lovely band playing when we showed up and we had a terrific view of everything; the band, the ocean, and some of Waikiki. We went for dinner but it would be a great place for cocktails.

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vipKevinD
Orlando
11 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have dined here before and it is an exceptional experience with beautiful views and excellent food

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Live music and traditions hula at sunset.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. The menu was small. The food was good but not not excellent. The environment was great and romantic. I had a seafood stew prices at $55. It was a bit bland and only tasted like a light chicken broth.

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GMor58
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Nice atmosphere. Will return again.

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KimC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious good and great ambience.

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OpenTable Diner
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

While the ocean view and general ambience was great, I’m very disappointed in the food. We had oysters, beef short ribs, salad and the huli chicken - all were mediocre dishes. We asked for sauces to add some flavor to the meats. Would only recommend this place for drinks.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable, dinner was spectacular, the coconut cake was exquisite and the view was great. The only downside for us was live music that was pretty loud. Once it started we had to lean in and yell at each other. It was a traditional Hawaiian band and would have been lovely if it was background music.

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SusieR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Beautiful view, music and atmosphere. Food is basic and overpriced for the quality - but worth it for the other perks.

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chakik
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

フラを見ながらの食事を楽しみにしていましたが、壁が邪魔で二人で行ったうちの一人は全く見えませんでした。食事は十分美味しかったですし、雰囲気もサービスも良かったですが、ショーを目当てに行くのはお勧めできません。

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House Without a Key is rated 4.3 stars by 1495 OpenTable diners.

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