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Chef Mavro

International 94 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

"Expert culinarian" George (Mavro) Mavrothalassitis "delivers on all fronts", offering a "spectacular taste of the islands" at his Hawaii Regional–French "true gourmet experience." — Zagat

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

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

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

The only Hawaii restaurant that any serious foodie should experience isn't located on the beach, or even in Waikiki—this intimate McCully resto is the finest on the island. — BlackBook

Orchids

Seafood 89 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Situated beachside within upscale Waikiki resort Halekulani, Orchids offers a relaxed, open-air environment for you to enjoy executive chef Vikrum Garg’s locally sourced cuisine. — Forbes Travel Guide

It's "less formal than La Mer upstairs", but "from the minute" you enter this "spectacular" Pacific Rim seafooder in the "famed" Halekulani Hotel you're "treated like an alii (royalty)." — Zagat

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

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

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

Bar Acuda

International 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

This hip and pricey tapas bar is a top place in Hanalei in terms of tastiness, creativity, and pizzazz. — Fodor's

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

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

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

Mama's Fish House

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

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

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

Everything is perfect, from the refreshing, umbrella-topped cocktails to the almond-scented hand towels passed out before dessert. — Frommer's

Mama'€™s has one of the best locations on the island: away from the resort areas, on the oceanfront in the small residential community of Kuau, on the Hana Highway. — Gayot

La Mer - L'Aperitif

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

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

The best and most authentically French restaurant in Hawai’i makes lavish use of both local seafood and imported delicacies to create “cuisine de soleil." — DK Eyewitness

"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

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

Alan Wong's Restaurant

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

This modest restaurant in the middle of McCully is the hearbeat of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. The setting is not fancy or opulent, but casual and comfortable as island life is. — BlackBook

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

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

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

Spago

American 84 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Chef Wolfgang Puck creates "a little Hollywood in Hawaii" at this Four Seasons Wailea outpost of his famous Beverly Hills standby. — Zagat

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

Wolfgang Puck shows that despite recent culinary forays into fast food and canned soups, he remains a master of the fine-dining experience. — Forbes Travel Guide

Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge

Sushi 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

ʻUlu Ocean Grill + Sushi Lounge is nestled amid the beautiful grounds of Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, the only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star hotel on Hawaii Island. — Forbes Travel Guide

This artfully renovated restaurant has the same spectacular oceanfront setting with a more casual dining experience that highlights locally grown products. — Fodor's

ʻUlu means 'breadfruit,' and this sustainably minded restaurant is all about locally sourced produce, seafood and meat. — Lonely Planet

Hawaii might not showcase four distinct seasons, but you will never miss any one of them if you stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai Resort on the Big Island. Located on the Kona (leeward)... — Afar Magazine

"The perfect example of a hotel designed to fit its surroundings," this traditional Hawaiian resort sits on black lava rock. — Condé Nast Traveler

Ferraro's Bar e Ristorante

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

With live violin music drifting into the moonlight, the al fresco dining at this beachfront ristorante offers one of Maui's most romantic settings (and there's a lot of competition).... — Travel + Leisure

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

Overlooking the ocean from a bluff above Wailea Beach, this outdoor Italian restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea is beautiful both day and night. — Fodor's

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

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

Little Village Noodle House

Chinese 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

Don't let the decor throw you -- the interior design here reminds us of a small French bistro in Provence. — Frommer's

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

Little Village dishes up wok-seared menu items brimming with spice and flavor in an ambient eatery that draws local power lunchers as much as the Waikiki tourists. — Condé Nast Traveler

Red Salt

Asian 83 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

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

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

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

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

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Colleen's at the Cannery

American 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

This go-to spot for Haiku residents serves an excellent breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a classy setting. — Frommer's

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

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

Lahaina Grill

Barbecue 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This longstanding Lahaina bistro matches tasteful décor (a rarity on the islands) with top-tier service. — Condé Nast Traveler

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

A few steps off Front Street in the Lahaina Inn... this is a casual yet elegant modern restaurant offering exquisitely prepared and presented food. — DK Eyewitness

At the top of many best-restaurants lists, this expensive, upscale bistro is about as fashionably chic as it gets on Maui. — Fodor's

