Dine with a viewCover Story
April 24, 2022
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: TONY GRILLO
With a lofty goal of being known for and worthy of occupying such an iconic location as the “Top of the Ilikai,” the team at Pesca Waikiki Beach has rolled out a luxurious Mediterranean seafood restaurant and wedding venue with stunning panoramic views encompassing Honolulu, Diamond Head and the Pacific.
Pesca Waikiki Beach features ono fresh seafood sourced and flown in daily from Hawaii, the Mediterranean, Japan and other locations around the world, including some fish varieties served exclusively at the restaurant. The menu features a fresh seafood and raw bar, appetizers, salads, soup and pasta, fish by the pound prepared simply — grilled, in sea salt, or acqua pazza (poached) style — as well as entrées from the sea and the land accompanied by sides and signature desserts. Lunch is available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. followed by dinner nightly from 4 to 10:30 p.m., and happy hour (3-6 p.m.) featuring food and cocktail specials.
The spacious, inviting restaurant encompasses over 10,000 square feet on the 29th and 30th floors of the Ilikai, a landmark near the gateway to Waikiki, and boasts a beautiful main dining room with panoramic mauka-to-makai views and even a glass-enclosed wedding chapel “in the sky” along with private and semi-private dining rooms on the 30th floor.
The 29th floor is home to a bridal salon with six changing rooms and an informal dining area complemented by an exclusive private bar and sophisticated lounge with a speakeasy vibe.
“We opened in August 2021 and are a high-end Mediterranean fish house that offers our customers a full view of our whole fish displayed in the middle of the dining room,” says Pesca Waikiki Beach assistant general manager Rafe Hull. “Serving fresh, whole fish from around the world is what we do best. We display the fish in the dining room daily with the goal of giving people a great meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner with incredible views all day long.”
Hull encourages diners to try the Pesca Burger ($25) crafted with fish on a brioche bun along with lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles and wedge fries. Another popular item is Fish Tacos ($24) built with fish, lettuce, tomatoes, red onions, chives, dill, tzatziki mayo, bacon, jalapeño, feta cheese and cilantro.
The highlight of the lunch menu, according to Hull, is a personal favorite: the lunch prix fixe menu for just $38 featuring Greek salad, fish chowder, fresh catch of the day and dessert.
“We want guests to be blown away by the food and beverage experience here at Pesca,” Hull says. “With our stunning views of the ocean, hills and cityscape of the Waikiki area, matched with our highest levels of service, our guests will not soon forget their time at Pesca.”
Diners can also look forward to $6 validated valet parking at the Ilikai for up to four hours. Be sure to follow the restaurant on Instagram (@pescawaikiki) and Facebook (Pesca Waikiki Beach) for the latest information, updates and photos.