La Mer at Halekulani

4.9
1325 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. 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.

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We request elegant evening attire for women. Dinner jackets or dress shirts, dress slacks and shoes for gentlemen.
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Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing from beginning to end

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LT
New England
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at La Mer is a totally unique experience. We celebrated my brother's birthday there recently. The ambiance is exceptional; we were seated overlooking the ocean, at sunset. It was perfect. We decided to have the prix fixe menu, 3 courses. The service is outstanding, with two designated waiters per table. I cannot even describe the food, it was so exceptional. Two of us had the veal, which was amazing. I adore foix gras, and it did not disappoint. The soufflé was amazing. There is no question the cost is very high, but for a unique, special, and incredible experience, it is worth it.

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JF
Austin
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A must for foodies and those seeking a fine dining experience and an exemplary level of service. Expensive but worth it.

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N
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good mood and good food.
Also,Staff are very kind.

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K
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best restaurant I’ve ever been to! The views, the ambiance, the food and the service is second to none. We return every time we are on Oahu. A special shoutout to Henry, the bartender at L’Apertif, super cocktails and conversation.

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Tokyo
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

最高の料理に最高のホスピタリティ。のんびりと食事でき、もう本当に入らなくなるくらいにお腹いっぱいになりました(4品コース)

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience. The food was the best I’ve ever had and the service was flawless. Felt like a queen for the night. If you go- order the chefs tasting menu!!

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Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday celebration

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

Excellent!

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New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The setting is spectacular, the service from everyone who attended our table was excellent. The Meal was special in all ways; presentation and taste. We were there for anniversary and La Mer made it the best yet.

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Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A magical experience!

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CR
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the most amazing dining experiences of my life. There for my parents 40th anniversary and our baby moon combo. What a treat. Plan for a very expensive dining experience but worth all the many pennies. Laurence and Dan, our two primary servers, could not have made us feel more welcome, special and taken care of. The food was superb and the service was at a level I didn’t realize existed in this modern world.

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DD
Orlando
16 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect spot for a special dinner with a visitor from the continent. We had the four-course meal and followed our waiter’s suggestions. The scallop and crab appetizers were exceptional, as were the sea bass and filet of beef entrees. Chocolate soufflé for dessert - surprisingly, Key lime was our favorite of the three sauces.

Flawless service - courteous, attentive, knowledgeable host and wait staff.

2 1/2 hours passed quickly, as we had a wonderful view toward Diamond Head, overlooking the Hau Terrace - classic Hawaiian music and hula performed by two acclaimed dancers.

Highly recommended.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

フルサービスのお店。ビーチでのライブ音楽が聞こえてくるので、9時頃までは少し会話がしづらい。

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DD
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous place, discrete historic Hawaiian dining spot immediately above the ocean, great service, and superbly prepared and unique menu. Mahalo!

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HE
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The dining experience and ambiance was exquisite! Excellent views of Diamond Head and the ocean. The service is outstanding and the staff was very friendly and accommodating. We never felt rushed. The food is amazing and the presentation beautiful. The lobster and filet mignon both prepared to perfection. The cheese plate and wine pairings with each course was top notch. We will definitely return, great evening and intimate dining experience!!

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MZ
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated my wife’s birthday at La Mer. First of all, the setting is stunning. It is a beautifully appointed decor with traditional Hawaiian wood carving. The large open windows have a beautiful view of Diamond head and the beach. This restaurant is one of three restaurants in the Halekulani Hotel, a beautiful property on Waikiki beach. Just below is the restaurant, House Without a Key and they have live Hawaiian Music nightly, which is very soft and melodic. You literally feel like you are on a movie set filming in the South Pacific.
The service was extremely professional and attentive. As every course was delivered, we were given a very detailed description of the creatively crafted cuisine. The wine list is quite extensive, leaning toward a large selection of French appellations. Great choice of half bottles.
For appetizers, my wife had the foie gras, while my daughter and I had the escargot ravioli, an interesting broth added recipe, that gave it a soup like consistency. My wife had the lamb roast, I the Rouget (red snapper like fish), and my daughter the duck. Interestingly enough, my wife and I should have swapped entrees. I liked her lamb and she like my Rouget better. My daughter thought her duck was good, perhaps a 4 out of 5.
Understandably expensive, it really was a perfect choice for our special occasion!

