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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Details
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

4.1

Noise

Quiet

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (28)
Scenic View (28)
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Quiet Conversation (23)
Waterfront (23)
Special Occasion (22)
Good for a Date (16)
Creative Cuisine (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Tasting Menu (12)
Notable Wine List (12)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Authentic (9)
Worth the Drive (9)
Cozy (8)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Fun (2)
Live Music (2)
Neighborhood Gem (2)
Business Meals (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Seasonal (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Healthy (1)
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Organic (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined 3 days ago

Superior service and food in a stunning setting.

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·Dined 5 days ago

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 9, 2018

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

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·Dined on January 9, 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 7, 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 5, 2018

Everything was great, thanks.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 2, 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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·Dined on December 30, 2017

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

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·Dined on December 29, 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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·Dined on December 26, 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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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Was our Anniversary ...they were very nice

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

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

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 17, 2017

The best food, service and view.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 16, 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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·Dined on December 16, 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 16, 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 13, 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 7, 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 29, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 29, 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 28, 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 28, 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.

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 27, 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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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wondeful experience and our server mark was just awesome

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 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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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Very elegant dining experience. Excellent service. Menu options should be reviewed before choosing this restaurant as they reflect a creative cuisine.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 21, 2017

3度目の利用ですが、いつも満足しています。今回はコースにしましたが3時間かけてゆったりと食事ができました。後半はちょっと苦しかったですが。
合計で$800超とかなり高めなので特別な日に気合を入れてという感じでしょうか。
ジャケットは必須ですね。また利用したい(お金が貯まったら)お店です。

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 17, 2017

Great service by all.

Came here and being vegan was a little hesitant as they have a vegetarian menu, however it is not vegan. The Chef literally made a vegan coursed out meal so I didn’t feel left out at the table.

Service was great. Our server was attentive enough and not too overbearing.

The view is beautiful. Will definitely come again and highly recommend.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 13, 2017

オープンテーブルで2回目の予約でしたが、今回も入口の席で、普通の席以下でした。
お料理は創意工夫がされていて、サービサーも良かったのですが。

オープンテーブルでは末席に通されるのが多いのか?
それとも、オープンテーブル自体の利用履歴があまりないからそうなったのか。

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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Food as art. Each dish was superb and served like expertly crafted pieces of art. Many delicious flavors in each bite. The foie gras was perfectly prepared with a little Hawaiian twist. Ceviche also wonderful with subtle fennel flavor. Lovely wines by the glass. Vanilla soufflé was gorgeous and comes with 3 different flavors of sauce and cocoa nibs. Service is impeccable. Our table was looking out over the ocean, and could watch the Hawaiian singers and dance, as well as the many weddings and family celebrations. A truly incredible and magical evening.

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 (London)·Dined on November 9, 2017

If you are able, ask for Dan to be your waiter. I have dined at some very special restaurants around the world, and I have to say that Dan is the finest waiter I have ever had the pleasure of dining with. He has been at La Mer for 33 years and is a most special asset for the restaurant. Food was impeccable, ambience is old Hawaii, and priceless. Dan made the entire experience without equal.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Scenic View
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·Dined on November 9, 2017

La Mer is a high end restaurant located in the Halekulani Hotel, right on the water. At sunset, the view is fantastic! The service is top notch, as it should be for a restaurant of this caliber. The food is prepared and presented beautifully. Even from the start with three different breads, so soft and tasty. There were four of us, so we were able to sample many dishes. I am no expert, but this has to be one of the top 5-star restaurants in Honolulu. Be prepared to pay for food and service of this quality. Would I do it again? In a heartbeat.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We are so happy that we picked this restaurant while on our stay on the hawian Islands.

We traveled from Kauai to Maui to the big island and then Oahu, let me tell you this was by far the best restaurant and food during our entire stay in Hawaii period.

We had the chefs tasting menu and it was superb in every way possible, the fois Gras was out of this world good and the steak unreal flavor that will satisfy any Carnavor out there.

If at Waikiki Beach area and want a special dinner you must book this place , reservations are a must they are booked al ost every night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Scenic View, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Hawaii)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Wonderful, as usual. We have been going to La Mer for a number of years and it never fails to disappoint us. It rightfully is considered the best restaurant in Hawaii. The ambiance, the food, and the service remain outstanding. Highlights included the foie gras appetizer; the various entrees (lamb, beef and fish), and two desserts (the coconut cake and the souffle). My wife said that this was one of the best meals of our lives (we have been married more than 40 years and have dined in fine restaurants around the world). We had flown over from Maui and were eating dinner at La Mer with our friends from California who had never been there before. One of them stated afterward that the experience "belonged to a bygone time". It truly does.... one feels they are in an elegant movie from the 1940s or 1950s!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food, service and atmosphere at La Mer was delightful and exceptional. The restaurant itself does not host live music, but it is situated above another restaurant that does, so you get the ambiance of live music in the background (very chic!)
My only complaint was that when we inquired about the Gustation experience, our waiters described it as being, "...for both of you", which I took to mean that the pricing for this option was based on a 'dinner for two' concept, which turned out not to be the case. I would recommend they print 'per person' on the menu next to the price to avoid such confusion in the future.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Waterfront, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Live Music
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Everything was perfect for start to finish. The food was amazing, and the service was excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Romantic, Scenic View
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Have been to La Mer many times. Best meal there that I can remember-

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Waterfront, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

It was lovely. Thank you very much. You treated me very well.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Overall we had a good experience at La Mer, however, we felt that it was overpriced. The food was good, but not great.

Also, we had an issue with the bottle of wine that we ordered. I had pointed to particular bottle on the menu, and we were brought a different, more expensive bottle. Not realizing this initially, we drank the wine. The waiter was insistent that we ordered the one he gave us, and charged us accordingly. I believe he did this purposely. Also, they automatically added significant gratuity to our bill, so be aware of this.

Tags: Good for a Date, Scenic View, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Tasting Menu
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 17, 2017

One of the best meals I’ve ever had in the US. Everything that we hadn’t was delicious

Tags: Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Waterfront
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