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Oceanarium Restaurant

2490 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3240 (Waikiki)
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Ranked #530 of 1,920 restaurants in Honolulu
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Price range: $31 - $50
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Cross street: Liliuokalani Avenue
Description: Where dining is an adventure.At Pacific Beach Hotel's Ilima award-winning Oceanarium Restaurant, the flavors are as amazing as the views. Indulge in mouth-watering crab legs, tender prime rib of beef, fresh Island sashimi and sushi. Plus a nightly pasta and dessert station complemented with nightly specials – all alongside incredible views of nearly 400 fish from more than 70 different species of marine life. Nowhere else on the island will you find a dining experience quite like this.
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56% Recommend
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North Las Vegas, Nevada
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Good food, staff and a beautiful aquarium. Mermaid and divers, were entertaining at night during dinner. Buffet looked great, but we chose to eat off the menu. The pan seared chicken was very good.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We have been going to this restaurant for many years. We always thought that it was a great deal even though it costs $50 per person. The food had always been excellent. My daughters always loved the crab legs and I went for the shrimp tempura. This year it all changed. It was so different that we asked our waiter... More

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We had to do it once.....my wife wanted some tableside pics with the grouper etc...Makitti Polynesian Buffet for $20 (vs. $55 here) was just as good!

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Wytheville, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

My husband, daughter, and I ate here upon the recommendation of our group's tour director. The aquarium atmosphere is fun without feeling like eating inside a theme park, though the restaurant does welcome you with a "mermaid." We had just arrived from Sydney that morning (a 10-hour redeye flight) and probably looked as zoned-out as we were feeling, so we... More

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Medford, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This buffet would be great for about $30 but we paid $50 each. The prime rib was good and they had a nice mixture of oriental and American foods. Service was good. I resented having to walk by a photographer hawking photo poses with a "mermaid" photos- there was no other way into the restaurant.

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Somewhere, Maryland
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Not fresh and way overpriced... You can see the aquarium with the mermaids/divers swimming in it from the nearby lobby if you want. Basically, this is equivalent to your $14.99-$19.99 all you can eat buffets in the rest of the US serving a couple basic types of sushi/roll, tons of cheap not close to fresh/frozen (but steamed warm to serve)... More

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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

The aquarium (2 stories tall) is a feature, but it's downhill from there. The place was full, that's OK, but the service was terrible. The wait staff just go through the motions - once you get a drink, you're lucky to be offered anything else, and even luckier if your water glass gets refilled. The food was very patchy -... More

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1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This is not worth your time. We made reservations and were placed far away from the fish tank in a corner by the bathroom. The food was picked over and what was offered was awful. We ended up paying a high price for gross food. We went somewhere else afterwards.

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Estes Park, Colorado
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

The main feature of this restaurant is a huge aquarium with a scuba diver that feeds the fish, and puts up birthday greetings on the glass. The zoo part comes from the fact that it is a buffet, and is crowded with people coming and going. Service was barely adequate when we were there, which was surprising due to the... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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84 reviews 84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Waiting staff were lovely but the maitre'd was very rude to us and earlier to a colleague. Along with another couple we were kept waiting for 10 mins - I timed it and completely ignored! We hung in as we had a colleague waiting for us and we'd heard good things. There was lots of food but it was ordinary... More

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