2011 Hale Aina Award Winners



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Congratulations to the 2011 Hale Aina Award winners!

Each year, HONOLULU Magazine readers vote for their favorite restaurants in the Islands. Categories include Best New Restaurant, Best Service, Best Value, Best Wine Program, Little Restaurant You Love and many more.

The winning restaurants were announced at a gala reception held November 7 at the Royal Hawaiian's Monarch Ballroom. See our upcoming January 2011 issue for more on the Hale Aina Awards.

 

RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Roy’s Hawaii Kai

6600 Kalanianaole Highway, 396-7697
Executive Chef: Chris Garnier

Chefs Choice Award
Chai’s Island Bistro — 1 Aloha Tower Market Place, 585-0011; Executive Chef: Chai Chaowasaree
Chef Mavro — 1969 S. King St., 944-4714; Chef de Cuisine: Kevin Chong
Hoku’s — The Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave., 739-8780; Executive Chef: Wayne Hirabayashi

Best Oahu Restaurant

GOLD

Alan Wong’s Honolulu — 1857 S. King St., Third Floor, 949-2526; Chef de Cuisine: Wade Ueoka

SILVER

Le Bistro — 5730 Kalanianaole Highway, 373-7990; Executive Chef: Alan Takasaki

BRONZE

Azure — 2559 Kalakaua Ave., 923-7311; Chef de Cuisine: Jon Matsubara

TOP 5

Ruth’s Chris Steak House — at Waterfront Plaza, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., 599-3860; Executive Chef: Kyle Yonashiro

TOP 5

3660 On The Rise — 3660 Waialae Avenue, 737-1177; Executive Chef: Russel Siu

Best Maui Restaurant

GOLD

Pineapple Grill — 200 Kapalua Drive, Lahaina, Maui, (808) 669-9600; Executive Chef: Ryan Luckey

SILVER

Lahaina Grill — 127 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, Maui, (808) 667-5117; Executive Chef: Arnulfo Gonzalez

BRONZE

Mama’s Fish House — 799 Poho Place, Kuau, Maui, (808) 579-8488; Executive Chef: Perry Bateman

TOP 5

Casanova’s Italian Restaurant — 1188 Makawao Ave., Makawao, Maui, (808) 572-0220; Executive Chef: David Gemberling

TOP 5

Mala Ocean Tavern — 1307 Front St., Lahaina, Maui, (808) 667-9394; Executive Chef: Ben Klein

Best Kauai Restaurant

GOLD

The Beach House Restaurant — 5022 Lawai Road, Koloa, Kauai, (808) 742-1424; Executive Chef: Todd Barrett

SILVER

Mediterranean Gourmet — 5-7132 Kuhio Highway, Haena, Kauai, (808) 826-9875; Executive Chef/Owner: Imad Beydoun

BRONZE

Kauai Grill — St. Regis Princeville Resort, 5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, Kauai, (808) 826-9644; Chef de Cuisine: Colin Hazama

TOP 5

Red Salt — 2251 Poipu Road, Koloa, Kauai, (808) 828-8888; Executive Chef: Ronnie Sanchez

TOP 5

Bar Acuda — 5-5161 Kuhio Highway, Hanalei, Kauai, (808) 826-7081; Executive Chef: Christophe Lebiet

Best Big Island Restaurant

GOLD

Merriman’s Waimea — 65-1227 Opelo Road, Kamuela, Hawaii, (808) 885-6822; Executive Chef/Owner: Peter Merriman

SILVER

Kaleo’s Bar & Grill — 15-2662 Pahoa Village Road #8512, Pahoa, Hawaii, (808) 965-5600; Executive Chef: Tammy Ancheta

BRONZE

Huggo’s — 75-5828 Kahakai Road, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, (808) 329-1493; Executive Chef: Laine Uchida

TOP 5

Brown’s Beach House — The Fairmont Orchid, 1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, (808) 887-7368; Executive Chef: Thepthikone Keosavang

TOP 5

Café Pesto Kawaihae — 61-3665 Highway 270, Kawaihae, Hawaii, (808) 882-1071; Executive Chef: Moki Tavares

Best New Restaurant

GOLD

Soul — 3040 Waialae Ave., 735-7685; Executive Chef/Owner: Sean Priester

SILVER

BLT Steak — 223 Saratoga Road, 683-7440; Executive Chef: Johan Svensson

BRONZE

Side Street Inn on Da Strip — 614 Kapahulu Ave., 739-3939; Executive Chef/Owner: Colin Nishida

 

