Fodor's Expert Review Kai Market
A buffet in a giant resort hotel might send some discerning diners running, but the mass-market Sheraton Waikiki has pulled off this farm-to-table smorgasbord of Island and international flavors with considerable success. Yes, there is the obligatory prime rib carving station (locals are loco for prime rib), but there's also cilantro-laden Chinese-style steamed fish, clams in a ginger-black-bean sauce, osso bucco, and Korean-style braised short ribs. Chef Darren Demaya uses as much local produce as possible on the daily changing dinner menu. Station chefs pluck herbs from the "living wall" as needed. And you get the added bonus of the daily open-air luau-style show with a Hawaiian music duo, a hula dancer, and a fire-knife dancer, plus views that remind you why you've come to Hawaii. Because it's included with hotel packages, it can get crowded, however. Friday through Sunday are "seafood nights," which cost $5 more; but children age five and under eat free.
2255 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, USA
- Enough buffet options to make everyone happy
- Popular seafood and barbecue nights
- Hotel entertainment and people-watching