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BLT Steak | 223 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu
Your date will definitely be impressed with a meal at BLT Steak. With indoor and outdoor seating options, the chic décor, rich furnishings, and warm color scheme set the tone for this classic American Steakhouse with a bistro twist. Prime cuts of beef and fresh seafood prepared with French culinary techniques make for a menu with so many appealing options it’s hard to choose what to eat.
Taormina Restaurant | 227 Lewers St, Honolulu
Located along Waikiki Beach Walk, Taormina creates a charming and elegant ambiance that inspires romance. The Sicilian cuisine includes plenty of fresh pastas topped with seafood and meat of the highest quality. Pair your meal with a glass of Italian wine expertly selected by Roberto Viernes, Master Sommelier, and you’re certain to have feelings of amore.
When it comes to Oahu's most romantic restaurants, location matters. But in this case, food and wine selection helps, too. Here are my three picks for the best romantic restaurants on Oahu:
• Le Bistro (above), 5730 Kalanianaole Hwy, Niu Valley, 808-373-7990: Tucked away in a strip mall in a residential neighborhood in East Honolulu, Le Bistro is one of those unassuming eateries that will impress you once you get past its façade. It may not have an oceanview, but its romantic ambiance — a quiet, cozy setting without the Waikiki crowd — paired with its classic French menu make this a popular spot for dates and anniversaries. Popular dishes include the escargot, French onion soup and lamb chops.
• Michel’s at the Colony Surf, 2895 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki, 808-923-6552: Chosen as the Most Romantic Restaurant in Hawaii for years, Michel’s offers first-class service, stunning ocean views and the kind of French cuisine you’d expect at an award-winning, fine-dining restaurant. Some menu standouts include the lobster bisque served with fresh Maine lobster meat flamed in cognac at your table; the helix escargot Bourgogne with the restaurant’s famous herbed-garlic butter; and Michel’s Ocean Bounty, an assortment of fresh seafood including grilled mahi mahi amandine, oyster Rockefeller, blackened ahi and Kona baby abalone.
• La Mer, Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Road, Waikiki, 808-923-2311: It’s hard to not feel romantic walking around the property of the luxe Halekulani in Waikiki, especially around sunset. Which is why its restaurant, La Mer, is considered one of the most romantic spots on the island. Not only does it have an award-winning wine list and postcard-perfect ocean views, it’s the first Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star restaurant in Hawaii. Its menu boasts such Neoclassic French dishes like foie gras with shiitake mushroom scales in a balsamic glaze, lobster tail cooked in butter with baby vegetables, and a filet of prime beef with foie gras, truffle mousseline and pommes soufflés.