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Seeking recs near Hilton Prince Kuhio in Waikiki

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hopegoode Sep 29, 2010 05:43 PM

Have a three night stay booked and would like to go to some moderately priced places- we love all ethnic foods and especially favor seafood and fish preparation. Are there any places in walking distance of the hotel? (We know about MAC on the premises.) Also, are there any BYOB restaurants in the Waikiki area?

If we were to do one night's splurge, should it be Chef Mavro or another spot? Thanks, in advance, for your suggestions!

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Chef Mavro restaurant
1969 South King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826

Prince Kuhio Cafe
300 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96850

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    Joebob Oct 2, 2010 12:33 AM

    For splurge, it's gotta be AW. For the rest, Chinatown is an easy (? - you didn't say how old you are) walk. There is Legend (Chinese) Seafood (I don't know if they have live shrimp like the Kuhio St. location does.), The Green Door (Malaysian) with miraculous 'egg rolls', etc. Lots of good-value-for-the-money sites in Chinatown.

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      Jazzaloha Oct 2, 2010 01:23 AM

      I agree with Alan Wong.

      But I gotta disagree with my man, Joe, about walking from the Prince Kuhio to Chinatown. OK, I'm older, but even in my younger days the walk would be way too far. (I'm guessing it's at least an hour's walk.)

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      Alan Wong's Restaurant
      1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

      Prince Kuhio Cafe
      300 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96850

      1. re: Jazzaloha
        KaimukiMan Oct 2, 2010 12:47 PM

        Yeah gotta agree on the walk. When he says close, I'm thinking he doesn't even want to walk as far as wailana coffee shop, let alone ala moana or chinatown, a little over 4 miles.

        1. re: KaimukiMan
          Bill Hunt Oct 4, 2010 08:22 PM

          It depends on what one means by "close." In London, "close" means somewhere short of Docklands, from my Mayfair flat. To others, it means within the block.

          In San Francisco, I often launch out from the Financial District, head to the Golden Gate, then walk back along the docks to China Basin for lunch. It depends.

          Hunt

        2. re: Jazzaloha
          Bill Hunt Oct 4, 2010 08:20 PM

          Now, I have made the walk from the Prince Kuhio to Chinatown several times. It is great on a lovely evening. Since my wife had two hip replacements, we now do a bit more "cabbing."

          In Chinatown, I am a fan of Indigo, but have to admit that I have not been in some time.

          Hunt

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          Prince Kuhio Cafe
          300 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96850

          1. re: Bill Hunt
            KaimukiMan Oct 5, 2010 06:32 PM

            It's funny. I never think of Indigo as being in Chinatown, it's on the wrong side of Bethel street. A technicality for sure.

            What route did you take between chinatown and waikiki? ala moana? kapiolani? or all the way up to king or beretania? I still think that most people would not consider 4 miles as close, more like 4 blocks. But then I live in Hawaii where people drive from Sears to Macys when they shop at ala moana.

            1. re: KaimukiMan
              Bill Hunt Oct 5, 2010 07:12 PM

              For my walks, I have always gone up Ala Moana, and usually from about the HHV property. When the plumaria in the park are in bloom, a very lovely walk. Now, I DO recommend comfortable shoes.

              As far as the exact geography, remember that I am a Mainlander, so fine (albeit correct) distinctions may well be lost on me.

              Hunt

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                mellow1 Oct 6, 2010 08:28 PM

