Alan Wong's Restaurant. Consistently winning regional and national awards, this relaxed gem will delight you with exquisite food with a distinct Hawaiian influence. Let the chef delight your bride’s taste buds with a customized tasting menu. Alan Wong's Restaurant, 1857 S. King St., Honolulu, HI. 808-949-2526. http://www.alanwongs.com
Bluwater Grill. If you’re craving a little mainland food with a Hawaiian spin, check out this friendly bistro that won’t bust your honeymoon budget. Sample the salmon chowder and the signature mango and guava ribs. Bluwater Grill, 377 Keahole St., Honolulu, HI 808-395-6224.
Chef Mavro. Think of him as the Iron Chef of Hawaii. His kitchen team gathers fresh ingredients every morning from local farmers and fishermen. He’ll choose the menu, thank you very much. And you won’t be disappointed. Chef Mavro, 1969 S. King St., Honolulu, HI, 808-944-4714. http://www.chefmavro.com
Haliimaile General Store. Sample delicious Hawaiian cuisine in a quaint country setting, complete with bric-a-brac on the shelves and tropical plants on the copper bar. Make sure the owner’s daughter lets you try her acclaimed pina colada cheesecake. It’s worth the drive. Haliimaile General Store, 900 Haliimaile Rd., Makawao, HI96768. 808-572-2666.
Hilo Bay Café. This chic, little bistro looks and feels like you’d find it in Greenwich Village, until you savor the fresh, local ingredients. Homemade ravioli and slow-cooked ribs have the locals lining up for a bite. HiloBay Café, 315 Maka'ala St., Hilo, HI. 808- 935-4939.
Hy's Steak House. Wind back the clock at this stately, English manor. Tuxedoed waiters serve up Caesar salads and flaming desserts right at your table. Honeymooners can share the delectable Chateaubriand. Hy’s Steak House, 2440 Kuhio Ave., Honolulu, HI. 808-922-5555.
John Dominis. Tranquil waterfalls and live fish surround you as you gaze out upon the Oahu coastline. The locals work hard to keep tourists from finding out about this four-star spot for fresh lobster, oysters, and sashimi. The live radio broadcasts might be a giveaway. John Dominis, 43 Ahui St., Honolulu, HI. 808-523-0955. http://www.johndominis.com
12th Avenue Grill. Feed your cravings
for comfort food at this hip, retro diner. Enjoy the legendary
macaroni and cheese, or relish the pan-fried trout with
truffle butter. Locals rave so much about the kim chee
steak that the owner hops on the line to prepare it personally.
12th Avenue Grill, 1145C 12th Ave., Honolulu, HI. 808-732-9469.