About La Mer at Halekulani

La Mer is far more than a restaurant, it’s a degustation destination. Celebrated as Halekulani’s finest and Hawaii's longest, consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, this consummate dining experience is unmatched. The internationally acclaimed menu features Neoclassic French cuisine expertly crafted and served amid majestic and romantic ocean views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Indigenous ingredients are uniquely blended in masterful dishes inspired by flavors from the south of France to produce an unsurpassed dining experience. An award-winning wine list is available to complement the perfect dining experience. Jacket or long sleeve dress shirt, slacks and dress shoes are required for men. As an elegant fine dining restaurant, La Mer restricts patrons to adults and children 8 years or older.

Dress Attire
We request elegant evening attire for women. Dinner jackets or dress shirts, dress slacks and shoes for gentlemen.

2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
French

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
Lewers Street

Dress Code:
Jacket Preferred

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(808) 923-2311

Website:
http://www.halekulani.com/dining/la_mer/

Parking Details:
Complimentary valet and self parking is available.

Executive Chef:
Alexandre Trancher

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Daily 5:30PM - 5:30PM

La Mer at Halekulani Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.9

ambience

4.9

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

92% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (29)
Good for Anniversaries (28)
Waterfront (26)
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Scenic View (26)
Special Occasion (24)
Quiet Conversation (24)
Good for a Date (21)
Notable Wine List (17)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Tasting Menu (13)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Worth the Drive (9)
Authentic (8)
Cozy (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Hot Spot (4)
Local Ingredients (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Live Music (3)
Business Meals (2)
Fun (2)
Healthy (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Five star: Wonderful food and outstanding service from Laurence made a special occasion even more special! Expensive yes, but absolutely worth it for a special celebration. Be sure to go early to have cocktails at L’Aperitif, each paired with its own amuse bouche.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

Enjoyed the excellent food, service and ambiance. Very good place for a special occasion.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined 5 days ago

We love coming here! Henry has been our bartender both times. He’s fabulous!

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 (Hawaii)·Dined 5 days ago

My favorite. Simply the best restaurant for the finest dining experience on the island. Impeccable service, amazing food paired with the finest spirits.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Houston)·Dined 5 days ago

Ohhh lala, Absolutely the best. We had the four coarse meal, excellent. Attentive, friendly staff. We will definitely be back.

Tags: Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 7 days ago

Repas pour un anniversaire
Excellente adresse pour ce restaurant de cuisine Française
Tout est très fin avec des mets de qualité
Plat à conseiller, le homard poché
Très bonne carte des vins
La qualité se paie avec 205 $ le menu dégustation à 8 plats
Allez-y car cela en vaut la peine

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 (Denver)·Dined on February 6, 2018

The setting was beautiful, overlooking ocean and Diamond Head. Hawaiian trio was playing down below- close enough to hear well but far enough to allow quiet conversation.
Service was attentive- but slower than it needed to be. Would have appreciated a better pace to get us started.
Wine list was outstanding and prices marked up to a lesser degree than some comparable restaurants.
Most disappointing was the portion size. We decided to forego the 7-course tasting menu, and just get appetizer and entree. My Appetizer (seared foie gras) was spectacular. But the portion size of my $60 duck entree seemed smaller than the foie gras!

Tags: Waterfront, Live Music, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation
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 (New Orleans)·Dined on February 3, 2018

This is my second visit to this restaurant; I took my husband there last year for his birthday as well. The staff was very attentive, called us both by name. One man said he remembered us from last year and that he thought we might even be sitting at the same table. My husband loves their wine list and the fact that he can get high-end wines by the glass. It was a wonderfully romantic evening with good food!

