Laughing couple at a romantic dinner

A Romantic Date Night in Waikiki

Brandon Suyeoka


Waikiki Beach fireworks and fine dining at Ocean House
Whether you’re coming from somewhere across the world or right down the street, Waikiki has a lot to offer for those looking to spend a romantic evening with that someone special. I personally like taking advantage of the energy that Waikiki gives off and the many things it has to offer couples.

One of the ideas I often recommend to couples is dinner at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. For starters, the restaurant sits at the back of the hotel where diners are treated to a beautiful panoramic view of the Waikiki Beach coastline with the iconic Diamond Head Crater in the backdrop. While dining, you’re also able to witness a gorgeous Hawaiian sunset during the early course of your meal.

The menu offerings and the food at the Ocean House is also a culinary favorite among locals and visitors alike where they are treated to Pacific Rim and Asian fusion cuisine. For starters, I recommend going with a tropical cocktail like the strawberry lemonade. It’s a fitting beverage considering the beach is literally a few yards from where you’re sitting. Next, move on to the sizzling Ahi Carpaccio. It’s served over Maui onions, radish sprouts and green onions with a touch of togarashi (Japanese red pepper) and topped with sizzling sesame peanut oil. Yum!

For the main course, you and your date should really consider going with one of the prime rib dishes. It’s what Ocean House is known for and I highly recommend the Puleahu prime rib. Grilled with local Hawaiian salt, garlic and fresh herbs, the melding flavors really set your taste buds into a frenzy after the first bite. For the non-meat eaters, I recommend the Seafood Lau Lau—it’s fresh Mahi Mahi, shrimp, scallops, luau leaf and Molokai sweet potatoes sautéed with garlic all wrapped in ti leaves. A meatless alternative while still experiencing a local Hawaiian dish.

Before you move on to dessert, and while the lighting is still good, make sure to ask your server for a photo with the ocean view in the backdrop. You’ll have the opportunity to take home a framed photo keepsake that the restaurant prints on the spot when requested.

There are several dessert delights to choose from at the Ocean House, but since we don’t want to overdo it as the night is still young, try one of the restaurant’s fresh island fruit sorbets like the Coconut, Lilikoi, Mango or Acai. Since you’re sharing dessert with your date, why not spoil yourselves and get the Strawberries and Cream Panna Cotta as well.

Make sure you call the Ocean House ahead for a reservation, as it’s a popular destination because of all it has to offer. Make sure you make it for a Friday night at 6pm and request a table next to the beach to guarantee your dinner date will be spent with the very best views. Why a Friday night? At the conclusion of dinner, take a short walk to the beach and stare up at the sky because at 7:45pm on the dot, a magnificent fireworks show will be on display for you and your date to wow at. He or she will be impressed with the timing and preparation you put into dinner and a “show.”

At the completion of the fireworks show, you now have the freedom to take a romantic walk on the stretch of Waikiki Beach to stargaze, listen to the ocean and have a conversation or two hand-in-hand with your date. Good luck and I hope you enjoy your romantic evening in Waikiki like we have!

Brandon Suyeoka is an advertising and marketing professional with nearly 20 years of experience working with brands and creating strategies for them to better engage their customers. If you are active on social media in Hawaii you may remember him from his LinkedIn/Twitter posts on industry related topics. He also has background on developing synergies with traditional marketing campaigns and social media to extend “conversations." Currently, he is the Marketing Brand Manager at ALTRES as well as an independent marketing consultant through his company SoComm Marketing. When he's not working, he's either out surfing, hanging out with friends or filling his belly with local cuisine. Find Brandon on LinkedIn. Follow on Twitter.

Back to Top