12 Most Romantic Restaurants in Hawaii

January 12, 2022

Cool tropical breezes, the heavenly scent of hibiscus flowers, and 750 miles of spotless coastline make the Aloha State a destination on any couple’s romantic radar.

From sublime omakase-style sushi to sampling the most succulent lobster tail and poke, Hawaii’s most romantic restaurants, cafes, and eateries offer both ambiance and flavor.

Whether you are dying to dive into snorkeling, surfing, or swimming in the azure waters of the Pacific, or wake up with the sun for morning mountaintop yoga, Hawaii’s many natural gifts make for a utopian-like getaway.

After days on end of volcano hiking, parasailing, and sunbathing spoil your significant other with an amorous evening of incredible eats.

Follow along with our cupid-approved guide to discover the best locales for restaurant romance in Maui, Oahu, Waikiki, and more.

Hawaii Hotels

There’s a reason so many proposals and weddings are planned for the Pineapple State. Nothing quite puts couples in the mood like a searing sunset of red, orange, or purple framed by the island’s swaying palm trees and birds of paradise.

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From modern and minimalist accommodations in Honolulu to luxurious beachfront resorts on Kauai, you are guaranteed to find lodgings that will make your heart sing.

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Romantic Hawaii Restaurants

A dining room with several tall thin windows and two tables with white cloths and wooden chairs at La Mer in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Halekulani Hotel via Facebook

La Mer

Amazing ocean views may be the norm in Hawaii, but five-star ratings are not just handed out. For an award-winning and splurge-worthy meal with your sweetie, look no further than La Mer. Widely considered one of Hawaii's most romantic restaurants, La Mer holds the distinction of being Hawaii’s only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes 5 Star restaurant.

A vivid daydream of elegance and romance, a night at La Mer provides a sweeping Pacific view and an internationally acclaimed menu designed around ingredients from across the island.

Expect superlative service as you start off your evening of epicurean pleasure with a stiff drink at the legendary L'aperitif cocktail bar. Then, debate which prix-fixe menu to devour.

Impeccably refined plates here echo luxury and you’ll have no problem finishing off dishes of roasted scallops with orange-scented caviar butter sauce, poached lobster adorned by spicy swirls of tomato chorizo and squid ink gnocchi, and filet of beef with foie gras and truffle mousseline.

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Take care not to get too stuffed as you’ll definitely need to try their island-inspired desserts. Try the Souffle de Hawaii, made with caramelia, black tea, mango sauce, and strawberry elderflower nibs. 

A dining room with white cloth covered tables and wooden chairs decorated with colorful flowers and large openings in the wall and an ocean view at Orchids in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Halekulani Hotel via Facebook

Orchids

Coastal Italian fare executed with island flair might sound confusing, but in the capable hands of Chef Christian Testa, it’s a home run.

Embrace the flavors of the Mediterranean at this elevated, yet laidback Oahu eatery. Meanwhile, savor the waterfront views as well as the daily handmade pasta featuring elevated ingredients such as lobster and truffles.

Lauded by Hawaii readers as the ‘Best Romantic Restaurant,’ supper here is sure to set the stage for a sensual affair.

First, explore their wine list, which showcases a number of the restaurant’s exclusive ‘designer wines.’ Such as their citrus-forward Chardonnay, or effervescent Champagne Veuve Fourn before moving on to the eats.

Prime your palate for the incoming Italian feast with a bevy of appetizers including the super fresh and citrus-marinated Hamachi Crudo. Or try the Stracciatella Burrata Pugliese, served with dehydrated Ho Farm Tomatoes, arugula, croutons, and sea salt.

For your pasta course moan over the exquisite house-made specialty of Lasagnette. It features freshly made noodles, prawns, scallops, and avocado. Or branch out and try the Chef recommended Gallega Grilled Octopus, with red bell pepper, onion, roast potato, and cauliflower purée.

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In addition, wine-loving couples will be happy to learn that they can try the nearby and newly opened, Cattleya Wine Bar.

Azure

The sweet symphony of crashing waves will be the soundtrack to your night of beachfront romance when you serenade your significant other (and perhaps even pop the question) at Azure.

Situated right on the Waikiki beachfront, under the cozy canopy of the prestigious Royal Hawaiian’s dramatic architecture. This restaurant is no stranger to pulling out all the romantic stops for a Hawaiian meal.

In fact, many couples have gotten engaged in the shadow of the candle-lit tables and dramatic Spanish Moorish architecture. If you have a viral-worthy proposal in mind, the staff is more than happy to step in and help play cupid.

Whether it’s the ‘night’ or just a special romantic dinner for two. Azure brings the marine-influenced magic to its menu which leans heavily on the ‘fruits de mer.’

