About Chef Mavro
Chef Mavro's passion for trend-setting Hawaii regional cuisine & exciting wine pairings consistently earn the highest food rating in Hawaii (18/20 Gayot). Flexible menus. Don't miss the sustainable caviar. You'll taste the bounty of Hawaii with Keahole lobster, onaga, local produce and the highest quality wagyu beef, lamb & pork. Famous desserts showcase local chocolate and tropical fruits. Top Honolulu restaurant for romantic occasions, celebrations & business entertaining. Beautiful art-filled ambiance designed for private conversations.
James Beard award. Hawaii's only independently owned AAA Five Diamond restaurant. Mavro’s brigade of young chefs share his philosophy: always buy the best and freshest, buy local, treat all products with great respect, and start every season with new ideas and memorable flavor combinations.
Hawaii Regional Cuisine, Provencal, Contemporary American
Hours of Operation:
Reservations Wednesday-Sunday from 6:00-9:00 p.m. Walk ins welcome also.
$50 and over
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Chef Mavro produces his award-winning cuisine at private residences and unique locations in Hawaii, on the Mainland U.S. and internationally. Groups have ranged from 6-1,000 guests.
Private restaurant lot with complimentary self-parking.
From Waikiki get on TheBus #2 (School St./Middle St.) at Kuhio & Seaside. Get off at S. King St. and walk 10 minutes to Chef Mavro 1969 S. King St.
Taxi is recommended. If driving, pull into parking lot entrance from S. King.
Private Party Facilities:
Semi-private room available for up to 30 guests. Total restaurant capacity 68.
Private Party Contact:
JoAnn Uchimura: 808-944-4714x
Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Fresh truffles flown in from France this Fall as soon as nature provides!
All year long: Sustainable caviar.
Chef Mavro Ratings and Reviews
This was our second time at Chef Mavro's ...
This was our second time at Chef Mavro's and we were "lured" in by his advertised Summer in Provence menu. It was wonderful as it appeared in the email flyer. The baby squid was a nice surprise with the cod base as was the bouillabaisse and the truffle risotto, but the lamb was out of this world. Never have tasted such tender and succulent lamb. The wine pairings were matched perfectly.
Our server was also excellent. Not too intrusive and attentive to our needs as well as knowledgeable about each course. A wonderful evening.
When we want a fabulous meal, and that m ...
When we want a fabulous meal, and that means incredible food, excellent service and overall exceptional ambiance, we head for Chef Mavro's restaurant on King Street. The staff makes everyone feel like the most important customer in the world, and the great service is only exceeded by their spectacular offerings - so imaginative, beautifully presented, and most important of all, everything tastes great! Mavro's is not just a great Hawaii restaurant, it is world class. You will never be bored by the menu, because Chef is constantly pushing the envelope to make the food more innovative and unique. Chef Mavro never rests on his laurels, and we really admire that.
Chef Mavro offers on of the best dining ...
Chef Mavro offers on of the best dining experiences around and deserves his 5 star rating.
The addition of the new Thomas Keller-trained chef to the kitchen has enhanced the innovative approach to tastes they have followed since they opened.
Continues to Excel
We have come off and on to Chef Mavro's since soon after it opened. It is expensive, so it is something we do only on special occasions, but we have never been disappointed by the food or the ambiance. There simply is no place that has the same innovative menu, and most of the dishes are truly a delight (and a little bit of a reach). It will leave you feeling satiated (but not overly full) and with a desire to come back in a while for a whole new, but always dependable, experience.
My husband and I dined at Chef Mavro for our anniversary. The entire evening was memorable. Service was excellent from the attendant in the parking lot to the multiple wait staff who were very attentive but never hovered. The ambience was perfect for a special occasion, quiet with just the right level of Hawaiian music in the background; visually clean and elegant with touches of Hawaii. And the food...each course was excellent in itself but also built on the last. I kept thinking the course I was on was my favorite and then I'd taste the next one. The chef's unique use of local ingredients (watercress, breadfruit, jackfruit) and excellent technique really create a dining experience that I've never had before. I'm not usually a white wine fan but the wine pairings changed my perspective of how food and wine are made to pair together.
