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Wolfgang's Steakhouse

2201 Kalakaua Ave.
(808) 922-3600,

This new steakhouse in Waikīkī’s Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center somehow manages to combine the charm and comfort of an old New York steakhouse with a casual, open Hawai‘i feel.

The menu offers wild-caught salmon and Chilean sea bass and lobsters, but the real star is the prime Black Angus steak, especially the porterhouse steak for two, three, four or more. The porterhouse, richly caramelized, is served sliced and sizzling on a platter, sirloin on one side of the bone, meltingly tender filet mignon on the other.

In the picture above is Wolfgang's surf 'n turf—a 9 oz. prime grade filet mignon and 14-16 oz. Australian lobster tail.

There are the traditional steakhouse openers (crab and lobster cocktails, oysters) and a not-so-typical one, the best, thickest slices of Canadian bacon you’ve ever tasted. Of course, there are traditional sides as well and, this being Hawai‘i, a nontraditional one, white rice.

If you’re not quite up to dinner at Wolfgang’s, it’s also open for lunch, which includes a hamburger that’s essentially chopped steak.

A note: Some people will tell you wrongly this restaurant belongs to Wolfgang Puck. The Wolfgang here is Wolfgang Zweiner, a former head waiter for legendary New York restaurant Peter Luger’s. Zweiner knows how to run a steakhouse.

(This feature was originally published in the March/April 2010 issue of HAWAII Magazine.)

Photos: Alan Wong (pg. 1), "The Island Bistro Cookbook" (pg. 2, top), Justin Morizono (pg. 2, bottom), Dawn Sakamoto (pg. 3, top), Roy's Restaurant (pg. 3, bottom), Wolfgang's Steakhouse (pg. 4)

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