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Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, Honolulu, HI

Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

4.5
4.5
363 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Honolulu’s top restaurant venue for Hawaiian music located at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is one of the island’s favorite gathering places for casual drinks and tasty pupu appetizers, from kalua pork nachos to ahi poke. Kani Ka Pila means “a gathering around music,” and you’ll find Hawaii’s most beloved musicians performing contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music nightly from 6pm to 9pm.

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2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 11 times today

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Additional information

  • Area
    Waikiki
  • Cross Street
    Kalia Road
  • Parking Details
    $12.00 validation for 4 hours with a minimum purchase of $25.00. Limited availability.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 363 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Hawaii

    Hot spot

  • Hawaii

    Lively

  • Hawaii

    American

  • Oahu

    Hot spot

  • Oahu

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Oahu

    Lively

  • Oahu

    American

363 Reviews
  1. BORISL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    We really liked the Hawaiian music but the food was of average quality

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  2. AllyH1286

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was exceptional! Food was delicious! Really nice vibe! Live music during dinner.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was abrupt and not pleasant. Good entertainment. Expensive food for what it is.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing portion sizes and live music was fantastic

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  5. MelY

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Listening to Hawaiian music while dining is a beautiful experience. The excellent service also contributed to a nice evening.

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  6. Frenchbread

    Hawaii

    242 reviews

    5.0

    242 reviews

    Dined on 5 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Hadn't been to this favorite place since before the pandemic. It was so nice to go back and sit al fresco with great food and entertainment (live Hawaiian music), and auntie doing a few hulas too. Coconut shrimp was a real surprise...one of the best I've ever had. Fish and chips were delicious; three good size pieces of fish over fries. Nice wine list. Our server, Jon, was ever attentive. All in all a fantastic evening, despite some serious wind gusts and a few showers.

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  7. Gerrie

    Hawaii

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 1 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outdoor dining at its finest. The music consists of award winning musicians and is fantastic. The food is excellent and the service is superb. Recommend getting reservations through open table because the venue fills up fast.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 27 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Me and my partner visit this for the first time. Overall experience was super excellent, as soon as we get to the front we got greeted by the hostess , we got sat less than five minutes, Server came in a minute greet us introduced himself and offer us a drink.. We got are Drinks , appetizers , entrees refilled our drink in time . Foods came fresh and hot and very wonderful taste. The live music was perfect, it was crowded the came but server still managed us very well. I give this restaurant a five-star score because of the excellent service. Keep it up ! For sure, I will be coming back to visit.

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  9. JoyK

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    3.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on 24 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our experience was mixed. Our server was very pleasant and professional but service was rushed. We had ahi poke nachos as an appetizer and they were barely sat down before our entrees were at the table. We had three entrees: crispy fish, kalua pork dinner and fish tacos. The crispy fish and kalua pork were good but not excellent. The tacos were bad. They were drenched in sauce so they were very drippy. The food was not a good value for the price, but our drinks were good and the Hawaiian music made it worthwhile.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    This was just ok. We were hungry so it did the job but wouldn’t recommend this place because it’s next to the pool at a hotel. I didn’t realize that when making my reservation

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 19 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good and outdoor dining with live music was fun with the right amount of island ambience.

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  12. JeffL

    Seattle

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and drink. Beautiful music and dancers. We love going here!

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  13. Mike

    Charlotte

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on 15 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service by John. Really good food. And beautiful traditional Hawaiian Music. All in on out door open air setting (with umbrellas, etc). An excellent dining experience.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    32 reviews

    2.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    I made reservations over a week before the dinner because I knew they were having an anniversary celebration with music and was sat in the corner of the bar area and couldn't see the bands playing. Plus service was rushed and unfriendly. The huli huli chicken had a terrific bbq sauce and mashed potatoes were delicious but the lousy seating and poor service spoiled my evening

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  15. Dutch

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 March 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We live locally so when we go to the Kani Ka Pila Grille it’s for the live music. It’s a cute venue in an open air setting with an excellent history of centering Hawaiian music and musicians. Go for the music. And know the food is just okay. The food is fine, the drinks are fine and the service is excellent.

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  16. RayP

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place for its live local entertainment and great food!

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  17. Monica

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a nice evening and enjoyed Kawaika very much.

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  18. BarbM

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 22 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Good music and hula gusts who danced. Calamari soggy, entrees disappointing, salads ol

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, just overpriced. I had the garlic prawns entre which was 6 prawns on top of a scoop of rice with coleslaw on the side for $35, nothing exciting. My partner had the seared ahi which was delicious for $40. $9 beers. $16 pina colada’s. Live music was nice! Their menu has changed over the years and used to be better in my opinion, pretty limited now.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 February 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    My server was abrupt and rude so that kinda spoiled it. But the performers were wonderful and I was placed in a lovey spot and the food was good. Very large portions so large appetites will enjoy!

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  21. Jojo

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a great place to land for dinner. Great atmosphere, great food and the local entertainment (Sean the night we were there) was wonderful. Can't wait to go back. It was a very relaxing time!
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 February 2024
    Aloha Jojo - thank you so much for dining and sharing your experience with us. We look forward welcoming you back soon! Mahalo!

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  22. CindyS

    Baltimore

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food , great entertainment, very good service.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 February 2024
    Aloha CindyS - it is our pleasure to read that you enyoyed your dining at Kani Ka Pila Grille! Thank you for your visit! Mahalo!

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  23. AlfG

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was good and very prompt, the music was excellent!
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 February 2024
    Aloha AlfG, We pride ourselves on best in class service and entertainment at Kani Ka Pila Grille! Thank you so much for dining with us and we look forward welcoming you back! Mahalo!

