La Vie

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$31 to $50
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French
With a passion for food, beverage and hospitality, La Vie pairs innovative, artfully plated, modern French cuisine with sincere and attentive service. Views of the Pacific Ocean set the scene for our open-air restaurant sitting high on the eighth floor of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach.

Our kitchen is led by Chef Shaymus Alwin and Chef de Cuisine Patrick Collins since 2019 and offers a menu of both a la carte options and a create your own tasting menu experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Tokyo
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All of them were so nice!
I want visit again.

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Chexta
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very filling, worth every bite. Will definitely be revisiting in the future.

TN
TeamNichols
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very good food and service. We were taken good care especially when they found out that we are celebrating a birthday. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always excellent service the dishes are just amazing best deal on the island. The staff goes out of there way to make sure your dining experience is A+
Make the reservations and experience a great night. 👍

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
144 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Get there before sunset and enjoy the incredible view. The food is amazing! You choose a 3 or 4 course dinner from a variety of items on the menu. You can do this in any order or any configuration you want- Do you want 4 entree type dishes? order up! Do you want 1 starter and 3 desserts? You can do that! It really doesn't matter how you do it, just do it. The food is incredibly good and creatively prepared and presented. The room is open air and has a great view but has quirky touches in the decor that will have you wondering- why? No matter. The service was as excellent as the food. Michael is one of the best wait professionals we have experienced in a long time. The entire team was awesome. Do the wine pairings for the best experience.

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PunaGirl
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambiance and view is amazing. Love their menu where you can pick and choose between 3 or 4 items for a set price. The service we received was from Mason and the other members of the staff was exemplary. Will definitely return to experience the food and service again!

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viplauror
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Last dinner after a week of trying out new trendy restaurants popping up on the scene. The restaurant is an open air dining a step from the lobby. I have seen this trend done better. In the Ritz, it feels like a walkthrough to the sushi restaurant. It feels very casual. You have a choice between a 3 or 4 course menu which is very liberal. You can have all desserts of the same kind if you like. This makes it easy for everyone to choose what they like. I chose the asparagus soup with poached egg. I have read so much about this and was excited but I was not impressed. not that it was bad but just meh. I feel it needed more seasoning. Which I feel is true for the whole meal. Btw, the first course arrived 30 minutes after the amuse bouche. The salmon was perfectly done. By itself was ordinary but eaten with the spinach and the pearl potatoes together was elevated . The truffle sauce on the quail gave it the much needed umami. My date tried the cheese taste ,scallops with cauliflower and the lobster remoulade. They were all good. We wanted to try the soufflé but was afraid to wait since the orders came very slowly. My server was busy but made time to attend to our meal. He was very knowledgeable.

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vipFoody
San Francisco
123 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This is a very strange deal here. It's sort of a pop up in the coffee shop of the Ritz Hotel. The chef is super creative but somewhat over does every dish. If he prepared them a bit simpler, I would have enjoyed them better but all in all, we had a great time. The service was good although there were not many diners in the place. The ambiance is coffee shop chic and there is a view of the ocean so it wasn't so bad.

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KennethS
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very innovative food. Interesting flavor combinations, like quenelles of escargot. Full service bar that was able to produce my requested aviation cocktail without flinching and no questions asked. Amazingly attentive and helpful service.

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Jenn
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect! Great staff and service! I would def recommend to a friend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it and can’t wait to return.

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SHUJINT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

景色も素晴らしく、お料理も素晴らしかったです。
また是非伺いたいです。

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Autumn
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was great!! Everyone was so kind and attentive toward all the guest. They worked very well as a team with smooth precision. They were knowledgeable of the menu were able to answer any questions I had and made wonderful recommendations. The food was absolutely delicious!! The view and the live piano music just added to a peaceful and relaxing dining experience. I was full, content, and glad that I chose La Vie as my dining option. Thank you to everyone on staff for being a part of my blessing.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

You must improve quality of house red win

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WhatYouLikeEat
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Vie is such an enjoyable experience. The service was great. Everyone that you passed greeted you properly. Go on a Friday night and you will get a chance to view the fireworks show at Hilton Hawaiian Village. The pianist plays music to match the fireworks show.

