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“Good food, good service, great view!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Pa'akai

Pa'akai
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Ranked #9 of 32 Restaurants in Kahuku
Price range: US$39 - US$75
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Good for: Groups, Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Pa‘akai’s menu highlights the best in fresh local fish, farm-raised lobster, Kauai prawns, sea asparagus, seaweed and sea salt produced in Hawaii. Signature dishes include the pan-seared kampachi with roasted butternut squash, grilled crimini mushrooms and an apple daikon vinaigrette; as well as the Inamona–crusted scallops with avocado puree, Kahuku corn and pipikaula relish with macadamia nut chili oil. The menu also includes offerings such as the Kona coffee-rubbed New Zealand lamb rack with truffle mash and an elderflower and blackberry reduction, as well as a Hawaiian ranchers rib eye steak with fingerling potatoes. Desserts include a warm caramelized apple banana chocolate lumpia with coconut sauce, and a Waialua chocolate soufflé with Ka‘u macadamia nut sauce. The restaurant also features a full bar with signature cocktails and an array of appetizers, including selections from a seafood “treasure chest.”Pa‘akai has a contemporary, ocean-inspired ambiance of cool blues and natural fixtures, flexible seating for 110 guests, and an area for nightly live entertainment from renowned local artists.
Ashburn, Virginia
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“Good food, good service, great view!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2014 via mobile

Our birthday dinner here was delicious and memorable. The fish dishes were we ordered were well seasoned and cooked. We enjoy trying the fresh local fish not easily found on the mainland. We dined on a windy stormy evening and the waves pounding the shoreline just outside the restaurant were impressive. Prices are a little high - but it's Hawaii!

Visited February 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great view, excellent food & superb service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2014 via mobile

Fine dining at its best here on the North Shore of Oahu. A very romantic, special occasion type place. The views of Turtle Bay were amazing. We will definitely return on our next visit to Oahu.

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Cheritaylor
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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Happy Birthday! Mahalo for celebrating the special occasion with us at Pa’akai. We’re thrilled our fresh fish dishes hit the spot and that you enjoyed beautiful ocean views while dining with us. We hope to have the honor of a return visit someday. Aloha.
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“It was good, not espectacular”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

I guess I was expecting more, but the food was good, and service was great! Not very kid friendly (especially for a toddler), but good food and good drinks, we were just expecting more spectacular food for a resort restaurant.

Visited December 2013
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Thank Elizabeth W
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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Aloha, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. We’re glad you enjoyed our food, service and drinks. We would be honored to serve you again in the future. Mahalo.
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Sydney, Australia
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138 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Best for al a Carte dining”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2014

The best restaurant in the resort with superb service and excellent food. Great wine list with typically resort prices.

Visited January 2014
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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review, 14 March 2014
Aloha, Mahalo for dining with us at Pa’akai. We’re honored you considered Pa’akai the best restaurant at Turtle Bay. We hope to have the honor of serving you again someday.
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Sydney, Australia
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“Good service, food and Mai Tais”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2014

Great bar service, efficient and choice of food. Staff make sure you are well looked after as you enjoy the pool.

Visited January 2014
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TurtleBayResort808, Manager at Pa'akai, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Aloha, we’re glad you enjoyed our friendly staff. We would be honored to serve you again someday. Mahalo!
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