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Best Restaurants in Oahu

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While enjoying your visit to Oahu, exploring the renowned sights, be sure to set aside some time to discover and indulge diverse culinary experiences which can be found only at this Pacific Paradise.

Alan Wong Restaurant

Average price: $10-$40
Recommended For: Romantic, Business
Address: 1857 S King St Ste 3 Honolulu, HI 96826 Phone: (808) 949-2526

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Enjoy the best Pacific Rim cuisine at Alan Wong’s Restaurant, offering brilliant Hawaii traditional cuisine. The menu is just irresistible and features the fresh seafood and produce of the islands deftly melded with the Asian flavors of lemongrass, sweet-and-sour, garlic, and wasabi. The dishes are pieces of culinary art, particularly anything with fresh island fish or kalua pig. The real masterpieces of Alan Wong, one of the most sought-after chefs in Hawaii, are warm California rolls made with salmon roe, wasabi, and Kona lobster instead of rice, then luau lumpia with butterfish and kalua pig. Especially delicious are the opihi shooters, day-boat scallops, and fresh-fish preparations. But once you fell in love with some dish, don’t get attached to it, as the menu changes daily. The 90-seat room features a glassed-in terrace and open kitchen. Sensitive lighting and curly koa wall panels create an unobtrusively pleasing casual atmosphere.

Chef Mavro Restaurant

Average price: $70
Recommended For: Romantic, Business.
Address: 1969 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826 Phone: (808) 944-4714 Fax: (808) 944-3903

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Chef Mavro RestaurantExperience truly elegant cuisine of George Mavrothalassitis, the culinary genius from Provence, at Chef Mavro Restaurant in Honolulu. All the city is abuzz over the wine pairings and unmatched cuisine of George Mavrothalassitis, the winner of the 2003 prestigious James Beard award for Best Chef for Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. It is he who turned La Mer (at the Halekulani) and Seasons (at the Four Seasons Resort Wailea) into temples of fine dining. He brought his award-winning signature dishes with him and continues to prove his ingenuity with dazzling a la carte and prix-fixe menus. His famous signature items are: fillet of moi with crisp scales, sautéed mushrooms, and saffron coulis; or award-winning onaga baked in Hawaiian-salt crust). This culinary wizard has recently introduced new masterpieces as well: Keahole lobster in an Asian broth; a Hawaiian/Marseilles bouillabaisse; and cut-it-with-a-fork-tender filet of beef tenderloin crusted with red-wine confit onion. Hints of Tahitian vanilla, lemongrass, ogo (seaweed), rosemary, and Madras curry add exotic flavors to the French-inspired dished and fresh island ingredients. The desserts are extraordinary, especially the all-American apple tart with Hawaiian vanilla ice cream.

The menu in the restaurant changes monthly to highlight seasonal ingredients.

La Mer

Average price: $40-$250
Recommended For: Romantic, Business, Outdoor seating, Make Reservations
Address: 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815 Phone: 808-923-2311 Fax: +1 808 926 8004

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Romantic, elegant and, naturally, expensive, La Mer is the oceanfront bastion of haute cuisine in Waikki. The only AAA Five Diamond restaurant in the state, with the second floor, open sided room and breathtaking views of Diomond Head, La Mer features an exquisite mix of Neoclassic French influence and fresh island ingredients. Expertly crafted and served amid majestic ocean views, the internationally-acclaimed menu features indigenous ingredients which are uniquely blended in dishes inspired by flavors from the South of France to produce a simply divine taste. Winners include the signature crispy-skin fillet of onaga with truffle jus, tomato confit, and fresh basil, and the delightful local fish baked in a rosemary-salt crust. The wine list, desserts and service, formal but not stiff, complete the dining experience, unsurpassed anywhere in the world.

The address of the restaurant: 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii96815

Waikki Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

Average price: $80
Recommended For: Romantic, Child-friendly
Address: The restaurant is located 2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 921-4600

For sublime fine dining, get to Waikiki Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa. Here your every meal will be as memorable as the Victorian elegance that surrounds you. From traditional Hawaiian cuisine and contemporary island favorites to fresh seafood and American classics, you will find plenty of options to satisfy your every whim. This restaurant uses only the freshest Hawaiian ingredients to create its vibrant island-inspired cuisine of the finest quality steaks and the freshest seafood. Specialties include artisan Pennsylvania Amish Raised Angus beef and American Wagyu (kobe style) beef. In this idyllic setting it is impossible to resist the magic of Hawaii sunset while sipping a stylish cocktail or glass of wine from the international wine list offered here.

Beachhouse provides two semi-private dining rooms, where you'll feel as if you are walking into some elegant beachfront estate. The oceanfront tables seat parties of six to 18 guests and can be arranged to accommodate private parties.

Ola at Turtle Bay Resort

Average price: $70
Recommended For: Romantic, Outdoor seating
Address: North Shore, Oahu, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, Hawaii 96731 Phone: 808.293.6000 Fax: 800.203.3650

Even if you are staying in Waikiki or Honolulu, it is worth to plan a day at the beach on the North Shore and have dinner at Ola, which is literally on the sandy beach next door to the Turtle Bay Resort. You will not regret it. The restaurant is an open-air beach pavilion where Chef Fred DeAngelo delights guests with his innovative Hawaiian cuisine. Fresh fish and other seafood are readily available and offered throughout the menu, filled with creative selections (the ahi and lobster poke served with a wonton spoon) and some of the best food you will eat in Hawaii. There are also vegetarian selections to appease all palates. Wines from across the globe grace the menu, along with a delicious selection of dessert martinis and tropical drinks made with fresh juices.

