An upscale, pleasant mini-getaway in the heart of Waikiki lies Tommy Bahama Restaurant. It was decorated in a manner that made the environment feel alive and almost conversational. The entrance on the first floor is actually a shopping spot where the dining facilities are located on the upper two floors with the third floor having a rooftop bar where you can keep up to date with your favorite sports team playing on TV.
A beautiful scene of what’s on display around the restaurant – pictured above is a “living wall”, my favorite feature on the second floor.
This is the third floor where the rooftop bar is located along with an open air fire pit. Unfortunately, we went during a time of passing showers so the area was wet and with more rainy weather en route, the fire was not lit up that night but again, it really adds to how the environment felt alive and gave a great feed back in positive vibes. The ambiance gave a feel of escape, it felt like we were not in Hawaii, which is what we love when eating new places. Locations that encapsulates your mood allowing you to escape that you feel somewhere else always increase our rating of a spot.
Of course we had to start the night off right! I went with a rum concoction (Painkiller #2) and Mary went with the Pineapple Lychee Cruiser.
Our first appetizer had to be the Ahi Tuna Tacos served with wonton shell, island slaw, and wasabi-avocado purée . If you follow us, you know how much we love poke tacos. This is a must!
Second appetizer was the World Famous Coconut Shrimp served with their delicious papaya-mango chutney. Another favorite of ours to eat. Yes, call us boring for going with typical dishes and not trying something new, but we love our coconut shrimp. Trying new things also requires us to be in the experimental mood.
As for our entrees, Mary went with the Macadamia Nut Encrusted Opah served with wasabi soy beurre blanc, lemon garlic asparagus, and almond rice. It was her first time tasting almond rice and she loved it! The sauce complimented the whole dish very well.
I went with their famous Kona Beer Brined Half Chicken which had confit fingerling potatoes, chinese long beans, and garlic artichoke hearts. It also had a flavorful sauce that made this taste very rich, fresh, and almost tasted like “clean eating”.
On to the dessert! They bring this whole tray of goodness to every table. Why can’t all restaurants do this? Amazing presentation! It was really hard to choose.
Finally, Mary went with the Pineapple Crème Brûlée served with tahitian vanilla bean, white chocolate mousse. She loves creme brulee. As this was her first time tasting pineapple creme brulee, it quickly became her favorite!
I went with the Butterscotch Pudding which included Dewar’s scotch, chocolate ganache, scratch caramel, and white chocolate mousse. Perfect little dessert!
For a nights get-away and felling island trapped, head over to Tommy Bahama Restaurant and Rooftop Bar for a chill night with tasteful entertainment, great drinks and even better food with the environment topping it all off – an imaginary icing on top. After eating, make sure to stop by the shopping area and find that perfect Aloha button up t-shirt for your relatives back home!
Tommy Bahama Waikiki
298 Beachwalk Drive
Honolulu, HI 96815