About Chef Mavro
Honolulu, HI 96826
Top Honolulu restaurant for romantic occasions, celebrations & business entertaining. 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 & chicken. Famous desserts showcase local chocolate and tropical fruits. 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) 944-4714
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Fresh Perigord truffles flown in from France in Fall and Winter and from Australia in Summer. All year long: Sustainable caviar.
Chef Mavro Ratings and Reviews
Service was incredibly attentive and exc ...
Service was incredibly attentive and excellent. Food was delicious, well portioned, and beautifully plated. The value for the Valentine's Day menu was not great, but the variety within the menu was diverse and very adequate. The vegetarian options were great but a little more protein would have been appreciated. The timing on the wine paring and the food arrival was a little off. Otherwise the experience was great and the courses were delicious. Great option for parking as well.
We opted for their 9-course menu with th ...
We opted for their 9-course menu with the optional wine pairing. We enjoyed all but one of the dishes. The wines were perfectly paired with each dish. Is was a great dining experience but I don't know if we would do it again due to the cost. I usually don't gripe about cost but this was by far the most expensive dining experience we've ever had and we eat some high-end restaurants.
Definetely the best restaurant experienc ...
Definetely the best restaurant experience in Hawaii I ever had. Food was great, service was excellent, and also, both owners were asking questions about the food and overall experience which tells me that the owners do really care about their business. I would definetely recommend this hotel to my friends who will go to Hawaii.
We have been to Chef Mav's many times an ...
We have been to Chef Mav's many times and have never been disappointed. This time we went for the truffle menu. As always the food was beautiful, creative, and delicious. The dessert menu has changed and it is delightful!
Took the 4 courses menu which is enough ...
Took the 4 courses menu which is enough food to fill you up. The dishes are at the level you can expect from a restaurant rated as one of the best 100 restaurants in the USA. The chicken dish was exceptional. The meat ( white meat) was cooked to perfection: Moist and extremely flavorful. Never tasted a chicken dish that good. Even more wonderful were the desserts. The pastry chef knows what he is doing! Very nice experience
For as expensive as Chef Mavro is, I exp ...
For as expensive as Chef Mavro is, I expected a more impressive experience. The "extra" truffles were tasteless, as was the lobster dish. Also, the cheese entré was a disappointment... It appeared as one giant scoop of herb cheese spread.
The best courses were the lamb, chicken and
We went for Xmas dinner and a 6 courses ...
We went for Xmas dinner and a 6 courses menu was the only offer. We started on bad note as after 3 attempts, we got that there is no wine list at that restaurant. To get wine you either get the wine pairing, or you get one of the selected wine at $23 per glass.
The 6 course menu is $150.At that level, you have to expect the best, and it in not we were got.
The lobster was just OK. 2 small pieces were overpowered the rather bitter salad it was sitting on. Lobster is too delicate for that. The foie gras was good. Good balance of fat, sweetness and acidity. The fish dish was mediocre. It was cooked OK, the taste was somewhat pleasant, but it was soaked in a white emulsion that made the texture of the whole dish terrible.Also soaked in, 2 pieces of over boiled fennel. All that on a small piece of bread terribly soggy. The lamb was well cooked and served with a tasty thyme broth. The garish did not go with it. It looked nice but tasted like a Mexican salsa. Not a good match for lamb. There was also a bowl of caper mashed potato with a bit of truffle oil, I think. It was just ok. The goat cheese bowl was a miss. A ice cream looking scoop was sitting on fruits and tasted just ok . It was served with a piece of ginger bread. The desert was good mix of flavor and texture.
Don't know what happened to this chef French heritage, but sometime chefs try too hard and the results were not convincing and quite far from what a $150 meal should be.
They offer truffle for a premium. That would be a sacrilege to use truffle on these dishes. They also offer wagu beef for $60 substitution or $80 addition.Come on....
We went without wine as we were angry with the no choice situation and maybe it affected our judgment for the whole meal. But I don't think I am far off.
Absolutely the worst dining experience f ...
Absolutely the worst dining experience for $500 for two - and on Christmas Day nevertheless. Expected to pay this amount in advance because of the special holiday six course menu, special booking process, etc. But did not expect bland nor unappetizing food! I was confused where the true flavor and delicacies were. The champagne was barely chilled. The wine steward was overly dramatic with no true depth or polished demeanor. The wait staff was rushed and not very experienced. Even when they organized the wine glasses on the table, there was no seamless execution. And the staff just placing new utensils for each course seemed like first time waiters. Very bizarre dinner with a team which did not deliver like an ensemble. A true disappointment and waste of money. We go out to dinner literally every night of the week and I have to say this was our second overall worst experience of 2016. We had one worse at the average dining level, but this one at Chef Mavro was by far the worst at the high end level. AVOID. This is the longest review I have ever written because I do not want anyone else to waste their time nor money. And most of all, just more than disappoint a special occasion. Let me repeat - AVOID.
