15 Honolulu Restaurants Offering Impress-Your-Date Dishes for Valentine’s Day
These menus boast Keāhole lobster, wagyu with truffle cauliflower purée, a cotton candy cocktail and a lot of decadent desserts.
Valentine’s Day falls on a Thursday this year. 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 15 restaurants that are sure to impress and make for a memorable—and delicious—evening. (Reservations highly recommended if not required.)
1. Alan Wong’s Honolulu
The restaurant is offering its award-winning five-course tasting menu for Valentine’s Day, which starts with chilled tomato soup and a grilled foie gras, kālua pig and mozzarella cheese sandwich, and ends with decadent Waialua chocolate crunch bars. Main dishes include ginger-crusted onaga served with a miso-sesame vinaigrette and twice-cooked short ribs, soy braised and grilled kalbi style.
$95 per person, $145 with wine pairings, 1857 S. King St., Third Floor, (808) 949-2526, alanwongs.com
2. Azure Waikīkī
Executive chef Shingo Katsura has created a special, four-course dinner featuring winter salad with mixed bitter greens, prosciutto and spiced cashews, Hāmākua mushroom risotto and a fillet and grilled lobster tail served with XO butter and crispy shallots. Dessert is a gateau of chocolate, pistachio and raspberry.
$153 per person, 2365 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 921-4600, azurewaikiki.com
3. Nobu Honolulu
A romantic evening begins with hotate (Japanese scallops) ceviche with pickled salsa and ends with chocolate hazelnut crémeux at Nobu. The seven-course prix fixe menu also includes king salmon jalapeño, spiny lobster with goma romesco, and crispy plantains and grilled wagyu with truffle cauliflower purée and Luxardo cherry teriyaki sauce.
$150 per person, Waiea Tower, 1118 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 100, (808) 237-6999, noburestaurants.com/honolulu
4. Bali Steak & Seafood
This oceanfront restaurant at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is offering special Valentine’s Day dishes for dinner. Start with the salt-and-pepper Kaua‘i prawns; choose either lobster ravioli or bacon-wrapped tenderloin for the main course; and enjoy a white chocolate raspberry cheesecake for dessert. You’ll receive a 15 percent discount if you order all three specials. The regular dinner menu will also be available.
2005 Kālia Road, (808) 949-4321, hiltonhawaiianvillage.com
5. MW Restaurant
Photo: MW Restaurant
The Kapi‘olani Boulevard restaurant will be serving its special four-course menus for a week, Monday, Feb. 11 to Sunday, Feb. 17. There are two options available—one for steak or seafood lovers and one vegetarian. Both start with a trio of appetizers and end with a choice of appetizers including PB and Popcorn and mud pie for two. The regular entrée options range from seafood paella and mochi-crusted Kona kampachi or rib-eye steak to mochi-crusted tofu. MW’s Valentine’s Day Grand Tasting Menu has only one seating, at 7 p.m., and is $195 per person for the seven-course meal.
$69 per person, 1538 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 107, (808) 955-6505, mwrestaurant.com
From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., you can try the five-course menu featuring dishes including green asparagus with smoked trout roe and “egg salad”; Maine sea scallop with green garlic, smoked potato broth and cucumber; and white chocolate, cassis and black sesame. There is also a five-course prix fixe available for dinner.
$125 per person with a $25 service charge, add on $65 for pairings, 75 N. King St., (808) 200-5412, restaurantsenia.com
7. Beachhouse at the Moana
Sit near the ocean and feast on a special menu with locally sourced meats, seafood and produce on the veranda at the historic Moana Surfrider. The four-course prix fixe menu features ‘ahi tartare with Asian pear, cured egg yolk and brioche; baked oysters with Nueske’s bacon and creamed spinach; your choice of seared Hokkaido scallops, rib-eye steak, duck with a roasted mushroom and onion agrodolce or a Hāmākua mushroom risotto; and a chocolate raspberry dessert.
$105 per person, add $30 for wine pairings, 2365 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 921-4600, beachhousewaikiki.com
8. The Pig & the Lady
Head downtown for the four-course menu featuring your choice of crispy shrimp toast or warm vegetable salad; pappardelle in red wine mushroom ragu or garganelli with braised pork belly and beans; aged strip loin steak or maple-glazed king salmon; and strawberry yuzu Pavlova rose or Valrhona chocolate banana cream tart. If you have to have your LFC wings or Viet pâté, they are among the dishes you can add on.
