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Good Steak in Honolulu?

My husband and I will be in Honolulu at the end of the month. Any recommendations for steak places? We just want good food in a casual atmosphere. We won't have any dressy clothes. Also, I don't eat steak so the restaurant would have to have other options. Your help would be appreciated.

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  1. I don't know any place I could strongly recommend. For a casual place that's relatively cheap (around $15), you might want to try Murphy's Bar and Grill. It's located in a nice older building in Downtown Honolulu. Not exceptional, but affordable and casual.

    1. A Taste of New York Deli & Steakhouse in Kaimuki is ultra-casual and has all of their other offerings along with steak. They have a really good antipasto salad plus their coleslaw, potato salad and house-made cheesecake are excellent. Their webpage:
      Forgot to add they are byob in case you want to bring a bottle of wine or some beer. They charge $5 for each person who uses a glass rather than a per bottle charge.

      1. I always enjoy Hy's Steakhouse on Kuhio Avenue in Waikiki. It's part of a Canadian chain, but has been in Hawaii for many years. Popular with locals and tourists. They have great steaks with a few other dinner options, like fresh fish, lobster, etc.

        I'm not sure what you mean by dressy, but most places your husband will be fine with slacks and a nice aloha shirt, certainly at a place like Hy's.

        1. Thanks everyone. That is very helpful. I'll report back after our trip

          1. I would not go with any of the reccomendations above. There are a couple of places I would highly reccomend. first, DK Steak in waikiki is a serious steakhouse run by DK Kodama, the chef behind the sushi chain Sansei. It's the only facility with a dry aging locker in the islands. I'd also try 3660 on the Rise. Their New York pepper crusted steak if da bomb (has been for years). A very upscale but very excellent place to get steak is Alan Wong's. He always serves steak that's only from Hawaii, a rarity in teh islands. It's all grass fed goodness and wicked fresh. Hy's is fine. Murphy's is good. Neither are as good as the places above.

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            1. re: ASalkever

              I stopped in Honolulu between Kauai and the big island to eat at Hy's. Having eaten there several years ago I couldn't wait to get back. Mistake! Lobster Bisque was excellent however Beef Wellington pastry was uncooked, mashed potatoes so salty they were inedible and the veg - green beans - uncooked and stringy. Many apologies and much grovelling later the bill was erased and hopefully the chef chastised for allowing food like that to leave his kitchen. I was unhappy but it was handled well.

              1. re: mgray_jp

                Oops! Hy's has just gotten some great recs. lately. Have not been, but your review doesn't paint a lovely picture. Sorry about that.

                It is amazing how some places can be great one night, and then offer inedible food the next. I understand ups and downs, but this is beyond that. Had similar, though not so drastic, with Chef Mavro's - review in progress.


            2. Would you please rank them for 2008 updates for Honolulu?

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              1. re: kel

                Hy's is good but not very tropical, when I dine in Hawaii I want somewhere with a view.

              2. for steak also look into DK Kodama's. It has been getting good local reviews.

                1. I have never been dissappointed w Hy's and I have been going there for years. One of my favorite things to do is order and share a plate of King crab legs for appetizer-its a huge portion for which might suffice as dinner for some.

                  1. Just thought about it, if you want to do something different, and don't mind a little bit of a drive, head over to Buzz's across from Lanikai beach at the far end of Kailua. It won't be the best steak you have ever eaten, but it will be good. The setting is hard to beat, sitting almost outside with the breeze coming off the ocean and a beautiful view across the road of the beach through the ironwoods with Mokapu and the little islands beyond.

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                    1. re: KaimukiMan

                      And don't forget - it's cash only there!

                      1. re: manomin

                        without a ATM in sight...lol (or did they finally install one?)