A South Seas "fantasy island" in an almost impossible to find location near the airport, this local watering hole is a throwback to the Trader Vic's ... More
LA Mariana Sailing Club
A South Seas "fantasy island" in an almost impossible to find location near the airport, this local watering hole is a throwback to the Trader Vic's days. The food is standard: salads, burgers, Chicken Parmigiana and the like. The decor is the draw: a tacky mishmash of fishnet, glass floats and shell chandeliers adorns the sprawling room. A reed fence is all that separates you from the ocean, and a huge live tree grows in the middle of it all. If the lounge music doesn't make you feel misty-eyed, the smoke will.
This was the Hawaii / Oahu we were hoping to find and we are so happy that upon our arrival to Oahu, we had a our first meal on our trip at La Mariana. Our son and his girl friend had found this treasure of a Hide away Tiki Bar straight out of the 1940s on their first night and decided to bring us there for our first dinner in Hawaii. Our vacation was 15 days long and we dinned there 3 times.
La Mariana should be made part of anyone's itinerary while in Oahu for its off the beaten path and a little difficult to find...but the guarantee is this...The sunsets are second to none, The drinks are top shelf, The food is great, and the ambiance is old school Hawaii.
If your lucky enough, Lady Lorna will be singing a few songs in the Tiki Bar that night...
Dan & Rose Fialko
Homer Glen, Illinois
Food is great and atmosphere is something right out of Hawaii 5-O.
Marina and airport right there just waiting for the deal to go down.... Lots of industry in the area to complete the look but it's safe and well lit.
Did not like this restaurant at all. Service was extremely friendly, but food was below average standards. I ordered the open faced turkey sandwich and it was nothing to write home about. My boyfriend ordered the calamari steak and offered some of his mashed potatoes...when I took a bite, they were COLD...not even room temperature but cold. The waitress was so friendly instead of bringing it up to her, we just ate our food and left. Just like the Crouching Lion Inn...food is way overrated, people are friendly, and I won't return. As for the tiki bar, I could care less...I pay for the food, not the ambiance, and the food was edible, but lousy. Damn Rachel Ray for advertising this place.
After a few missed turns we finally found La Mariana.
Fortunately in time to see the sunset over Keehi and the La Mariana Sailing Club. I would have enjoyed knocking back a few My Thais in the Kon Tiki Bar, but our group was hungry. My scampi was good but others ordering the Ahi complained that it was over cooked. Unanimously we agreed that ours or anyone's Hawaiian experience is enhanced by a trip to La Mariana. Two blind gentlemen provided the music: one skillfully on the piano and the other on bongo drums.
Normally this enough would provide a lasting memory.
What I will mainly remember is a throwback to an Hawaii Five-O experience in a place that made this mainlander feel like a local. Go there !!
Go if you read the other reviews and feel you must see the place but a word of caution. The place is way overpriced for what you get. Dehydrated instant mashed potatoes do not belong on a entree plate costing $18. The service was lackluster. Kitchy is one thing but old dirty seat cushions are not.
If you really want to see the place then go there planning on only having a round of drinks, belly up to the bar, look around and then go spend your dining dollars at someplace getting by on taste not tacky.
I love la Mariana, it's my first stop after the airport...I grew up in the 60s heyday of tiki bars and much prefer bamboo and lauhala mat ambience to waikiki modern chrome and glass...this and a few precious other island institutions tucked into odd corners are all that remains of HI of the 50s and 60s, let's treasure them. if you must have the newest and most expensive restaurant experience to brag on, kindly avoid la Mariana. If you miss Tops Waikiki and King's Bakery, this is a nostalgic remnant of those times.
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