But out comes our server, dressed in a lovely kimono who escorts us to our very own semi-private Cabana by the seaside. The beauty of the place doesn't fully hit you until you are seated (on pretty comfortable cushions I must say). The world just melts away. The sound of the ocean waves paired with the setting sun sets the lovely atmosphere for the (birthday) meal that follows.
Once in a while, we would hear the call of a Hawaiian Monk Seal lying close by (the unfortunate thing was he kept getting disturbed by tourists/ passerby).
While you can make reservations for the restaurant for the regular dining room online (through OpenTable), you do have to call to reserve the Cabanas. When I called, I wasn't banking on scoring a Cabana since I know it was limited and was kind of a last minute request (few days prior). But I got lucky and scored one!
- Lovely view and setting.
- Pricing is fair (Kaiseki is $50 per person.)
- Friendly staff. They announce each course as they bring it out.
- Kaiseki menu changes each month. You should check it before you go.
- Good size portions.
- They have early and late (5:30p- 6p | 8p- 8:30p) Prix-Fixe menus too (from $33 pp.).
- Cabana seating is super limited (only 3 tables available in the restaurant per night).
- Since the Kaiseki is a multi-course dinner,you should leave yourself about 2 hours to fully enjoy your meal and for it to be brought out (we had reservations at 6:30p but didn't finish till after the restaurant closed at 9p).
- Small parking lot and Valet option only ($5 before tips). Or street, meter parking (sometimes plentiful near the zoo when Waikiki isn't too busy).
- I don't recalled being asked if we wanted refills on sodas/ beer/ sake. Though they do promptly refill water and tea.
Although not all of the items on this month's Kaiseki menu was a complete hit, I think it's still a good value (even without the discount). Best of all, my fiance didn't leave hungry!
New Otani Kaimana Hotel
2863 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 921 . 7077
5:30p-9p Daily (Closed on Tuesdays)
Cabana seating: 3 tables (Minimum pp. $30).