I hope to celebrate more occasions at Chef Mavro and experience other menus.
Good, just not good enough
While I have had a wonderful meal at Chef Mavro a few years ago, time has not been their friend. At $250 per person, no add on's, standard wine pairing, they are asking Michelin one star prices but not delivering the goods. Most of the courses are good, but none of them were great, nothing truly stands out. The chicken course was not up to par I suspected they hoped most would upgrade to the Wagu option for this course. The wines were interesting but not spectacular and unfortunately the Sommelier was hurried in describing the wine and very hard to engage though the restaurant was far from busy. Sadly I can no longer recommend the restaurant and I wonder if it will still be around in a year or so absent a complete restart.
Chef Mavro is a creative genius
We have been to Chef Mavro many times. We go on our anniversary or on other special occasions once or twice a year. I remember Chef Mavro as the best restaurant in Hawaii where I have had my most memorable meals on the occasions where I am celebrating something something special so the expectations are pretty high. Somehow each time the experience exceeds my very high expectations. This place is a treasure and Honolulu is very fortunate to have it. I have been to some other very fine restaurants but none better than Chef Mavro.
Chef Mavro Remains Top Of My List Over The Years!
Honolulu's long-standing epicurean treasure, Chef Mavro's casually elegant decor is the perfect setting to present the wonders that emanate from George's kitchen. Being a special occasion, we treated ourselves to the Grand Degustation 11-course prix-fixe menu (which in actuality ended up being 15 courses!) It was one of the finest meals we have had the pleasure to enjoy; perfect preparations, unique combinations of color, texture, temperature & flavor and exquisite attention to detail was a wonder to behold and savor. Bravo!
Loved first course meli-melo salad heart ...
Loved first course meli-melo salad hearts of palm, beautiful visually, delicious fresh. Second course one opted for foie gras, tasty a little rich, partner had onaga crudo which he loved. Third shutome both of us thought okay, a little one dimensional and let down after prior courses. Fourth the pork entree was very good. Dessert interesting.
Wine pairing very good.
Would order again? Meli-melo, onaga crudo, and pork.
After dessert little bites of this and that- the chocolate item was the only thing I liked.
One of the best things about this restaurant is that the chef continues to reinvent himself. Every time I come to this restaurant, the food always is different. There are constantly new and more complex flavors each time I come here. With the addition of new sous chef, another dimension has been added to the food. Unlike most restaurants in this state, the food pairings are actually good pairings, and not wines that merely go well with the food and happen to be available.
Best Special Occasion Dinner - Valentine's Day
For our Valentine's Day dinner, my husband surprised me with our first experience at Chef Mavro. Presentation of the plates were beautiful and everything tasted amazing. Service was the best! My husband had researched it beforehand that they would be able to accommodate my gluten allergy as well as pregnancy-related food restrictions. I know from looking around at the other plates around me in the restaurant that some changes had been made, but would never have known as the taste was beyond wonderful and nothing looked out of place. Thank you, Chef Mavro, and we will be back!
Valentine's dinner was poorly prepared. ...
Valentine's dinner was poorly prepared. A six course offering at a James Beard awarded restaurant turned into my first experience of diners remorse. After a disappointing muse/aperitif the first course was poorly balanced; the next three seafood courses were tough, over cooked, and under seasoned. The lobster was so rubbery my wife couldn't cut it while sawing it several times. They did attempt to recover from this poor showing with a seventh course of opah belly which did impress a bit. The grand finale however left us wondering if we were invisible after 1 hour between the meat palette cleanser and then dessert. Dessert WAS delicious and probably the ONLY saving grace but a far cry from the $500 tab at the end of the meal.
Elegant Gourmet Dining for Special Occasions
The 7-course Valentine's Day meal was a delectable culinary sampler of unique flavor and petite presentations. With the wine, sake, and beer pairings, this excellent chef restaurant is definitely for the special occasion where cost is not a concern. But the experience and time to savor will linger and make the meal memorable. And my wife loved it!
