Chef Mavro
Chef Mavro

Chef Mavro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chefmavro.com/
  • Phone: 8089444714x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Open Wednesday-Sunday with reservations from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Provencal, Contemporary American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Chef Mavro produces his award-winning cuisine at private residences and unique locations in Hawaii, on the Mainland U.S. and internationally. Groups have ranged from 6-1,000 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: Semi-private room available for up to 30 guests. Total restaurant capacity 68.
  • Private Party Contact: JoAnn Uchimura 808-944-4714x
  • Special Events: Fresh truffles flown in from France this Fall as soon as nature provides!
    All year long: Flight of Caviars offered as an opportunity for side-by-side tasting of three different sustainable caviars.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: McCully
  • Public Transit: From Waikiki get on TheBus #2 (School St./Middle St.) at Kuhio & Seaside. Get off at S. King St. and walk 10 minutes to Chef Mavro 1969 S. King St.
    Taxi is recommended. If driving, pull into parking lot entrance from S. King.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Private restaurant lot with complimentary self-parking.
A word from Chef Mavro
Chef Mavro's passion for trend-setting Hawaii regional cuisine & exciting wine pairings consistently earn the highest food rating in Hawaii (18/20 Gayot). Don't miss the flight of sustainable caviars.Taste the bounty of Hawaii with Keahole lobster, onaga, local produce and the highest quality wagyu beef, lamb & duck. Famous desserts showcase local chocolate and tropical fruits. Chef Mavro is the top Honolulu restaurant popular for romantic occasions, celebrations & business entertaining. Beautiful art-filled ambiance perfect for private conversations.

James Beard award. Hawaii's only independently owned AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Mavro’s brigade of young chefs share his philosophy: always buy the best and freshest, buy local, treat all products with great respect, and start afresh every season with new ideas and creative recipes.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Chef Mavro reviews from OpenTable diners
59 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.8
  • Food4.8
    Service4.8
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (52)fit for foodies (46)romantic (36)notable wine list (29)neighborhood gem (15)good for groups (5)hot spot (4)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Top notch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The food, the service, the wine - we could not have enjoyed them all more. Best place in Hawaii.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Celebration!
    Colofoodie
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Perfect for birthday celebration and certainly a birthday that won't be forgotten! The spicy bigeye ahi, ogo, sea-urchin-aioli on basmati rice with shoyu powder was a great start. The scallop with chanterelle mushrooms was superb....cooked perfectly, velvety sauce, and the rich taste of mushrooms was incredible with the crispy, smoky bacon on top rounding out the flavor. Lamb....rosy tender and we savored the complex flavors with the wine pairing. Birthdays are about dessert....the Fig with pistachio was a lovely finale and they even delivered a special elegant birthday cake finish. Service made us feel like it truly was a special occasion.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A different dining experience.
    KonagirlVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    This menu is prix fix with a four course or seven course dinner choice. You may choose wine pairings or no wine pairings. We chose the four course menu, one with wine pairings. The pairings were excellent with each course. There is some flexibility within each menu so you can adjust course choices with a charge. All items fresh and beautifully prepared. Service is friendly. Sit back and just let the food flow. Creative menu. $$$$
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dinner
    TrustZagat
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    The Food were Outstanding ! Chef Mavro was Friendly and kind ! Best in Hawaii !!!
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good than before.
    katoyu
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The last time April, 2014 was really good for food using Hawaiian vegetable well, but this time only using Hawaiian fish and the taste have nothing special.The recommend wines for each dish also disappointed.
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  • Great tasting menu / parings
    FlyingRon
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We did the chefs menu with the "standard" pairings. The food was absolutely excellent and the pairings were perfect. The chef came out and served the fish out of its salt crust and he was fabulous to talk to. The service was excellent. The only thing is the location is a little odd, but they had plenty of parking and the manager actually welcomed us as we got out of our car.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent meal
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Meals are always excellent here, and food and wines are paired with much care. Food is different here each time we come, it keeps changing, not like other restaurants.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • delectable
    jesuac
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    amazing food. every bite was better than the last.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • Great Meal....
    Zippy
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Good food, went home full, was disappointed in the wine pours, watch it! I should have spoken up but now I could kick myself.
