Alan Wong's Restaurant
Our flagship restaurant in Honolulu has been recognized by numerous awards including those for "Best Tasting Menu", "Best Wine Program", "Best Service", and "Best Desserts." The culinary team is always striving to create new dishes that speak of our Farm to Table commitment, and our staff strives to make your romantic dinner, special occasion, or visit to Honolulu a memorable one for every guest.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019
We went to Alan Wong for the first time with friends who highly recommend it. I thought it was very good but my husband was disappointed. We had Da Bag which I enjoyed but my husband found it too salty. My scallops were excellent but my husband's duck was tough. The chocolate dessert that we shared was a little on the sweet side. Our friends had the tomato and Da Bag for appetizers, shared the steak, and shared the coconut sorbet for dessert. They found all of those dishes excellent.
We sat on the balcony which was fairly quiet and had a lovely view of the mountains. The service was excellent, attentive but not overly so or intrusive as it sometimes is at expensive restaurants. Sharing the appetizer and dessert, with a main course and glass of wine each, the cost was almost $80 per person, which we consider high.
We had the sampling menu and everything was outstanding! The only reason I have a 4-star for ambiance is because it was a little too dark. Other than that, everything from the service, courses offered, quality of ingredients, and amazing taste, were amazing!
Excellent food and service. Nice atmosphere and furnishings. Valet parking good value since it’s a busy area.
Good food, fresh ingredients
But food comes out very slow
We were left unimpressed. For a very big ticket dining experience... it was mediocre at best. The Ahi spring rolls were doughy/bready and heavy. When we asked for sauce for the salmon without seeds, we were offered stone cold sauce. It took forever to get cocktails from the bar. After a LENGTHY discussion with our server about disdain for cilantro, I was served sautéed mushrooms riddled with the evil weed. Probably wouldn’t recommend or return.
Contrastingly, our busser Niki was attentive and fabulous.
Always a exceptional dining experience. Food is superb- tastefully prepared and presented. Wait staff very attentive. Was a little disappointed this time finding that menu selection is becoming quite limited. Also, menu items found online were not available when we dined. Otherwise a fabulous restaurant.
Romantic dinner in Honolulu
We are ʻĪoyal cusromers and Alan Wongʻs is my favorite restaurant in the world. This dinner was not a typical Alan Wongʻs experience. Service was not up ro pae— we had to ask dor the wine list, we had fo ask our serverʻs asst (Justin) to take our drink order.
We went to Alan Wongs to celebrate our 27th Wedding Anniversary. Nice touch to personalize and sign our menus. Staff all wished us a happy anniversary. We chose the wine pairing which is such a great way to sample the menu. Staff was courteous, and explained each course and paired wine. Service was prompt and the food was absolutely delicious. Every bite of every course. Finished off the meal with a personalized dessert dish. Really a special evening.
Simply put Alan Wong's is a first class dining experience.
Always a pleasure to dine there.
The food was delicious.
Been going there for years always great food. Service sometimes not great but it is Hawaii So all things considered don't hesitate to go there.
Vacation. It did not go well. Great wine and sommelier, otherwise service went very badly.
We’ve been coming here for 20 years in twice a year visits to Oahu. Have loved their food all this time but value has really declined.
The braised duck entree, though delicious, came with TWO slices of breast meat for $43.
The tasting menu is still a decent value st $95 but all members of party need to do it, so if someone is not too hungry or doesn’t eat seafood, then you’re screwed.
Food wasn't great, but wasn't bad. The caesar salad was cauliflower and broccoli with 1 piece of lettuce which wasn't what we expected when ordering a salad. The tenderloin and salmon were good, but the duck was surprisingly not very good. The skin and fat was soft and rubbery. The portions were also very small considering the price (even for a nice restaurant). However, the service was good as the waiters were very attentive. I would consider giving this restaurant another shot given its reputation, but it wouldn't be at the top of my list.
We’ve been going to Alan Wongs for years and have always loved it. It has been our go-to place for special occasions. I was very disappointed by our recent weeknight visit. The menu is much more limited than in the past. The food we ordered was fine but past favorites were not on the menu. Service was surprisingly bad, we waited for a very long time to put in our order and when we were done, it took forever to get our plates cleared. We skipped dessert because the service was so slow. There were several large parties that may explain the poor service but this experience was definitely not up to the usual service we have had at Alan Wongs. We love this restaurant and will definitely give it another try but really hope dinner the other night was an anomaly.
Alan Wong has an outstanding reputation. Service was spectacular and the food was prepared properly. However, overall the menu is uninspiring especially for the price. Certainly not up to the standards of the ultra high end chefs. The decor is plain and again, seems average for the price. Dinner for two was $280 (before tip) and even in Hawaii I would have expected more.
An outstanding dining experience. They have some very innovative and tasty dishes that you will not find anywhere else!
