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Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

4.7
4.7
211 Reviews
$30 and under
American
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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Waikiki

  • Cross street

    Kalia Road

  • Parking details

    $8.00 validation with purchase. Limited availability.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 211 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    American

  • Oahu

    American

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  1. AZ

    AnthonyZ

    Miami

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and drinks, and the music was the star of the show. A little strange to have a table literally right next to the pool, but it was fine. Otherwise wonderful.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Keep up your excellent service
  3. H

    Hope1cajun

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner with our family of 5. The music was soothing and entertaining.
  4. RF

    RoysFan

    Denver

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Dinner meals were good, but there was only one waitress trying to serve all the tables in front of the music entertainment. I think everyone understood she was alone, but requests for water, drink refills, and a dessert menu were forgotten. Also took forever to get our bill. She never lost her cool, however, and we did enjoy the entertainment. Daughter was visiting from the mainland.
  5. KM

    KellyM

    Richmond

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great music and food. We always come here when we are here
  6. MK

    MarieK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    I went to Kani Ka Pila Grille for the entertainment but was very pleased with the foods and service as well!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Nice renovations excellent service
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    49 reviews

    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food. Good staff. Too bad it rained and they had to cancel the live music.
  9. TS

    TomS

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Seated a little close to the pool. Pretty noisy otherwise a decent place with good music and food.
  10. NL

    NicolaL

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kory T was an excellent server. I brought a friend for the sole purpose to eat their delicious Fish & Chips. It was dinner and I didn’t realize it was only on the lunch menu. Kory said “No problem; we can do this for you”. He was very attentive and very accommodating. A wonderful experience and a delicious meal.
  11. GS

    GregS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Music was top notch, but they delayed start of music to avoid impacting private party. Disappointing for restaurant patrons
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great food and drinks…..enjoyed the live music too
  13. MM

    MontyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were seated early and in the location we requested. The Waiter was fantastic, juggling lots of guests without any problem. We were well taken care of and the quality of food for the price - GREAT!
  14. p

    pattim

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    WOw… Food was wonderful, and staff was on it! They were courteous, and quick to respond to anything. The Ultimate Fish Sandwich… is the Ultimate… if you like fish, this is the meal for you… It was the best I have ever had… Great place, and the mucus was wonderful.
  15. NL

    NicolaL

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food. My friend from Santa Barbara raved about the Fish Tacos. She was very impressed. I live here. Had the Fish & Chips…outstanding!
  16. B

    Bobbie

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic voices, everyone in our group enjoyed the songs, the singing, the performances by Kumu Hula Nani and Aunty Sylia. Our waiter Jon was awesome. We'll be back for more.
  17. KN

    KaronN

    Sacramento

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall3food1service1ambience5
    Food was terrible Service was poor But the entertainment was beyond fantastic!!!!! Worth the visit for that! Even my Chardonnay was warm 🥴
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lovely quality resort food
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were first put to the side of the stage which was not to my liking but was able to change! Thank you
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    ベジタリアン2名、ノンベジ2名で全員が十分楽しめた。 生演奏あり、淑女の飛び入りフラダンスなどあり盛り上がった。 Huli Huliチキン最高。 ナポレオン(ベジ)は女性1人で食べれる量で味良し。 フルーツのスムージーもとても美味しかった。
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    Nice ambiance with outdoor setting. great local live music. just wasn’t happy with the ahi avo poke was way too salty. other than that was a nice night.
  22. B

    Bette

    Philadelphia

    86 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good value in an ever increasingly expensive Waikiki area
  23. OD

    OutdoorDiner

    New England

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Loved the entertainment. Great outdoor eating option.
  24. EM

    EdwardM

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Generally an OK place. Food is fairly good but much better can easily be found.
  25. s

    sbsally

    Central Coast

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the live music. Recommend the fried shrimp to accompany your cocktail
  26. RN

    RonN

    San Joaquin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Felt so Hawaiian! Hated to leave! Lovely evening with great entertainment!
  27. S

    Susie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was the perfect place for our last night in Hawaii. The waiter was so nice and warm and gave us great food and wine recommendations. Music was lovely!!!!!! The entire evening was perfect and just what we were looking for. Thank you and can’t wait to come back. Susie Fuchs & Michael Siegel
  28. FC

    FreemanC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent entertainment, food, environment and staff. I will absolutely go again!
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    From the pictures, we thought it was going to be oceanfront. It was not. But the food was good!
  30. AP

    AnthonyP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoyed my Birthday with my co-workers and I would come back to Kano Ka Pila anytime
  31. P

    Paula

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5
    Great outside dining with local music was delightful. The lumpia for dessert was delicious. Very bad service though so be prepared.
  32. D

    Daniel

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Waiter (Jordan?) was efficient, not intrusive and very good at checking in on us without making us feel like we were being pressed. Food was good given price point and location; live music is a nice touch
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Get the fresh catch. It’s delicious! Also the pineapple crème brûlée is the best I’ve ever had! Such good service as well.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful environment and lots of Aloha!
  35. A

    Arexusu

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great including music by Sean Naauau but very diss appointed that happy hour was no longer taking place even though the website indicated happy hour until 6pm. Waiter did not offer any happy hour discount for the misinformation.
  36. BJ

    BradJ

    San Antonio

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We stopped in to show our two daughters where we met in February of 1996. The food and service was outstanding, live music set the tone for the Hawaiian experience that brought us together so many years ago. Mahalo
  37. C

    Carol

    Austin

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 1st trip to the islands. Our food was delicious. The live music was amazing! I had the NY strip steak with mashed potatoes and stir fry veggies and my significant other had the chicken with mashed potatoes and asparagus. We both ate every bite and shared the cheesecake! Amazing!
  38. G

    Great

    Orange County

    40 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Great service. Comfortable casual atmosphere. Best live Hawaiian music for dinner.
  39. j

    john

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner was very nice
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very enjoyable. Wait staff was very friendly and helpful.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is rated 4.7 stars by 211 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Kalia Road

  • Neighborhood

    Waikiki

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 6:30 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Hawaiian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    $8.00 validation with purchase. Limited availability.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Dean Kamiya

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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