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Oceanarium Restaurant in Waikiki

Updated on September 10, 2016
Mermaids entertain guests during lunch and dinner at the Oceanarium.
Mermaids entertain guests during lunch and dinner at the Oceanarium. | Source

Seafood lovers rejoice! You can get your fill of crab legs here. Considered one of the most unique restaurants in the world, the Oceanarium is found at the Pacific Beach Hotel in Waikiki. You can dine on award-winning cuisine while enjoying marine life in a 280,000-gallon aquarium. There are daily mermaid dives for the guests as well as regular feeding of the fish by expert divers. I totally enjoyed my dinner at the Oceanarium.

The Oceanarium Restaurant

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Some of the beautiful sealife in the aquarium
Some of the beautiful sealife in the aquarium | Source
A sign for guests at the Oceanarium
A sign for guests at the Oceanarium

At the Oceanarium Restaurant, you can choose from over fifty dishes, including sushi, fresh sashimi, crab legs, excellent prime rib of beef, pasta, salads and delectable desserts. Even a chocolate fountain and crepes. They serve brunch, lunch and dinner daily. Top chefs prepare top-rated dishes to tempt your palate.

Family Friendly

Children will be mesmerized and entertained throughout the course of the meal by over 70 species of marine life from the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Some tables are adjacent to the aquarium, and all guests have a good view of schools of fish and other marine animals. The Oceanarium was recent named one of the most kid friendly restaurants in America. They even added an earlier 5:00 pm performance of the Mermaid Dive Show for those with young children. Soft serve ice cream and sprinkles is always a hit with the kids.

Friendly Staff

Well-trained servers attend to the hungry guests and try very hard to make it a pleasant experience.

Momentous and Special Occasions

Celebrate in style at the Oceanarium. Whether it is to get engaged, entertain your wedding guests, celebrate graduation, birthdays, or anniversaries, the ambiance of this restaurant will be perfect. Upon request, you can have divers carry a sign just at the right moment. Everyone will leave happy and satisfied!

Special Thanksgiving buffet with Roast Turkey and all the trimmings.

History of the Restaurant

The Oceanarium was built in 1979, and became the largest aquarium restaurant located in a single hotel. It is owned locally by the HTH Corporation, and it became part of the Hawaiian tourist industry in 1964.

Location of the Oceanarium

A marker2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii -
2490 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
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  • Phone: (808) 923-4511 or Toll free (800) 367-6060
  • email:
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  • Dives: Monday - Friday 12:30, 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm. Saturday and Sunday 11:45 am, 1:30 pm 5:00 pm, 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm
  • Cost as per June 2012: Adults: $41.95, Children $18.95 age 5-11.
  • $3 parking at Liliuokalani Avenue parking structure, valet $7
  • Kamaaina rates available (with Hawaii driver's license).

Overall, my experience at The Oceanarium deserves a 4.5. I loved the variety of food, the service and the entertainment. If you have ever been to the restaurant, I would love to know about it and hear what you have to say about it. Like they say in Hawaii "it broke da mouth" - in other words, it was delicious.


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  • LianaK profile image

    LianaK 5 years ago

    I look forward to visiting this awesome restaurant some day :)! Thanks for the information. Wonderful hub.

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    ptosis 5 years ago from Arizona

    I was there to look at the place but didn't stop to eat at at the buffet ( had to catch a plane) awesome huge aquarium.