For anyone spending a day in Waikiki, the picture-perfect itinerary looks similar to the formula of beach, shop and eat. After you’ve spent the day catching waves at Walls or tanning along the shore, the quest to find some delicious grub can be pretty difficult, considering the hundreds of food options along the strip. Thankfully, the folks at the Royal Hawaiian Center have tapped into the island spirit to help their newest addition stand out. Welcome to Bikini Beach Café–a locally owned eatery serving food that’s sure to satisfy the hunger of any beachgoer.
Bikini Beach Café is the name, and fresh “grab-and-go meals” is the game. Conveniently located near The Cheesecake Factory on Level 1 of Building C, Bikini Beach Café serves up a mean menu of summer favorites. Their kamaaina-and-tourist-pleasing menu offers the likes of rainbow shave ice ($4), hot dogs ($4.50), hamburgers ($5) and their signature Barbacoa Bun ($7.50), which combines slow-braised beef, slaw and mayo with tantalizing chipotle and lime.
In addition to the great food, it turns out that owner Darryl Lee was raised on the island and is a graduate from Kamehameha Schools. Being able to open a restaurant in the Royal Hawaiian Center has been a fantastic opportunity for Lee, who looks forward to contributing his part to the Waikiki experience. The chef, Didi Todd, is also a longtime friend to Hawaii’s culinary scene, and brings to the café decades of experience serving local taste buds. So we’re pretty sure Bikini Beach Café is in good hands.
Situated just steps away from the famous beach, Bikini Beach Café serves up gratifying food staples for anyone looking to eat like its vacation season all year round. And don’t forget to try the glorious, finely shaved shave ice for the grand finale.Bikini Beach Café, Royal Hawaiian Center, Building C, Level 1, 2201 Kalakaua Ave., open daily, 10am–5pm, validated parking, 778-0639