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EUROPEAN
(see also Other Oahu Restaurants)

The restaurants listed under this category have received prestigious annual awards and critical recognition from various sources, among them:
  • 'Ilima Award: Presented by the Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper based on a People's Choice ballot.
  • Hale 'Aina Award: Presented by the Honolulu Magazine based on subscriber balloting.


CONTINENTAL

AARON'S ATOP THE ALA MOANA
410 Atkinson Drive
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 955-4466
Noted for its spectacular view of Honolulu. Classic Continental cuisine offering surf-and-turf standards that never get old. 2002 Hale Aina Award. (D $$$)

BISTRO AT CENTURY CENTER
1750 Kalakaua Avenue
Waikiki, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 943-6500
Be enveloped in a heady mixture of richness, class and restaurant decadence. The menu is European, with classic French, Italian and German dishes. A good value given the personal touch, the quality of the food and the gracious ambiance. 2004, 2005 & 2006 Hale Aina Award. 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $$$)

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FRENCH

LA MER
Halekulani Hotel
2199 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 923-2311
Exquisite Neo-Classic French Cuisine in an elegant oceanfront setting. Fresh island ingredients are used in dishes inspired by flavors from the South of France. 2002, 2003 & 2004 Ilima Award. 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007 Hale Aina Award. (D $$$)

LE BISTRO
Niu Valley Shopping Center
5730 Kalanianaole Highway
Honolulu, HI 96821
(Southeast Oahu)
Tel. (808) 373-7990
A Mom-and-Pop neighborhood restaurant with a reputation for quality cuisine. Excellent clams and shrimp, pasta and chicken dishes. Nirvana for the lamb lover. 2005 & 2006 Hale Aina Award. (D $$)

MICHEL'S
Colony Surf Hotel
2895 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 923-6552
On the sand at Sans Souci Beach with one side open to the sunset. Featuring the classics - onion soup, steak tartare, chateaubriand, bouillabaisse. Live music. 2004 & 2007 Hale Aina Award. (D $$$)

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ITALIAN

ASSAGGIO RISTORANTE ITALIANO
Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 1259
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 942-3446 (4 locations: Kailua, Mililani, Hawaii Kai & Honolulu)
Award winning Southern Italian cuisine. 2003, 2004, 2005 & 2006 Ilima Award. 2006 & 2007 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$)

AUNTIE PASTO'S
1099 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Makiki Area)
Tel. (808) 523-8855
Funky and popular. Great pasta. 2004 Ilima Award. (LD $)

BRAVO
Pearlridge Center Uptown
98-115 Kaonohi Street
Honolulu, HI 96701
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 487-5544
The classic Italian-American restaurant spread. Everything from a large pasta menu to pizza, chicken, steak and veal - all reasonably priced and ample servings. 2002 & 2004 Ilima Award. (LD $$)

CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN
Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 941-7715
Twenty-seven varieties of outstanding gourmet pizza plus pasta and salads. 2006 Ilima Award. (LD $)

DONATO'S
Manoa Marketplace
2756 Woodlawn Drive
Honolulu, HI 96822
(Honolulu / Manoa Area)
Tel. (808) 988-2000
Award winning, authentic Italian Meridian cooking (Cocina Meridionale) by a genuine Italian chef. 2003 Ilima Award. 2002 & 2004 Hale Aina Award. (D $$$)

FORMAGGIO, A WINE AND CHEESE BAR
Market City Shopping Center
2919 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / Kaimuki Area)
Tel. (808) 739-7719
Offering a simple menu of Antipasto and Panini (grilled) sandwiches. You can select 30+ wines by the glass. 2005 Ilima Award. (D $$)

ROMANO'S MACARONI GRILL
Ala Moana Shopping Center
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 356-8300
No top notch Trattoria - but a big mainland chain that does American-Italian with fun and fitness - capitalizing on our endless love of starch. 2006 Ilima Award. 2007 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$)

SARENTO'S TOP OF THE I
Ilikai Hotel
1777 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 955-5559
A romantic spot with sunset views of the harbor. An Italian menu that appeals to all tastes and an impressive selection of wines. 2002 Ilima Award. (D $$$)

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MEDITERRANEAN

LONGHI'S
(Island of Maui & Oahu)
3 Locations:
Lahaina: 888 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761, Tel. (808) 667-2288
Wailea: 3750 Wailea Ala Nui, Wailea, HI 96753, Tel. (808) 891-8883
Honolulu: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Space 3001, HI 96814, Tel. (808) 947-9899
One of the most popular and acclaimed restaurants in Hawaii, created in 1976 by a man who loves to eat! Great Mediterranean food, great service and wonderful atmosphere. Live music and dancing Friday evenings at Longhi's Lahaina. 2003 Ilima Award. 2004 Hale Aina Award. (BLD $$$)

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