For years I’ve walked by this cafe and I’ve never tried it. Today Kahele picked me up for lunch and I told him that I really wanted to try it out, so without knowing what to expect we headed over. The minute I walked in I loved the place. I didn’t even know how the food or the service was, but the decor and feel of the restaurant totally won me over.
I mean how cool is this place! It’s like walking into a time machine and heading right back to mid-century. All of the Elvis, Audrey, Marilyn, I love Lucy… amazing! And they played the Grease soundtrack while we ate. Now I think that all my meals should be eaten with the Grease soundtrack playing in the background 😉
Everywhere you turn there’s just some random piece of furniture, stuffed animal, quote, picture that you can’t help to smile at. I mean, this chair right next to the popcorn machine?
This cute little bar that sits about 5 is located at the very back of the restaurant, sort of like… “hey we need a bar, but don’t have any room for one so let’s just stick baby in the corner”.
Not too sure if this stage is just for show or if they actually have live entertainment. OMG if I find out that they have Karaoke and you’re able to perform on this stage I’m going back!
Another random bar/podium. Not sure what it’s purpose is but it oddly fits right in with the restaurant.
All of the vintage posters made me want to watch some oldies. I think this weekend I may have to make some time for Audrey or Marilyn. Maybe, Seven Year Itch? That sound good to me!
Our table had the retro decor and even had Trivial Pursuit cards to keep us busy while waiting for our food. I wish we had more than an hour but I had to get back to work.
The food was really good. Nothing fancy but really tasty. I had the Pizza with a Plantation Iced Tea and Kahele just had to have the Diner food- Bacon burger, french fries and a chocolate malt.
Be prepared that this restaurant is a little pricey for the simplicity of the food. We ended up spending $43 on just what’s pictured above. But for the experience, I feel like it was worth it.
Rock Island Cafe
131 Kaiulani Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815