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glossyp
December 28th, 2004, 07:56 AM
Valentine's is coming so I'm doing an informal survey to discover romantic restaurants. Doesn't have to be big, fancy or expensive but have great atmosphere and not too noisy. Any recommendations, likes or dislikes would be most appreciated! :)

kimo55
December 28th, 2004, 08:31 AM
Valentine's is coming so I'm doing an informal survey to discover romantic restaurants. Doesn't have to be big, fancy or expensive but have great atmosphere and not too noisy. Any recommendations, likes or dislikes would be most appreciated! :)

jamesons by the sea.
crouching lion.
Royal hawaiian Hotel.

and...
La Mariana just before sunset.
I know, I know.
the food...

But you can feel romantic with just about anyone with the proper amount of their maitais...

LikaNui
December 28th, 2004, 09:43 AM
jamesons by the sea.
crouching lion.
Royal hawaiian Hotel.
and...
La Mariana just before sunset.

Great one on La Mariana, Kimo.
Not sure about Crouching Lion, as the parking lot is full of tour buses so perhaps not so romantic sharing a meal with large tour groups.
I'd also add the Hau Tree Lanai at the New Otani Kaimana Hotel, especially around sunset... and John Dominis is pretty romantic, as is the palce at the top of the Ilikai Hotel (another sunset spot)...

easTTriver
December 28th, 2004, 11:59 AM
for romantic atmosphere, i like Hanohano room.

it is in the Sheraton on a high floor. so you get a beautiful view of waikiki. the lighting is dim and the setting is very cozy. they have stage with a live band that plays mellow music.

easTTriver
December 28th, 2004, 12:01 PM
is the palce at the top of the Ilikai Hotel (another sunset spot)...

you mean sarento's...

if you like Sarento's, you will probably like Aaron's atop Ala Moana Hotel. they are owned by the same company.

1stwahine
December 28th, 2004, 01:43 PM
With the right person, anyplace is romantic and private! A basket filled with a bottle of wine, a simple but elegant meal (can be bought at the top restaurants these days, even delivered) and of course sweet music to dance in the night...under the stars! Shucks...ain't gonna be me. :(

LikaNui
December 28th, 2004, 02:26 PM
With the right person, anyplace is romantic and private! A basket filled with a bottle of wine, a simple but elegant meal (can be bought at the top restaurants these days, even delivered) and of course sweet music to dance in the night...under the stars! (

Along that line, a little-known secret is that you can rent the oceanfront lawn at the Waikiki Aquarium for only about $300! As I recall, you get the spot from 5pm (when the W.A. closes) until around 9pm, and it includes having the run of the whole aquarium, inside and out!
:)
I suggested this for a friend of mine for an anniversary dinner, and they absolutely loved it.

pzarquon
December 28th, 2004, 03:13 PM
Really? That's incredibly cool. I've seen the space used for larger parties, but I can just imagine the effect of having just one small table, two chairs, a wine chiller and a picnic basket in the center of the lawn... Or, of course, just a picnic blanket and maybe some pillows...

BYOB and BYOG (bring your own grinds), sure, but... where else can you have a secure, closed patch of Waikiki waterfront all to yourself? With a cozy little aquarium attached, even?

I was going to suggest Willows in Moiliili. It can get crowded, and the live music can be a plus or minus... but if you call ahead and pay extra (I'm assuming) to be seated on the canoe floating in the lagoon, I'm sure it's pretty picturesque, and the food's good!

glossyp
December 28th, 2004, 03:15 PM
Along that line, a little-known secret is that you can rent the oceanfront lawn at the Waikiki Aquarium for only about $300! As I recall, you get the spot from 5pm (when the W.A. closes) until around 9pm, and it includes having the run of the whole aquarium, inside and out!
:)
I suggested this for a friend of mine for an anniversary dinner, and they absolutely loved it.

What a wonderful idea! Did they pack a picnic or have someone cater the meal?

LikaNui
December 28th, 2004, 03:24 PM
What a wonderful idea! Did they pack a picnic or have someone cater the meal?

They got grinds to go from a little spot I recommended to them -- Ono Hawaiian on Kapahulu!

1stwahine
December 28th, 2004, 04:16 PM
Along that line, a little-known secret is that you can rent the oceanfront lawn at the Waikiki Aquarium for only about $300! As I recall, you get the spot from 5pm (when the W.A. closes) until around 9pm, and it includes having the run of the whole aquarium, inside and out!
:)
I suggested this for a friend of mine for an anniversary dinner, and they absolutely loved it.

