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Kalo located in the Marriott - Kalo Hawaiian Food by Chef Chai, Honolulu, HI

Kalo Hawaiian Food by Chef Chai

4.3
4.3
120 reviews
$31 to $50
Hawaiian
Local popular chef and restaurateur, Chai Chaowasaree's new Waikiki restaurant concept at the Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach.

Serving Breakfast and Dinner. Our Lobby Bar is open from 1pm until close.

“I chose the name KALO because it honors one of the most important staple foods among native Hawaiians,” Chaowasaree says. “In Hawai‘i, there are several foods that all visitors should try and kalo is certainly one of them.”

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2 people

19:00


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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Hawaiian, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Cocktail Bar

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Lobby Bar Daily 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (808) 931-6222

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive Chef

    Keala Perreira

  • Catering

    Full services catering available, please contact Chef Chai at (808) 330-0279

  • Private party facilities

    Restaurant available for a private event up to 60 guests for the whole restaurant, or semi private on our patio up to 30 guests.

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What 120 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Hawaii

    Hawaiian

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  1. AJ

    AlisonJ

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was great and the food was yummy.
  2. l

    lxfirebird

    Denver

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Food was ok, not exceptional for the price tag. Very under seasoned. 2nd round of drinks took far too long considering there was only 2 people at the bar and the restaurant was 1/2 full on a Saturday night. Creative menu, but overpriced for the seasoning and odd bar/kitchen issues. Our server was very sweet, but 1 of 2 appetizers were forgotten about and didn’t arrive until after we finished our meal and we had to ask about it. A for effort, just missed the mark for how promising the menu looked online.
  3. JC

    JCNYC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    BBQ was excellent
  4. CD

    ChrisD

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My family, 10 of us ate at Kalo 2 nights in a row, if we were staying more nights we would have eaten here more nights. Raina was a great hostess the first night and Juan Jose was a great host the second night. The food was great, poi was watered down a little too much but with the lomi lomi salmon, chicken long rice, lau lau, kalua pig, white rice it all came together perfectly. Haupia to finish it. Thank you, wish I found your restaurant sooner. Price was little inexpensive, should have charged more.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food ever!! My husband who is not a prawn devotee said the prawns would definitely be be his ast meal request.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. Checked up on us and showed they were there to make ours an outstanding experience. Food was very good although abit pricey. Delicious Hawaiian food! Thank you for the experience!
  7. LN

    LoveNYC

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were very good.
  8. MG

    ManoloG

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Hawaiian food and great service. My family loved the food.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    The appetizers were inedible. We had to send back two starters because they were undercooked and whilst the front of house apologized, the whole experience was very disappointing. The mains were only OK but by that stage, the appetite was gone. Bzzzzzz.
  10. CS

    CinchSF

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The food was ok. It probably could’ve been better for me if we didn’t have to settle for our third and fourth choices because our primary choices were not available, even at the bar. The bar didn’t have lychee to make martinis nor olives/olive juice to make a dirty martini. But the bartender made me a drink he made up that was pretty tasty
  11. C

    Chiarettabubu

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience2
    Piatti tipici con tante influenze cinesi e giapponesi
  12. M

    Mark

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Our server was friendly but the food was bland.
  13. M

    Maddie

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 July 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Nice venue and the food was okay overall, but the quantity and quality just weren't worth the expensive prices.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Worst service. Don’t go there.
  15. d

    docmas

    Hawaii

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on 15 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kealoha was our server and was amazing. Very knowledgeable and professional. I will come back to dine just bc of him!!! Kalo is lucky to have him!!!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food is absolutely amazing!! Family style but so delicious! Make sure you stop by and enjoy!
  17. SR

    ShivRubenS

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    Online menu is totally different from the menu presented at the restaurant. Prices are too high for the food portions. Wanted to try authentic Hawaii food, none at this location, very disappointed. Fresh catch of the day was a little piece of fish (6”X 2”) for $50.???
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dubai

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience4
    Not a place for local Hawaiian food. Go somewhere else. Expensive for a bland dish. The beef is tough and chewy.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service, excellent food, perfect execution.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The pipikaula was the main reason I wanted to try here. It was good. As were the garlic noodles. Hapialani was very good way to end our meal. Got the platter dish and it was a good way to get all the yumminess on one plate.
  21. SB

    SandraB

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We visited the restaurant last year during its soft opening. Went twice that week. Visited the Island again this year and went twice again. Service is great. Food is amazing. Everyone workin there enjoys their job which represents your establishment well. The Laulau and sea bass are our favorites along with the bread and decadent island flavored butter
  22. K

    Klaus

    Grand Rapids

    13 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 22 June 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    Food took over one hour, when it showed up it was cold, sent it back to the kitchen. Food came back was still cold. Sent it back for the kitchen again and this time the waiter heated it up himself. What was supposed to be a medley of the chef’s specialties was very disappointing. Some dishes had way to much salt others had no spices at all. Maybe bad luck… I would not recommend the food at this place. The service was great though but could not compensate for the bad food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was delicious and the service was amazing. Lily was very kind and provided thoughtful recommendation.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was nice, server did forget to bring us any of the complimentary bread. Was told there might be a wait for food but all came very quickly
  25. RH

