Royal Hawaiian Grill
The wait and hospitality staff couldn’t have been friendlier. The recommendations were excellent. Each dish ordered was delicious and presented beautifully. The music playing from the main bar area was upbeat and lively.
Well I miss the last version of the Royal Hawaiian. The ambiance and decor of the current iteration was amazing and perfect. Modern and welcoming and still Hawaiian. The drinks were amazing and the Lapu Lapu seems to be the only thing still on the menu that is pure as well as the other Hawaiian cocktails. My problem with the place was that it felt great but the menu didn’t add up. When going to a Hawaiian place called the Royal Hawaiian you expect Hawaiian food. But what was offered was Hawaiian with an Argentinian flare which made no sense. Like I don’t want a mai tai with chimichurri or poke with no flavor or fish and gnocchi. Though I will say the charcuterie was the best especially there chimichurri bread the rest failed. The poke was mediocre at best and my boyfriends Opah was no good. I think the place needs to refocus on the Hawaiian aspect and honor and have fun with it. We may return for drinks and that’s about it. I want the sashimi I used to get and teriyaki.
Some of the food was great but the grilled octopus was a disappointment. It was tough and dry.
Excellent- Sea Bass, chicken was so flavorful and the burger sky high with the pineapple!
This place was almost empty. Service was very good. Kids meals 3 options. Out of chx. No substitute. We were told we could buy adult meal for $$$ to replace kids meal. We have been her a few times. Never a crowd. Not going back.
Food, service and ambience were all wonderful.
Server was very accommodating. The drinks were very good and the food tasted great. Very good TIKI ambiance and overall a very good dinner and enjoyable time.
It was a Sunday evening dinner. Quiet and intimate. Our server was friendly and attentive. Food was delicious. My wife and I first went to the Royal Hawaiian when we first started dating in the 1960s and so there was a bit of nostalgia. Obviously it has changed but still a great value! Didn't disappoint.
Enjoyed our late-lunch / early dinner at this place. We ordered 2 appetizers: poke tuna & ceviche. They have a happy hour from 4-6pm daily.
Also had the burger and was very good, along with a local guava beer.
Enjoyed this spot on my birthday... never eaten here before, just have seen the exterior for years and was always curious. I worried about the reviews after the change in ownership but since I was unfamiliar with any menu items, I was completely open to a new experience and it did not disappoint. Food was well prepared and spiced, cocktails were fun. Definitely will return!
It was a confusing experience because from it's décor and ambience you'd think it'd be a bit more "fun" but it's pretty stiff and food is not Hawaiian! That said, our waiter saved the day, wish I knew his name. Young man, soft spoken and so courteous! I'd still recommend going.
We would go back, however, I would suggest a name change since the chef is Argentinian and the wine and food menu reflects this. Great food. We were disappointed that the Osso Bucco ran out and we had 6pm dinner reservations. That’s pretty early to run out of food. The upside is we knew we were eating fresh food and the kitchen doesn’t over produce.
Best server Shawn was attentive, gave amazing recommendations and the happy hour menu was delicious. Loved the Poki and grilled green beans. We were treated with a crepe and it was divine! The lapus are the best here...
There are new chef owners apparently from Argentina and the menu reflects it. More Argentinian than Hawaiian. Mai Tais were good but hope so at &14 a piece.
Just be ready to have lots of Chimichurri and grilled meats. I had steak and the spinach was drowning in vinegar.
First time back since the rebranding and drinks are still fantastic (Lapu Lapu) but the food/menu was a huge improvement (bone in filet). Can’t wait to go back and bringing friends next time!
The service was friendly and timely, the food was delicious, the decor is lovely and the noise level was perfect for an very enjoyable dinner out with another couple. We'll be back. Aloha
Such a wonderful restaurant that retains the original charm of the Royal Hawaiian adding much better food especially the meat choices. The stuffed banana crepe was so delicious!
We were sad to see the restaurant has new owners and has been completly remodeled with a new menu. The Hawaiian food and specialty drinks we enjoyed there are no longer available. Bummer
Terribly over estimated our experience. This was suppose to be a nice 30th bday date for my boyfriend. So much went wrong...
Never got seated, just picked a random table bc no one cared
Half the menu was unavailable
The drinks were slow
The drinks were very sugary
The food was bland. No flavor.
My boyfriend sent back him meal for the first time in our 2 year relationship.
Beautifully decorated in island style. Server was good but had too many tables to cover so service a bit slow. Food was great but out of my first choice at 8 pm on a Saturday. Fun choices on the drink menu and they made a really good “lava flow”.
We come to Laguna every year and look forward to a wonderful Hawaiian dinner at the Royal Hawaiian
Don’t bother any more. We noticed the menu and interior looked different. Food had no flavor, three of us ordered the Kabul’s pork, only to find out 20 minutes later they ran out. I ordered the ahi, left most of it. Ordered the sea bass and left it, Mary’s chicken was just ok.
