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Taps: 130 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
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4.6/5 rDev +19.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I lived near a Yardhouse in Arizona and never went. In Hawaii, it's my favorite beer bar. Slim pickings in Hawaii. The Yardhouse has the best selection of beer on Oahu (right up there with The Varsity and Bar 35) and they seem to know how to handle beer. I've never had a beer taste off and they use the right glassware. I enjoy their selection of beer an appreciate that they change a few of them up every couple of months.
They have an extensive food menu. I enjoy the selection and have liked everything I've tried (except the vegetarian "chicken"). The recently added a "snacks" menu before the pupus. They are small bites from ~$3-5. Perfect for a solo snack.
The Yardhouse can get really crowded. They have an unusual number of large booths, so the space isn't optimally designed to seat guests. The bar is pretty big but it also fills up frequently. Luckily the area around the bar is pretty wide so people just stand. The service is usually pretty good. The knowledge of the staff is hit or miss. Sometimes I have really good beer conversations, other times the staff doesn't seem to know a whole lot about beer or the beer list for that matter. Sadly they charge for samples and do not let you build your own sampler.
You can valet at the Embassy Suites on Beachwalk (very close to the Yardhouse since you can cut through the hotel) for $6 with validation. If you think you might need to leave your car overnight, the Waikiki Post Office is only a little further away and is $5 from 6pm to 7am (or whenever the post office is closed).
01-25-2011 05:56:40 | More by mariner22
4.56/5 rDev +18.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$$
I love the atmosphere of the Yard House. You are in Waikiki, you're in Hawai'i, and you're surrounded by beer. Any questions??
Sure the yard house is a little expensive, but what isn't in Waikiki? I wasn't actually even going to the yard house. I wanted to go but wasn't looking for it. Luckily, my girlfriend had a rock in her shoe and we stopped on a small side street to get it out. Like the sun coming through on a cloudy day, there was the Yard House. If this doesn't help it's near the Halekulani Hotel. The selection isn't the best for a Yard House, but once again it's Hawai'i, and these are pretty much every beer you can get in the state. I have tasted pretty much every beer that they had on tap. Good news 140 beers on tap, bad news Coors Lt., PBR, Bud Select, and a few types of Sam Adams were among them. If you've been to another Yard House, it's nothing special, but it's a nice cool down from all of the shopping in Honolulu. Stop by, say hello, then move on to Ryan's in the Ward Center or one of the pubs in Chinatown for some local flair. Aloha
10-10-2007 00:41:26 | More by birddogg66
4.43/5 rDev +14.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been here a couple of times. Newly opened on a completely redone street. Very nice location if you are visiting Hawaii [parking is on the street parallel [behind] at the hotel.
Rather large place, but if you go for dinner you can expect a wait. No reservations.
Good size oval bar. TV's all around. Nice place to go and watch a sporting event [which I recently did]. Very easy to start chatting with the many tourists [and a few locals] that drop in. A steady flow of people coming in and out.
Lots of beer on tap to choose from [+/-125] including a number of beers you can't get anywhere else in Hawaii. Service was very good and the food also has been very good each time I went. Sure, it is not cheap, but you're in a bar in Waikiki...what do you expect? Truly, hard to beat the beer/food/service. So far, I am quite impressed.
06-07-2007 04:18:37 | More by atigerlife
4.09/5 rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$
The Yard House in HI is probably the best one I've ever been to. The setting is really nice and with so many folks vacationing it just has an awesome vibe.
The prices when put in context, you're on Waikiki beach, all of a sudden become reasonable.
I can still remember eating pizza there in June of last year (7 months ago) so that's pretty memorable and complimentary of the food.
01-17-2013 00:48:11 | More by big_kevin
4.08/5 rDev +5.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I went to the Yardhouse last week for a friend's birthday. The place was HOPPING. We went on a Saturday night, and it was tourist central - which isn't terribly surprising considering that it's right in the heart of Waikiki. The crowd was mostly non-locals and tourists, but again - that's to be expected.
We sat at the bar and had a very helpful bartender that helped a friend of mine with some recommendations. The bartender even expressed distaste for a particular brewery when asked his opinion of a particular beer. He let my friend try the beer, and my friend agreed - it really wasn't for him either.
I ordered the Deschutes Inversion IPA, and it was great. The taps seem like they were cleaned regularly and the beer was super fresh tasting. I also ordered a local beer : Big Swell IPA. I LOVE this beer out of the can, and it was the first time that I've had it on tap since moving here. It was absolutely fantastic, and the bartender agreed.
Overall the place is pretty decent. The selection is pretty good (great for Oahu), the service is solid, and the food (though I didn't eat this time) is great for a chain. It is SUPER noisy, however. We had trouble carrying on a conversation. It's also mostly a sit-down place - we had an overcrowded table and I felt in the way at all times when standing. It's not a relaxed atmosphere - but what do you expect on a Saturday in Waikiki?
