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  • Mateo's Restaurant in the...

    by Astupplebeen Written Aug 24, 2002

    Mateo's Restaurant in the Outrigger Hotel. Walking into this wonderful Italian restaurant, you could be in San Francisco, or New York, listening to Frank Sinatra. My wife had the best Chi Chi there, and the pasta was wonderful. Service was attentive and fast. Prices were typical of a fine restaurant, but we found a coupon for a free entree, so that at least help with the tip.

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  • There are soooo many different...

    by kahiwa Written Aug 24, 2002

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    There are soooo many different restaurants to choose from here in Hawaii. We embrace all different cultures, and you can find everything from Chinese food to Italian food to Mediterranean food. Anything you want, you probably can find!

    One of my favorite restaurants is the Willows. It's tucked away in a quiet neighborhood, but behind their walls is a mini paradise. The food is good and affordable, and the decor and atmosphere is unparalleled.
    The Willows is located on Hausten Street, not far from the University of Hawaii. It's in the midst of a middle class residential neighborhood, hidden behind walls. Once you enter the property, you are greeted by landscaped luxurious gardens, pristine lawn areas, and tables tucked away in such a way that you feel you have a private room. They also have private party rooms if you want to make reservations. The water fountain is imbedded in the sidewalk and water jumps out of the ground in a patterned rhythm, much like a Disneyland fountain. There is also a wedding chapel with stained glass windows that's very quaint.

    Favorite Dish: The Willows offers a great buffet of various food types, including Chinese, Japanese, Hawaiian, and American fare. You pick what you want, and can try a little or a lot of everything. The desserts are great, too.

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    Wilson's Restaurant Tip

    by Wilson Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Best Tai food on the Islands! Great atmosphere. Lively, loud and a blast. Make sure to make reservations as it can get crowded. If you like Tai, start the night off at Keo's. And, as always, I recommend the Mai Tai's.

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  • Another great restaurant on...

    by dferreira2 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Another great restaurant on the island is kind of off the beaten path for tourists....which can be a GOOD thing! Assagio's in Mililani is located in the center of the island. Mililani is a planned development community, and in the center is the shopping complex. This is a nice place to stroll and shop. Assagio's is co-located at the complex, but is actually across the parking lot in a separate building. It's a modern Italian restaurant. The food is GREAT, the service impeccable, and the prices are set for the locals, not the tourists, so they are very reasonable.
    While casual attire is acceptable, you would not look out of place if you were a little more dressed up. (Remember, for the island 'a little dressed up'just means nice shorts and a colared shirt)

    Favorite Dish: I order something different every time, and I've never been disappointed.

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    John Dominis Restaurant

    by Koleno Written Aug 24, 2002

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    John Dominis Restaurant
    Located near the Fisherman's Wharf, John Dominis is located on the ocean with a great view. The ambience inside is created by the waterfalls and ponds that flow within this Restaurant. This was a great dining experience. This is quality and the best seafood we have had, so beware it is on the high end regarding price.

    Favorite Dish: Everything was extremely good. Truely the best seafood Restauart we have been too. The Ahi Tuna and lobster was excellent. And of course my favorite at any Hawaiian Restaurant is the drink called Lava Flow (they were good).

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  • Trattoria Restaurant: Trattoria Restaurant

    by KristinaLMF Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    If you are looking for Italian food this is the restaurant to go to. The food is better then great. It is on the expensive side, but then again everything in Hawaii is expensive.

    Favorite Dish: Primavera with Chicken...yummy.

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  • Chief's Hut and Shore Bird...

    by KristinaLMF Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Chief's Hut and Shore Bird Beach Broiler
    The great thing about Hawaii is that each hotel has great restaurants so you don't have to go very far from your hotel if you don't want to. We must have ate lunch everyday at the Chief's Hut because of the location. You can just walk off the beach and grab a table.

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  • Buzz's Steak & Lobster: Buzz's Steak & Lobster

    by KristinaLMF Written Aug 24, 2002

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    This is a great family restaurant where all the locals go. There is tons of history to this restaurant that you learn about while you are there. The food is great too. The atmosphere is casual and you don't need reservations.

    Favorite Dish: Lobster

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    Look this site over, see how...

    by pjallittle Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    Look this site over, see how the restaurant section is broken down by area, type of food and you will be well served.

    Remember, there are no BAD restaurants, just some that are better.


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    In the continuing theme of...

    by pjallittle Written Aug 24, 2002

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    In the continuing theme of this dialogue on how to save a buck in Honolulu, try Fook Yuen Seafood, upstairs in a small shopping mall located at the corner of Kapiolani and McCully.

    I think they take reservations, give them a call, they are in the White and Yellow pages. Mostly local Chinese go here.

    On the same floor, located centrally just steps away from the elevator is a Korean Restaurant, this excels. One of the best that tourists don't know about.

    There is a Japanese restaurant downstairs, with a variety of excellent dishes, I think it is called the Tonkatsu Hayashi. Tonkatsu is a kind of pork cutlet served with a special type of sauce, an Island favorite.
    The location is extremely popular with locals. Thus parking is difficult. If you go through the entire parking lot, make a right turn and then another one to the downstairs free parking. Good Luck. Elsewise, you will just have to find a place on the street and walk back. We have never failed to find something nearby. Don't be discouraged.

