Fête

4.7
855 reviews
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Contemporary American
Oahu's 2016 Ilima winner for Best New Restaurant in Hawaii.

"Rooted in the local farm-to-table movement — a place where seasonality and culinary tradition are celebrated in tandem.

One part Hawaii and one part Brooklyn. The atmosphere shares a brasserie feel with a laid-back island sensibility—a celebration and homage to all of our favorite things we enjoy eating and drinking.

Crafted with brick & reclaimed wood, our urban Hawaiian farmhouse features an open kitchen, lush plant wall, brick walls, and lots of natural light in a historic Chinatown building. The bar mixes classic and modern cocktails with artisanal flare with a well-curated wine list.
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Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

On the corner of a renovated, brick-walled downtown building, Fete was our second experience in the downtown eating district. Parking is challenging as ever and the winter rains put a slick overtone on the short walk. The layout provides several seating options, but our table was next to the server stand and kitchen plating are—former was poor ambience and latter was good visibility to all the dishes. It was an obvious case of trying to fit as many tables along the windows as possible.

First server took our drink order and seemingly disappeared. It took a second server asking if we had been helped to get our drinks and place our food order. The 4-spread appetizer whet the appetite and needed extra bread which the staff anticipated. The scallops were an excellent selection of flavors and the risotto was well-seasoned and prepared. We opted for the ricotta fritters and were not disappointed.

Bathrooms were in the rear courtyard which allows visibility into the adjoining restaurants, enticing us to return for another date.

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals I’ve ever had! Came in for Valentine’s Day for a pre fixe menu at $75 per person. So much food and everything was impeccable! Truly divine. From the 4 creative appetizers to the decadent entrees and 3 (yes, 3!) mind-blowing desserts, every bite was a dream! I’ve always loved Fête but this puts them at the top of my list.

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EH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Try the cocktails! Delish! We also enjoyed the locally sourced menu, including the most scrumptious risotto.

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S
Hawaii
69 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Greeting polite and cheerful. Service Attentive throughout the meal The beat salad and schnitzel plate were delicious. Generous portions. Very enjoyable meal.

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OT
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always an enjoyable meal backed with great service and amazing food and variety.

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C
Cincinnati
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super good. Got recommended by a local friend to eat here. Glad we did. Rocky road ice cream changed my life.

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NK
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and service great, but ambience hurt by proximity to next table and the need for everyone to shout to be heard.

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AE
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quinoa Cakes.....a spicy surprise. The Local Iʻa Salad.....I love seared ahi and this combined with an amazing mix of greens .....over the top.

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JN
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the rigatoni. Nice size portion, meat was tender and sauce was rich. Ricotta was in more of a cream form. Usually not a fan of ricotta but this added another level of richness to the dish. Service was great and fast too!

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

Fete is one of my favorite restaurants in town. Our company visits often for business lunches. I enjoy that they make seasonal changes to the menu. I have never had a bad experience at this restaurant!

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

Great for a business meeting when it’s not too crowded. Great service, food and ambiance. Great for business lunch and pleasure.

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

Every single course was incredible! Must try their homemade Rocky Road and the carbonara with Portuguese sausage was SOOOO DELICIOUS!

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

Ordered the lamb special and the red snapper special without really checking the price.
Surprised to have paid that much. I thought it would have been $7 -10 less for each of us. I would reconsider my next reservation based on that. Rather than dining 4 or 5 times per half-year there, I will probably cut that in half.

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

Chinese New Years. Year of the Pig. Most non Chinese restaurants were closed. Those that were opened and non Chinese were mostly empty. Fete was PACKED.
After watching the show we headed to Fete. Reservations needed! Fete was totally packed. One server called in sick. The machine that sends the tickets to the chefs was dysfunctional for a short time. Fete NEVER LOST A BEAT. What a staff and what a menu.

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E
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Very attentive and helpful service. Very much enjoyed it.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service

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JM
London
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Vastly overpriced mediocre food. I will not be returning.