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  24. TEK851

    Philadelphia

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 11 February 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and our server were good. The hostess seemed a bit overwhelmed. She was trying to seat people as well set the tables. We were in line for about 15 minutes before we even got up to the hostess stand and there were only 2 families in front of us, all with reservations.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 1 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We arrived early and were seated right away. Great service and great music/hula dancing to add to the ambiance. Loved the Lava Flows!
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 6 February 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille! We are happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our music, staff, food and ambiance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future. Mahalo!

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  26. RayP

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy the food and entertainment here! There is nowhere else in Waikiki that has the live, local musicians on any night.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 6 February 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for your 5 star rating on your experience at Kani Ka Pila Grille. We look forward to welcoming you back! Mahalo

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  27. Hubba

    Hawaii

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on 26 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The music was nice but a bit loud for where we were seated. Poolside but no sunset view from where we were seated. It was all okay and I’d go back someday, but it won’t make my top 20. Suggest you check it out before being seated.

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  28. JustMe

    Chicago

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 21 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we come to Honolulu we visit Kani Ka Pila to see Ho’okena. The music is beautiful, the food and.delight are the service is very friendly.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 24 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille! We are happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our music, staff, food and ambiance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future. Mahalo!

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  29. AnnaS

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent meal I highly recommend the pork chop, mashed potatoes and asparagus. The pork chop was huge, seasoned to perfection with onions, mushrooms and the sauce was lick your plate deliciius. The hostess was warm and friendly as was our server. Both were well trained and very efficient. Mahalo Kani Ka Pila for the great meal. The live music was wonderful.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille! We are happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our music, staff, food and ambiance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future. Mahalo!

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  30. ElizabethB

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a very lovely time at this restaurant. The sauce on the Huli Huli chicken was fabulous. We also enjoyed the live entertainment including people who danced to the music.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 24 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille! We are happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our music, staff, food and ambiance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future. Mahalo!

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  31. TerriB

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very relaxing. Good food. Good music. Just what we needed
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille! We are happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our music, staff, food and ambiance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future. Mahalo!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 10 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was great! Jason the server was super attentive and the food was awesome!
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 January 2024
    Thank you for sharing your review of your dining experience at Kani Ka Pila Grille. It is our pleasure to know that you loved your experience, we will be sure to share your glowing review with Jason and the rest of the team! Mahalo

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  33. ClaudioC

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    They cancelled the reservation without notice me….
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience here at Kani Ka Pila Grille. We apologize for the service failures you experienced and will take your feedback into consideration as we strive to provide the best dining experience to our customers. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future for an even greater dining experience. Mahalo

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  34. JulesTools

    Indiana

    30 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on 9 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Able to accommodate my althought there was a rolling black-out and severe storms earler in the day!
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for taking the time to share your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille. Mahalo

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  35. JasonB

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on 8 January 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very friendly and courteous service, but the food was just mediocre. Good live Hawaiian music, but after our dinner we decided to not stick around for dessert or more music.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 10 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience here at Kani Ka Pila Grille. We apologize for the service failures you experienced and will take your feedback into consideration as we strive to provide the best dining experience to our customers. It would be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future for an even greater dining experience. Mahalo

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  36. MichelleC

    Anchorage

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great music and amazing service. Food was perfect.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 10 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille! We are happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our music, staff, food and ambiance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future. Mahalo!

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  37. Winniway

    Central Coast

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We appreciated the wonderful music of a talented local Hawaiian singer and guitarist named Nathan who plays on Sunday evenings. He really stood out and provided a quiet, romantic and laid back atmosphere. The meal was very good, grilled asparagus done perfectly, pineapple crème bruele was truly special and delicious , the cheesecake was horrible- soggy crust like it was a frozen store bought type not NY style, hubby almost didn’t eat it, it was so bad but he didn’t want to complain. Everything else however was on point, reservation well handled, great service, nice table and memorable entertainment.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 10 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for your 5 star rating on your experience at Kani Ka Pila Grille. We look forward to welcoming you back! Mahalo

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  38. JamesB

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great music, service was excellent, Poke Bowl was wonderful , mango drink was great. Locomoco meat was not great - tasted like thin frozen patty. That was the only area to improvement we would make. Our server was very friendly, attentive and made a wonderful evening.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille! We are happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our music, staff, food and ambiance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future. Mahalo!

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable. Hope to go there a couple of more times on this trip’s
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 10 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for sharing your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille! We are happy to hear that you were able to enjoy our music, staff, food and ambiance. It will be our pleasure to welcome you back again in the future. Mahalo!

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  40. DJMS

    New Mexico

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    A bit loud between the musician and the bar but a nice atmosphere. Sit further in so the bright lights of the mall walkway aren’t annoying. Good food, especially the makana bowl and the açaí bowl. Server was very nice and helpful though he got really busy and couldn’t come back for awhile. A good casual spot especially if you’re staying in this hotel.
    Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach ResortResponded on 17 January 2024
    Aloha, Thank you for taking the time to share your dining experience with us at Kani Ka Pila Grille. Mahalo

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FAQs

Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 924-4990.

Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is rated 4.5 stars by 363 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

7:30 pm


Booked 11 times today

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Google Map for Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

2169 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Kalia Road
  • Area
    Waikiki
  • Hours of Operation
    Daily 11:00 am–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Hawaiian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    $12.00 validation for 4 hours with a minimum purchase of $25.00. Limited availability.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Dean Kamiya
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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