La Mer - L'Aperitif

TripExpert Score based on reviews in 9 publications
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9 expert recommendations



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.


DK Eyewitness

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".



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. Full review →


Forbes Travel Guide 91

Tucked along the coast on Waikiki’s west side, La Mer makes good use of its enviable location inside the Halekulani hotel — doors open up to welcome in the tradewind breezes and the sound of the ocean. Full review →


Frommer's 33

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. Full review →

Sometimes, it’s all a little over the top, when a red rose the size of your fist is perched on your cocktail, but those into haute French cuisine with a touch of the theatrical will love La Mer. Choose from three- or four-course tasting menus, or the menu dégustation, seven courses featuring luxe ingredients such as foie gras tiled with shiitake mushrooms, abalone meunière, lobster tail bathed in butter and lobster consommé, and a filet of beef with truffle.


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


Lonely Planet

At the luxury Halekulani resort, La Mer is rated by traditionalists as Waikiki’s ultimate gourmet dining destination, though it’s old-fashioned. Full review →



One of two Five Diamond Restaurants in Hawaii with internationally acclaimed Neoclassic French cuisine and an award-winning wine list Full review →


Zagat 4.8

"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. Full review →

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