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

Ma'la - An Ocean Tavern

International 83 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

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

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

This smart bistro from chef Marl Ellman fuses Mediterranean and Pacific influences with sophisticated flair. — Lonely Planet

"Plan your day so you're on the deck for sunset" advise viewmasters who double down to Mark Ellman's Hawaii Regional seafooder duo in Maui for "really inventive" "local wonders." — Zagat

Hali’imaile General Store

Seafood 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

Chef Beverly Gannon (and her husband, Joe) left the globetrotting world of catering for rock stars decades ago, settling into a plantation-house eatery on Maui's towering volcano, Haleakala. — Condé Nast Traveler

Smack in the middle of a pineapple plantation, this restaurant is located in a historic building that was once the plantation’s general store. — DK Eyewitness

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

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

Merriman's

International 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

What a "taste extravaganza!" rave fans who merrily make their way to chef Peter Merriman's "true gem" in Waimea, voted No. 1 for Food on Big Island. — Zagat

Among the best restaurants in upcountry Waimea, this is the signature restaurant of Peter Merriman, one of the pioneers of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. — Fodor's

Probably the best, and certainly the busiest, restaurant in Waimea, Merriman’s is owned by one of the original Hawai’i regional cuisine chefs. — DK Eyewitness

Chef Peter Merriman began promoting the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement in 1988 with the opening of this eponymous restaurant in Waimea’s Opelo Plaza. — Travel + Leisure

This is where it all began in 1988 for chef Peter Merriman, one of the founders of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and an early adopter of the farm-to-table trend. — Frommer's

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Sushi 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Sansei was conceived in the hearts of islanders and perfected by locals and nowhere else can you experience wonderful Asian Fusion selections and sushi which is nothing more than memorable. — BlackBook

Perpetual award-winner D. K. Kodama, who built Kapalua's Sansei into one of Maui's most popular eateries. — Frommer's

The "amazing array of exquisite" sushi coupled with "scrumptious" entrees and cocktails lures loyalists to this "fabulous", "clublike" Japanese–Pacific Rim chainlet. — Zagat

Sushi bar, fine dining restaurant, fashionable cocktail lounge, karaoke palace – Sansei is all these. — DK Eyewitness

Specialties include the Kapalua Butterfly Roll, made with salmon, crab, shiromi (white fish), and vegetables, and the shrimp cake with ginger-lime butter and cilantro pesto. . — Travel + Leisure

Hula Grill Waikiki

Seafood 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

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

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

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

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

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

d.k Steak House

Steakhouses 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Perched above Kalakaua Ave on the second floor of the Waikiki Marriott hotel, visitors and islanders gather for the sunset views and the tasty dry aged beef steaks. — BlackBook

The Waikīkī Marriott hosts a steakhouse experience that rivals any in the state, complete with in-house dry aged beef and a unique wine list. — DK Eyewitness

D.K. is a refreshing indie change, with sides that go beyond the usual scalloped potatoes and beefsteak tomatoes with asparagus Milanese. — Gayot

D.K. Kodama's "clubby" yet "elegant" Waikiki Beach Marriott steakhouse is "one of the best" places on the beach to "savor a real" hunk of dry-aged beef. — Zagat

Dry-aged steaks cooked to perfection, plus a view overlooking Waikiki Beach, have made this place a major hit since it opened in the fall of 2004. — concierge.com

Monstera

Sushi 82 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Master sushi chef Norio Yamamoto left his namesake restaurant (still called Norio’s) at the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii to open this less formal but still handsome, clubby dining room. — Frommer's

Chef Norio Yamamoto left his namesake restaurant at the Fairmont Orchid to launch his own izakaya (Japanese pub). — Lonely Planet

"Sushi and noodles and small plates, oh my!" quip fans "blown away" by the "wonderfully prepared" dishes dreamed up by chef Norio Yamamoto. — Zagat

Monstera. It may not be beachfront with a view of the sunset, but this Shops at Mauna Lani eatery is worth a visit for its sophisticated Japanese pub food with a touch of local... — Fodor's

Seasoned chef Norio Yamamoto opened Monstera, a Japanese restaurant and sushi bar upstairs at The Shops at Mauna Lani, with co-owner Wes Monty. — Gayot

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