Fodor's Expert Review La Mariana Restaurant & Sailing Club
The last of Honolulu's old-school tiki bars is tucked away in the industrial area of Sand Island. A mix of salty-dog sailors (the place looks out on sailboats bobbing in the Keehi Lagoon marina) and hipsters drink stiff mai tais (cocktails are all made with bottled mixers—no handcrafted anything here) sitting at the bar lit by hanging puffer-fish lamps or in peacock chairs in the dining room. There's nothing fancy and nothing new at this throwback to old Hawaii with tikis from a bygone era and rattan chairs to match. The food—breaded shrimp with cocktail sauce and fries, prime rib with mashed potatoes—is equally cast in Mad Men amber (frozen vegetable medley anyone?). You go for the feeling that Don the Beachcomber might walk in any minute. There's live piano music on Thursday night, and amateurs are invited to croon along.
50 Sand Island Access Rd.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96819, USA
- Throwback to a simpler era
- Live sing-along piano music
- Pufferfish lamps that cast a particular glow