It is difficult to find a good swanky restaurant in Waikiki as most cater to the masses. There's Roy's of course but I find them over rated. The best of the Island is Alan Wong's (not the Pineapple Room...give that a big pass) but we were directed to Michel's by some friends who live here...so we went. This restaurant has an old school charm about it. Right on the water , the view is truly spectacular. Many of the menu items are made at the table, french service style, in my opinion too many, often causing traffic problems and organized chaos. Take this with a grain of salt because I personally find very little benefit in table side preparation but I concede that many diners enjoy it The food was unexpectedly good. The service a bit confused and stumbling, as there were way too many service staff assigned to our table of two and they just weren't communicating with one another, but better more service than less at these prices. The wine list was good and had a good range of prices and some really good choices on the wine by the glass list. All in all,we enjoyed the meal and experience. The restaurant itself needs some serious updating and revitalizing as far as decor goes, but I understand how hard the open air conditions can be on a room. I take the one star away for this reason and for the stumbling over one another service...it made it a bit disruptive during the meal. Despite the prices, we'd go back. Michel's is touted as one of the most romantic restaurant experiences in Honolulu and I can see how it gets that reputation. This is a dinning experience such as it is on Oahu. If you want "food for the belly", there are plenty of chain-type restaurants on every corner in Waikiki.
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