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Jan 30, 2013 03:12 PM

Dinner with entertainment near cruise ship port in Oahu?

Doing a cruise, and in the morning of our day in Oahu, we'll be going to the USS Arizona tour. But we will have the rest of the day, free.
Is there someplace to eat, with some kind of view, or entertainment, that we can get to easily?
Kind of mid-range in price would be good.


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  1. Nico's at Pier 38 has a view of the fishing fleet backed by the container piers across Honolulu of the few water views available that is not in a Waikiki hotel. Food is great, especially fresh, local seafood. It is right off Nimitz Hwy between the airport and downtown, on a main route back from Pearl Harbor; also on the bus line to same. Canned music/radio. Very reasonable prices.

    Another view of Honolulu Harbor is at Gordon Biersch Restaurant/brew pub at Aloha Tower Marketplace right downtown on Nimitz. Decent sandwiches and famous garlic fries. I think they have live music some evenings, but best to check their website. Moderate prices.

    For entertainment, you are probably going to have to go to Waikiki...several options there with decent food and mid-range prices, but others on this list can offer better suggestions than I could. Entertainment, views, good chow and moderate prices? That may be a tough combination.

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    1. re: macaraca

      thanks--yes, I imagine we can take a taxi or something to get to Waikiki if there are better options there.

      1. re: macaraca

        uncle's, which is right across from nico's, is ono. prices are ok. $16 got me a stack of rice with sashimi grade poke and ahi tartar and fresh guacamole surrounded by tortilla chips - a very winning combination.

        1. re: indelibledotink

          Uncles, right by Nico's is good, but I don't think they have entertainment, nor do they have a view. Gordon Biersh is right there, but they don't always have entertainment either and you can't really enjoy the view of the harbor from most of the tables.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            They have entertainment almost nightly, the do FB posts. Although on Sunday they are not open past 4:00.

            1. re: manomin

              Manomin is talking about Nico's which I meant to write above... it got complicated. but thanks for clarifying when they have entertainment.

              1. re: KaimukiMan

                Nico's has entertainment?

                That is new to me.



                1. re: Bill Hunt

                  they do at dinner. different groups, tonight they were playing a mix of hits from the 70's and 80's. Last time I was there it was a group playing mostly Hawaiian music. it was a busy night - first friday in lent? - we had about a 20 minute wait for a table.

                  1. re: KaimukiMan

                    Cool, and mahalo for that. I have learned something new, thanks to you, and this thread.


        2. A view + live entertainment + easily accessible = not cheap.

          House Without A Key at the Halekulani has all of them. Sunset views, live music, a hula dancer (one of two former Miss Hawaii's), outdoor seating, great service. All around very classy. Best for a pre-dinner snack. Stick with the appetizers, coconut cake, have some drinks, then go have dinner elsewhere (maybe Ramen Nakamura?). The HWAK entertainment starts at 5:30pm.

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          1. re: kathryn

            I will give a big +1 for HWAK, BUT you need to check your timing carefully. The show is great, and is not to be missed. The pu`pus are very good, though their wine list suffers. Still, it is a "sunset show," so much will depend on your exact timing.

            Closer to your departure point, Don Ho's was once pretty active, at the Aloha Tower complex. However, I have never been, and it might not even be there, or open, now. They did feature live music, but I have zero clue as to the food.

            For me, I would cab it to HWAK, if you have time. Cabs from the Halekulani, should not be a problem. The young men out front can score you one, in a heartbeat. Still, look at the time.

            Dinner/food would be better at Nico's, but the "show" will only be boats rocking at berth.



            1. re: Bill Hunt


              both Don Ho's and Chai's at Aloha Tower are closed now. Gordon Biersch is still there and has entertainment at times. Down the road, Nico's has entertainment on some evenings, but not sure of the schedule.

              1. re: KaimukiMan


                Mahalo for that info. Show how long ago it was, that I was last at that venue. Back then, my M-I-L and her sister were with us, and greatly enjoyed Don Ho's. We later did a dinner cruise (we were not looking forward to that, but it was for the ladies), but ended up enjoying everything (but the wines), much more than anticipated. Such is life, and one must learn something from each experience - like Don Ho's is closed... [Grin]



          2. What time do you need to be back on the ship?

            I don't think the entertainment a the House Without a Key starts until 5:30PM.

            There is no place I know of that does day time entertainment. Lots of good places like Downtown and Chai's Bistro being eaten by the economy.

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            1. re: scottca075

              Yes, both time, and proximity should be major considerations.

              I so very often see people with a 2 hour layover at HNL, who want to have a meal, whether in Chinatown, or Waikiki, and I would never, never try such a feat, even if I had a limo on standby. While two hours sounds like a long time, with TSA, it is a blink of an eye. For us, it might be a quick bite, on the other side of security, and then, perhaps a glass of wine at the United Club - or maybe not?

              Just getting from Aloha Tower to Waikiki could be 45 mins. on many nights - then getting back?

              Good points,