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House Without a Key

4.7
4.7
1776 reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

House Without A Key open nightly for Sunset Cocktails at our terrace with Hawaiian Entertainment, light pupus and beverages.

Breakfast Buffet from 7:00am - 10:30am. Lunch from 11:30am - 4:00pm (closed for Lunch on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday). Cocktails and Dinner from 5:00pm - 8:30pm.

House Without A Key is a distinctive open air restaurant providing more casual fare and nightly Hawaiian music. It’s Halekulani’s gathering spot for informal meals and our signature Mai Tais.

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Booked 55 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Thu–Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 923-2311

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Jarrin Otake

  • Area

    Waikiki

  • Cross Street

    Lewers St.

  • Parking Details

    Validated valet and self parking.

  • Entertainment

    Distinctive nightly Hawaiian music (5:30pm to 8:30pm) is paired with the graceful dancing of former winners of Miss Hawaii.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 1,776 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Hawaii

    Best Ambience

  • Oahu

    Best Ambience

  • Oahu

    Scenic View

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  1. TS

    TonyaS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined today

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    We went for the appetizers at sunset. This is a beautiful location off of the water, with a wonderful band, and former Miss Universe doing hula. We had the edamame hummus and mai tai’s. The hummus was the best I’ve ever had!! The mai tai was very disappointing, considering all of the hype about it! I wish I would have looked at the drink menu, as I definitely would have chosen something else. I took a piece of the coconut cake to go. This was also disappointing and a waste of calories. Overall I am not certain if I’d come here again. Since I don’t live here, I guess I won’t have to decide for a couple of years.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Just a great experience. Wonderful service and superb food with every dish.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a. Wonderful evening, everything was very nice.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Sadly it was too cloudy to see the sunset, but this is a charming spot. I loved the Cream of Luau soup and the coconut cake. The live music and hula dancer were also great. Impeccable service.

  5. MK

    MelK

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    A lovely relaxing evening, however I’m sure you can get the same atmosphere elsewhere for a fraction of the price.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The shrimp was over cooked, the fish was amazing and the cocktails were tasty. Beautiful views and nice live entertainment. I'd go again, but not for dinner. Next time drinks and pupus.

  7. M

    Mercer

    Kansas City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From start to finish, it was a wonderful experience. We were greeted with Happy Anniversary as noted in our reservation and treated to Anniversary cake for dessert. The food choices were varied and each small plate we ordered was delicious. The entertainment was wonderful, seating outside was comfortable and the setting with Diamond Head in the distance memorable. All we hoped it would be and more!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    This is my favourite place in the world to sit, do very little and listen to island music and sip cocktails!

  9. C

    Cynthia

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    The wait help that were in our area were very pleasant and made it enjoyable to dine in the restaurant. The hostess is always welcoming and cheerful. We’ve been there twice now since the restaurant reopened.

  10. N

    Nchamp

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance and great food, looking forward to our next meal there!

  11. E

    Econjimm

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The monching (catch of the day) was very good as was the tomato soups. The most amazing was the atmosphere and entertainment, punctuated on Friday night with fireworks off the ocean.

  12. PS

    PeterS

    Sydney

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    World class in every way possible…..❤️❤️❤️

  13. HH

    HeatherH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Environment is so beautiful, peaceful,amazing! The edamame hummus was great. Coconut creme in the sweet pitato and luau (taro) was too rich for my preference. Snapper was not too good, in my opinion. But the bok choy and mushrooms that came with it were great. Perhaps offer more vegetarian options or sides? Overall a Wonderful experience!

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the valet to the entertainment, everything about this experience was impeccable.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Ian was very personable and attentive and his recommendations were spot-on! The restaurant is a staple in Waikiki.

  16. A

    Andy12355

    Portland

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice pace Drinks, salad, musical show with guitars and Hula Main coarse, second act of show with Halikolonie coconut cake! Thank you all

  17. AS

    AmeliaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful views and delicious food! Very nice live music and hula dancing.

  18. L

    Lindavw12

    Berkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outdtsnding customer service, food and ambiance! A very special setting to enjoy dinner. Band with Hula were amazing! Would highly recommend House Without a key.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing place for drinks and dinner outside by the ocean with traditional Hawaiian live music. Great service. Only downside is it’s a bit pricey for what it is. But overall good experience and would recommend.

  20. GE

    GoodEater

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience5

    Mai tai was watered down and had little flavor. I've made the Halekulani's mai tai using their recipe and it was vastly superior than having it here. Fries were previously frozen w/ little salt, no flavor. Hula dancer and band were excellent. Despite the excellent entertainment, $40 for the mediocre food and drink wasn't worth it.

