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53 by the Sea

#123 of 1,855 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
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53 Ahui St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-5511 (Olomehani St.)
+1 808-536-5353
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow! Beautiful restaurant, on the water, stellar service Wonderful ambiance And each entree kept you wanting more This is a wonderful experience for,the senses

Thank cjhawaiii
Haworth, New Jersey
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Probably the best restaurant in Honolulu, HI. The service, ambience, and food are all 5 stars...perfection at its best! We have probably been to most of the high-end restaurants in Hawaii but 53 by the Sea by far checked all the boxes. My brother was coming the following week on his birthday so I even purchased a gift certificate for... More 

Thank Kathy M
Roseland, New Jersey
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734 reviews
516 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 295 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

53 by the Sea was really nice. It is a bit off the beaten path down on the waterfront past Ala Moana Center a bit to the west, and is out on the water thru some dock type areas, but it was well worth it. Excellent full view from the yacht harbor all the way to the tip of Diamond... More 

Thank Conseiller99
Ewa Beach, Hawaii
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98 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I surprised my husband with dinner at 53 By the Sea as I received many recommendations and love to try new restaurants. This was a perfect special spot for his birthday dinner! The restaurant itself is beautiful and the diamond head view is amazing. I asked for a very nice view and that's exactly what we got. I can't say... More 

Thank Lisa H
Honolulu, Hawaii
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56 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Dinner par excellence. We had the private room upstairs, accompanied by my dear friend's specially selected menu of favorites. Photos follow below.

Thank FiveStarDiner
Dallas, Texas
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194 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

My husband, 9 year old son, and I dined at 53 by the Sea last night and, thus far, it has been the best meal of our holiday. The ambiance is simply amazing. Guests enter into a grand salon with sweeping staircases and move to the dining room which has floor to ceiling windows overlooking the water. My husband and... More 

Thank S0ulshine
Kailua, Hawaii
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This is a great venue for a special occasion. From the moment we arrived, the gentleman in valet was there to greet us (I really wish I could have gotten his name!). Breathtaking indoor seating and the view is spectacular. We were seated in one of the best spots facing the ocean. Our servers GLENN and ERIC were just amazing!... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2017

It was a lovely break from the crowds and the same fine restaurants from the mainland. The oysters were tiny and flavorful, wine list extensive and the view and ambiance relaxing.

Thank LaLacorde
Thousand Oaks, California
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 January 2017

The service and the food at this restaurant is wonderful. Three of the six of us decided to do the wine pairing with their meals, which they really enjoyed. The food was prepared and presented beautifully. Even though we were the last guests in the restaurant, we did not feel rushed at all.

Thank Barbara G
Gold Coast, Australia
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We are a family of 5, our youngest being 9 years old. We wanted a special dinner out whilst in Waikiki. The location is lovely, though a little out of town - cost of an uber from downtown was approx $20 each way. The restaurant is in a beautiful old, ornate building, so it creates a lovely feel as you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Seafood, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Fine Dining
Good for
View, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 14:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 53 Ahui St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96813-5511
    (Olomehani St.)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: +1 808-536-5353
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.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?