Oahu Restaurants

Sep 18th, 2002, 05:29 AM
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Oahu Restaurants

Aloha!! I found a web site (Hawaii Advertiser) that listed restaurants - from 2000. Are any of these still highly recommended?

3660 on the Rise
A Pacific Cafe
Aaron’s Atop the Ala Moana
Alan Wong’s Restaurant
Alfred’s Restaurant at Century Center
Chai’s Island Bistro
Chef Mavro
Diamond Head Grill
Duc’s Bistro
Hy’s Steak House
John Dominis Restaurant
La Mer
Neptune’s Garden
Nick’s Fishmarket
OnJin’s Cafe
Padovani’s Bistro and Wine Bar
Palomino Restaurant
Roy’s Restaurant
Sam Choy’s Diamond Head Restaurant
Sarento’s Top of the I
Sunset Grill
Tai Pan on the Boulevard
‘Ahi’s Restaurant
Anna Miller’s 24-Hour Restaurant
Big City Diner
Brew Moon Restaurant and Microbrewery
Buzz’s Original Steak House
Cafe Monsarrat
California Pizza Kitchen
Dixie Grill
Don Ho’s Island Grill
Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant
L & L Drive Inn
Mililani Restaurant
Olive Tree Cafe
The Pineapple Room
Rainbow Drive-In
Todai Restaurant Waikiki
Zippy’s Restaurants
Aunty’s Puerto Rican Kitchen
Beau Soleil
Boston’s North End Pizza Bakery
Bravo Restaurant
Cafe Sistina
Chiang Mai Thai Cuisine
Compadres Bar & Grill
Donato’s Ristorante & Carpacceria
Elena’s Home of Finest Filipino Foods
Genki Sushi
Hale Vietnam Restaurant
Helena’s Hawaiian Food
Keo’s Thai Cuisine
Kim Chee Restaurant No. 2
Kyo-ya Restaurant
Mei Sum Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant
Mekong Thai Restaurant II
Ninnikuya, the Garlic Restaurant
‘Ono Hawaiian Foods
Phô To Chau
Pineland Chinese Restaurant
The Pyramids
Restaurant Kariyushi
Royal Garden Chinese Restaurant
Singha Thai Cuisine
Sorabol Restaurant
Sushi Sasabune
Wasabi Bistro
Yanagi Sushi
Ba-Le Sandwich Shops
Champion Malasadas
Char Hung Sut Restaurant
Contemporary Museum Cafe
Gulick Delicatessen and Coffee Shop
Indigo Eurasian Cuisine
Kaka‘ako Kitchen
Kincaid’s Fish, Chop & Steak House
Kua ‘Aina Sandwich Shop
Like Like Drive Inn Restaurant
Liliha Bakery
Oceanarium Restaurant
Pagoda Hotel’s Floating Restaurant
Palace Saimin Stand
Prince Court Restaurant
Ryan’s Grill
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Side Street Inn
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

Sep 18th, 2002, 11:31 AM
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Sep 18th, 2002, 11:38 AM
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Nick's Fishmarket was the best dinner we had during our trip to Oahu and Maui this past Spring.
Sep 18th, 2002, 11:51 AM
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Carol, We leave Sat.(21st).I've been composing my list for weeks now. How about C & C Pasta?

Or Parc Cafe for their buffets at the Waikiki Parc Hotel?

From what I've learned from other posts -Zippy's lunch plates are LOADED with fat!

I've also seen several references to cheap eats at Chinatown.

When are you guys leaving?
Sep 18th, 2002, 04:47 PM
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We head to Hawaii in November!!
Sep 18th, 2002, 04:53 PM
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Wheww... I'd love to rise to the occasion, but I'm exhausted at the prospect of commenting on all of these. I think Diamond Head Grill is under new management at the W hotel. The rest are for the most part there. You have quite a few neighbohood eateries and budget places thrown in with four-star restaurants. You might also want to check the zagat listings for oahu and alohachefs.com for actual menus from the four-stars listed above.

Sep 18th, 2002, 04:54 PM
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Oh yeah, Pacific Cafe is no longer there, and I do not recommend Padovannis.
Sep 18th, 2002, 05:06 PM
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C & C is a casual tiny little restaurant in Kaimuki with great fresh pastas, and wonderful cheeses, olives, foie gras, etc. You can have dinner there, byob. We usually do take-out.

Here's some photos:


Sep 18th, 2002, 07:49 PM
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Kalena, you have just reminded me....it is time for lunch!!

Anyway, I am very sad to say that Cafe Monsarrat is no longer there. A new restaurant called Tavola Tavola took its place, but I don't know if it is any good. My goodness, I would eat at just about any of those restaurants except Brew Moon!

I actually liked Padovani's but it is super expensive. I am also a huge fan of C&C Pasta, and just about every restaurant near it. Maybe you can have dinner at C&C then walk down the street to Cafe Laufer for a fab dessert.
Sep 19th, 2002, 01:22 AM
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I like Chai's Island Bistro. He's a great supporter of good, local musicians. For epicurean food, Alan Wong is still the King. When I want to pig out on the cheap, I head for Waialae Chop Suey for a bowl of their gigantic and ono-licious Chicken Wor Mein!
Sep 19th, 2002, 03:51 AM
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www.alohachef.com am I spelling chef wrong? The cook person.

anyway this restuarant will show you pictures of entrees.

Alan Wong's is a don't miss

3660 on the Rise, Roy's are also great! John Dominis ok but I don't think great.
Sep 19th, 2002, 07:37 AM
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How about a formal, yet festive place a family of 10 can go to for Christmas Eve...and then another one for Christmas Day on Oahu??? Service would obviously be a top priority along with food. We are going with another family, and I need to think about this. Any ideas? I liked the Hano Hano room myself...at the Sheraton on Waikiki.
Sep 19th, 2002, 08:08 AM
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Our favorite was Duke's on Waikiki Beach, the prices are exceptionally fair for the location, the food outstanding, it's one of the places locals like. You need reservations, otherwise expect to wait. They also offer an outdoor area right along the beach with a lighter menu. WE found it to be one of the better values in Wakiki.

L&L are fast food plate lunch restaurants, lots of carbs, rice, macaroni salad, and some decent meat/fish. Price is right.

If you check the newspaper's entertainment section online, you'll find an uptodate rating of restaurants by the locals, which will include some places not listed in any guidebooks.
Sep 19th, 2002, 09:29 AM
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A relative on the Island took us to a place called the Willow's. took the bus. a great Buffet, Outside & only $25.00 each. we really enjoyed it. The best meal was at Bali's by the Sea in the Rainbow Tower of the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Ocean front table, Superb food & service. and delicious deserts. Expensive. Vince
Sep 20th, 2002, 05:28 PM
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Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions.
Sep 20th, 2002, 06:14 PM
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I ate at Chai's last night and it was wonderful!! All the food is great. I think the only thing was, the tiramisu was so-so and the creme brulee was divine. I think the other dessert items are supposed to be good, but their main attractions are the appetizers and entrees. They have live local music 7 days a week, too. Reservations are probably recommended--last night's particular concert had a wait-list for seating!
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