House Without a Key at Halekulani has a different ambience at breakfast, lunch, and evening time. Breakfast time is quiet and relaxing, before Waikiki beach starts filling up with beach goers. Lunchtime is bright and you can watch the stand-up paddlers on the ocean, or the bikini-clad tourists walking by.
In the evening from around 5:30pm, guests dressed in sun dresses and aloha shirts begin to fill the seats as sunset gives way to the cooler night air. Guests order Mai Tais to sip on while a traditional Hawaiian trio and hula dancer grace the stage with beautiful but unobtrusive entertainment. I love the restaurant during each of its periods, but it’s especially lovely at night. I met up with some friends just as they got off work for some pau hana cocktails and pupus.
I treated myself to a Le Mint ($7.00), a frozen lemonade drink with fresh mint leaves blended right in.
and we shared some appetizers: Coconut Shrimp with Orange Mango Sauce ($16.00)
Caesar Salad ($12.00)
Striploin Steak with Chimichuri Sauce, served with French Fries ($39.00)
The food menu is somewhat limited here, but the ambiance and views are the main draws of this restaurant. If you have an evening to spare or special guests from out of town, try starting out with cocktails here before progressing to dinner nearby (Wolfgang’s or Roy’s, perhaps).
MENU: View the menu on their website.
House Without a Key
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815