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“Expensive, but worth it”
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Ranked #22 of 2,430 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $75
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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.
Reviewed October 14, 2013

Many high end restaurants charge an arm and a leg, and Orchids is no different. But you get absolutely first-rate service and food. The veal chop was the best we've had, anywhere, the beef cheeks with lobster were perfection and the sea bass was juicy and tender. Go for a special occasion and treat yourself to a top-notch dining experience. We also enjoyed their Sunday brunch which will also cost you an arm and a leg and then some, but it's so worth it if you have a good appetite. They offer so much variety of everything and nothing was short on taste or quality. We had no room for dinner that day after brunch. Be sure to make reservations for either brunch or dinner.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

2 of my closest friends and I decided to have the high-tea at Halekulani Hotel (recommended by a friend) and this was a memorable experience. Our server, Joshua, was excellent. He explained our options at time of ordering and when the mini cakes/sandwiches/scones came out. He refilled our tea. You have the choice to have the tea iced or hot; I had the Queen Emma Rose (hot) and it was an excellent black tea with no milk needed. The scones were my favorite - have them while they are hot and the spreads were delicious. This experience was far more superb to the high-tea we have back at home. It makes me think twice having high tea at any other hotel. Note - this hotel has a resort attire policy - no flip flops. Tip - Allott 2 hours or more for this experience. Once you sit down and feel the breeze, you may never want to get up.

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Reviewed October 13, 2013

The relaxed elegance of a South Pacific breeze pervades. If I could afford to partake, I would try everything on Orchids' menu - twice.
To me, Orchids is a jewel, and the perfect finishing touch for a special occasion and a long anticipated vacation. Every detail was memorable from the careful attention of our waiters to the beautiful presentation and flavor of the foods.
It was a birthday and anniversary celebration for us. There is not a change we would make in our evening's experience at that outside table facing the sea.
Our appetizers were Ahi Crudo and Seared Scallops - both were deliciously prepared and indicative of great things to follow.
They were the Steamed Onaga (red snapper) and Olive Oil Poached Salmon. Snapper with shiitake mushrooms, and fresh salmon with pistachio glaze - heavenly (even without Diamond Head and halos of tropical blossoms).
What is said about the coconut cake cannot be denied; it's not the signature desert without good reason. The Lychee/Strawberry Fraisier was also wonderful.

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Reviewed October 10, 2013

We celebrated our wedding anniversary with a good friend at a corner table on the patio of Orchids. In the background was Diamond Head, which was lit in pink hues during the lingering sunset. In the background was live Hawaiian music playing at the House without a Key. Table cloth, nice crystals, a clear summer evening and the smell of salt air and flowers in the air.
And then there was the food. Excellent, as always (we've tried to get back here whenever we come to Hawaii). A great native fish, cooked to perfection, with an interesting but not too assertive sauce. Interesting wine (we order by the glass from a small but talented set of offerings, not too expensive, but a nice range of comfortable to adventurous).
I guess it is obvious, we like this place. If you want a quiet, relaxing, upscale restaurant experience in one of the nicest settings you can find in Waikiki (seems like oxymoronish, but true), Orchids is the place. It is not as exclusive as its sister restaurant in the same hotel, but it also is appreciably less, with food that is fit for any foodie.

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Reviewed October 8, 2013

We recently visited Hawaii and decided to spoil ourselves and do high tea at the Halekulani Hotel. It was amazing. The staff were wonderful, the location and surrounding just perfect and the high tea was the best we had ever had. Our server explained all about the different teas, also all the cakes, sandwiches and scones. The lemon curd for the scones was so yummy, we asked for more. One of our guest was allergic to seafood, so they made sure that we didn't get any on our table at all.
Well worth the money

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Thank cyndi9
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