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  • The Best Restaurant In Honolulu
    Choi1
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Chef Mavro is the best chef in Honolulu. We dined there 5 times in the last 6 months, so it is our favorite restaurant. Don't expect large portions, just delicious food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Outstanding As Always
    jamiem
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My husband and I go to Chef Mavro every year for my birthday and are impressed by every element of our experience - the food, the wines, the service - EVERYTHING is phenomenal. It was wonderful to see Chef Mavro himself presenting dishes to his guests and it was lovely to have his wife Donna visit every table sharing her aloha. I have traveled to many incredible destinations in my life and had some amazing dining experiences, but NONE compare to the experience of Chef Mavro. It is creative, delicious, world class dining without the pretentious atmosphere - everything is done with aloha. Chef Mavrothalassitis will always be my favorite chef and Chef Mavro's will continue the #1 fine dining experience I recommend to friends and family.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Non Plus Ultra
    Auwaiku
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    The food, the ambiance, the service, the wines are all exceptional. I particularly like the concept of wine pairings. Everything matched. Mavro is definitely a splurge, but it is a splurge that is absolutely worth reveling in.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • It Doesn't Get Any Better
    GourmetGhettoGoerVIP
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Chef Mavro ranks as one of the best restaurants at which we have dined. Frankly, it is hard to believe that there are not lines outside the door waiting to get in. We think that it is just not that well known, and that soon it will be just as hard to get into as Alan Wong's. We had one four course meal and one seven course meal. The Hudson Valley foies gras on the latter was described by my wife as the best she has ever had. When Chef Mavro himself cut open the salt-crusted Onaga table side, it just blew our mind. The wine pairings were exquisite, particularly the 2009 Brunello paired with the succulent lamb loin. A little stuffy for some and in a sketchy neighborhood, but the French/Hawaiian cuisine can't be beat.
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    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and great service
    Kstubbs
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Not enough room in your comments box - please refer my review on Yelp or Trip Advisor.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • great service
    nicknameVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    the food was exceptional and Chef Mavro himself cut open the fish crusted with salt. The 8course tasting was delicious and creative. Everyone tended to us like royalty and even got a surprise anniversary dessert. Thank you so much
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    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Dining Experience!
    phil
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    You only have two choices here: both are wonderful price-fix meals. Each is outstanding and come with optional wine pairings which are very well thought out. Service was attentive and professional and for a pleasant change, this is a restaurant where it is quiet enough that you can actually have a conversation. $$$ but worth every penny.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • Spectacular
    jacktucson
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Having dined all over the world and loving good food this is one of the top dining experiences of all time. The care in menu selection, the tastes, the ingredients were all so fine! Healthy, delicious food paired with great wines in a warm and unpretentious atmosphere. This is excellent dining for the traveled foodie or for people like us who simply love delicious food and tastes that create a great food memory. Our hats are off to Chef Mavro! (A highlight was his personal service of one of the main courses at our table.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • UnhappyVIP
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great meal. The salt crusted fish was the ever a long with the rest of meal
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    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Lackluster food and indifferent stf
    Dineamite
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Our introduction to Chef Mavro came when we pulled in to the parking lot and were escorted to the door by the parking attendant. Good start, but something about the wait staff seemed "off key" - - perfunctory service, no coordination. The wine flights were not well-selected and were mostly tart. The salt-crusted fish turns out to be fish cooked in pastry. Well, actually, it was overcooked and lifeless. Not good value for $500 plus for two.
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    romantic, special occasion
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  • wonderful food-wine pairings
    livetoeatVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    If you like great food and wine pairings, this is the place for you. We did the Chef's tasting menu (the more expensive of the 2) with some substitutions from the regular tasting menu. We split one wine pairing between the two of us which was enough except for with one course. The service was very good. It is an expensive evening out, but I would definitely recommend it for a special occasion.l
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fred
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Excellent service, ambience, food. The location of the restaurant is surprising; non-descript. But, once inside, and seated, all is forgotten. Chef Mavros even came to our table for a short chat.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dinner!
    BestmealinHI
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My wife and I went for our 10th anniversary dinner and had an amazing dinner! Flavors were superb; portion size and presentation were perfect; and the wine pairings were all spot on. Service was outstanding. The only thing they could improve on are the decor and view; just could use an update. Once you're inside it's very comfortable...and the service and food more than make up for it. Once the course start coming it doesn't matter where you are...just bring more of the delicious food!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jim65
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Superb multi-course food selections with outstanding wine pairings. Gracious and attentive service.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We are priveledged to be able to travel and to dine out, frequently and yet this was one of the most memorable dinners in Hawaii or anywhere, in years.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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  • Greatest Hits
    Colofoodie
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My wife loved the return of the greatest hits menu including the fresh vegetables, Salt Crusted Onaga (served table side by the chef himself--perfectly cooked and topped with a vibrant flavorful tomato sauce), lamb loin with eggplant caviar in a crispy dough package, and the light as air bite sized Malasadas with vanilla bean ice cream. I tried the Chef menu and was wowed by course (the duck with Bhutanese black rice and lobster were favorites) after course perfectly paired with wine. I reluctantly shared one course with my wife--the goat cheese with kumquats and white honey, but I kept the decadent chocolate to myself. Service was warm and friendly. Special celebration and memorable evening!
