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Hawaii, United States: Best fine-dining experiences in Oahu

By Rosamond Chung 21 November 2020

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Oahu is the third-largest island in Hawaii, and home to the most diverse population in the state. The fusion of East and West not only makes for fascinating culture but also for an amazing dining scene, particularly with fine dining. High-end eateries are plentiful on the island, and these are our top picks. 

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La Mer

Being the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star restaurant in Hawaii, La Mer is a must-visit restaurant when in town. Not only can you enjoy it’s spectacular ocean views, you can also taste an internationally acclaimed set menu that features local and tropical ingredients. If you are over the age of 21, you can enjoy the extensive award-winning wine selection.

La Mer, 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI 96815, United States | (+1) 808 923 2311

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Sushi Sasabune

Known for their signature omakase course that features 13 to 14 courses, this Japanese restaurant has had it’s doors open since 1997. Their omakase is designed to be flexible and special for each customer. Sushi Sasabune also aims to showcase as much of Hawaii’s seafood as possible by sourcing most of it's ingredients locally.

Sasabune, 1417 S King Street, Honolulu, HI 96814, United States | (+1) 808 947 3800

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Nobu Waikiki

This famous Japanese chain has two branches in Hawaii, one in Honolulu and the other on Lana’i. Expect to have an amazing experience with both the food and the amazing service. From their black cod to their other amazing sashimi, this restaurant is the perfect date night spot.

Nobu, 1118 Ala Moana Boulevard # 100, Honolulu, HI 96814, United States | (+1) 808 237 6999

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Arancino at the Kahala

This chain of Arancino Restaurants has been serving authentic Italian food for tourists and locals in the heart of Waikiki. Not only do the recipes try to reflect Napoli-style cuisine but they also import their cheese, meats, and pasta from Italy to create an authentic Italian dining experience.

Arancino, 5000 Kahala Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816, United States | (+1) 808 380 4400

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First opening in 1988, this flagship restaurant of the famous celebrity chef Roy Yamaguchi offers both magnificent views of Maunalua Bay and some of the best Japanese fusion on the island. With the restaurant using native ingredients and mixing traditional styles with Japanese influences, it has created an amazing style of food unlike any other.

Roy’s, 226 Lewers Street, Honolulu, HI 96815, United States | (+1) 808 923 7697

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Growing up in Hong Kong, Rosamond is a recent high school graduate who is in the middle of her gap year. She has always been interested in capturing little moments and stories in the places she goes to. Whether it’s her love for film photography or her obsession with making playlists, you will always see Roz with a camera around her neck and lo-fi bops playing on her headphones. Follow her adventures on Instagram.