Chef Mavro

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Chef Mavro restaurant. Located 5 minutes from Waikiki. Savor Hawaii's best fish, lobster, upcountry vegetables, free range chicken, wagyu, Elysian Fields lamb and more. See the menu page of our website for Menus of 4, 5 courses with choices, or Chef Mavro's Grand Tasting menu. Don't miss Pastry Chef Beverly Luk's famous desserts. Chef Mavro is the top-rated Honolulu restaurant for romantic occasions, celebrations & business entertaining. Semi-private area is popular for small groups too. Chef/Owner & James Beard award-winner George Mavro and Executive Chef Jeremy Shigekane share a passion for trend-setting Hawaii regional cuisine & exciting wine pairings. Consistent winner of the highest food rating in Hawaii (18/20 Gayot) and the AAA Five Diamond award.
This is a dining experience you can only have in Hawaii featuring farm fresh Island products that are delivered to our kitchen door every morning.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Seafood, Hawaii Regional Cuisine, French
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Hours of operation
Reservations 6-9 p.m.
Reservations Tuesday-Saturday from 6-9 p.m. Walk ins welcome also.
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Phone number
(808) 944-4714
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Jeremy Shigekane
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Private party facilities
Semi-private room available for up to 30 guests. Total restaurant capacity 68.
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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.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
McCully
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Parking details
Private restaurant lot with complimentary self-parking.
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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.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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IL
London
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Fairly priced full tasting menu, excellent experience. A must for Hawaiian fine-dining! Can’t wait to see this place evolve— decor stuck in decades past, too empty for a Friday evening.

i
London
105 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

Service exceptional. Food fantastic. Sorry sorry wine list. Not befitting the restaurant.

RS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a perfect dining experience with Chef Mavro. He is always nice enough to spend a few minutes to chat.

F
Detroit
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Innovative dishes beautifully plated. Service was impeccable. Will definitely return.

DJ
Los Angeles
165 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a fabulous meal! Service was perfect--friendly and attentive without ever being pushy or overbearing. The variety of food was amazing, as were the combinations of flavors and textures. Wines were expertly paired to each course, and they had a nice selection of non-alcoholic specialties as well. This was easily the best meal I've had in Hawaii, and one of the best of my life! Thank you, Chef Mavro, for a spectacular experience!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Highlight was Chef personally presenting his famed onaga dish which was outstanding.
Some notes:
Too much qualitative difference between 4 and 6 course tasting menus. Go big or go home.
Wine pairings on six course were not impressive. Uneven. Was looking for buildup along with courses from light to a full bodied red for the last course lamb.
Lobster course was chewy.
Onaga was outstanding.
Terrific service

JT
Hawaii
79 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This remains the best fine dining restaurant in Honolulu. Yes, Chef Mavros lacks the ocean view of a La Mer, but we find the quiet dining room to be a serene change, a place completely outside the bustle of Waikiki. The innovation and the elegance of the food and the quality of the service is really unmatched. Nowhere in Hawaii do you find local ingredients prepared in such outstanding ways. Everything that comes out of the kitchen is perfect, in flavor, in ingredients, in presentation. The seafood bourride was the best we’ve ever tasted, a light velvety sauce covering a beautiful piece of perfectly-steamed island fish. The coq au vin was simply elegant, small pieces of excellent poultry with just a touch of sauce. And the risotto with truffles melted in the mouth. As always, we enjoyed the wine pairings. The Mavro team knows exactly what wines enhance their food and the food, likewise, enhances the wines. Yes, we know that the price will be higher than that of most restaurants. But Mavros is a special place and we’ll worth it.

J
Los Angeles
124 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding chef grand tasting menu. Creative cuisine with the personal attention of chef mavro table side delivering two of the courses. Excellent wine pairings. Gracious but attentive service.

MD
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food! My wife and I are definitely returning. We recommend the truffle risotto and caviar add ons. Very delicious!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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Y
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food, wonderfully involved chef. Come ready to eat -but also to smell! THe food is so much about the scent, and the scents are amazing, and unique! So delightful to have a chef who likes interacting with guests as well.

