18 Places To Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2017—With Food!

Ring in the new year with a meal at one of these Honolulu restaurants.


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The Doughnut split sundae, a special on the new year’s eve menu at M.a.c. 24/7.
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1. Alan Wong’s

Celebrate New Year’s Eve with a special prix fixe menu at Alan Wong’s Honolulu. The six-course meal features Yukon Gold potato causa, chilled ‘ahi salad, crab chawanmushi, Big Island abalone, onaga and lobster truffle nage, Maui Nui venison or fillet of beef, plus dessert. The à la carte menu will not be available and reservations for this meal are available only by phone.

 

Dec. 31, 4:30 to 10 p.m., $125 per person, 1857 S. King St., #208, (808) 949-1939, alanwongs.com

 

2. Baku Waikīkī

 

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This new restaurant in the International Market Place is serving four- and nine-course menus on New Year’s Eve. Cost is $60 and $125, respectively, and includes a glass of Champagne. Sake and wine pairings start at $35.

 

Dec. 31, 2330 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 800-3571, baku-waikiki.com

 

3. Bali Steak & Seafood

Spend the holiday in the open-air dining room at this Hilton Hawaiian Village restaurant while enjoying a four-course menu. Start off with caviar, followed by your choice of ‘ahi or ‘opihi poke, beet winter garden salad or Kona lobster arancini. Main course options include inamona-seared opakapaka, lavender-smoked duck or porcini-seared Kaua‘i venison and lobster. Finish it off with yuzu cheesecake.

 

Dec. 31, seatings at 5, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., $200 for adults, $75 for children ages 12 and younger, 2005 Kālia Road, (808) 941-2254, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com

 

4. BLT Steak

The blackboard menu on New Year’s Eve features a variety of celebratory dishes: oysters with caviar and uni ($28), Makaweli Ranch elan tenderloin carpaccio with local arugula and roasted shallots ($24), pan-seared local opakapaka with grilled Kaua‘i shrimp and caviar ($68), lobster arancini with roasted wild mushrooms ($13), apple strudel with gingerbread ice cream and salted caramel sauce ($14) and a dark chocolate sphere with hazelnut crémeux and a Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey sauce ($14). Order the three-course prix fixe—your choice of one app, main course, side dish and dessert—for $95.

 

Dec. 31, 223 Saratoga Road, (808) 683-7440, bltrestaurants.com

 

5. Chef Mavro

Celebrate a decadent seven-course menu in the intimate and romantic setting at Chef Mavro with a menu boasting caviar, foie gras, bouillabaisse, lobster, Miyazaki wagyu and pastry chef Jose Calpito’s Grand Dessert of 2017. Cost is $255 per person with an additional $85 for wine pairings (which we’d recommend). Very few seats left!

 

Dec. 31, 1969 S. King St., (808) 944-4714, chefmavro.com

 

6. Hilton Hawaiian Village

Head over to the Great Lawn for Hilton Hawaiian Village’s New Year’s Eve celebration dinner show. Enjoy a four-course dinner of sashimi salad, Pacific crab and kabocha pumpkin bisque, petite filet mignon and butter-poached Maine lobster, and a chocolate tasting trio—plus performances by Henry Kapono and Dukes of Surf, as well as a fireworks finale over the lagoon.

 

Dec. 31, 7 to 11 p.m., $300 for adults, $260 for children ages 4 to 12, 2005 Kalia Road, (808) 947-7955, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com

 

7. Hōkū’s

The New Year’s Eve celebration menu at Hōkū’s offers a five-course dinner with hamachi tartare, ‘ahi daikon ravioli, Peking duck and dried scallop consommé, butter-poached lobster, seared Miyazaki wagyu striploin or Hawaiian salt-crusted Colorado rack of lamb and sudachi cheesecake. Or, for a more casual dining experience, try brunch at Hōkū's on New Year’s Day. Enjoy butter-poached king crab legs, miso-glazed butterfish, pot stickers, char siu bao, prime rib roast and more.

