During our stay in the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu, we found most local restaurants cater well to families, offering high chairs and booster seats, changing tables in the restrooms, kid’s (keiki) menus, and often crayons and coloring sheets. There is plenty of choice in the area, everything from fast food chains to upscale dining.
We enjoyed checking out the restaurants, usually ending up at beachfront places within the hotels. Here are six restaurants in the Waikiki area where we ate well at, with a stunning view of Waikiki Beach and the Pacific Ocean…
Beachhouse at the Moana, Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
Some of the best dishes we had during our stay were at Beachhouse at the Moana, the elegant restaurant at the Moana Surfrider. The best tables are right at the end of the veranda overlooking Waikiki Beach.
Mr. G raved about the seafood dishes, such as the Hawaiian “Poke” starter, which was ahi tuna served with soy sauce, onion, avocado cream and spicy aioli…
… and his entree, the porcini crusted ahi loin with warm barley salad and a chili vinaigrette.
I had the Maui onion soup with four-cheese gratin as a starter…
… and the braised short rib served with gruyere polenta and wasabi pea gremolata for my main entrée. The meat was very tender and the whole dish was very filling, delicious and bursting with flavor.
On the side, we ordered market vegetables and kimchi brussels sprouts – which were fantastic by the way! Both times we had dinner there, we didn’t order a separate meal for Little T as there was plenty to share from our plates (he loved the short ribs).
Ocean House, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, 2169 Kalia Road, Waikiki, HI 96815
Known for its seafood and slow roasted prime rib, the Ocean House at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort has outstanding views of Diamond Head and is one of the best spots to watch the sunset. We requested a table with an ocean view, and the view of the sunset was amazing, although Little T kept sitting on that perch and poking around at the sun shade.
Ocean House also has a great keiki menu. We ordered Little T a plate of grilled mahi-mahi with jasmine rice. It was a delicious, healthy and simple meal for him to eat – especially since he loves grilled food and rice – and a welcome change from the typical kid’s menu fare.
I ordered the lite cut Hawaiian sea salt slow roasted premium Angus Prime Rib, served with mashed potatoes, and it was all delicious.
Mr. G had the tender yellow fin tuna, grilled and glazed with tamari teriyaki sauce, served with steamed rice and a tamari sesame vinaigrette.
House without a Key, Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815
The House without a Key is located in the Halekulani Hotel, a lovely place for oceanfront outdoor dining with live entertainment. We were there for the Sunset Kiawe Grill, although we actually ended up ordering off the regular menu.
Chicken tenders for Little T…
I had the Southern-style baby back ribs, which were pretty good…
And – sorry for the awful photo – Mr. G had that soy miso-cured fish in the background.
A beautiful view of Diamond Head and a lovely place to dine outdoors by the ocean.
Hula Grill, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, 2335 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 203, Honolulu, HI 96815
The menu at the Hula Grill, located in the Outrigger* features local specialties prepared with Hawaiian fresh fish, premium steaks and locally grown produce. (*Different hotel from the Outrigger Reef where the Ocean House is – this Outrigger is located between the Moana and the Royal Hawaiian on Kalakaua Ave)
We liked the friendly, casual atmosphere, unique menu and the great view of the ocean and the lively Duke’s bar, which is just downstairs. I had their famous fresh squeezed Mai Tai made with pineapple, guava, orange and passion fruit juices, orange curacao and light and dark rums.
Little T had a BBQ pork sandwich with fries from the keiki menu. The sandwich was a bit messy for him to eat on his own but overall he enjoyed it!
I had the kabocha squash gnocchi with a Hamakua wild mushroom medley and asparagus. This tasted pretty good but the sauce was a bit too runny to be honest.
Mr. G had the filet steak Kiana with shiitake mushroom cream and truffle butter, which he was very happy with and enjoyed the combination of flavors.
The Beach Bar, Moana Surfrider, 2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
Whenever we were in Waikiki for lunchtime, usually after spending the morning at the beach or at the pool, we stuck to eating at the Moana Surfrider‘s Beach Bar. Also a bonus: kid’s meals are complimentary for hotel guests with purchase of an adult meal.
Lunch at the Beach Bar for Little T was typically a basket of chicken tenders with Popchips or a margherita flatbread. I really liked the vegetable wraps in a spinach tortilla.
Mr. G usually went with the Pipikaula Cobb salad with grilled chicken, grape tomatoes, cucumber, avocado and greens (without the blue cheese and mango ranch dressing).
Surf Lanai Restaurant, The Royal Hawaiian, 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815
The only time we strayed away from the Moana’s Beach Bar was for lunch at the nearby Royal Hawaiian’s casual eatery, the Surf Lanai. I ordered a royal mimosa to sip on while we waited for our lunch, which, for me, was a plate of fried noodles with chicken…
… and for Mr. G, a crispy Thai salad with grilled chicken breast. The salad was made with shredded napa cabbage, crispy wontons, julienne cucumber and carrot, roasted peanuts, kaffir lime vinaigrette and peanut dressing.
Little T meanwhile had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with fruit – his meal was complimentary with purchase of an adult meal.
Have you visited any of these restaurants or have any other favourite places to eat at in the Waikiki area?
For more tips on visiting Oahu with kids, have a look at our Oahu Destination Guide.