Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

4.3
69 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 8pm.
Walk-ins only.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 69 people are saying
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RonaldK
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience2

food and service was really good. The only down side was the reno going on so all you saw was blue walls all around the restaurant and pool area. Just had to ignore the look and just concentrate on the food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We made rsvp, got a great table, ordered our food, tasty, live music awesome

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DivineJY
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was attentive. Music was excellent along with the setting. There could’ve been better lighting on the entertainer as he was in the dark. Understand it’s a temporary, however a few temporary spotlights would’ve really helped the visual pleasure of the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Miss the menu from before, but, new chef. New menu was good though..

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Don’t waste your time or money here. The food is ok but the prices are not worth it at all. The fruit was clearly not fresh, and was probably imported in. The smoothie lacked freshness and flavor. The taro pork eggs Benedict was the only bright spot. Don’t pay $70+ for a fruit bowl, a smoothie, 2 entrees and a side of garlic bread.

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MaureenK
New England
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food was delicious and the service was great. Loved sitting next to the waterfall.

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NicoleR
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience2

I enjoyed that the restaurant was outside. Service was speedy and very friendly. I enjoyed that the server tended to the needs of my toddler. Food was good. Overall a good experience.

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KellyB
Milwaukee
4 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised by this restaurant! Beautiful environment, live music, great drinks, and wonderful food. Our server was perfect and my husband and I said he was the perfect balance of attentive and friendly without being intrusive. We got the ultimate fish sandwich and the bbq chicken dish (I can’t remember what it’s called) with rice. SO DELICIOUS! Will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vacation dinner.

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Mojo
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and ambiance. Wait staff friendly and accommodating. Killer Bread great appetizer!

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vipDinero7
Richmond
28 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we have had in Waikiki! Great food and service. Our waiter was wonderful-personable and attentive. Nice live Hawaiian music-something that seems hard to find on this trip. There is construction going on, but we definitely recommend this dining experience. Cannot wait to come back when construction is completed to enjoy it again.

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RaquelD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was good. The band played Hawaiian music. Hotel is under construction until 10/22. I thought our reservation was for the restaurant on the beach. It was the pool bar restaurant. That was disappointing, but the staff and music was nice.

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vipWilliamC
San Diego
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

First time here, food was good, perhaps not what I was expecting. Nevertheless, the host was quite friendly.

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SamanthaZ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, excellent service. Live music made the atmosphere perfect. 🤙

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DrKnow
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Garlic Shrimp was excellent!

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Jillian
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Under construction and some louder noises but overall good vibes

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MariaG
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

I made a reservation on Open Table and it was quick and easy. They weren’t busy so I got the exact time I needed. Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was good. Ambiance was good with live entertainment who were awesome. It’s a great place to be for a relaxing time with family with good food! Thank you for a good dine-in experience!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Was remodeling. Need to have more seating facing live music

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Woundedwhale
Orange County
45 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Servers really had to hustle as they appeared to be short staffed. We were seated on time and enjoyed a pina colada. My wife enjoyed the 5 spice ahi with the vegetables. I had the coconut shrimp. Both were quite good. Would have preferred to have some vegetable options instead of rice as I am diabetic. My wife ordered the pineapple creme brûlée was nicely presented and had a wonderful taste.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We had the garlic shrimp, a burger and keiki mac 'n cheese. Food was OK. Tables are around bar at hotel pool.

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vipMary
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My family came here for lunch. It was a great spot with good food. Our waiter was attentive and helpful!

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NickC
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Right now the ambiance is lacking due to the construction. This did not take away from the great meal and awesome service. Try the Killer Bread, it was awesome! Place was not crowded and a welcome reprieve from the crowds at Waikiki. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

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Buddy727
Charleston
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Enjoyable, pleasant ambience with good vibes. Items on menu are varied and several added for the day. Reputation is built on good food, as well as location. Ho on and give it a try, you will enjoy.

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vipRingoA
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was very attentive. Good food. Open air dining. Valet parking.

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vipGWesH
Houston
20 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Very nice server and a good, Impossible Burger. However, the place was over crowded and is currently under construction. It was like have a pool and cafe in the middle of a busy bus station.

AGAIN, the server was great and food was fine. Deplorable atmosphere and blazing hot.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Not impressed at all. We came in to ear the coconut shrimp we were told about only to be told they have a new chef so new menu. No more coconut shrimp!! Also no simple light appetizers such a chips and salsa or mozzarella sticks for the kids to snack on before dinner! They were hungry coming off the beach all day. The bread was great! Service was amazing! Atmosphere relaxing! The only 2 meals out of our 9 that were really good were the fish and chips and the BBQ pork sandwich.

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TeresaZM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Hotel is under construction. We were seated outside but subjected to the construction. Lose. Our view was of the wooden construction fencing. Service was super slow, and server was not attentive. Food quality was so-so. There are better places to eat in Waikiki.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Austin
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience1

It's a kid friendly pool restaurant. That being said it's LOUD. I mean I guess it's not always loud..just when kids are there. I'm not anti-kid by any means (I'm a mom) but I didn't think the description of this place was accurate. The food was good. The service was pretty ehhh. We waited a long time before anyone even came to greet us once we were seated (15 min or so). If you're staying at the hotel then heck yeah it's a great place for a bite. If not ..I suggest find another spot

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milliparkus
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Here from the Bay Area (Walnut Creek) and was so surprised about how big the serving was! I got the ultimate fish sandwich for lunch and when it came, sandwich was the whole fish!!! Was really good but unfortunately it’s too big! We will never get this serving portion in California! Next table couple ordered the same thing too! Was an excellent experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a friends birthday

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PeterZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The service was deplorably bad and slow. The first clue that something might not be right was the empty tables - only four seated tables with the rest of the beach booked solid. Even with a nearly empty restaurant, the two servers seemed overwhelmed and saddened to have to work. After waiting 10 minutes, a server finally came over with water to tell us and the table next to us, "other customers were here first" and left. The rest of the lunch was equally slow with just as poor service (the service was somewhere between rushed and irritated to depressed and angry). The hotel is under construction, so the ambience is "construction site with beach somewhere over that construction wall."
My recommendation is that this is a HARD NO!

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ChrystalT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good place. Service and food excellent. Atmosphere is limited because of construction

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vipBertP
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great and the service was terrific. Some reviewers are complaining about slow service. We did not have that issue. Even if we did, it would be understandable since everyone everywhere is short staffed. Yes there is construction but there was no noise. The tacos, fish sandwich and scallops were right on. Try a beverage too it was great.

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vipLakeGirl
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience2

July 2021- Hotel is under major renovations- very noisy. Seems like will be attractive once complete. Not a great view.. our party didn’t really enjoy the meal. In addition, Very few gf options.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat at the bar

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AlexanderB
Detroit
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Not a bad place for lunch, booked a table on open table. Walked up, got a table right away. Lunch menu was a little small. But still got great food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely host to greet us, took our temperatures then seated us to our liking outside by garden. Filled out a short Covid form then Jason our waiter came over to bring waters. He was very professional, fast and on it. Always walking by and would ask us if we needed anything. He was fantastic, made our morning! Food delish and seemed fresh. We’ll definitely be back Mahalo’s 😃 for the great service & food. 🤙🏽

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Alienjest
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

The pork quesadilla was awesome, their smoothies were great. The service was awesome. The pork sandwich was a little fatty. The hotel next door is undergoing construction, when that is done the ambiance will be better.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Our server Jason was awesome! However, everything else was fair. Our food was over cooked which was ultimately a huge bummer.

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 4.3 stars by 69 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.