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Best Restaurants for Ocean Views in Hawaii


For travellers seeking an unforgettable dining experience, Hawaii's best restaurants offer a mesmerising combination of delectable cuisine and awe-inspiring ocean views.

Hawaii is a paradise that beckons travellers from around the world. This tropical haven is not only renowned for its idyllic landscapes, but also for its culinary delights that tantalise the senses. Imagine enjoying a mouthwatering meal alongside a panoramic vista of turquoise waters and swaying palm trees, tinged gold by a dramatic sunset. Combine that with impeccable service, elegant decor and a relaxed ambience and you have a memory to treasure long after you’ve set down your fork.

Here are some of the best restaurants for ocean views in Hawaii.

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Café Portofino at Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort

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Ocean views are endless at the beachfront Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort.

With sweeping views of Hawaii’s rugged mountains and sparkling ocean, Café Portofino at the beautiful Royal Sonesta Kauai Resort beckons with an unforgettable dining experience. The restaurant's open-air design allows for unobstructed vistas, creating a sense of tranquillity and connection to nature, while elegant decor and stylish furnishings complement the natural surroundings.

The menu at Café Portofino showcases an enticing array of authentic Northern Italian cuisine, steaks and seafood prepared to perfection. With fresh ingredients sourced from the island’s surrounding waters and fertile lands, every bite is a symphony of taste and quality. The talented chefs craft each dish with meticulous attention to detail.

The cafe’s staff is attentive, knowledgeable and always ready to go the extra mile to ensure a memorable dining experience, making Café Portofino an immersive experience where delicious cuisine, awe-inspiring views and impeccable service converge. 

Off the Lip at Turtle Bay Resort

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Off the Lip restaurant is surrounded by Hawaiian waters.

Nestled on the breathtaking North Shore, Off the Lip at the splendid Turtle Bay Resort is the place to be if you love delectable cuisine and ocean breezes. As you step into the open-air restaurant, you are enveloped by a vibrant-yet-relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant is set against a backdrop of the infinity pool, framed by the azure ocean, swaying palm trees and lush mountains in the distance. The warm decor and comfortable seating create an ambience of casual elegance, making Off the Lip an ideal spot for a leisurely meal or a sensational cocktail.

The Bites menu at Off the Lip is irresistible, with internationally inspired nibbles lovingly created with ingredients straight from the resort’s farm. As for the cocktails, the talented mixologists utilise locally sourced ingredients to create harmonious blends that pay homage to Hawaii's rich heritage. If you want a cocktail that tastes like tropical paradise, you can find it here. 

Swell Pool Bar at ’Alohilani Resort

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Gaze across the Hawaiian ocean for miles from Swell Pool Bar.

Beautifully situated by the infinity pool at 'Alohilani Resort, the Swell Pool Bar offers an exceptional al fresco dining experience with breathtaking views of the sparkling Pacific Ocean. With its prime location, this stylish venue is the perfect setting for lazing by the poolside or in a private cabana and enjoying the Hawaiian sunshine. 

Indulge in a diverse menu of mouthwatering meals and drinks crafted from locally sourced ingredients to create a fusion of island-inspired flavours. The carefully curated selection of handcrafted cocktails and tropical drinks will make you want to stay way past sunset. The exceptional customer service provided by the attentive staff will make you feel warmly welcomed and well taken care of throughout your visit. With its picturesque ocean views, delectable cuisine, inviting atmosphere and impeccable service, Swell offers a truly unforgettable experience in the heart of Hawaii. 

Hula Grill Waikiki at Outrigger Waikiki Resort

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Outrigger Waikiki Resort boasts panoramic views of the sea.

With stunning vistas of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, Hula Grill Waikiki at the glorious Outrigger Waikiki Resort offers a truly remarkable experience. This dynamic and inviting restaurant captures the essence of Hawaii's culinary scene, and Hawaiian charm with modern touches creates a warm and inviting ambience that reflects the spirit of Aloha. Whether you dine on the open-air lanai or indoors with panoramic windows, the surroundings are simply breathtaking.

The menu showcases the best of Hawaiian cuisine with super-fresh seafood, succulent steaks and locally sourced ingredients blending traditional flavours with innovative twists. From mouthwatering 'hula pie' to island-inspired cocktails, each dish is a delightful blend of flavours that celebrate the rich culinary heritage of the region. The staff are welcoming and provide insightful recommendations. Hula is a must-visit destination for food enthusiasts and ocean lovers alike. 

Feature image: Off the Lip at Turtle Bay Resort.

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