Not a place you will randomly stumble onto but worth a visit.
Food Types: American
Food Types: Bar / Appetizers
Food Types: Burger / Dog / Sandwich
Food Types: Seafood
Payment: $$ - Average - $15 to $30
Service Type: Table
Offers: Ocean Views
Offers: Open Air / Outdoor Seating
This is one of those hidden away places that you'll never just randomly find on your own. First, it's in a part of Honolulu that isn't exactly a big touristy area (on the way to Sand Island State Recreation Area). Second, even if you made it to this general area it's on a side street that doesn't have a name. Third, if you got that far you'd probably drive right by without even realizing there is a restaurant here.
So, let's get you here first. Our map pin points it but the easy directions are to take the Nimitz Highway (92) and head south on to Sand Island Access Road (64). Follow the access road down a few blocks and it will then curve to the left. When it does you'll take the first right after the curve. This steet doesn't have a name.
Follow that side street down, curve right, and the restaurant is on your left. Park on the street or in the lot nearby. It's right on the water and right next to the boat marina. The restaurant portion of the building is in back so just head towards the water and then follow the roped path and you'll run into the restaurant.
It's hidden, it's very tiki-themed, but it's also very authentic so doesn't have that fake touristy tiki vibe you'll get at other tiki bars (I'm looking at you Waikiki).
We found the service here to be unbelievably friendly and happy from the second we walked in, a nice touch. That lasted throughout our entire meal and a lot of other restaurants could take notes on how well this place makes you feel welcome.
We ordered up some mozzarella sticks for an appetizer. They were pricey at $11 but it turns out they give you a lot (8) and they are each quite large. They are also homemade and delicious, none of that pre-made frozen stuff.
For my entree, I tried the spaghetti. The menu is filled with sandwiches and seafood options and the place didn't have an Italian vibe but I wanted to give it a try. It was better than I expected with good sliced sausage bits in it. The sauce was a bit on the bland side but otherwise a better than average meal but it's not competing with a true Italian restaurant experience. It was also a lot of spaghetti (to be clear, it was actually a linguini noodle) and a deal at only $11.
The atmosphere here is fun and relaxing, the service is friendly and excellent, and the food is better than average (spaghetti) to quite good (mozzarella sticks) so it's a 4 overall to me even if the spaghetti was only a 3.5 by itself. Next time I'll try a sandwich and have a feeling that's a better option (or the seafood dishes) for a place like this. Regardless, I really recommend you give it a try.
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