    Any of the KIM CHEE restauarants, they are a small chain, are excellent, use the phone book.

    Patsy's Kitchen located at the Ala Moana Shopping Center always has great food. There are many eateries to suit every taste at a reasonable cost over at this large shopping center. There is a directory which will guide you to these. Parking is free.

    Look at your map and drive up Manoa Road, all the way to the Manoa Shopping center. It is a beautiful drive and the homes going up Manoa Road are the long time old money homes, many of them over one hundred years old. The COOKE mansion is on Manoa Road, this goes back to the old days when one of the most prominent people in the Islands was CHARLES COOKE of the firm CASTLE & COOKE. His grandson Sam lives there. A much smaller house at 2820 Manoa Road is one of the houses that I lived in as a teenager. It looks exactly as it did in 1950. The long flight of stairs that goes up the right side of the house was built by my grandfather 50+ years ago and looks as though it was just built last year.

    On your left, progressing up Manoa Road is WAIOLI TEA ROOM, try that one on for size, It is Japanese, is in one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods, probably a little pricy but has ambience that won't quit. Tourists don't know about this place either.

    When going up Manoa Road, you will come to a point where there is a fork in the road. In the words of Yogi Berra, famous American baseball player and Coach for the New York Yankees, 'WHEN YOU COME TO A FORK IN THE ROAD, TAKE IT!'

    To the right, you will go straight up to and find the mall. Every kind of food imaginable is there. The Italian Restaurant is excellent. The variety of food places is too numerous to mention. The Japanese Restaurant is also excellent.

    You will be one of very few tourists but believe me, you can't go wrong and you will find this mall to be delightful. Had you taken the left side of Manoa Road, you would pass by the Cooke Mansion, and at the very top of the Road, a right turn will run you over to the Mall.

    Find and drive to the Kahala Mall, same story, beautiful stores, lots of good restaurants. Same holds true for the large mall on the left on the way to Hanauma Bay, huge, full of nice shops and lots of restaurants. A good place to rent your snorkel gear. This is known as the Hawaii Kai area, look up in the hills behind the Mall, maybe cruise around up there, lovely homes. None of this was there pre 1950's. Who could have ever imagined.

    You must go to Honolulu's Chinatown. That's where you will get the finest dim sum betweeen SFO and Singapore. Which one is best? The big one, can't miss it . Want nostalgia? WO FAT. One of the oldest.

    In Waikiki district, LAU YEE CHAI's has ALWAYS been one of the premier places, but a tad pricy, you just don't need to pay that kind of money for a good meal. If you want the very best, acclaimed cook who wins contests, try Alvin Wong's. Not the greatest location but he's THE man.

    Scan your THIS WEEK for early bird specials, though I would hope that you will try my way out at least a few times. You will not be disappointed.

    Favorite Dish:

    Fook Yuen often has a Lobster Special for under $10.00, done up in a variety of Chinese styles. The garlic and black bean lobster dish is excellent.

    If you decide to go to the Korean Restaurant and can handle really HOT food, be sure to order the barbecued pork dish, it will be so hot that your scalp will itch. Try out the jumbo meal where you cook the various meats at your table, teppan style. You will get an array of Korean kim chee(s) some will seem very foreign.

    If you want to experience a Hawaiian Luau, Blue Hawaii's and Mai Tai's, dinner show style, there are two major luaus, Paradise Cove and Germaine's. Or you can do the Polynesian Cultural Center deal, all day and luau at night. No drinking! If you order that through the travel agency that has prominent pages in the THIS WEEK magazine, likewise for Circle Island Tour, you will save a lot of money.
    Almost a two for one savings over usual rates. This is a small little travel agency with the very best deals in town. Through them, you can get to any other island, RT, car and hotel for $164.00 or $318.00 for 2, to the Big Island. For just a little more, you can get an all day tour thrown into the mix.

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    Rainbow Sushi: Sushi, Sushi, Sushi

    by Ahidyn Written May 17, 2009

    If you like sushi, Honolulu is the place to find it, and at a good price. This place is inside a shopping center

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    LuLu's Waikiki Surf Club: Go for the View

    by raevnzno Written Aug 6, 2005

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    Great place to stop for a quick bite if your going to the zoo or the aquarium.
    Probably lots of fun for sunset as well.
    We went for breakfast, but the rest of the menu looked good as well

    a little local color
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    Jackie's Kitchen: He cooks too?

    by raevnzno Written Jul 28, 2005

    This place is tops on my list for the next visit. Didn't see this till after we'd stuffed ourselvs full of shrimp.

    Owned by Jackie Chan, who knew he could cook too?

    yep, Jackie Chan

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    Singha Thai: Finally Good Thai Food

    by greenCoral Written Mar 24, 2005

    Good food, good service, fun and romantic atmosphere. They also had a dancer dance traditional Thai...very interesting. Overall very good experience.

    Thai dancer -not a good pic though
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    3660 on the Rise: 3660 on the Rise

    by thinking Written Feb 24, 2005

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    I like this restaurant. It has good food and it is not pretensious.

    Favorite Dish: I enjoy fish, so my favorite dishes are always fish or vegetarian dishes.

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