Fodor's Expert Review Michel's at the Colony Surf
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.
2895 Kalakaua Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815, USA
- 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