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Surf Lanai

#134 of 1,972 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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Casual Elegant

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  • 72
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Never Disappoints

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
konakai2008
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Minneapolils, MN
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  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Minneapolils, MN
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57 reviews 57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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214 reviews 214 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
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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55 reviews 55 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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73 reviews 73 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Breakfast was just wonderful. Having breakfast with such an amazing view of the beach and the Diamond head while you enjoy a delicious dish with fresh fruit, bread and eggs; is just great!

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Seattle, Washington
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We had daily breakfast package included as part of our stay at the Royal Hawaiian and it was definitely worth it. The restaurant is located right next to the Mai Tai Bar and it is very close to the RH pool and the hotel entrance to the Waikiki beach. There are a number of mixed reviews about this restaurant, which... More 

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Auckland, New Zealand
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112 reviews 112 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

Went here for lunch and was terribly disappointed. The staff are so rude it is not funny. We were lucky that the lady who was our server seemed to be the only one around with a smile on her face. Our drinks were ok but the food was not. My fiance ordered a pizza which had crust so thick he... More 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?