Oahu’s tropical climate offers visitors a range of local ingredients to discover, year round. Our chefs thrive on access to such an array of options. From French cuisine that rivals any Michelin-starred restaurant in France, to Pacific Rim cooking, authentic ethnic restaurants, to Hawaiian Luaus, you can dine around the world at Honolulu restaurants.
With an abundance of local products prepared and influenced by the region's multi-cultural population, restaurants in Honolulu, Hawaii are a mecca for those who appreciate good food. Some of the finest Oahu restaurants are right here, at Halekulani.
Restaurants at Halekulani
The following are restaurants that have been personally visited by our concierge staff (CS) and rated among the finest Oahu restaurants, according to Zagat's Restaurant Survey (Z) and Gayot Best of Hawaii (G).
This is Halekulani's casual restaurant, where a giant, century-old kiawe tree shelters the guests and some outdoor tables. The food may be casual — from shrimp cocktail, hamburgers, steak, grilled fish — but the service and quality is fully Halekulani. In addition, the evenings include former Miss Hawaii, Kanoe Miller, dancing the hula as the sun sets into the Pacific. (G)
"Tops in all categories," this "legendary" Classic French is the "crème de la crème" of Waikiki with a "fabulous menu," "outstanding service" and a "très elegant" setting. It is rated as the finest restaurant in Hawaii, receiving Forbes Travel Guide's only five-star rating in the state and AAA Five Diamond award for more than 24 years in a row. (Z)
Located in a "beautiful", "romantic" Waikiki oceanfront setting, this restaurant is an "oasis" where "five-star" dishes are served by an "impeccable" staff, whether you go for a "delightful" lunch, "lovely "sunset dinner" or the "superior " Sunday brunch. (Z)
Perfect for an evening cocktail, Lewers features live music and hand-crafted specialty cocktails. Maggie Heron and Rocky Holmes enliven the evenings with a light-jazz format in a clubby atmosphere of elegance.
Honolulu's Other Fine Restaurants
Alan Wong's (Hawaiian Regional)
Here, cultures and flavors collide — tomato soup and sandwich, a "simple" combo of three colors of pureed Big Island tomatoes, served chilled and foie gras, and kalua pig. It's the best seafood restaurant in town. (G)
Roy's (Hawaiian Regional)
This is where it all started. If there was one chef in the vanguard of Hawaiian regional cuisine, it was Roy Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi's blend of French, Italian, Thai, Japanese, Chinese and Polynesian cuisine still has wit and excitement — discernable from the very first taste of his classics such as his blackened ahi with soy mustard sauce or Szechuan baby-back pork ribs. Yamaguchi constantly hits on combinations that enliven the taste buds. Roy’s is steps from Halekulani. (G)
Hoku's (Pacific Rim)
The restaurant has a casual, modern air, with a dazzling kitchen surrounded by an iced seafood display. Chef Wayne Hirabayashi, who provided his talents at the Halekulani Hotel, has put his own stamp on the menu – a symphony of ahi (fresh tuna as sushi, tartare, poke, mousse and grilled), kukui-nut-and-truffle-crusted diver scallops, naan bread stuffed with Chinese roast duck and Hirabayashi's herb-crusted onaga. (Z)
Mariposa (Pacific Rim)
"Neiman-Marcus meets the tropics" at this "beautiful, beautiful, beautiful" Pacific Rim-south westerner located in Ala Moana shopping center. (Z)
Hy's Steak House (Steak)
"Top-of-the-line" dinner-only American steakhouse in Waikiki done up like an "old boys club," with lots of "dark wood and a fireplace" that nicely complements its "great steaks and chops," "a solid value." (Z)
Chef Mavro (French)
"Serious food for serious diners" comes courtesy of chef George Mavrothalassitis at this "superior" McCully Contemporary-Hawaiian Regional, where the "fabulous food and wine parings" draw applause; to its many fans, this "must-try" spot is simply "ahead of its time." (Z)
Michel's at the Colony Surf (French)
For "high elegance at the ocean's edge," try this dinner-only Continental-New French establishment at the foot of Diamond Head that offers "romantic sunset dining." (Z)
Sansei Restaurant at Waikiki Marriot (Contemporary Japanese)
Owner/Chef D.K. Kodama moved his eatery from downtown Honolulu to Waikiki where it has contributed even more to Waikiki's food scene. (CS) Kodama's cutting-edge cuisine is youthful and alive, contemporary and fun. It's the perfect place to graze on a number of appetizers. (G)
While the signature of the elegant blond-wood restaurant has always been the teppanyaki, executive chef Nobuyaki Aoyana has put emphasis on the sushi bar made up of traditional sushi as well as innovative modern maki. A standout is the pepper steak with a whiskey-mushroom sauce.