Hawaii is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and its cuisine is just as well-known as its tropical climate and beautiful beaches. Many people associate Hawaii with exotic fruits, seafood and Hawaiian-style dishes such as poke bowls and lau lau.
But what many people don’t know is that Hawaii also has a range of Michelin-starred restaurants that are on par with some of the best in the world.
Michelin-starred restaurants are known for their exquisite cuisine and top-notch service. In Hawaii, there are three different restaurants with Michelin stars: The French restaurant La Mer at The Ritz Carlton Kapalua, Vintage Cave at Ward Village, and Chef Mavro at Restaurant Row.
La Mer has been awarded two stars by the Michelin Guide and is considered to be one of the best French restaurants in the United States. The restaurant specializes in classic French dishes such as coq au vin and bouillabaisse, with a menu that changes seasonally to ensure that guests always have something new to experience.
Vintage Cave has also been awarded two stars by the Michelin Guide but has a more modern approach to dining than La Mer. It serves contemporary Japanese cuisine like sushi, sashimi and tempura as well as other unique dishes such as Wagyu beef tartare with caviar or foie gras terrine with truffle honey.
Finally, Chef Mavro has been awarded one star by the Michelin Guide for its classic French dishes prepared with a modern twist. Dishes like grilled Australian lamb loin with Lebanese couscous or roasted Alaskan cod filet with butter poached artichoke hearts have earned praise from both locals and tourists alike.
Yes, Hawaii does have Michelin Star Restaurants! With three different establishments all boasting at least one star from the prestigious rating system, visitors to this beautiful island can be sure to find exceptional food experiences when they visit.