By Olivia Cuccaro
Surrounded by the Pacific ocean, the Hawaiian Islands yield some of the freshest seafood in the world. Hawaiian cuisine ranges from traditional poke to barbecue to dishes of Asian influence. Across the islands, these are our picks of the best restaurants in Hawaii.
With locations in both Waikiki and Hawaii Kai, Roy’s highlights local Hawaiian cuisine from Chef Roy Yamaguchi. Roy’s Hawaii Kai opened more than 25 years ago and continues to uphold a neighborhood restaurant approach to fine dining, complemented by views of Maunalua Bay. The menu changes daily according to what’s fresh, but often includes blackened ahi tuna and Bristol Bay Hokkaido sea scallops.
Despite the lack of ocean views that other Hawaiian restaurants flaunt, Alan Wong’s Honolulu flagship has held a place as one of the area’s best restaurants since 1995. Known for the bold flavors coming out of its experimental kitchen, Alan Wong’s serves Asian-fusion cuisine in its office building location. Try the Chef’s Tasting Menu for dishes like Hawaiian kampachi sashimi and Maui nui venison.
For Hawaiian cuisine with a French influence, look no further than Chef George Mavrothalassitis’ Honolulu restaurant. Hailing from Provence, Chef Mavro’s signature dishes includes lobster, wagyu beef and island free range chicken. Enjoy a nine-course wine pairing with the Chef’s Grand Tasting Menu and savor bigeye ahi as well as Hawaii island goat cheese.