Best Little Neighborhood Restaurant

GOLD

Kalapawai Café & Deli — 750 Kailua Road, 262-3354; Executive Chef: John Memering

SILVER

Good to Grill — 888 Kapahulu Ave., Suite 170, 734-7345; Executive Chef: Isaiah Cantotay

BRONZE

TOWN — 3435 Waialae Ave., 735-5900; Chef de Cuisine: Dave Caldiero

Best Service

GOLD

Roy’s Hawaii Kai — 6600 Kalanianaole Highway, 396-7697; Executive Chef: Chris Garnier

SILVER

Alan Wong’s Honolulu — 1857 S. King St., Third Floor, 949-2526; Chef de Cuisine: Wade Ueoka

BRONZE

Lahaina Grill — 127 Lahainaluna Road, Lahaina, Maui, (808) 667-5117; Executive Chef: Arnulfo Gonzalez

Best Lunch

GOLD

Mariposa — 1450 Alamoana Blvd., 951-3420; Chef de Cuisine: Marc Anthony Freiberg

SILVER

The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong — 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Macy's, Third Floor, 945-6573; Executive Chef: Lance Kosaka

BRONZE

Tango Contemporary Café — 1288 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 120, 593-7288; Executive Chef/Owner: Göran Streng

Best Wine Program

GOLD

Formaggio Wine Bar — 2919 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 120, 593-7288; Sommelier: Beau Kennedy

SILVER

Vino Italian Tapas — 500 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 6D-1, 524-8466; Master Sommelier: Chuck Furuya

BRONZE

Chef Mavro — 1969 S. King St., 944-4714; Sommelier: Todd Ashline

Best Value

GOLD

Roy’s Hawaii Kai — 6600 Kalanianaole Highway, 396-7697; Executive Chef: Chris Garnier

SILVER

The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong — 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Macy's, Third Floor, 945-6573; Executive Chef: Lance Kosaka

BRONZE

Top of Waikiki — 2270 Kalakaua Ave., 923-3877; Executive Chef: John Neff

Best Pupu

GOLD

Side Street Inn — 1225 Hopaka St., 591-0253; Executive Chef/Owner: Colin Nishida

SILVER

Ryan’s Grill — 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., 591-9132; Executive Chef: Ken McKenzie

BRONZE

Uncle Bo’s — 559 Kapahulu Ave., 735-8310; Owner: Hosuk Lee

Best Place to Take Visitors

GOLD

Roy’s Hawaii Kai — 6600 Kalanianaole Highway, 396-7697; Executive Chef: Chris Garnier

SILVER

Top of Waikiki — 2270 Kalakaua Ave., 923-3877; Executive Chef: John Neff

BRONZE

Chai’s Island Bistro — 1 Aloha Tower Market Place, 585-0011; Executive Chef: Chai Chaowasaree

Best Hotel Restaurant

GOLD

Orchids at the Halekulani — 2199 Kalia Road, 923-2311; Executive Chef: Vikram Garg

SILVER

Hoku’s at the Kahala Hotel & Resort — 5000 Kahala Ave., 739-8780; Executive Chef: Wayne Hirabayashi

BRONZE

Prince Court at the Hawaii Prince Hotel — 100 Holomoana St., 944-4494; Executive Chef: Kirby Wong

Restaurant That is Worth the Trip

GOLD

Ola at Turtle Bay — 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku, 293-0801; Executive Chef: Fred DeAngelo

SILVER

Mama’s Fish House — 799 Poho Place, Kuau, Maui, (808) 579-8488; Executive Chef: Perry Bateman

BRONZE

Haleiwa Joe’s at Haiku Gardens — 46-336 Haiku Road, Kaneohe, 247-0605; Executive Chef: Matthew Small

Best Restaurant for Date Night

GOLD

Michel’s at the Colony Surf — 2895 Kalakaua Ave., 923-6552, Executive Chef: Eberhard "Hardy" Kintscher

SILVER

Top of Waikiki — 2270 Kalakaua Ave., 923-3877; Executive Chef: John Neff

BRONZE

La Mer — 2199 Kalia Road, 923-2311; Chef de Cuisine: Vikram Garg

 

Best Restaurant For a Big Group

GOLD

Buca di Beppo — 1030 Auahi St., 591-0880; Executive Chef: Kent Eckfeldt

SILVER

Tiki’s Grill and Bar — 2570 Kalakaua Ave., 923-8454; Executive Chef: Ronnie Nasuti

BRONZE

Just Taco’s Mexican Grill & Cantina — 92-1046 Olani St., Kapolei, 677-7782; Executive Chef: Gonzalo Granillo

