Chef Mavro

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1304 reviews
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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 Jose Calpito'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.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as always!

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wait staff always friendly and attentive. Great attention to detail. Timing of service for 6 course menu was perfect. Plating was beautiful. Enjoyed every course with the egg/prosciutto truffle being my favorite followed by the truffle risotto. Truffle was shaved onto the risotto table side by chef Mavro himself. Great dining experience.

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Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved all of the course dinner served. Although the price is rather high, we felt it was worth the price. We would go back again for another special occasion.

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Anchorage
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 4

We were very disappointed with the dinner. The service was good, but the food seriously lacking. For an expensive dinner- $600+ for two, sadly we walked out very disappointed with both the food and the associated wine pairings. Undercooked, over seasoned and pretentious, it was simply not a good dinner. It seems like culinary ego got in the way of serving a good dinner.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Have been there in the past several times, even rented the entire restaurant for a party, but never experienced such terrible service and food any where, especially with a price tag of $650 for 2 people! Seated late and first course one hour later! Wine pairings arrived 20 mins before the course and 30 minutes between courses. Terrible experience. My reservation was for 845p, left at 1130 before finishing my 4th course. Left behind our remaining courses in disgust. Never going back

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Went for Valentine’s Day. For the price of the meal, which was very expensive, I’d typically expect a lot more. The service was mediocre; took about 10 minutes to get greeted by the server and they weren’t aware of our dietary restrictions which I had spoken to the restaurant about on multiple occasions. Overall, just fair food and not worth the price.

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Anchorage
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was superb and the food was once again delicious.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Great overall experience. Food was fantastic, best I’ve had in a while. Where they fell short was on service, it was a busy night for them (valentines day), but the waiters forgot to bring us certain requested items at multiple points in the evening and most importantly forgot to bring my requested anniversary dessert, despite reminding them right before the set was over. It tainted what could have otherwise been one of the most amazing dining experiences.

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San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

has the best food and the best service of any restaurant in Hawaii.. I always eat at Mavro when I want to eat good...

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New England
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for the special Valentine’s Day menu - and it will forever go down as one of the best meals we have ever had! The service was attentive without being overwhelming, the atmosphere was upscale but casual enough to feel comfortable and not at all stuffy, and the food was incredible! Each dish was small but was enough to enjoy the flavors, and we ended up feeling perfectly full by the end. The wine pairing was delicious and complemented the dishes perfectly. The bill was high, but we know about how much we would be spending heading into it so there were no surprises - and it was totally worth it! Wouldn’t recommend for everyday dining because of the price tag but would recommend 100 times over for a special date or special occasion. Thanks, Chef Mavro!!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was thoughtfully prepared to really put the emphasis on what you were eating. The subtle spices and flavors were masterful, enjoyed every bite. Every wine pairing was perfect. Staff and service were first rate.

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Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I had an early Valentine’s dinner, and as he has dietary restrictions, we had to plan the menu a week in advance. Chef Jeremy Shigekane kindly modified the dishes so D could eat them safely- but you would never guess that they weren’t what is featured on the menu. Everything was stellar!

We had buckwheat blinis as light and tender as clouds with osetra caviar, scallops that tasted like they were only hours out of the ocean, and enjoyed an inspired pairing of wagyu and crispy breadfruit. The lemon dessert was to die for.

Chef Mavro rightly deserves its reputation as a world-class restaurant.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an amazing and memorable dining experience at Chef Mavro's! It was our first time and definitely wont be our last. First impression from hostess greeting us to server and server assistants checking up on us, sommelier ensuring our dining experience is well complimented with the wine pairing offered and Chef Mavro himself stopping by our table to greet us and asking how our experience is thus far. Everything was top notch and perfect in celebration of our early Valentine's Day. Thank you so much for making this one of the memorable dining experience we had. We will be back!

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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The service is outstanding, we had the four course menu and it was excellent. The wines and sake were very good.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed spending Carynn's B-day there... very nice experience!! Thank you to Chef Mavro and all the fine staff!

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Seattle
22 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

We were expecting a two star Michelin as advertised about Chef Mavro but the dinner was quite disappointing. One of the worst French cuisines I ever had and I used to live in Paris and quite familiar with great Michelin rated places like Robuchon. Chef Mavro overly uses salt that hides most tastes and some dishes like the lamb were impossible to swallow. My wife could not have more than one bite and returned the plate untouched. My lobster was barely cooked and totally unenjoyable. Wine was overly expensive for a 5 ounce Chateau Musar at $29 when a bottle sells for less than that at wine stores. I wish we had taken the time to read some one star reviews here or on TripAdvisor which could have saved us a $450 wasted evening dinner.

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New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently the most thoughtful and inventive dishes in Honolulu. Without question, Hawaii's most innovative cuisine.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Low-key but elegant ambience just as we enjoy. Service and food quality excellent. Wine-pairings did not disappoint.

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Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant in the West hands down. Service is excellent and detailed plots the food is meticulously made. The flavors all meld into one and magically separate where you taste the different notes.

Love that the place is not noisy and you can hold a nice conversation.

