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57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, Oahu, HI 96731 (Formerly 21 Degrees North)
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Ranked #13 of 24 restaurants in Kahuku
Price range: $39 - $75
Cuisines: Dessert, Hawaiian, Healthy, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Pa‘akai’s menu highlights the best in fresh local fish, farm-raised lobster, Kauai prawns, sea asparagus, seaweed and sea salt produced in Hawaii. Signature dishes include the pan-seared kampachi with roasted butternut squash, grilled crimini mushrooms and an apple daikon vinaigrette; as well as the Inamona–crusted scallops with avocado puree, Kahuku corn and pipikaula relish with macadamia nut chili oil. The menu also includes offerings such as the Kona coffee-rubbed New Zealand lamb rack with truffle mash and an elderflower and blackberry reduction, as well as a Hawaiian ranchers rib eye steak with fingerling potatoes. Desserts include a warm caramelized apple banana chocolate lumpia with coconut sauce, and a Waialua chocolate soufflé with Ka‘u macadamia nut sauce. The restaurant also features a full bar with signature cocktails and an array of appetizers, including selections from a seafood “treasure chest.”Pa‘akai has a contemporary, ocean-inspired ambiance of cool blues and natural fixtures, flexible seating for 110 guests, and an area for nightly live entertainment from renowned local artists.
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73% Recommend
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English first
Winnetka, Illinois
17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had a rehearsal dinner at Pa‘akai, and the food was superb and service flawless. The staff was magnificently helpful and friendly. We chose filet mignon and monchong (local deep-water fish) surf and turf for the entrée, with the mushroom risotto for our vegetarian option. Our guests raved about both. The checkerboard cake is REALLY good. If you want to... More

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Moline, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The service and meal was five star at Pa'akai, we loved it !! The staff was very friendly and on top of getting our order, refilling our beverages, and clearing the table.

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Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

This is the crown of the Turtle Bay Resort. It is somewhat small and intimate with windows looking out on the beauty and a couple outdoor tables as well. The prices are quite high but it is to be expected at a resort. Simple elegance surrounded by Hawaii's beauty. Food was fresh and unique with good presentation and originality. Nice... More

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Johnston, Iowa, USA
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75 reviews 75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

We got in from the beach one day and placed a call to the concierge to get dinner reservations here that same night. We told him it was 2 adults and 2 kids, and asked if kids were okay. He said yes, so we went. What he failed to tell us is that there is no kids menu. Their solution... More

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Longmont, Colorado
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

A bit expensive, but a must go to! We loved it! Waiters are knowledgeable and friendly. The filet was tender and the best I've had in my life. The 5 course option was also fun to get to try a lot of things and all so yummy!

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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

We ate here while staying at the Turtle Bay Resort. The 5-course meal was tempting and certainly good value while being able to try a variety of dishes, but we opted to order a la carte and were very pleased. The ahi poke served tableside was fun and educational to watch, and generous portions of very fresh tuna. My husband... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014 via mobile

We at here our last night at Turtle Bay resort. We each had the five course meal which included ahi tuna, chilean sea bass and beef filet. We were very impressed with both the flavor and the presentation. Since this is the fine dining restaurant at the resort it was more expensive than the other restaurants but was well worth... More

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Sioux City
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We did the 5 course meal - I highly recommend this. The food is amazing. Also, if you go on a Wednesday and sit outside you get an awesome view of the entertainment.

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Memphis, Tennessee
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

My wife and I ate at this restaurant and were very impressed. The whole local fish served with head on was $75. I was hesitant to spend that much on one dish. Once it came, I saw that the dish was UNDERPRICED! The fish had to have weighed at least 4 pounds and was easily enough for 3 people. The... More

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Albuquerque, NM
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had dinner at Pa'akai the last night we stayed at the resort. We were seated next to a window so could watch the Polynesian entertainment and enjoy ocean views as we dined. All the produce (fruit & veggies) are so fresh as they're locally sourced, and the seafood is fantastic. Highly recommend!

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