Commemorating a half century of delicious dining optionsA La Carte
August 25, 2019
Story By: Brandon Bosworth | Photos by: Chart House Waikiki
Founded by local surfer Joey Cabell and his partner Buzzy Bent, Chart House Waikiki has been an island institution for 50 years. With its marina views and comfortable ambiance, the venerable eatery has been attracting residents and tourists since opening its doors in February 1969. Nightly entertainment by a rotating roster of local musicians such as Kimo Kahoano, Bobby Ingano and Billy Beimes just adds to the allure.
The real draw, of course, is the food. Befitting its name and waterfront location, Chart House Waikiki excels at seafood. An especially elegant dish is the Chilean Sea Bass ($44). Fresh sea bass is cooked to perfection, remaining both tender and mild, and served with a butter nage sauce, asparagus and rice.
One of Chart House’s most popular items is Kimmi’s Firecracker Unroll ($16). Ahi limu poke is served on a bed of white rice with onions, drizzled with a spicy chili mayonnaise sauce, then topped with nori strips. This cousin of a spicy tuna roll makes a great appetizer or accompaniment to cocktails.
BEYOND THE SEA
There’s more to Chart House Waikiki then excellent seafood. It does turf as well as it does surf. Consider the Prime Rib ($42, 9-ounce; $54, 14-ounce; $65, 18-ounce). This classic American dish (left), features USDA Prime Grade beef served with asparagus, au jus and choice of starch. Pair with a bowl of clam chowder or Caesar salad for a truly exceptional meal in a wonderful setting.