About Oceanarium Restaurant
Oceanarium Tank Notice: We are no longer able to provide dive signs/message boards as our Oceanarium tank will be undergoing an extensive renovation. The Oceanarium is expected to re-open in 2017 with a completely new look, all new marine life, and coral reefs that replicate the waters of Waikiki. Mahalo.
At Pacific Beach Hotel's Ilima award-winning Oceanarium Restaurant, the flavors are as amazing as the island scene. Indulge in mouth-watering crab legs, tender prime rib of beef, fresh Island sashimi and sushi. Plus a nightly pasta and dessert station complemented with nightly specials.
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Daily: 6:00am - 10:00am; Weekend Brunch: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Nightly: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Self Parking and Valet Service Available
Bar Dining, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Oceanarium Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
We reviewed the comments on tripadvisor ...
We reviewed the comments on tripadvisor before booking some months before our trip. The two main reasons we chose this restaurant were the aquarium and the seafood. Imagine our disappointment when we arrived and found that the aquarium was under renovation and won't be completed until sometime in 2017. If we had known, we would not have booked here. You should advise your members of this on your website so that they know exactly what they're in for when making future bookings. The food itself was OK. Some of the Alaskan crabs were not as fresh and hard to crack to peel the shell. We noticed that a group next to us must have complained about this because the staff brought some crab legs directly from the kitchen to them. The decor is also a bit dated.
Celebrated my brother's birthday and the ...
Celebrated my brother's birthday and the food was way better than expected for a buffet. They had King crab, and almost every other type of seafood available and everything was good. The service was very good too. It's too bad that they will be closing soon for renovations and when they reopen next year, the format will be different. Glad we got to try this place now.
This was our first time eating at Oceana ...
This was our first time eating at Oceanarium, and I must say the food was really good. This place was very clean, kid friendly, and the staff was very welcoming and made sure our table stayed clean. I highly recommend this place for breakfast.
Very unhappy with my experience at the o ...
Very unhappy with my experience at the oceanarium. The whole reason we chose this restaurant was because of the aquarium for the kids to watch the fish. However when we got there we discovered that the aquarium was closed. No where on the website did it mention this if it did then we would have gone someplace else. Guest should be aware of this before going down to the restaurant. It's only fair and right to notify guest that there is no aquarium. The food was ok nothing special. Won't be back for a really long time if that.
This dining experience was a major disap ...
This dining experience was a major disappointment for us. One major reason for choosing this restaurant was the advertised shows of the aquarium that is referenced by the name of establishment, "OceanARIUM". We were expecting to get to see a giant aquarium full of fish that we were told was fantastic during feeding time. Also, the restaurant's website advertises a mermaid show every night at 7:30PM. However, when we arrived we were told that the aquarium was under renovation and would not re-open until next year. We feel that this should have been conveyed on the website.
However we decided to stay for our reservation because the restaurant was also advertised as an "award-winning" seafood experience. One of the major features of the buffet was the King crab legs. These were available but were hidden behind the carving station so that you had to ask for them if you knew they were there. Unfortunately they were either over-cooked or they had been left frozen for too long. They had very little flavour and thus an unfortunate waste of seafood. On the other hand, the snow crab legs and shrimp were quite good. There was a decent selection of sushi and sashimi but the hot foods selection left much to be desired. Equally wanting was the dessert bar. Although the dessert section included a chocolate fountain, which was great, there were no strawberries, which I feel as though should have been there. There was a "cheese plate", but the included cheeses were processed.
The service here was commendable as the staff was always on hand to clear plates and re-fill drinks in a very timely manner.
We expected a lot more from this dining experience. Perhaps if our expectations were not so high we would have enjoyed it more.
This is my third visit in three years. Y ...
This is my third visit in three years. Yes I know the closure of the tank is disappointing to some (Hense the ambiance rating because of the construction sign) but where else are you going to find a buffet with all you can eat king crab legs for this price? Honolulu is not a cheap place to eat but it's all relative. You are going to spend at least this much wherever you go. You might as well enjoy it here!! It's still a favorite of mine.
Crab legs galore! Thank you for fulfilling my mom's desire for unlimited crab legs, Oceanarium! You never disappoint on that front. The broccoli crab salad was great and we enjoyed the Belgian waffle with all the whipped cream we wanted. The fish was excellent and the mussels were ono.
