About 53 by the Sea
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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
53 by the Sea Ratings and Reviews
This was a lovely find! I have lived on ...
This was a lovely find! I have lived on Oahu for 25 years. I wanted to find somewhere new and different for a special dinner occasion. I'm so glad I found 53 by the Sea! It was a magnificent dinner! Great menu, terrific service, drinks and food were off the charts. The only downside for me was that it was noisy. The accoustics aren't so great and there were loud, noisy tables right next to us. Since I was there for a romantic, intimate dinner, this was not ideal for me personally in this instance. But other than that I am super glad I stumbled upon such a wonderful Restaraunt.
The seafood was excellent and cooked per ...
The seafood was excellent and cooked perfectly. The steak was a little overdone but lean and tender. But overall we were treated like royalty and the service was superb. We had a nice birthday celebration with a perfect window table that overlook the ocean. Will be back.
This place has one of the best water vie ...
This place has one of the best water views you can find. The building is magnificent. The kitchen keeps going through changes of chefs and hasn't quite found it's perfect balance yet. The lunch we had was adequate but not spectacular. The prices are high as expected for the quality of the food but the view makes you want to overlook them. They had great ice tea. Sad to say that was the best thing about our lunch.
First time visit since the change over f ...
First time visit since the change over from John Dominis. Beautiful view through large windows of Diamond Head and surfers. Must be very romantic at night. Wasn't expecting
much in terms of the food but was pleasantly surprised by the three course lunch meal. Everything was great except for the fly buzzing around our table. Also they kept letting guests out onto the lanai through a door right next to our table; which is probably what let the fly in. The wait staff was good except the waiter kept interrupting our meal to ask if we were done with each course even when only half of it had been eaten as if he was in a rush to go somewhere more important. It made us feel rushed. Its a shame for such a "high class" establishment in what was for the most part a pleasant experience. I think I will spend my hard earned dollars elsewhere in the future.
We went to cap off my birthday vacation ...
We went to cap off my birthday vacation week and it was fabulous. Our table was not ready when we arrived, but we were offered a prime seat at the bar to watch the fireworks over the water during our wait. The food was wonderful and so was the staff.
Gorgeous place, my 3rd time here and it' ...
Gorgeous place, my 3rd time here and it's always worth it. I love everything about this place, love posing on the grand stairs, my friends who never experienced this place enjoyed our dinner, I celebrated my birthday and thankful for the birthday cake. I will come again and again and I'm sure won't get tired of this place. Thank you.
Superior valet service. It was the perf ...
Superior valet service. It was the perfect touch that my car was waiting for us with doors open, as we left. Bravo! Very attentive and friendly waiters. Venue and view is beyond compare. The quality of the food was not on point.
Decided to bring my husband here for Fat ...
Decided to bring my husband here for Father's day. It was our first time here for the both of us and from the time we arrived to the time we left everything was perfect. The food was delicious, the service was wonderful and the view was beautiful. We will definitely be returning.
The wedding photo shoots are very bother ...
The wedding photo shoots are very bothersome and distracting to the ambiance. Should schedule them during non-meals hours. They were there blocking the entrance before we entered and they were still there when we were leaving. The entire entrance foyer was occupied by the wedding party.
Spectacular view and even better with ou ...
Spectacular view and even better with outdoor seating, but may be too warm for lunch. Dinner was perfect and great view of Friday fireworks. Food was appropriately priced. Was expensive but definitely felt we got our money's worth. Great spot for special occasions.
Starters were outstanding And of cours ...
Starters were outstanding And of course the view is magical
Tables are far apart giving you privacy and quiet in elegant surrounding. Not expensive for the quality of food and service.
I spent the same yesterday for a very mediocre lunch at Ala Moana.
Excellent romantic dinner! My husband an ...
Excellent romantic dinner! My husband and I chose 53 by the sea to celebrate a wedding anniversary based on recommendations of friends and online ratings. They did not disappoint. We ordered the 6 course tasting menu w/wine pairing. Each dish was well executed. Ambiance was spectacular, we were there for sunset and enjoyed watching the surfers before sun went down. Wine pours were generous and although the courses were small portion size, we did not leave hungry. The service was a true standout. The teamwork was impressive and they even brought an extra personalized dessert to mark our anniversary. Highly recommend for special occasion.
