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Nov 28, 2011 07:41 PM

Grandmother's 90th birthday - Oahu

My mother and I are taking my grandmother to Honolulu for her 90th birthday in May. We happen to be there on Mother's Day, so I sent a reservation request to Orchid's for their Sunday brunch. Unfortunately, they are already booked for Mother's Day and have a full waiting list.

I'm looking for other suggestions for a special celebration meal, either for Mother's Day or for her birthday. Well prepared and beautifully presented classic food is most important. A view or lovely decor would be nice. Price point is not an issue, although I will likely need to remind them to ignore the prices. We're staying a rental house in Honolulu but will have a car or can take a taxi.

Thanks in advance for your help.

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  1. Michel's @ the Colony Surf

    1. Did you check La Mer on Mother's Day? Mother's Day is a tough day. I'd look at Hoku's at the Kahala Resort, Azure at the Royal Hawaiian, the Hau Tree Lanai in addition to Michel's.

      I'd also consider Alan Wong's. Although it doesn't have the view of the others, it has some of the best food on the island.

      You also could do Orchids for her birthday, not Mother's Day.

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      1. re: scottca075

        I agree on AW's. For the food, I would not go beyond. However, it can be a bit frenzied, and the "event" aspect might get lost with the crowds. Still, the staff will go out of their way to make it a special meal.


      2. I would second all the options given above. It's a nice list. Maybe add Le Bistro as well as an alternative. Since it has no view though, I would only consider it after the other choices based on your criteria.

        1. wow, those places are quite fancy!

          i'd suggest Hy's or Ruth's Chris, but it sounds like you're looking for something more island-ish. (i'm all about rare steak and tartare.)

          the Pineapple Room is great, casual, but does not have the ambiance of any of the other suggestions (it's in Macy's at ala moana shopping center.)

          now that i think about it, try 3660 on the rise, it's regional fusion and i have never been disappointed there. it is upscale and comparable to alan wong's, but not as casual.

          there is a tea room somewhere here, i have never been, but i hear good things about it and think it would make a memorable occasion.

          1. Thanks everyone for the suggestions. The challenge looks like finding a lovely location that serves food that my mom and grandmother will enjoy. The Hau Tree Lanai looks like the best possibility so far - I would enjoy the fish and they would likely choose items from the grill. I think the menus at some of the other restaurants would be just a bit too eclectic for them.

            A tea room is appealing - if anyone has details, I'd appreciate it.

            Thanks again!

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            1. re: Silverwing

              I agree with Russkar about Michel's. You might consider their brunch (only certain weekends) don't remember which but you can look up their website. Lovely atmosphere, ocean view, fine dining including foods your mom & grandmother would enjoy and appreciate. Easy to get to by cab.

              1. re: Silverwing

                Waioli Tea Room in Manoa. Very nice setting, an old house that has been converted in the middle of a huge wooded property. The food is very nice also, not fantastic but good. Not sure of their hours, but would imagine they are open for mother's day.

                The other recommendations are all well worth considering.