Fête

4.7
913 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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CJ
Hawaii
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came back to Fete for lunch and as always was not disappointed. The Korean Fried Chicken Sandwich is exquisite. It is amazing how they get such a depth of flavor in the chicken. The slaw perfectly balances the sandwich. The Chaz Burger is delicious. I've never had such a juicy burger in my life. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Both dishes become even better paired with Fete's fries and marinara like ketchup. YUM!. For dessert definitely order the olive oil cake and olive oil ice cream. I was very skeptical but it's DELICIOUS! The cake is light and with a dense crumb. The ice cream has a lovely floral note. It's like nothing I've had before. A must try!

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CU
Hawaii
248 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going on 100+ times and it gets better every time. And as an extra point since restaurants come and go so easily on Oahu, on Friday evening so many restaurants in and around Chinatown were only half or less filled, Fete was packed till 10:30. This is Williamsburg/Greenpoint Brooklyn packed. And it’s like this most of the time. It’s like a grand old French Bistro with locals dinning every night and newbies learning that Fete is a true destination. Chuck Bussler has a hard time visiting all of the regulars who dine there nightly. So I’m confident Fete will not be leaving.

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

The food is always great! The service is good and overall good experience

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food from start to finish and at a price that seems more than reasonable considering other restaurant comps in the area. Only complaint would be the tables for two are small and slightly two close together. Being a larger man it would be nice to not feel packed into a corner but it wasn’t that bad overall experience was 5 star and we’ll definitely be back!

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SE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Natalia our server was fantastic! I had the linguine carbonara and flan for dessert.
Both were excellent! I’d definitely recommend eating here.

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SH
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

For some reason we had to wait 40 minutes for our entrees. Food was okay.

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KR
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious but we had to wait a long time...there was a Beach Boys concert that night so the restaurant was busy...didn't seem like they were prepared for the extra customers

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MW
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Had 6:00 pm dinner before theater and barely made 8:00 pm show. Restaurant got busy and service suffered because of limited staff. Special of day appetizer was disappointing but entrees and wine were great. Tables for two are VERY close together so expect a less than private dining experience. Appreciate the local produce etc. and unique menu.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been coming to Honolulu every year for the past 15 years and this was by far one of the best dining experiences we have had. The food was delicious, the ambience perfect and the service excellent. I can talk about specific dishes, but we all have different taste. What i can say is the strawberry fennel sorbet to finish was out of this world! We will be coming back, for sure!

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MM
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food. We ate here twice on our one week trip to Honolulu.

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LM
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was very good, but it was incredibly slow from the time we sat down to the time we actually got our food. I wouldn't recommend arriving really hungry. The waitress and drinks were great, though.

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Hawaii
129 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! Hate to point to chicken on any menu as a favorite dish but here it is really amazing! Staff attentive and thoughtful. Home made rocky road ice cream. Way underrated wine list. Wow.

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CJ
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and service at Fête is outstanding. This was our first time trying dinner service. The dinner seating was a little tight and service was a tad slow, but it was First Friday and very busy so it's understandable. The waitstaff was very apologetic about the wait time for our food and gave us free snacks as we waited. We came for lunch previously and it was much quieter, and relaxed. We definitely plan on coming back for lunch AND dinner. We would definitely recommend this place.

The Foie Gras Gyoza was delicious. The King trumpet mushroom and water chestnut's umami flavor balanced the sweet tanginess of the poha jam.

The Bistro Steak Frites is superb. Definitely order it cooked medium. The steak was juicy, had a slight chew, and you could taste the meat. The steak's natural flavor wasn't masked with a bunch of spices/flavorings. The gorgonzola crema added a nice tangy kick to the steak.

The Pappardelle was exquisite. On par with Arancino's at the Kahala. The beef was succulent and fork tender. The ragu had a rich tomato, meatiness to it. They add ricotta on the top which adds a nice creaminess to the dish.

Dessert is to die for. The pastry/dessert chef at Fete is amazing. The Banana Jam Chocolate Tart is mouth watering. The banana jam isn't overly sweet, nor does it have that artificial banana taste. You can taste the care that went into making it. The 70% chocolate ganache plays nicely off of the jam and the salted caramel. The bitterness of such a dark chocolate is cut just enough by the other flavors. The walnut-chocolate crunch adds a nice texture to the dish. Fete also has a brownie dessert that I can't wait to have again. It's a rich dark chocolate brownie with a hint of cherry, topped with house made ice cream and walnut-chocolate crunch. Decadent but oh so delicious.

