My husband is an executive
My husband is an executive chef and he approved of this place. and we have eaten at alot of places in Kauilua with very few we would go back to. He loved his dish of clams and linguine. We will come back.
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
A good dining experience with
A good dining experience with a special person by your side
4/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
We had a great meal at The
We had a great meal at The Grove, and the service was excellent. I had the warm brussel sprout salad (wonderful!), and the clam linguine with roasted garlic (delicious, reminded me of Venice). If we lived in Kailua, we would be going again and again.
4/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent. The
The food was excellent. The back of the house was just phenomenal. The drinks ordered were great. The li-hing mojito was delicious and refreshing. Appetizers: edamame, belly pork and the warm brussel sprout salad was just great. Fish prepared perfectly.
The front of the house definitely needs help. He was friendly and courteous enough, but,
he mixed up the orders twice. Also, everyone was not done eating and they started clearing the table. Very inappropriate.F
4/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food at The Grove is delicious. However, the last time I went, the service was lacking. The waitstaff cleared plates piecemeal, i.e., before everyone at the table had finished eating, a practice I think is very rude and which makes me feel as though they want the party to hurry up and be done - not conducive to a relaxing meal. Also, the waiter just interrupted conversation when he came to the table, which was fairly frequent. This made him seem pushy and that our meal was more about his needs than ours, although he was a friendly guy. There is a fine balance between paying attention to customers and being in their face; in my opinion, The Grove needs to work on that.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Always enjoy our dinners at
Always enjoy our dinners at The Grove - excellent food, service & ambiance! Great wine selections too!
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was excellent and
The food was excellent and the service was exceptional. We were seated close to the bar and the exuberance of the guests there was uncomfortable. We could not have a conversation. There was a section that was not open which might have been quieter. This was out last night and we were glad that we found this restaurant before our trip ended.
4/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Servers were very attentive and had a great attitude, food was perfect and just the proper sized portions. Will be back in the future.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Grove is Great
My family went to the Grove for Mothers Day because we have always had a great experience when having dinner. The restaurant was very busy as was to be expected and they were very accommodating all the way through we were seated a little latter than our reservation time which was understandable. The server did a good job of taking care of us. The food was great and liked the option of Al a Carte and buffet. We will always come back to the Grove it is a great restaurant with tasty food.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
We went for Mothers Day in which they had made a Mothers Day Brunch. I wish they had a Sunday Brunch regularly. It was very good.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fun for Happy Hour
We had a group of six, celebrating a birthday. We requested a seat inside since we thought it would be humid at the patio but we should have sat outside. The airflow inside is minimal and even with the side door open and a/c on, it was still very warm in the evening. The noise compounds inside so our conversations must have traveled to everyone else around us.
Tip #1: If you are planning to have a romantic dinner, ask to be seated away from large groups or sit outside or you'll be sorry
Tip #2: Ask to be seated near the path of the side door if you choose to dine inside so that you get ventilation. Or sit outside
Tip #3: Bring your quarters for the meters; street parking after 6pm on street is free; pay meter at municipal lot behind
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great group night
Our latest experience at The Grove was wonderful! The food was classy & the wait staff was meticulous but not overbearing. Our waitress got us soup samples & split our cheque even though the group was over 6 people. I really appreciate The Grove's 'over and above' attitude.
5/17/2013 4:00:00 PM
Yup even picky eaters are satisfied at this local joint. The mixed drinks and pupu menu from 3-6pm was a great way to wait for the whole group to arrive. Reservations super easy and a table all set up. The waitress was on top of everything and everyone had a fabulous meal. Apps, entrees all easy enough to share and nothing wasted. The deserts were also great just a little tough to squeeze in after all the other good food.
5/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Week day dinner
This was my second time at this restaurant. Best aspect: it has a great kids menu. Yes, kids too deserve variety and helthier, better tasting choices when they eat out. As for the grown up choices,appetizers: awesome grilled fries with choice of aioli sauces, rosemary and parmesan cheese (notice: not Parmigiano Reggiano). Fried peppers good but kind of dry. Small portion compared to other restaurants. Main courses: Mon chong fish good but dry. We did not feel like complaining. Grilled mushroom salad was outstanding. Beef soup tasted good but nothing special. Kind of too greasy, It tasted as if the beef had been cooked separately and then cut up and added to broth and veggies previously sauteed in butter. Overall good for the price
5/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food here was excellent!
The food here was excellent! The service was very friendly and prompt. Sitting at one of the outdoor tables is extremely pleasant. Avoid the indoor tables, the acoustics are terrible and the noise level is too high to have a conversation!
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
What A Pleasant Experience!
