Dining out on Oahu this week? Prepare to eat well.
Restaurant Week Hawaii celebrates the Islands' diverse dining scene, wealth of superb locally-grown ingredients and the world-class chefs who bring all of it to dining establishments on Oahu. This second-annual edition of the Hawaii Restaurant Association-sponsored event happens today through Sunday, Nov. 22.
What does this mean for you? Dining deals and lots of them. More than 60 restaurants on Oahu are participating—rolling out exclusive dishes, discounted prix-fixe menus and other promotions all week.
A three-course meal at Nobu Waikiki, complete with sushi and miso soup, for just $40? How about a petite filet mignon with sides and dessert at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, also for $40? We’re so there.
Sure, we find it a bit odd, too, that an event called "Restaurant Week Hawaii" features primarily Oahu restaurants—the exception being Maui and Big Island locations of Ruth's Chris and Romano's Macaroni Grill. Still, the week seems an ideal one for trying out new Oahu restaurants or revisiting old favorites.
From casual eateries (Hank’s Haute Dogs, L&L Drive-Inn) to special-occasion establishments (Roy’s Restaurant, Orchids at Halekulani, Azure at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel), we found something on Restaurant Week Hawaii's participating restaurant list for just about every palate.
Click here for the list.
We suggest contacting the establishments in advance to confirm their Restaurant Week Hawaii specials, and to ask if reservations are recommended.
Restaurant Week supports our next generation of Hawaii chefs. A portion of the proceeds raised will support the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Honolulu's Kapiolani Community College, the state’s premiere cooking school. The institute also offers cooking classes to casual foodies.
For more information about Restaurant Week Hawaii, click here or call (808) 734-9539.
Photos: Restaurant Week Hawaii, Culinary Institute of the Pacific