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“Old fashion charm”

Michel's At the Colony Surf
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Ranked #97 of 2,350 Restaurants in Honolulu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $50 - $50
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis
Cross street: Kapahulu
Description: Come and experience French fine-dining cuisine at its best at Hawaii's premier ocean front restaurant, voted "Most Romantic Restaurant" by "The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" on Oahu's Gold Coast.
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114 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Old fashion charm”
Reviewed February 26, 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited February 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Winfield, Illinois
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Excellent French restaurant in waikiki”
Reviewed February 17, 2014

We have dined at Michel's whenever we come to Waikiki. When one eats at a five star restaurant one expects excellent food and presentation and Michel's is no exception. The food was fantastic. It's all of the other things which make the special memories. Get a table around sunset as Michel's is right on the beach and a great way to start your meal. The waiters are professional, friendly and interesting, coming from all over the world. This is a very romantic place.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Scott K
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Tacoma, Washington
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85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“View view and view”
Reviewed February 13, 2014

I am willing to overlook a little when faced with a view as fabulous as the one at Michel's. The is exemplary and cocktails are well-made. The food, while it didn't wow me completely, was good enough to not detract from the evening. While not cheap, nothing in Waikiki is, I enjoyed my evening and will return and that says it all.

Visited January 2014
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55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“very nice resturant- make an early reservation and ask for a table closest to the beach”
Reviewed February 1, 2014

very nice restaurant- service was excellent. We made a reservation well in advance so we had a table right next to the beach. we could see the sunset and later the stars. Great for a couple-- not for young kids. a must go to restaurant.

  • Visited December 2013
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Thank mikeparker
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Menton, France
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
“For a Special Occasion”
Reviewed January 30, 2014

Always a great place, a bit expensive but a great view on the water of Waikiki and the food...well always excellent

Visited January 2014
Thank DeniseinMenton
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