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Surf Lanai

#112 of 1,801 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Waikiki
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2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
808-921-4600
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 75
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  • 16
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food!

I hate that the continental breakfast is ~$20 but it's actually really tasty and filling. You get juice, coffee or tea, a smoothie shot, fresh fruit bowl, and three breakfast pastries. The pastries are my favorite - especially the mini croissants! Their breakfast entrees are also pretty filling... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
Michelle T
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New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I hate that the continental breakfast is ~$20 but it's actually really tasty and filling. You get juice, coffee or tea, a smoothie shot, fresh fruit bowl, and three breakfast pastries. The pastries are my favorite - especially the mini croissants! Their breakfast entrees are also pretty filling - the portions are huge! Lunch is also very tasty - it's... More 

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Greenwich, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

As guests at the Royal Hawaiian we chose a room rate that included breakfast. The guest menu we were offered was limited but very good. It included both healthy and robust options. We ate mainly the eggs Benedict, full american eggs or omelettes each morning. These orders came with coffee or tea and fresh fruit or juice. The portions were... More 

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Savannah, Georgia
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

The Royal Mai Tai was the best Mai Tai we had on our trip, and the view of Waikiki and Diamond Head was great.

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Minneapolils, MN
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

We came here for lunch one day. The view of the ocean and Diamond Head are beautiful. Seating is outside at tables with curtains partially around your table so it feels like you have your own private place. Cozy. Our server was very nice and pleasant, as always. We got the Short Rib Panini and the Mahi Mahi Sandwich to... More 

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Nashville, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Since we were guests of the hotel, we started each day here with breakfast on the beach. During breakfast the beach is usually fairly quiet and guests haven't started to occupy the row of reserved chairs just beyond the restaurant. Coffee was delicious and the entrees were hearty enough to last us until happy hour later in the afternoon. One... More 

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Sydney
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

What a fantastic dining expensive. The position and the decor are the finest in Waikiki. The service was exemplary. The seafood was spectacular. They pride themselves on the freshest seafood direct from the morning Honolulu seafood market and it was absolutely outstanding quality. The Ahi and Opakapaka were both delicious and some of the finest seafood we have ever eaten,... More 

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vandenberg village, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

The buffet has most anything you could want or image for breakfast. We only enjoy when we have the time and desire for a large meal. Service is great and the staff keeps the food fresh and available

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East Lansing, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Having lunch at the Surf Lanai is a great way to experience the ambiance of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. You sit in a open air environment which is very private. The salads we had were made with local greens which were quite fresh and tasty. Our server was very nice. She did more than take our orders and serve our... More 

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Georgetown, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Had lunch at the Surf Lanai and enjoyed an excellent meal. Our waiter, Stanton, was able to fill us in on all the happenings there since our last visit to Waikiki. The restaurant sits right next to the beach at the Royal Hawaiian (what beach is left after years of pounding surf). I suggest ordering somehting you can't easily get... More 

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Patchogue, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

We opted for lunch at the Surf Lanai, because we knew a meal at the Royal Hawaiian would be quite expensive. We both started with the "Royal Mai Tai" and were not disappointed - it was the only great Mai Tai we had in Hawaii, but then this is where it all began. I think the pureed vanilla-cherry and the... More 

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Additional Information about Surf Lanai

Address: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
Phone Number: 808-921-4600
Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Waikiki
Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
Cuisine: Continental

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Waikiki
  • Neighborhood: Waikiki
  • Phone Number: 808-921-4600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: Continental

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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