I was slightly let down after all the glowing reviews on Trip Advisor. While the setting on the water is ideal, it seemed a little cheesy with all the decorations and "stuff" and reminded me of a movie set or felt they should call it Mama's attic. Don't get me wrong--it is at beautiful beach setting but I expected it to look more "classy" and "elegant" for such an expensive restaurant and not to be so crowded, busy, and have 90% of the diners in shorts and tee shirts for lunch. The interior seemed like a casual seaside restaurant that serves burgers but with a lovely view. We were staying at the St Regis and that ambiance and view were 10 times better IMO. It was a special occasion and they had a nice card at the table and gave me a fresh flower lei so that was appreciated. Service was excellent and mixed drinks were very good. Given the high prices,the food was very good but I would not say it ranked as one of the top meals we have eaten. I had some sort of broiled fish which I thought was average. The macadamia crab cakes were delicious though. DH enjoyed his fish but did not like his ala carte side dish of some type of octopus which actually looked like dark pea soup. He did not eat it (they took it off the bill without us asking). The black pearl dessert was more impressive looking than it tasted. While it was OK, I have had better mousse in other restaurants and was not expecting this one to have a tropical fruity sauce under it which I did not care for. While our meal was enjoyable, I did not feel it was worth $250 and would probably not return given those prices. I would rather spend that kind of money dining at a beachfront 5 star resort restaurant which has a more serene, elegant, and less kitschy ambiance.
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