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Chef Mavro

International 95 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This award-winning French-with-an-island-touch restaurant expresses the character of owner George Mavrothassitis – precise, passionate and absolutely individual. — DK Eyewitness

A cuisine that couples French technique with fresh Hawaiian ingredients. — Forbes Travel Guide

Owned by the French-born chef, and James Beard Award-winner, George Mavrothalassitis, the critically-acclaimed Chef Mavro is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in Hawaii. — Travel + Leisure

Honolulu’s legendary French chef is a passionate proponent of local products and has devised many a celebrated dish. A winner of the prestigious James Beard Award, he’s dedicated to food... — Where

What's a Greek-born, French raised expat been doing in Hawaii for the last 30 years? Perfecting the mad science that goes into approaching island ingredients in a unique and (often) astonishing manner. — Condé Nast Traveler

Orchids

Seafood 91 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the island’s best dining experiences, this restaurant puts on display everything that is upscale, refined, and relaxing. — BlackBook

Oahu locals have long known that special-occasion lunches (birthdays, graduations) are best celebrated at this beachside restaurant within the Halekulani hotel. — Travel + Leisure

Perched along the seawall at historic Gray's Beach, Orchids in the luxe Halekulani resort is open all day. — Fodor's

One of the most beautiful restaurants in all Hawaii, Orchids boasts an open-air look, dressed in crisp, white linen, with striking ocean views. — Gayot

Oʻahu’s most elegant Sunday brunch spread covers all the bases, with a made-to-order omelet station. — Lonely Planet

Bar Acuda

International 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A list of 50 wines with a focus on Rhone-style varieties, half of them offered by the glass, accompanies the Spanish-style tapas dishes at Kauai's Bar Acuda in Hanalei. — Travel + Leisure

A trendy wine and tapas bar presents ornately plated food that’s noteworthy, but pricey. — Lonely Planet

Given Bar Acuda’s deliciously warm, crusty bread, ordering one hearty and one light dish per person, plus a starter of spiced olives or Marcona almonds per couple, should suffice. — Frommer's

Chef Jim Moffat opened this Hanalei spot for tapas and fine Mediterranean wines after establishing himself with two restaurants in San Francisco (the jazz club, 42 Degrees, and the... — goop

Expect "a bit of urban chic" at this "lively" Med mecca in "picturesque" Hanalei, a "people-watching" scene that "could stand on its own in San Francisco or New York." — Zagat

Mama's Fish House

Seafood 90 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This restaurant is not only famous because it has been at its oceanfront location for more than 25 years. The fresh fish dishes it serves are excellent and extremely expensive. — DK Eyewitness

"The freshest fish", "gracious" service and "tropical breezes make for an unforgettable experience" exult enthusiasts who find "heavenly bliss" at this "intimate" Pacific Rim seafooder. — Zagat

For almost four decades, Mama's has been the Maui destination for special occasions. — Fodor's

On its own coconut-grove cove on the island’s northern shore, Mama’s has been one of Maui’s most celebrated restaurants since it opened in 1973. — Travel + Leisure

Unparalleled service and Hawaiian heyday vibe, all in one? You betcha. — Condé Nast Traveler

Spago

American 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Spago is warm, lively and open, with a spectacular ocean view that is difficult to improve upon. — Gayot

The menu at celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck’s Spago offers Puck’s classics and locally inspired dishes that fuse Hawaiian and Californian cuisines. — DK Eyewitness

Chef Lewark is masterful at preparing vegetables in unexpected and wonderful ways—consider his foamy tomato “cappuccino,” or the sesame-miso cones with hearts of palm standing in for ahi. — Frommer's

Master chef Wolfgang Puck’s fusion of Hawaii and California cuisines results in a brilliant menu that highlights the best local produce, seafood and meats. The Mobil Four-Star, AAA Four... — Where

The California cuisine of celebrity-chef Wolfgang Puck is combined with Maui flavors and served lobby level and oceanfront at the luxurious Four Seasons Resort. — Fodor's