                You've received some great recommendations thus far, to which i can only add. For a nice stroll past the Honolulu Zoo and up Monsarat Avenue, I highly recommend Diamond Head Grill & Market. It's all take-out -perfect to take to the park, beach or even your room. They have a selection of wines, beer, a restaurant-like deli filled with delectable bites, you really must try their incredible cream cheese and blueberry scones! Just adjacent to the deli side, is their "plate lunch" take out where you can choose from freshly prepared items including salmon, ahi, and ter-beef rib eye, hot and ready to go! For dinner, TOWN restaurant is excellent! And located just a quick ride up into nearby Kaimuki. TOWN always incorporates local ingredients and uses organic as often as available. Also in that area and also highly acclaimed is 12th Avenue Grill. Uncle Bo's is a very popular -to locals- restaurant in nearby Kapahulu. Another fine dining suggestion is Le Bistro. Le Bistro is in an area called Niu Valley and would definitely require transportation, however it is worth the trip! A lovely place for a bit to eat, including seafood options, that isn't over the top expensive is House Without A Key at the Halekulani Hotel. For a wonderful brunch that includes seafood and all of your breakfast favorites in an elegant setting, see if you can get a reservation at Orchids -also at the Halekulani. Morio's Sushi on Kuhio Avenue gets good reviews and is BYOB. For Hawaiian food and good local poke, try Ono Hawaiian Food (Seafood?) on Kapahulu. The Creme Pot is wonderful for tea, breakfast and pretty close by. Jinroku, on Kuhio, also gets good reviews, though not sure it would be considered moderate in price. Another Japanese restaurant is Sunrise on Kapahulu, it is also BYOB. Blue Water Shrimp & Seafood on Kuhio is also very popular, and reasonably priced. Yet another Japanese restaurant, and one that has been a local fav for a long time, is Irifune on Kapahulu, also BYOB -the garlic ahi has been a "classic." There are so many, it's hard to narrow the list. Hope these provide you with a tasty start! Feel free to ask for more, and if you're interested in stepping out of Waikiki. Aloha, Local Girl

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                Irifune Restaurant
                563 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

                Ono Hawaiian Foods
                726 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

                Diamond Head Grill
                2885 Kalakaua Ave Fl 2, Honolulu, HI 96815

                House Without A Key
                2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

                Le Bistro
                5730 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821

                Halekulani
                2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

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                  hopegoode Oct 25, 2010 03:01 PM

                  Thank you for all the wonderful suggestions. I won't be there until late December but will remember to post which places we tried.

                  1. re: hopegoode
                    Bill Hunt Nov 5, 2010 08:00 PM

                    You are nearly at an epicenter, and then there are options within my "walking distance." Though we love the other Islands, I try to book at least five nights on O`ahu, just for dining, in and around Waikiki.

                    Enjoy,

                    Hunt

                    1. re: Bill Hunt
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                      hopegoode Dec 21, 2010 09:54 PM

                      Thank you, Mellow1 for the Irifune rec. We BYOB'd and had a delicious ahi/tempura platter. We enjoyed trying a neighborhood restaurant with locals rather than another evening in a tourist restaurant. By the way, diners next to our table recommended the multi-course $28 prix fixe.

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                      Irifune Restaurant
                      563 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

                      1. re: hopegoode
                        Bill Hunt Dec 23, 2010 04:15 PM

                        Have not been to Irafune's in too many years. Glad that they came through. I remember when on entered from a closed "beauty salon," with the hair-driers over the chairs, and stood in line.

                        Great news, and mahalo for sharing,

                        Hunt

      2. KaimukiMan Oct 1, 2010 12:52 AM

        for the one night splurge I'm amazed Mr. Hunt didn't say Alan Wong's. If you want to splurge on Fish, I've heard from friends that Nobu's really is all it is cracked up to be. I've not been yet. I would definitely include Keo's on the ethnic list, really good thai food in Waikiki, and the prices are not bad for waikiki. Hy's steakhouse, an old standard in Honolulu is just a couple blocks from your hotel, on the high side, but not exorbitant. There is a decent korean bbq/take out place on Ulunui just mauka of Koa Avenue thats good, and there are the shrimp trucks opposite the end of Kaiolu at Kuhio (blue water i think)

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        Alan Wong's Restaurant
        1857 S King St Fl 3, Honolulu, HI 96826

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        1. re: KaimukiMan
          Bill Hunt Oct 4, 2010 08:14 PM

          And you know, of course, that AW's is MY "go-to" for a wonderful meal, in that general area. [Grin]

          I have missed them once, but never again. Going back in Nov. for a canceled trip in May.

          Hunt

        2. Bill Hunt Sep 29, 2010 06:58 PM

          Most of my recs. are in the "fine-dining" arena, but others will quickly step up with some recs.

          I do not know of any BYOB restaurants in the Waikiki area. All counties, other than Maui, have more relaxed liquor/wine laws, so there could well be some.

          Being a wino, we never think of shipping our wines to Hawai`i, and with but a few exceptions, the available wines at retail do not come close to those on the wines lists of the restaurants, that we frequent.

          Good luck, and aloha,

          Hunt

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