Wai'Olu Ocean Cuisine

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$31 to $50
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Seafood
Experience the new and exciting seafood dinner menu at Wai‘olu Ocean Cuisine. Indulge in the freshest catch of the day including Maine Lobster or Alaskan King Crab Legs prepared steamed, grilled or stir fried, Kona Abalone, and Moi (Pacific Threadfin) fish. Also featured is Seafood Bouillabaisse with whole Maine Lobster, King Crab Leg, Langoustine, Pacific Shrimp, Black/Green Mussels, Manila Clams, Scallops and Calamari in roasted tomato and lemongrass broth that serves two. Also enjoy the new sushi bar offering traditional nigiri, omakase, and new wave maki sushi options made with the freshest catch sourced from the Pacific. Wai‘olu Ocean Cuisine with its open air ambiance is the perfect setting to watch the sunsets. Also offered is Sunset Happy Hour from 3 - 6 pm as well as our popular Late Night Happy Hour which features 50% off select sushi and drink and menu item specials from 9 - 11 pm nightly. Live entertainment every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
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Portland
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was some confusion about my “special request” for seating and it seemed it would be impossible to rectify given the restaurant was full. However, they managed to make us very happy. Special kudos to our waiter Todd who was a very good sport.

T
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing, creative, and visually pleasing. The service was excellent and the ambiance with the live music added much to the experience.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent atmosphere with great food and good value. Very good happy hour with wonderful live music

TW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Very poor service, ok food. It wasnt busy on valentine's day when we went so it seemed that the poor service was not warranted given how slow it was. You can review my yelp review for more detailed information.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed this place, definitely a nice place for live music and the firework show. The service was very chill we didn’t feel rushed or anxious the server we had was so kind and gave great suggestions. Will definitely return!

OT
Montana
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Surprised it was in a Trump hotel. Had we known that, we would have picked another restaurant. But, the view was great and food excellent. Expensive, but very tasty.

OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, loved the happy hour!

GT
Hawaii
56 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We were surprised at the reasonable prices and good quality of the food.

K
Tahoe
79 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent location. Open air setting. Great seafood. Very professional staff.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We took some customers for a relaxed meal and everyone enjoyed it very much. The food was excellent and the ambience very relaxing. Our waitress was lovely but on occasions the service was a little slow, but it didn’t spoil the evening.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thought we would try the Trump Hotel’s restaurant after we were informed about the 4 hour free valet parking. Turns out happy hour prices and food were AMAZING! Best hot wings I’ve ever had and the shrimp salad w/house made dressing was tasty and huge (for only $10)! We were only in Hawaii for a week but we came back 2 more times because the service was OFF THE CHARTS! Upon arrival, the first time with my sister in law who is blind, the valets helped her as if she was their relative seeing to it she was gently placed from the car to her wheelchair. At the restaurant, the hostess was equally as accommodating, moving chairs so her wheelchair could make it to the table they had for us...all with no prompting from us...they just went into action without a word. This was just one of many examples. Our second time there, we brought a larger group and I ordered the crab legs after asking if they were cut in such a way to make it easy to de-shell. The waiter explained they were not cut horizontally length-wise but that it should not be too bad to de-shell. I still wanted them so I ordered BUT when they came, ALL THE CRAB was de-shelled by the chef at the waiters request for me! My husband and I were astounded! NEVER had we had a restaurant do this!! They under promise and over deliver!!! What a treat! Hope the waiter enjoyed his large tip and we will always seek out Trump Hotels because THEY KNOW HOSPITALITY LIKE NO OTHER! You can tell instantly that excellence must be rewarded by whoever is in charge! Everyone is kind, competent, attentive, and sees what needs to be done AND DOES IT! Trump and his family are geniuses! 4 hour free valet?? (Unheard of in Waikiki!) But they must know that we will tip the valets more (valets happy) and more business at the restaurants (more business, more revenue and more tips for employees)! PURE GENIUS!!! Loved our experience! Was one of the highlights of our trip!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

予約時のコメントに沿っていただきありがとうございました。

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

食事やドリンクも美味しく、また席も金曜日のヒルトン花火がみえる素敵な席でとても良かったです。また利用させてもらいたいです。ありがとうございました。

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OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ディナータイムに行きました。
ハワイには珍しく大量の提供ではなく日本人にも食べやすい量でした。
味も良く雰囲気は最高。
生演奏も聴けて文句なしのお店。
日本語堪能なスタッフも数多く過ごしやすいレストランです

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OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Just ok. Not much else to say

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

思ったより、お安くお米が美味しいです!