Excellent, energetic hostesses and servers! My dining buddy and I shared the Brussel sprout salad and the Manila clam appetizer. Both were outstanding, as promised by our server. Also excellent were the duck leg confit and the lamb chop entrees. My dining buddy and I were so stuffed after appetizer, salad and entrees that we skipped dessert, a rarity for us. The ambiance was comfortable and welcoming. The only down side on this "Tapa Tuesday" was the volume of the live music. Though the band was talented and the female vocalists were near American Idol quality, I would have preferred ambiance a little more conducive to dinner conversation. However, there is no doubt -- I will return, and so will my dining buddy!
7/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and Service
Very nice place. We only had pupus and drinks but they were excellent. The poke was very fresh and flavorful. I love how they use fresh ingredients and the dishes we had were excellent.
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place, incredible food, superb staff. Loved it!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent service and food!
Wait staff were knowledeable and helpful toward menu and wine recommendations. Name not on shirt so I don't recall our waiter but he was excellent.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Kate was our server and she
Kate was our server and she was great! She was friendly, courteous, and accurate. The food was excellent. This is truly a wonderful find!
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Innovative and Enjoyable
The Grove has a lively ambiance , an imaginative menu incorporating fresh local seafood, and a small but well chosen dessert selection. The terrace is a plus, and the bar straddles the terrace and indoor dining area. The noise level is predictably somewhat high. The service is friendly and attentive. It is a sound choice for very good food and atmosphere.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try it...it's outstanding. So is the Shrimp Stroganoff. Great wait staff!
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Grove Is Fit Food for a Delight
Dinner with family was a delight. Appetizers of Warm Brussel Sprout Salad and Poke' warmed us up for the rich Shrimp Strogonoff and grilled Fresh Fish over risotto. Dessert of bold coffee and Crème brulee and Sorbet topped off a first-class meal.
7/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We all had a relaxing cocktail with great appetizers followed by a yummy dinner from sliders to shrimp pasta. Service was very attentive and the mood was confortable with soft live music. It was great! A "must try" spot!
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love the ambiance
Very friendly & casual. Food a little pricey but very good tasting. My friend and I had beef soup then shared an appetizer (poke) a warm brussel sprouts salad, ribs, and creme brulee! Everything was good! Loved it!
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
They always exceed my expectations. It's my favorite restaurant spot. Amazing food, good people, and professional. Idk how many good adjectives I can say but always worth going.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always have a Warm Brussels Sprouts Salad to start, a favorite even for this super carnivore! The dinner specials including the generous portion of Monchong (pan fried at my preference) with Orzo and the Shrimp and Pasta were prepared perfectly and were delicious! With a full stomach, I just had to make room for the Vanilla bean pana cotta! I've also enjoyed their chocolate mousse at a previous visit. The Grove is a Kailua town favorite!
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lamb chops and brussel sprouts
Lamb chops and brussel sprouts were outstanding. Happy hour was very good as well
8/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Loved the brussel sprout salad.
Loved the brussel sprout salad. What a surprise... you know the chef has to be good if he can make something you don't really enjoy (brussel sprouts) taste fantastically DELICIOUS! The all the wait staff were friendly and professional. What an improvement from what ever bar was there a long time ago.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love the Grove. It is a locals favorite and always impresses.
9/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was tasty, and very different.
Food was tasty, and very different. We have been there before and had the lamb chops which were absolutely delicious. We were very disappointed to find that they have since taken it off the menu. Although the other food was very good as well, taking the lamb off the menu minuses a star :(
9/9/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food and service were
The food and service were first rate. We'll definitely be returning.
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fun and Good Evening
We had a delightful evening. Everything was very enjoyable. So glad you are in Kailua...
9/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food for Adults and Kids
My 2 children were given a bucket of crayons with stickers along with the kid's menu. Unfortunately, there's no restaurant booster or high chair for use: my four year old was uncomfortable kneeling on the wood chair, as the seat has no cushion to rest her knees. We ordered a salad and it came within 10 minutes after we placed our order. The kid's meal came another 10 minutes after the salad dish was cleared. Unfortunately, my children were finished with their meal by the time their parent's dinners arrived. But when it did we both were delighted. She order one of the two specials:scallops with orso risotto, and I ordered Manila clams and prosciutto linguine We followed our dinner with kid's ice cream and Agnes Bakery sweetbread pudding. It
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good but a bit pricey
The food here was all quite good. We started with the peppers appetizer. The peppers themselves were good but the sauce made them so much better. My fiancee had the ahi entree and it was amazing with a wasabi beurrre blanc. I had kiawe grilled monchong which was a bit dry but only because I opted out of the lobster sauce which was supposed to come with it..