    RHJ682

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    First dinner in Hawaii and our friends recommended to seek a place that served a regional dish called Lau Lau. We were welcomed with ‘open arms’ and ‘counseled’ by the chef at our table about his version of pork Lau Lau, as well as other menu items to try. We couldn’t have picked a better place to get our first ‘taste of Hawaii’! We shared the Hawaiian Sampler in addition to the Lau Lau, which was the perfect quantity for the two of us. The finale, though, was an absolutely remarkable presentation of a raspberry Sorbets that clinched a wonderful experience. The price was reasonable and the customer service from everyone was no less than excellent. We’ll be back the next time we get to Waikiki!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went at 5 pm with a party of six and was not crowded. Wanted to eat outside but said it wasn’t available though it was mostly empty, something to do with possible rain? Friendly waiters. Choose to go because of Hawaiian food and reviews. Was not disappointed. Had the combination platter of Hawaiian foods that was pricey but excellent. The entrees ere excellent. We had the miso sea bass with lobster reduction, the Tiger prawn curry and the oxtail soup. All were excellent but the curry may have been the winner. The poi Hawaiian bread was also a winner. All in all an excellent service and culinary experience.
  27. d

    davidr

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We sat outside and had great service from beginning to end. The short ribs were amazing as well as the bbq chicken. I don’t normally get desert, but highly recommend the coffee pot de crème.
  28. GM

    GMLA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mahalo. Outstanding customer service. The Hawaiian sampler was the best.
  29. RL

    RobertL

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great experience. Our waiter was attentive and very much helped us with the menu. We did a small plates experience, which was spot on. We particularly enjoyed the chefs interpretation of poke and lomi salmon. Experience was a great value.
  30. HO

    HOYS

    Cleveland

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and waiter was both knowledgeable , efficient and charming .
  31. JS

    JeanS

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 7 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    All was great, Biggest complaint is having to go outside into the hotel for a bathroom.
  32. C

    Cherylg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We made a reservation & had to change it to a later time, no problem. Everything was great, service and food.
  33. c

    carol

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on 31 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Our food came 10 mins apart. We complained. The staff were very apologetic. They complimented two of the entree which is almost 100 USD. We appreciated the gesture very much.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fayetteville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food. Great service.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great place to be introduced to Hawaii cuisine! Staff was very accommodating and knowledgeable about the food as well as suggestions! Not much to choose from on the menu, but the food was amazing nevertheless. Place was pretty hard to spot, but they had floor to bottom windows to see outside entertainment.
  36. e

    ejbje

    New England

    51 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Not sure why prices are so high but maybe in Hawaii everything is higher priced. Food was tasty and service was fun. Not sure why here in Hawaii a second ginger ale would cost another 3 dollars after the first one cost five!
  37. BB

    BrandonB

    Anchorage

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food, beautifully prepared. Very attentive and knowledgeable front of house staff. Well worth a visit!
  38. DI

    DanI

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 May 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We celebrated out 25th wedding anniversary dinner with Kalo. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the choice. Both dishes were excellent the Miso Seabass with lobster reduction and The pineapple king Tiger prawn curry were both very tasty. The desert was a vanilla gelato with a guava center. We had to put the topping aside due to Raspberry allergies and the staff was great with Gluten-free item recommendations.
  39. AA

    AlexA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great venue with Great food and service. Traditional Hawaiian meals tasted great
  40. VM

    VM00000000

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service…great dishes…great atmosphere and vibe! First time at Kalo Hawaiian Food…and extremely pleased. Mahalo nui Kalo staff and Chef Chai! Special mahalos to Bartender “Jay”. You made my wife and I feel extremely welcomed, as we were waiting for our table! Khrup khun khraap and Big Mahalos! 🤙

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine outdoors
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Kalo Hawaiian Food by Chef Chai using the Order Online button. Kalo Hawaiian Food by Chef Chai also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (808) 931-6222.

Kalo Hawaiian Food by Chef Chai is rated 4.3 stars by 120 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Kalo Hawaiian Food by Chef Chai

400 Royal Hawaiian Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815-2837

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Kuhio Ave and Royal Hawaiian Ave

  • Area

    Waikiki

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Daily 6:30 am–11:00 am Lobby Bar Daily 1:00 pm–10:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Hawaiian, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Cocktail Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Valet

  • Public Transit

    Bus and trolley stop near by

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Asian and Pacific Islander, LGBTQ+, South Asian/Indian, Women

  • Executive Chef

    Keala Perreira

  • Additional

    Gluten-free Options, Vegan

  • Phone number

    (808) 931-6222

  • Catering

    Full services catering available, please contact Chef Chai at (808) 330-0279

  • Private party facilities

    Restaurant available for a private event up to 60 guests for the whole restaurant, or semi private on our patio up to 30 guests.

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