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R
Hawaii
50 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed the dinner. Flavors are good as is the service.

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AN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was to notch! Will come back again.

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GC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dishes of healthy locally sourced food spiced to create wonderfully original flavors. Excellent wines. A china town treasure

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Robins food is always spot on, if you haven't eaten there yet go!

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CL
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, wonderful menu.
Interesting menu. Can’t wait to go back.

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RP
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at FETE! Got seated immediately at a choice spot. Our server was very knowledgeable and personable which made the experience more special for our Anniversary. The food was very well presented, flavors popped smiles were had! Would definitely recommend and go back again!

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LF
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had an excellent meal with great service! Each dish was so delicious and presented I a elegant manner. It was a totally enjoyable experience. We will be back.

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OT
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food. Fantastic service. Staff is so friendly and welcoming. Food came out super fast. Would definitely come back!

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r
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For me, Fete is the tops. I can depend on consist and excellent food quality. Great job using locally sourced foods. Dishes are flavorful and presented beautifully with much care and thought. I feel pampered, looked after, a "want to return" dining experience . Atmosphere is welcoming and warm, owners do their personal best to ensure customer satisfaction.
Honestly, people I've come with are always impressed with Fete

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CU
Hawaii
236 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really the best of the best. Having had over 50 meals at Fete since it opened, my wife and I can honestly say there is not one negative thing concerning Fete. Transport Fete to Greenpoint or Williamsburg Brooklyn and you would need to make reservations at least one month in advance. The only place in Hawaii to get pristine east coast oysters. The best creative fish on Oahu and the best wine list outside of NYC. Robynne and Chuck Bussler have created a Mecca towards creative but relaxing cuisine.

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RR
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great dinner - excellent food and service, great wine list, nice room but maybe a bit noisy where we were seated. Did I mention the terrific food? Afterwards, several indicated that their fish course was the best they had ever eaten.

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OT
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

So good for any occasion. My man will dream about the burger! Our server was so sweet as well!!

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s
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

It was very interesting to see the view from counter and watch sous chef and other chef assistant to prep the food we were to eat. I was shocked to see that 1 or 2 of the chefs were eating the food as part of their lunch such as the french fries or the pasta from the bowl they had prepared for the customer's meals. Is that standard practice for ALL hip / upcoming restaurants?

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JA
San Francisco
40 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was pretty good, but buttermilk fried chicken was tough/over cooked. Accompanying jam was delicious.
Didn’t care for the “library” room we were taken to since our table wasn’t quite ready.
Great cocktails.

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JT
Hawaii
72 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Don't miss an opportunity to dine at Fete. We dine out a lot and Fete is still at the top of our list in Honolulu. Every dish is excellent. The simplest dishes, like pasta, become interesting at Fete. Food is hearty and creative at the same time, which is not an easy feat for a chef. Everything should be tried --- the smoked ahi, three spreads and grilled octopus are terrific appetizers. In addition to the pastas, the fried chicken is becoming famous and the fish is always fresh and done perfectly. Chuck's wine list is just as creative, with wines you would not expect a small restaurant to acquire and offer. He is doing something very, very right.

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BH
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

It was a very busy night and we sat on high chairs overlooking the cooks. It was interesting but also hard watching people work so hard. Am a foodie and felt impelled to note food sanitation issues.

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TR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really awesome cuisine, everything was scrumdiddlyumptious

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TL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance!

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c
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Onaga special was outstanding. Olive oil cake rocks for dessert.

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LG
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. The burger with fries is my favorite and the ketchup is tasty and I always ask for extra. Also, good service and friendly people.

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L
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing. I'm a monthly visitor and always trying something I've not had before. Never disappointed!!

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MB
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, fantastic cocktails, a lovely local ambience and friendly service. Would definitely recommend.

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RH
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always happy to come here. We've been about four times and have yet to be disappointed. The meals are creative, with layers of flavors. We enjoy working our way through the appetizer menu and finishing it off with one of the many wonderful desserts. I always look forward to dining here.

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