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Mar 28, 2011 08:49 AM

Waikiki: One night out without baby

(I've been reading this board for months in anticipation of our trip, but I've just now gotten an account)

I'll be traveling to Oahu this week (spouse has a conference at the convention center). We're also bringing our 20 month-old, and - thankfully - my mother has decided to join us in order to spend a little more time with her grandchild and give us a little break.

Given his conference schedule, I think we'll have time for one fancy dinner out without the baby.

We'll have a car, but we'd like to stay near Waikiki.
We don't eat meat, but we LOVE fish and sushi (having lived in Japan, we're sort of sushi snobs, alas). I would classify us as pretty adventurous eaters (other than the meat thing, of course).
It can be spendy, but not break-the-bank-spendy, ideally.
Nice view would be great, but atmosphere and food is more important.

From pursuing the board, I've narrowed it to:
Hau Tree Lanai
Alan Wong's

I'd love any input/suggestions. Thanks in advance!

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

Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant
2863 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

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  1. Not a good list sorry to say other than Azure.
    We were @ Alan Wong's last week and it was one of the least inspired Tasting Menu's of recent memory. Cost $325- for 2
    We were @ 3660 2 wks ago and some courses were nice and others so-so.
    I would probably recommend going to Michel's for Sunset and the Seafood Platter (sushi items), then head up the road to Le Bistro for dinner. Great Fresh Fish , incredible Rack of Lamb & Veal Chop. Closed Tue.
    For something in Waikiki besides Michel's , Azure for sure preceded by Doraku for HH or Rumfire.
    Hoku's or Palmeria @ Kahala are both oceanfront and pretty good.
    Highend Sushi would be Sasabune or Gaku.

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

    Le Bistro
    5730 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96821

    5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

    1. We've been going to Roy's for many years in the islands but our last meal at Roy's in Waikiki, across from the Royal Hawaiian hotel was so incredible and Diva, the GM made sure that my birthday/anniversary was perfect.
      Food was outstanding...service impeccable and the meal was reasonable too.
      You can start with drinks and app's at House without a Key and walk on over to Roy's..finish it off with after drinks at the Mai Tai Room at the beloved Royal Hawaiian hotel.

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      1. re: Beach Chick

        You've gotten excellent advice from russkar & Beach Chick. I would certainly agree with them on their ideas. Roy's will do vegan if you are so inclined maybe call ahead just to make sure.
        I cannot say enough about their classic misoyaki butterfish which you can get as appetizer or entree size portion. The "Frying Dragon" roll is most amazing as well. Have a great time! And BC is right - Diva is the most wonderful woman in the hospitality industry!

      2. Thanks to everyone who's responded so far!

        @russkar: Good to know about Alan Wong's. I mean, bummer. But also good to know.

        I had initially crossed Roy's off our "treat" list since I've been to it in California and was sort of turned off by the chain-y-ness. Will have to look again, though.

        I think I'm focusing on this meal so I don't have to think about the 8-hour flight with a toddler!

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

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        1. re: greencrayon

          We had outstanding meals at both Roy's and Alan Wong's. We did not do the tasting menu at Alan Wong's so I can't speak to that but evrything that we had was excellent.

          Roy's was also very good but it does have a bit of chain like feel to it. If I had to choose between the 2 for a special meal, I would pick Alan Wong's. I just think the overall vibe is better and again, the food was really good.

          Try and stop by Rumfire for happy hour. Great location for the sunsets and just a lot of fun all around.

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

          1. re: greencrayon

            The Roy's in Waikiki and Hawaii Kai aren't part of the Roy's Chain (name only) on the Mainland and consistently produce a higher level of Service and Food here in Oahu.

            1. re: russkar

              That's good to know. We ate outside when we were there and our service was just ok. There was a small wedding reception going on inside which may have strained the wait staff as they were very rowdy (think drunken bride falling on the floor). We could see the whole thing through the windows so we had dinner and a show!

          2. For something special w a view you can't go wrong with La Mer at the Halekulani!! book your reservations ahead!!

            La Mer
            2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

            2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

            1. i don't eat meat either and i'd have to say most definitely azure! they have an amazing fresh fish menu as well as a delicious seared ahi and scallop combo entree.

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              1. re: boredandhungry

                Speaking of AZURE. Tom or Scott are the best choices for Servers we've found. Bring a nice Bottle of Wine(not on their list of course) if you like . Corkage is anywhere from 0 - 25 depending on the day.