Orchids is set on the beachfront within Halekulani — the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star is one of Oahu’s most prestigious and treasured resorts — on the west end of Waikiki. Although Orchids is quite large — it can seat up to 250 people — it never feels too impersonal or crowded. Orchids offers a relaxed, open-air environment for you to enjoy executive chef Vikrum Garg’s locally sourced cuisine. Half of the eatery’s tables come with a sweeping ocean view. Even locals who generally eschew Waikiki and its tourists are happy to dine at Orchids to celebrate special occasions.
Our Inspector's Highlights
• Next door to Orchids is House Without a Key, Halekulani’s casual, completely open-air restaurant, which offers live Hawaiian music and nightly hula dancing by former Miss Hawaiis. From Orchids, you can hear the music and perhaps even catch a glimpse of some of Hawaii’s most recognizable hula dancers.

• The restaurant’s Sunday brunch buffet is legendary, featuring everything from a roasted suckling pig carving station and a sashimi and poke bar to a dessert spread that includes an ice cream sundae bar and Halekulani’s signature coconut cake.

• Orchids are found throughout the seafood restaurant — small sprays and single flowers are displayed throughout the dining room and on the white, linen-draped tables.
Things to Know
• If you want an ocean view, request a table on the lanai, where you’ll be able to see Hawaii’s gorgeous aquamarine water stretching all the way to Diamond Head, the iconic landmark anchoring Waikiki’s skyline.

• Monday through Saturday, Orchids is open for breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., and for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The dinner menu, offered every night from 6 to 10 p.m., is similar to lunch, with contemporary Pacific Rim dishes showcasing Hawaii’s seafood. The Oahu restaurant’s Sunday brunch is offered from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and it’s easily the most talked-about brunch buffet on the island.

• Orchids is situated on Waikiki Beach, but given that the restaurant is connected to upscale Halekulani, you shouldn’t show up wearing shorts and flip-flops. During the daytime, resort wear (think Tommy Bahama) is the norm. Come dinnertime, Orchids requires a collared shirt and pants for men and women dress to match.
The Food
• Morning plates such as banana-macadamia-nut pancakes and an island-style breakfast with kimchi fried rice and Portuguese sausage give way to seafood specials at lunch, such as Kahuku shrimp ravioli and onaga (snapper) prepared Chinese-style with green onions, ginger, soy sauce and sesame oil.

• The dinner menu features a rich list of contemporary Pacific Rim cuisine, including entrées like seared monchong, shrimp ravioli and roasted Kona lobster. 

• The only truly bustling spot in the Oahu restaurant is the dessert table, laden with chocolate and lilikoi cakes, brown-butter-apple tarts and almond floats with lychee.
Getting There
2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
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