About Wai'Olu Ocean Cuisine

Experience "liquid artistry" at Wai"olu Ocean Cuisine. Come experience specialty drinks "created" from the finest and freshest ingredients and "al fresco" dining with delectables tapas from every region.

223 Saratoga Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Tapas / Small Plates

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast: Daily 6:30am-10:30am

Lunch: Daily 11:00am-6:00pm

Dinner: Daily 6:00pm-10:30pm

Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge (90364), Hawaii Reservations

Cross Street:
Kalia Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 683-7456

Website:
http://www.trumphotelcollection.com/waikiki/honolu

Entertainment:
Live Entertainment Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.
Friday from 7:30p.m. - 9:30p.m.

Catering:
At Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk, we are committed to accommodating your every desire. We will assist with preferred vendor selections including: musicians, photographers, florists, specialty cakes and any request to make your experience a most memorable affair.

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet parking up to 4hrs with validation.

Executive Chef:
Shoji Namatame

Private Party Contact:
Jay Kitashima: (808) 683-7451

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Wine

Wai'Olu Ocean Cuisine Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.9

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

90% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (6)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Creative Cuisine (3)
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Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Fun (2)
Live Music (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Romantic (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Authentic (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Waterfront (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Hot Spot (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Notable Wine List (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Spicy (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
Cozy (1)
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 (Portland)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Wai’Olu has become one of our most favorite restaurants while in Honolulu. We always have exceptional and friendly service. In fact, our server remembered us from last year even though we’d just been twice. When the evening breeze was a little cool on the terrace, the hostess brought us shawls. How thoughtful! The view of the neighboring park (Fort DeRussy) and the beach is wonderful. The food beautifully presented and delicious.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 26, 2018

大変美味しく、花火もきれいに見れて良かったです

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 23, 2018

Lobster was bland and disappointing. Chowder soup was fantastic and a large portion.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on January 20, 2018

Lovely place for small plates of food. Wonderful flavors and choices of different menu options. Excellent service and wonderful live soft music.

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 (Melbourne / VIC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

The View, our waiter and the food was AMAZING. We even got too see Fireworks. Put this Restaurant on your list as a must do on any Friday at 7.30pm so you can see the Fireworks that go off at 7.45pm. Enjoy

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 5, 2018

金曜日の花火を観る為に利用、テラス席は風が抜けてとても気持ち良いです。
店の雰囲気も良いが、残念なのは料理のクオリティ。魚介類中心に変わっていたが、相変わらずの居酒屋レベル、クオリティを上げて欲しい。

Tags: Waterfront, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We loved everything about Wai'Olu Ocean Cuisine and our dinner...our server was great, the food wonderful, the guitar player talented, and the view of sunset spectacular!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Great celebration of my father in laws bday! Mahalo

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great atmosphere and excellent service! We will come back soon!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 7, 2017

最悪でした。殆ど食べずに出ました。
あんなにまずいロブスターは初めてです。
スタッフのサービスも腹立たしく、休暇中ですかという感じ。毎年宿泊してますが、レストランに一人もお客様がいないので入った時はおどろきましたが、食べて理由がすぐわかりました。美味しくない。誰もお客さんがいないにもかかわらず、サンセットが見える席があるのに出入り口すぐ横の何も見えない席に案内されました。料理が来るまでに立って景色を見たり、写真を撮ってたのに、誰も気づかず。

殆ど手をつけず残して帰る時も、何も声をかけずほったらかしでした。

常宿でしたが、次回はもうありません

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 17, 2017

This is a nice place to bring out-of-town guests for easy parking, beautiful scenery, music not too loud and fireworks display on Fri night. We both enjoyed our meals and although not many vegan options, the one I had was tasty and fulfilling.

The one complaint I have is that the waiter hardly stopped by to see how we were doing. My friend had ordered crab for the first time and didn't realize how difficult they are to eat. When we finally got the waiters attention, he brought out scissors. My friend was still struggling for a long time. We couldn't find the waiter so my friend told the receptionist. They were very generous in telling him that they won't bill him for that and then quickly walked away. I assumed they walked away to get him a menu so that he can actually order something that he can eat. No one showed up anymore so I got up and asked for a menu. I would think that any restaurant would want their customers to leave full and happy.

