There are three things I really like about Lu Lu’s Waikiki.
1- You can walk in with sand on your feet and salt in your hair.
2- The amazing view of surfers, catamarans and Diamond Head all in one sitting.
3- It appeals to all appetites and ages.
This retro-surf themed restaurant is located upstairs, across from Walls, which is why most of its customers come directly from the beach. I like that I don’t have to meet a strict dress code to eat here, which might take too much time and effort when I’m near-famished. Lu Lu’s has a laid-back atmosphere that definitely fulfills a beach bar vibe.
Beach bar, because it has a view of it. You should definitely try to get here for sunset. An orange glow pours into the open-aired restaurant, illuminating everything inside and on your plate. Also around this time, there’s usually live music. A different band or artist plays each night of the week, ranging from acoustic to reggae to soul.
Like the Lu Lu’s on other islands, this one is one of those well-rounded places that appeals to the family-type crowds and the younger crowds. During most of the day, you’ll see families come and go. Toward the evening, however, a mix of young and old come out to kick back and listen to music. Mondays are Lu Lu’s Industry Night, otherwise known as half-off food and drinks with an industry ID and live DJ spinning.
The menu here is a mix plate fusion of Island, Asian and American foods. There will be typical burgers, fries and salads but with an island twist. Prices are about average for how expensive Waikiki tends to be but portions are pretty decent.
LU LU’S WAIKIKI
• 2586 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815 • 808-926-5222 • www.luluswaikiki.com