Hmmm...what a wonderful idea! Now to find the right person! So romantic! I'm also planning something for my 80 yr old MAMA'S BD,$300.00 is cheap(seven kids), after all, I cook all the food!

lawyamike
December 29th, 2004, 05:27 PM
Alan Wong's. It is fancy and expensive, but I think it is worth every penny. The restaurant does not have some of the advantages of other local places like a view of the ocean or open air for catching trade winds; instead, it's got North School Street or whatever. Still, the food is creative and extravagant, and they have always taken care of my wife and me for special occasions like our anniversary -- e.g., gratis, delicious desserts.

On the less expensive side, my wife and I used to love going to the Waikiki Denny's at sunrise, back when we were living in a tiny studio on Tusitala Street (the Denny's by Kapiolani Park, overlooking the beach). I sometimes feel like there are so few good things for broke-ass couples in Honolulu, and so we really enjoyed that Denny's back then. They couldn't charge us extra for the great view, right?

The Denny's was still open the last time I was in Hawaii last summer, but I have heard from friends that it has since closed down. Is that true? Real shame if that's so.

kimo55
December 29th, 2004, 05:34 PM
keo's
keoni's

1stwahine
December 29th, 2004, 05:57 PM
Where on North School Street? i'M OUTTA HEA...I'm outta here, I'm going to watch National Treasure @ Ward with Brenda! Have a good night everyone. It was quite a day back and forth here at hawaii Threads. I'm getting lazy on my Weblog.NOT!

zztype
December 29th, 2004, 09:14 PM
On North School, only one place for me: Helena's Hawaiian Foods! "What Hawaiian food SUPPOSEDTO taste like!"

1stwahine
December 30th, 2004, 04:38 PM
Ok, I fed MAMA breakfast but I didn't eat cause I kept thinking about Helena's. Went to the doctors and after went straight to Helena's! We know Helen for over 25 yrs...as fellow resturant owners. Was happy to see and eat their onolicious Hawaiian Kaukau!

kimo55
December 31st, 2004, 08:02 AM
BluWater grill Hawaii Kai is one of my favorites. It could pass easily as a romantic restaurant if you choose a lanai table towards sunset time.

Sad to see some of my fave waitresses leave. The food is very good. Wendy (or is it Tanya? I forget) & William do a fabulous job. Current waitstaff is pretty good, although for the average price of dinner for two at $80.00, sans tip, I would really hope for less modern casual waitperson habits.
For a fairly upscale restaurant, we see the usual Denny's style serving trademarks:
verboten phrases such as:
"No problem"
"still working on that?"
and others equally grating...
and the usual is seen sometimes, just like too many restaurants in this modern age;
as soon as you see your dinner arrive, you see the cheerful countenance, attentive mood and attitude disappear from the waitress; she becomes just a bit surly and just as scarce; can't get another drink to save my life, (and that's a restaurant no-no! Much of the profit in this industry is realised at the bar) and we must flag her down to get the check. It may be just a quirk of mine, but I really feel you shouldn't have to work to take care of the check. They should be happy to take our money, and show it.


Oh... and another visit, we sat and watched as our plates of food were cooling, waiting for the waitstaff to grab and whisk them to our table a couple yards away. The seemingly long, close to 5 minute wait almost justified me in taking the trip myself, to assuage the quickly onsetting hunger, and prospect of digging into a lukewarm meal.

But all in all, it's a worthwhile visit.

pzarquon
December 31st, 2004, 09:23 AM
BluWater Grill might fit the bill perfectly on the "atmosphere" front. But from what I've heard (and I'm sure glossyp will expand on this), the food doesn't match the hype, or the price.





HawaiiDiner.com: Can an Ambitious Menu Match the Lovely View? (http://www.hawaiidiner.com/reviews/review.php?review=30)
Honolulu Star-Bulletin: BluWater Grill makes its stand on the waterfront (http://starbulletin.com/2004/04/25/features/eater.html)
Honolulu Advertiser: Popular BluWater Grill has a few rough spots (http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2004/Apr/09/en/en15a.html)
If you're looking to spend the "meal" simply holding hands and gazing longingly into each other's eyes, of course, the setting is probably all you need to worry about. :)

kimo55
December 31st, 2004, 09:51 AM
great stuff...

That Nadine Kam certainly has a blue collar perspective on things:

"Long's drugs is the main destination at the Hawaii kai shopping center..."

"There's a lotta old money there but most working stiffs can't afford the high end restaurants in the area..."

glossyp
January 1st, 2005, 08:11 AM
Just dropping in to check on the current state of recommendations (lots of good stuff, thanks!) and to wish a Happy New Year to all - may we all be healthy, happy, prosperous and enjoy lots of great food in 2005! :D