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17 Honolulu Restaurants Offering Impress-Your-Date Dishes for Valentine’s Day 2018

These menus boast Keāhole lobster, lamb lollipops, oyster shooters and a lot of decadent desserts.


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P.F. Chang’s is just one of dozens of Honolulu restaurants offering special dishes and menus for Valentine’s Day.
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Valentine’s Day is this Wednesday. Still not sure where to take your significant other for a romantic evening? A few restaurants around town are offering special multicourse dining menus. Here’s a roundup of 17 restaurants that are sure to impress and make for a memorable—and delicious—evening. (Reservations highly recommended if not required.)

 

1. 12th Ave Grill

The farm-to-table restaurant in Kaimukī is offering a special prix fixe that includes a seafood trio starter (broiled Kona abalone with inamona-tomato butter, Capital oysters with preserved lime citronette, and Hokkaido scallop crudo with truffled two-hour egg sauce); your choice of grilled Makaweli Ranch prime filet mignon or herbs de Provence-roasted New Zealand king salmon; and a cheesecake sampler with hazelnut-Mānoa chocolate cheesecake, Tom Farms lilikoʻi cheesecake ice cream and lemon ricotta cheesecake stuffed into strawberries. Regular dinner menu available, too.

 

$79 per person, 1120 12th Ave., #100, (808) 732-9469, 12thavegrill.com

 

2. 3660 On The Rise

Our sister company Frolic Hawai‘i has teamed up with 3660 On The Rise in Kaimukī to offer a four-course meal of either crispy fried prawns with a garlic black bean sauce or braised pork shank ragout over buttered pasta, smoked ‘ahi niçoise salad, either roasted beef tenderloin with short rib and foie gras or the fresh catch of the day, and a passion fruit pavlova with pink peppercorns for dessert.

 

$80 per person, 3660 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 737-1177, frolichawaii.com/calendar/event/valentines-day-2018

 

3. Alan Wong’s Honolulu

 

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The restaurant is offering its signature tasting menu for Valentine’s Day, which starts with an oyster shooter and ends with two desserts—“The Coconut” and the Waialua chocolate crunch bars. Main dishes include a butter-poached Kona cold lobster and twice-cooked short ribs, soy braised and grilled kalbi style.

 

$100 per person, $150 with wine pairings, 1857 S. King St., Third Floor, (808) 949-2526, alanwongs.com

 

4. Azure Waikīkī

 

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Executive chef Colin Hazama has created a special, four-course dinner with Kona lobster panzanella salad, Kusshi oysters on the half shell and your choice of prime fillet of beef, curry-scented shellfish or black truffle roasted Big Island hearts of palm. Dessert—a surprise!—is included.

 

$175 per person, 2365 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 921-4600, azurewaikiki.com

 

5. Bali Steak & Seafood

This oceanfront restaurant at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is offering special Valentine’s Day dishes for dinner. Try the lemon-butter sea scallops with Kahuku corn risotto ($25), Big Island garlic rack of lamb lollipops ($65), seared Sriracha porcini-dusted big-eye ʻahi with Chinese black rice ($65) and a shareable Wailea chocolate cake with Tahitian vanilla gelato topped with a miso-caramel sauce ($18). The regular dinner menu is also available.

 

2005 Kālia Road, (808) 949-4321, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com

 

6. Beachhouse at the Moana

Sit near the ocean and feast on a special menu with locally source meats, seafood and produce on the veranda at the historic Moana Surfrider. The four-course prix fixe menu features duck confit with arugula, pomegranate and aged balsamic; seared foie gras with pickled rhubarb and strawberry soup; your choice of ʻahi au poivre, braised short rib, pan-roasted Jidori chicken with truffle coulis or a bibimbap-inspired dish with kim chee Brussels sprouts and house gochujang; and a chocolate crunch bar for dessert.

 

$85 per person, add $35 for wine pairings, 2365 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 921-4600, beachhousewaikiki.com

 

7. BLT Steak

The prix fixe for Valentine’s Day features three courses of your choice from the restaurant’s blackboard menu. Pick an appetizer—seared sea scallops, lamb tartar tacos, burrata salad—and a main course—butter-poached lobster tail with a grilled filet mignon, pan-roasted local sea bass, grilled wagyu bistro steak. You get a side dish and dessert, too.

 

$95 per person, 223 Saratoga Road, (808) 683-7440, bltrestaurants.com/blt-steak/waikiki

 

8. Chef Mavro

 

The 10-time AAA Five Diamond award-winning restaurant Chef Mavro may be sold out for Valentine’s Day, it’s still offering its decadent seven-course, Grand Tasting Menu this week. It consists of poached Shigoku oyster, day-boat catch bouillabaisse, Keāhole lobster, free-range Island chicken with Périgord truffle, grade A5 wagyu beef, Hawai‘i Island goat cheese with beet and pomegranate, then honeydew melon in Champagne gelée and Waialua chocolate crémeux for dessert. Enjoy wine pairings of rosé, pinot noir and other select red and white wines for $60 more. The menu is available on Feb. 13, 15, 16 and 17 only. The restaurant is also serving a five-course menu for $125 per person.

 

$185 per person, 1969 S King St., (808) 944-4714, chefmavro.com

 

9. D.K. Steakhouse

This local steakhouse is offering a few special menu items for Valentine’s Day, including a seared Tajima Australian waygu New York striploin beef tataki with Nalo Farms baby arugula, garlic chips and truffle ponzu ($17); oysters Rockefeller with creamed kale and thick-cut bacon ($15); 20-day dry-aged boneless King Natural rib-eye with caramelized Maui onion au gratin ($56); pan-seared prosciutto-wrapped jumbo prawns with braised fennel risotto ($36); and a tropical chocolate mousse cake with a macaron base and vanilla ice cream ($9).

