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“California here I come!”

California Pizza Kitchen
Ranked #133 of 2,357 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, American, Pizza
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Ala Moana - Kakaako
Au
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“California here I come!”
Reviewed June 19, 2014

As a farewell dinner for our last night in Honolulu we took the family to the California Pizza Kitchen at the Ala Moana Centre on the 4th level, just opposite Bubba Gumps. We were a group of seven, and knowing how busy the place is at dinner time, I got there early (5.30 pm) to secure a table. Even then, for a Thursday night, I was advised the wait could be up to an hour and a half, however, a place became available after 35 minutes. It's not a bad spot to sit and wait anyhow, with lots of action happening in the nearby bar and people coming and going on a pleasant warm evening. Anyhow, the family was rounded up and in we went. We organised a special surprise with the staff for my wife's birthday and they kept that secret until the right time. we got a booth table which was great and from the beginning, the staff were terrific.They were very attentive,organised drinks (Mai Tais and Blue Hawaiians from $7.00. Fantastic prices compared to Australia and there were plenty of other cocktails, beers, wines and spirits to choose from as well), explained the menu and helped our two vegans choose suitably. The food and drinks came out promptly, but in between we were able to see over Waikiki on one side and watch the passing parade of people outside on the other. The setting is contemporary, with timber furnishings and a local Hawaiian theme throughout, with the open view to the kitchen allowing you to see the pizzas being made and going into and coming out of the oven. Lighting was good, not to dark or glaring, and the menu selection was more than just pizza. There were different breads and pasta dishes, seafood, poultry, meat and vegetarian selections, a great range of pizzas of course, plenty of salads and a full choice of appetisers. Desserts were pretty good too, with the range including Key lime Pie and coconut ice cream. Yum. The surprise birthday cake came out and the staff joined in singing happy birthday. All up it was a great experience, very reasonably priced and something to please our 12 to 20 year olds. Get there early to get a table, great for all ages and lovely food.

  • Visited March 2014
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“A real delight. ”
Reviewed June 15, 2014 via mobile

Visited twice in one week I found this restaurant a real delight. Great pizzas, fresh salads and service is great. They also have a selection of children meals.

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“Good food, Great service”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

We dropped by here for lunch. We ended up sharing a pizza between the two of us. The place was busy but the service was prompt. The complimentary bread and olive oil was a nice touch.
Ended up ordering a Hawaiian pizza. It wasn't a greasy pizza. It was really nice. The waiter we had was very nice and efficient.

I liked the atmosphere, it has an open kitchen design where you can watch the chefs prepare the pizzas and fire them in the ovens.

  • Visited May 2014
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Wollongong, Australia
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“Delicious Food!”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

California Pizza Kitchen is a great place to eat - they have nice fresh pizzas and delicious pasta dishes. We dined here the first time because we couldnt be bothered waiting an hour to get a seat in the Cheesecake Factory across the road. We ended up going back again to the California Pizza Kitchen - it was a nice atmosphere, friendly service and reasonably priced.

  • Visited May 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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“Went back to this place 3 times”
Reviewed May 24, 2014

Best fish tacos! Best pizza! And amazing egg rolls! I wish they had this place in Australia! My favourite out of all places I went to in Hawaii!

  • Visited May 2014
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