Meanwhile, pop some bubbly. Then decide whether to go with a four-course tasting menu with optional wine pairings, or order a la carte.

Delight in tender offerings from the sea including poached scallops laden with lemon confit, red pepper, and coconut milk vinaigrette. Or try their version of Hawaii’s signature poke, sprinkled with sesame oil and spicy sambal. For a hearty special occasion, you must order the Snake River Farms Wagyu ribeye.

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Finally, end your night in showstopping drama with the kitschy Spumoni Baked Alaska.

Outdoor dining with lots of tables covered in white table cloths and dark drown chairs with a huge tree on the other side of a white fence behind the tables at dusk at Beachhouse at the Moana in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Beachhouse at the Moana via Facebook

Beachhouse at the Moana

Luckily you and your lover won’t have to travel as far as Moana to achieve romantic bliss. Explore an exquisitely modern take on Hawaiian cuisine when you dine at Beachhouse, a Moana Surfrider property.

Relish their fashionably chic steakhouse decor, including wood accents, cozy cream-colored loveseats, and white linen tablecloths. Meanwhile, snap photo after photo of their pristine Waikiki Beach views.

Beachhouse manages to strike that delicate balance between fine dining and laid-back beach cool. But nowhere is this more apparent than their menu, which heavily reflects Chef David Lukela’s native roots.

Let the island spirit envelop you as you sip a fruity ‘island hopper’ cocktail featuring, ko Hana kea, Mahina dark rum, Kalani coconut, amaretto, lime, pineapple, and banana. Or keep it simple with a glass of Pinot Grigio.

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Next, opt for either a three or four-course tasting menu and share morsels of ahi tartare. It is made from big eye tuna caught right on the island, or creamy Kona Lobster chowder filled with nueske bacon, potatoes, and corn.

Appreciate little Hawaiian touches such as the local macadamia nuts covering your parmesan and nut-crusted duroc pork chop. Or the kampachi fish from Blue Ocean Mariculture on Hawaii Island.

Coffee addicts won’t be able to pass up the opportunity to wind down the night with a touch of caffeine in their Kona Coffee Tiramisu. Decadently made with real Kona Coffee and caramelized macadamia nuts. Meanwhile, those craving a more fruit-forward bite should sample the Ube Blueberry Mousse. 

View of a low lit dining room with red chairs and a wooden ceiling at Hoku's in Oahu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Hoku's via Facebook

Hoku’s

Although many of the island’s fine dining establishments boast panoramic Pacific views, not every table is actually privy to such sights. At Hoku, the majesty of oceanfront views is a privilege awarded to every seat in their multi-level dining room.

Feel your senses ignite as you experience not only the romance of the ocean but the extraordinary flavors and skills of Michelin-trained Chef Jonathan Mizukami.

Won over by the bold colors, artisanal doors, and custom star lights that adorn the restaurant's main space? These elevated aesthetics cost Hoku a cool few million but were clearly worth every penny.

For a full-on feast, you can’t go wrong with one of their three exclusive seasonal tasting menus. Ranging from sublime vegetarian cuisine to an eight-course curated journey through Hawaii’s farms, fields, and fisheries.

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Salivate over their premier seafood offerings, including perennial favorites such as the Alaskan King Crab and Lobster Tail. Or try their filled seafood tower, or for a taste of true ‘Aloha’ fare, sample their Ahi Poke Musubi.

Lovebirds take note, as Hoke will be offering a special Valentine’s Day menu which even includes an optional caviar service for two!

Wide exterior shot of Mama’s Fish House, painted a light blue green color and landscaped with lots of tropicals plants and palm trees in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Mama’s Fish House via Facebook

Mama’s Fish House

Dine on fish so fresh they were literally caught 30 miles offshore! Escape the bustle of the big resorts and abscond with your lover for a lush meal for two at Mama’s Fish House. A revered Hawaiian haunt, Mama’s is a little slice of Polynesian paradise located on Maui.

For almost 50 years Mama’s has been providing warm, welcoming, and tasty interpretations of Polynesian and Pacific Island fare. 

A culmination of an extraordinary sailing adventure. Mama’s experience would not be possible without the work of the local fisherman and farmers. They bestow them with the freshest, most seasonal, and sustainable ingredients daily.

From the iridescently beautiful Mahi Mahi to the meaty Ahi. The seaworthy bounty caught by these 3rd generation fishermen is unparalleled. 

Before you wander into this Birds of Paradise studded beach hut oasis, be sure to make a reservation. Due to Mama’s unyielding popularity, it is often necessary to book your table months in advance.

Slip into a tropical-inspired mood with one of their brightly colored cocktails, such as the Pau Hana. It's a lip-smacking combination of Haiku guava, Tahitian lime, and Bombay gin scented with ginger.

