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French, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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*Temporarily closed until further notice. Award-winning restaurant featuring exquisite Neoclassic French cuisine, oceanfront views. Hawaii’s longest-running AAA Five Diamond restaurant, since 1990, and the only restaurant in Hawaii to be awarded a Five-Star designation by Forbes Travel Guide. Recognized as the finest restaurant in Honolulu, La Mer captures the elegance and romance of Halekulani. Its internationally acclaimed menu features local, tropical ingredients in dishes inspired by flavors from France. Elegant evening attire for women. Dinner jackets or dress shirts, dress slacks and shoes for gentlemen. Reservations recommended. Open daily from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. As an elegant fine
PRICE RANGE
US$75 - US$250
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner
CUISINES
French
FEATURES
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Waterfront
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Reviewed 16 March 2020

This is a five star restaurant experience. Dress for it accordingly. I have read other reviews of people complaining about being turned away due to their 'beach' attire. One such couple was turned away during our dining experience. Kudo's to La Mer for actually enforcing...the stated dress code. My wife, two adult daughters and myself dressed to the experience; me, slacks and dinner jacket, the 3 laides in island style dresses and fresh lei's. I would have been significantly disappointed if anyone would have been allowed entry in flip flops and a t-shirt. Such attire is a flat out insult to this restaurant. I was so impressed, every time my 2 daughters left the table to powder their noses, staff was always waiting for them on their return to re-seat them. Very impressive. I counted a total of six staff that assisted us during our meal at one time or another. The only mildly negative comment is regarding the sommilier. The wine list is very impressive and heavily weighted on the expensive side at $1500 or more per bottle. I was hoping for a little assistance from him but once I told him my price range ($200-300) he was essentially worthless. I would not request his serivces again; the Vivino wine app would be way more informative frankly. The cocktail service is wonderful. All ingredients are presented table-side and prepared there as well. Very classy. My daughter's drinks were both served with a fresh rose as part of the presentation. I was initially concerned at our table location as it was next door to some kind of outdoor lounge. The hostess told us there would be live music shortly. Thankfully the live music was authentic, gentle, classy Hawaiian music that really added to the restaurant ambience. Everyone was super pleased with appetizers, entrees, and dessert. And as I said except for the sommilier, no one missed a beat in their service to my family. I was very pleased and can see plainly why this is a highly rated 5 star Honolulu restaurant. I wish Chicago had restaurants with this elevated level of service and experience. If you are planning on dining here, please dress well. Do not expect to get in wearing jeans and a t-shirt. If that is the best you can do I'm sure the Hilton Hawaiian village group of restaurants will accomodate you. If you do plan to dine here, fyi my total tab for 4 including a $300 bottle of red, full course, and gratuity, was around $1600. Well worth it.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Helpful?4  
Reviewed 10 March 2020 via mobile

Exemplary service, very good food, artistically presented, but honestly! A restaurant goes to all of this attention to detail... ....Then have no compunction about seating customers in a dreadful ‘interrogation lighting environment.’ Our complaint about this situation was no surprise. People have complained before about...the awful lighting at this table (and perhaps others). We were offered excuses about an the old building having old wiring, etc. etc. By dessert we asked to be moved. When one spends over $400 for dinner for two it might be assumed that no such issue should have ever occurred in one’s wildest dreams. Le Mer has dispelled any such fanciful notion. It is an insult to the wonderful wait staff that they should work for a management willing to dissatisfy a paying clientele and subsequently make the staff receive the brunt of customer resentment. Is Managment too cheap to improve the ambiance?More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 7 March 2020

Most romantic spot, book early for window seat. French Influence Hawaiian entrees. Over the top wine list. Stuffy sommelier

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 5 March 2020

My family was invited to a destination birthday celebration in Oahu. The fine cuisine at La Mer was fabulous! Everyone was elegantly dressed.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 23 February 2020

This may be the best restaurant in Honolulu. The table, the view, the service, and the food were all superb. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 12 February 2020

This is a high end restaurant and well worth it. The service is outstanding, the food is great and the view is perfect for your meal. In the evening they have music in the outside venue and it can be heard in the restaurant adding...to the enjoyment. Not to be missed, especially for special situationsMore

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 6 February 2020 via mobile

One of the most delightful, sophisticated dining experiences I have ever had. The waitstaff were on point, the ambience subtle yet elegant, and the three course meal outstanding. Don’t miss the vanilla soufflé - definitely enough for two!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 3 February 2020

The restaurant seems to be losing some of the quality that it exhibited in the past. Atmosphere is still excellent but, the F&B prices are too high for the service provided.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 1 February 2020 via mobile

For our first visit to Hawaii we wanted to experience a top rated restaurant in Honolulu. Based on reviews we decided on La Mer restaurant. It is a good idea to book ocean view tables ahead of time so if you get a chance try...to reserve table 25. It has an excellent view of the ocean. We ended up arriving a half hour early and they were happy to seat us. The decor is elegant and classy as well as open to the ocean and outside views. As for the menu it has many options. We particularly enjoyed the seafood and especially the lobster. For dessert I highly recommend the soufflé. The food was elegantly presented and was outstanding. As with many French restaurants I had an initial concern that the portions would be minimal, however, we found it to be large enough that we could not finish our main courses. Both the wine list and after dinner alcohol menu were extensive. I particularly enjoyed the cognac selection. The sommelier Sean was particularly helpful with his recommendations for both our wine choices and after dinner choices. Dinner service was outstanding thanks to Keoni, Randall and Taylor. They were knowledgeable and attentive but never obtrusive. For us fine dining is not all about the food it is about the overall dining experience and this is where La Mer excels. Despite it being busy we never felt rushed. This was truly a memorable experience and a great way to celebrate our anniversary. This is an expensive restaurant so be prepared to spend money but in our case it was well worth it.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 20 January 2020 via mobile

While the food did not impress us that much, but the view is spectacular! The service is also top notch !

Date of visit: January 2020
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Meander19011321421
25 December 2018|
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Response from Gerryvale L | Reviewed this property |
I'm afraid not. Check the dinner menu out in Halekulani website.
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skipperotto
27 August 2018|
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Response from Vanessa B | Reviewed this property |
Directly from La Mer's reservation service: "Elegant evening attire for women; dinner jackets or dress shirts, dress slacks and shoes for gentlemen."
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SurfBully
11 December 2015|
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Response from Hawaii-Biker | Reviewed this property |
The menus include several courses, but you can choose what you want for each course. At present, the cost is $110 for 3 courses and $145 for 4. Check their website for current menus and prices. Wine and cocktails are not... More
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