Dine ‘Undah Da Sea’

A La Carte Columns

February 9, 2016

Story By: Caitlin Basilio | Photos by: Anthony Consillio

Lilikoi Pudding with Strawberry Sauce (part of the buffet)

Lilikoi Pudding with Strawberry Sauce (part of the buffet)

As “The Little Mermaid’s” famous crustacean Sebastian sings, life is better “undah da sea.” So why not head over to Ocean-arium Restaurant for an underwater-inspired dining experience like no other?

Located at Pacific Beach Hotel, the eatery offers breakfast and dinner buffets daily, a brunch buffet each weekend, as well as a la carte options (prices vary).

Since opening in 1979, Oceanarium has been serving a variety of delicious food with a view of its wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling aquarium. Patrons sink their teeth into king crab and snow crab, which are featured every night. On the sweeter side of things, pastry chef Fenton Lee recently started offering flambé desserts — alternating between Cherries Jubilee and Banana Fosters toppings for your ice cream and bread pudding.

If you don’t have plans for Valentine’s Day yet, treat your loved one to Oceanarium’s brunch (9 a.m.-3 p.m.) or dinner buffet (4-10 p.m.), priced at $60 per person. Special entrees will include Braised Pork Belly with Orange Soy Honey Dijon (brunch) and Roasted Duck Breast with Sun-Dried Cherry Balsamic Sauce (dinner).


Despite how full you may feel after dining on Oceanarium Restaurant’s buffets, there always is room for dessert. Lilikoi Pudding with Strawberry Sauce is a definite favorite presented in an eye-catching martini glass. Topped with strawberry poppers (similar to fruit jellies found in bubble tea), this refreshing dessert may just be the best part of your meal. What’s even better is that the flavors change each week with other tasty options such as mousse or panna cotta.

Oceanarium Restaurant
Pacific Beach Hotel
2490 Kalakaua Ave.,Waikiki
Daily, breakfast buffet: 6-10 a.m., dinner buffet: 4:30-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, brunch: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Honolulu, HI 96815

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