The space itself is kinda vast, about 15,000 sq. ft., but is still very cool. Designed by the Hatch Design Group, Tropics conveys a modern interpretation of old Hawaii with splashes of retro interpretation. Think ipe wood, bamboo, coral stone, shells and organic lava rock, which houses fire pits around the restaurant’s perimeter along the beach. Once a venue for flamboyant flamenco guitarist and singer, Charo, the renovated space now caters to a more low-key crowd.
As for the fare, it's casual beach cuisine starring fresh produce and fresh seafood. Also, Hilton Hawaiian Village Executive Chef Jeffrey Vigilla is all about supporting the sustainability movement and uses as many local ingredients in his menus as possible.
Although we’re all about the after dark action at Tropics, the bar and grill also serves breakfast, lunch, appetizers (or pupus) and dinner. We’re partial to the pupus, including Chinese Duck Lumpia Lettuce Wraps, Hoisin Baby Back Ribs and Coconut Crusted Shrimp.
The details: Tropics is open daily from 7 to 10 a.m. for breakfast and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. for all-day dining, and features nightly live music by Hawaii’s top artists, including Sean Na`auao, Piranha Brothers, Typical Hawaiians and Beach 5.