A
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are ready for a party of a variety of well-balanced texture and flavors, you should come here! Very pleasant dining experience and love the island snapper presentation by Chef Mavro! Highly recommended!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a special and memorable experience at Chef Mavro!!

MF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Personal service received from Chef Mavro & his lovely wife, as well us very attentive staff. Lucky for us, it was Australian truffle season & we paid $50 more for Chef Mavro to shave the lovely black truffles on my risotto. Risotto was served al dente but I would have preferred it be more moist with sauce.

H
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, well prepared, great flavor combinations with excellent service.
Mavro himself was in the dining room which was a big plus.

DA
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Mandatory pre fixe menu is not a good value as some dishes weren’t so great.
We chose the 4-course menu ($95/person) based on the course descriptions.
The chickpea pancake with vegetables was good, not great.
The foie gras parfait was a mousse with a sweet, jello-like wine layer. It was good but a let down that it was in mousse form.
The wagyu dish was good although it consisted of small strips of meat and breadfruit.
Fortunately, we ordered the two optional courses as we were unsure the serving sizes would suffice: A $70/2 person salt crust baked snapper, which was good but very salty, and we shared the $40 chanterelle risotto, which was the highlight of the entire meal.
Service was very good.

m
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistency is everything, and Chef Mavro's food, service, and ambience are always EXCELLENT! Staff
are warm, welcoming, and professional. Elegance without attitude. Love everything about this place.

n
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great presentation of the delicious course dishes! Excellent service and informative staff! Always great to see Chef Mavro!

u
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Overall, the experience was what I imagined it would be. The course tastings, along with the add-ons (the risotto and Onaga) were spot on, as were the wine pairings. Worth every penny spent.

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so much for your hospitality !!
2 out of 6 friends today were repeaters today !! We all had a great time at your place.

R
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing anniversary dinner on Oahu. The waitstaff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Chef came to speak to us, which was a lovely bonus! We had the 5-course tasting menu and everything was perfect.

r
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Guests at our table agreed that the onaga baked in a salt crust was the highlight of the evening.

RM
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent but the food was very disappointing. We all had the 5-course meal. I was a top french chef for 15 years and I'm a big fan of not overcooking foods, but Chef Mavro carries it too far. The scallops and lobster were barely warm and completely raw and this wasn't sushi. Two of us actually got a little sick from the food. I guess that explains why there were only 8 people total at the restaurant all evening and I'm guessing there are now 8 more people that won't ever go back.

JK
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As I told Donna and Chef Mavro, our trips to Honolulu are planned around staying at the Kahala and dining at Chef Mavro’s. This trip we brought our family and they were speechless. The Chef’s staff were exceptional and the food is an amazing experience.
We will be talking about this vacation for a long time.
Our 2 nights of dining were the best we have ever experienced.
We love Chef Mavro and Donna for giving our family a vacation to remember.

S
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Impressed with this establishment from start to finish. The food was superb, the service was impeccable, and I enjoyed meeting the chef during one of the courses of the meal. Definitely one of the best culinary experiences I've ever had!

CA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well prepared and creative food. Excellent service. This restaurant deserves to be successful.

JK
Phoenix
61 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef Mavro is the best. This restaurant is our favorite in the world. We have Made Honolulu our go to vacation spot because of Chef Mavro. This week’s vacation includes 2 visits to Chef Mavro’s.
The food is spectacular!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Non-descript location on S. King Street Honolulu with private parking... Superb French-Asian fusion cuisine from amuse bouche to the chocolate dessert for a very special occasion. Eat like a king/queen in a five start tranquil environment! Will definitely recommend to close friends and family!!!

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

The dishes were delicious,
but I waited too long for my food to arrive.