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The menu at Mama’s is constantly changing in order to best reflect the island’s rich resources and seasonal crops. But, you can always expect a bevy of fish prepared in creative ways.

Recent standout offerings include Macadamia nut crab cakes, Kona Lobster and coconut soup. Along with Mama’s spicy fish curry made with fresh caught Mahi Mahi and Ahi.

An open air dining room filled with people dining and a chandelier with paper hearts falling from it at Michel’s at the Colony Surf in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Michel’s at the Colony Surf via Facebook

Michel’s at the Colony Surf

Say ‘oui’ to an evening of pure Parisian romance when you spoil your partner with supper at the Colony Surf. The French are no slackers when it comes to amor. So you know you are in for quite a treat when you dine at Waikiki’s premier spot for traditional French cuisine.

Staggering seafront views aside, Colony Surf always makes an impression due to their top-notch Hawaiian hospitality and European-influenced menu.

Lovestruck couples from all over congregate here to celebrate their love on the shores of Kaimana Beach. Appreciate the fine white linens, crystal chandelier, and lush flower arrangements as you skim their drink menu and wine list.

Keep things spicy with Michel’s interpretation of a Moscow mule, called a ‘Makawao Mule.’ It's a sweet and pungent combination of Pau Maui pineapple vodka, pressed lemon, ginger lilikoi syrup, and ginger beer. 

Whether you are opting for their tasting menu or ordering a la carte you must start with their famous Lobster bisque. A staple of the restaurant since 1962 this heavily rouge colored broth is a 48-hour labor of love. It's served tableside with a dazzling flame of lobster meat in cognac.

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Stay true to the eatery's French roots with a beautiful plate of helix escargots Bourgogne. Delectibly rizzled in herbed-garlic butter, followed by a slow-roasted tenderloin prepared for two. Part entertainment, part meal, but 100% delicious. This tender piece of meat is carved tableside for maximum drama and served with porcini mushrooms, garlic mashed potatoes, grilled vegetables, and béarnaise sauce.

A large dining rom filled with dark chairs and lighter wooden tables with flowers on them and large window in the back showing nightfall at Red Salt in Kauai, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Red Salt via Facebook

Red Salt

Minimalist, modern, and light, a meal for two at Red Salt will leave you and your significant other floating on air.

Great care and consideration go into every dish at Red Salt. Their diverse menu created by Kauai native Noelani Planas, is a testament to the fact that fine dining need not be heavy.

Lean into the casual yet upscale vibe of Red Salt as you soak in their beachy Poipu and palm tree-studded atmosphere.

Besides delivering outstanding dinner dishes such as Madagascar Vanilla Bean‐Seared Mahi and Hawaiian Butterfish. Red Salt cooks up an incredible breakfast utilizing traditional Poipu dishes like lobster benedict and lemon-pineapple soufflé pancakes. 

Sushi lovers should grab a reservation at their separate lounge where they can enjoy inventive takes on all manner of sashimi, specialty rolls, and more.

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Be sure to sample their sensational poke flatbread starter which creates a ‘poke pizza.’ It utilizes meaty Ahi Poke tossed in Wasabi Aioli and sweet soy sauce atop fluffy, fresh Naan bread. 

The heavenly ‘Poipu Sunset’ roll also leaves us coming back for more. Stuffed full of Snow Crab, asparagus, seared "Seven Spice" Ahi, crispy onions, and cilantro all topped with spicy aioli and ponzu.

Close up photo of a lemon tart surrounded by fruit with a chocolate circle that have the logo for Hy's Steak House printed on it in gold in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Hy's Steak House via Facebook

Hy's Steak House 

When you and your honey have had your fill of poke and grilled Mahi Mahi, come down to Hy’s to fulfill that lingering craving for a big, juicy steak. Carnivorous couples will be in nirvana, as they stroll hand in hand through the elegant mahogany wood interior of this storied Honolulu haunt.

Done up in classic sophisticated steak house decor. The abundant brown leather banquets and bookshelves were actually modeled after a mansion in Philadelphia.

Come here for any romantic occasion and prepare to be wowed by their first-rate customer service, upscale ambiance, and incredibly flavorful cuts of meat. All of their meat is aged and trimmed on-site to create tender steaks cooked over fragrant, Hawaiian kiawe wood.

A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Hy’s is proud to offer an award-winning wine program helmed by its 5 professional sommeliers. With both new and old-world offerings, even the pickiest connoisseurs will be wowed by the breadth of varieties on tap here.

Enjoy your greens before you dive headfirst into some USDA prime beef with their table prepared Caesar or Warm Spinach salad. Or go full out fancy when you order an indulgent seafood tower full of Alaskan snow crab, shrimp, oysters, lobster tail, and more.

