Twist at Hanohano
Some of the most envied views in town of curved Waikiki Beach can be had from this 30th-floor restaurant, accessed by a ride in a glass elevator. It’s somewhat touristy, sure, but the view is amazing, the food stacks up, and it’s been a Waikiki favorite for decades. Live piano or other subdued music wafts around the huge open room, and city lights twinkle as you dine on diver scallops with morels and a hint of citrus, pine-nut-crusted lamb chops with a lemony-mint sauce, or red snapper poached with Tahitian vanilla and served with a corn-and-crab cake. It’s open only for dinner and has a no-beachwear dress code.