MB
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We had high expectations for this restaurant based on the reviews. However, our experience did not match our expectations. For the price paid, the service was rushed, the sommelier was condescending, the server was unfriendly and the chef came out twice to help serve other tables but never acknowledged us. This was a very expensive meal. The food was unremarkable especially considering the price, 700+ for 3 people. We were not impressed with the wine pairings and overall left feeling disappointed and cheated. We would not go back and would not recommend to others.

JM
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Marvelous experience in the heart of Honolulu. I would liken it to having dinner at a private club. The service was conscientious without being intrusive, the food was imaginative and sublime. We awaited each course with anticipation based on the last. A wonderful evening for all of us. Not one complaint. All compared the evening to among the best dining experiences they had had. We came at the recommendation of friends. We will recommend to others. If available, get the "salt baked fish" to share.

Chef Mavro
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you for describing dinner as marvelous and that your party counted their Chef Mavro dinner as among the best dining experiences they’ve ever had. This means a lot to us. We look forward to welcoming you back!

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MS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here with my wife for her birthday. This was our second visit. The first time we went, my wife and I really enjoyed it, but the most memorable part of the meal was the dessert. Out of the fine dining establishments we've tried out in the area, Chef Mavro stands out as the best place we've been to so far for the dessert.
We ordered the four course meal with an addition of the salt baked snapper. During the meal, we were also served some dinner rolls that came with a butter that had some seaweed in it. We greatly enjoyed that. Out of the entrees, the egg and morel dish and the salt baked snapper stood out the most. The egg was cooked to the perfect consistency (we like our eggs quite runny) and the prosciutto with the morel was such a good combination. However, presentation-wise, the salt baked snapper was truly impressive. They set up a small table and Chef Mavro came out to serve it. He cut open the salt crust mold to take out the snapper fillet and served it to the both of us. We were very impressed. And as expected, the dessert was truly amazing. My wife even made some comments about how she wished to live in the dessert.
Overall, would recommend for a special occasion.

Chef Mavro
Responded on April 29, 2019

Thank you for taking time to let us know about your dining experience. As a small family business you can understand that we listen carefully to all guest comments. Our team including our pastry chef are inspired by your descriptions. We look forward to welcoming you again.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The service was exceptional. This was one of the best fine dining experiences I’ve ever had. They personalized our menu and presented a special birthday dessert for my husband. We would eat here again and again.

j
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was such a memorable evening at Chef Mavro to celebrate my birthday! Food was outstanding from the start to finish and the service was impeccable. Loved the Chef Mavro’s’ table side preparation of special risotto and that was super delicious too! Can’t wait to visit there again.

NH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Unfortunately, there was a smell of old oil that both my guest and I picked up as soon as we entered the restaurant. My guest is an excellent chef and could not tolerate the smell so we were moved to a table in the back. The servers were very attentive and the food and wine were excellent.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well deserved of James Beard award.

m
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistently excellent in all aspects. By far the best restaurant in Hawaii.

KM
Toronto
34 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The room is lovely: warm and gorgeous. Chef's wife welcomed us and this personal touch was appreciated. The food was excellent. I was not too keen on what I thought was a fairly aggressive attempt to up sell both an expensive mushroom dish and the truffles. Wish there was a better selection of less expensive bottles of wine. We settled on a good Sancerre at 90 which is pricey. The whole meal is gulpingly expensive but worth it.

CU
Hawaii
262 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been dinning at Chef Mavro for seven years. Specifically for very special occasions. Chef Mavro is the Jean Georges, La Bernardine of NYC. Impeccable ambiance. Service that should be cloned and sold to all new and old restaurants and food that seems to get better, more refined and more creative every year. I am and will always be someone who totally dislikes wine parings. Chef Mavro has chosen wines that truly mary each and every dish. Perfect acidity, delicate fruit and tannins that are refined. Reward yourself. It’s worth every penny, $$$$ of your bill. .

g
Hawaii
212 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my 66 Bday
First time
Enjoyed a conversation with the Chefs Wife
Service was excellent
Food was extremely well thought out and the wine pairings worked well

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