01-18-2011 11:07:50 | More by themisanthrope
4.03/5 rDev +4.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
As many others note, yes, the prices are a little high, but c'mon: it's Waikiki. Happy hour is unquestionably the time to go (Mon-Fri, 2pm-5:30pm.) I walked right up to the bar, though it was largely filled at 3pm with tourists gulping down BMC McGarbage.
A shame, that, since of the 130 taps, at least a quarter are interesting, and there were a few gems: 16 ounces of Anderson Valley Imperial IPA ran me $4.50 (which is happy hour pricing; normally $7.50, still a deal IMO); a 12 ounce goblet of Rogue Double Chocolate Stout was $5.00; and 16 ounces of Widmer Deadlift IIPA was, I think, $4.50.
Atmosphere, not much to say: it's a Yard House, big, loud, lots of wood and brass.
Quality: the beers I had were clean and fresh, but as you can see above, I was choosing things that they probably only get a get or few of, and so turn over quickly. I probably wouldn't want to wade in to the unremarkable draft lines.
Service: was solid, competent, friendly enough, repeatedly refilled water without asking.
Selection: well, look, it's 130 on draft, surely you can find SOMETHING you want. As noted, there are several standouts, and at least a quarter, maybe half, of the draft list is crapontap. Just leave that for the guys asking for specific college basketball games to be put on, and choose the better stuff. Plenty of Hawaii taps. Do ask what specialties/rotating stuff isn't listed: the Rogue Double Chocolate Stout, e.g., was listed.
Food: I liked it, largely because of the extensive vegan and vegetarian options. Tasty, but definitely spendy outside of happy hour. Solid HH specials.
By way of comparison: if the choice for an extensive tap list is here or Ryan's, which claims "one of the most extensive beer selections on the island" then it's Yard House, hands down. And all the beers go on happy hour at Yard House, while at Ryan's only Bud Light, Miller Lite, Blue Moon, and Kona Longboard Lager go on happy hour. That said, Ryan's is a calmer atmosphere. That said, Ryan's is in a bigass mall.
12-01-2010 17:32:48 | More by warmstorage
4/5 rDev +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
(Visited 12/2010): We visited the Yard House a couple times during our time in Honolulu before and after a cruise around the islands. It is located on the Waikiki Beach Walk on Lewers. Not sure about parking as we walked from our hotel but being a touristy area it should be easy to get there.
The entrance is open, and the interior is rather dark with a circular bar toward the right and funky artwork on the walls. Lots of views outside around the seating area.
Yard House has 50+ beers on tap, with a good amount hailing from Hawaii such as Kona, Maui, Mehana and Hawai’i Nui. Other craft brewers like Deschutes, Rogue and Sierra Nevada are available. As for imports they carry brews from Chimay, Affligem, Murphy's and the like. Only a couple of bottles and they were of the NA variety. Beer floats are also on the menu which is cool.
Service was consistently good on our visits. Our servers were familiar enough with the local beers and seasonal stuff.
Food at Yard House is consistently above average. My macaroni and cheese dinner was very tasty.
Overall this is a good beer spot to visit amid all the shopping and tourist spots in the area.
07-07-2011 16:34:08 | More by Dogbrick
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
I liked it so much I went 2 nights in a row. The food was a little above average for a chain. The beer was unstoppable. A circular bar with 100 beers on tap. It is a great place to get your grub on and sit back with friends to enjoy a few of your favorite brews. The location could be better, but in such a populated commercial environment on Waikiki, unless you can get a view of the beach or be right on the strip, you probably can't ask for much more. The beer is really what's most important anyway. A bit pricey, but it is Hawaii.
01-08-2009 04:02:13 | More by soupermirl
3.88/5 rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Atmosphere was exciting. Lots of people and good times.
Quality was pretty high. A great place to take a date.
Service was a little slow, but for how busy it was I would consider it normal. Friendly staff as well.
They had about 150 beers on tap so that was a plus. Interesting brews, like coconut porter.
Food was excellent. Also a great 1/2 off deal during happy hour.
It was a bit pricey, but you can expect that from an upscale place like this. Prices can stack up pretty quickly, but definitely a place to check out while your in Hawaii.
10-18-2009 12:42:00 | More by BigBlacke
3.83/5 rDev -0.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$
I'm trying to be very subjective in my review. I last visited this place on my 24th birthday last October (2007). Atmosphere is standard yard house chain approved. Large oval bar lots of booths and tables tons of flat screens with various sports games on the telly. Bonus points for atmosphere as you are in Honolulu, Hawaii blocks from the beach, and so many beautiful women! Quality of the beers was good, and whilst the selection was not the best it was great to see Kona, Maui, and other Hawaiin micros prett well represented. Service was somewhat slow, but not bad, and the food, whilst tasty was just average pub grub. Also, this place can be a bit pricey but at happy hour they do have some very good specials on their food and drink, especially their food. $5 for a very filling sliders and fries meal, sure. Pretty good for Honolulu, is the general concensus.
04-03-2008 20:59:50 | More by francisweizen
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Yard House in Honolulu, HI
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