That was the only negative experience. He enjoyed his meal after that and we even went back the next day for lunch and had a pleasant experience.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Fun, Late-night Find, Live Music
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 14, 2017

Nice dinner! Quiet like hidden place.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Ate mid-afternoon. Very quiet - very few people - pleasant after hustle and bustle of Waikiki beach front. Distant ocean view from table. Server was knowledgeable and friendly. Terrific Mai-Tai! Palm heart salad very good, small expensive portion of sashimi.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 30, 2017

On vacation here in Hawaii and wanted to experience delicious food and great ambience, Wai’olu has both! We were floored by the great view of Waikiki, you can see the waves 🌊 breaking on the beach even in the dark! Our waiter was happy to snap us a few pictures to commemorate the visit! He also helped with Our menu choices. The cocktails were perfection as was the sushi 🍣 The Trump Tower was absolutely beautiful and we enjoyed the entire experience! We ate at several outstanding Waikiki Restaurant during our vacation but this was the most beautiful restaurant experience of our vacation!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Went here on a Friday night and the food was very good, service was good and fairly priced. I would highly recommend this to anyone

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Romantic, Authentic, Great Beer
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 (東京)·Dined on October 27, 2017

ヒルトンからの花火が見れて良かったです。
料理はやや少なめなので、割高感を感じました。

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 29, 2017

プライムタイムの食事をいただきました。美味しかったのですが、日本人には多すぎるかもです。ごちそうさまでした!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 2, 2017

When: Sept. 2nd, 2017, 11:00 am; 2 Adults

For most patrons, Wai'olu Ocean View Lounge is the perfect locale for Happy Hour drinks and appetizers...and of course the million dollar ocean views. With Fort DeRussy as its neighbor, there are no buildings to block the ocean views. But my wife and I may have un-raveled another gem for this establishment...Having lunch here on a Saturday, without the crowds and still enjoying the ocean views without the sun shining directly at you.

My wife ordered the Wai'olu, which is a Chicken Katsu entree that comes with steamed rice, greens salad and a scoop of locally made Ice Cream. I had the Local-Moco, which is a spin-off of the local plate lunch favorite, Loco-Moco. A Hamburger Steak on the bottom, Sunny Side Up egg on top and covered with a demi glaze sauce. This entree also, came with a scoop of Ice Cream as well. For some, paying $34 for dishes easily found as plate lunches, may be hard to accept, but believe me, the quality and tastes of the food is 1st class all the way.

The service here matches the 5-Star service that the Trump properties are known for. On this day, the bartender Kelly greeted us at the podium and provided us with friendly conversation and professional service. On this day, we had the place to ourselves, for about a half-hour, until a trickle of lunch patrons came slowly strolling in. For non-hotel guests, there is complementary 4-hour valet parking available. My wife and I will be back soon and will definitely recommend this establishment to friends and family.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Fabulous dinner on a Friday evening to see the Hilton fireworks. We booked a 7:15 reservation and were there in plenty of time for the show. Mai tai's were excellent as was the food. Great sushi, lamb chops and spring rolls. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Fun, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 12, 2017

家族で利用しました。トランプタワーのラウンジですが入りやすい雰囲気でした。
料理はそれぞれの皿が少ない量で提供されるので、家族で少しずつシェアして食べれるのが良いと思います。子供が飲めるノンアルコールのカクテルもおいしく、お勧めです。

Tags: Live Music, Tapas, Cozy, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 10, 2017

クチコミでの印象より
雰囲気、味、ボリュームともに
私は満足しました。

ガーリックシュリンプのソースは
残さずパンにつけて食べたい味。

チーズと生ハムの盛り合わせは
素敵な盛り合わせとボリュームで
家族の話も盛り上がりました。

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (Detroit)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Great service and very accommodating to our party of 7 which included 3 small children. Food was good and happy hour prices were great.

