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Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, Honolulu, HI

Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

4.6
4.6
197 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

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 197 people are saying

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Hot Spot

  • Hawaii

    Outdoor Dining

  • Hawaii

    American

  • Oahu

    Hot Spot

  • Oahu

    Outdoor Dining

  • Oahu

    American

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  1. MM

    MontyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    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!
  2. p

    pattim

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    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.
  3. NL

    NicolaL

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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 🥴
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sunshine Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lovely quality resort food
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    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
  8. 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。
  9. 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.
  10. B

    Bette

    Philadelphia

    81 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    81 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good value in an ever increasingly expensive Waikiki area
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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
  14. 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!
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  17. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 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.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful environment and lots of Aloha!
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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!
  26. G

    Great

    Orange County

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

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

    john

    Denver

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner was very nice
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

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

    Amanda

    Chicago

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went here while on a family vacation. The chicken tenders were really good, and so was the chicken wrap. The grilled chicken on the garden and Asian salads was cooked perfectly. Really fresh produce. Would come back!
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food4service3ambience5
    Great Hawaiian Music!
  31. p

    phxheet

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Hawaiian Vibe 🤙 If your thinking of having dinner after 5pm make sure you make reservations early....
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Reserved a table for live music and dance performance but got a high table behind a big pillar. Couldn’t see anything.
  33. CB

    CBS123

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall1food2service5ambience3
    Menu looks good but reality is far from it. My wife ordered a salad with fish and had to send it back twice. How do you screw up a salad? They managed to figure it out.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice location, modernized old resort look. Food was excellent and quickly brought out. Music was very nice and created a great Hawaii mood.

    Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on July 16, 2022Aloha, Thank you so much for your visit and mentioning the renovation of our entire resort as well as your experience at Kani Ka Pila Restaurant and Stage. We look forward welcoming you again, Mahalo!

  35. TF

    TheresaF

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    The live music was way too loud to heard a conversation across the too-big tables. It was raining, and the staff made no attempt to offer us towels to wipe the chairs or any accommodations for the guests not covered by umbrellas. When we asked to move tables, the hostess said it was OK, but a server told us a section was closed - a good thing since there were ants crawling on the tables. We left without ordering.
  36. JR

    JoyceR

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place! Beautiful setting, great food (order the fish tacos), nice employees and music. We really enjoyed Sean Na'auao's music!!! I"m glad the renovation is completed.

    Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on July 4, 2022Aloha JoyceR and thank you for visiting Kani Ka Pila Grille! We love to hear that you enjoyed our offerings as well as the Sean's amazing music! Please come visit us again in the near future! Mahalo!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The live music and hula were amazing! It was a beautiful evening and the food was delicious!

    Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on July 4, 2022Mahalo for visiting us and thank you for a perfect 5 Star review!

  38. KM

    KenM

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to see Ho’okena and to enjoy a meal and incomparable music under the stars.
  39. R

    Round

    Hawaii

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Relaxing Sunday breakfast. Hard working staff. Courteous and attentive waiter made everything nice with the energy of the swimming pool next to us. Food was good and just right.

    Kani Ka Pila Grille - Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on July 4, 2022Aloha Round, Thank you so much for enjoying breakfast on the weekend with us! We appreciate you mentioning that service levels and our hosts! Looking forward to welcoming you back soon! Mahalo!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was very good. I had a Caesar salad with shrimp and my husband had a Loco Moco. They have different artists playing traditional Hawaiian music every night from 6 - 9

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 4.6 stars by 197 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


Booked 9 times today
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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