I expect perfection with the accolade, p ...
I expect perfection with the accolade, pretense, and price associated with this restaurant. That means in a four course pre-fixe every single bite should be perfect. Extreme attention to detail with impeccable preparation. Honestly we enjoyed 2/4 of our dishes. It is clear that thought went into every dish but some just didn't work. Perhaps we went on an off night.
On the bright side the service was fine and the waitstaff were all very polite and attentive.
I almost forgot! The bread! Please procure an able baker!
We had a very good meal, but not up to t ...
We had a very good meal, but not up to the "great" two meals we've had there in the past. Ordered the 6 course tasting menu. Was it a bad night for us or has the cooking changed a bit? Few things lived up to our expectation. The foie gras was marvelous (as before), and the before-dessert palate cleanser, Honeydew melon in a champagne gelatin, although just a small taste, was great.
Some other dishes seemed a bit heavy on salt, but may not be too salty to other diners. We eat little salt. Although an issue with us at many restaurants, for our prior meals we felt Mavro's seasoned dishes just right.
Not in any way a bad meal, but hoping that if changes were made at the restaurant in the last year or two, that they were not the cause of a less wonderful meal.
Service and atmosphere couldn't be better and we still love chef Mavro, but at the cost of a tasting menu, we had hoped for another truly great meal.
The food was great! Our server and other ...
The food was great! Our server and other members of the waitstaff were fantastic. I did the 6 course tasting menu and my wife did the 4 course (vegetarian) tasting menu and added the truffle risotto to hers to make it a 5 course (table side truffle). We also did the wine pairing with out meal.
The only downside was "the experience." There was just something lacking. Previous tasting dinners I've done had a little bit of interaction with the chef/kitchen staff/owner. Chef's wife (at least I think she was) was talking to the table next to us and explaining the inspiration of the menu and random details, but she didn't interact with us at all. Don't get me wrong the food and service was top notch, it just wasn't the experience you expect when you spend $500+ on dinner for two.
Some exquisite food and wine pairings, a ...
Some exquisite food and wine pairings, and really special flavor combinations. Every bite of the meat dishes was exquisite, and particularly the red snapper with fennel and preserved meyers lemon flambe. The chocolate desert was also an amazing combination of flavors and textures. We had the tasting menu, which was varied and enjoyable without being overwhelming - small portions ensured we were very satisfied rather than stuffed after a four hour meal. The setting is pretty and intimate, but not spectacular. The staff were friendly and very welcoming, but seemed slightly hesitant in their knowledge of food and wine. One waiter seemed to know more, but others much less. We heard dishes being described very differently at different tables, which made us wonder about the reality. But the tastes were lovely regardless of their origin.
We thought our 12th annual dinner at Mav ...
We thought our 12th annual dinner at Mavro's one of the two best we have had there. The lobster, Onaga, and lamb courses were superb. Special kudos for the large lamb portions. We had pineapple and chocolate desserts. On the latter we wondered about the basil and about the presence of chili in the liliquoi foam, though we are open to novelty. Service could not have been better. It was a wonderful experience.
We try to get to Chef Mavro's every time ...
We try to get to Chef Mavro's every time we are on Oahu.
We consider this restaurant the "French Laundry" of Hawaii.
It isn't cheap - but it is an experience and well worth the money.
Thanks again to Chef and everyone for another great dining experience.
The food is excellent but of small porti ...
The food is excellent but of small portions that one finds in these types of restaurants. A 6 course meals will be "filling". Wife & I had 4 & 6 course meals with average wine for me: cost $500. An excellent experience but for me & my budget, not worth a repeat.
I have NEVER had a bad meal at Chef Mavr ...
I have NEVER had a bad meal at Chef Mavro. The menu always changes with the season, and features seasonal fruits and vegetables. The chef continues to re-invent himself, thus coming to this restaurant never gets old.
The hostess was charming but the wait st ...
The hostess was charming but the wait staff, while professional and attentive, lacked sparkle. Maybe it was just one of those evenings. The Filipino inspired menu used wonderful ingredients but missed: the flavors tended to blandness. (Sorry. We were not, of course, expecting Filipino food but familiar reference points - garlic, vingear, fish sauce - seemed pretty much absent.) Deserts were top notch.
One of the top 3 restaurants on the isla ...
One of the top 3 restaurants on the island in terms of food. They only offer a set menu - 4,6 or 11 courses so it's not for a casual outing. Restaurant decor/atmosphere could use an upgrade but it's nice and quiet - perfect for a date or business dinner.
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