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“Was recommended as top seafood restaurant but far from it”

Ocean House Restaurant
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Ranked #30 of 2,420 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Description: The Ocean House on the beach at Waikiki offers casual elegance, stunning views, an innovative menu and a promise of a superb dinning experience.
Reviewed December 30, 2012

The quality of the food was simply not very good and especially for the price. I had a "special" dish of a lobster pastry with sauce for $58 - If it had been $28 it would have been more appropriate . There was very little lobster, the pastry was tough, and the sauce was bland. The presentation of the other dishes was poor. The service was average. The are far better seafood restaurants in Honolulu.

Thank DGSSpeedyCreek
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ShoreBirdRestaurant, General Manager at Ocean House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2013

Aloha DGSSpeedyCreek,

Thank you for your comments. Were apologize that you did not care for our holiday special and service. Our goal is to provide the best quality of food and service to each guest every day. I'm sorry we fell short of your expectations. We are constantly working on improving ourselves and your comments will assist us in our mission to improve.

I hope you will visit us again and give us another try.
Mahalo
David Nagaishi
Vice President/General Manager
Ocean House Restaurant

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

I dutifully read all other reviews before selecting this restaurant. I always worry about the superlatives used by many in connection with any review, and reviews of this restaurant were no exception. Starting with the view, very nice if you are lucky enough to be seated in the front half of the restaurant. The service was well choreographed. The captain was friendly enough in a rote sort of way. Despite his solicitation of any questions, he would not make a solid recommendation for any specific fish dish-- reciting the merits of all of them, especially the most expensive dish. To the point -- food was good, not great-7 on a scale of 10. If you are looking for a dining experience and not an ocean viewing experience in Honolulu, there are better restaurants.

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Thank uditann
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ShoreBirdRestaurant, General Manager at Ocean House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2012

Aloha uditann,

Thank you for dining with us at the Ocean House. I'm glad you thought the food was good and felt the service was well choreographed. We do our very best to provide quality food and service to all of our guest. I guess 7 out of 10 is ok, but we too are never satisfied with ok. What would it take for us to be a 10 in your book? Please share your thoughts with us. I'm positive that your input will help us improve our restaurant.

Mahalo and Have a Happy Holiday Season,
David Nagaishi
Vice President/General Manager
Ocean House

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Reviewed December 21, 2012

We had a very nice meal at the Ocean House. I ordered the fish and my husband ordered the scallops.

The service was very professional. The food was high quality. The restaurant is really beautiful.

We had the chocolate lava cake for dessert. The dessert selection wasn't extensive.

We thought this restaurant was good value for money, considering the location, ambience, service and food quality and presentation.

1  Thank dulcieb
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ShoreBirdRestaurant, General Manager at Ocean House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 26, 2012

Aloha dulcieb,

Thank you for the great comments. We are glad that you enjoyed all that the Ocean House has to offer. I would love to meet you and your husband on your next visit to Waikiki.

Have a great Holiday Season!
David Nagaishi
Vice President/General Manager
Ocean House

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Decided to take visitors from Europe to dinner at Ocean House for the prime rib special. Fabulous sunset view AND dinner. Wondered why locals don't go to Waikiki after coming here. Glad we did. Moderate prices with a $1M view.

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1  Thank kingshark808
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ShoreBirdRestaurant, General Manager at Ocean House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2012

Aloha kingshark808,

We are so glad that you and your guests enjoyed the Ocean House and all that we have to offer. We really love it when locals come out to visit us. The view from the Ocean House is amazing isn't? We never get tired of the sunset we get here.

Mahalo,
David Nagaishi
Vice President/General Manager
Ocean House

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Reviewed December 16, 2012

Our favorite thing on their menu when we were there was an appetizer called pepper seared scollops. We had it for appetizer the first time we ate there, and loved it so much we had it for an entree with a side dish our last night at the hotel.

1  Thank JudiW602
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ShoreBirdRestaurant, General Manager at Ocean House Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2012

Aloha Judi W,

The peppered seared scallops are delicious! They are very popular on our menu, I will let our Chef know that you enjoyed them so much you came back to have it again! What a compliment =) Thank you for dinning with us and the great comment!

Happy Holidays!
David Nagaishi
Vice President/General Manager
Ocean House

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