Tags: Happy Hour, Kid-friendly
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Amazing food. The taste of food was big league. The quality of service was huge. This made dining great again.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Vibrant Bar Scene, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Disabled Access, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Late-night Find, Cozy, Waterfront, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I brought my girlfriend here to try the food and watch the fireworks show from the Hilton Hawaiian. Everything was outstanding! The view of the ocean and skyline at sunset was so beautiful! Our server Jamie was the best! She provided recommendations, was very attentive and took great pictures! The food and drinks were nothing short of excellent.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 10, 2017

Very pleasant food was great.

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 (Louisville)·Dined on May 16, 2017

Our hostess and waitress was wonderful. She was gracious and very helpful. We enjoyed our drinks and the small plates we ordered. I did not like I was supporting a Trump property. The view of downtown was beautiful, but there was no view of the ocean as the name suggests.

Tags: Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Creative Cuisine
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 14, 2017

We went there for the first time to celebrate Mother's Day dinner--very relaxing as there weren't many kids. It's an open patio so it was fairly cool, but the night skyline was beautiful. The ocean is a bit far away but there. This is more of a gastropub, but we were satisfied with the selections.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Tapas, Casual, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Tea
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on May 12, 2017

金曜日の夜に伺いました。ヒルトンの花火がとっても綺麗に観ることができました。マイタイやお寿司も美味しかった!

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 (Orange County)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Good ! We enjoyed.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Commendable dishes with beautiful presentation; delicious and looked good, too. Perfect place to have good time and to entertain friends. Would have given 5 star, but the service was not quite up to my expectation because I almost had to ask, every time, to have my ice tea refill. Perhaps, too few waiters to handle/serve too many tables. Lastly, I was a little disappointed with my booth table; watched the singer's back all night, not the way to entertain friends who were first time there.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 12, 2017

料理はどれも美味しかったです。ただ、量に対して値段は高いと思いました。

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 7, 2017

Very good~ :)

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on April 5, 2017

It was great at the beginning of Waikiki with no obstacle view other than palm trees and sunset

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Tapas, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Excellent food, prices, wine selection, and service!

Tags: Casual, Outstanding Value, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Cozy
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 (Portland)·Dined on March 4, 2017

We very much enjoyed dining here on two occasions. The service was exceptional, the food delicious and well priced, and all in a very pleasing ambiance. Very tastefully decorated and beautiful view.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on February 25, 2017

Best time to go is during sunset. Amazing view.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 21, 2017

ハッピーアワーでの利用でした。お酒・食事ともに非常にリーズナブルな上においしく、サンセット見ながら良い時間を過ごせました。

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 18, 2017

Told what time to leave!!! Then told an %18 tip was mandatory on our bill!!! Details: We arrived promptly at 5 for our reservation. As they sat our party of 4, the hostess made a point of telling us that they were very busy, had another party that had reservations after us and that we could stay two hours and THAT WAS IT. I was speechless. We are residents, and have brought friends to this bar and been guests of other friends there on many occasions, enjoyed many drinks and menu items, tipped well, and left happy. We had never been treated that way before! Nothing about our dress (casual evening clothes and dress shoes) or demeanor should have raised any concerns that we would be anything but good customers, so it couldn't have been "bad tip" profiling or anything like that.... There were seven tables around us that were empty when we sat down, FIVE of which remained empty, and were empty when we left..less than an hour and a half after we sat down. Oh, and when our bill was brought out after we ate and had three rounds of drinks, IT HAD A NOTE THAT THE (%18)TIP WAS ALREADY INCLUDED ON THE BILL. Are you kidding me?? Ridiculous. We really liked that place.... liked bringing visiting friends and family there.... but don't ever want to go back and be embarrassed like that again.

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Our waiter Eric made our dining experience wonderful. He was pleasant, attentive and gave great food and drink recommendations.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 26, 2017

サービスも雰囲気も最高でした。2日連続でいってしまうほどよかったです。店員の方も覚えていてくださり、嬉かったです。JCBだと割引があるなど教えてくださりすごく親切でした。また絶対行きたいですし、次ハワイに行く人に勧めました。

Tags: Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Cozy, Romantic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, People Watching, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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