Honolulu is one of the most popular places to travel to for many reasons. The volcanic island presents a backdrop of natural beauty: towering seaside cliffs, lush flora, exotic marine life, and iconic beaches like Waikiki Beach. But food-lovers and nature-lovers alike can appreciate Honolulu; its selection of fine dining establishments make it one of the most delicious places to visit in all of Hawaii’s Islands.
Chef Mavro is where French contemporary meets the island style of Honolulu. Here, Chef George Mavrothalassitis skillfully crafts dishes like miyazaki wagyu chuck rib fricassee, elysian fields lamb, and decadent desserts such as foie gras parfait and waialua truffle chocolate. It has been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from 2015 to 2018.
The Original Roy’s in Hawaii Kai
For an elegant atmosphere and superior food and service, this high-end chain is among the best places in Honolulu for Hawaiian-fusion cuisine. The talented Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s serves dim sum and Misoyaki Butterfish that is out of this world, as well as the freshest sushi and sashimi using local Hawaiian fish.
Your trip to Honolulu just won’t be complete without a fine dining experience like Alan Wong’s. It’s a fusion of local Hawaiin and Asian cuisine, with plenty of fresh seafood and vegetarian options. Just of few dishes that make it a fabulous place to dine are their kalua pig, ahi sashimi, red snapper, and coconut sorbet.
53 By The Sea
The beautiful view of Waikiki and Dimond Head are reason enough to pay a visit to 53 By The Sea but then, there’s the great food! For main courses, they offer spectacular options like steak and lobster tail, black angus filet mignon, New Zealand King Salmon, and a degustation menu by Chef Joshua Goetz.
If you’re a die-hard sushi aficionado, Sushi Sasabune is the place to go in Honolulu for sushi. Thanks to Chef Seiji Kumagawa’s incredible sushi skills, it’s been called the “best ‘Omakase’ on Oahu”. The full omakase is about 13 courses but if you prefer to order a la carte, you can dine at a table.
Once you’ve had your fill of traditional Hawaiian food, come to La Mer for a French dining experience you’ll never forget. They have delicious food, tranquil views of the Pacific Ocean, and are ranked a AAA Five-Diamond Restaurant and 5 stars by Forbes Travel Guide.
Want to dine on fresh-caught Mahi Mahi or sushi-grade Ahi tuna? Book a table at Azure, an upscale, oceanfront restaurant located in the Royal Hawaiian Resort along Waikiki Bay. Azure specializes in local Hawaiian fish and seafood and serves dishes like saffron seafood risotto, baked lobster tail, and pan-seared Onaga.
House Without a Key
For Hawaiian-style fine dining and entertainment, House Without a Key is perhaps one of the best places to dine in Honolulu. The ocean view makes it the perfect place to watch the sun set, and while you enjoy amazing dishes like local ahi poke and lau lau, you can listen to the Hawaiian trio and hula dancers perform live.
Michel’s at the Colony Surf
For fresh seafood, steak, or classic French cuisine like escargots and flambe, Mechel’s is one way to make your evening a memorable one. At the foot of Diamond Head, it’s also the perfect place to sip a mai tai as the sun goes down.
Morton’s The Steakhouse
Famous for their bone-in ribeye, bacon wrapped scallops, and bourbon selection, Morton’s is the place for the finest meats. After coming here just one time you’ll know exactly why they’ve won the Certificate of Excellence from 2015 to 2018.