Red Lobster – Waikiki, HI

Chain restaurants are always a hit or miss but I was craving seafood this past weekend and wanted to give Red Lobster a whirl. I haven’t been to Red Lobster in years but sometimes I get this little sliver of hope that a restaurant chain so popular and long-lasting must have good food and service. Yes, a positive attitude is the ticket!

Parking: I decided to park in the paid lot fronting the marina. I knew I would be going to dinner super early and paid for 3 hours of parking (only $1 an hour!). Well, I went to Red Lobster early enough that I needed less than 2 hours of parking. But the extra dollar was certainly worth not having to worry about rushing through dinner and looking at the clock throughout dinner. There is a parking lot right next to the restaurant but I wasn’t sure how validation worked so I went with a lot I knew was cheap.

No line on a Saturday night! Okay, as you can see it wasn’t even close to sunset, that’s how early I went. Good news, they are on Open Table but only for priority seating. It means they will add you to the wait list but not as a reservation, we had absolutely no wait!

Complimentary Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

We smashed two servings of this. Seriously. Our server was super nice and offered us a second round. Terribly bad for you which means it’s terribly delicious. Probably more butter than flour…lol.

Mozzarella Cheesesticks | $9.79
Served with marinara.

Dining with kids leads to cheesestick orders. I didn’t feel like this so I didn’t partake in any, they were gobbled up so I assume they were good! And if you’re looking for some long stretch cheese action, this will provide it!!

Langostino Lobster-Artichoke-and-Seafood Dip (get enough hyphens or wot?) | $12.49
Langostino and Norway lobster, seafood, artichokes and spinach in a three-cheese blend. Served with tortilla chips and pico de gallo.

Pretty nice morsels of lobster in this dip! And this kind of dip sans the lobster costs about the same so why not come here and get it WITH the lobster? The taste was pretty good! Gobbled up too…lol.

RL Signature Creamy Alfredo | $28.49
Tender Maine lobster meat tossed with fresh tomatoes in a rich and creamy garlic Alfredo sauce, served on a bed of linguini.

I’m going to keep speaking in awe of the lobster servings in this restaurant. I guess I shouldn’t have to since lobster is in their name but I thought they gave a lot of lobster in this dish. Judge for yourself! By the way, this dish was delicious but a bit rich.

Ultimate Feast | $34.49*
*Chesapeake Corn | +$2.49 (Premium Side)
Tender Maine lobster tail, wild-caught North American snow crab legs, our signature hand-crafted garlic shrimp scampi and Walt’s Favorite Shrimp. Served with rice and choice of side.

The Ultimate Feast actually comes with two sides if you don’t choose to have salad with your meal. Was the corn worth $2.49? Ehh..I don’t think so. Was the meal worth $35? I think so! Look at all this food, it’s like a seafood buffet. And look, unless you have an endless stomach, this is pretty much how much seafood you could stuff in anyway right? It’s a hefty serving…so $35 is a good deal to me (considering seafood buffets are upwards of $60 and up!).

Food was great and the service was great too! Our waiter was very nice and attentive to us, kept refilling our waters. One of the boys had trouble eating his crab and our waiter even showed him the tricks on how to eat snow crab. Wonderful! Red Lobster even has an app that tracks dining points. I spent enough this trip to earn a free reward for the next visit, yahoo! I guess I gotta return sooner rather than later.

4 comments

  1. N says:

    Always wanted to try but then my seafood allergy kicked in and now it’s forbidden to me. ITA that is a lot of seafood, pricey IMO, but then you did get a LOT of seafood for the price. Was always curious about their food

    • Jenny says:

      Ah man, that seafood allergy! I am starting to get random allergies as I get older and I really hope seafood is not one of them! I would probably risk it…as long as it was not deathly! Red Lobster does carry non seafood items but would they do it well? Not too sure…

  2. vickinags says:

    I’ve never tried there, thinking all the ads and pictures were overblown, like lobsters the size of small shrimp blown up to look huge. But, now, I really want to go thanks to your post. Ask them to give you commission! LOL

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