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La Mer - L'Aperitif

2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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Ranked #9 of 1,886 restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $40 - $250
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Lewers Street
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.
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85% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

If you are enjoying your vacation don't bother with this place. Made a reservation 2 months ago. Arrived on time to find I was not properly dressed. Wearing black shorts and a nice shirt and shoes. Wow. Iam on vacation! They never told me or said anything about long pants being required. Avoid this stuck up place

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San Francisco, California
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014 via mobile

We have been dining here since 1998 when we "eloped" to Hawaii and dined here on our wedding day. The service is impeccable and not intrusive. The setting is outrageous if you're lucky enough to get one of the ocean view tables right on the water. The ambiance is relaxed for a formal place since you can hear the Hawaiian... More

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

We had a great table, great wine nag great service. The food was average and overpriced. I had a fish wath a sauce that was so fishy and heavy that the fish was overpowered. The fish was overlooked.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Best restaurant I've ever been to. It was worth every penny. The service was phenomenal and so was the atmosphere. I highly recommend this spot, especially for couples.

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Saskatoon, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

I only review this as a 4 because I've now been to La Mer several times and hold it to a high standard. Did it blow me away. No. But if this was my first time - yes, it would have. We started at L'Apertif bar - highly underused bar in Waikiki - mostly because of the necessity of a... More

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Wahiawa, Hawaii
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

We chose the tasting menu and were blown away by the quality of the food, service, and location. The foie gras and lobster were so delicious that my mouth is watering as I type this!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Best restaurant in Honolulu! Located on Waikiki beach, Le Mer is a perfect place to take that special someone. My wife and I had a wonderful evening - the location, service, food (and especially the company) was all we could have hoped for. Go ahead - splurge! Make a special memory. Make sure you read the dress code!

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New York City, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

La Mer is the perfect synthesis of French technique and Polynesian ingredients.The service is formal, but incredibly warm and friendly. The staff is attentive without being intrusive. Every detail is flawlessly constructed for an experience that is beyond compare. The chef even took a few minutes to talk with us about our meals when the wait staff was unclear on... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

We dined here for the first time for our anniversary, from the very minute we entered the restaurant we were greeted with big smiles and friendliness. Very beautiful setting over looking Waikiki beach through to diamond head. The best service I have experienced anywhere ever by far, highly professional and charismatic waiter and the best degustation meal of my life... More

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Islamorada, Florida
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

I took my husband to La Mer for his 65th. From our pre-dinner drinks at Le Aperitif (the bar) to the little boxes of chocolates they gave us upon departure, it was simply wonderful. The head barman(who has been there for 20 years) is delightful. Our waiter was pleasant and professional. Then, there was the food. My husband had the... More

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