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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Honolulu (Oahu), Hawaii: Sail On In To La Mariana For A Polynesian Treat

La Mariana Sailing Club
50 Sand Island Access Road
Honolulu, HI 96819
Phone number (808) 848-2800
Prices: $$$$

Can you say tiki bar? This hidden gem is quite literally hidden in an industrial area north of Waikiki, so we would never have known about it unless a local (friend) had taken us there.

On a marina, hence the name, this place screams "tiki" inside and out. The drinks are reasonably priced, umbrellas and all, about $6 for a pint of draft IPA, $7.50 for a mai tai, and $6.50 for a piña colada. The only downside in the bar was my wife's pineapple juice that came from a bottle instead of being fresh squeezed, as it should be in the pineapple capital of the world. The bar and restaurant are both open to the marina, so there are plenty of sea breezes and views to be had.

The food is also reasonably priced with a nice selection of salads, seafood, steaks, burgers, and chicken. I was in the mood for the Prime Rib (12 oz - $26 and 14 oz - $27), but I prefer the end cuts. Unfortunately, they were out of end cuts at 5:30 when we arrived, a bit odd considering how early it was, so they get a 1 BOMB deduction and I had to order a steak. The eight ounce Sirloin Steak ($20) with pepper gravy ($2 extra) came with a small scoop of mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli. The steak was perfectly cooked and very tender, the gravy savory and peppery. Not a bad steak for $20. My wife's Sauteed Scallops ($20) came in a butter sauce with sliced mushrooms on top of a bed of linguini and topped with parsley. The six scallops were nicely browned, a cook Gordon Ramsey would have been proud of, and the sauce light, yet savory with the linguini cooked perfectly al dente.

It would have been nice if the dinners had come with soup or salad, but a small side salad or bowl of soup can be had for a mere $4, much less than most other Honolulu eateries. They only bring you one bread roll each when you arrive and they look like they come out of a plastic bag, so the least they could have done was warm them up. The scoop of mashed potatoes was also rather small, not quite enough to match the steak or the prime rib had it been available.

A bit less than perfect, La Mariana Sailing Club has a charming Polynesian personality and is in a great location with good food and service at a reasonable prices ... HOOAH!

CombatCritic Gives La Mariana Sailing Club 7 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better! 

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