Going Out For Thanksgiving This Year? Here’s Where You Should Eat
Make your reservations now and let the professionals handle the holiday meal for you.
Make it a real holiday by taking the day off from the kitchen. With plenty of dine-in and take-out options to choose from, the Honolulu dining scene has something for everyone, including non-meat eaters. But hurry—reservations are filling up quickly!
Bali Steak & Seafood
Turkey is neither steak nor seafood, but that won’t stop Bali from serving up a roasted bird with potato puree, Kahuku corn bread pudding, haricot verts and roasted garlic veloute. Other entrée choices are braised island snapper with black truffle and bay scallop risotto, duck leg confit and filet of beef tenderloin. Those are just the main dishes—there will also be an amuse bouche of kabocha bisque, caviar and crème fraiche, a choice of salads, crab cakes or ravioli, and a pumpkin tart and spiced whoopie pie for dessert.
5–9 p.m., $89 adult, $45 children, 949-4321.
BLT Steak Waikīkī
On top of turkey, BLT will also offer roasted prime rib of beef and pan-roasted Hawaiian sea bass, as well as a bevy of traditional menu items.
4–10 p.m., $68 adults, $40 children, 683-7440.
d.k Steak House
Ever wonder how a steak house does turkey? While d.k. will be open and serving its regular menu on Thanksgiving. Go for the special, which starts with burrata cheese-fried ravioli, followed by a Caesar salad or roasted turkey and chive dumpling soup, a traditional turkey dinner with sweet potato gratin, green bean Florentine, house-made cranberry sauce and roasted crimini gravy, and pumpkin crunch squares for dessert. Instead of the turkey entrée you can pick a seared boneless ribeye with fingerling potatoes, baby spinach and Brussels sprouts, or a seafood cioppino, which still keeps the autumn vibe with a kabocha broth.
5:30–10 p.m., $70, 931-6280.
Hawai‘i Prince Hotel Waikīkī
There are several buffets at this hotel, from brunch and dinner options at the Prince Court (9 a.m.–2 p.m. and 5–9 p.m., $60 adults, $30 children, 944-4494) to Japanese dinner at Hakone (5–9 p.m., $60 adults, $30 11–14 years, $20 6–10 years, 944-4494) to a Bird of Paradise brunch buffet at the Hawai‘i Prince Golf Club (10 a.m.–2 p.m., $43 adults, $21.50 children, 952-4784). Find menus for all four meals at princeresortshawaii.com.
Hyatt Regency Waikīkī—Japengo
On top of a turkey carving station, pipikaula stuffing and a choice of pumpkin pie with spiced mascarpone or pecan pie and vanilla ice cream, there will also be a roaming table magician and gifts for diners at the Hyatt’s annual feast.
Seatings available at 5:30, 7 and 8:30 p.m., $65, 237-6180, waikiki.hyatt.com.
Il Lupino’s butternut squash soup.
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Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar
An American holiday celebrated at an Italian restaurant: Where else can you get herbed stuffing with pancetta? There will also be butternut squash soup, roast turkey, pumpkin cheesecake and more.
Noon to 10 p.m., $39.95, 922-3400.
You can either dine in or take out your Thanksgiving meal from Mac 24/7 (see below), with the dine-in buffet a feast of traditional slow-roasted tom turkey, cherry-pineapple glazed ham and Hawaiian sea-salt-crusted prime rib of beef.
10 a.m.–7 p.m., $45 adults, $18 children under 12, 921-5564.
The Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Thanksgiving dinner buffet has a cold selection, carving station, hot selection, desserts and a kids’ buffet, which includes corn dogs, baked mac and cheese, tater tots and fried chicken. Notable menu items are bourbon maple-glazed ham with dried apricot and fig sauce, wild rice and broccoli-stuffed chicken, mixed berry shooters, butterscotch cupcakes and a chocolate fountain. No one says you have to eat an entrée.
5:30–9 p.m., $65 adult, $35 children, free for keiki 3 years and under, 949-4321.
Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Not in a turkey mood? Sansei’s regular menu will be available on Thanksgiving, but there will be holiday specials, such as The Mayflower, spicy tuna with avocado, cucumber, salmon, onions and seasoning ($18.95); marlin tataki, Cajun-spiced, seared fish with spicy ponzu, jalapenos, Maui onions and sea asparagus ($15.95); head-on crispy Moloka‘i prawn salad ($27.95); and nage of sous vide marinated opah ($27.95). There will, of course, be a turkey dinner as well, comprising Portuguese sausage stuffing, rosemary mashed potatoes and a cranberry reduction for $26.
