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“Great view but less than wonderful entrees”
Review of 53 by the Sea

53 by the Sea
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Ranked #45 of 2,622 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$ 25 - US$ 30
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Olomehani St.
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!
Reviewed 17 March 2018

We were seated at a window table with a beautiful view of Diamond Head and Waikiki. The ambiance is lovely with beautiful live music in the background. There is also quick on-site valet parking. Glenn was our server and he did an excellent job along with the rest of the staff. Lobster bisque, house salad, and seared foie gras were all very good. Wine selection, both by the glass and bottle was quite good. Chocolate lava cake dessert was tasty, albeit nothing out of the ordinary. We had Surf & Surf and Macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi for our entrees. Both entrees were unfortunately dry/over cooked and overall preparation and presentation for both should be re-evaluated as menu items. This is hard to say. The restaurant has so much to offer, but the entrees were a major drawback.

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Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Food and views are amazing. Very elegant setting-great for date night or special celebration. The service is on point. 53 by the Sea is a must when visiting HI.

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Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

This is probably the only eatery that gives diners magnificent view of what Honolulu has to offer. They also offer super dishes, complemented with outstanding services, for both lunch & dinner. For first time visitors, I definitely recommend that you give it a try and hope that your experience will bring you eternal fond memories, and perhaps even refer it to your friends & acquaintances. They offer valid parking only, so it is very convenience for a few bucks of tips with virtual no time limits.

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Reviewed 1 February 2018

In Hawaii for our 41st wedding anniversary and thought we had found a lovely, romantic restaurant. The hostess knew it was our anniversary and I guess she thought sitting next to one another on a bench was romantic. She put us at a table where we both faced the window rather than one another. My view was actually a pillar. I would much rather have looked at my lovely wife. The worst thing was that there were large families with little kids on each side of us. Between babies crying and 5 yr olds playing games on their cell phones, any romance bit the dust early.

Forget the dress code. I had a dress shirt, tie and sport coat but the two fathers next to us had t-shirts on.

The food was good and well prepared. The service attentive though oblivious to our conditions. Not a restaurant I’ll return to and I suggest you look elsewhere unless you enjoy the ambience of IHOP.

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Reviewed 28 January 2018 via mobile

This was one of our “Top Five” meals of our lifetime. This is a foodies paradise on Oahu. It’s also a well kept secret with great views of Diamond Head. I had the escargot stuffed mushrooms—one of the best dishes ever in my lifetime. The wait staff is excellent and so helpful, without pretense. So looking forward to when we can return for our next meal here!!!

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