PineappleUpsideDown alan wongs
PineappleUpsideDown alan wongs

Consistently voted one of Hawaii’s best restaurants, Alan Wong’s Honolulu is managed by expert restaurateur Chef Alan Wong himself. A well respected pioneer in Hawaii regional cuisine, Chef Wong has earned a reputation across the length and breadth of Hawaii, having severed up creative and tasty meals over the years.

Relaxed setting
Relaxed setting

Moreover, Wong is known to use freshest locally grown produce coupled with the bounty of the Pacific Ocean to create local favorites that often integrate modern and traditional flavors.

In many ways, Alan Wong’s Honolulu is about culinary diversity. It’s one of the few restaurants in Hawaii that have remained true to the cultural diversity of the islands, serving fare that integrates almost all the influences of the various ethnic groups found in Hawaii. Here, you will experience what it feels like to be in a culinary studio lead by a maestro experimenting with new flavors and creating tastes that you are yet to imagine.


What To Expect

Chef Wong once said, “My friends thought I was nuts opening a restaurant in Hawaii on the 3rd floor of an office building with no parking and no ocean view.” You’d probably think he’s crazy too.

Alan Wong himself
Alan Wong himself

After all, this is Hawaii! Still, consider now that since 1995, Wong has grown his little eatery into one of the most respected restaurants in Hawaii.

It’s the easy to see that he must be doing something special. It is for this reason that the restaurant has copped several awards including the Best Oahu Restaurant Award and the Best Tasting Menu, Gold Award.
Extensive Menu

At Alan Wong’s, words such as “exceptionally prepared dishes”and “brilliant flavors” are thrown around quite often.

It’s for good reason. In addition to the extensive list of top-notch wines are several tasty dishes created by a master chef. Let’s see what is available:



Mouthwatering Appetizers

Tasty appetizers include several types of soups, seafood and island specials. Where else can you have Steamed Clams with Kalua Pig, Mushrooms in a Foil Bag, All in one Mousse, Kona Lobster Medallions and Crab Meat, or even Crab Cakes just to begin your meal?

Alan Wongs - essential fine dining
Alan Wongs – essential fine dining


Healthy, Energy Filled Salads

How about someHo Farms Tsukemono Cucumber and Tomato lined with AW House Dressing all mashed together in the Sassy Greens Salad? How about Parmesan Cheese Shell, Lomi Tomato and Creamy Anchovy Dressing enjoyed in the H.R.Caesar Salad? All choices are made from fresh ingredients and promise to be both flavorful and artfully prepared.


Delightful Entrées

Most people will agree that Alan Wong’s is the “dining highlight” of the island. Top dining choices here include their Pan Seared Salmon which comprises Grilled Musubi as the primary ingredient as well as their signature dishes; short ribs and ginger omega.

Twice cooked short rib
Twice cooked short rib

Ginger Crusted Onaga
Ginger Crusted Onaga

How about their Sea Asparagus Kombucha or Shiitake Mushroom Peanut Salad? With names like that, who wouldn’t want to have a bite? Other great choices include their Cambodian plate that features rib eye and crab meet with well blended seasoning garnished with greens.


Melt In Your Mouth Deserts

For deserts, the names say it all, from Naked Cow Dairy Patter to Kualoa Cream Pie, all infusing ingredients such as Haupia Sorbet, Chocolate Mouse, Pineapple Upside-Down Cake and Panna Cotta.

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

These are sure to create that soothing taste that you expect from delicious deserts.


It’s Open for Events!

As mentioned, there is no beautiful view or ample parking here. Still, the restaurant is great for certain intimate events as the staff work like busy little bees in ensuring that your events goes as planned.  It’s always great to be served by dedicated staff versed in every culinary nuance.

A few points to note surround preparing for a visit here. Firstly, the restaurant is almost always fully booked. As such, it’s important to plan ahead and make reservations as necessary.

That being said however, It really doesn’t make much sense to arrive too early (arriving 8:00 for an 8:30 reservation is too early) as guest often occupy their seats as longs as they can. Added to that is the fact that space tends to be an issue. Just so you understand, you’ll want to be careful with the volume and topic of your conversation since the adjacent table may very well hear every word. Yes, like real estate in Honolulu, space is a premium item at Alan Wong’s.

Is that Obama? ...President Obama leaving Alan Wong's Restaurant in 2010 Pictured are Soy braised short ribs; The Coconut, his choices
Is that Obama? …President Obama leaving Alan Wong’s Restaurant in 2010 Pictured are Soy braised short ribs; The Coconut, his choices

In any case, any misgivings will disappear with the preparation and presentation of their outstanding meals.Indeed, Alan Wong’s raises the bar for creativity, innovation, quality, and service. Indeed, your experience here will truly reflect Hawaii Regional Cuisine. In this area, there is no rival.

For more information, please visit their website.