To be honest, I am not easily impressed by breakfast. I am just not a big fan of the morning meal. I usually have something simple, like a bagel or yogurt. It’s not that I hate bacon, eggs, and other breakfast favorites; I just don’t get excited about them. But, I recently had the breakfast experience of a lifetime while in Honolulu, Hawaii. The best breakfast I ever ate was at Lulu’s Waikiki Surf Club. It blew me away!
Lulu’s serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We only ate breakfast here, so I can’t speak to the quality of the food at lunch or dinner. However, if breakfast is any indication, then I have no doubts that lunch and dinner are awesome too because breakfast is outstanding!
I had the stuffed French toast. You get four large triangles of French toast goodness stuffed with a pineapple marmalade and cream cheese. Surrounding the French toast is banana whipped cream, banana slices, and macadamia nuts. It is also served with a side of maple syrup and butter. But, this French toast is so creamy with the filling and whipped cream that you don’t even need the syrup or butter. Each bite is exploding with the flavors of the islands. It is sweet, but not overly sweet. You just can’t help but smile while eating this heavenly dish! It is paradise on a plate. And, the portions are huge, so you can easily share this with a friend.
Chris had the “Dawn Patrol” omelette with country potatoes. This was also a huge amount of food. He said the omelette was very good. I didn’t taste it, so you will have to take his word for it. I did snag a few of his potatoes, however, and they were delicious! Lulu’s also offers a dedicated children’s menu with their version of classic kid favorites.
Lulu’s has a prime location right in the midst of Waikiki. It is located on Kalakaua Avenue on the second floor of a corner building. It sits directly across the street on one side from the famous Waikiki Beach and across on the other side from the Honolulu Zoo and Queen Kapiolani Park. There is an entrance to the restaurant from the street on both sides of the building. While the location is convenient, the signs for the restaurant are small, so you will need to be paying attention to spot it. Look for the green railing and stairs.
Lulu’s has the relaxed, come-as-you-are, vibe to it that you would expect of a beach restaurant. There are large, open-air windows on the ocean side to allow you to take in the views. There is lots of wood, both stained and white-washed, throughout the restaurant. You will find lots of beach touches scattered around, such as surf boards in one corner and light fixtures shaped like blow fish. There are also several large televisions in the bar area so you can catch the big game while taking a break from the beach.
This restaurant is as comfortable for families with kids as it is for college kids on Spring Break. While I’m sure with the right crowd at night it can get crazy, it has a laid-back, relaxed feel to it which is a nice change from the constant hum of people and activity outside.
Because Waikiki is a top tourist spot in Hawaii, you will find that the prices throughout the area are higher than in other places. But, the prices at Lulu’s are very reasonable given the area. My stuffed French toast was $12. I thought this was more than fair, especially given the amount of food you get.
The servers at Lulu’s were very nice and gracious. My one complaint, however, is that the service was a bit slow. We were there on pretty early in the morning on New Year’s Day. The restaurant wasn’t busy at all, but it appeared that everyone in there, including the servers, were slow to wake up. So, the slow service may not have been typical. It wasn’t that we were ignored by the wait staff. I just felt like, at times, they got busy talking to each other and forgot to refill drinks or check on us. While I wish the service was a little more attentive, I won’t let it stop me from dining at Lulu’s again in the future.
Lulu’s Waikiki Surf Club is an amazing restaurant in Waikiki. Their stuffed French toast at breakfast was ridiculously delicious! It is the best breakfast I have ever eaten in my life! The restaurant has a relaxed, come-as-you-are vibe that makes it perfect for families who are either heading to the beach or just finishing a day of fun in the sun. The location is perfect for those visiting both the beach and the zoo. I highly recommend eating at Lulu’s when you are in Waikiki. I know I can’t wait to go back again. Happy travels!