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KowboyK Jun 24, 2013 10:30 AM

We are traveling to Oahu in Sept. We are staying on the windward side of the island, but planning a day in Honolulu. We plan on going to see Pearl Harbor and some other sites that day. My wife is really excited about eating at Duke's, she has been there in the past & loved it. What are their specialties and/or their go to dishes??? We will probably be there for lunch most likely. Any other can't miss places where we could maybe grab some apps & an adult beverage?? ~ Mahalo ~

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    hungryhungryme Jul 21, 2013 12:51 AM

    The Original Roy's in Hawaii Kai has a happy hour called Patio Paina. I don't remember the exact days or time, but I'm sure they will give you the information if you called!

    On a much more local and definitely casual level, you could try Home Bar & Grill, Side Street Inn or Uncle Bo's.

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    1. re: hungryhungryme
      KaimukiMan Jul 22, 2013 01:25 PM

      Roy's opens at 5:30, 5pm on weekends.

      Side street in Opens at 2pm on Hoapaka every day, Kapahulu not till 3 except on weekends they open at 1.

      Uncle Bo's not till 5pm

      1. re: KaimukiMan
        manomin Jul 22, 2013 05:47 PM

        Waikiki Roy's is open at the bar all day serving classics from the menu and a really great burger. It's awesome for people watching!

        1. re: manomin
          KaimukiMan Jul 22, 2013 06:17 PM

          I swear, Roy's has the worst, most incomprehensible, disjointed and poorly thought out websites imaginable. I realize you are talking about Waikiki as opposed to Hawaii Kai, but its all but impossible to get from one to the other.

          1. re: KaimukiMan
            hungryhungryme Jul 22, 2013 06:27 PM


            HAWAII KAI:
            Hawaii Kai Towne Center
            6600 Kalanianaole Hwy.
            Honolulu, HI 96825

            Dinner Service:
            Mon-Fri – 5:30pm
            Sat-Sun – 5:00pm

            Patio Paʻina:
            Mon-Thurs – 8:00-9:30pm
            Downstairs bar & lounge
            $6 selected pupus, wines & cocktails

            Call For Reservations:
            (808) 396-7697

            Embassy Suites
            226 Lewers St.
            Honolulu, HI 96815

            Valet parking at Embassy Suite
            $6/four hour with validation
            Enter hotel off of Beachwalk
            Pupus on Lanai:
            Daily – 11:00am – 5:00pm

            Dinner Service:
            Daily – 5:00pm

            Call For Reservations:
            (808) 923-7697

            1. re: hungryhungryme
              macsak Jul 22, 2013 07:14 PM

              so, roy's hawaii kai "happy hour" is 8:00-9:30?

            2. re: KaimukiMan
              manomin Jul 22, 2013 07:27 PM

              Maybe you should contact them and voice your concerns. As you know, I'm a big fan of theirs and they would like to hear feedback.

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        Bodyslam Jul 20, 2013 07:57 PM

        Also, one of Oahu's best restaurants is right there on the windward side, in Kailua. It's Moroccan, maybe not what you think of first in Hawaii, but there it is. I can't think of the name right now, but do a search. How many Moroccan restaurants can there be in Kailua? It even worked with a party including young children and a couple of picky eaters. Highly recommended.

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        1. re: Bodyslam
          honu2 Jul 20, 2013 08:43 PM

          Name of the restaurant is Casablanca. I used to love going there for their B'stilla but the service was so slow that we stopped going about 15 years ago. But they are still in business in the same location next to the Laundromat on Hoolai Street so they must be doing something right.

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            Bodyslam Jul 21, 2013 12:39 AM

            That's the one. Thanks, I really should have looked it up myself, it feels like bad form to recommend a restaurant here and not even be able to list its name.

            Yes, now that you mention it, the service was pretty leisurely. Of course, we were on vacation so maybe it didn't matter as much to us.

          2. re: Bodyslam
            KaimukiMan Jul 20, 2013 09:41 PM

            Buzz's is still right across from the beach in Kailua as well.