The menu was unlike any other. Go for the tasting menu with wine. The good thing about La Vie is that although the entire table had to participate in the tasting not everyone had to have the same choices. This made it unique in itself because everyone got a different experience all to themselves.

The noise level was quiet. You don't hear the usual clanging of utensils to plate like other restaurants. You can chat with your party knowing you didn't have to talk over the others around you.

I can't wait to go back again.

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MikaH
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Our reservation was at 8:15 PM SO WE GOT THERE ABOUT 10 min early. We were directed to the lounge seating because our seat was still being occupied. The rest of our party joined shortly after at the lounge seating. 15 min passed our reservation time so I asked what is going on. We were told to wait. So we did...but another 15 min went by. Already 30 min has gone by and since I was the only one that spoke English I told the person at the restaurant that I am getting very disappointed since I was hosting this dinner, and my guests from Japan was with me who was looking forward to eat at La Vie, I expressed my concern. Then, the person I talked to had provided us a glass of champagne to each of us. However... by the time we sat at our table it was well passed 9pm, 45 min has passed our reservation time. After our order was done and our food came, I was very satisfied. The food and the service was awesome. I don’t honestly know if the service was overly nice because of our looooong wait, but I forgave them since it’s a fairly new restaurant. If I decide to go the next time and the same wait time happen, I am definitely walking out.

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Camokilo
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Culinary genius, brilliant fusion of flavors and textures, every dish was delicious and beautifully presented, food art! Words cannot do justice to describe the scrumptious dining experience. We both had the four course and were able to try 8 of our selections from the menu. Every dish was a savory delight! Must haves - Macadamia infused tofu topped with caviar& shaved abalone, Lobster w/ pickled asparagus and slaw, Onaga red snapper w/ roasted grapes, Scallops w/ roasted cauliflower & pink grapefruit. I most recently had dinner at Alma a Michelin restaurant in Lisbon, Portugal and Familjen in Sweden. The food at La Vie was just as good as those Michelin restaurants I have dined at recently. Servers were courteous and well informed. Only wished they could have kept our water glasses refilled and refreshed.

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vipAlohaJanet
Hawaii
35 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful meal with great service and view!

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DM808
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around!! We celebrated 3 of our birthdays. Nice Piano music to!
DM.

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Graceful
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delightful meal service and atmosphere
Surely go back there soon

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vipInukshuk
Hawaii
17 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular. The best meal we have had in Honolulu in two years. The fois gras was seared perfectly and melted in my mouth. The beef was butter. The choices were diverse and flexible. My son in law ordered three entrees in the tasting menu while my wife chose 3 hors d’deovres - no problems. The chocolate soufflé was one of the best I have had. This restaurant really deserved some attention from the boys at Michelin.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Vie was a great overall experience. High end dining with all the service and great food without the pretentiousness. An interesting open menu concept and beautiful atmosphere make it a great place to enjoy yourself and relax.

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vipRobiS
Hawaii
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If your server is Hayden, you'll be lucky because he's most personable and knowledgeable!

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vipjulieD
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Vie is exceptional on all levels. This is a 5 star restaurant best we have ever been to. A must do in hawaii!

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BenC
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined here on New Years Eve. The overall experience was fantastic, the service (Hayden) was top notch. All of the staff had an immense amount of knowledge in regards to the ingredients and the wine pairings. The kitchen crew lead by (Chef Patrick) knocked cit out of the park! Perfectly orchestrated and absolutely delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Tokyo
18 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

I’m really underwhelmed by this place. It really is just an extended part of the bar and we get a better view from our balcony at home.

Firstly, not to get anyone in trouble, our servers were friendly and upbeat and our water glasses were constantly topped off.

It was a course menu for New Year’s Eve, and it started out okay. The food was fair and the timing was good but when it came to having our steaks served, it seemed that everyone went out for a smoke break or something and everyone had disappeared. I waved our waiter down and said we were hungry. A few minutes later we got our steaks(grisly, hard to cut into). Not worth the wait.

Loved the Sushi Sho restaurant we visited last year. Expensive but perfectly timed and worth it. We wouldn’t revisit La Vie again though.