As we were leaving we asked the hostess what was going on. She said new owner took over in April and is changing to an Argentinian flair.
Would not recommend it and we are not going back.
Everything was good and enjoyable except for the time it took to receive anything we ordered. Our drinks took over 20 min to come out. Our apps took longer than that and were just placed down a few min before our dinner came out. I also wanted dessert to go and was told that the chef prefers not to make them to go and they would bring a to go container for anything we didn’t finish. Well it took about another 25 min to receive the dessert so we just ate and left. The overall experience was good but it could have been so much better.
Wonderful service! Beat charcuterie in laguna - very well done!
Lapu Lapu and very good food! The banana crepes wow!
Our server was awesome and everything came out quickly. Food was below average for the prices. Nothing was great and we ordered appetizers and entrees.
Service and food were very good! Great cocktails. Better outdoor space would have been nice but overall this is a great restaurant
Still a lovely experience though greatly changed from 50 years ago!
This was the first time dining here with the new ownership. We loved it!! The tiki chic decor was beautiful and whimsical we loved the changes. Our server, Stefano, was a rockstar! He was delightful, attentive and informative. The food was fantastic as well as the martinis. I had the lobster which was delicious and prepared to perfection. My hubby had the cap steak and it totally lived up to the Sauté magazines review. It was a great night and we shall return.
The food is excellent, great selection of beverages and very nice server- Stefano!
All aspects of a great quality restaurant. A treasure of a little get away. Fantastic food!
Great place to visit if you love the Hawaiian ambiance! Great for a formal dinner/date or a quick bite for happy hour.
The food was delicious. The service was great. Overall, a wonderful dining experience.
We went there to celebrate a wedding anniversary and realized it was a good mix of regulars and those commemorating special events. The restaurant team does a great job servicing the guests regardless of whether you are celebrating something special or just to get a bite to eat. We didn't feel rushed and the service was great! As for the food...spectacular. We had the pork and the steak cap -- recommend both! Drink were great too. All around a great evening at Royal Hawaiian!
We drove all the way from Los Angeles, in traffic, to try Royal Hawaiian since it has new ownership. We loved the old Royal Hawaiian as we are huge tiki fans. We were so disappointed. You can't even call the drinks "tiki" since the proportions are all off. Forget even getting any drink with creme de coco. The drinks prices are extremely high ($12-16) for mainly Bacardi rum (GROSS!). The prices were SOOOO expensive for food that was all bland. The empanadas are basic, and could've been frozen for all we could tell. The potato and ricotta croquettes, had no ricotta. The chimichurri garlic bread is made with oil and not butter, so the flavor is simply bland. When we asked our server for butter he came back and said they only have melted butter and the chef said that is reserved for customers who order the Lobster.....UHHH pretentious much....or maybe cheap? The burger seasoning was sooo strong it tasted burnt. The Kalua Pork had NO flavor, and the pineapple rice was MUSHY, gross! We were so upset by the food and terrible drinks, that we didn't even care to try dessert. If you know me, opting out of dessert is a big deal, which I NEVER do. SAVE YOUR MONEY and spend it at a good restaurant with chefs and bartenders that actually know what they are doing!
Did not seem to acknowledge reservation. Found a noisy table in bar. When we did not accept, found us a table in back (acceptable). Food not competitive with other LB restaurants. The next day we were notified that we did not show for our reservation!
Aweful. They remodeled recently and lost their Hawaiian charm. They also replaced the warm and inviting Hawaiian menu with California haute cuisine. This used to be one of my top two favorites in Laguna Beach. I won’t be back.
Overall, I was very disappointed. We went specifically for the famous ribs..... and they are no longer on the menu!!! My wife had the halibut which was average. The veggies were not good and sauce didn’t seem like it went with the entree. Our youngest daughter had the poke appetizer which she liked! Our oldest daughter had pork which was average. I had the pork chops which was average at best and again, veggies were awful. Pricing is high and I didn’t feel it was appropriate for the product. We won’t be back...
Great food, lovely setting, great service - all we ever hope for.
We were eager to try the new Royal Hawaiian but were sadly disappointed. They seem to have put all their energy into appearance of food rather than flavor. Ceviche was beautiful to look at but sweet potato chips were soggy from liquid and fish pieces were unimpressive as was the flavor of the liquid. My husband’s beef was so tough he cut barely cut it with special knife he was provided and certainly did not enjoy trying to chew it. My fish was ho humm and sides were actively bad as broccoli was fiberous and flavorless. Flower petals on fish were again lovely to look at but dish was unimpressive.
The new owners are completely out of touch with reality. All the work out in to establishing a great entertainment rotation, excellent food, and an on-trend yet classic tiki cocktail menu, flushed. What a shame.