Any suggestions for lobster/shrimp/crab near Waikiki?
Definitely Orchids, another one would be the Azure at the Royal Hawaiian-they have 3 fresh fish every day-however, they ruined the view by cutting off the ocean side with a luch place called the Surf Lanai-too bad, the old Surf room was so much better.
Some of the best seafood I've had is at casual places. Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood Co. has a booth in the IMP food court and a 'shrimp truck' parked up on Kuhio. In the $12-15/plate range they have excellent generous portions of shrimp, opakapaka, ahi, mahi mahi, clams, etc. Complete opposite end of the spectrum from a place like Orchids (money and atmosphere wise). suze
I do think Orchids is the best seafood, but it is more fish than lobster or shrimp usually.
You might look into Todai, Makino Chaya or the Oceanarium for seafood buffets.
where is the IMP mall with the food court? i would love to try out the shrimp place...sounds like my type of place with good prices.
I had the best crabcakes ever at Hula Grill. Sigh!
<<IMP = International Market Place>> And it isn't a mall, but a bunch of stalls and some buildings. Not really a good place to shop - they tend to be junky ... somewhat over-priced. Their food vendors do get some good reviews.
Just a few steps out of Waikiki in the McCully Shopping Center...
Check out (and yes, this is the real name) Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant. Chinese and seafood. Inexpensive and very tasty. They generally have lobster and crab specials.
If you are going to be here in the next few months, you should visit John Dominis before it closes. Long-time seafood favorite. Spectacular view, a little upscale.
Yes, sorry.... International Marketplace. It's a collection of tacky souvenier stalls mostly. But the food court is very good imho. I ate there manyl nights. I liked it because it's casual, and the food (at least at Blue Water) was some of the best of my trip. Some evenings there is even free entertainment on the stage there.
On Thursday's there are additional "Ma & Pa" style vendors who come in and cook up BBQ chicken and home-cooking "plate lunch", plus a few bakeries, at stands that are set up just on that day, in addition to the regular established food vendors. -suze