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2010 Hale Aina Award Winners

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BEST BRUNCH

GOLD
Orchids
2199 Kālia Road
923-2311
Executive Chef: Vikram Garg

SILVER
Prince Court
100 Holomoana Street
944-4494
Executive Chef: Khamtan Tanhchaleun

BRONZE
Plumeria Beach House
5000 Kāhala Avenue
739-8760
Executive Chef: Wayne Hirabayashi

FINALISTS
Hoku’s
5000 Kāhala Avenue
739-8780
John Dominis
43 ‘Āhui Street
523-0955
 

BEST WINE PROGRAM

GOLD
Formaggio Wine Bar
2919 Kapi‘olani  Blvd.
739-7719
*Master Sommelier: Roberto Viernes
*Robert Viernes does not work at Formaggio Wine Bar daily but hosts a wine semiar once a month

SILVER
Chef Mavro
1969 South King Street
944-4714
Wine Director/Sommelier: Todd Ashline

BRONZE
Vino
500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 6D-1
524-8466
Master Sommelier: Chuck Furuya

FINALISTS
Roy’s Restaurant
6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway
396-7697

Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas
500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 6D-1
533-4476

 

BEST VALUE

GOLD
Town
3435 Wai‘alae Avenue
735-5900
Executive Chef: Ed Kenney

SILVER
Assagio
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite1259
942-3446
Executive Chefs: Thomas Ky and Simon Cheung

BRONZE
Top of Waikiki
2270 Kalākaua Avenue
923-3877
Executive Chef: Sean Priester

FINALISTS
Roy’s Restaurant
6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway
396-7697

Tango Contemporary Café
1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 120
593-7288

 

BEST BAR

GOLD
Side Street Inn
1225 Hopaka Street
591-0253
Owner/Chef: Colin Nishida

SILVER
Ryan’s Grill
1200 Ala Moana Blvd.
591-9132
General Manager: Paul Dexter

BRONZE
Mai Tai Bar
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Third Level
947-2900
General Manager: Francine Cekada

FINALISTS
Uncle Bo’s
559 Kapahulu Avenue
735-8310

Kanpai Bar & Grill
404 Ward Avenue
593-9202

BEST PLACE TO TAKE VISITORS

GOLD
Chai’s Island bistro
1 Aloha Tower Market Place
585-0011
Executive Chef: Chai Chaowasaree

SILVER
The Willows
901 Hausten Street
952-9200
Executive Chef: Jay Matsukawa

BRONZE
Roy’s Restaurant
6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway
396-7697
Executive Chef: Ronald Nasuti

FINALISTS
Alan Wong’s Restaurant
1857 South King Street, Third Floor
949-2526

Tanaka of Tokyo
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
945-3443

 

 

BEST HOTEL RESTAURANT

GOLD
Hoku’s
5000 Kāhala Avenue
739-8780
Executive Chef: Wayne Hirabayashi

SILVER
Orchids
2199 Kālia Road
923-2311
Executive Chef: Vikram Garg

BRONZE
La Mer
2199 Kālia  Road
923-2311 
Chef de Cuisine: Yves Garnier

FINALISTS
Beachhouse at the Moana
2365 Kalākaua Avenue
923-2861

Mac 24/7
2500 Kūhiō Avenue
921-5564

 

BEST OUTDOOR DINING

GOLD
Hau Tree Lanai
2863 Kalākaua Avenue
921-7066
Executive Chef: Rene Caba

SILVER
Duke’s Waikiki
2335 Kalākaua Avenue, Suite 116
922-2268
Executive Chef: Keith Kong

BRONZE
Roy’s Restaurant
6600 Kalaniana‘ole Highway
396-7697
Executive Chef: Ronald Nasuti

FINALISTS
Mala Ocean Tavern
1307 Front Street, Lahaina, Maui
(808) 667-9394

Gordon Biersch
1 Aloha Tower Drive, Suite 1123
599-4877

 

BEST RESTAURANT FOR ROMANCE

GOLD
Michel’s
2895 Kalākaua Avenue
923-6552
Executive Chef: Eberhard “Hardy” Kintscher

SILVER
Hy’s Steakhouse
2440 Kūhiō Avenue
922-5555
Executive Chef: Zack Inouye

BRONZE
La Mer
2199 Kālia Road
923-2311  
Chef de Cuisine: Yves Garnier

FINALISTS
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 6C
599-3860

Chef Mavro
1969 South King Street
944-4714

BEST RESTAURANT FOR A BIG GROUP

GOLD
Buca di Beppo
1030 Auahi Street
591-0880
Executive Chef: Kent Eckfeldt

SILVER
California Pizza Kitchen
1450 Ala Moana Blvd.
941-7715
Kitchen Manager: Mark Spencer

BRONZE
Big City Diner
3565 Wai‘alae Avenue
738-8855
Executive Chef: Dennis Franks

FINALISTS
The Old Spaghetti Factory
1050 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 1160
591-2513

Makino Chaya
1 Aloha Tower Drive, Suite 205
585-6360

Related Links:
Read the 2010 Hale Aina Awards Feature for more coverage on select 2010 winners.

Read Hale Aina Chefs: Master Class for tips, tricks and recipes from Hawaii's best chefs.

 

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Dec 13, 2009 07:20 pm
 Posted by  Anon

A Best Service award for Alan Wong's??? Alas our last three visits all started the same way -- with a 15 or 20 minute wait in the bar despite reservations made well in advance. The service is certainly friendly but more along the lines of "Hi, I'm Fred and I'm your server tonight" than the level of professional care a restaurant of this price level should provide. And any request for any special dishes not listed was met with, "We're sure you can find something on the menu." Chummy servers and a rigid kitchen do not add up to quality service.

Jan 4, 2010 12:59 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Thats too bad -- Have never had any problem at Alan Wongs.

I was also surprised not to see 12th Ave, Grill -- It is one of the best!

Jan 28, 2010 08:28 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Why was there no "Best Breakfast" category. I like Egg's N' Things and Wailana Coffee House myself.

Jan 28, 2010 08:44 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

Too Bad RumFire at Sheraton Waikiki didn't make the cut! Chef Matthew Naula did a fantastic job with the Bahawaiian menu. The food is to die for and and the rum drinks are great! I go there all the time and it is my favorite spot to hang out with my friends!

Jan 29, 2010 02:05 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

Hmmm...Not so sure of Roy's Restaurant taking the top award....Not too much of a fan there!

Feb 28, 2010 05:05 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

What about blue dragon on the big island? By far the best restaurant on the big island

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