Lychee - Alohilani Resort

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Lychee, located on our second floor, provides an exceptional breakfast experience. Indulge in our full buffet, or savor contemporary favorites from our à la carte menu.

Our commitment to sourcing products form the islands is at the heart of our Waikiki dining experience. Choose from our daily seasonal fruit, as well as locally produced honey, breakfast meats or preserves, coffee and baked goods--like our famous house made croissada! On holidays, enjoy our extensive buffet offerings, including carving and seafood stations, for a memorable and relaxing meal.

Breakfast buffet is priced at $33++ for adults. Children 5 and under eat free with a paying adult, while children ages 6-12 are half-priced (valid with buffet pricing only)

À la carte menu items vary in pricing.
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NT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are from Oahu and had a staycation at the hotel when it was Pacific Beach and ate at the buffet while we were there. The transformation is truly amazing. The hotel went from dark and drab to light and modern. Our experience at Lychee Buffet was amazing. The dining area is pretty and open with views of the aquarium. While the food at the buffet has the standard breakfast fare, everything we had was extremely tasty. They also offer other options such as the crossada and mini loco moco that my family enjoyed. We made reservations and stated that we were celebrating a birthday and three employees came out with an acai bowl and sang happy birthday to our daughter. It was a great experience and can’t wait to come back again.

EB
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

A bit on the pricey side for the atmosphere but high Quality and very tasty breakfast buffet.
Lots of choices.

GM
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The food was decent. However, it’s not worth the cost. I was looking forward to having the crab Benedict, but it was not available...what a disappointment

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Making a reservation ahead instead of walking in resulted in us getting a nice comfy booth next to the aquarium which was unexpected and nice. Food variety was good. Pastries would be better if they were a fresh batch. Tasted a bit stale. Didn’t get to enjoy the omelette station but by the looks of it, it looked pretty good. Is it worth the $40/per person including service charge and tax? Not sure but I guess for a resort restaurant in Waikiki, it’s not bad.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had the breakfast buffet. They have a good selection. The only thing that was missing was oatmeal which is one of my husbands favorite. Whenever we go to a breakfast buffet there is always oatmeal. Other than that it was a good breakfast buffet. I would recommend the breakfast buffet a Lychee.

KP
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall1food2service4ambience4

Coffee wasn’t very good for a breakfast restaurant. Food selection was small, there was just not much to eat for $40 per person, it came out over $160 for me, my husband ,and two kids. I thought we could’ve got much better breakfast if we just walked little bit and went somewhere else in Waikiki.

R
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although pricy ($35), it includes tip and tax. Variety of food is very good and service is good at this serve yourself buffet. The best thing compared to other breakfast sites is the ambiance of relaxation and freedom to linger with your friends.

C
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was nice and the presentation of the dishes was great. For a breakfast buffet the price was good, with good selections. However, we went there to celebrate a birthday so I was disappointed that they didn’t have a Sunday Momosa brunch. We should have done more research.
We did enjoy the friendly hostesses and waiter, who constantly cleared dishes and refilled drinks. I did love the smoothie😋 Overall, it was nice and I would come back again, however, not for a special occasion.

S
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We decided to try Lychee for the breakfast buffet based on reviews posted on Yelp. The service, food and ambiance were all good. My biggest criticism is the policy by the Lychee staff to charge for the meal in advance and to automatically collect a predetermined amount of tip. The total bill for two people was $80.17. There was no detailed accounting for what the charges were regarding tip and taxes. The cost of the buffet was $33 per person and there is also no kama'ina discount. For those reason we will not be returning to Lychee.

LM
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Breakfast Buffet at $33 USD, overpriced.

SI
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

THIS WAS OUR SECOND TIME THERE AND WAS DISAPPOINTED ON THE FOOD SELECTION!!!
THE FIRST TIME WAS WONDERFUL THE FOOD WAS AWESOME!!!
SERVICE WAS GREAT!!!

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Nothing outstanding about the breakfast buffet line. We were surprised that the menu has changed from what we saw on Yelp. We were expecting crab legs and bone marrow but found out they do not serve that anymore. Makes sense since the price was cheaper than what we were expecting.

GS
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great breakfast buffet not huge but enough food quality is very good

D
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The buffet line was smaller compared to other buffet restaurants I've been to. Not too much selections.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall experience was excellent; service was top notch. I appreciated that gratuity and parking are included. Food was good and plentiful.
Just a couple of things that I was disappointed about though—like the marshmallow topping for the waffle/french toast wasn’t ready yet, and I was expecting eggs benedict but it wasn’t on the serving line. I also hope they will consider adding a lunch buffet too.
Other than that, my family and I enjoyed it!

CT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience. Friendly service with delicious food. Would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a nice brunch buffet.

d
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We were disappointed that the cost for the breakfast buffet wasn't as advertised online. Description online states total cost, including tax and tip, is $35. We were charged $39.74 per person for the buffet. Why?

OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience2

Not even remotely worth the price they charge for their breakfast buffet. This place is barely a step above the free continental breakfasts that many hotels offer.

