P.F. Changs

P.F. Changs
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Phone (808) 628-6760
Address 2201 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815?
Higher end and higher quality Chinese food. Tasty!

• Food Types: Chinese • Food Types: Fusion • Payment: $$ - Average - $15 to $30 • Meals: Dinner • Meals: Lunch
• Service Type: Table • Offers: Kids Menu • Offers: Open Air / Outdoor Seating

P.F. Changs is a chain of restaurants and this one is located in the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center in Waikiki.

If you are driving, there is a parking garage very close which is just southwest of the Kalakaua Ave and Royal Hawaiian Ave intersection. It's a horrible garage, though most around here are, but it will get the job done and if you stuck with the compact rental you'll be glad you did. Take your parking garage ticket with and they'll validate it for you at PF Changs but you'll still pay a dollar or two at the machine by the elevator.

They have both indoor and outdoor seating and the outdoor area is usually a fun place to watch the show that is Waikiki walk by as you eat and chat. The downside to eating outside is those who might be smoking as they walk by.

The food here is Chinese cuisine but is of a good quality. It's all very Americanized but it's still really tasty stuff even if not authentic.

On our last visit we tried the crispy green beans and I left wondering why all vegetables aren't deep fried. I normally won't touch a green bean but this time I ate more in one sitting than I have in my whole life combined. As if the deep frying wasn't enough they include this tasty dipping sauce that I now crave (tastes a lot like the Awesome Blossom dipping sauce at Outback Steakhouse).

We also ordered up some Honey Seared chicken, always a crowd favorite, for $17.50 which comes with a side of rice. It's like little chicken nuggets covered in a sweet honey sauce, how can yo go wrong?

Then some Kung Pao chicken ($17.50) which also comes with rice. I was hoping to substitute the regular rice with some fried rice but they couldn't do it so I ended up ordering a kids portion of the fried rice ($5.50) because I love that stuff.

The adult entrees here are pretty pricey, annoyingly so. The same goes for soda or tea at $3.25 each. But, if you have kids they'll eat relatively cheap because kids meals are $7.50 and include an entree, drink (soda, etc), and a big scoop of ice cream. Seems fair. Still, it's easy to spend $74 before tip even after that 10% Kamaaina discount they offer. That's a bit bunch for lunch.

We've been here many, many times. The services used to be excellent, now it's often slow and we've had our server forget things more than once. Drink refills have been slow at times as well. Our last lunch visit took two hours! It wasn't busy at all inside, quite dead actually, but everything was painfully slow. Some entrees have gone up a buck or so in price. The Crispy Green Bean appetizer I raved about earlier is about two-thirds the size it used to be but no cheaper.

Our last visit was so bad that I've changed my rating from 4.5 stars down to 3 stars and I'm being generous at that rating. Three bad visits in a row and I'm pretty much done with you. Maybe bad is the wrong word here. The food was good, though my Kung Pao Chicken seems to get drier with each visit, but with prices going up, portion sizes going down, and service being non-existant, well, it's just not worth a visit. There are so many great food choices on this island, why would I keep subjecting myself to a less than awesome experience? It's a shame, normally I'd recommend this place but I no longer can. I'll be back once more, I have a gift card to use up, but that's it unless I'm wow'd.