7 Dining Spots in Hawaii That Will Make Your Vacation Memorable

With a name that is always associated with a warm ‘Welcome’, the scenic island of Hawaii is not only a fusion of cultures but a melting pot of delicious culinary cuisine as well. The presence of American, European and Asian communities here enable the food lover to experience one of the best dining options, ranging from the freshest seafood to kuala pork made from the finest raw components.

Even if you plan to stay in a rental house in Hawaii, going out to discover the food Hawaii has to offer can be much less of a hassle than whipping up your own meal. Hawaii is a real paradise for connoisseurs of fine food, and the ideal way to savor it is by visiting these carefully selected best restaurants of Hawaii.

Town, Honolulu
Ed Kenny, the head chef and owner of this great dining outlet has a penchant of using the finest available local organic ingredients on the simple and casual menu Town is known for. The dishes are Italian, but the flavor American and the atmosphere is extremely friendly. Town also houses an excellent collection of new and old world wines, along with some unique cocktail offerings, to further add to the significance of the meal.

Chef Mavro, Honolulu
This fine eatery is located in Honolulu, where Chef Mavro is considered to be the culinary showpiece of Chef George Mavrothalassitis. The dishes on offer at Mavro have a French flair, which is further accentuated by adding the freshest of the local produce available. Service is high class as is the dining area, where the experience is enhanced by the expert pairing of the finest wines.

Alan Wong’s, Honolulu
Bustling for more than twenty years, this is another restaurant in Honolulu which mixes native ingredients with Asian flavors to add to the effect. Their five course prix menu is a great draw with locals and visitors alike. Alan Wong’s is located in a quiet suburb adjacent to Waikiki, and is said to be the right place to sample unique Hawaiian dishes with unparalleled service.

Vintage Cave, Honolulu
This is another good eating option in Honolulu, which provides an altogether different experience to the diners. The architecture of the restaurant has been carefully modeled on lines of ancient Italy, showcasing brick walls and floors of granite with a warm and regal grandeur. The menu is fixed, but changes with the season. The guests have just two options, either order the chef’s recommendations or sample the vegetarian food. This French- American fare is prepared in a masterly way and presented artfully as a twelve course meal.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar, Maui
Run by a third generation Japanese-American chef, the restaurant is extremely famous for its creative sushi and the freshest catch of the day. To add to these amazing dishes, Sansei also offers a fine selection of poultry and beef delicacies. The outlet in Maui opened in 1996, and now it has a total of three Sansei restaurants on three islands. The ambience is lively, the prices are affordable and the sushi roll and crab ramen with truffle broth dishes are award-winning.

La Mer, Oahu
This is the one and only dining outlet in Hawaii to find a place on the prestigious Forbes Travel Guide for a number of years. La Mer, through its excellence in the culinary field has managed to capture the flair and elegance of the island. It is easily the best restaurant in Oahu. The service at La Mer is extremely efficient, the cuisine is delicious and the views of the Pacific are absolutely stunning. This fine dining option is further accentuated by the graceful decor which has made this a most sought after meal destination.

Ko, Kihei, Maui
This is the ultimate dining outlet to experience a fine blend of Asian and European cuisine. The menu, too, is equally exotic with Chinese, Korean, Portuguese and Japanese delicacies on its offerings. Some of the family favourites churned up by Chef Tylun Pang are served with a modern twist; clearly, these are the specialties of Ko. When in Kihei, a meal at Ko is deemed a must.

Kauai Grill, Kauai
This fine grill is located in the Princeville restaurant in Kauai, and is the perfect option for both lunch and dinner. The designer menu, the brainchild of Chef de Cuisine Maxime Michaud, has some crowd pulling dishes, featuring meat and seafood. For the vegetarian, there are plenty of other mouthwatering items on the menu.

Beachhouse at the Moana, Waikiki
Located inside the Moana Surfrider Hotel, this ocean facing oasis, offers some of the finest steaks and freshest catch from the sea presented in a vibrant menu. The entire produce is locally procured and is deemed to be of the freshest quality. Amid the spectacular views of the Pacific, the beach house atmosphere is further livened up by the awe inspiring wine list to go with some of the finest signature cocktails, all crafted by hand.

Tidepools, Koloa
Hosed in the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Poipu Road, Koloa, Tidepools is renowned for the contemporary Hawaiian cuisine, produced from the local ingredients. This is the best spot to relish the culinary traditions of the island in one of the most romantic ambiance. Tidepools is set amid bungalows of thatched roofs, floating on a lagoon with a cascading waterfall at the base. This unique setting further enhances the experience at Tidepools, where guests are dazzled, not only with the surroundings, but with the most delicious steaks and seafood in Kauai.

With a plethora of hotels, resorts, inns, B&B options and spas, the deciding factor on the best dining place can indeed be a monumental task. Having said that, we can vouch for the selected dining spots detailed above, in order to make your dining experience in Hawaii all the more memorable.