About Wai’olu Ocean View Lounge

Experience "liquid artistry" at Wai"olu Ocean View lounge. 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 View Lounge Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.7

Noise

Quiet

100% would recommend it to a friend

Scenic View (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
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Fun (4)
Live Music (4)
Cozy (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Romantic (3)
Tapas (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Great Beer (1)
Authentic (1)
Good for Birthdays (1)
Business Meals (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Fit for Foodies (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Local Ingredients (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Neighborhood Gem (1)
People Watching (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
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 (Hawaii)·Dined 3 days ago

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 6 days ago

Nice dinner! Quiet like hidden place.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 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 31, 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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·Dined on October 28, 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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·Dined on October 28, 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 30, 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 26, 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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·Dined on August 13, 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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·Dined on August 11, 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 10, 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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·Dined on July 30, 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 22, 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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Greensboro)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We were a party of 7, enjoying food and beverages before the new year 🔔 rang out 2017. The atmosphere and sourrounding is just lovely. We had a fantastic waiter. Our tip to her were worth weight in gold. Her outstanding service gave us a five ⭐️ evening.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2016

Had a great time at this restaurant. Excellent service and fabulous food

Tags: Fun, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 24, 2016

Amazing place, food and staff.

The staff that night was very friendly and helpful. It was a chilli night, and I was a bit cold, when the waiter came to my rescue with hot tea and a scarf. Thank you so much!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good Vegetarian Options, Hot Spot, Cozy
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 23, 2016

This place was lovely. I especially liked that we got to see the fireworks from where we sat. This place is on the expensive side though and sometimes it took a while to get our server's attention. But we did have excellent service. The only other downside is that while I was there, there was a couple who tried to sit at our table because I had 2 available seats. They didn't end up sitting there, but I believe the restaurant should have the outside seating roped off so that parties that are dining there are not disturbed by unwelcome visitors that are not apart of their party.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 9, 2016

The view of Friday night fireworks was awesome! There were 6 kids under 6 and 6 adults in our party. We sat in casual comfy couches around a low table. Our service was 5 star. The waitress was 100% attentive to all our needs, orders, requests and even the broken glass a kid managed to bump. She made great food recommendations based on our party and her knowledge of their menu and drinks. I'd go back on a Friday night again! The Christmas was in the air with music and decorated trees in the background. Overall, the perfect finale spot with fireworks and all to our vacation in Oahu!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Kid-friendly
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on December 6, 2016

Great view and service. It is located in a five star hotel so the surroundings make the experience feel very chic. The award winning mai tai lived up to the hype.

Tags: Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Business Meals, Cozy, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 2, 2016

Delicious food! Sushi could have been better. We are connoisseurs! Virgin drinks overpriced! And
Mojito is premixed "beads". Prefer hand made. Lava flows were perfect. Fish of the day superb!
We didn't appreciate guests who were also dining standing up along the railing and blocking our view while we sat at L3. Delightful atmosphere. Comfy seats. We loved it so much that we got a gift certificate for our second visit!

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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 19, 2016

My friends and I decided to try Waiolu for Restaurant Week. The view from the restaurant is spectacular, too bad we didn't come here on a Friday evening. The Hilton fireworks show would be in plain view. I might come back on July 4, just to see the Ala Moana fireworks show. It was rainy and windy the evening we came, and because Waiolu is outdoor dining, it was chilly. Bring a sweater if you come. We asked to be moved to another table. The menu is mostly tapas style, so we shared. We ordered one Restaurant Week prix fixe special (chili relleno, wagyu steak, creme brullee) $58, dynamite roll - $24, 6 oz. NY steak - $24, kalua pork spring rolls - $18, and steamed clams - 18. The food is average, nothing to rave about, portions are small. There is a one-man entertainer, and for us, the music was too loud. Thankfully, we were seated on the opposite end of the music. I felt sorry for those seated closer to the music. The service started attentively because we were the second table to arrive at 6p. As more people arrived, service went downhill. The first plates we used became sloshy with chili relleno sauce and refried beans, soy sauce, clam juice, so we asked for new plates. After 15 minutes or more, the server brought it. At the same time, I asked for a small bowl to scoop out the clam liquid to drink. Server brought a spoon. I explained I didn't want to double dip and wanted a bowl, not spoon. We ordered another drink. After a long while we thought it wasn't coming, and just when we were going to ask for the check, the drink arrived. There was one spring roll left and we asked for it to be wrapped. The server took it away to be wrapped and we never saw it again. We paid the bill and left. For the price we paid, $218 plus $40 tip, total $258, I expect more. Overall, Waiolu is good if you are looking for a spectacular view, loud music, and good drinks. If you are looking for good food coupled with good service, especially at the prices we paid, the value is not there.

Tags: Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Casual, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Live Music, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 2016

Great view for sunset pupus or Friday night firework views. Overpriced tiny portion entrees disappoint.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 18, 2016

The hostess was extremely personable & friendly. She definitely set the tone for the evening.

Tags: Tapas, Live Music
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