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • Mavro is the Bomb
    STLGranny
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    It was wonderful - cannot describe the perfection of the flavors. Chef came out to our table prior to the meal - served one of the specialities himself and said goodbye -- very personal - portions were perfect - wine pairings exceptional. Hope to return next time I'm in Honolulu.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Amazing
    Chefmavrofan
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Chef Mavro was amazing. We went for my husband's birthday and was treated like royalty. We had the chef's menu with wine pairings and was not disappointed. I was so full and satisfied by the end of the meal. Worth the price.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always excellent
    internationalfoodnut
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    chef mavro continues to be cutting edge in his approach to food. it was nice to have a repeat of many of his past favorites as an option this summer. added one optional dish and one wine to the four serving option and found it to be a totally satisfying meal. thiis is a top restaurant in honolulu for special occasions and has been for many years. always continues to provide top of the line food, ambience, service and beverages. easy parking and access add to hte experience. what more can i say?
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautifulview
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    The food was very good. I didn't like three of the courses but that was actually okay with me. My biggest issue was the atmosphere. I prefer Le Mer over Chef Mavro because of having a view.
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  • Wonderful Experience
    edieVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    we had read reviews and were grateful to be able to use open table to make our reservation in DC. everything was perfect, servicem ambiance and the food extraordinary, interesting, surprising and always delicious. The explanations were specific, the presentation also perfect. one of our top dining experience in Hawaii and at home,
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hama
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    From the moment we walked in we were treated like royalty. The food and service was amazing. The chef came out and talked to us about our food allergies. He had no problem modifying the meal. After we were finished our waiter walked us to our car ( 2 women). I have never seen such service paired with such fabulous food.
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  • Knocked my socks off
    1SanFrancisco
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Best dining we have found in Honolulu in over a year of eating out!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uniquely Hawaii
    Cortebetarte
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Locally grown/raised ingredients prepared with a dynamic character utilizing classic french preparation. Chef Marvo masterfully uses European preparation techniques with the diverse Hawaiian palette of ingredients to create a multidimensional sensory experience. Uniquely Delicious as Hawaii is itself...
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 26 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.9
    • Food4.9
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.8
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 761 reviews are from the Chef Mavro reviews archive.
  • Outstanding as Expected
    TheVegan808
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Chef Mavro never ceases to amaze! Paired with fantastic food and a wonderful wine list, Chef Mavro has kept this restaurant at the top of the list of restaurants for those who appreciate fine dining and great service.
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  • unfailing excellence
    localfoodie
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    My friend and I are dining buddies who can afford to indulge our tastebuds at least every 4 - 6 months. Our dinner the other evening at Chef Mavro's was quite an experience: the excellent service is a given, and, the 4-course meal was a delightful series of surprises. At the end of the dinner, we were happily stuffed, yet, we walked, not waddled, out the door.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Great restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Chef Mavro's, where to begin.. from the time you first step inside you can tell it will be a great dinner. Although the portions were small the four course dinner plus dessert was enough to ensure I had my fill. To be honest dinner at Mavro was a journey with my taste buds. the great thing about Mavro's is that the menu depends on season. Overall: I would surely return for the next seasons menu!!!
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    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    My only complaint was the lack of a real wine list. They rely on you selecting the wine pairings to go with your dinner instead. Food was outstanding.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Birthday dinner
    anuenue
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I went to there for boyfriend's birth day. Food is so good and romantic. We were happy . But I felt a little expensive for dinner. Especially night , I want to go to here again.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great for my birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    WE WHERE SEATED RIGHT AWAY. THE SERVICE WAS GREAT. THE FOOD WAS COOKED TO PERFECTION. mY HUSBAND AND I ENJOYED EVERY MOMENT OF THIS.
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  • Good food and helpful staff
    MorchellaVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    I had their tasting menu. Everything was quite good. The staff were very pleasant. I even briefly met Chef Mavro.
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