            1. re: KaimukiMan
              indelibledotink Jul 20, 2013 09:58 PM

              if Haleiwa joe's is open for lunch, it's in Kaneohe, about ten minutes away

              1. re: indelibledotink
                manomin Jul 21, 2013 05:00 PM

                Haleiwa Joe's is not open for lunch in Kaneohe.

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                  indelibledotink Jul 21, 2013 07:33 PM


          3. KaimukiMan Jun 25, 2013 07:04 AM

            I disagree with most of the comments below. If you want to have a meal there, by all means go for lunch (as you planned), and get whatever fish they recommend 'Duke's Style.' The fish taco's are usually quite good too. If possible try to arrive for lunch before 11:30. And lunch prices are far more reasonable than dinner.

            Most of the comments by others relate to dinner service. I've always found lunch there to be quite nice, beautiful views, ocean breezes, very good food, pleasant staff. Dinner was a different experience, won't voluntarily be back for that.

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            1. re: KaimukiMan
              kaleokahu Jun 25, 2013 09:55 PM

              E, KM, Aloha Kaua:

              +1 on your analysis.

              Duke's has struck a difficult compromise between being good and being touristy. Got that nasty Waikiki/Southbeach vibe there.

              Duke's at Kalapaki Beach, Kaua'i mohbettahs, IMO. Nevermind it's the 'ule of the Merriott.


              1. re: kaleokahu
                indelibledotink Jun 26, 2013 11:00 PM

                it looks like my previous posts got deleted, but 'ule = risqué male anatomy? I wanted to know if that is positive or not?

                I also was saying that duke's wasn't so good as to compel me to return, but it's a low-key restaurant that is semipricey. (had dinner there.) some would call it a tourist trap; I had a nice steak there.

              2. re: KaimukiMan
                UES Mayor Jun 26, 2013 05:06 AM

                KaimukiMan-U are so correct about lunch service being fine there. I missed the fact they were probably going for lunch. I just feel like I'm in a scence from the Brady Bunch at dinner time.

                1. re: UES Mayor
                  KaimukiMan Jun 26, 2013 01:40 PM

                  kaleo, UES

                  glad you agree on the difference between lunch and dinner. and getting seated by the beach/pool shower can provide additional scenery. LOL But even at dinner I would not consider this to be 'fine dining'. And Kaleo, I've not seen 'ule used in that context before . . .

                  1. re: KaimukiMan
                    kaleokahu Jun 26, 2013 08:43 PM

                    E, KM:

                    No 'ule? It's the Marriott way, hiki no?

                    My aikane Kamal books his charters (True Blue, you try--beeg a'u) out of the desk right next to Duke's sandy-foot bar at Kalapaki. Weird symbiosis twixt historical Kalapaki, pink hewa hotel, and 'ai.


              3. Beach Chick Jun 25, 2013 05:49 AM

                Duke's is best for happy hour..mai tais and app's.
                Hula grill has a great HH too.
                Roys in Waikiki is one of the best..
                House without a key is my fave for drinks/apps.

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                1. re: Beach Chick
                  kathryn Jun 26, 2013 05:22 AM

                  2nd House Without A Key for late afternoon drinks & apps.

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                  UES Mayor Jun 25, 2013 04:14 AM

                  Dukes is DEFINITELY not what I would consider fine dining especially if that's what you are seeking. Dukes is great for families and expect a very crowded venue w a buffet style salad bar. There are so many other places for adults to enjoy an "adult" meal in Waikiki. Consider: Azure at the Royal Hawaiian, Top of Waikiki, Halekulani (several spots within the Halekulani-google website), Michels at Colony Surf, Hy's Steakhouse for the best tasting steaks done over hardwood, Nobu where you can also get a vast array of small plates, Hoku's at the quieter end of Waikiki near Diamond Head.

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                  1. re: UES Mayor
                    Bodyslam Jul 20, 2013 07:52 PM

                    I agree, not what I would consider fine dining either. If you want to go for lunch and get fish tacos, fine, it's a pleasant place with great views.

                    Adding one recommendation if you like sushi, check out Sasabune. Very high grade sushi, with the prices (and snooty attitude) to match. Flawless food and presentation.

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