 

Dec. 31, 5:30 to 10 p.m., $195 with wine parings, $150 without parings; Jan. 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $95 for adults, $47.50 for children ages 6 to 12; 5000 Kāhala Ave., (808) 739-8760, kahalaresort.com

 

8. Kai Market

The New Year’s Eve buffet dinner at Kai Market offers Hawaiian pork lau lau, Southern king crab legs, wok-tossed Manila clams and salt-and-pepper-style Kaua‘i shrimp, to name a few. Two seating times are available for both indoor and outdoor tables, with the second seating for ages 21 and older only, as it includes entrance to the New Year’s Eve party at RumFire.

 

Dec. 31, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., $95 for adults, $45 for children ages 6 to 12; 9 to 9:45 p.m., $195 for indoor seating, $220 for outdoor seating; 2255 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 921-4600, sheraton-waikiki.com

 

9. M.A.C. 24/7

The piña colada crème brûlée is one of the special desserts on the New Year’s Eve menu.
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Savor some modern American cuisine this New Year’s Eve with a three-course prix fixe dinner of Nalo greens or tomato basil bisque, followed by braised short ribs and shrimp, grilled Angus beef rib-eye or the catch of the day. For dessert, choose from piña colada crème brûlée, a doughnut split sundae or homemade bread pudding. And a night of New Year’s partying calls for an early breakfast buffet with everything from sliced fresh fruit and yogurt to fried rice and Portuguese sausage. Don’t forget to save room for the famous M.A.C. daddy pancake station!

 

Dec. 31, 5 to 9 p.m., $47; Jan. 1, 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., $27 for adults, $16 for children ages 5 to 12; 2500 Kūhiō Ave., (808) 921-5564, mac247waikiki.com

 

10. Mahina & Sun’s

Lamb ragu pasta is one of the menu options at Mahina & Sun’s.
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It’s called a New Year’s Eve Sparkling Celebration for a reason. The tasting menu at Mahina & Sun’s, crafted by executive chef Erik Leong, starts with a complimentary glass of Champagne and live music. Dish options for the three-course meal include lamb ragu pasta, grilled pork loin with polenta and collard greens, fresh catch with white beans and a green olive tapenade and a chocolate-espresso panna cotta. Vegetarian options available. Cost is $85 per person.

 

Dec. 31, 5:30 to 10 p.m., 412 Lewers St., (808) 924-5810, mahinaandsuns.com

 

11. North Shore Kula Grille

Head to the North Shore for a New Year’s Eve dinner buffet, complete with carving tables, chilled seafood bars, salad bars and dessert stations. Kula Grille is also a prime spot to view the holiday fireworks.

 

Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., $95 for adults, $55 for children ages 12 and younger, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, (808) 293-6000, turtlebayresort.com

 

12. Pa‘akai

The celebratory, four-course dinner at Paʻakai begins with sautéed Kauaʻi prawns and kiawe-smoked sofrito broth. Kualoa Ranch oysters, torched Kona kampachi and Kona coffee-crusted demi-yaki Kualoa Ranch short ribs are just a few of the dishes served. The meal is topped off with pineapple white chocolate flan and cardamom apricot salted caramel. Sommelier-selected wine parings are optional.

 

Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., $125 without wine parings, additional $55 (or more) with pairings, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, (808) 293-6000, turtlebayresort.com

 

13. Pai Honolulu

The New Year’s Eve menu at Pai Honolulu features a 120-day dry-aged striploin, aged in house.
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This Downtown restaurant is serving a special New Year’s Eve prix fixe menu with a 120-day dry-aged striploin—aged in house, a project executive chef/owner Kevin Lee has been working on since opening the restaurant this summer. The steak is accompanied with fresh black winter truffles on a shiitake lasagna. The signature agedashi XO turnip cake is topped with Osetra caviar—extra fancy!—and the chocolate haupia dessert comes with a 24-karat gold leaf. Chili king crab on vermicelli and seared scallops are also on the menu, and the popular foie gras cannoli is back. Cost is $225 per person and seating is limited. Reservations are required.

