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“Best Mai Tai in Hawaii, maybe the World!”

House Without a Key
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Ranked #14 of 2,405 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Asian, Hawaiian
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Good for: Romantic, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Waikiki
Description: 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.
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Best Mai Tai in Hawaii, maybe the World!”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

On our fourth trip to Hawaii and having sampled many Mai Tais I think we have found the best.
Most bars use a premix for the fruit part of the drink but the House Without a Key used fresh fruit juice and boy did it show. The presentation was superb and the quantity of rum just right - plenty!
The surroundings are superb and the food terrific at this restaurant/bar.
Service was terrific and this place is well worth the trip to the end of Lewers street.

  • Visited June 2014
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Sydney, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Beautiful location”
Reviewed June 11, 2014

We had dinner here on a Thursday night which is BBQ night. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal, steaks cooked to order. It is a lovely location sitting outside in the garden whilst listening to a trio singing Hawaiian music accompanied by a hula dancer.

Visited June 2014
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Alexandria, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Fantastic evening - more than a restaurant!”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

Our evening at House Without a Key was more of an event than a dinner date. The service was so lovely, and the food was casual but authentic and tasty. The drinks were fantastic (and they even went to the trouble of making fun virgin drinks for me given that I'm pregnant). The musicians that performed were enchanting - we could have listened to them all night. And the view and the sunset were magical. Everyone should definitely stop here at some point and just enjoy the view!

Visited May 2014
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66 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Poor service”
Reviewed June 9, 2014

Very poor service too busy and full and therefore could not get a seat even though I was staying at the hotel.

Visited June 2014
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed June 6, 2014

Went for diner and hoped to watch the sunset. We were told it was only a 5 to 10 minute wait. We were not old that anyone staying at the hotel would be seated before us. Waited, missed the sunset and had a mediocre meal at best. A la cart and expensive. The only thing good were the drinks and our waitress.

Visited April 2014
Thank woodgrip
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