Lunch — Yes, Lunch! — at the Beach House

Sometimes, you can always get what you want. The Beach House Restaurant in Po‘ipu, known for its spectacular sunset views, is now offering sunny seaside views for lunch.

Managing Partner Tim Obert can’t even pretend to complain about longer opening hours. “Right now, I can see whales going by. There are surfers and snorkelers right outside the restaurant. All that is going on right now, and it’s terrible, but somebody’s got to do it,” he sighs. Poor Tim!

What’s also different about lunch versus dinner is that you don’t have to make reservations, which are practically the rule for this spacious, but very popular restaurant at night.

“You don’t have to have reservations for lunch” — We told him we would put it in quotation marks.

“If you have a large party and want to call in advance, we can have the table pre-set for you, but reservations are not required. We have plenty of seating. Just walk in, and when you open the doors and get that Pacific breeze flowing through, it’s beautiful,” Obert says.

Yes, this man likes where he works.

The addition of lunch-time hours and a new daytime menu mean more reason to celebrate at an award-winning restaurant already famous for where to come for a memorable event.

“People come here celebrating a million and one different things — anniversaries, birthdays, a family reunion. I had three women in here this week celebrating getting a divorce. They were so happy,” Obert says.

We were happy to not have to wait until dusk for a fine dining experience.

So what’s for lunch at the Beach House?

The Seared Beach House Fresh Catch on a rice noodle salad, topped with tropical fruit salsa and drizzled with a cilantro jade pesto. Outstanding.

You know a restaurant prides itself on fresh fish when the menu also contains the names of the fishermen.

The ‘Oma‘o Organic Baby Greens salad with toasted sesame orange vinaigrette is a meal in itself, and definitely large enough to share.

And it’s so much fun to accessorize with thick avocado slices or plump shrimp on the side.

Calamari can take on the consistency of used bubble gum in the wrong chef’s hands, but not at Beach House Restaurant.

Here, the Crispy Panko Crusted Calamari  (See picture at left) arrives in generous-sized portions, but has a delicate, flavorful texture.

New on the menu for lunch are stir-fried vegetable bowls with tangy soy ginger sauce. Add beef, chicken, fresh fish or shrimp.

Also new is the Chicken & Mango Wrap, featuring grilled chicken wrapped with carrots, baby greens and mango chutney with your choice of fries, baby greens, mac salad or white rice.

Kalua Pue‘o (Read: pulled pork) sandwiches are new, too, at Beach House Restaurant for lunch.

This lunch excursion, we brought along a man, they’re so plentiful on the island. He became an instant fan of the Beach House Burger.

“It’s the best burger I’ve had,” he said, and raved about the mac salad, too.

Our new man Tim was one with the brotherhood on our friend’s simple menu choice.

“The bun on his burger and the breads on all of our sandwiches are made fresh every day in our bakery here,” Obert says.

He’s a big burger fan, too.

The restaurant’s drinks menu is just as tempting at lunch as it is at dinner, maybe even more so if you face going back to an office after your meal.

Who says you have to show up entirely sober to finish that annual report?

Lunch hours at Beach House Restaurant, at 5022 Lawai Rd. in Po‘ipu, are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

 A light afternoon appetizer and drinks menu will carry you through to the dinner hour if you can’t bring yourself to break away from your choice of covered or open air views of the Pacific.

Need a doctor’s excuse to keep from having to go back to work?

The Goddesses of Doctor’s Excuses will write you a note.

For more information, visit www.the-beach-house.com. Or call 742-1424.

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