Upon my arrival Trina was so welcoming.. ...
Upon my arrival Trina was so welcoming...however; I was truly disappointed when the hostess took myself and my guest to our table.
It was a surprise birthday celebration that I had personally called and spike to the gentlemen that answered the phone( can't remember his name) he also repeated that it was a surprise!!! as soon as the hostess greeted us to seat us she said happy birthday! My eyes rolled with disappointment...
My guest had no idea that I was celebrating her birthday. That made the entire night unenjoyable for me.
Devin our waiter was nice however; each time a table came in we didn't see him and had to ask where he went. There were so many other buser, waiter and who know who else came to our table. At times I had to wave my help for assistance when I really needed something.
The other unprofessional service was when they kept telling me at the end of our dinner that the dessert was on the house. Honestly, the entire dinner should have been on the house. My bill was $200.00 and I still tipped them 20% a $40.00 tip what was I thinking...
I didn't want to embarrass my friend she knows how generous I am with tips therefore I didn't want to make it any different since she had enjoyed her dinner.
Trina was gracious and I hoped the entire ambiance and service was the same. I looked forward to a beautiful evening...
I would not recommend this restaurant because of this terrible experience I encounter. It was so disappointing.
The staff should be trained with professionalism , know how to read a guest request when it is states SURPRISE!!! On the reservation ...
And to be taught not to repeat something is on the house from the restaurant honestly no class!!!
Word of mouth is so important especially with the circle of influence I associate with...
Excellent Food and View from Reataurant
We were celebrating my wife's best friend's surprise birthday at the restaurant for lunch.
Food was excellent, as they are always. The only problem we had was the slow service. It took 2 hours until we completed our lunch and receive the check.
There were some wedding parties held at different area of the restaurant, so maybe they were short on staffs, but they shouldn't make other regular customers to feel that.
Overall, we still strongly recommend this place, especially for dinner for special occasion.
This was our second experience dining he ...
This was our second experience dining here. Quality of food, service, ambiance is still outstanding. It is a little pricey, but the food and view are worth it. Our only complaint was that they don't serve a starch with the entree, so if you want a starch, you have to pay. It was $3.50 for a scoop of rice, and $25 for a mushroom risotto (excellent!). But overall, this restaurant is definitely a place to go for a truly fine dining experience. And the service is wonderful.
special spectacular views for lunch or dinner
second time I booked this for special occasion for lunch. perfect both times. excellent service, food, parking. the only bummer is that it is jewel in the middle of a terrible area, due to homelessness. hope that gets fixed and no doubt would turn around some folks. but give it a chance, and you will amazed. it is worth the risk. this is the old John Dominis Restaurant and did a good job of repurposing and redefining the entire space. you would never never know. kind of sad, but that is progress. I can see why Japanese visitors want to get married here. it is a perfect venue. too bad the drive up is so ugly.
Disappointed for a first time here. Alt ...
Disappointed for a first time here. Although the service and ambiance was good the overall quality of the food for a 4 star was lacking. Although a good wine selection, a bit overpriced in comparison to similar restaurants in the area.
We were delighted with our dining experi ...
We were delighted with our dining experience here. The restaurant itself provides a tremendous view of Diamond Head in an upscale mansion setting. The food is the real star here though. Everything is expertly prepared and presented, salads and entrees, and the attention to detail by the chefs is evident. Food is spectacular, the service outstanding and the evening memorable.
This place is perhaps one of the most el ...
This place is perhaps one of the most elegant restaurants in Hawaii. Upon arriving and entering you feel like you're entering a billionaire's mansion. The service is top notch, attentive, friendly, and helpful. The view overlooking the water is fabulous; rivaling any other restaurant view on the island. The dining room ambience is also elegant. We were there for a late (8:00pm) Sunday dinner and it felt like we were in our own private dining room with personal butlers and waiters. The only disappointment is that the food, though presented quite nicely, did match. Tasty but not top chef quality. Our orders included chicken, steak, scallops, fish, mushrooms stuffed with escargot (this was a tasty dish), Caesar salad, and wine. Everything was quite good but not quite among the best we've had at the other fine dining restaurants in Honolulu. The expected "pop" in taste seemed to be missing. Nevertheless, the whole experience was very nice and worth repeating.
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