KE
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Way overpriced for what is offered. Base hotel “brunch” food was prepared ok. Would have been far better off spending less for much nicer brunch.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience4

I though there would be more selection for the price

OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice place ... food mediocre ... not worth the $33 bucks ...

a
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was good but service was just ok. When you first get seated, someone comes to get a drink order but after that, you practically have to chase someone down for refills.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good food, but felt that it was seriously overpriced

DO
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Did appreciate paying the bill before we sat down for breakfast!

NM
Hawaii
14 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall3food4service1ambience3

I booked thinking there would be the Sunday Brunch. There wasn't. i booked about a month in advance. Three days before I received calls from a number that refused to leave a message. A message was left only hours before our reservation. too late to cancel. I asked to speak to a manager. I was given the assistant director of finance? left a message and no one called back. The food was good but really, was it worth the lack of a kamaaina discount? no. Will I be back? Unlikely unless it's for a REAL buffet! There was no excuse for not appraising us that the brunch was not available sooner given how any ways I was being contacted to remind me of my reservation. Not a class act!

SW
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall3food3service5ambience1

Father’s Day Brunch, the restaurant was my daughter’s suggestion since she first dined there months ago.
The Food quality was severely impacted when my daughter found the PRIME RIB to have a foul spoiled oder and had to report it immediately to the management and chef. Our waiter wasted no time to have both the manager and chef at our table to assure us that they would resolve this and immediately replaced it with a freshly sliced piece of Prime Rib from another roast.
Other than that the rest of the food was fresh and delicious.

The Service was excellent and prompt. Our water glasses were kept full and the leftover scraps were promptly removed along with the used dishes and utensils. The waiter was very pleasant and very attentive. He did not hesitate or doubt my daughter’s complaint about the spoiled roast and responded quickly to rectify the matter.

The PRICING for “2” adults at a “buffet brunch” was $190.00 with free parking in the hotel with a validated ticket. The menu was extremely small and limited to the PRIME RIB, assorted SUSHI, hot dishes such as steamed CRAB LEGS, steamed Manila CLAMS, a type of chicken and vegetables. There was also an assorted dessert pies and FREE samplings of assorted beers, wines and champagne.

In all my daughter found it extremely disappointing only because she’s a big red meat eater and that spoiled roast which was her first choice of the meal totally destroyed her experience. As for myself although the rest of the food was OK and there was nothing that spectacular that stood out compared to other eateries the final bill that was close to a $200 price tag just wasn’t worth the time and trouble. For this amount of money I would have preferred to have spent it at WOLFGANGS and Or MORTENS even though neither have a buffet service.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here for Father’s day brunch and it was one of my favorite buffets I’ve been too. Sad that they only do the brunch buffet for special occasions cause it was honestly so good.

The prime rib was the best I’ve ever had from a buffet, soft, moist, and flavorful. The crab was mixed with snow and king. They had bone marrow which was fatty and juicy. The clams/oysters were so delicious, and to make it even better they had mimosas and beer.

They service charge everyone apparently and don’t do kamaaina on “special occasions” so the buffet was a little pricey, but for the quality we got for the food it was worth it in my opinion. At first we were shocked they would service charge a party of four, but I guess it’s just included.

Would definitely come back for another special occasion for that brunch buffet ! Overall a good.

A
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience2

disappointed because we thought we made reservations for Sunday brunch. when we got there was told the weekend brunch was discontinued several weeks prior AND the kamaaina discount had also been discontinued. then we were told the tip would be automatically added, which is unheard of for a buffet meal. service was also lacking apparently because servers knew tip was included. had to ask for water refills. food was ok, but not worth the price.
Next time we will go back to Kai Market where the quality of the food is better and they offer a 25% kamaaina discount.

K
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I’ve been to lychee on three different occasions and found that not only the menu but the ambiance of the restaurant , people , food were full of aloha and a variety of different tastes. I left the place not only full with a contented belly but an appetite for life , Trying new things and feeling less guilty for paying for it because I knew that the taste, experience cannot be compared to anywhere else.

I chose this place to eat specifically on this occasion to share this experience with my mother because I had dined here before and loved everything about it . This time I was very disappointed with the menu, service could definitely have been better but the most disappointing was that I spent the amount of a fine dining buffet for the quality of something I could’ve made at home . The omelette chef was great but that’s all I can say about it . I hope that all is well whatever changes, decisions that alohilani has recently made , I don’t plan to come back there unless there is prime rib and crab

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, service, and environment made our family visit very enjoyable. We sat by the aquarium section and my kids were blown away by the view. Thanks for such a wonderful experience Lychee staff.

OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pretty good selection. Went for mother's day brunch and it was very nice for everyone!

AB
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Made reservations for breakfast at 9am. Was told at check-in that they’d be removing all courses at 930 in order to prep for brunch that started an hour later at 1030. Wasn’t told that at time of reservation nor were we offered to seat earlier so we left not wanting to pay for only 30 minutes of time. Overheard others with the same problem who too left.

WY
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lychee at the Alohilani Resort is a great place for brunch especially on special occasions. We went there for Easter and it was great! The price was steep at $72 plus service charges and other miscellaneous fees, but it was a celebration so I didn't mind.

When people think buffet they imagine an endless variety of dishes to choose from. Lychee offered a not so wide variety but that was good. Every choice was prepared well. No overcooked clams or pans of scrambled eggs here.

We didn't eat our monies worth, but that was not our intention. We enjoyed our meal and the service. We will definitely return when another special occasion arises.