Fodor's Expert Review Michel's at the Colony Surf

$$$$ Waikiki French

Often called Waikiki's most romantic spot, Michel's is an old-school French favorite on Waikiki's tranquil Gold Coast, where you pay for a spectacular beachside sunset view and classic French fare. 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 the yellowfin ahi tartare with tobiko and Hawaiian salt and the Chinese-style steamed onaga (pink snapper). It remains a favorite of the old-time local crowd, a charm that is sometimes lost on its younger diners. Brunch is served the first Sunday of every month. If you want that perfect premium table with the jaw-dropping view, call weeks in advance.

French Romantic Intimate Dinner Brunch $$$$

Quick Facts

2895 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii  96815, USA

808-923–6552

michelshawaii.com

Known For:
  • The sound of the surf and the intoxicating smell of the islands
  • Classic French cuisine with some local twists
  • A vibe that steps back in time, in all the right ways
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch

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