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l
Baltimore
21 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was good, but the entrees were the same size as appetizers. The food was good, but too expensive for what was offered.

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Miami
85 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sunset in my eyes - and there were plenty of other seats. Be careful of the seat you get. Sent back fish dish as the sea bass was rubbery. Then we could not eat together-too expensive to not be able to eat together.

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service. Old Hawaii beauty and ambience! Perfect for a special occasion in Honolulu.

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Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot, beautiful decor and plates!

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

Awesome service. Definitely coming back again for next year Valentines.

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M
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Five stars in each category are not enough. This is a very special restaurant in every way. French inspired from a chef whose interpretation is unique. Our waiter’s suggestions were accurate but made decisions difficult! After all was said, we let him guide us & each course was remarkable. My scallop appetizer was beyond belief - just perfect! We had the three course meal, although four & seven courses were available.
The restaurant itself is a work of art- overlooking the Pacific from large windows. The artwork and overall design of the room are breathtaking. Note the wood panels etched w intricate designs. The evening was perfect,

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FP
Nashville
24 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a stunning restaurant! Beautiful food excellent preparation and nop notch service. Can't wait to go back

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FS
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best fine dining experience in the city. Everything is first class from the greeting, complimentary champagne, every course, after dinner chocolates, impeccable service!

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Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

全体的に素晴らしいレストランでした

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Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing. The food, the service, the atmosphere, was beyond expectations, 6 stars.

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

We celebrated our engagement at La Mer. The staff was incredible. We had a beautiful ocean view table and were given a celebratory cake and rose. Between the amazing food and atmosphere, they made our celebration truly special.

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AR
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner with my wife and daughter. Outstanding food and very relaxing evening. They closed the folding doors due to the high winds and rain that evening.

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v
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very nice atmosphere, food amazing, service not quite perfect. Expensive but worth it.

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F
San Diego
68 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Beautiful setting for our 45 anniversary. Delicious food

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

We were greeted and seated immediately upon arrival and provided with a stool for our purses. We were given some champagne to start and ordered cocktails. The food was outstanding, varied seasonings and presentations. My husband had abalone which he really enjoyed, our friends ordered the filet of beef, and I had the lamb. I wish I could describe it the way our waiter, Chris, described it. It sounded almost romantic. The main course were fantastic, but what really makes it special are all the different tastings, as we only ordered the 3 course meal. It included an appetizer, entree and dessert. Everything is presented so beautifully and tastefully, it really is a special experience and worth the price. We felt we really got good value. Very enjoyable 2 1/2 hours spent looking at the ocean and listening to the music from the lanai downstairs. Then we finished the evening at Lewers Lounge listening to jazz. Perfect.

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DL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was impeccable! The food and especially the service. Our head waiter was Alvin, and rarely have we had better service. The food was amazing as was the ambience. Expensive but well worth it.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is very good, service is good too.

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F
New England
49 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, amazing food, attentive and friendly service (even for a single diner -- not always the case at fine restaurants!)

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Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best dinner of my life. Had dinner with my family and the La Mer welcomed us with so much respect and love.

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AB
Tokyo
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

料理が素晴らしかった。最後のコーヒーで若干の手違いがあったのだけが残念でしたが、それ以外は文句なしです。サンセットテーブルのリクエストにも最高の席を予約してくれました。

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D
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing experience! Chip and Dan were our servers, and they were wonderful. They made our experience even more special! Dan was like the house photographer. : )
Chip had recommended a peach/coconut alcoholic beverage that was not on the menu, and it was delicious!
I ordered the tasting menu, and my wife ordered the 4 course. It was spectacular. The way the flavors and textures meld in your mouth is just divine!
Our dinner took 4 hours, longer than we anticipated, but very well worth it as you cannot rush the pleasure in indulging in quality food. We enjoyed a sunset view.
It was a phenomenal and amazing experience. The best meal we have ever had on the islands!
Thank you for making my birthday very special!
We will be back!

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MR
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was beautifully presented and, of course, delectable. I do have to say that the staff is what put this experience over the top! They were so attentive, informative, knowledgeable and funny! We had such a lovely evening interacting with them while enjoying this very rare treat to our palates.

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