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Honolulu and Oahu Restaurants

Michel's at the Colony Surf

  • 2895 Kalakaua Ave. Map It
  • $$$$
  • French

Updated 01/17/2014

Fodor's Review

Consistently voted "most romantic restaurant" in local publications' reader polls, Michel's is an old-school French favorite on Waikiki's tranquil Gold Coast. You pay for the beachside view, which you watch turn from blue to fireball orange at sunset. (To get a window table you need to reserve at least a month in advance.) Opened in 1962, the place retains a Mad Men feel, with lots of wood and stone and bow-tied servers preparing things like steak tartare

tableside. Among the French classics (garlicky escargots, mustard-crusted rack of lamb) are local twists, such as Kauai-raised prawns with passion-fruit vinaigrette and Chinese-style steamed pink snapper. Brunch is served the first Sunday of every month.

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Restaurant Information

Address:

Colony Surf, 2895 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii, 96815, USA

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Phone:

808-923–6552

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Updated 01/17/2014

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By esernel

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Mar 3, 2009

A Throwback to Another Era

This is one of those classic Honolulu landmarks at which you must dine at least once in your life. The atmosphere has become much more casual than it was when I was a kid back in the 60's and you had to wear a jacket and tie to get in, but the room hasn't changed a bit. In fact on my recent visit to this restaurant there were a couple of patrons (men) in shorts and also jeans - a bit underdressed in my opinion for a restaurant of this caliber.

Many of the menu items from the past remain and they have several dishes prepared tableside with the flaming dishes for effect. The service is still a bit stuffy and surly, with tuxedoed waiters serving although they are very efficient and professional. Our most recent meal began with the steak tartare, one of the few restaurants where you can still order this, and it was prepared tableside - always a nice touch. This was followed by the Caesar Salad, also prepared tableside which was very good. For our entrees we shared the trio of fish and the beef wellington, both of which were well prepared and very tasty. After completing all this, neither of us had room for dessert which was kind of disappointing as they still prepared Cherries Jubilee and Hawaiian Apple-Banana Flambe, both of which are flamed and prepared tableside. Food here is good, although not outstanding, but the experience and atmosphere are not to be forgotten. There are better culinary experiences in Oahu, but always enjoy dining here at least once during our visit for the memories of the past.

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Apr 28, 2007

Honolulu's most romantic restaurant.

Have been going there for over 30 years. Food and ambiance are both excellent.

By Jeff

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Jun 4, 2006

A top shelf restaurant, but with a top shelf price

This was a beautiful restaurant on the Waikiki beach with great food and great service. Great view of the ocean with people playing in the surf just on the other side of a low wall. Everything was first class and it was definitely a very romantic place. This is not a French restaurant at all, either in its style or its menu. However it was very elegant. The $20 to over $30 price designation is somewhat misleading. Don't expect to get away from the

table here for less than $100 a couple unless you plan on being very frugal. We went there for our fifth wedding anniversary and I believe that it was worth the $150 plus $25 tip that we shelled out. Per person that included one glass of wine, a salad, an entree, and a cup of coffee, and we shared a single dessert. If you buy appetizers, a full bottle of wine, or cocktails, you can quickly pass the $200 per couple mark. Entrees are priced from $18 to $49 (our choices were about $38 each), but entree portions are sized to warrant a salad, appetizer, or dessert for a reasonable sized meal unless you're a light eater. All in all we loved our meal at Michel's, but be sure to bring lots of money or a credit card.

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