La Mer at Halekulani

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1366 reviews
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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. 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.
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HS
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The staff were excellent. Alex, Dan and Kevin were very inviting and hospitable.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top - perfekt Dinner and Location ! We had a wonderful Evening !

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and the food was delicious! There is a dress code so make sure to wear pants if you’re a gentleman

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m
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service and ambience were superb. Sadly the meal was not good. The fish was fishy and not flavorful. The preparation was forgettable, although the presentation was pleasing. The desserts were very good.

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CW
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Excellent service. Best restaurant in Hawaii!

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JS
Chicago
174 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again, simply spectacular in every dimension. The food is beautifully presented and flavors consistently interesting and delicious. The setting with open window views of the Pacific and Diamond Head, is perhaps the most beautiful of any fine dining restaurant we have enjoyed. But the most remarkable dimension is the service. The large staff worked in perfect orchestration, but were not pretentious. Our lead server, Chip was very personable and extremely helpful. They balanced being attentive without being intrusive. La Met has my highest recommendation.

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a
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Mer is the best fine dining in Hawaii hands down. The servers and management here are second to none. They are at the top of their game here. A dining experience that will last a lifetime.

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JC
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited here during our honeymoon. Food was the best and service was good.

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JT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Setting fabulous, food delicious & staff attentive. Wonderful evening!

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SB
Grand Rapids
6 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant! My husband and I ate here our first night in Waikiki and we were in for a treat. Seated by the window with a great view and a nice breeze, we enjoyed impeccable service, delicious food and a great bottle of wine. Very impressed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience

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C
Detroit
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is amazing! The service is remarkable and the food is spectacular. If you want to experience eloquent dining experience in Hawaii this is most definitely the place. -Mahalo

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Bad primium wine paring

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

That was a memorable dining experience. The food was amazing and every little detail that came with it was outstanding. My wife and I ordered the 7 course meal. I was full by the 3 or 4 entree.

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TB
Seattle
34 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Well, first you have to fly to Honolulu and then you have to have reservations. We stayed at the hotel which made it much easier. Be prepared to spend $400 per couple without wine for the Dégustation menu with four selections. Wine pairing will run you another $95 each and if you chose the premier wines it's $175/ea. The setting can't be beat overlooking the Pacific with the waves and ocean breezes. Service is terrific although many of the staff speak with either a strong Hawaiian or Oriental accent which means you have to listen carefully at times. Food presentation is very good but the restaurant has no Michelin Stars, yet and don't forget, excepting the fish nearly everything is imported so freshness has to be an issue. Plan on spending at least 2-3 hours at the table for a very good experience.

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NA
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for, but don’t wait for, a special occasion to dine at La Mer. Treat yourself. Food, service, ambience and view all perfect. A dinner to remember.

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CO
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love La Mer

This is this quintessential dining experience in Hawaii.

All of your senses are filled with Charm of this enchanting island and restaurant.

Mahalo and Aloha

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t
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Stunning view looking out on Diamond Head. Food presented wonderfully and our waiters were delightful. A real treat if you're in Honolulu!

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A magical place, my husband and I celebrated our honeymoon here and it was perfection.

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CA
Atlanta
63 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious, delightful and memorable dinner with iconic views!

The service was attentive, professional yet charming and not intrusive at all.

The Chef's creations were works of art. And, the descriptions when presented had our taste buds on high alert and they were not once disappointed.

Definitely a fine dining experience at its best.

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p
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 5

The athmophere was fantastic however, too much restrictions on food pairing and inneccarsry charges. A $200 dinner can easily be $500-$700 with all the additional food choices. I won't recommend going there if you have a dietary needs as you won't be able to eat anything.

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U
Sacramento
34 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Mer compares favorably with restaurants at which we've dined in Paris. The food is creative, delicious, and beautifully presented. Service...absolute perfection in the classical manner. The restaurant's setting is stunning, with windows looking out to Diamond Head and the ocean. Cocktails at L'Aperitif were interestingly different, with the Chanel my favorite. Our starters were scallops in an orange butter sauce and the delectable lobster bisque. For our main course I had rouget, which was very nicely seasoned and sauced. My companion delighted in lamb with roasted eggplant. For dessert he had "texture de chocolat," a sublime concoction, while I had a vanilla soufflé with fruit sauces and cocoa nibs. Because my companion was celebrating a birthday he was also presented with a delicious little cake. (No candle, thank goodness!) All in all, this was a superb meal from a talented chef in a beautiful setting. The restaurant is, in Michelin terms, definitely worth a journey--even from California.

