Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Hotel

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Honolulu’s top restaurant venue for Hawaiian music is one of the island’s favorite gathering places for casual drinks and tasty pupu appetizers, from kalua pork nachos to ahi poke. Kani Ka Pila means “a gathering around music,” and you’ll find Hawaii’s most beloved musicians performing contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music nightly from 6pm to 9pm.
Walk-ins only.
Reservations only available for parties of 10 and over.
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4.1based on all time ratings
3.7
food
4.1
service
4.2
ambience
3.9
value
Noise · Moderate
92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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yvrdiner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience1

Didn't realize this was just the pool side dining at the outrigger hotel. Band was very loud and you could not have a conversation. We moved to another restaurant when we realized what this was like. They should let you know this in their website... we were looking for a proper dining experience. Would be fine for snacks but not dinner out.

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StacyR
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

The live entertainment by Ho'okena is the best of all Waikiki. And the food and service are perfect. Can't beat it with a stick!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Music was outstanding

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Lalakini
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We are locals and go for the authentic local music. Kanakapila Grill features some of Hawaii's premier Hawaiian entertainers and musicians and we love the relaxed, local atmosphere where my sisters can go up and dance their hula and we can sing along with favorite songs. Guests and tourists may not realize the top quality of the entertainment schedule but we do and look forward to a fun night of beautiful music. Food is okay, service is always good, but the surroundings and music make up for any lack.

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hiro
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

プールサイドのレストランで演奏を聴きながら食事が出来て非常によかった。是非もう一度いってみたい。料理の金額はリーズナブルで、ウエイターの方も非常に良かった。

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gregorp
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2018
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Local entertainment was a treat, Mai-Tais were were a cut above the rest and the Chicken stew was yummy!

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ChrisG
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This experience was awesome

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Server was great! Really liked the fried rice. The band on Friday night was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and beverage. Great music.

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RF907
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for fabulous real Hawaiian music by star performers. Server Bernie was as kind and sweet as anyone could be. Food was fresh and good. Never thought I’d see a wine pairing for Loco Moco but it was right on. Thank you for keeping a place in Waikiki where we can take guests who want to hear local music by local musicians and I don’t mean the very nice Mr Johnson . Mahalo nui.

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Wisconsinguy
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The live music was nice and the server attentive and friendly but the food was below what we expected in terms of quality and preparation for the price. The bar area guests were a little loud which made quiet conversation difficult. Would give it higher marks if the food quality was a bit better.

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Kasinokat
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Mainly came here for the live Hawaiian music, which was outstanding. The service was excellent, and we enjoyed the fried calimari, backyard chicken and Kahlua pork and cabbage stew, which was their "Pop's on the Stove " special stew of the night. Prices were reasonable especially with the free entertainment. My only complaint was the noise level was not conducive to listening to the music, especially as the bar patrons kept getting louder and louder.

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gaccyann
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience3

火曜日のウェルドンを聞きに行きました。地元のフラガールと知り合いになり、
楽しい時間を過ごせました。
ウェルドンの歌をこんなに近くで聞けることに感激しました。
お料理もシェアしやすいものが多くて美味しかったです。

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience3

We made reservations for eight people but when we arrived at the restaurant, they had only reserved a table for two. Leslie and Michel bent over backwards to find suitable seating for our party.
The weather was bad but the music was outstanding! We will be back to, hopefully, the correct table.

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Surfgirl808
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In addition to good food, there is fantastic live local music every night. Lots of local folks come for the music and often get up to hula. Wonderful venue to join friends.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

This is the BEST place for good, local live music. The caliber of musicians that play here is so high! The atmosphere in the evening somehow manages to be fun and casual, and intimate and romantic at the same time. I would recommend Kani Ka Pila Grille as a must-visit while in Waikiki.

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SueW
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall2food3service5ambience1

New Years eve

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vipAuthentic
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We love to visit for the live music in the evenings whenever we're in Honolulu. Food is good, service is friendly, atmosphere is relaxed, and the authentic Hawaiian music is much appreciated and always good.

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tama
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

お店の雰囲気が良く、ハワイアンバンドの生演奏もあり、料理の方も凄く量が多くて
食べ応えがあった。焼そばは日本のものを
想像していたが、だいぶ違う焼そばだった。

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2017
Overall2food1service2ambience3

The service was very slow ! We waited about 15 minutes before a server came to our table. The appetizer took over a half hour and the entrees were not worth the price . I ordered short rib but it was not like any short rib I’ve had before and was very salty . Overall not a good dining experience . The only saving grace was the live entertainment .

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful casual atmosphere with great bartenders and music. One of our favorite places when visiting Waikiki.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, good food and music

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LateKateSkate
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This has your typical bar meal fare, nothing too complicated or fancy. The service was great though, I waiter even switched my moms sides because had said when order her main dish she didn’t like onions so he gave he an onion less side rather than what she had asked for- she was really impressed. I think the live music is the biggest draw here. There was a great band(3 guys) playing Hawaiian songs- no pop music covers just happy cheerful well sung Hawaiian song. Great ambiance but a little too dark the lanterns on the tables don’t do a whole lot. Overall great place.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place for PuPu's, Also to hangout, watch and listen to great music

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missskybird
Melbourne / VIC
12 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Friendly staff, reasonable prices, good food. Not the place to go if you want a quiet meal.

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missskybird
Melbourne / VIC
12 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2017
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great ambience poolside. Wonderful local entertainment, absolutely enormous servings. Only downside was the loud young women at the bar.

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BrianB
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall4food3service3ambience5

Good ambience

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

An simple venue, and enjoyable. Poolside style. Thai crunch salad and poke very good choices. Also enjoyed mahi fish+chips. Satisfying. Good attentive service and excellent dinnertime traditional music make this a cost effective and desirable place to enjoy happy hour or dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall1food4service4ambience4

タイムテーブルで予約完了していたが、いざ行ってみると、予約はわい無いと言われた。
席は空いていたのでよかったが、ヒヤリとした。

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Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Hotel offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 924-4990.

Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Hotel is rated 4.1 stars by 29 OpenTable diners.

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