For the romantic dinner date of her dreams, take her to Chef Mavro’s and choose a 4 or 6-course meal with wine pairings. This is a date to reserve for special occasions, with its prices starting from $85 (without wine pairings) per person, but it will be a date your date will remember forever nonetheless—unless she is not accustomed to drinking 6 small pours of wine, back-to-back. 1969 S. King St., 944-4714, chefmavro.com.
Get to know your partner using your other senses, because at Dining in the Dark at Formaggio Grill in Kailua, you’ll both be blindfolded during dinner. For $75 per person, let your palate take over and experience four courses, with wine pairings, in a whole new way. You might also engage in some under-the-table footsie. First Monday of the month; call 263-2633 for reservations, formaggio808.com.
Look no further than the kitchen for romance. Enroll in one of KCC’s cooking classes through the college’s continuing education program and learn how to bake, marinade, grill and more—or sharpen your existing skills. You’ll be feeding each other forkfuls of hoisin chicken or panaeng curry in no time. 734-9211, http://continuinged.kcc.hawaii.edu.
Whisk away your amour to the charming French café, Brasserie Du Vin and indulge in a bottle of pinot noir in the softly lit courtyard while the stars shine above. Order the escargot in maitre d’butter and the grilled flat iron steak with roasted garlic and port wine demi-glace. You’ll both feel as though you really are in France. Happy hour from 4 to 6 p.m. Mon through Sat, and half off bottles of wine every Tuesday. 1115 Bethel St., 545-1115. brasserieduvin.com.
Being an office drone can be demanding. Leave your work at the office and have a date night at Town, during its weekly Wine Down Wednesday. For $25 each, enjoy four wine pairings on the restaurant’s outdoor lanai. Each week features different wines and house-made specialties, so why not make it a Wednesday tradition? 735-5900, townkaimuki.com. Watch a video from our editors. Update 10/1/12: Wine Down Wednesday is currently no longer offered.
If you and your partner are in a restaurant rut, head over to the recently opened Salt Kitchen and Tasting Bar in Kaimuki, owned by Kevin Hanney of 12th Ave. Grill. Salt is known for its housemade charcuterie, and every dish is served tapas-style so they’re made for sharing. It's worth the caloric splurge. While you’re at it, get dessert, such as the chèvre cheesecake topped with crunchy caramel popcorn. 3605 Waialae Ave., 744-7567.
Indulge in flavors of Hawaii Regional Cuisine at Alan Wong’s Restaurant—like President Barack and Michelle Obama on Christmas. Order what they ordered: appetizers of Wong’s tomato soup and foie gras grilled cheese sandwich, entrées of lobster lasagna and the savory ginger-crusted onaga and end the night with “the coconut” dessert, a ball of ice cream surrounded by chocolate and shaped like a coconut. If it’s a date place worthy of the Obamas, then you know your date will love it, too. 1857 S. King St., 949-2526, alanwongs.com. Watch a video from our editors. Update 10/1/12: The soup and sandwich menu has changed slightly. Call for more details.
We love Apartment3 for its dark interior, low lighting and private booths that nurture intimate conversations. And, its monthly dining event, Munch, gives you a reason to visit even more. Every last Thursday of the month, enjoy Munch’s off-the-menu, three-course prix-fixe meals, each paired with specialty cocktails created by master mixologist Joey Gottesman. $45 plus tax and tip, Century Center, 1750 Kalakaua Ave., third floor, Visit apartmentthree.com for each month’s menu. Update 10/1/12: Apartment3 is now closed.
Enjoy a picture-perfect lunch date at the Hau Tree Lanai, overlooking the scenic Kaimana Beach in Waikiki. Try the delicious mahi burgers or the freshly caught sashimi and sip on a tasty pina colada. You’ll both feel like you’re on vacation as you watch the clear blue water. Bring a change of clothes, because you just might jump in. Reservations recommended. New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel, 2863 Kalakaua Ave., 921-7066, kaimana.com.
Treat your partner to fine-dining food at fast-food prices. Head to BLT Steak lounge between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. to take advantage of its sunset menu, featuring several pupu for $3 to $6, such as the crab cocktail bowl, braised short rib buns and beer-battered bleu cheese-stuffed olives. Go on a Friday, and after you’ve both snacked to your content, head upstairs to the Waiolu Lounge, order an Island Slumber and enjoy the view of the Hilton’s fireworks display. 223 Saratoga Road, 683-7440, bltsteak.com. Update 10/1/12: The sunset menu is no longer offered, but there is a happy hour menu, the 5 @ 5, offering five food items and drinks at 5 p.m.