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“Great Hawaiian Cuisine in a High End Setting”

Alan Wong's Restaurant
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Ranked #26 of 2,544 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$50 - US$51
Cuisines: Hawaiian
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Punahou Street and McCully Street
Description: Consistently voted as one of Hawaii's best restaurants, James Beard award-winning Chef Alan Wong uses the freshest locally grown produce and the bounty of the Pacific Ocean to create local favorites with a contemporary twist. Inspired by the unique ethnic influences found in Hawaii today, his menu reflects Hawaii's cultural diversity of its people, traditions, and lifestyles. "Taste Hawaii."
Reviewed May 15, 2012

Came off of an 11 hour flight from NY, showered and headed straight to Alan Wong's. We were an hour late for our reservation but we called from the airport and they kindly moved it to 9pm. It was so nice to be at a high end restaurant enjoying wine and clean linens after a long journey.

Food was delicious. The Nori Wrapped Tempura Ahi was one of the most amazing things that we ate on our trip to Oahu. The tempura batter was extremely light and the ahi was very tender. The sauce MADE the dish. We loved it so much that we soaked it all up with our bread.

For entrees, I had the Ginger Crusted Onaga Snapper. This is one of their signature dishes and we can totally see why! The flavor and texture combinations were amazing. I took the leftovers home and it was just as good the second day.

My husband had the short-rib and this is where 5 stars became 4 for me. Granted, he liked it but for one of the most amazing chefs in the world, I would have expected a slightly more tender, melt in your mouth short-rib.

The parmesan garlic mashed potatoes that comes with the meal is a must!

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Reviewed May 12, 2012

Actually came here in February 2011.

As one of the founding members of "Hawaiian Regional Cuisine" Alan Wong's has never failed to disappoint.

When coming here for special occasions, personalized menus are presented. Customer service is great, as is the food. Fresh local ingredients are used. Dishes have a distinct Hawaiian twist to them.

The Caesar Salad is one of the best things I have ever eaten in my life. The Kalua pork adds a nice smokiness to the dish, and is a great substitute for bacon.

The Onaga is delicate and flaky with the corn and mushrooms giving it a nice earthy flavor.

The lamb chops with the mac nuts give it a great textural contrast, with the lamb having just a hint of gameyness to balance out the rest of the dish.

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Reviewed May 12, 2012

I have been dining at this gem for over twelve years. We go there everytime we're in Honolulu. This superb restaurant makes my top ten in the country. The service is impeccable. The food creative and delicious. Among the many first plate selections, you must try "Da Bag" .What arrives looking like a big bag of Jiffy Pop waiting to have the foil cut into, becomes a tasty plate of kalua pork,clams,spinach & chicken stock that begs you to dip your bread in the remaining broth. The Pan steamed Opakapaka (pink snapper)with the shrimp pork hash&tapioca pearls is one of me favorite entrees. The Twice Cooked Shortribs Soy Braised & Grilled "Kalbi" Style will wow you. Save room for desert if you can.....chocolate devotees will love the Waialua Chocolate "Crunch Bars as well as the many other deserts that will bring a regretful end to your culinary night of adventure. The extensive wine wist and specialty cocktails are also not to be forgotten. You will remember and savor your evening and leave planning your next visit back to this delightful piece of paradise.

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Reviewed May 9, 2012

we went here for my birthday in december. it was extremely disappointing. we have been here three times in three years and have always ordered the tasting menu. the first year, it was acceptable. the second year, it was great. this last year it was unbelievably bad. i will never go back again. it looked like a bunch of kids who had never cooked or eaten the food they were serving were in the kitchen with no supervision. the fois gras was raw (not even warm and not even close to crispy on the edges - just raw). the last dish was so salty no one at our table could eat it! other than these, none of the dishes were memorable or even tasty. it's like tossing the dice here and to me, it's not worth it.

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4  Thank peripatetic55plus
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Reviewed April 26, 2012

Bill for two was about $200 with tip, but well worth it! Surprising combination of traditional Chinese ingredients to create wonderful tasting dishes, like the whole tomato salad with li hing mui (dried plum) dressing and ginger crusted red snapper. One of the best restaurants I've been to. As with many Hawaiian hangouts, though the food here is high class, you can still dress pretty casual. :)

Tips: bring a sweater/jacket--it can get cool in the restaurant

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