Best Breakfast

GOLD

Café Kaila — 2919 Kapiolani Blvd., 732-3330; Executive Chef/Owner: Chrissie Castillo

SILVER

Cinnamon’s — 315 Uluniu St., Kailua, 261-8724; Executive Chef: Norman "Puna" Nam

BRONZE

Boots & Kimo’s — 151 Hekili St., Kailua, 263-7929; Owner: Rick Kiakona

Best Restaurant for a Healthy Meal

GOLD

TOWN — 3435 Waialae Ave., 735-5900; Chef de Cuisine: Dave Caldiero

SILVER

Hale Macrobiotic — Original location closed Oct. 2010, New King Street location opening Spring 2010, 944-1555; Executive Chef: Moco Kubota

BRONZE

Umeke Market — 4400 Kalanianaole Highway, 739-2990; Executive Chef/Owner: Michelle Yamaguchi

Best Gourmet Comfort Food

GOLD

12th Ave Grill — 1145 12th Ave., 732-9469; Executive Chef/Owner: Kevin Hanney

SILVER

TOWN — 3435 Waialae Ave., 735-5900; Chef de Cuisine: Dave Caldiero

BRONZE

Kalapawai Café & Deli — 750 Kailua Road, 262-3354; Executive Chef: John Memering

Best Steak

GOLD

Ruth’s Chris Steak House — 500 Ala Moana Blvd., 599-3860; Executive Chef: Kyle Yonashiro

SILVER

Hy’s Steakhouse — 2440 Kuhio Ave., 922-5555; Executive Chef: Zack Inouye

BRONZE

Morton’s the Steakhouse — 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 2001, 949-1300; Executive Chef: Andy Degamo

Best Seafood

GOLD

Nico’s at Pier 38 — 1133 N. Nimitz Highway, 540-1377; Executive Chef: Nicolas "Nico" Chaize

SILVER

Mama’s Fish House — 799 Poho Place, Kuau, Maui, (808) 579-8488; Executive Chef: Perry Bateman

BRONZE

Uncle’s Fish Market and Grill — 1135 N. Nimitz Highway, 275-0063; Executive Chef: Geoffrey Arakawa

Best Dessert

GOLD

Roy’s Hawaii Kai — 6600 Kalanianaole Highway, 396-7697; Executive Chef: Chris Garnier

SILVER

Cheesecake Factory — 2301 Kalakaua Ave., 924-5001; Executive Chef: Steve Hessenflow

BRONZE

JJ Bistro & French Pastry — 3447 Waialae Ave., 739-0993; Executive Chef/Owner: J.J. Luangkhot

Best Chinese

GOLD

Little Village Noodle House — 1113 Smith St., 545-3008; Executive Chef: Kenneth Chan

SILVER

Fook Yuen Seafood Restaurant — 1960 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 200, 973-0168; Executive Chef: Bill Leung

BRONZE

Happy Days — 3553 Waialae Avenue, 738-8666

Best Hawaiian

GOLD

Ono Hawaiian Food — 726 Kapahulu Ave., 737-2275; Executive Chef: Vivian Lee

SILVER

Highway Inn — 94-226 Leoku St., 677-4345; Executive Chef: Gary Toguchi

BRONZE

Helena’s Hawaiian Food —1240 N. School St., 845-8044; Owner/Chef: Craig Katsuyoshi

Best Italian

GOLD

Assaggio — 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 1259, 942-3446; Executive Chef: Thomas Ky

SILVER

Auntie Pasto’s — 1099 S. Beretania St., 523-8855; Owner: Ed Wary

BRONZE

Café Sistina — 1314 S. King St., 596-0061; Executive Chef/Owner: Sergio Mitrotti

Best Japanese

GOLD

Tanaka of Tokyo — 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 945-3443; Executive Chef: Brandon Naval

SILVER

Gyotaku Japanese Restaurant — 1824 S. King St., 949-4584; Executive Chef: Willy Okimoto

BRONZE

Yanagi Sushi — 762 Kapiolani Blvd., 597-1525; Owner/Chef: Haruo Nakayama

Best Thai

GOLD

Phuket Thai — 1960 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 109, 942-8194; Executive Chef: Naret Sihavong

SILVER

Bangkok Chef — 1627 Nuuanu Ave., 585-8839; Owner: Patrick Chang

BRONZE

Chiang Mai — 2239 S. King St., 941-1151; Executive Chef: Vincent Hu

For full coverage on this year's Hale Aina Awards, look for our upcoming January 2011 issue.

 

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