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Lychee, Honolulu, HI

Lychee

3.8
3.8
46 Reviews
$50 and over
Hawaiian
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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon 6:00 am–11:00 am

  • Phone number

    (808) 922-1233

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

What 46 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.7Food
  • 4Service
  • 3.8Ambience
  • 3.3Value

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  1. j

    jefferyl

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2021

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    Please avoid. It is not even close to worth $90 per person. The prime rib was somehow over cooked and literally cold. I feel like I have been scammed.
  2. JS

    JeffreyS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We have gone here before, I believe it was for there Thanksgiving buffet. This time the food. selection wasn't as much. Also, the tables nest to us and around were extremely close. A little to close considering COVID.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall4food3service2ambience4
    Honestly, I kind of lost my appetite after overthinking how they were good enough to wear gloves to handle the meat, but then grabbed your plate with the same gloved hands putting the raw meat juice on your plate. And, therefore also, touching the dirty German surface of everybody's plates after they had been touching them and going back to touch the meat they served. The buffet was mediocre, like a tiny mini Vegas buffet, but three times the price. Was the only place with reservations available the week before Thanksgiving, so made due and appreciative for the Open Table. One may say greatful.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Thanks giving buffets Prime rib horrible dessert soso
  5. ST

    STH8

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    Buffet dining area was too crowded. Tables were small and crowded to fit 6 adults. Food was mediocre. For the price we paid for Thanksgiving dinner, it was a disappointment. Cooked mix vegetables were well done, almost mushy, Mahi Mahi was not fresh and overcooked. Turkey was overcooked. Mash potatoes were hard, over heated. The only thing going for the Thanksgiving buffet was the salads, charcuterie and dessert...even the coffee was terrible. Thought we were drinking hot water instead of coffee. The service was slow. We had to wait forever for the bussers to clear our table, get us more utensils and drinks. I think Lychee tried to stuff as many people in a room as they could. It was loud, crowded and very unpleasant dining experience. Plus the fire alarm kept going off.
  6. K

    Kiridanguahan

    Hawaii

    19 reviews

    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Food was tasty, selection was okay; maybe they needed to be sure they had enough roast beef for everyone because just when it was my turn to get my slice, they cut the roast in half so I only got half a slice instead of the usual big slice. I appreciate the staff - they were hustling and making sure everyone got their drinks, the buffet was always replenished, tables were cleaned and turned over quickly for the next guests. I was disappointed in the guests because I counted at least 10-12 people (from kids older than 2 to seniors) not wearing their masks when getting their food at the buffet line. The staff that did see it reminded them to wear their masks but they would forget it again when they went back up for more food.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Food wasn’t worth the money we paid… I won’t be coming back again… even for free
  8. K

    johnK

    Hawaii

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience4
    Asked for a extra piece of turkey and got a look. There was a over weight philipino cook that made experience bad. All cheap items were out. But turkey and undercooked tough prime rib we had to wait in a line. Very very bad buffet
  9. Y

    Yisroel

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Not bad. Not a spectacular buffet but ok at $95 price tag for Hawaii. I shopped them the electronic California Covid vaccine certificate and wouldn’t want to honor it and almost didn’t let me in. This electronic certificate is same as the carton one
  10. DM

    DesnaM

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    1st time eating here & I really enjoyed it! You had the option of searing your prime rib, how great is that?! They accommodated the kid we had in our group by getting him a big bowl of rice, what great service! The food was delicious, lot of variety👍🏼 And they even had a local singer performing during our meal! Overall a great experience!!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was pretty good. Price was way too high. $80 for two breakfast buffets.
  12. M

    Mark

    Hawaii

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They accommodated our large family and had a festive Christmas atmosphere including red table cloth for our table. The staff was friendly and welcoming. Outstanding experience and always enjoyed the aquarium views....nicely remodeled. Food for ono!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 15, 2019

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    So overpriced and food not great at all. There are so many other better breakfast spots around here. Skip this one.
  14. NT

    NicoleT

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  15. EB

    EddieB

    1 review

    5.0

    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.
  16. GM

    GeraldineM

    1 review

    3.0

    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
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    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.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    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.
  19. KP

    KennP

    1 review

    1.0

    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.
  20. R

    Roger

    Mississippi

    3 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  21. C

    Chakola

    Hawaii

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 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.
  22. S

    Slatijo

    Hawaii

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 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.
  23. LM

    LisaM

    New England

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2019

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Breakfast Buffet at $33 USD, overpriced.
  24. SI

    SINNED0306

    1 review

    3.0

    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!!!
  25. GS

    GlennS

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great breakfast buffet not huge but enough food quality is very good
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    2.0

    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.
  27. D

    Dawn

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2019

    overall3food3service5ambience3
    The buffet line was smaller compared to other buffet restaurants I've been to. Not too much selections.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  29. CT

    CoryT

    Hawaii

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 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.
  30. d

    disappointed

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    3.0

    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?
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  32. KE

    KEVINK

    1 review

    2.0

    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.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2018

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    I though there would be more selection for the price
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice place ... food mediocre ... not worth the $33 bucks ...
  35. a

    amz555

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    4.0

    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.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good food, but felt that it was seriously overpriced
  37. DO

    DanO

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2018

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Did appreciate paying the bill before we sat down for breakfast!
  38. NM

    NoMoreLychee

    Hawaii

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 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!
  39. SW

    StevieWonder01

    Hawaii

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 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.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 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.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    Liliuokalani Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Waikiki

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon 6:00 am–11:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Hawaiian, Pacific Rim, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    3 hour complimentary valet parking or self-parking with minimum $35 food and beverage spend.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (808) 922-1233

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