The location of The Rim is amazing, right on the edge of the volcano. There is a view of the ever-widening lava lake at Halema'uma'u, or of the glow at night of that lava. This view is better from the bar next door than from the restaurant, despite the long row of windows. This is because the restaurant lights are not only bright, but there is very bright light coming from the kitchen and gift shop that reflects back in the windows so as darkness falls you cannot see out.
I have eaten three times at the Rim now. The menu is enticing, but the actual food served was not as described on the menu. On an island, it is not always possible to source the same ingredients as expected when the menu was written. For example, wild turkey hash. Lobster and dungeness crab cakes. The wait staff did not explain the food as advertised would not be what was served, as one would expect, particularly at the price point of this restaurant. The disclaimer on the menu does say there will be substitutions - best to ask before ordering. Better still when the restaurant prints a menu that shows what they will be offering.
At dinner, our server was wearing a heavy cologne or aftershave. It may seem picky to bring this up, but on top of the bright lights pouring onto our table from the kitchen, the food that was not what the menu has said it was, the spoilage of the view, and the price tag, it was all simply not nearly what we expected. Do not be fooled by the photo on the webpage. The actual lighting is bucket lights overhead and all that glare mentioned. The lovely lighting you see would be awesome - perhaps the restaurant management will see fit to try to create that experience for the guests.
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