The Ranch House Family Restaurant is located at 4449 Kapahulu Avenue, #201 (near Hee Hing Restaurant across the Ala Wai Golf Course), not in Aina Haina, where the original Ranch House used to be. Nostalgia prompted me to try the new Ranch House.
Girls’ night was at the Ranch House this month. Both SE and JS ordered the prime rib which is one of the signature items. The prime rib is marinated and crusted with Hawaiian alae salt, Hawaiian rock salt and the chef’s blend of special herbs and spices. The prime rib (8 or 12 oz) is served with fresh corn off the cob and your choice of steamed white rice, brown rice, or mashed potato. Both SE and JS said that their prime rib was moist, tender and tasty and cooked perfectly. They both said that they would order it again.
JI ordered the catch of the day which was cajun style mahimahi. JI ate one piece and took the other home for dinner for another night.
SM and I ordered the Sunset Special Dinner ( 5 – 6 p.m. daily) for $19.50, a 3 course dinner including a choice or soup or salad, short ribs, huli huli chicken, or catch of the day, and bread pudding. The special comes with corn off the cobb and a choice of fresh mashed potatoes, white or brown rice. Fried rice can be ordered for an additional $1.50. SM ordered the Mongolian Braised Short Ribs and I ordered the catch of the day.
The portions of the Sunset Special Dinner are smaller but ample. SM said that the short ribs were tender and flavorful. My fish was flaky, moist, with a little kick. I ordered the fried rice and the soup. The Manhattan style chowder was chock full of fish, seasoned just right. The fried rice was tasty and enough for another meal.
The Ranch House is becoming a local favorite. The place was busy this past Saturday so I definitely would make reservations (737-4461). The staff at The Ranch House are very friendly and attentive. Try it, I think you’ll like it. Parking is valet, street parking, or at First Hawaiian Bank.
Update: Unfortunately, the Ranch House Family Restaurant closed.