In a city filled with Japanese restaurants, this one stands out. Located off the beaten tourist track in the Pagoda Hotel on Rycroft Street, the large ... More
In a city filled with Japanese restaurants, this one stands out. Located off the beaten tourist track in the Pagoda Hotel on Rycroft Street, the large restaurant is a popular spot for locals and hotel guests. Many people choose to make a meal out of several of the fine appetizers and sushi rolls. Typical offerings include Crabmeat Sandwiches and Sunagimo. The impressive imported beer selection includes Kirin and Ashai. There is also a decent American menu and a Sunday brunch buffet.
I know that there are other positive reviews here. There must be some pretty awful buffets in Honolulu to give this one five stars. The Pagoda Restaurant gets one star for the crab legs and that is it (how can you mess up crab legs anyway?) The "prime rib" was awful - grey, half fat and a terrible cut of meat. I love tempura but theirs was unpalatable. The tempura was so thick and had been sitting around so long that you could hardly get your teeth through it. Our waiter brought us fruit punch for our children instead of the milk we ordered (try wrestling fruit punch away from a four-year old and giving them milk instead-not fun). I never got my iced tea that I ordered. My husband's coke that he ordered (at additional cost-it is not included with the buffet) was in the world's smallest glass and when it was refilled the waiter sloshed flat soda from a pitcher into his glass that was half-full from melted ice. I went to go pick up a cup to put melted butter in for the crab legs and it stuck to another cup. In getting them unstuck I discovered that the top cup still had butter in it, probably from a previous customer, which was why they stuck together. While they have nicer tea room areas, we were sitting in the room with the buffet. I felt like it was the cafeteria from high school-long tables with lots of chairs. No atmosphere whatsoever. I felt it was very overpriced for what we got. Just because there is a large quantity of food does not make it worth the money. I would rather pay more for something I would actually enjoy. To add insult to injury they automatically added in the gratuity since we were a party of eight. And our waiter did almost nothing! The whole experience was just awful. We paid the same money and got a great dinner at Hiroshi in Restaurant Row.
Especially for big eaters and big families, the Pagoda all-you-can-eat floating restaurant has this certain irrisistable feel. Our church makes it a tradition to hold our Christmas Diner Banquet at the restaurant. This year we are trying out the Tea House which provides a surrounding view of the fish isolated from the rest of the restaurant. Giving it an extra sence of privacy, despite the glass of the house.
Out of all aquarium restaurants (Shoguns @ Pacific Beach Hotel, or Willows on King Street), Pagoda can't be beat.
The Pagoda Restaurant is the total package; great dinner buffet, beautiful landscaping with the waterfall and the unique koi pond and great service.
The fish feeding is around 6:00 pm. I asked the fish feeder if my child could feed the fish and they were more than happy to give him some fish food. A very memorable experience for my child.
In Hawaii, unless you want to venture into the busy Waikiki area, it is difficult to find a dinner buffet that includes more variety and abundance of food than the Pagoda Restaurant. The menu is extensive, and where else can you go if you are looking for Prime Rib AND Tempura? There is really no where that offers prime rib, tempura, crab, sushi, and local favorites like sashimi (Japanese-style raw fish appetizers) and poke (a local favorite mixing cubed raw ahi tuna with onions, seaweed and soy sauce). The service is good and the ponds and waterfalls are beautiful. The restaurant was busy (typical for a friday night) but it never seemed crowded. The price was reasonable, about what we expected to pay, and for small groups (less than 5 people) reservations were not even necessary. For anyone looking for good food in a great atmosphere, without having to go into Waikiki, the Pagoda Restaurant is the place to go!
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