This is our favorite restaurant and we have been eating here everytime we come back to Honolulu since they opened.

It makes a big difference that Chef Mavro is always in the kitchen.

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Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dinner next at Chef Mavro. The best wine pairing in the world!

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Central Coast
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Our table of eight's expectations were met! How does one really describe food like this - innovative, beautiful, gastronomically superb, each bite a delight! And let's not overlook the wine pairings. It's food to be savored and appreciated. Made for the best 70th surprise birthday party for my "sistah" !

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wow! The whole experience was incredible!

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San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Many have raved about Mavro and I can see why. The food is notches above anything else in Honolulu, but the bar is low. It's clear the restaurant aspires to greater things (like a Michelin star), but isn't detail-oriented enough to get there yet. Some dishes on the grand tasting menu worked (the diver scallop) and some not so much (keahole lobster). The menu on their website should be taken as a guide, not the actual dishes served. The decor is dated and carpets need a serious clean, but the service and wine pairings were excellent. I recommend Mavro's to anyone wanting to try something a little different than your usual Hawaiian fare.

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London
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

the most interesting kitchen in Honolulu, potentially the best. however the vegetarian menu (135 usd!) turned out to be a bad joke. 5 courses ridiculously inconsistent and so small as to leave you starving. after discussing it with the maitre (who specified that their menu is designed for those who want to eat little and stay light), I pointed out that even vegetarians want to eat and fill their bellies, since they are not perpetually on a diet. At this point the chef remedied giving us a tasty portion of local cheese, but this was not enough to make up for the mockery of spending $ 135 for 3 pieces of vegetables.

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible four course meal and wine pairing, perfect for a special occasion!

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Mexico City
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

It's stuck in a questionable neighborhood where a security guard is employed to watch over your vehicle, which I thought strange but then I don't live in Honolulu. Just visiting from Big Island. From what I remember, which more than month ago, everything was enjoyable, no complaints, and now wish I had ordered the white truffles.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

元旦のディナーで利用しました。
お料理は繊細でどれも素晴らしかったのですがところどころに混ぜ合わされていた和や中華のテイストが
気をてらい過ぎていて微妙な仕上がりになっていました。
食前にその日使用するトリュフをテーブルまで持ってきて見せてくれた割には出された料理にそれほど
使われていなかった。
常連さんと初めてのお客様への対応の違いもあからさまで残念でした。

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AH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

In this price range everything should work perfectly. Most of the dishes in tasting menu were tasteless and gluten free substitutes were also dissapointments especially rasberry sorbet as a dessert. I don't know what happened at the end but they kind of forgot us and we had to wait desserts for half an hour. They looked confused, but didn't apologies.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Food was not that good taste and all use simply ingredients. So I don't think it was worth the price.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's a bit pricey. But it's worth it to enjoy the food and atomosphe.

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New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

New Year’s Eve tasting menu. We were accommodated early as we were still on pacific standard time. It is in an unpretentious corner building without stunning views but had easy parking.
However:
Superb food. Portions were perfect. The service pacing was occasionally a bit slower than I am used to but my wife thought it was great.

Was one of those dining out experiences in which you remember fondly as one of the best experiences ever encountered with the service, food, fellowship, and courtesy of the front staff . Chef Mavro was kind enough to take a picture with us as we left.
Deserves at least a⭐️ or ⭐️⭐️ if they ever review Hawaii
Obviously our #1 now in Oahu.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 2

It was nothing special

Wouldn’t waste my Money

The best experience was the service

The rest was below average

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LR
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

8 days before we were in a 3 Michelin star restaurant in Europe. This was more expensive. But we felt the value for money much better.

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Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and accommodating for alterations. Waiters make excellent suggestions and meals are flavourful.

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AN
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful, delicious dinner at Chef Mavro! The cuisine was creative, combining many different flavors perfectly, and was presented beautifully. Chef Mavro kindly and adeptly prepared each course to accommodate our diverse eating styles for our party of 4 -- vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian, and eats anything. Chef Mavro and staff also very kindly accommodated our change in time due to a change in our flight time. They kept us on schedule to make our flight that was right after our dinner. Overall, everything was outstanding. We look forward to dining again at Chef Mavro the next time we are in Honolulu.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. The staff are very welcoming and friendly

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Louisville
15 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

I really wanted to love this place but it wasn't as good as I had hoped. I'd say two out of all my dishes were outstanding. For the price, I expect all to be equally as good.

My husband and I always go to Michelin restaurants for a treat when traveling, but this was disappointing.

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London
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We went for the Christmas Eve dinner. Food was cooked very well but not really up to the innovation and gourmet lever expected for a 500 USD dinner for two (incl wine).
The disaster was that we had to wait 30 min for each of the four first dishes even though we pointed out that we would have appreciated quicker service. The two desserts that did not require cooking was seved at a more normal pace. No compensation or inbetween snacks was offered. The girl in the coupe sittning next to us started to cry in disappointment and left half through the six courses after 2 hours of mostly bread and waiting.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 3

Tast is not enough for the price...
The service was good.

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