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Best Waterfront Restaurants in Honolulu

June 21st, 2022 Food & Drink
Best Waterfront Restaurants in Honolulu

Honolulu’s waterfront restaurants show off the beauty the city has to offer, from enviable beach views to panoramas of Diamond Head to the east or the Waiʻanae range to the west - and all with a little sunshine and salty air! This is paradise, after all. Whether you’re in the mood for fresh catch, grilled surf-n’-turf, or hand-picking your own poke, these are the best waterfront restaurants in Honolulu.

Restaurant 604

Grab a seat on Restaurant 604’s patio overlooking Pearl Harbor and ʻAiea Bay to watch the sun sink behind the Waiʻanae Range to the west. Their laid-back space is next to the USS Arizona Memorial, making it the perfect stopover if you’re visiting the naval base. Choose from a delicious selection of island-style pupus like Miso Ahi Belly Bites, Salmon Bombs, Firecracker Chicken, and Kalua Nachos. For entrées, some of our favorites include the Macnut Beurre Blanc Mahi Mahi, Grilled Salmon Steak, and the slightly spicy Chipotle Mango Ribs. 57 Arizona Memorial Dr.

Nico's Pier 38

For ocean-to-table seafood and a chance to see Honolulu’s fishermen hard at work, Nico’s Pier 38 is your tip-top spot. Located along the Honolulu Harbor near downtown, the large waterside restaurant specializes in locally sourced ingredients and authentic Hawaiian dishes. Have a seat outside for views of the fishing boat traffic and the bustling barges and docks along the harbor. Nico’s attracts quite the crowd for its ambiance alone, but their menu solidifies their rank as one of the top waterfront restaurants in Honolulu. They serve dishes like a fish omelet for breakfast, Kalua pig Hawaiian plate for lunch, and perfectly flaky, grilled peppercorn swordfish for dinner. Plus Nico’s has their own walk-up smoked seafood and poke counter with offerings like fresh ahi, aku, au, crab, clam, and shrimp. 1129 N. Nimitz Hwy.

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53 By The Sea

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or it's just another night out, 53 By The Sea is the place to go for an upscale dining experience or romantic dinner by the beach. A favorite since 2012, the chic space in Honolulu’s Kaka’ako neighborhood overlooks Waikiki and Diamond Head, and features a progressive menu inspired by fare from all over the world. Executive Chef Mark Cadiente uses classic European cooking techniques to craft exceptional dishes like Ora King Salmon with brown butter, Filet Mignon with soubise sauce and veal ju, and Saffron Risotto with portobello mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes. 53 Ahui St.

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Tiki's Grill & Bar

Tiki’s Grill & Bar is a Waikiki staple. Located on the 3rd floor of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, the iconic tiki bar sits high above Kalakaua Avenue overlooking Kuhio Beach. Under the direction of Executive Chef Ronnie Nasuti, Tiki’s casual American and Pacific-Rim menu includes dishes like Macadamia Nut Crusted Island Fish, Guava Glazed Baby Back Ribs, and Coconut Shrimp. Pair your entrée with an ice cold 1944 Mai Tai topped with housemade passion fruit foam and take home a custom Tiki’s glass. Secure a spot on the lanai in the evening for beautiful sunset views over Waikiki Beach and nightly live music. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.

[Oʻahu Restaurants with a View]

Barefoot Beach Café

Just south of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel and located in the Sans Souci State Recreation Park, Barefoot Beach Café is a delightful waterfront eatery with far less foot traffic than you’d find elsewhere on Kalakaua Avenue. The outstanding Barefoot Burger - the family’s 50 year old recipe - is Barefoot Beach Café’s showpiece, but other dishes are equally delicious: like their World Famous Garlic Shrimp, Hawaiian BBQ Chicken, and Royal Loco Moco. 2699 Kalakaua Ave.

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“Great time at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. We loved lounging on the big couch/loungers by the pool in the evening listening to music at Tiki’s and watching the palm trees sway in the breeze. Staff were so helpful with everything. Excellent week away for my birthday!” - TBSwan, TripAdvisor

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