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Oceanarium Restaurant

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Waikiki
Chinese, American, Sushi, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Japanese, Seafood, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free
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2490 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3240 (Liliuokalani Avenue)
18089221233
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6:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Sat - Sun 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Palmerston North, New Zealand
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We went here two years ago and the food was fresh and value for money and of course the aquarium was a great feature. Unfortunately the aquarium is under construction and is closed until 2017... They have however not reduced the price! The food tasted stale and was not fresh especially the crab and seafood. There was pork belly but... More 

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Mouth of Wilson, Virginia
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

They have a nightly Seafood buffet. (You can also order off a menu). The buffet is fabulous!!! Fresh Seafood and Prime Rib! Oh my, the variety of salads, vegies, rices and other Asian sides are amazing. Alaskan King crab legs as well as snow crab legs! The desserts and fresh fruit seems endless! Such a great deal!!! They also have... More 

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Thank Brenda S
New Orleans, Louisiana
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183 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our hotel recommended this restaurant for its Thanksgiving buffet and they didn't go wrong. We also enjoyed the aquarium views - sorry to see that it is under refurbishment - but the food was really worth the price. Its large variety and unlimited trips were in line with the price.

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Thank Grendyl
Baltimore, Maryland
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Husband and I stumbled across this restaurant, what a surprising find. We both got the buffet, excellent steamed shrimp (not overcooked and rubbery). Husband enjoyed Snow crab legs and we were both satisfied with the prime rib. At $52 per person it was worth it.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We first ate in this restaurant 11 years ago and was fascinated by the large aquarium along one wall of the restaurant. Slightly disappointed this visit as the aquarium is undergoing refurbishment. However the buffet is great with all you can eat for a reasonable price. Plenty of choice for all tastes.

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Oceanarium R, General Manager at Oceanarium Restaurant, responded to this review

Aloha Jackie D, Thank you for your time in reviewing your visit with us. I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed our various food options. We're chomping at the bit to reveal our new look aquarium next year. We hope that you're here to experience it. A Hui Ho! Frank N. Restaurant General Manager More 

Sydney, Australia
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My mum and I wanted some seafood for dinner and we were staying in the Pacific Beach Hotel so made sense to pop down to the restaurant for dinner. It was expensive at $52US each for the seafood buffet. Definitely not worth the money when you spend so long cracking the crab legs and peeling the prawns. The aquarium is... More 

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Carrollton, Georgia
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107 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What happen? Used to be the best place for local and tourist. Still expensive but get old prime rib (da bugga was fallen apart and dry it was so old) and left over food. Come on Step It Up! Just read the review and let it fire you up with passion. Do let it drag you down! Remember "Aloha State"... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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109 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came here recently for a birthday celebration. My cousin picked the Oceanarium as she had been wanting to try it for some time. Atmosphere: It was OK. Yes, the aquarium theme is nice and kept the kiddos entertained, but the restaurant has clearly seen better days. Service: Attentive and pleasant. Buffet: We came during the breakfast buffet. Great selection (pastries,... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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138 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016 via mobile

My family and I were looking for a seafood buffet in downtown Honolulu, and we found this gem from tripadvisor. Pictures on file was great and reviews were mostly positive, so we decided to try. Crab legs were great! There are two kinds: cold and steamed. I prefer the steamed once because crab meat easily comes out compared to the... More 

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Thank Kewihiku
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

Though the aquarium tank was closed, it would be someone where I would come back to if I travel back to the island. You'll need to ask for the warm/hot crab legs which are bigger than the cold ones out on ice.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$22 - $50
Cuisine
Chinese, American, Sushi, Asian, Polynesian, Hawaiian, Japanese, Seafood, Pacific Rim, Gluten Free
Meals
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Buffet
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special occasions, Families with children, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 10:00 am
5:00 pm - 9:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2490 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3240
    (Liliuokalani Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu>  > Waikiki
  • Neighborhood: Waikiki
  • Phone Number: 18089221233
Description
At Pacific Beach Hotel's Ilima award-winning Oceanarium Restaurant, 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. Nowhere else on the island will you find a dining experience quite like this. Oceanarium Tank Notice: We are no longer able to provide dive signs/message boards as our Oceanarium tank will be undergoing an extensive renovation. The Oceanarium is expected to re-open in 2017 with a completely new look, all new marine life, and coral reefs that replicate the waters of Waikiki. Mahalo.

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