So you check out the dinner menu and discover an eight-course item called “Degustatiion” — a decadent nine-course array that begins with champagne and offers eight following courses including tournedos of Colorado lamb, scallops garnished with Aquitaine caviar and thinly-sliced Kurobuta pork. The price: $128 per person.

Offerings such as that – most of which cost considerably less — have earned La Mer Restaurant at Waikiki’s Halekulani the coveted Triple-A Five Diamond award for 17 straight years now. La Mer is Hawaii’s only Five Diamond restaurant … and it’s a dining adventure. The cuisine is French, the service is gracious and it all happens at oceanfront. Since 1996, La Mer’s Chef de Cuisine, Yves Garnier, has been marrying French cuisine with Hawaiian culture – a creation he calls “cuisine du soleil,” or cuisine of the sun. It’s certainly in the spirit of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine, which fuses local ingredients with delicacies from around the world.

People who live in the islands consider La Mer a special-occasion treat, and It probably belongs at the top of your list of restaurants to hit while you’re in Waikiki, as well.


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