5:30–10 p.m., 931-6286.
Tiki’s Grill & Bar
Three courses of chef Ronnie Nasuti’s creations, combined with that Waikīkī view, will really give you something to be thankful for. Especially appetizing are the parsnip and apple bisque and pumpkin butter cake with eggnog anglaise. View the full menu online.
4–10:30 p.m., $32, 923-8454, tikisgrill.com
Tropics Bar & Grill
The pumpkin pie at Tropics—with caramel sauce and spiced Chantilly cream—sounds to-die-for, if you still have room for dessert after a spiced butternut squash soup or fall pear, apple and walnut salad, followed by either a smoked roast turkey with local vegetables, Moloka‘i sweet potato puree, house-made cranberry-ginger relish and giblet gravy or a Hawaiian brown-sugar-baked ham with pineapple marmalade, cornbread stuffing, potatoes and veggies.
5–10 p.m., $49 adults, $25 children, 949-4321.
On a holiday notorious for fat pants and kanak attacks, head to a buffet to celebrate to the fullest—and we mean fullest. For both lunch and dinner, The Willows will offer more than two dozen menu items—everything from quinoa shrimp salad and spicy poke donburi to corn and cheddar cheese fritters, braised beef Provencal with wild mushrooms, roast turkey with a cranberry-orange relish and a roasted prime rib carving station. Don’t skip dessert, which includes kabocha pumpkin cheesecake tarts and li hing fruit salad.
Lunch 10 a.m.–3 p.m., dinner 4–9 p.m., $47.95 adults, $23.95 children, 952-9200.
Where else can you get a full Thanksgiving dinner starting at 11 a.m.? Caesar salad or lobster bisque starts the meal, followed by roast turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, steamed veggies and home-style gravy. Finish with pumpkin cheesecake, then come back a few hours later and do it all again.
11 a.m.–10 p.m., $49.95, 922-3600.
Peace Cafe (Dine In and Take Out)
For the vegetarians and vegans among us, Thanksgiving can be rough. This year we’re thankful Peace Cafe offers a special vegan lunch, with options that will satisfy even the most traditional palate. Their menu of seitan turkey, mushroom gravy, stuffing, garlic mashed potato, roasted vegetables, apple pie, ice cream and more will only set you back $23, making this one of the least expensive Thanksgiving meals on the list and cheaper than most pre-made Tofurkeys.
Dine in hours 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., take out 12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., 951-7555, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for reservations.
Greens & Vines Raw Vegan Gourmet To-Go Thanksgiving Meal
It must be tough living as a vegan on a holiday that centers around eating a bird, but not to worry—Greens & Vines has a delectable array of totally animal-free dishes. Order one meal for yourself or order a bunch for your whole family—vegan or not. Each meal comes with not-turkey in butter-lettuce cups, cauliflower-thyme mash with miso-shallot gravy, celery-thyme-onion bread croutons with porcini and mixed-mushroom gravy, a Waldorf salad and kabocha pumpkin pie.
Order by Nov. 21, $55, 536-9680.
Mac 24/7’s Turkey on the Run
Feed up to 10 people (or yourself for 10 days, we won’t judge) with Mac 24/7’s Thanksgiving feast, which comes with an apple-bourbon sausage stuffing, crème fraiche mashed potatoes, Grand Marnier citrus cranberry sauce and more. See chef James Aptakin’s menu online.
Order by Nov. 20, $125, 921-5570, mac247waikiki.com.
The Pig & the Lady
Order a la carte from large plates—turkey pho, roast pork belly, kale salad, Mama Le’s stuffing—and other items by the quart, such as jasmine rice, buttered potatoes, gravy and yellow beans with ho‘i‘o ferns. See the menu and place your order online.
Order by Nov. 25 at midnight, 585-8255, thepigandthelady.com/thanksgiving.
The Willows’ Take-Out Turkey Dinner
An herb-crusted turkey comes hot with chilled sides of gravy, cranberry-orange sauce, roasted garlic mashed potatoes, Portuguese sausage stuffing, butter rolls, pumpkin or custard pie and reheating instructions. The 12–13-pound turkey should feed four to six people.