Leilani’s on the Beach

Leilani's On the Beach – Enjoy Tropical Food and Drinks While Chilling in Paradise
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Delicious tropical fare, sweeping ocean views, and good vibes are always on tap at Leilani’s On the Beach. Set at the end of Whalers Village, their open-air dining room puts you right in front of Kaanapali Beach, while the live music promises to keep you well entertained. Although it’s tempting, resist the urge to overindulge or you might miss out on a taste of their Hula Pie.

- The HawaiianIslands.com Local Expert Team

Leilani’s On the Beach always goes all out in serving up exquisitely delicious tropical fare made with the freshest island ingredients. Set right along Kaanapali Beach, this Whalers Village restaurant promises to make you feel right at home with friendly service and good vibes for all. Their open-air dining room offers unmatched views of the oceanfront – and live music on the regular never fails to keep patrons entertained.

If you’d like to experience all that, you had better make reservations well before leaving on your trip. Their seats stay full through lunch and dinner every day, although you might have a chance at grabbing a stool at the bar. You will undoubtedly have to wait, however, as even the bar stays busy year-round.

Once you manage to snag a spot, get ready to be wowed from the very start. Your server will kick off the experience by offering warm alohas and leading you to your seat of choice. Then, they will roll out the menus, get you started with apps and drinks, and swing by every so often to see if you need anything else.

Take all the time you need to pour over their menu because every last item is well worth the extra consideration. In creating their menu items, they always use fresh-caught fish, quality meat, and local produce. So, you can count on getting fresh, bold flavors in every bite.

Their drinks are equally good, especially if you go with their specialty cocktails. If you prefer more of a classic touch, they also have wine and beer on tap for your enjoyment. Want to skip the alcohol? Treat yourself to a tasty mocktail instead.

Swing by to try the:

Macadamia Nut Hummus
The Macadamia Nut Hummus offers tons of bright island flavors without leaving you feeling overly full. To create this starter, they blend Hawaii-grown macadamia nuts into a rich hummus dip. Then, they serve it with a smile alongside seasonal veggies and taro chips.

Seafood Hot Pot
Ready to warm up from the inside out? Just get the Seafood Hot Pot. This entrée begins with a flavorful tomato saffron broth made fresh daily. To that, they add local fresh fish, Tristan lobster tail, shrimp, kale, corn, and fennel. Crostini on the side brings it all together, letting you soak up the luscious broth at your leisure.

Grilled Filet Mignon
When nothing else will do but pure beefy deliciousness, go with the Grilled Filet Mignon. This entrée features a Double R Ranch center-cut beef medallion that’s put on the grill until it reaches your desired level of doneness. Alongside, they add bacon mashed potatoes, charred green onion gremolata, and locally grown veggies.

With its rich chocolatey, macadamia nut flavors in every bite, the Hula Pie is an absolute must. Made famous at Kimo’s, this popular pie goes big on the flavor and even bigger on the portion size. In fact, it’s definitely big enough to share with your tablemates, although you might want to keep it to yourself after getting a taste. Just remember that you can always order up their Lilikoi Pono Pie as well and let everyone dig in to both desserts.

Insider Tips:
-For parties of eight or more, they automatically add an 18% gratuity to the bill. You’re welcome to add more to the tip if you’d like to reward your server for going above and beyond in making your meal truly special.
-They only serve beer on tap to help minimize the impact of single-use glass and plastics on the environment.
-Reservations fill up fast, so don’t be surprised to find they’re booked out weeks to months in advance.
-If you park in the Whalers Village lot, you can have your server validate parking after your meal. Just put the ticket with your payment and they’ll bring it back with your receipt.
-The parking garage stays busy all day. Plan to arrive early and circle around until a spot opens up.