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Anton
Hawaii
21 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience2

The food and service was very good. We loved the creative way you can combine any courses and dishes you want for one flat price. The wine pairing was very nice as well. The food itself was super creative and had great flavors, and beautiful presentation. We will defintely go back!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience3

The food is outstanding but service is very very slow — we were not even served bread for a full hour after seating. Since we were seated at 8:45 or so this was definitely an issue. Dessert, similar delays but would say the food was exceptional

JA
JoAnnaS
Orange County
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food here is world class. Truly an amazing culinary experience. The wait staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. Our only quibble is that it takes too long between plates. An average of 35-45 minutes between courses feels much too long, even for a place where savoring the food is a must. It took almost an hour from seating before the amusee bouche arrived. It seems silly to quibble when the overall experience was so positive, but I hope the kitchen can figure out a more moderate pacing. Still, very glad we went and we will long remember the foodie experience!

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Viktoria
Denver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Restaurant and menu looks very good and service was great. But unfortunately my fish and lobster came overcooked and the beef was quite tough. We expected more from the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Hawaii
11 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall2food3service5ambience5

リッツカールトンという一流ホテルでのフレンチレストランとして、
星2つという酷評を付けさせていただきました。

料理は149ドルのコースと4品コースを注文し、
前菜3品は美味しく頂いて、
その後の鯛のお料理は最高で良かったです。

赤牛は期待していましたが、
全然美味しくなかったです。
ソースも合わない。
付け合わせのジャガイモが美味しかった印象があります。

デザートは中の下でした。

コースの中で、
一気に気持ちを落とされた感じがショックが大きかったです。


日本人のお客様が多い中で、
日本人の口にあう味の分かるマネージャーくらいいた方が良さそう。

メニューにアイデアは有るけれど、
サーバーさん良い人ではあるが、
お勧めしてもらった、
鴨肉、ニイハウ島のアンテロープのタルタル、そして赤牛
どれもメインだったけど、メインのお勧めはどれも美味しいとはいえなかったです。


スイーツも上品ではあるけれど、
うーん、
日本のフレンチで出されるようなスイーツを
もう少し研究されて欲しい。

今のままだと、リピートはしないかな。

でもお店の中でのピアノ演奏は、
最高で、とても良かったです。

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Food is wierd and overpriced but setting and service very good.

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MaToAT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good atmosphere, nice food and excellent service. Price is a bit expensive, but reasonable for this quality of food and service. I will definitely coma back to this restaurant.

JH
JohnH
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This was our first time here. We went on Christmas Eve and chose the special Christmas menu. We really enjoyed the open air atmosphere. All of the food was excellent, although grossly overpriced. The staff was professional, attentive without being overbearing. This was a very enjoyable evening and we look forward to returning for another "special occasion" dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love La Vie. It is such an amazing culinary experience. The staff are so attentive and skilled. The food is exquisite. Mahalo for making this such a lovely dining experience for us.

JK
JunK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

3 of us selected 4 course menu and all the dishes tasted good.

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vipLeesyblue
Richmond
18 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Three things they should consider:
1. Dress code
2. 12+ age requirement
3. Better head waiters

Food was wonderful and interesting. Water staff and junior waiters and waitresses were lovely but head waiter we had had zero personality and came across as completely disinterested. Once he was actually nodding and smiling while someone spoke to him and then had to say ‘what were you saying’ as he totally was checked out. There was an active toddler who was clearly not wanting to be there for hours and hours and after 9pm- and the parents just carried on. Not enjoyable whatsoever.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

17時から予約
本当は19時頃から予約したかったのですが直前で空いておらず、17時になってしまったのですが、日中から日没、夜景と色々な景色が見れとても素敵な時間を過ごせました。

本格的な料理にも関わらず金額も高すぎずよかったです。

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was phenomenal. Our waiter, Hayden, was very knowledgeable and courteous. The evening view was breathtaking sitting at the balcony edge. We chose the Chef’s Menu with Wine Pairing and Three Course Selection. All dishes were executed very well and tasty.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
11 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the flexible menu. The food was fantastic.

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La Vie is rated 4.7 stars by 88 OpenTable diners.

La Vie does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://hyswaikiki.com/hys-gift-cards/.

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.