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Jul 8, 2009 09:33 AM

Oahu - oceanfront views and good seafood?

I've spent a fair share of time in Waikiki. While there are some great places in the city, I've yet to find something off the beaten path with a view.

We have a rental car so not averse to driving around the island.

La Mer is interesting from a menu perspective (despite being in Waikiki), but wearing a jacket to dinner doesn't appeal to me. Call me white trash, but I'm just not into dressing up like that while in the islands.

I'm looking for a place like Mama's Fish House -- great food, great atmosphere, but still casual.

I'm not too familiar with Oahu outside of Waikiki, so are there any spots that relatively match what I'm looking for? TIA!

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  1. Kinkaids at Ward Warehouse does a decent job on fish, not the best you are going to find, but very good. It has a nice view of the ocean over the treetops of ala moana park.

    John Dominis is right on the water in Kakaako. It used to be wonderful, then for a while it wasn't. I haven't been in several years, but it would be worth checking out other reviews. The view is unsurpassed.

    There is a place called Fisherman's Warf right at the bottom of Ward Ave. I have never been there, I don't know anyone who has ever been there, and none of the people i know know anyone who has been there or admitted to having been there. It must have great views, but the fact that no one says its good is troubling.

    If you really want to be casual, then head over to Nico's. They close around 5pm, check the website. Dining is on the patio which looks across at the piers, fishing boats, etc. Great prices, great seafood, and a waterfront if not oceanfront view.

    If you don't mind a "chain", Bubba Gumps is acceptable or better food. From its location on the top level of ala moana center it has a nice ocean view, and the prices are reasonable.

    If you don't mind travelling a bit farther, then Roy's in Hawaii Kai has a nice view of the ocean, although you aren't going to see the city or Diamond Head.

    Finally if you really want to get away, Jameson's in Haleiwa has a really great view (sit on the lanai), as does Haleiwa Joes. I've always had good meals and service at both, especially Jameson's. There have been a couple of less than favorable reviews of Jamesons recently. I'm hoping they haven't changed, that it was one of those flukes that happen almost anywhere.

    1. I've been to La Mer a few times and they don't require a jacket. A dress shirt will do.
      There's also Orchids right below La Mer. View is almost the same and food is quite good.

      1. Hau Tree Lanai on Sans Souci Beach will fill that bill. A bit crowded, but we've always had great seafood there.

        I'd also recommend the Shorebird Grille (cannot recall the exact Outrigger hotel), and go for the beach front seating. This location is down-scale, but you cook the fish, and the Waikiki sunset view is excellent.

        John Dominus is another place with good seafood and an ocean-view. The toruist crowd might be there, but the fish has always impressed. The view is of the fishing harbor, with the Pacific beyond. It's on the water, but not the beach.

        A last thought is Mariposa at the Ala Moana. Not exclusively seafood, all was good, and the view (over Ala Moana Blvd.) is very good from the lanai.

        Remember that there are only so many miles of beach, and some of it is fine-dining. I am a fan of La Mer, and we usually dine there.



        1450 Ala Moana Blvd # 2101, Honolulu, HI

        John Dominis Restaurant
        43 Ahui St, Honolulu, HI 96813

        Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar the: Executive Offices
        Honolulu HI, Honolulu, HI

        Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant
        2863 KalaKaua Ave, Honoluluh, HI 96815