Tags: Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic, Waterfront
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·Dined on February 2, 2018

ハネムーンディナーで利用しました。予約必須です。
上品で高級感のあるフレンチレストランですが、開け放たれた窓からはハワイアンライブ(ダイヤモンドヘッド側の席)などが楽しめるのでリゾート感もあります。オーシャンビュー側の席では、サンセットが楽しめるようでした。
お料理もすべて美味しかったです。
予約時に「ハネムーン利用」と伝えたら、デザートケーキをサービスして頂きました。
日本語は通じませんが、スタッフの皆さんがとても親切なので心配ないと思います。
また特別な記念日にお伺いしたいです。

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Excellent quality meals, excellent and gracious service and beautiful and classic ambiance.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Business Meals, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Paleo Friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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·Dined on January 29, 2018

OUTSTANDING service, knowledgeable menu options with details of ingredients and authentic French cuisine.
From the Hostesses to the servers and bus people, they combined with the ambience created with the backdrop of a world class Sunset that only an unobstructed waterside Waikiki view can offer... a dinning experience unequaled.
Men, step it up and make it special for your special-lady!

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

One of the best dining experiences we have ever . The food, service and ambiance were all world class.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 23, 2018

taste good! Staff serve politely. Everything comfortable! Tom's service is supreme!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Great for Outdoor Dining, Authentic, Romantic, Waterfront, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Good for a Date, Cozy, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Poor service. Arrogant wait staff , weak cocktails and extremely small portions in relation to price point. We are experienced gourmets. Never have we ever had wait staff tell us that they could not “release “ bread until orders were placed. Not a good experience and would not highly recommend

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Comfortable opulence in that the service was authentic and the food was unpretentious. No needless pomp and just the right amount of extravagance. Truly a night to remember!

Tags: Waterfront, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Superior service and food in a stunning setting.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Surprised that the beef tartare was premade. My husband is allergic to onions and they couldn’t do a beef tartare because it already had onions in it. Setting is lovely. Food is good. I didn’t enjoy my veal and didn’t eat it. They took it off my bill. I did not ask them to do that. I even told them no. But, they insisted. Very nice. Soufflé was very good. I think our waiter needed more training. When asked about the items on the menu it just read what the menu said. Noth8ng more.

Tags: Romantic, Notable Wine List
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Loved everything except food and price. Lovedeverything except food and price. Loved everything except food and price. Loved everything except food and price.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Great food with great presentation.
Impeccable service. Great staff. Very polite and attentive.
Great ambience. A quiet, very romantic setting with a view of the ocean.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Tasting Menu
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 6, 2018

記念日のディナーに予約しました。前菜をひとつ、メインに魚料理とお肉料理をひとつずつ、最後にデザートを選ぶ4スターコースをチョイス。
そこに、1品ずつおすすめのワインをサーブしてくれるサービスを利用。これがとてもよかったです。自分では選ばないだろうデザートワインを初めの前菜に合わせてくれ、それが大変美味しかったです。料理とワインのマリアージュに感動しました。

お料理は工夫されていて美味しく、サービスも行き届いていました。海と夜景の見える席で特別なディナーになりました。

Tags: Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Everything was great, thanks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 1, 2018

This is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to. Simply the best for any special occasion. The food is exquisite and the ambiance and service are unsurpassing. Great ocean view as well.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation, Healthy, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Romantic, Hot Spot, Local Ingredients, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Waterfront, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Very nice they gave us everything we hoped for in fine dining

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 28, 2017

結婚記念日に最高のディナーを堪能できました。景色が素晴らしく、席のリクエストにも応えてもらいました。

Tags: Scenic View, Authentic, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 25, 2017

I reserved a table to celebrate my engagement that happened earlier that day.

The staff were perfect, able to explain dishes well and give suggestions. They were attentive and make the guests feel like royalty.
The food was exquisite, though expect fine dining size portions. My suggestion is to sample their incredible breads between courses and you will find yourself completely full rather quickly. My fiancee couldn't finish her third course but was super pleased with her meal. Expect to spend over 200$ a person for a proper 3 course meal but it is worth it for special events. I passed on the tasting menu but the couple next to us did order it and it looked wonderful as well.

Speaking of special events, after the staff learned of our special event they surprised us with a wonderful desert and chocolate sampler as well as a take home gift from the chef.

Tags: Special Occasion, Scenic View, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Notable Wine List
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Was our Anniversary ...they were very nice

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Anniversary dinner. Service was exemplary as we remembered it from 30 years ago.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 16, 2017

The best food, service and view.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Fabulous setting on the ocean. Quiet and intimate . Excellent service , had 3 waiters, wine glass always filled, excellent food. Fresh flowers on tables . Beautiful decor - even for this designer . All the ladies left with a rose and everyone leaves with a little cute box with desserts inside . Loved it!