Alan Wong's Restaurant

Asian 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A "pioneer in Hawaii Regional cuisine", chef Alan Wong "continues to innovate", "plating up the best of local farms and island seas" at this McCully "nirvana". — Zagat

Hailed by many as Hawai’i’s best restaurant, Alan Wong’s marries local preferences with a formal setting. — DK Eyewitness

One would think that after more than 15 years, Alan Wong's might have waned in popularity, but this eponymous restaurant is as hot as ever. — Gayot

Worshipful foodies come from all over the state, drawn by the food -- which is brilliant -- and a menu that is irresistible. — Frommer's

Alan Wong is the undisputed king of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, earning love and respect for his humble demeanor and practice as much as for his food. — Fodor's

Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante

Italian 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The stunning location—overlooking Wailea Beach with an unobstructed view of the West Maui Mountains—sets the stage for a romantic (if pricey) repast. — Frommer's

The only truly beachside restaurant in Wailea, Ferraro's serves authentic Italian cuisine under a canopy of stars on the edge of Wailea Beach. — Gayot

Located in the Four Seasons Resort Maui, Ferraro's offers authentic Italian fare in a casual outdoor tropical setting, with a view of the ocean and the West Maui Mountains. — Zagat

Enjoy lunch beach-side and dinner under the stars at this casual spot with a lively bar and entertainment. Cucina rustica cuisine showcases a wood-burning oven that produces pizzas and... — Where

No other place in Wailea comes close to this breezy restaurant for romantic seaside dining. — Lonely Planet

La Mer - L'Aperitif

French 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fresh local ingredients like moi and opakapaka often form the foundation of its dishes, but they are prepared with traditional French techniques. — Gayot

"By far the finest dining experience you will have on Oahu", this "elegant, intimate" French "keeper" in the "stunning" Halekulani Hotel "aspires to Parisian culinary decadence. — Zagat

Looking out on its namesake, La Mer is the prettiest dining room on Oahu, with carved wooden screens setting an elegant art deco-ish tone. — Fodor's

By far the island's most formal restaurant, specializing in fine French cuisine, armed with a grand wine list and a jacket or long-sleeve collared shirt requirement. — BlackBook

This is the splurge restaurant of Hawaii, an oceanfront bastion of haute cuisine, where two of the state's finest chefs... quietly redefined Hawaiian fine dining. — Frommer's

Little Village Noodle House

Chinese 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Unassuming and budget-friendly, Little Village is so popular with locals that it expanded to the space next door. — Fodor's

Work up an appetite wandering Chinatown’s shops and flower stalls, then fuel your tank at the Little Village Noodle House. — BlackBook

This "quaint", "ever-popular" Cantonese establishment is always jammed with a "mix of hipsters, old locals, theatergoers, Downtown white collars and a smattering of tourists. — Zagat

This Chinatown eatery has friendly service and cheery décor; it appeals to the area'€™s regulars who enjoy the varied menu and the modern additions of salads and such. — Gayot

One of Little Village’s signature dishes, honey walnut shrimp, gets high praise from patrons. — Travel + Leisure

Hukilau Lanai

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

An upgrade from the typical T-shirt-casual joint, this laid-back spot hosts live music nightly. — Lonely Planet

A casual, airy setting, much like sitting out on a friend's lanai, makes this restaurant at the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy very pleasant and enjoyable. — Gayot

Spend happy hours dining on dynamite dishes that incorporate ingredients from the islands into every plate. The furikaki, panko crusted calamari and the Wally’s Steak Crown Royal are menu... — Where

Relying heavily on super-fresh island fish and locally grown vegetables, this restaurant offers quality food that is competently and creatively prepared. — Fodor's

Enjoy "gourmet" Hawaii Regional fare made with local ingredients "while watching the tiki-torch lighting in a beautiful garden setting" at this Kauai Coast Resort "jewel". — Zagat