The only down side was that it is quite pricey and so I would probably only return on a special occassion.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Close and fun
Our house is under renovation, so this neighborhood restaurant was great for a dinner out with friends. Good variety of offerings including specials. Waitress was outstanding but her support was a little slow. We were seated as soon as we showed and had a really nice evening.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, especially the lobster risotto. Roast beed was cooked to perfection. Terrific waitress and service. A bit noisy for early dining seniors and the corner where we sat a bit uncomfortably hot but overall a great dining experience.
9/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Neither of us had been to The Grove before, so we almost couldn't find it! But it was well worth not being able to find, as it was in a rather secluded side street of Kailua, tucked away from all the noise and tourism of the main street. Not only was the food great, our server was fantastic and the atmosphere made it comfortable for us both. Our server was very knowledgeable about the menu and offered great suggestions. She also kindly told them to leave off the cheese on my pasta, salad and fries to accommodate my vegan diet. Any restaurant that can do that is a plus!
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Gem in Kailua
Found this restaurant on Living Social and was pleasantly surprised. Good food, great ambiance & staff made our evening just perfect. I've already recommended this restaurant to family & friends on Facebook. =)
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
How great is this?
Four very different people enjoyed a special evening and all left happy.
Kailua Pork Nachos: LOVED by two of us too greasy for the others.
Kiawe Vegetable Terrine: delicious, but no kiawe taste
Warm Brussels Sprout Salad: excellent, even without the honey champagne dressing!
Veggie Linguine: well composed and tasty.
Manila Clams and Pancetta Linguine: perfect!
Maine Lobster Risotto: included a warning from our waiter that a day at the gym would be required to burn the fat and calories in the dish, but it was light and and delicious.
Dry Rubbed Pork Ribs: fresh bright tangy.
Creme Brulee; average
Ice Cream Sundae: LARGE and good
Apple crumble: yummy!
Waiter: Fine but moody
Water and food runner: wonderful! please make him a waiter soon
10/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had exceptional service
We had exceptional service though it was slow. My gluten-sensitive friend was given dried apricots and cranberries with walnuts in place of the bread. The warm brussel sprouts salad is to die for! the salmon was moist, nicely presented. The chocolate mousse and apple banana creme brulee were very good as well.
As I'm smoke sensitive, we had to sit far from the open kitchen and near the very noisy bar. I miss the quiet of their now-gone lunch hours.
10/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
"The Grove" is a gourmet neighborhood gem, with superb menu items & specials, along with great service.
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Grove had a great staff with ties to the local community, or at least the regulars. The appetizers during happy hour were priced right for the quantity. There were interesting sides that were worth trying. My overall experience was very good, I will visit again sometime.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Absolutely incredible food
Absolutely incredible food with beautiful presentation. The wait staff was efficient and SO friendly. We had a wonderful experience and will definitely return!!!
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nothing bad to say about this place
The food was great and entrees were not too small. There is a waiting area/lounge with live music. Good variety of food. So far, it's not too crowded and you don't have to wait too long for a table.
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place away from Waikiki
We wanted to have dinner away from the hustle and noise of Waikiki so we went to The Grove in Kailua. Nice little place that seemed to be a favorite with the locals. We had the Brussel Sprout salad and beef poke for appetizers and both were good. For dinner we had roasted chicken and butterfish. While the chicken was good, the butterfish was fantastic. It was full of flavor and melted in your mouth. I would definitely recommend the butterfish. All in all, it was a good experience and meal and would go there again.
10/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Thoroughly enjoyed the live
Thoroughly enjoyed the live music on Sunday night. Added a great ambiance to our meal.
11/2/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great deal esp w living social
I really like this place...the food and the ambiance. But I also love sitting outside. Unfortunately we seem to get stuck with the monotone, uninterested male waiter every time. The owner comes around and is great. He talks to you after your meals with genuine interest.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Had a living social gift coupon and wasn't sure what to expect. The atmosphere inside and outside was very pleasant and welcoming. There was live music outside and the girl had a really nice voice and was good, but the music was a little louder than I would have liked if we were sitting outside.
We sat inside and had a wonderful time. My daughter order the chicken meatballs, but didn't like the texture or flavor. My husband order the lobster risotto and it had wonderful flavor, but he had hoped for a large lobster piece. I ordered the seafood special and that was AWESOME!! We shared and the plate was clean ;). Had the apple banana sundae, it was okay - banana half ripe so it was a bit hard and sore to taste. Service was awesome!!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food was excellent but portions are small. Butterfish was amazing and so was chocolate mousse dessert.
11/13/2013 4:00:00 PM