“Our goal that night was to indulge in the Hula Pie and warm our bodies up with some hot coffee to offset the cold dessert.” in 474 reviews
“For dinner I always stick with a Mai Tai and Prime Rib – the steak is always cooked perfectly and is full of flavor.” in 141 reviews
$32 Slow Roasted Prime Rib* (While It Lasts)
“With each entree you get the all you can eat salad bar as well, featuring yummy salads, potato salad, macaroni salad, fruit salads, and carrot or banana macadamia muffins.” in 662 reviews
The Royal Hawaiian Center has over 10 levels of parking and it's in the heart of all the shops. It's super close to Dukes to where you can walk. I believe that the first two hours are free and 6.00 for each hour thereafter.
Just to preface this review, let’s say I’m a big fan of Waikiki. Locals run from it, I run toward it. It’s how it’s always been. It’s something about the ambiance that makes me feel like a tourist. Coincidentally, I landed a job in Waikiki and with that job I am able to try out new/revamped restaurants in the area. Enter Surf Lanai. Years ago, the Surf Lanai was only a buffet..and that’s how I remember it. So many fond memories eating at that buffet in the heart of Waikiki. Then it became a full service restaurant, and now (as of April 1, 2016) the buffet is BACK! The first noticeable asset of this restaurant is the incredible view of the beach as you eat outside. The next noticeable asset is the service. The waitress immediately scurried over to our table to take our drink orders. Now on to the main event, the food! The food is amazing, and for $38, you can go to the buffet AND order one specialty item off the menu…I ordered the Pink Palace Pancakes. Pink guava pancakes. The pancakes were meh, the guava was definitely not strong enough and I felt that the coconut sauce tasted a little odd. However, other menu items included crab omelet, eggs benedict, and loco moco…all of which looked and tasted delicious. (Except the loco moco, I didn’t try that). The buffet food was definitely the star of the event. Although there’s no fancy omelet bar like your standard breakfast buffet, the quality of the food made up for that. There was a waffle bar with all sorts of toppings. I particularly liked the baked goods, especially the cinnamon roll. YUM! All in all, if you want to treat yourself to a high-end buffet in Waikiki, I would definitely recommend the Surf Lanai. Great food, great ambiance, great service. As for me, I probably won’t go back unless someone else is paying because it is quite expensive.