 

2552 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 931-6280, dksteakhouse.com

 

10. Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38

Celebrate Valentine’s Day right on the water at Harbor Restaurant at Pier 38 with your choice of spinach salad with strawberry vinaigrette or lobster bisque; then prime rib, lobster tail and a petite filet mignon or 1-pound Maine lobster saffron risotto; and concluding with chocolate cobbler and a vanilla bean gelato.

 

$150 for two, 1129 N. Nimitz Highway, (808) 550-3740, harborpier38.com

 

11. Hideout at the Laylow

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Perched above the bustle of Kūhiō Avenue in Waikīkī, the Hideout is a great spot to get away. Its Valentine’s Day menu features a shareable rib-eye steak cut pūpū style (pictured) and served with bao buns, house pickles and sweet soy-and-chili vinaigrette dipping sauce. It’s also offering a Valentine cocktail called the First Date, with The Botanist gin, Campari, St. Germain liqueur, strawberries, lemon, lim and egg white ($16). There will be live music, too.

 

$40, 2299 Kūhiō Ave., (808) 628-3060, hideoutwaikiki.com

 

12. Japengo Steak and Seafood

This contemporary steak, sushi and seafood restaurant at the Hyatt Regency is offering ‘ahi poke, tempura chili king crab leg and large Stellar Bay oysters, with your choice of grilled New Zealand Ora king salmon, fig-seared Maple Leaf Farms duck or ‘alaea salt-crusted local strip loin. The meal concludes with an apple bananas Foster with chocolate-dipped long-stem strawberries.

 

$96 per person, 2424 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 237-6166, waikiki.regency.hyatt.com/en/hotel/dining/japengo-steak-and-seafood

 

13. Mahina & Sun’s

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Executive chef Erik Leong has created a special Red Everything menu, finding inspiration in local ingredients. There’s locally caught ‘ahi crudo with fresh tomatoes, grapefruit, chili and dill; Kaua‘i shrimp bisque with a local herb salad; purple-red beet pasta (pictured) with Italian pancetta, beet greens, creamy orange butter and fresh mint; Hawai‘i-grown Kunoa striploin on a bed of wild potatoes and unprocessed beets and served with Ali‘i oyster mushrooms; and goat cheese mousse with Sweet Land Farm’s caramel and topped with fresh strawberries and candied tomatoes.

 

$140 for two, $180 with wine pairings, 412 Lewers St., (808) 924-5810, mahinaandsuns.com

 

14. P.F. Chang’s

This month, P.F. Chang’s in Waikīkī unveiled six new dishes, including an Asian Caesar salad, pineapple-curry fried rice, a made-to-order chicken noodle soup with pin rice noodles and a Mongolian Surf & Turf, with tender beef tossed with crispy shrimp in a spicy sauce. Or, for Valentine’s Day only, you can order the special three-course, prix fixe menu with wine and a special heart-shaped ice cream sandwich crafted by Uncle’s Handmade Ice Cream exclusively for the chain restaurant.

 

$76.99 for two with wine, Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 628-6760, pfchangshawaii.com

 

15. Pa‘akai

Take a drive to the North Shore for oceanfront dining at Pa‘akai at the Turtle Bay Resort, with Maine lobster bisque, fresh Pūpūkea greens served with poached pear, candied walnuts and Surfing Goat Dairy goat cheese, a 6-ounce filet mignon and lobster tail with truffle mashed potatoes and local asparagus, then a chocolate mousse cake with chocolate ganache topped with whipped cream and fresh berries. For an extra $20, receive 3-ounce wine pairings, from sparkling rosé to sauvignon blanc to a 20-year-old tawny port, with each dish.

 

$105 per person, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, (808) 293-6020, turtlebayresort.com

 

16. Sansei Seafood Restaurant and Sushi Bar

This popular sushi spot is offering a slew of special Valentine’s Day items, including a toro nigiri trio ($30), a red dragon roll with shrimp tempura and a spicy sambal mayo ($16), crispy Okinawan sweet potato-wrapped lobster tail ($12.95), herb-grilled rack of lamb ($30.95) and seafood tagliatelle with clams, mussels, prawns and gochujang ($27.95). Its regular menu is available, too.

 

2552 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 931-6286, sanseihawaii.com

 

17. Top of Waikīkī

Enjoy the view from Waikīkī’s iconic rotating restaurant at Top of Waikīkī, and a four-course meal of somen salad with seared ʻahi and yuzu dressing; poached Hokkaido scallop, shrimp and king crab in a kombu broth; grilled New York strip loin with asparagus tempura and Hon-Shimeji mushrooms with a truffle-yaki sauce; and for dessert, a raspberry jelly-layered lemon pound cake topped with a brûléed custard panna cotta.

 

$95 per person, 2270 Kalākaua Ave., 18th Floor, (808) 923-3877, topofwaikiki.com

 

Brunch like you mean it at HONOLULU Magazine’s BrunchFest presented by American Savings Bank on Sunday, March 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Salt at Our Kaka‘ako. Embrace the relaxed Sunday Funday vibe with seven local chefs, live entertainment, lawn games and a photo booth during this unique dining experience. Tickets on sale now. Click here.

 

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