It's always a great way to start a New year by having good food with a good friend. It was a delightful dinner. Mahalo!
Great service! We especially loved the chopped ahi sashi frmi and avocado salsa stack, beef watercress, and the coconut!
Not worth the money or the taxi fare from the resort area. Waiter was attentive but the food is unimaginative and not well prepared. The “signature” tomato salad was served with a syrupy sweet dressing, the red sea bream fish was very dry and over cooked for my taste. My guest had the twice cooked short ribs and that was good but not worth the price. As for the ambiance, if you’re into ceiling tiles and 80s track lighting then this’ll be your vibe.
One of our all time favorites! We’ve been dining here for years and we can expect great EVERYTHING- and they always deliver. The Ehu dish is our favorite.
Food was very good but the service was not as good as we expected for the price and reputation. There was a piece of metal in the soup for one person in our party and he was not given anything instead. We had to pay for the dish with the metal in it, as well as little things we expected were included, like bread and soda refills. We did not feel welcome and would not recommend to anyone.
Used to be exceptional -- now marginal. The service was poor, the menu greatly reduced from its former glory, and the execution of the dining experience was substandard. This is a restaurant running on its former reputation.
We're originally from Hawaii and return to the islands regularly. We've been to Alan Wong's before and thought it was special. On this trip, we all noticed (husband, son and I) that the seasoning was off. For example, the kailua pork in "Da Bag" was very salty. The presentation and service are still great. The food needs quality control so it maintains the high standard it was known for.
The menu was wonderful and we had options without being overwhelmed. I also appreciated the excellent service.
Great service and good! A++
Great food, Great service. Red snapper is must! If you never been go make reservations now. Taste menu is available with wine pairings too. Everything is ono (delicious)!
We had dinner from a friend’s recommendation. The tomato salad was delicious as was the scallops and salmon. Didn’t really enjoy the lobster/shrimp/tofu cake. Would recommend you have dinner here though. It’s in such an unassuming place. Off the Waikiki strip. A 10 minute drive away.
The food and drinks are excellent! Da Bag stands out. The Geisha cocktail is just magnificent!
Service was okay, but the most disappointing was the food. I was surprised that this is one of those Hawaiian institutions that people say you must visit and that the Obama’s love this place. But the food was mediocre yet the prices are ridiculously high for what you get. I would not recommend this place if you’re just visiting Honolulu for a few days. Don’t waste one of your meals on this place.
Great food! Bring a meat eater, the tomato salad was amazing!
This was the latest of many dinners at Alan Wong’s and weren’t disappointed with the overall experience. The food and the service were exceptional as usual.
On the way to the bathroom at Alan Wong’s you will see a variety of glowing reviews, lacquered and carefully framed. If you look closely, you will note that the vast majority of them are from the 90’s. So is the decor. And so is the food. This is the extreme case of a chef resting on his laurels. When the young game-show-host of a waiter showed up, he sold the menu’s signature items very hard. Even harder he sold the cookbook that featured recipes for some of these very same menu items. Said waiter then vanished. One of the signature cocktails, the ‘Bully’s Drink’ (a pineapple martini) arrived at body temperature and was disgustingly sweet and weak. In the age of over-curated cocktails, this was not a welcome break. The food that followed was worse and not as described. An ahi spring roll tasted like an old tunafish sandwich. The watercress salad contained no watercress. And the signature galbi short rib was so cloyingly sweet this diner could not finish it. ‘The Coconut,’ the most famous dish on the dessert menu (chocolate coconut shell, coconut ice cream, fresh fruit), was for sure the best thing we ate, but it lacked real coconut flavor and the fruit was tired, like it had been waiting all day. By the way, the kitchen shut down at one point and our main courses were delayed for a solid 45 minutes. Apologies were offered, but nothing else. This restaurant boasts that it exists on the 3rd floor of a building in a non-nondescript neighborhood and does not have a view. The point being that it’s all about the food. It isn’t. Whoever is at the helm has lost interest in cooking. If you are visiting Honolulu, stay in your hotel with your sunset view and order another mai tai and some nachos. You will eat better and and you won’t have spent $200. Better yet, go to ‘Senia’. It’s innovative and exciting and everything this restaurant ought to be.
Amazing as always.
Overall experience is great as the service is really nice and atmosphere is awesome. The food is good, but it’s not as great as we expected as the price is expensive here.
I've had several excellent experiences here previously, but I was very disappointed in our last visit. The food was mediocre, the service was poor, our party of five was "exiled" to the outer room at a very small table. The main courses were very sloooow coming out of the kitchen and the fish dishes were cold, letting me think they sat for a while. While the wines I chose were all good, the available options in the "reasonable for a restaurant" range were quite limited. We had several much better restaurant excursions on Oahu for waaaaay less money. Won't be going back.