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53 by the Sea

#137 of 1,819 Restaurants in Honolulu
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53 Ahui St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-5511 (Olomehani St.)
+1 808-536-5353
Today
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
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Gold Coast, Australia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We are a family of 5, our youngest being 9 years old. We wanted a special dinner out whilst in Waikiki. The location is lovely, though a little out of town - cost of an uber from downtown was approx $20 each way. The restaurant is in a beautiful old, ornate building, so it creates a lovely feel as you... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We had never been to 53 By the Sea for dinner, scared away by stories of the high prices and that it was primarily a Japanese wedding mill. We decided to try it for my brother's birthday. We arrived at 5:30 pm. An early reservation is important because you walk into the dining room and are rewarded by the most... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Besides the lovely setting with views of Diamond Head and Waikiki, this restaurants serves the best rack of lambs I have ever had in HI. All the sides were equally delicious. Of course, this is the place where your wallet will suffer but come prepared...and indulge yourself in all the tasty dishes this wonderful restaurant has to offer!

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1 Thank maracuja87
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Spectacular views of the ocean and Diamondhead are just the beginning of the great things to be said about 53 by the Sea! The food was amazing and the wait staff very good! There were ships going in and out of the harbor just in front of us! A beautiful venue and and excellent restaurant that we highly recommend.

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Waimea, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

My wife and I have been here several times for dinner. This was our first time for lunch. The views of Diamond Head and the ocean are super in the daylight. Service was excellent. The steak salad and shrimp tempura donburi bowl were very good. Highly recommended for the views, ambience--worth a splurge.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

It was beautiful and high end. The food, drink and service were top notch! I highly recommend the tasting menu. Even if you don't eat red meat they will make changes.

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Huntington Beach, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Came here for sunday brunch before my flight back to the mainland. The restaurant is situated in a perfect spot overlooking the bay/marina. Great views. Food was not great but not terrible either. Nothing really spectacular. They offered a prix-fix menu as well and the prices were pretty reasonable. The restaurant itself did not have a very lively atmosphere. It... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Went here for my sons birthday. The view was fabulous for a dinner setting. Food was great. Spent $360 (tip included) for 4 adults and my 7 year old niece. We had two appetizers, our main entree and everyone got a dessert and some kind of alcoholic beverage.

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Kaneohe
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

The food is good; the service friendly and professional, the ocean/Diamond Head view spectacular. And for "fine dining" it's not too expensive.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

We were part of a business function. Great service. Food was good. Especially enjoyed the lobster bisque and papaya creme brulee.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30
Cuisine
American, Seafood, Fusion
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
Thursday
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
Friday
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
Saturday
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Ahui St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-5511
    (Olomehani St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-536-5353
Description
Designed around its breathtaking view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, 53 By The Sea offers you the opportunity to experience Hawaii dining like never before. Delight at Chef Thomas Ho’s artistry as he combines fresh local ingredients with succulent seafoods and the finest hand-cut meats. Just as exquisite are the melodic sounds of local pianists playing on the Italian made Fazioli piano in the adjacent T’s at 53 lounge, featuring wines and spirits from around the globe. 53 By The Sea is truly a celebration for all the senses! Collared shirts are required please.

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