Eating House 1849
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Everything about the bar at Eating House 1849 in Kapolei gives you the feeling of relaxing on a old-time Oʻahu lānai. Consider the:
- Menu of unique drinks that feel like they were crafted just for you
- Tasty pupus, served in generous portions
- Friendly conversation with the talented bartenders
- Distressed-wood decor, which evokes plantation-town times
- And, every night, live Hawaiian music drifting into the bar area from the outdoor patio
The cocktails at Eating House 1849 are unique blends that will have you discovering new flavors and rediscovering old classics. Bartenders tell me that each one has license to mix drinks a slightly different way—so don’t be shy about sharing your preferences.
I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve had, but since the menu is so extensive, and the drinks can be so customized, I hesitate to recommend anything specific. Feast your eyes on some photography.
Here’s their current cocktail menu:
1849 Plantation POG
Plantation Style Mai Tai with Koloa Rum, Kraken Rum & Island Fruit Juices
Hangar One Rose Vodka, Sparkling Rose, Fresh Muddled Fruits and Pineapple Juice
Ume Shiso Mule
Fresh Muddled Ginger, Shiso Umeshu, Lime Juice, Ginger Beer.
Muddled Lychee, Tito’s Vodka, Lychee Liquor
The Double Feature
Hendricks Gin, Hansen Cucumber Vodka, Fresh Lime Juice and Cucumber
Aviation Gin, Fresh Lime and Lemon Juice and topped with Grenadine
Good Karma Rita
Karma Silver Tequila, Pama Liquor, Fresh Lime Juice and Fresh Lemon Juice
Sombra Mezcal, Triple Sec, Pink Grapefruit Juice, Lemon Juice Served Martini Style
Cinnamon Infused Vanilla Crown Royal, Peach Puree, Fresh Lemon Juice
Bulleit Bourbon, Luxardo Cherries, Orange and Lemon Juice
Sparkling Raspberry Mojito
Bacardi Rum, Chambord, Fresh Mint, Lime Juice, Topped with Roy’s Prosecco
Ocean Vodka, Fresh Lemons, Peach Puree, Gingerale and Soda Water
KoHana Rum, Blue Curacao, Light Citrus, Lemonade
E.H. Bloody Mary
Hansen’s Habanero Vodka, Preservation Bloody Mary Mix, House Pickled Vegetables
Beer & Wine
Eating House 1849’s beer list is ever-changing, but at last check includes brews from Waikiki Brewing, Big Island Brew House, Maui Brewing, and Kona Brewing, plus beers from some top mainland craft breweries like Ballast Point and Golden Road.
In bottles they have specialty beers from Lanikai, Hitachino, and Samuel Smith, plus island-life requirements like Heineken, Coors Light, and Bud Light.
Wine drinkers can choose from more than 15 wines available by the glass.
As Eating House 1849 is part of Roy Yamaguchi’s restaurant group, current wine by-the-glass selections include special bottles made especially for Roy’s restaurants, including a Roy’s Prosecco, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir.
The full list:
White Wine by the Glass
Roy’s Ruggeri Prosecco
Sophora Sparkling Rose
Clean Slate Riesling
Astoria Sparkling Moscato
Domaine du Salvard Cheverny
Mana Sauvignon Blanc
Roy’s Au Bon Climat Chardonnay
Louis Latour Grand Ardeche Chardonnay
Zenato Pinot Grigio
Red Wine by the Glass
Mana Cabernet Sauvignon
Roy’s “Broadside” Cabernet Sauvignon
La Crema Pinot Noir
Roy’s Costa De Oro Pinot Noir
Thomas Goss Shiraz
Eating House 1849 uses a lot of fresh, local ingredients, so the bar menu is subject to change. On a recent visit a companion and I had a smoked ahi dip, served with taro chips. The portion was generous enough that we were both nearly full after eating it.
If you’re stopping in for a drink and dinner before going to the movies next door, make sure to show your ticket, because you can get an off-menu appetizer—the chef makes it special every night—when you buy an entree.
Makaweli Beef & B.I. Wild Boar Patty
Classic Caesar Salad
Parmigiano Reggiano, Ohia Sweet Bread Croutons
Ginger Chicken Wings
Chicken Katsu Poutine “Fries”*
Roy’s Original Szechuan Ribs
Ahi, Hamachi, Roasted Garlic Soy
Furikake Smoked Ahi Dip
Pork Belly Slider*
Crispy Pork Belly, Namasu
Firecracker Aioli, Kabayaki
*Only available during happy hour
Happy Hour: 3pm-5pm, Everyday
For Happy Hour, Eating House 1849 offers a sliding scale menu of drink options:
$5 gets you any draft beer or well drink.
$6 gets you a glass of house red or white wine.
$7 gets you a bartender’s choice cocktail, which changes daily.
$8 gets you a flight of four draft beers.
The bar bites menu (see above, under Pupus) includes several tasty items you can only get during happy hour.
Each time we’ve visited, the Eating House bartenders have been friendly and happy to talk story, just a like a friend sitting in a chair on your lānai. A recent conversation touched on topics like travel to England, and the right way to mix a mai tai.
The bartenders are knowledgeable, good at what they do, and aim to please. If you want to order off the menu you can. Or tell them the types of liquor or flavors you like—they can recommend or even develop a drink to fit. They take care of you.
Thanks to the high ceilings of the space, and plenty of outdoor light, both the restaurant and bar area feel very open-air. The tall shelving of the bar accentuates that feeling. And that shelving is covered by a corrugated metal faux-roof—so it even looks like you’re sitting on the front porch of an 1840s hotel.
Eating House 1849 supports the local music scene and gives visitors a unique experience with live performers from 6pm-8pm every night.
Some recent performers include:
Hannah Mae Rector