18 Honolulu Restaurants That Treat You to Freebies on Your Birthday
Everybody loves getting a little something for free, especially if it’s covered in chocolate. We’ve rounded up the best places in Honolulu that will make your birthday even more special. You deserve it.
Photo: Courtesy of Chef Mavro
Chef Mavro is the place to go for the ultimate birthday celebration. When making reservations, be sure to mention that it’s your birthday and the staff will send out the restaurant’s celebration cake. It’s a white chocolate-mocha cake covered in dark-chocolate ganache, complete with a birthday candle. Pastry chef Jose Calpito created this decadent dessert after sipping on a white-chocolate mocha from Starbucks.
Chef Mavro, 1969 S. King St., (808) 944-4714, chefmavro.com
Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar
Let your server at Shokudo know it’s your birthday and you’ll be treated to a complimentary order of the tempura bread pudding. Like the restaurant’s signature honey toast, this equally tasty dessert comes with vanilla ice cream, plus caramel sauce.
Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar, 1585 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite 905, (808) 941-3701, shokudojapanese.com
Photos: Courtesy of Chef Chai
Indulge in a delicious—and cute—ending to your meal at Chef Chai with the heart-shaped white chocolate gelato truffle, on the house when it’s your birthday or anniversary.
Chef Chai, 1009 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 585-0011, chefchai.com
We already know that when dining at MW Restaurant we’re in for a fantastic meal—and that includes the inventive desserts created by pastry chef Michelle Karr-Ueoka. Dine at MW Restaurant and you’ll be treated to a complimentary surprise sweet treat. The dessert choice is left to Karr-Ueoka; it could be a dine-in dessert or a to-go homemade loaf of banana bread or bag of cookies, on the house.
MW Restaurant, 1538 Kapi‘olani Blvd., (808) 955-6505, mwrestaurant.com
Photo: Olivier Koning
Alan Wong’s likes to make it personal on your birthday. You’ll receive a menu signed by the staff, in addition to a complimentary surprise dessert.
Alan Wong’s, 1875 S. King St., Third Floor, (808) 949-2526, alanwongs.com
Hy’s Steak House
Be sure to save some room after your steak dinner for the complimentary slice of cheesecake. The velvety smooth dessert is made in-house.
Hy’s Steak House, 2440 Kūhiō Ave., (808) 922-5555, hyswaikiki.com
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Toast to another year by celebrating your birthday at Ruth’s Chris Steak House. The restaurant will start your meal with a complimentary glass of Champagne and end it with a strawberry flambé.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House, 500 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 599-3860
Morton’s The Steak House
For a refreshing ending to a grand meal, visit Morton’s The Steakhouse, where on your birthday you’ll be treated to the restaurant’s classic soufflé in the lemon flavor.
Morton’s The Steak House, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., (808) 949-1300, mortons.com/honolulu/
Photo: Courtesy of Duke’s Waikīkī
Any visit to Duke’s Waikīkī isn’t complete without tucking into the restaurant’s iconic dessert: The Hula Pie. Head down to the beachside bar on your birthday and you’ll receive a slice of the mac-nut ice cream pie on the house.
Duke’s Waikīkī, Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort, 2335 Kalākaua Ave., #116, (808) 922-2268, dukeswaikiki.com
Hula Grill Waikīkī
Duke’s sister restaurant—located just upstairs—Hula Grill Waikīkī, also offers a birthday dessert on the house. You’ll be given a mini pineapple upside down cake, complete with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a candle to blow out.
Hula Grill Waikīkī, Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort, 2335 Kalākaua Ave., #203, (808) 923-4852
Photo: Courtesy of Halekūlani
Dining at one of Halekūlani’s three restaurants and two bars is always a special occasion, and when it’s your birthday, the restaurants’ staff like to make it a little bit sweeter. You’ll be given a slice of Halekūlani’s signature fluffy coconut cake on the house. This includes La Mer, Orchids, House Without A Key, Lewers Lounge and L’Aperitif Cocktail Bar.
Halekūlani, 2199 Kālia Road, (808) 923-2311, halekulani.com
The Honolulu Burger Co.
The Honolulu Burger Co. wants to make sure you’re well fed on your birthday. Just show a photo ID with your date of birth and you can enjoy any burger on the house. Burgers are best with fries; we recommend ordering a side of the garlic fries ($5.79).
Honolulu Burger Co., 1295 S. Beretania St., (808) 626-5202, honoluluburgerco.com
When you sign up for Pieology’s Pie Life e-club online, fill in your birthdate and you’ll get a pie on the house on your birthday.
Pieology, multiple O‘ahu locations, pieology.com
Visit the Japanese dinner buffet Makino Chaya to get half off of your meal on your birthday. Even better, seniors ages 65 and older and keiki under 12 eat free. Be sure to bring a photo ID with your date of birth.
Makino Chaya, 98-150 Kaʻōnohi St., Suite B219, ‘Aiea, makinochayahawaii.com