For the second consecutive year, Chef Mavro restaurant is the only independent restaurant in Hawaii, and one of only a handful nationally, to earn the American Automobile Association (AAA) Five Diamond award. Other notable independent restaurant winners nationally are The French Laundry and Gary Danko in California; Aureole, Daniel, and Jean Georges Restaurant in New York.

The consistently outstanding food, service and décor of Chef Mavro restaurant was confirmed by the anonymous visits of highly trained AAA inspectors. The Five Diamond award is “reserved for those outstanding restaurants that exemplify the highest level of excellence in every facet of operation.”

George Mavrothalassitis, chef/owner comments: “To get Five Diamonds is difficult but the challenge is to keep it! Bravo to our kitchen and dining room staff.”

Chef Mavro received another coveted award recently as the only Hawaii restaurant to earn the Gayot restaurant critic rating of 18/20 (three toques). Mavrothalassitis is a founding member of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and won the James Beard Award, a one-time lifetime achievement award and the top culinary honor in the U.S.

The menu at this restaurant is reinvented each season as the culinary team works hand-in-hand with local farmers to bring new products to the table, and to develop innovative techniques that enhance the natural flavors of fresh local products. Chef Mavro is recognized as an all-around innovator including his introduction of food & wine pairings in 1998 when the restaurant opened.