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    The food was superb, but the service almost excellent our server forgets 1 or 2 items like utensils and some sides that we order didn’t arrive we have to remind them. But overall good and very pricey

  22. GM

    GayeM

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Impressed with the new renovations.... Checked out the renovations in the Lounge area, very impressive.... Glad you were able to keep the old flavor but modernize it to match the rest of the hotel. Also glad to see the original fireplace is still there with modern facade and much of the original furniture as well, also with modern fabrics.... Excellent work, thank you to one of my all-time favorite dining spots in Waikiki!

  23. DA

    DavidA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5

    This venue has been one of my favorite places on Earth. While it was again very nice during my recent visit, I have to admit it has lost some of it’s allure. They used to serve delicious potato chips with their cocktails. Those are gone—and depending on who you talk to, they aren’t coming back. The service was warm and welcoming but instead of gracious and flawless, our server seemed a bit rushed. They did not have one of my favorites—pineapple sorbet. I was told they ran out. They were still out when I returned the next day for lunch. They were also out of key lime cheesecake. They have four desserts on the menu. Two of them weren’t available. Perhaps the pastry chef is still working from home. I called the restaurant and when no one answered I left a message attempting to resurrect a previously cancelled reservation (yes, I had reserved this venue for two different times) but never received a call back. All that said, order the coconut cake. It is sublime. So, while I’m a huge fan of the House Without a Key, they will need to step of their game if they are to continue to live up to their hard earned world class reputation. I’m hoping post-Covid they will get their mojo back.

  24. H

    Hungry87

    Sacramento

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 6 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We wanted to sit on a beautiful patio looking out to sea while enjoying the sunset, cocktails, small plates, and some live Hawaiian music. House without a key fit the bill perfectly. It’s pricey but worth it.

  25. C

    Cookiersmom

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3

    Overpriced, disappointing. Entertainment was mediocre.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience4

    Ignored on arrival, I had a reservation but had to ‘wait to one side’ while others were shown straight in. Celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary we were shown to a table almost behind the stage in what I would call the naughty corner. I told the greeter that this wasn’t acceptable, she laughed! I told her to forget about it and we would leave. She moved us to a dining table near the back and gave us a dinner menu when we had already told her we were coming for cocktails and pu pu’s. Fortunately the waiter , Michael saved the day, great service. Unfortunately they have double dipped on my credit card and charged me once for the bill and once for the bill and tip!! Stay away from these crooks.

  27. EB

    ElizaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful ambiance, very limited menu with mostly seafood options. I was disappointed because they no longer offer the prime rib.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful, House without a Key can never be beat

  29. T

    Tasty

    Palm Springs

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our Anniversary special place and this was our 40th and was better than ever

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came here for our honeymoon. Nothing special to get for free, but an magnificent view and they honored our request to sit closest to the ocean! I recommend you treat your special person in your life to this incredible experience.

  31. JB

    JeffreyB

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    Disappointed there is no full dinner menu as I enjoyed it many times in the past. Not sure I will return.

  32. MC

    MichaelC

    Orange County

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You will need a reservation as it was busy on Monday nights. Get a table under a roof, as it rained multiple times and guest seated in front were given umbrellas. Limited food items but taste great, more choices for drinks.

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We celebrated our anniversary at House without a Key. Our waiter brought us a cake. Lovely ambiance, live music, and view.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view of Diamond Head, feel the aloha every time we come here. Classic Hawaii.

  35. CE

    CamE

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing experience! Loved the ambiance, live music and hula dancing. Food and drinks were 10/10. Would go again, even considered it this holiday

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely view. Great music. Hula dancing!

  37. C

    Coolbria

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience5

    The beautiful ambiance trumps the food-a disappointing experience. We found a plastic wrapper in our Caesar salad, the Caesar salad that we were told doesn’t come with chicken even though a Chicken Caesar Salad is listed on the menu. The cheese plate left a lot to be desired, the deli-like slices of meats being the most disappointing.

  38. BO

    BOBP

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    Unbeknownst the kitchen was inoperable so the management only served cold appetizers, jacked up prices higher than their typical entrees. Instead they pushed the alcohol drinks. So business unethical!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great service and drinks. Food was good, scenery is spectacular.

  40. JC

    JoyC

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 April 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We love House Without a Key. We would go here for every Anniversary. Yesterday was our 45th. We used to have the breakfast buffet, but ordered off the menu this time. Can’t eat so much nowadays. We always had Cindy, but she has now retired. We had Darin yesterday, who was excellent.

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House Without a Key is rated 4.7 stars by 1776 OpenTable diners.

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Booked 55 times today
Google Map for House Without a Key

2199 Kalia Rd Honolulu, HI 96815-1936

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Lewers St.

  • Area

    Waikiki

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:30 am Lunch Thu–Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–8:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Hawaii Regional Cuisine

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Validated valet and self parking.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Jarrin Otake

  • Entertainment

    Distinctive nightly Hawaiian music (5:30pm to 8:30pm) is paired with the graceful dancing of former winners of Miss Hawaii.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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