Tags: Special Occasion, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 15, 2017

I went to Halekulani for Honeymoon trip.
La Mer is best restaurant in Hawai.
I love.....

Tags: Comfort Food, Waterfront, Hot Spot, Fun, Good for a Date
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Wonderful service with wonderful food and drink.
No options but La Mer dinner to have best time with your partner at Hawaii.
We will come back again.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 12, 2017

La Mer never fails in the service category. My friends & I have celebrated the holidays here 16 of the the last 17 years & we leave every year in awe with the service the staff provides. Keani is a nice addition to the management staff. Although our favorite waiter (Alex) was off , Kent & Scott--old timers who don't miss a beat, were just as great. It's always nice for the staff who stops by to offer holiday cheers because they know we are return patrons.

Having a pre-dinner drink at L'Aperitif is a must. Food was great and portions were generous.

To the La Mer staff--THANK YOU!! We will be back next year.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Local ingredients, warm atmosphere, spectacular views, perfectly prepared food and consistent.
Always a good choice!

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Live Music, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on November 28, 2017

Food wasn’t good enough but desserts were extraordinarily great.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 28, 2017

excellent service and gorgeous view!! perfect dinner except a bit more cooked midium steak^^;; lovely dinner

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vip
 (London)·Dined on November 27, 2017

When I made a reservation at LeMer, I was excited because it was a supposed five star restaurant.
We had a lovely cocktail to start the night at the bar with Henry the best bartender in Hawaii!!
However, we were totally underwhelmed with the remainder of the evening.
The first thing that the waiter, a pleasant man, told us was that the chef was from Tour D’Argent in Paris. This really peaked our interest since we have been there on numerous occasions.
They had a fixed menu as well as a ala carte menu. We opted for the later. We ordered a beautiful red wine from France, which the sommelier did not offer to decant.
The appetizers were quite tasty..however the entrees which were breast of duck and rack of lamb fell far below a standard that a five star restaurant should serve.
The desert was excellent, so at least we left with our taste buds finally being satisfied.
I would not recommend this overpriced restaurant.
Maybe, the chef had an off night, but that doesn’t happen at a quality restaurant.

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 (Montreal)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Its tough to write this but my experience at La mer was frustrating. It was acsoecial occasion and, to be fair, the location is spectacular. The view of Diamond head and the sea is unmatched. The service was professional, with experienced staff diligently catering to your needs. The problem is it is way toi exoensive for what they deliver. They offer a tasting menu at $205, if you want the wine pauring , its another $95. They mention the portions are smaller in the tasting menu as it is meant ti be a 5 course meal. We decided on 3 courses but the portions were really small. The food is good and served in an original fashion but not spectacular (except for the desserts). With wine, the checks runs twice what you would pay at Allan Wong’s ( I acknowledge there is a premium for the view but double?).

In short, if you can arrange for drinks only ir money is no object, or it is part of a package then I recommend it. If not, I would pass.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Not worth our time and money! Much has been said and seen for French fine dining elsewhere, and this one proves to be more expensive than the value provided through food, ambiance and service. I have dined at other moderately expensive French restaurants and found that there are indeed better options out there than this place. Although the service here was fine, it felt that our waiter (possibly, Tony) was a little biased if we could afford the food and wine, and in a hurry to clear the table. Btw, we were dressed for the occasion. At comparatively other expensive restaurants, the waiters are always warm and non-judgmental. An another factor was the portion size. We have dined at other French fine dining places, but found that the portion sizes here were far too less (lamb & duck entrées, etc.). Food quality was good, as it should be. Ambiance was fine with no music. We are not coming back though. You’ll find that 99% of the visitors at this restaurant are those who are staying in the hotel.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Wondeful experience and our server mark was just awesome

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

This is an impeccable restaurant. Perfect food. Perfect wine. Perfect service. Overlooking the water in Waikiki, in the incomparable Halekulani. There is even a stellar tasting menu for vegetarians. World class. Wonderful. Thank you.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Tasting Menu, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Romantic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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