We would have appreciated more attention to the water on our table, clearing our crab shells, and some wet napkins to wipe our hands.
We wish we had known the restaurant tank was under construction when we made the reservation or when the followup confirmation was made with us.
Aquarium closed until 2017
Food was decent and service was pretty good. However we were very dissappointed when we got there to find out the aquarium is being remodeled and won't be done until 2017. That's the main attraction of the restaurant and it was completely covered. Which is why I also gave less stars for value, right now it is not worth it to go. I wish we would have know this before we got there. If you're going there for the aquarium and ambiance then don't go until next year when they reopen it.
really disppointed. we booked a table next to the tank but upon arrival the tank was painted over with a sign to say grand reopening in 2017. The food was still delicious but unfortunately the reason we book was for the atmosphere of the dinner with the mermaids. Wish we had been informed prior to booking.
Brunch is consistently good. There have been a few changes over the years such as snow crab instead of king crab but still very good. Oceanarium's staff generally make sure to fill up items that may be running low and will replace it quickly. A nice wide selection of food for everyone in the family.
Our server was so rude about the tip he wanted more tip then what we gave and what we gave was the right amount but her wanted more tip that is not what I wanted to hear from a server who complain about a tip that's is rude and he should have been glade that we gave a big tip when he was not the one who helped us at all...
It was very romantic and for $25 more, I got a Happy Anniversary sign made for the diver to put in front of our table. The "Oceanarium" is 3 stories tall , the fish are huge and you even get a mermaid show. For another $20-$30, you can get your picture taken. The food was awesome, but the chef at the prime rib table doesn't give what you request. My boyfriend and I requested medium rare, I got medium, he got well done. The guy behind me requested the reddest possible meat and got a piece from the same slab as I did. There was only one type of poke, but other than that, I think it was worth the price.
We were there for my 40th birthday with our kids...wait staff was excellent. Had to wait a bit before being seated though.
I thought we would get the kamaaina rate for dinner but was told there is none so that was a bit disappointing. We would come back but only for really special occasions.
Our server was Kenny. He was very good, ...
Our server was Kenny. He was very good, but he didn't offer us senior rate for my parents who we celebrated that day my fathers 92th birthday. We actually sang to my Dad ourselves. Then I was told that the valet tickets were 9.00 ea. which I was surprised after spending over 300.00 for my lunch. I work at the Kahala Resort and we always try to treat everyone like Vip which I know I'm not, but as kamaainas we try take care of them because we live here and want them to come back.
We went for my fiancés birthday we are local people from Oahu so it was a staycation for us. I had them make a birthday sign so a diver can show it I liked it and they spelled his name right (Ferdy) but when they sang happy birthday they sang it wrong and the sign was right In front of them with his name -____- they called him "herdy"! How embarrassing. The only thing we ate was the raw fish everything else was dry and gross. We wanted to get drinks but our server was no where in sight. The restaurant and hotel is very beautiful I'll give you guys that. I would recommend the hotel to stay at to people but would never recommend the restaurant... I herd horrible reviews from people about the food but the restaurant was so beautiful I had to try it out for myself. Oh and I also had to walk around to look for my server to pay my check. Disappointed
Having traveled around the world in the military, I like trying new and different things, so for our 9yr wedding anniversary I decided to take my wife here along with my son and Great Aunt and Uncle who were in town on vacation. I heard about the mermaid and the gigantic fish tank and new that this would be a win for everyone. I will eat crab everyday if that is an option but the crab buffet was okay at best since the snow crab legs were served cold and I do not like cold crab legs. They did have servers to pass out the king crabs but by the time you got to your seat they were cold but at least the sushi was pretty decent. My wife and the rest of the family ordered off the menu which you can do however the waiter didn't seem to want to pass them(menu)out. My Aunt ordered the chicken and had to give send it back noting that it had a funny taste to it. The fish tank was pretty cool with the mermaid and you can have a message brought down in the tank but I did not feel up to dropping $25 on a sign after $10 for the valet. My wife felt that the waiter was rude and was trying to rush us out because every few minutes he came by asking if we were done even though we still had food on our plates. I don't mind spending $ on good food however for what we paid for the food, this restaurant did not live up to expectations.
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