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La Mer - L'Aperitif

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French, Hawaiian
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2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815 (Lewers Street)
808-923-2311
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9:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view
Description: La Mer is far more than a restaurant, it’s a degustation destination....
La Mer is far more than a restaurant, it’s a degustation destination. Celebrated as Halekulani’s finest and Hawaii's longest, consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, this consummate dining experience is unmatched. The internationally acclaimed menu features Neoclassic French cuisine expertly crafted and served amid majestic and romantic ocean views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Indigenous ingredients are uniquely blended in masterful dishes inspired by flavors from the south of France to produce an unsurpassed dining experience. An award-winning wine list is available to complement the perfect dining experience. Jacket or long sleeve dress shirt, slacks and dress shoes are required for men. As an elegant fine dining restaurant, La Mer restricts patrons to adults and children 8 years or older.
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  • 300
    Excellent
  • 52
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 8
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  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
The best dinning experience I've ever had

Everything about our experience at this restaurant was exceptional. From the moment we arrived and were taken to the bar for cocktails with matching canapés right through our departure, it was all of the high quality. The drinks were the best I had in Hawaii, the staff left no stone unturned in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
James H
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Everything about our experience at this restaurant was exceptional. From the moment we arrived and were taken to the bar for cocktails with matching canapés right through our departure, it was all of the high quality. The drinks were the best I had in Hawaii, the staff left no stone unturned in attended our needs and the food was unparalleled.... More 

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Thank James H
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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88 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great service, very enjoyable meal particularly the bisque. Wonderful views - make sure you go before sunset to make the most of the location

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Thank Kiwi75
New York City, New York
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I never get past the bar! L'Aperitif is the best place for mixed drinks on the island. Parking is easy with valet service at Halekulani Hotel. Specialty drinks include a complimentary pupu paring. I prefer Manhattans, and after several outings around Honolulu, L'Aperitif makes the best, and at a lower price than most other places too. The bartender is very... More 

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Thank mauitenor
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent restaurant with fantastic service!! None better in Waikiki. 5 star all the way. Every dish is beautifully prepared you can't go wrong

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Thank Peter M
New York City, New York
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

La Mer is way out of our price range for dinner, but my husband and I had a fabulous time getting drinks at L'Aperitif and didn't break the bank. We each had a specialty cocktail, and they were both out of this world (I highly recommend the Hemingway Old Fashioned). When I cheerfully got caught in a conversation with the... More 

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Thank Emma H
Honolulu
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80 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Spendy for sure but an experience you will never forget! Clearly competes with Jean George, Roubocon, Daniel Bolud and any other famed chefs in the USA.

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Thank HGKCFP
Kawaihae
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As a birthday surprise for my wife, I brought her to La Mer with mixed feelings. In September we had dinner in Rome at a 3 star Michelin restaurant and were very disappointed. I am so glad I took a chance on La Mer. From the moment we entered the restaurant we were greeted warmly and shown to our table... More 

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Thank BigIslandMan
Sydney, Australia
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71 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came here for a drink before our dinner reservation downstairs. The cocktails we had were unique and fabulous and had the option of being served with matching appetiser which we did and they were not disappointing. While not cheap the experience was wonderful and I would definitely go back again.

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Thank Heather K
Stockholm, Sweden
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is likely Honolulu's best restaurant. a calm and quiet environment, I can whisper to my neighbor at the table and she hears well what I say. A beautiful view of the Pacific and a superior service. The food then? Yes, it is absolutely superb, with small protions, following the French manner. This is a must to visit.

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Thank SGE1955
Hawaii
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yes, I'm a Foodie! For every destination there should be one special restaurant that you plan with anticipation, after reading their menu, how great this meal is going to be! La Mer succeeded, actually exceeded my expectations! How wonderful and attentive the service was in this magical place! How beautifully the food was prepared, every course a joy to savour!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
    (Lewers Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Hawaii (HI)  >  Oahu  >  Honolulu
  • Phone Number: 808-923-2311

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 40 - 250
  • Cuisine: French, Hawaiian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view

Description

La Mer is far more than a restaurant, it’s a degustation destination. Celebrated as Halekulani’s finest and Hawaii's longest, consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, this consummate dining experience is unmatched. The internationally acclaimed menu features Neoclassic French cuisine expertly crafted and served amid majestic and romantic ocean views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Indigenous ingredients are uniquely blended in masterful dishes inspired by flavors from the south of France to produce an unsurpassed dining experience. An award-winning wine list is available to complement the perfect dining experience. Jacket or long sleeve dress shirt, slacks and dress shoes are required for men. As an elegant fine dining restaurant, La Mer restricts patrons to adults and children 8 years or older.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?