We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
2259 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
Improve this listing
Ranked #146 of 1,956 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $40
Cuisines: Continental
Neighborhood: Waikiki
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Write a Review

135 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Georgetown, Texas
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Patchogue, New York
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
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!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seattle, Washington
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 3
Auckland, New Zealand
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
107 helpful votes 107 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Mosman, NSW, Australia
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We arrived for breakfast without a reservation and asked to sit outside, which was not a problem. Our waiter suggested we have the buffet, which we decided to have, and were not disappointed. Great variety of delicious fresh food, outstanding omelettes, great eggs benedict and fresh juices. The coffee was good too. I probably ate too much, but our waiter... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Oakville, Canada
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

After 60 years, I finally returned to Oahu where I'd lived as a child. A huge treat for me was to have my 11th birthday dinner at the Royal Hawaiian. Going back, we had breakfast and an afternoon snack at the Surf Lanai. The pink theme still reigns, so we sat under pink umbrellas, and the view of Diamond Head... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Sydney, Australia
Top Contributor
102 reviews 102 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014

Beautiful setting for breakfast. Great food. Sporadic service. Had breakfast hear 4 mornings because it was included with our room. Depending on how busy they were and which waiter you got service could be fantastic or very very slow. Not that it was a real problem when you are dining in such a special location. Pidgeons on the tables are... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Honolulu, Hawaii
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Recently visited the Surf Lanai in Waikiki for lunch and had a wonderful time. http://www.royal-hawaiian.com/dining/surflanai/ Located inside the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel a.k.a. the "Pink Palace" in Waikiki, the restaurant sits on the site of the former world renown Surf Room, and opened in spring of 2009 after a seven months (...I think...) closure of the entire resort for renovation... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 4
Top Contributor
101 reviews 101 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

My husband and I stumbled upon this gorgeous place for lunch. As mentioned in other reviews, this is an expensive lunch. My husband's burger was fantastic and worth $22 but my salad came with an overcooked. tough and tiny half lobster tail so for $32 I expected much more. It was full of other seafood that was good as well... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Surf Lanai also viewed


Been to Surf Lanai? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Surf Lanai staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?