Where to Find the Best Sunset Dining in Waikiki

Where to Find the Best Sunset Dining in Waikiki

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Everyone loves a sunset, and few can top a Hawaiian sunset. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic meal with your partner on the terrace or celebrating a milestone with the whole family, no meal, music or candlelight will set the mood quite like sky dappled in pinks, oranges and purples. Here are some of the top places on Oahu to get the best of both worlds — great dining options and prime sunset views.

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Featured Photo: Deck at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel

TIP: Be sure to make your reservations about thirty minutes before the sun sets. 

sunset dining deck
Photo: @DeckWaikiki


150 Kapahulu Ave. at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel
(808) 931-4488

You won’t find a better spot to get views of Diamond Head. This newly renovated hotel has a gorgeous open-air restaurant that is, yes, a big open deck. It makes for a great place to watch the sunset! Open Sunday through Thursday from 6:30am to 10am. Friday and Saturday 6:30am to 11pm. deckwaikiki.com

sunset dining dukes waikiki
Photo: Courtesy of Duke’s Waikiki

Duke’s Waikiki

2335 Kalakaua Ave. #116

Few restaurants capture the classic Waikiki experience better than Duke’s Waikiki, on the ground floor of Outrigger Waikiki Resort.. Located on the original site of the famed Outrigger Canoe Club (hence the name for the hotel), this indoor outdoor eatery is named after the Hawaiian icon Duke Kahanamoku, famous for bringing the sport of surfing to the world and embodying the spirit of Aloha., Expect live music, Hawaiian classics such as crispy coconut shrimp, huli huli chicken and mac nut crusted fresh fish, along with one of the best views of Waikiki’s surf. Make reservations in advance, leave time to browse historic photos to get some perspective, and if the line is too long, walk upstairs to Hula Grill, where the view is even better, and fish tacos will not disappoint. Open Monday through Sunday, 7 am to 11 pm. https://www.dukeswaikiki.com/

sunset dining waikiki
Photo: Courtesy of the Hideout

The Hideout at Laylow

2299 Kuhio Ave.

This large open-air restaurant is located in the newly renovated Laylow Hotel. It’s got a retro chic vibe and fire pits. It’s not oceanfront, but the decor and live music make it a sweet place to hang out while the sun goes down over Waikiki. Open daily from 5 to 10 pm with extended hours on Friday and Saturday from 10pm to 12am. hideoutwaikiki.com

Photo: Courtesy of Michael’s


2895 Kalakaua Ave.

Located on the oceanfront on Kaimana Beach, Michel’s has been a fine dining destination in Waikiki since 1962. There is a chef’s tasting menu starting at $130, and the regular menu features caviar, oysters, sashimi, foie gras, lamb and mahi mahi. Reservations are recommended. Open daily from 5pm to 9pm. michelshawaii.com

Photo: @rumfirewaikiki


2255 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu

Rum Fire has one of the best spots in Waikiki to sit on the oceanside and enjoy some food. The view of Diamond Head is a real treat. The tiki torches and live music help set the mood too. Open daily 4:15pm to 11pm. rumfirewaikiki.com

Photo: @skywaikiki

SKY Waikiki

Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2270 Kalakaua Ave.
Reserve on Opentable

This open-air restaurant atop a 19-story building lives up to its name — you’ll see lots of sky, as well as ocean and stunning sunsets. Try the spicy ahi sashimi pizza or mushroom flatbread, or share a few of executive chef Lance Kosaka’s tasty small plates. Open daily 10am to 2pm for brunch. Dinner Sunday through Thursday 4pm to 10pm, and Friday and Saturday Dinner from 4pm to 8:30pm, with nightclub hours from 9pm to 12am. skywaikiki.com

Photo: Courtesy of TIki’s Bar and Grill

Tiki’s Grill and Bar

2570 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu

A family-friendly hangout on the second-floor terrace of the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Tiki’s offers wide-open views at sunset as well as three hours of free parking with validation. Go for the local flavors — kalua pig quesadilla, Thai chicken salad or miso butterfish. Tiki’s is open daily 11:30am to 12am and would love to serve you. tikisgrill.com

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