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*Temporarily closed. Offering daily breakfast buffet, Hawaiian inspired lunch and dinner menu, and sunset cocktails. Voted one of the best restaurants in Waikiki, House Without A Key is known for its signature Mai Tai, a classic to be enjoyed any time of the day. Notable Hawaiian Hula Dancers, all whom have been awarded the title Ms. Hawaii, and entertainment are offered nightly at sunset and under the stars. There is a $5 entertainment charge for non-hotel guests, reservations available for hotel guest through Dining Reservations or OpenTable. Open daily from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Daytime: Casual, swimwear cover-up and footwear required. Evening: Informal, footwear required.
PRICE RANGE
$25 - $55
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Buffet, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach
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Reviewed April 13, 2020

We are repeated guests at this amazing restaurant,we simply adore its informal yet posh setting,with spectacular Diamond Head as backdrop and the giant tree,where some former Miss Hawaii continue to enchant guests with their gentle hula moves. To myself and hubby every trip to Hawai’i...isn’t perfect until we spend a magic evening at House without a key. In February we had a delicious meal by the sea, with the usual yet INCREDIBLE SUNSET, while a lovely Miss Hawai’i was performing a few hula dances, with graceful hand and foot movements,to tell everlasting stories of love and nostalgia. My husband loved also their Bolognaise spaghetti and I enjoyed my “ono” catch of the day, with sauteed vegetables. The signature Halekulani Coconut cake is a must for us,but on this visit we were surprised by our outstanding waiter (sorry,can’t remember his name): with a large smile, he presented us with our favorite dessert as “gift from the House”, having overheard our conversation about the fact that we were celebrating our wedding anniversary!! Everything at House Without a Key is ALWAYS PERFECT,we both can’t wait to be back for another awesome evening!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDEDMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed April 8, 2020

We had our first dinner is Honolulu at this lovely location. At first, our table choices were not very good, even with a reservation, however that was quickly rectified! Music was playing and dancers were dancing, the tiki torches we alight and the food was...delicious! It did start to gently rain, but gratefully we were under cover and it did not deter the entertainment one bit. I had the most delightful lobster tacos and my husband had the fresh catch of the day. We also shared a yummy fresh tuna poke to start....oh YUM! Go a little early to make sure you get the table you desire and to see the sunset.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed March 12, 2020

The soup special of the day happened to be onion soup, one of my favorites, so even though I started with a Mai Tai, I had the soup. So glad I did, because it was one of the best onion soups I've ever had! This...restaurant is an indoor/outdoor terrace restaurant at the Halekulani. Right on the beach with a view to Diamond Head.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020

Great for drinks, pupus and entertainment. Beware - it gets crowed so book early and COME EARLY! Great casual spot

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 27, 2020

Restaurant is located at the Halekulani hotel. It gets crowded but we were seated within a few minutes. The staff is very attentive and friendly. The salmon was fresh and cooked to perfection wow!!!! The braised short ribs were so delicious too!!! Live band was...playing during the meal and views of the ocean is a plus. Overall thumbs up for the ambience, service and food. Highly recommended!!!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 27, 2020

Went there for the Keone Miller Hula show. Such grace and poise, a piece of history as her show has been a staple for many years. Good appetizers drinks. Sit so the sunset doesn’t blind you.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 25, 2020 via mobile

We’ve been celebrating special family occasions, birthdays, anniversaries, etc. at House Without a Key for 50 years and this is the first time I’ve been truly disappointed. I expect to pay well for outstanding food, superb service and terrific local music/entertainment. Last Sunday we didn’t...get any of those. My meal (a local seafood stew @ $55), was served barely luke-warm, the miniscule seafood morsels were over-cooked and the broth watery and without flavor. It was a disaster! The service was slow and overly-familiar and the entertainment was the worst of phony tourist crap. Nothing a kama’aina could enjoy. To add insult to injury, after the meal our two guests each ordered a cup of regular tea , nothing special, and I was charged $9 for each one. $18 for 2 cups of Lipton tea? Are you kidding me? Total bill for 4? $385! I felt abused and unappreciated and I will not ever go back. Another Honolulu landmark gone to hell.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 23, 2020

Please book early if you want to visit this place, quite hard to book around dinner time as they have live music performance from 5.30-8.30pm. Ambience is great with hawaiian music as background, direct breeze from sea, very friendly and efficient waiters and they give...free coconut cake if you're celebrating honeymoon / anniversary there! Only down side is the food is just average, bit disappointed considering the fact that it is always fully booked!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 22, 2020

My wife and I stayed at the Halekulani using the AMEX Fine Hotels promotion which included free breakfast. The House without a Key buffet is excellent! It combines rotating Asian and traditional breakfast foods which will satisfy almost anyone. If you just want boxed cereal,...yogurt, or oatmeal - you will find it. Bacon, sausage, waffles, made to order omelettes - all there. Wonderful selection of fruit. We have traveled throughout Europe, America, and Japan enjoying many of the complementary breakfasts included in hotel stays. The Halekulani House Without a Key is the best I have seen. I think it is $40 per person if you don't have a breakfast package, and compared to others I have seen, I think it is well worth it.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 18, 2020

The Lobster Tempura Roll is a must along with the Martinin selection you canted go wrong. the servce team is absolutly awesome everytime we visited.

Date of visit: December 2019
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LuauLinda
October 6, 2019|
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Response from Lisa Aki T | Reviewed this property |
My mother is vegetarian and she love this place! You can find vegetarian dishes on their menu and if not, Im confident that they will be able to arrange something for you :)
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February 7, 2019|
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Response from gdmckinnon | Reviewed this property |
I always use Open Table to secure something just to be safe! It probably will be busy on that day.
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January 20, 2019|
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Response from kumtux | Reviewed this property |
We enjoyed a very early dinner/late lunch out on the lanai and there was no mention of happy hour specials. We weren't indulging in alcohol anyway.
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