$55 per person, add $35 for drink pairings, 83 N. King St, (808) 585-8255, thepigandthelady.com/valentines
9. BLT Steak
The prix fixe for Valentine’s Day features three courses of your choice from the restaurant’s blackboard menu. Pick an appetizer—wagyu carpaccio or roasted lobster risotto—and a main course—house-smoked duck breast or diver sea scallops served with local mushrooms and saffron gnocchi topped with a red beet sauce. You get a side dish and dessert, too.
$95 per person, $124 with wine pairings, 223 Saratoga Road, (808) 683-7440, bltrestaurants.com/blt-steak/waikiki
10. Chef Mavro
PHOTO: COURTESY OF CHEF MAVRO
The award-winning restaurant may be sold out for Valentine’s Day, but those who are lucky enough to snag a reservation can enjoy the decadent seven-course Gala Menu. It consists of poached Shigoku oyster caviar, foie gras parfait, day-boat catch Provençale, Keāhole lobster, pork Indochine, Elysian Fields lamb with vadouvan curry, then honeydew melon in Champagne gelée and Valrhona truffle chocolates and petits fours for dessert. Enjoy wine pairings of rosé and select red and white wines for $65 more. The restaurant is also serving a five-course romance menu for $135 per person with a four-course wine pairing ($45 more) on Feb. 13, 15 and 16 only.
$185 per person, 1969 S. King St., (808) 944-4714, chefmavro.com
11. Hideout at the Laylow
Photo: Courtesy of Hideout at the Laylow
Perched above the bustle of Kūhiō Avenue in Waikīkī, Hideout is a great spot to get away. Its Valentine’s Day menu features a locally caught fish of the day served with house-made truffle potato gnocchi, lobster cream and asparagus. Dessert options include a coconut panna cotta topped with a liliko‘i purée, fried mini upside-down cakes, Mānoa chocolate bread pudding or gelato. It’s also offering a Valentine cocktail called the Love Nest with Pau Maui vodka, Licor 43, Aperol, Angostura bitters, lemon and vanilla cotton candy ($16). The drink is poured over the cotton candy, which dissolves beautifully into the glass. There will be live music, too.
Market price, 2299 Kūhiō Ave., (808) 628-3060, hideoutwaikiki.com
12. Mahina & Sun’s
Executive chef Erik Leong has created a special The Space Between Us menu, finding inspiration in local ingredients. There’s a refreshing ceviche with cucumber water, cilantro, kajiki (blue marlin) and fresh lime; corned beef tongue served with beef kraut and bruschetta; Kaua‘i shrimp saffron agnolotti in a creamy Parmesan broth; onaga with paʻiʻai, roasted tomato and a green onion chili aioli; braised beef cheek with a horseradish potato purée and broccoli; and cheesecake mousse topped with graham crackers, strawberries and Mysore raspberry coulis.
$75 per person, 412 Lewers St., (808) 924-5810, mahinaandsuns.com
Take a drive to the North Shore for oceanfront dining at Pa‘akai at the Turtle Bay Resort, starting with chef’s sushi roll or poke; your choice of fresh island fish served with a macadamia nut crust and coconut curry, sweet pea ravioli or petite filet of beef au poivre with fingerling potatoes; then a chocolate caramel tart and sweet cream for dessert. For an extra $35, receive 3-ounce wine pairings, from sparkling rosé to pinot noir to chenin blanc, with each dish.
$90 per person, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, (808) 293-6020, turtlebayresort.com
14. Top of Waikīkī
Enjoy the view from Waikīkī’s iconic rotating restaurant at Top of Waikīkī, and a four-course meal of salmon edamame avocado toast, koji-marinated butterfish, roasted beef tenderloin with game sauce and for dessert, a strawberry shortcake.
$95 per person, 2270 Kalākaua Ave., 18th Floor, (808) 923-3877, topofwaikiki.com
15. The Proud Peacock at Waimea Valley
Dinner by Ke Nui Kitchen comes with a glass of prosecco, a photo booth and a special five-course prix fixe dinner on the North Shore. The menu starts with baked oyster, grilled octopus and ‘ahi tartare followed by a burrata salad and your choice of rib eye, Kona lobster, lamb or an Ali‘i mushroom steak. Finish it off with a double chocolate cheesecake or a selection of fruit, nuts and cheeses. Specialty cocktails including a blackberry lavender Champagne are also available.
$90 per person, Waimea Valley, 59-864 Kamehameha Highway, Hale‘iwa, (808) 638-5858, waimeavalley.net