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“Excellent food, impeccable service”
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Ranked #21 of 2,391 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $75
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Cross street: Lewers Street
Description: Providing picturesque views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean, Orchids is an ocean-side indoor / outdoor restaurant serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. A la carte breakfast offered Monday to Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Lunch is served à la carte Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner served Monday to Sunday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Inspired new Mediterranean Italian menu offered for lunch and dinner. Afternoon Tea at Orchids offers a wide selection of international fine teas and coffees, including espresso and freshly baked cakes and pastries served with Devonshire cream. Offered Monday to Saturday from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding holidays. Sunday brunch buffet is available from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. offering choices from traditional American selections to distinctly Japanese cuisine. Resort casual attire for breakfast, lunch, brunch and afternoon tea – tank tops, beachwear, exercise attire or flip-flops are not permitted. Casual elegant attire for dinner – casual t-shirts, tank tops, beachwear, exercise attire or flip-flops are not permitted. Reservations required through Dining Reservations.
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent food, impeccable service”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

Booked through OpenTable and restaurant actually called me 2 days before to confirm. Requested ocean front patio seating and were able to accommodate. Great menu selection and reasonably priced. Waiter was very knowledgeable of menu and wine pairings. Service was some of the best I've experienced in quite awhile.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank Matt S
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Shreveport ,LA
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Not worth coming back !!”
Reviewed September 3, 2013

Just had dinner last night with a group of 11 people ...

-Positive : Outstanding and romantic location .. Watching the sunset while entertaining live music during dinner is hard to beat !, Excellent services !!!! Very classic
- Negative : With a large group , the only option is a fix menu ..We chose shrimp salads and red snapper steamed with mushroom and ginger . I also added lobster bisque to the menu ,at additional cost .. I have to admit ingredients are fresh ,including fish and shrimp , but the cook could not bring out the expected flavor of the dish ..Maybe I have higher expectation as a cook , for that upscale restaurant ?? I don't know , but I wish the shrimp salad has more depth to it and the red snapper a bit lighter and more flavor .. Anyway , overall it is NOT a bad experience , but just not at the level that I have expected .. I like the dishes at MaMa fish house in Maui better..
Desert is good , light , not too rich or too sweet , freshly made with local coconut

Wines : I ordered 1 bottle of Riestling fron Germany and 1 bottle of Moris St.Denis Pinot noir from France .. Wines are kept at appropriate temperature .. Well served ... But the wine prices are stiff , well known by the reports from Wine Spectator ( $118 for the bad year of Morris St Denis is expensive ) .Remember you are allow to bring in 1 bottle only for each party , no matter how many persons in your party, of course with corkage fee..

In summary , it was a good dinner because of the ambience , atmosphere , location , service ..etc , but NOT the foods , so if you are happy with everything else but foods then your high dollars were well spent .....

  • Visited September 2013
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2 Thank ongtrang
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Denver, CO
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Halekalani letdown”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

So I drag my friend to this place for a late afternoon lunch. The setting is beautiful. A white linen restaurant but outside with the beach and ocean right there. We ordered very expensive sandwiches and iced tea. The server did explain how the chicken sandwich was cooked (deep fried in bread crumbs). Not what I really wanted but chicken is usually pretty safe. Well, it was inedible and it wasn't just the flavor which I knew would be new to me. The chicken was gristly and the coating was off the chicken and lots of oil. The server never even asked why I didn't eat it. It took 20 minutes to get a second glass of iced tea even though there were few people there. Unfortunate. I had such good memories of this hotel restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank COwoman
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Honolulu, Hawaii
Level 5 Contributor
94 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“We keep coming back”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

We have the joy of living in Honolulu. There are MANY great restaurants here (so I'm a little prejudice!!) but when it comes to special events, Orchids is where we come. The only thing separating you from the ocean is a small pathway and low bushes. But many places on Waikiki have a view, but none have the caliber of food and staff as Orchids. I highly recommend the onaga for the fish and leave room for their signature dessert...Halekulani coconut cake...to die for. The restaurant is expensive, and I love the idea of a dress code (come on men, does it really kill you to wear a nice pair of slacks, a collared shirt and shoes!!) How people dress lends to the overall ambience of the place. We keep coming back.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Doug L
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New York City, New York
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A gastronomic experience in Hawaiian Style!”
Reviewed August 22, 2013

This restaurant is located in the Halekulani Hotel which makes for a wonderful experience. The staff and Kitchen staff truly care about the dining experience as well as the innovation that makes for a unique and quality menu. The onaga fish is a masterpiece and is a must try for all patrons at Orchids. Orchids has become a mainstay and must have during my visits to Oahu!

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank traveler3651
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