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TE
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Although we arrived early, we were seated and served promptly. The food from appetizers to dessert was delicious and proved to be a wonderful prelude to an evening at the theatre.

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G
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fete is always terrific, great food, great drinks, terrific atmosphere.

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CM
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent lunch at Fete this week! Can't wait to go back for dinner.

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8
Hawaii
9 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We needed a restaurant close to Hawai`i Theater.

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TW
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My only complaint about Fete was that it was our least meal of the trip, we were literally on our way to the airport. Had we tried Fete earlier in our vacation we would have gone multiple times. This was by far our favorite dining experience during our week long visit. Every part of our meal was outstanding! We will definitely be back!

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j
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Expensive and portions of main course small but I enjoyed it.

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BV
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I thought the food was excellent, interesting combinations and the service was great. I thought it was a little expensive for the portions but, it was a culinary experience

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

We go to Fete once a month, and we have always had a great time. Their food is , and the staff is exceptionally friendly and knowledgeable of their menu.

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MP
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food Great Service. Orange wine was amazing. Olive oil cake with pistachio and rocky road ice cream so damn yummy ❤️😋 We will definitely go back

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

We always love our meals here

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

Great food. Great ambiance. Location is on a corner in the middle of Chinatown with big picture windows to watch the constant randomness of N Hotel street. Overall it was a great place.

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

Best Quinoa burger in town. A bit expensive, but service and ambiance are great.

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

Amazing food made with love and service is on-point!

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L
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my 3rd time dining at Fete. I ordered the special Meatball sandwich with ricotta. It was the second time I had it, and my first time friends ordered the same. We were not disappointed. The service, as always, was excellent. Or server was attentive and pleasant. I highly recommend Fete for lunch.

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J
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

75th b’day celebration for my husband. Food was delicious and our service was superb. Great assistance with choosing our wines & anything else needed. Highly recommended for any occasion.

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Hawaii
20 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

I've eaten here many times and the food is always good. But they were very slow in service. We arrived at 6 and had to be at the Theatre at 8. No time for dessert.

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KC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, Great food...
Perfect before going to Hawaii theater.

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Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, leave feeling happy and satisfied. Got spoiled with a special chef dessert which was amazing. Definitely a favorite spot for date night

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its always an amazing time here. The beef tartar is crazy good we love it also the service is fast and really nice.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Friends lunch

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m
Los Angeles
17 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Fete! Great everything! Great food, service, people and ambiance!

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LM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

The waitress served us and then disappeared. Couldn’t find her. Finally someone else helped us.

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CJ
Hawaii
16 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fete is always a good choice. Food, service and ambiance are in perfect synchronicity at this Chinatown gem. What I especially love is the perfect blend of the cutting edge dining trends from the mainlands most innovative dining cities married with Hawaii’s unique “talk story and cruise at your own pace” vibe. Fete nails it every time.
If you have made it through this review and are still deciding if this is the place for you then look no further- I promise you will not find a better spot.

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n
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender Amber was excellent! Love to go back to sit on the bar counter and eat and drink her special cocktails.

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SO
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not only was this restaurant a hidden gem, it surpassed our expectations. The service was great (Thanks Cloe). The ambiance and the food were superb. I will definitely return!

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JT
Hawaii
75 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fete never disappoints and we have been here countless times. It’s a clear favorite with residents and has been rightfully discovered by visiting foodies. This week we and our guests sampled quinoa cakes that melted in our mouths, small gougeres that gently tore apart (how the chef manages such light pastries in this tropical climate is a mysterious feat), the freshest fish in a light sauce and a lamb loin that was one of the most flavorful and tender that we’ve found. It’s clear that these owners focus on finding the highest quality ingredients.....all the while keeping prices reasonable. The same goes for the excellent wine list that is thoughtfully built to compliment the food. There is always a surprise on the list that is delicious.

Atmosphere is a touch of urban Honolulu and is incredibly welcoming and comfortable in the midst of gritty Chinatown. Clearly a favorite of people in the know, from conservatively dressed business people to hipper tattooed musicians and artists in the neighborhood.

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NS
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The experience was perfection without pretention. I recommend Fete for both business as well as social lunching and dining.

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