A romantic hideaway on the beach and the site of many marriage proposals, this restaurant is an ideal place for an intimate dinner with that special someone.

Surf Lanai at Sheraton Royal Hawaiian Hotel

Average price: $80
Address: Waikiki Beach, Oahu Island, 2259 KALAKAUA AVE - Honolulu, HI, US 96815

Surf Lanai at Sheraton Royal Hawaiian Hotel offers a dining experience like no other on Oahu with the largest selection of mainland classic dishes with local flavor. Barefoot elegance, a trademark of The Royal Hawaiian experience, is served up in abundance at Surf Lanai, which takes fine dining to all new heights. Here crisp linens and vibrant flowers adorn each table. The menu is definitely diverse, and will cater to different tastes. Enjoy the smoked salmon-caper lomi lomi crisps, a culinary delight and a guest favorite, while gazing at the rolling waves of the Pacific or the gentle expanse of the hotel swimming pool. The list of desserts is simply irresistible. Even the sweetest tooth will be satisfied by the dark chocolate-kona espresso torte, the ultimate gift of decadence.

The Pineapple Room at Macy’s, Third Floor, Ala Moana Shopping Center, Honolulu

Average price: $10-$40
Recommended For: Romantic, Child-friendly.
Address: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814-4604, United States Phone: (808) 945-6573

Well, it is indeed in a department store, but it's Alan Wong! Enjoy signature style of Hawaii Regional Cuisine from the world-renowned chef and a culinary icon: soul-warming comfort food with a local twist, using the freshest island ingredients. The food is terrific, particularly anything with ahi, for example, the ahi meatloaf. The menu changes regularly, so keep an eye out for the fresh Big Island moi (a highly prized Hawaiian fish, in this case served whole and steamed Chinese-style), crispy Asian slaw (with cilantro and mac nuts), miso-glazed salmon, black-pepper ahi (with risotto), and pineapple barbecued baby back ribs (with garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed corn).

Watch The Pineapple Room staff at work in the exhibition kitchen with a lava-rock wall and abundant natural light, but not the interior, food is king here. The menu changes regularly, but there is always the ginger scallion shrimp scampi, nori-wrapped tempura salmon, and superb gazpacho made of yellow and red Waimea tomatoes. Very delicious is the apple curry glazed pork chop with pumpkin and mascarpone purée and mango chutney. Alan Wong is a culinary master.

Roy's Restaurant

Average price: $35-$80
Recommended For: Romantic
Address: 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu. Roy’s restaurant in Waikki is located: 226 Lewers St, Honolulu. Roy’s restaurant in KoOlina lagoons is located: 92-1220 Aliinui Dr, Kapolei Phone: 808.293.6000 Fax: 800.203.3650

This is the place where good food reigns. Roy Yamaguchi offers a novel experience every time, deftly experimenting with local ingredients. His menu, which changes daily, features nostalgic ethnic preparations and fresh fish. Here you can always have individual pizzas, a varied appetizer menu (Szechuan spiced baby back ribs, blackened ahi), a small pasta selection, and entrees such as garlic-mustard short ribs, hibachi-style salmon in ponzu sauce, and several types of fresh catch. Yamaguchi's special dinners with vintners are a Honolulu staple.

This signature restaurant is very popular, mostly due to its Euro-Asian roots and Yamaguchi's winning formula: open kitchen, fresh ingredients, ethnic touches, and a good dose of nostalgia mingled with European techniques. Roy's is also famous for its very loud style of dining. Always busy and noisy, the dining room with the trademark open kitchen has the view of scenic Maunalua Bay. One of the most popular restaurants in Hawaii, Roy's is lit up at night with tiki torches outside.

All Roy’s restaurants feature the finest seafood, with a focus on delicacies from the oceans surrounding Hawaii. Nowhere else will you find Ono, Opakapaka and Onaga in addition to an array of hand-cut meats, sushi and fresh shellfish—not to mention an award winning wine list that was designed to perfectly enhance every meal.

Olive Tree Cafe

Average price: $15
Recommended For: Child-friendly, Outdoor seating
Address: 4614 Kilauea Ave, next to Kahala Mall, East of Honolulu and Waikiki Phone: 808-737-0303

Casual and bustling, this temple of Greek and Mediterranean delights is the quintessential neighborhood magnet, with high standards, reasonable prices and homemade dishes. Among its specialties are fresh fish souvlakia, excellent marinated mussels, and sheep's cheese spanakopita. Mojarrad, the owner, even makes the yogurt for his famous yogurt-mint-cucumber sauce, the souvlakia's ticket to immortality. Don't miss the chicken saffron, a Tuesday special.

Here the mussel ceviche is broke-the-mouth fabulous, with lemon, lime, capers, herbs, and olive oil - a perfect blend of flavors. A very popular special is the creamy, tender chicken saffron, and the robust and generous Greek salad is another Olive Tree attraction. And the souvlaki, ranging from fresh fish to chicken and lamb, spruced up with the chef's homemade yogurt-dill sauce, are simply divine. The restaurant features a tiny open kitchen.