 

Dec. 31, 55 Merchant St., (808) 744-2531, paihonolulu.com

 

14. Plumeria Beach House

Eat to your heart’s content at Plumeria Beach House’s New Year’s Eve buffet. With everything from ‘ahi sashimi and poached lobster tails to roasted beef tenderloin and Dijon herb-crusted rack of lamb—plus more than a dozen desserts—there’s something for everyone. If you can’t make it the night before, brunch is available on New Year’s Day. Plumeria Beach House will be offering a plethora of salad, seafood and hot selections, as well as breakfast specialties, carving and omelet stations, three different soups and a dessert bar. The dinner buffet on New Year’s Day varies a bit from the previous day’s offerings, but the selections are delicious nonetheless. Choose from a large salad and seafood menu, plus lobster risotto, Vermont maple and Dijon-glazed ham, Hāmākua mushroom whipped potatoes and more.

 

Dec. 31, 5:30 to 10 p.m., $100 for adults, $50 for children ages 6 to 12; Jan. 1, brunch, 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., $85 for adults, $42.50 for children ages 6 to 12 and dinner, 5:30 to 10 p.m., $85 for adults, $42.50 for children ages 6 to 12; 5000 Kāhala Ave., (808) 739-8760, kahalaresort.com

 

15. Rainbow Lānai

Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Rainbow Lānai dinner buffet will be serving up a selection of special offerings, including steamed snow crab legs, citrus-roasted salmon and rosemary-seared chicken breast. It also includes an array of salads and desserts, as well as a carving station with prime rib.

 

Dec. 31, 5 to 8:30 p.m., $68 for adults, $36 for children ages 12 and younger, 2005 Kalia Road, (808) 949-4321, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com

 

16. Roy’s Beach House

Macadamia nut-crusted local catch with asparagus at Roy’s Beach House. 
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Roy’s Beach House at Turtle Bay is serving special New Year’s Eve dishes on Sunday only, including seared onaga on yakisoba ($85), ducks two ways with house-cured bacon and Hanalei poi ($68), macadamia nut-crusted local catch with asparagus and lobster essence ($75), filet mignon and lobster tempura ($100) and a 20-ounce prime rib-eye with cheddar potatoes and truffle compound butter ($130). Some Roy’s favorites are also on this menu, including braised beef short ribs ($68) and the popular misoyaki butterfish ($80). For dessert, choose between a seasonal Japanese persimmon tart or Champagne with Pop Rocks. Or both!

 

Dec. 31, 4:30 to 10:30 p.m., 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, (808) 293-7697, roysbeachhouse.com

 

17. Top of Waikīkī

 

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Begin 2018 high above Waikīkī with a prix fixe dinner at the Top of Waikīkī. The five-course meal includes a goat cheese tart, lobster tail with curry and carrot broth, salmon with tomato dashi, short ribs and chocolate mousse. There’s a two-hour seating window for dinner. Call for reservation information and special cancellation policy details.

 

Dec. 31, 5 to 9:30 p.m., $95 per person, 2270 Kalākaua Ave., 18th Floor, (808) 923-3877, topofwaikiki.com

 

18. Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar

The last BYOB Dinner of 2017—and it’s all about the big and bold wines! Vino chef Keith Endo has created a menu specifically for robust vints: a trio of antipasti; pan-seared, bacon-wrapped scallops; sous vide striploin with grilled squash and Tuscan mashed potatoes; and a chocolate panna cotta with strawberry sorbet. Cost is $52 per person. Dinner starts promptly at 5 p.m. Reservations only. And remember—it’s BYOB.

 

500 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 524-8466, vinohawaii.com

 

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