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“Great food and service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Orchids

Orchids
Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Rd., Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Waikiki)
808-923-2311
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Ranked #22 of 1,987 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $75
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
Dining options: Dinner, Dessert, Lunch, Breakfast, Buffet, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Cross street: Lewers Street
Denver, Colorado
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We made a last minute reservation for dinner at Orchids one night, and loved our meal. The restaurant has a beautiful view of the ocean, and you can hear the music at House without a key while you dine.

Visited June 2014
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LEXINGTON
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18 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Afternoon tea”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

The tea was very pleasant at beach side, and we chose Kona coffee instead of one of the tea choices. Best coffee we have ever enjoyed.

Visited June 2014
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Westerly, Rhode Island USA
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Great Birthday Celebration for my hubby!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Our daughters gifted my husband with a gift certificate for a dinner at Orchids in Honolulu to celebrate his birthday. Our table was outside overlooking the ocean and Diamond Head in the distance. Our meal was terrific as was the service. (The restaurant manager, Pamela, stopped by to wish my husband a happy day and see if everything was going well.) We had a delicious appetizer of asparagus and prosciutto with an egg on top followed by two wonderful fresh local fish dishes served with rice and veggies. They brought a piece of their famous coconut cake with a candle (on the house) to help us celebrate.
We had a lovely time and I highly recommend Orchids in the Kalekulani Hotel for a special evening out in Waikiki. We wandered into a nearby lounge on our way out to be surprised by some wonderful live jazz - another great place to enjoy (serving food and drinks!).

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Best meal of our 3 weeks in Hawaii ?”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We had nothing planned for this 2nd last day of our trip apart from a morning shopping but, the night before on our walk back from another great dinner at Wai'olu Lounge, we made a 1pm reservation for lunch at Orchids. We last ate there only a couple of hours after we flew in from Australia in 2008 and had very fond memories of a great lunch in a lovely setting. However, we hadn't expected to also get the same waiter, Aga, so that was an unexpected bonus. Such a gentleman with a very good sense of humour.
Our table outside on the terrace overlooked the water and the atmosphere in the restaurant is very tranquil and calming - perfect after a morning of shopping in the heat. We started with our standard martini and margarita (both perfectly made) and settled into our comfortable chairs. The restaurant was very quiet on a Tuesday and that suited us fine.
She had the ahi crudo and I had the tuna and foie gras croquette for appetizers. The servings here are light compared to the standard offering in Hawaii ie they are similar to the realistic meal sizes we have in Oz so you can have both an appetizer and entree without feeling uncomfortably full. We followed that with the linguine with lobster for me and the shrimp ravioli for her. We both went into raptures and, somewhat reluctantly, shared a miniscule portion of each if for no other reason than to prove how much better each of us had chosen than the other. Both were wonderful. Our bottle of Chateau de Montelena chardonnay was a perfect accompaniment.
We didn't want dessert but she felt like a glass of champagne and I wanted another martini so that's what we had. Aga was a delight to be with throughout a wonderful meal and we concluded that this had been the best meal of our trip. However, our traditional "last night in Hawaii meal" is dinner at Chef Mavro and that's tomorrow night so who knows ?
The bill came to $308 including $174 for drinks and we think Orchids is a much better proposition than La Mer one floor above it. Same elegance but a far more relaxed atmosphere.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pambula, Australia
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Beautiful meal, stunning views.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We attended a wedding at the Halekulani and the reception for the 12 guests was held on the verandah of Orchids. The service was very good, food and views stunning. The prawn ravioli was amazing!

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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