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KS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Mer is by far my favorite restaurant in Honolulu. They have a great wine selection and excellent service. I would highly recommend the fondue d’Oignons au Xérès and Filet de Canard Rôti.

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MS
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Without questions, this is the best Hawaii restaurant! I
am sure that La Mer will get 3 Michelin star award soo!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful service ambiance and food

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NB
Little Rock
21 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

We felt rushed and food was just ok! Service was very good!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food, location & service. A fantastic experience

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular!!! One of the best dining experience with our meal, ambiance and wonderful waiter Alvin!!

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Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing meal and staff. Lovely view.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best dining experience I've ever had.

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M
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

La Mer is a romantic spot, perfect for the anniversary we were celebrating. We had the wine pairing with the 3 course dinner and the wine was indeed a PERFECT match!! The sommelier did an OUTSTANDING job and introduced us to some new favorites! The food was also delicious and incorporated some unexpected surprises, for example, the amuse bouche was a savory pana cotta with caviar-- ono! The Lobster Bisque was also a deliciously unique experience! Although our primary server was a lovely gentleman my only complaint was the service... I I realize I'm being picky but, for a fine dining experience, I expected more. Perhaps I'm nit-picking because I'm no stranger to fine dining and only last year ate at several Michelin Star restaurants in France... Two things:
1) crumbs should be brushed off the table regularly at a restaurant that touts itself as a five star fine dining experience... Although bread was basically the first course, a waiter finally came to tidy up our table just before our entrees were served... My husband actually brushed off bread crumbs prior to this. For the price, guests should not have to do this-- we can stay home if we wanted a "do-it-yourself" dinner!
2) we had to ask for soup spoons to eat our Lobster Bisque. A true five star fine dining restaurant would never have overlooked such an easy task.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amaging!!
Everytig is special, foods, drinks, service and view!!

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RH
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic venue to celebrate my beautiful girl’s birthday. Food, service and company made for a memorable evening.

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JO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The service was very good, the ambiance and outlook was also very good. The food let the whole experience down. Chef tried too hard, other then the main course all were not at all memorable, too complex and with little flavour. Dessert was ok. Wine matching made no sense with flaccid whites and no real connection to the meal in my view. Way too expensive for what it was sadly as we really liked the service. We kept thinking the food would get better but alas....

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Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

初めての訪問だったので Degustation with Wine selections をオーダー。ダイヤモンドヘッドを臨むワイキキビーチを借景に波の音と庭向こうで演奏されるハワイアンの音楽がここがハワイであることを十分に感じさせてくれます。
その素晴らしい雰囲気の中で供される料理はワイキキのストリートで楽しめるアメリカ料理とはまったく違って十分に満足されられるフレンチ。ロブスターの旨味がとても良く出ていて私たちの好みでした。デザートワインからスタートするペアリングワインも吟味されて楽しめました。
チーズは若干若い取りそろえ。いつもは苦手な山羊のチーズも美味しかった。
サービスもよく全体として銀座の星付きフレンチレストランと同じくらい心地よい時間を堪能できます。

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RA
New England
4 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this restaurant was exemplary!

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

exellent food、service!

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LB
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent ambiance and location. Service was impeccable. Food was wonderful but not worth the price tag. As with all french cuisine there was a lot of cream and food was heavy. I wish there had been more local ingredients on the menu. Great overall dining experience. The lobster dish and the souffle were phenomenal.

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ST
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

My girlfriend and I ate at at La Mer on our last night in Honolulu. I called ahead to ask if there was a dress code - I was told that I had to wear pants and a collared shirt (no one said anything about a shirt that buttons all the way down). When I showed up in a nice pair of jeans, nice shoes, and a nice polo, I was told that I had to put on one of their suit jackets because I did not have a full button-down shirt on. This was especially disappointing because I CALLED beforehand to double-check. I was too hot wearing their jacket the whole time so I ended up taking it off halfway through dinner.

Anyway - the ocean view and ambiance cannot be beat in Honolulu. This is why I ate here. If you are okay spending $350-400 on a dinner, I do recommend eating here. The portions are small for the price you pay. You are paying for a beautiful ocean view, a high level of service, a nice quiet place to eat, and the overall ambiance. The drinks and food were good. I got a $65 beef filet that was about 6 oz MAX. Everything else just felt like extremely small portions for a hefty price - which I knew going into it. So be prepared! If you are in Honolulu with a significant other I still think this is a must-eat spot.

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