As it was a special occasion, we requested a "romantic" table, but that fell by the wayside as all the nice private booths were occupied and we had a table looking directly at another couple.
We opted for the four course tasting menu and was quite disappointed in both the portions and preparation of some of the courses. Additionally, we opted for the wine pairings but the each course took so long to arrive - this four course meal took over 2 1/2 hours - that the wine (white) which was served by the sommelier became warm before the food arrived. So, the food and wine service were totally out of sync with each other.
This place is really over priced. We hadn't been in years and decided to give it another try since they have a new chef. We won't be recommending it.
Good, but not great.
The food was interesting, if mostly underwhelming. But quite good. The service, however, was martian. The atmosphere started very stiffly, with an immediate upsell for truffles and bottled water. The amuse "bush" wasn't. The sommelier recited all the grapes involved, but nothing about the WINE. An offer of only one roll, although one waiter constantly patrolled in her loud boots, doing nothing. Rushing to bus, and bringing the check before being asked. The service and the food were not at all on the same level, and certainly not for the price point, which is very high for the city. Once was enough. Good luck.
Loved the ambiance and the food preparation. Great food for eyes and taste buds. The waiters/waitresses were very helpful. The environment and food was impeccable and delicious. Very impressed with the whole environment and "workers", and it was a nice touch that Chef Mavro walked the floor. Loved the birthday experience. No complains. Uber great!!
A must do in town
Food, wine pairings, ambience, table settings .... everything deserves the 8 years of Five Diamond awards. And a chef who returns to Provence annually to seek out new ideas for his prix fixe menus. This is our special occasion restaurant. In Waikiki but out of the crowded Kalakaua scene.
This is our third year in a row celebrating our anniversary. For all our visits, the service is always impeccable, almost flawless. From the receptionist to the waiters/waitresses, they are attentive, courteous, yet not over friendly.
The food is excellent. Starting with the amuse bouche, the concept, execution and presentation off all courses are just perfect. The amount of food is just right. We left all our plates clean, but our stomachs full.
Sure it is expensive, but for such occasions, the enjoyment is well worth the price.
Chef Mavro outdid himself again with the ...
Chef Mavro outdid himself again with the new winter menu. Fresh Black Perigord Truffles were amazing and we added them to all appropriate dishes. We came with friends and I cannot recommend this restaurant enough to friends and family. Lucky for us we have been back three times so far for the winter menu! Cannot wait till spring arrives.
Don't miss the foie gras, the lobster, the onaga, duckling, the Meli melo, the lamb and the Wagyu. Malasadas, chocolate or whipped brie for dessert all work wonderfully.
The only thing better than the food is the service! The staff is fantastic...attentive at just the right time and met our every need.
Heaven on McCully
It must be what dying and going to heaven means when you dine at Mavro's! Servers were very attentive but the food is the blessing! Truffles and lamb and onaga crusted. Portions are small so men can order the 11 course. 4 was good for me! The malasada and ice cream where scrumptious! This is food only found in Heaven. Not at all like other high end places. Mavro is up in the skies!
We agreed that although we have had many amazing meals, this was up there with one of the best. From the moment we arrived, everything was gracious, from the person at the front desk, to our servers and the food prepared at the table, to a wonderful visit from the chef. We chose to have the wine pairing with a 4-course meal, and each course plus the wine was surprising, wonderful, and enjoyable. We were treated to a dining trip around the world, which is not what we expected. We will be back, next time we are in Honolulu.
Best restaurant in the West
Have been coming to Mavros since they opened in the 80's and have never been dis-appointed. What I love about the place besides the 5 diamond food is the excellent professional service you get that no other restaurant in Honolulu gives. The servers all the are well versed on the food and are classy in their manner. Stephen was our server last Monday and dinner was again a dinning experience.
It makes a big difference when the Chef/Owner is always in the kitchen unlike other celebrity chefs. Quality speaks for itself.
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