What better way to combine two of the best things about O‘ahu: gorgeous scenery and ‘ono (delicious) food? Here are a few suggestions for DINING with a VIEW.
LIKO’S TAP & TABLE: Head to Hawai‘i Kai for this waterfront eatery. Liko’s offers outdoor seating, a menu teeming with favorites such as poke, loco moco and Liko’s Fresh catch (served 4-9 p.m. daily) and 40 beers on tap (including 14 locally brewed beers). Take out available. likoshawaii.com.
PARADISE COVE: This lu‘au isn’t so much dining with a view as it’s dining while experiencing the beauty around you. Your lu‘au experience begins with a lei welcome (and a mai tai) as you walk through the Hawaiian Village and learn about the arts & crafts of the islands. Then, a Shower of Flowers signals that the hukilau on the beach is about to start. That’s followed by the imu (underground oven) ceremony and the feast. Delicious food is complimented by an evening filled with the dances and songs of Polynesia. NOTE: at press time, Paradise Cove was temporarily closed. For updates, please go to paradisecove.com.
DECK.WAIKIKI: You won’t get a more dramatic view of Diamond Head than the one you’ll find at Deck. Waikiki. Located on the 3rd floor pool deck at the Queen Kapi‘olani Hotel, its panoramic views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach almost steal the show. Almost. Dive into any of the restaurant’s elevated island favorites — Kaua‘i Garlic Prawns, Guava Smoked Pork Ribs and ‘Ahi Kastu Tacos are some suggestions — for a great meal. deckwaikiki.com
53 BY THE SEA: This oceanfront restaurant resembles a grand manor that’s inviting friends near and far for a lavish dinner. Indulge in offerings such as Grilled Prime Ribeye, 53’s poke or the Chilled Seafood Showcase. Sunday brunch is also available 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 53bythesea.com
PLUMERIA BEACH HOUSE: Located just steps from the sands off the Kahala Hotel & Resort, Plumeria Beach House offers open-air, casual dining. Perfect for sunset cocktails, menu favorites include Fried ‘Ahi Poke Musubi, Gratin of Big Island Abalone Beurre Maitre d’Hotel, Lobster Thermador and Broiled Misoyaki Butterfish. kahalaresort.com
100 SAILS: This restaurant located at the Prince Waikiki overlooks the harbor, hence its name: 100 Sails. The perfect pairing with its nautical views are the breakfast and dinner menus that off er up favorites such as Punalu‘u French Toast and acai bowls in the morning and the fitting Catch of the Day or Lobster Fried Rice in the evenings. 100sails. com.
LIKO’S TAP & TABLE (808) 394-LIKO (5456)
PARADISE COVE (808) 775-2683