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Pick out your favorite cut (we happen to be partial to their Porterhouse or Filet Mignon) all of which come with pesto vegetables and your choice of baked potato, fries, or rice.

Finally, save some room for a fiery dessert. Many of which are tableside flambes, like their dynamite Bananas Foster or Chocolate Lovers. All are served with everyone’s favorite classic Vanilla Haagen Dazs.

Close up photo of a sushi bento box with all different kinds of sushi from Sushi Sasabune in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Sushi Sasabune via Facebook

Sushi Sasabune Hawaii

Sushi Sasabune may not be overflowing with amorous ambiance. But this humble eatery on King St. is the spot for sushi lovers in the know. For over 25 years, Sushi Sasabune has been pouring their heart and soul into sculpting the most creative style of Hawaiian sushi, called ‘Hawaii-mae.’

Utilizing as much local fish as possible, with a strong emphasis on omakase-style eating. A meal here can range from 13-15 courses and is all about trust. In fact, Sasabune’s unwavering policy and symbol is a little black and red sign that reads ‘trust me.’ Diners are expected to put their trust in the hands of the very capable and talented sushi chefs.

Grab your sweetie and prepare yourselves for a sushi adventure like no. Gasp in delight over bits of ethereal uni, minced toro, and local snapper with Maui onion.

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There are no California rolls here. Each course is prepared to be eaten as is, already perfectly seasoned and dressed to the chef’s preference. Wash your bites of nigiri and sashimi down with a bottle of premium sake with notes of herbs and plum.

Looking down at a white table full of different dishes at 53 By The Sea in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: 53 By The Sea via Facebook

53 By The Sea

Lavish your lover with a searing sunset in the boldest of red, gold, and orange hues when you secure a seat at 53 By The Sea. Do not miss the beauty of Waikiki beach, Diamond Head, and city lights of Honolulu at golden hour. 

Let the tranquil sounds of the rolling surf wash over you as you celebrate another day in utopia with 53. Meanwhile, dine like the royalty you are as you make your way down their iconic grand staircase to an intimate table. 

Next, savor a cool glass of Sauvignon Blanc as you pursue their eclectic menu. Notice the selection of seasonal, locally grown produce, succulent seafood, and fine hand-cut meats.

Indulge in island staples such as their take on poke. It contains generous cubes of Bigeye tuna dressed in spicy soy. Along with diced cucumbers, jalapenos, and served with rice crackers. Or inject some heat into your palate with their hamachi ceviche with jalapenos, crispy shallots, and soy. 

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Vegetarians rejoice! The hearty Hamakua Mushroom risotto is a creamy, dreamy warm plate of bliss. Parmesan cheese and even more truffle oil top this delectable dish.

Finally, end the evening with a slice of pineapple crepe cake. Or try the chocolate macadamia nut tart drizzled with salted dark caramel, macadamia nuts, and accompanied by coffee ice cream.

Four signatures dishes from Noe served in blue dishes on a wooden table in Kapolei, Hawaii, USA

photo credit: Ryo Takatsuka via Facebook

Noe

Waterfalls, glowing lanterns, and candlelight set the stage for an evening of amour at this romantic Hawaiian restaurant. Dine al fresco, underneath the stars, or head inside to revel in the modern light fixtures and contemporary wall art.

As a Four Seasons Resort Oahu establishment, Noe radiates luxury, class, and comfort. Bring your boo here, and find yourself mesmerized by head Chef Ryo Takatsuka’s modern take on Southern Italian cuisine.

Clink glasses and commend your choice of Cabernet Sauvignon. Then, scan the menu that highlights the best of Southern Italian ingredients, traditional techniques, and secret recipes.

For a light starter opt for the signature whipped ricotta. It's balanced by an artistic stack of Truffle Honey, Marcona Almonds and edible flowers. Enjoy all with housemade Focaccia. 

Enjoy the fruits of both the land and sea when you order the Snapper and Pappardelle with duck confit. Served with porcini mushrooms, kale, and whipped ricotta to share. Pasta purists will fall in love at first fork twirl with their homemade Tagliatelle. Garnished with Black Truffle paste and generous shavings of Parmigiano Reggiano.

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White sand beaches, balmy weather, and jaw-dropping Pacific views have both foodies clamoring to get to Hawaii. However you and your sweetie pie spend your days in Hawaii, you will work up an appetite.

Your romantic reprieve need not end at dinner time! From twinkling fairy lights to crashing Pacific Ocean views. Hawaii’s most romantic restaurants provide ambiance, atmosphere, and mood for love.

Devour steakhouse favorites like locale, or enjoy a tropical spiced fish curry under a Beach hut. Wherever you head for your evening of amazing eats, the romance, flavor, and fun of the Pineapple state are waiting!

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