Lahaina Grill

Barbecue 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

From the moment it opened on Valentine’s Day back in 1990, this New American bistro with a European feel has been the most romantic restaurant in Lahaina. — Travel + Leisure

Experience a chic night of delectable dining at this award-winning seaside restaurant, which has an inventive menu featuring the best in local produce, meats and cheeses. Reservations are... — Where

With professional service, an inviting atmosphere and innovative cuisine, it's easy to see how Lahaina Grill continues to be a favorite. — Gayot

The windows at the Lahaina Grill frame a simple but captivating tableau: beautiful people enjoying beautiful food. — Lonely Planet

"Delectable food" and "exceptional art adorning the walls" "make for a lovely Maui evening with a touch of quiet sophistication." — Zagat

Hali’imaile General Store

Seafood 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Bev and Joe Gannon’s story sounds more like something you’d daydream from a cubicle than reality—they were producers and managers in Los Angeles when Bev decided to go to cooking school... — goop

The culinary sorceress behind this destination dining spot is Chef Bev Gannon, who was one of the original forces behind the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement. — Lonely Planet

This charming and authentically rustic store is where Joe and Beverly Gannon purvey their own delicious style of Hawaii Regional cuisine. — Gayot

Chef-restaurateur Beverly Gannon's first restaurant remains a culinary destination after more than a quarter century. — Fodor's

"Before farm-to-fork became the buzzword" there was chef Bev Gannon's "beacon" of Hawaii Regional cuisine "nestled at the base of Haleakala" in Hali'imaile. — Zagat

Roy's

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The “godfather” of Hawaii Regional cuisine “still shines” insist loyalists who patronize Roy Yamaguchi’s “epicurean delight." — Zagat

The Maui outpost of Chef Roy Yamaguchi’s upscale dining empire sits inside the golf course clubhouse at the Kaʻanapali Resort. — Lonely Planet

You'll find options like honey-mustard short ribs; blackened ahi with spicy soy mustard butter sauce; and grilled salmon with Japanese citrus ponzu. — Gayot

Roy’s first Hawaii location in Hawaii Kai launched him as a culinary force. Live music, views of the bay, and local ingredients in Euro-Asian preparations are the highlight of this busy... — Where

Roy Yamaguchi, the James Beard award–winning chef and one of the pioneers of Hawaii Regional Cuisine, now owns eponymous restaurants all over the world. — Frommer's

Michel's At the Colony Surf

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is one of Hawaii’s longest-standing and finest restaurants, with a view that beats most. Classical French cuisine is served by tuxedo-clad wait staff. This is one of the most... — Where

Consistently voted "most romantic restaurant" in local publications' reader polls, Michel's is an old-school French favorite on Waikiki's tranquil Gold Coast. — Fodor's

"Romantic, expensive, posh", yes, this "big date" Classic French "throwback" is "worth every penny" sigh sybarites who snag oceanfront seats at this "bastion of fine traditional cooking". — Zagat

It’s all about the cultured Gold Coast atmosphere where the Euro-glamorous gather to be seen enjoying sunset dining, subdued lighting and soft music. — BlackBook

This dining room, on the sand at Sans Souci Beach, has windows that open to the ocean air. — Frommer's

Hula Grill Waikiki

Seafood 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Freshly squeezed juices, house-baked muffins and just-picked tropical fruit are perfect for lighter appetites. Of course, the coffee is outstanding. — Gayot

For me, ceviche is a mandatory menu item: if I see it on the menu, that's what I'm having. I was a little hesitant about "Polynesian-style ceviche" at the Hula Grill, but ordered anyway.... — Afar Magazine

Regional Hawaiian fare is served here along the water’s edge with views of the beach and Diamond Head. — DK Eyewitness

Go "barefoot in paradise" at this "bustling" seaside Pacific Rim "treat" in Outrigger Waikiki and Whalers Village, where you can "scrunch your toes in the sand". — Zagat