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

花火が、綺麗に見えてよかったです

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s
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

お肉もお寿司もあり、バー利用もできる使い勝手のいいお店です。
また、ハワイに行った際は行きたいです。
記念日で予約したら、デザートプレートを出してくださいました。

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OT
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Not happy to find out that the whole name of the restaurant is Wai’Olu at Trump International Hotel.

s
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The ceviche was so small and seemed like watered down salsa

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and the food we ordered were delicious. Our children also enjoyed their meals. We are looking to returning on our next family dine out. Service was very professional, fast, and very attentive.

EM
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Really impressed with the view. Best in Honolulu. The 50-50 salad as part of the holiday special meal was a surprixe. The chef took a small beet and cut it in half, then cut the half in half then served the two pieces with bits of lettuce. Tasted great but better to call it a taste rather than a salad. The fish was excellent.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! Simply Amazing!

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful in every way!!

JW
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a party of seven. We were seated on time. Shortly after there was a live musician to help entertain us that we fully enjoyed. there was a wonderful choice of appetizers and adult beverages, the main course choices was good but really wanted a filet mignon, the only steak choice was New York strip. Dessert menu was nice but the cheesecake portion was lacking.

TP
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Annual get together

e
Osaka
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

花火を見るのに、サイコーの場所をとっていただき大満足‼️またらいねんめも!と思いました。アニバーサリーということで、いったのですが、家族共々幸せな気分に浸ることができました。おすすめです!

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l
Hawaii
8 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all enjoyed our food, service and ambience. The openness of the restaurant is nice and it is a comfortable place. We also liked the many choices on the menu and that you could customize on the portion sizes on the steak and omakase. We all felt that the pricing was good and quality of food was also good. I think our waitress name was Brittany and she was excellent. Friendly, poised and attentive!!

BC
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The outdoor seating has great views! A perfect place for sunset cocktails and dinners.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was great, restaurant was nice, food was good, but for cost, I expected a little better

AL
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our party was there for the Hawaii Restaurant Week menu. Abalone appetizer, tomato salad, Tiger prawn w/uni cream sauce delicious . The macadamia dessert was sold out but we were able to choose any dessert from their menu and all the desserts selected (tiramisu, chocolate candy bar, and macadamia gelato) were great !

E
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience3

We went to several restaurants during Restaurant Week 2019. Wai'Olu was my least favorite. The service was outstanding and the view was beautiful; however, there were pantry moths buzzing around the table during the entire dinner. Not only was it annoying, but we all know that if there are panty moths, then there are likely pantry moth eggs in the dry food goods. Also, the food was not impressive at all, in fact I believe that the whipped potatoes were instant as they were gritty and the vegetables were from Costco. Everyone in my party had a 12 ounce steak which we felt were small and although we ordered our steaks cooked from medium-well to medium-rare, they were all tough.

This desert was better than the rest of the meal put together.
I hope they were having an off night, but I could not in good conscience recommend this restaurant. Go to Chef Chai's you will not be disappointed! Chef Chai's was my favorite of Restaurant Week 2019!!

D
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific service and food. Outstanding view.
Fantastic staff.

OT
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Very nice skyline view of the city, especially if you show up a half hour before sunset. Nice bar and a very quiet open air setting that can be a bit breezy. Service was fine and very friendly.

Our charcuterie board was very good and plenty large for two and provided a nice snack the following day. The steam whole moi was also good, but this was not the case with the NY strip.

The steak was cooked to the specified level, but half of it was fat and the rest had gristle throughout. I normally would have sent the steak back, but I did not want my date to eat alone while another steak was prepared. I was shocked that such a subpar piece of meat was cooked and served. Cheap diners offer better steaks. Very disappointed at what should have been a nice dining experience.

M
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Area was very clean and the ambiance was great. The family enjoyed the entire experience. Everyone including our valet were professional and fast. Definitely recommend!

M
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went there during Restaurant Week and the prefix menu was very good! Wish we had gone earlier to catch the sunset.

a
Hawaii
83 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful happy hour setting on lanai. Good pupus-poke, hearts of palm/shrimp salad, edamame hummus. Reasonable happy hour wine prices. Enjoyed the live entertainment, extensive menu in main dining area. Excellent service.

YO
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

ハネムーンで行きました。結婚式当日に使用しました。
カジュアルで雰囲気も良く、味もとても美味しく誰にでも安心して勧められます。

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MS
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience2

If you like Japanese food you will like this place. It feels austere and stuffy. The food is overpriced and under flavored. You cannot see the fireworks except the few that rise above the trees. Go to the beach two blocks away. The mussels and clams were ok. The shrimp salad was good. The drinks are ok but not much choice of wine. Least dun restaurant in Oahu

OT
Chicago
39 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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