About 53 by the Sea
Honolulu, HI 96813
Designed around its breathtaking view of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, 53 By The Sea offers you the opportunity to experience Hawaii dining like never before. Delight at Chef Thomas Ho’s artistry as he combines fresh local ingredients with succulent seafoods and the finest hand-cut meats. Just as exquisite are the melodic sounds of local pianists playing on the Italian made Fazioli piano in the adjacent T’s at 53 lounge, featuring wines and spirits from around the globe. 53 By The Sea is truly a celebration for all the senses! Collared shirts are required please.
Contemporary American, Seafood, Steak
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily 11:00am-2:00pm (last order)
Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm (last order)
Bar: Daily 4:00pm-11:00pm (last order)
$50 and over
AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 6:30pm-8:30pm
Complimentary valet parking available on site.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
53 by the Sea Ratings and Reviews
Found this place for an impromtu birthda ...
Found this place for an impromtu birthday/late valentines dinner. It was amazing! Never even thought such a gorgeous and delicious place existed in the back of Kaka'ako area. Valet entrance with water fountain, grand staircase and chandelier. When seated you are greeted by Scenic views of waikiki and diamond head. What blew us away was the menu! Starters we had the seafood platter (the variety of sashimi and oysters were amazing) and foie gras which was buttery. Entrees: My husband got the 6oz wagyu beef with roasted vegetables and potato puree. That beef melted in our mouths. I got the surf and surf, king crab and jumbo prawns with lemon buerre blanc. No complaints. Dessert: mixed berry affogato and the haupia creme brulee. My 2 ultimate desserts are haupia and creme brulee so i fell in love with 53 by the seas Haupia creme brulee! The husband loved the mixed berry affogato with the shaken strawberry cream, he almost licked the bowl. As if everything we ordered wasn't enough the servers brought a complimentary birthday strawberry shortcake which my husband also ate all of.
Everything was so delightful and yummy. What surprised us the most was the bill (and i don't mean in a bad way). You see we like to play guess the amount before we get our bill and to our surprise the total was way under our estimates. We were very happy overall and we definitely want to come back, maybe on a friday so we can catch the fireworks from the amazing view.
We highly recommend this place.
I've been coming here quite often but th ...
I've been coming here quite often but this time didn't meet my expectation. Service wasn't consistent and course meal has gone down the quality. I was not happy with their dessert that they didn't put any effort to create nice final touch for end meal. It was like they already prep and just serve to the table.
Hope they will keep the better food quality and service.
I am a regular at 53 by the Sea because ...
I am a regular at 53 by the Sea because of its quiet and elegant ambiance and exemplary service. However, service for this brunch was not as expected, including the lack of valet service upon leaving. I hope this was an exception to the standard of service I have come to expect at 53!
Absolutely lovely venue and quiet enough ...
Absolutely lovely venue and quiet enough that it was comfortable talking - even for a group.
I did not particularly like my entree; but, that was my own fault. The appetizers and the "free" delicious bread made up for it. It is quite pricey and the wine pour is scanty at best. That being said, the atmosphere makes it worth it especially if you go early enough to catch the view with all its colors. The wait-staff is well trained and very attentive. I wish there was actual parking instead of just valet. Given that so many expensive restaurants have zero view, this gives 53 an added star in my book.
Our drinks were always empty. We had to ...
Our drinks were always empty. We had to stop the staff numerous times for things. We should not have to flag them down especially for the prices that we're paying!
The manager was not friendly at all and did not apologize when we asked for a different glass because it was cracked. There was no offer to comp the drink but the least he could have done was apologize and when he brought back the drink and just dropped the drink without filling the other empty glasses!
Really, really poor service! Funny thing though, the Japanese people seemed to be getting way better service than us local people!
People of Hawaii, if you want to feel prejudice go to 53 By the Sea!
We were treated very well from everyone ...
We were treated very well from everyone that worked there. They made it feel like an important place. The atmosphere was so so considering the great view but too much glare at night off the big windows so not as good as we hoped. We have oysters and raw seafood assortment to start and both were great. I had a ribeye which was as close to perfect as you can get. Basically all the food was perfect.
It's difficult to find a restaurant with ...
It's difficult to find a restaurant with an outstanding lunch or brunch menu these days. I was very disappointed after sampling several lunch menus for other places I have frequented in the past and found that the offerings are either pedestrian or way overpriced for the cuisine. I found that Fifty-Three by the Sea, however, prepares outstanding lunch selections. Because of that, I am confident in recommending lunch or dinner there to my friends.
From the moment we arrived, we were made ...
From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel welcome, even though we were not dressed appropriately, even for lunch. (We were out walking and decided to find a great place for lunch, before we returned to our hotel to change. The host told us not to worry and our server, Nick, advised that super casual was ok for lunch.) The service was excellent and the food was even better, in presentation, quality of ingredients, preparation and most importantly taste. The beef short rib appetizer was tender and moist and delicious. The Ahi was fresh and perfectly accompanied. Thank you for a great time!
Elegant well prepared gourmand experienc ...
Elegant well prepared gourmand experience served by knowledgable staff. Also a dining room with a view! And what a view! The entire length of Ala Moana and Waikiki! Been here twice during my 6 weeks in Honolulu and have been pleased both times.
Gave this place a second chance. Did not ...
Gave this place a second chance. Did not have a good first experience but decided to give them another try. Service was slow - our water was empty frequently. The main server wasn't the greatest; not exactly the friendliest and not what I expected from such an establishment - a little passive/aggressive and a little impatient/rushed. I signed the bill and he took it away while we were still at the table. We didn't stay long afterward we finished dessert, maybe 10 minutes if that. Just felt rushed. Food was average. Overpriced for sure but nothing to write home about. The risotto was not creamy. The snapper was overcooked. The ribeye my cousin said was okay. The risotto croquette special was good per his girlfriend. Tomato avocado salad she liked. My cousin liked the crab cakes. I had the lobster bisque which was creamy but $18. My husband ordered the seafood tower, waaaaaay overpriced. We shared the chocolate lava cake (very good) and my cousin shared the haupia creme brulee which they enjoyed. WILL DEFINITELY NOT RETURN NOR RECOMMEND. There are better places with a beautiful view, delicious food, and better service than here. Should go back to being John Dominis. :/
We had a pre-fixed menu @$95 + foie gras ...
We had a pre-fixed menu @$95 + foie gras as extra. Food was ok and not you would expect for the price. The foie gras was in with the lobster tail and sauce. Huh, why would you mix the foie gras with lobster tail and sauce? Took away from the foie gras. Besides that ambience and service was very good. Just wished the food would of lived up the price.
Family got one of the private rooms at 5 ...
Family got one of the private rooms at 53. The waiter Matt was great even helping turn down the lights when the Hilton fireworks started at 745. This is a favorite of ours as it is great food with an amazing ambience. If you want a private room highly recommend this location and talk to Tracy. She is great to help people get this all done.
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