This is the best place for breakfast in Waikiki: Not only does it have a terrific view of all of Waikiki (clear to Diamond Head), but the food is fabulous and a great value. — Frommer's

Red Salt

Asian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

At this romantic hideaway, fusion dishes such as pan-seared opah (moonfish) with king crab and a sake-spiked coconut broth or vanilla bean-seared mahimahi elevate the culinary game. — Lonely Planet

The best hotel restaurant on Kauai may also be one of the smallest and hardest to find, tucked inside the discreetly located Koa Kea Hotel & Resort. — Frommer's

The minimalist presentation sets the proper stage for food that is satisfying, yet light. — Gayot

"Delicious, inventive renditions" of Hawaiian cuisine in a "cool setting" that's a "nice respite from the traditional island decor." — Zagat

A smart, sophisticated decor and exceptional food paired with professional service make Red Salt a great choice for leisurely fine dining. — Fodor's

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Colleen's at the Cannery

American 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

It's popular with locals for breakfast and lunch, but try it at dinner when the candles come out and it's time for martinis and fresh fish. — Fodor's

From morning to evening, this boisterous bistro is the Haʻiku hangout, for locals and visitors alike. — Lonely Planet

This all-day Haiku New American boasting black booths, a "laid-back" "Upcountry vibe" and "top-shelf" service delivers "gourmet meals at budget prices" to a "very local crowd. — Zagat

Two miles off Hāna Highway in the small center of Ha‘ikū, this casual bistro is popular with local residents and visitors staying in north-shore rentals. — DK Eyewitness

High-beamed ceilings, dark post-modern furniture, lush palm trees and large Art Deco mirrors create a glamorous yet unpretentious 1940s, old Hollywood vibe at this upcountry bistro. — Gayot

Star Noodle

Asian 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

As its name implies, Star Noodle offers a variety of noodle dishes, featuring saimin, soba, udon or ramen. — Gayot

Noodle shops aren't rare in Hawaii; this relative newcomer to Maui, hidden on a mountainside, managed to earn a James Beard nod in its debut year. — Condé Nast Traveler

It’s sleek, chic and creative, the top of the heap whether you’re a noodle lover or not. Open since February 2010 at the top of Lahaina Business Park, the 60-seat restaurant (including 12... — Where

This hip noodle house at the top of Lahaina’s industrial park burst like a comet across Maui’s dining scene. — Frommer's

It's safe to say the secret is out: Star Noodle is one of Maui's absolute must-visit restaurants. — Travel + Leisure

Gerard's

French 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Chef Gerard has been cooking since the age of ten, so he’s had a lot of time to perfect his craft. While his roots are embedded in the classic French style, he makes a point to... — Where

He cooks his way, utilizing island ingredients in such dishes as escargots forestière, chilled cucumber soup, and the ahi tartare with taro chips. — Fodor's

"France comes to Hawaii" via Gerard Reversade's "picturesque" Victorian in Lahaina where the "tropical hospitality" and "outstanding service"... treat you "like a royal, with very royal prices". — Zagat

Where has all the romance gone? To the front porch of Gerard’s, where white linens and flickering shadows are an invitation for murmurings of love. — Lonely Planet

Located in the romantic setting of The Plantation Inn, Gerard's is one of Maui's favorite French restaurants. — Gayot

Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

International 85 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

“Garden” is the translation of the eatery's name, and it sits along a wharf in Lahaina town. — Travel + Leisure

Maui chef Mark Ellman may count rockstars and entertainers as business partners, but his down-home, approachable and elegant fare that launched an empire began with a tapas-style menu. — Condé Nast Traveler

The idea here is to order a selection of gorgeous food in small portions. It comes this way so that it can be shared. — DK Eyewitness

The bartenders know their business, and the complimentary edamame guacamole alerts your taste buds that something delicious is about to happen. — Frommer's

Chef-owner Mark Ellman started Maui's culinary revolution of the late '80s with his restaurant Avalon, but Mala is a more than satisfactory successor. — Fodor's

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