Fodor's Expert Review 53 by the Sea

$$$$ Kakaako Contemporary

Housed in a McVilla aimed at attracting a Japanese wedding clientele, this restaurant serves contemporary Continental food that focuses primarily on well-prepared standards you'd find at a reception (crab cakes in lemon puree, mahimahi with a mango beurre blanc, lamb chops in a red wine reduction)—albeit with a million-dollar view of Honolulu, from Kakaako to Diamond Head. Perched at water's edge, with famed surf break Point Panic offshore, 53 by the Sea uses its setting to great advantage—the crescent-shaped dining room faces the sea, so even if you’re not at a table nestled against the floor-to-ceiling windows, you have a fine view. It's the stuff marriage proposals are made on. If you aren't proposing or dining, you can drop in for lunch or have cocktails and appetizers at the bar's little outdoor balcony and watch the city lights go up as the sun goes down. Sublime.

Contemporary Romantic Views Sophisticated Lunch Dinner $$$$

Quick Facts

53 Ahui St.
Honolulu, Hawaii  96813, USA


Known For:
  • Views, especially at sunset
  • Odd villa decor that somehow works
  • Wedding chapel on-site in case the mood strikes

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