Group Dinner for 30
LA Hound needs suggestions from Honolulu counterparts. I want to host a post wedding dinner for about 30 friends and family who will be travelling to Honolulu for a wedding on a Saturday. A number of the guests are restaurant savvy. Because we are mainlanders, the more Hawaiian the venue and food the better, but food quality is more important than view, although I'd love to have both. The Honolulu area is best, but for the right venue, I'd be willing to have our guests transported. It would be nice to keep this in the $100 per person range, but we could spend more for the right place. Thank you in advance for your help.
The new 12th Ave Grill has a private room that seats 30 and the minimum for the room is spending $1500 on food and drink, which works out to about $50 pp, not including tax and 20% gratuity, so your budget would work well there.
Excellent food and wine choices, and they will do more or less whatever you want within reason.
12th avenue grill would be a very good choice. Another option (although for lunch not dinner) might be the restaurant at the Spaulding House cafe up on Tantalus - part of the Honolulu Museum of Art. I'm sure they would work with you on the menu, wonderful people up there, and its usually not very busy on a Sunday so you could probably have the indoor dining room or the lawn tent to yourselves.
Other suggestions would be the usual: Alan Wong's, Chef Mavro, Roy's, or really spendy LaMer.