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Flight of Caviar at Chef Mavro – top Honolulu restaurants

Tonight guests are enjoying Chef Mavro’s Flight of Caviar.  This is a rare opportunity to taste and compare  three different sustainable caviars and try to choose a favorite! It’s a taste sensation that inspires  conversation about whether you prefer the Russian Golden Osetra from Bulgaria, the Siberian Osetra from Uruguay, or the White Sturgeon from California. Served tableside with fresh blinis and creme fraiche.  A glass of champagne is the perfect complement to this amazing dining experience. As featured in Honolulu magazine!

Chef Mavro Flight of Caviar

Mother’s Day weekend starts tonight at Honolulu restaurant Chef Mavro

Lemongrass Namelaka       Reserve a table and give your Mom the best!  All weekend our Pastry Chef Elizabeth     Dippong will prepare this special creamy delicious Mother’s Day dessert. Four-course flexible menu $85 with other options available. Comfortable seating, relaxed ambiance.  Top food rating in Hawaii 18/20 by Gayot.

namelaka – lemongrass
valrhona white chocolate lemongrass bavaroise, red wine blackberry gelée
rose water baby meringue, almond cardamom crumble, poached seasonal berries

wine pairing: malvira, 2011 birbet, italy
“red wine made from the brachetto grape with a slight sparkle & notes of fresh plums & berries”

Mother’s Day restaurants – Chef Mavro is top choice


Catch – Ratatouille

Families are already bringing their Moms in for a special dinner at Chef Mavro, the top choice for Mother’s Day in Honolulu!  The official Chef Mavro Mother’s Day Weekend is Friday, May 10, Saturday, May 11, and Sunday May 12. Here we are showing a 4-course Mother’s Day Dinner Menu although our 6-course and Grand Tasting menus will also be available. Menus are flexible. Another treat offered only at Chef Mavro is a Flight of Sustainable Caviars!  Give your Mom the very best in Hawaii-style fine dining at the Honolulu restaurant with the top Gayot food rating of 18/20. Savor a farm-t0-table dinner and share an experience that will long be remembered.

Reserve your table now by calling us at (808) 944-4714 or online at the Reservations page of this website.

Chef Mavro Mother’s Day Menu
4 courses $85
includes special Mother’s Day Dessert three days only May 10, 11 and 12, 2013

asparagus – declinaison
white asparagus kanten flavored with sarriette, green asparagus purée
sea asparagus tempura, ponzu sauce, asparagus étuvée, serrano ham on house bread stick

catch – ratatouille
steamed day boat catch, ratatouille, zucchini ribbons
essence of basil, and jus

pork – espelette
berkshire pork loin accented with espelette, pineapple glaze, braised & roasted shank
fricassée of hamakua hon shimeji mushroom, salsify, sumida watercress

Mother’s Day Dessert
namelaka- lemongrass

valrhona white chocolate lemongrass bavaroise, red wine blackberry gelée
rose water baby meringue, almond cardamom crumble, poached seasonal berries


Honolulu restaurants – Chef Mavro OpenTable Best Service Award

  OpenTable Diner’s Choice

Chef Mavro Restaurant

2013 Top 100 Best Service Restaurants in U.S.

                                                                                                                                                    …as voted by OpenTable Diners

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Based on more than 5 million restaurant reviews over the last year, OpenTable diners identified Chef Mavro restaurant in Honolulu, HI as among the Top 100 restaurants with the “Best Service” in the nation.

These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 15,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

OpenTable Quote: 

 “Superior service is the cornerstone of fine dining,” said Caroline Potter, OpenTable Chief Dining Officer.  “The honorees at these winning restaurants are taking hospitality to another level, and diners are taking note, rewarding their efforts with rave reviews and return visits.”


Chef Mavro Honolulu Fine Dining Food Photos

Would you like to see Honolulu fine dining food photos of the new Chef Mavro Spring Menu? Just click on Gallery and see what Chef Mavro and his culinary team are preparing for you right now!  Keahole Lobster – Lemongrass is just one of the exciting new dishes. Waghu beef anyone? The first five food shots in Gallery are from the current menu but there’s more. Watch this space where we’ll soon post an image of the new Spicy Ahi appetizer.

Keahole Lobster - Lemongrass

Keahole Lobster – Lemongrass

Chef Mavro talks about Spring Menu and Wagyu Beef recipe

Fine Dining in Honolulu means Wagyu Beef at Chef Mavro restaurant

Fine Dining in Honolulu means Wagyu Beef at Chef Mavro restaurant 

Chef Mavro describes the new Wagyu Beef dish now being served:

“The strip loin is lightly roasted (you don’t want to destroy this beautiful marbling by overcooking it). The chuck short rib is braised & topped with chimichurri (kind of an Argentinian pesto, no basil but oregano & cilantro). The dish is accompanied by parsnip purée and a salad of baby beet.”

Read Chef Mavro’s letter to guests for a delicious peek at the other dishes on the new Spring Menu!


Hawaii Five-O star Alex O’Loughlin chooses Chef Mavro for romantic Honolulu dinner

AlexO'LoughlinAs reported on February 3, 2013 by Wayne Harada, entertainment columnist, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii Five-O star Alex O’Loughlin (who plays Steve McGarrett in the popular TV drama) and pro surfer Malia Jones chose Chef Mavro for a romantic 6-course dinner that begins with Peterson Upland Farm Egg with fresh Perigord Truffles.

O’Loughlin remarked to Chef Mavro’s wife:  “I’m a foodie so I’m loving this. Your husband is a great talent!”

Yelp review confirms Chef Mavro “a perfect romantic spot”

Yelp reviewer posts about her Chef Mavro romantic dinner


Christina from Waipahu, Oahu January 14, 2013

I’ve been here twice with my boyfriend. Both to celebrate our anniversary. I have to say it’s a perfect romantic spot without the crazy fake Hawaiian gimmicks. For both anniversaries my boyfriend ordered flowers through them and they were waiting at the booth when we arrived (which I’m trying to determine if it was a coincidence that we were in the same spot as the previous year). The flower arrangement were beautiful! The staff gave fantastic service. I love how they tactfully found out our anniversary year. Which ended up on a delightful little cake with “Happy 9th Anniversary!” written on the plate.

This year my favorites was the Egg Truffle and Lemongrass Lobster. Considering my family is from Thailand, I have to say he pulled off the lemongrass very well. It’s similar to Tom Yum but with his own flair. I’ll never be able to recreate it. The Egg Truffle made my mouth happy. I love a good poached egg and the truffle is always a plus.

I’m pretty excited to see his next winter menu when we return for our big one o anniversary. I refuse to have our anniversary anywhere else. Same place but different menu? Love it!

Valentine’s Day at Honolulu restaurant Chef Mavro

Chef Mavro is such a romantic restaurant that Valentine’s goes on for two days!  On February 13 and 14, Chef Mavro is preparing the most seductive Valentine’s dinner with the best ingredients in the world including caviar, Island snapper, lobster & wagyu beef and Pastry Chef Lynette is working her magic with chocolate and griotte cherries.  Truffles flown in from France are a delicious option and the wine pairings irresistible.  A romantic evening at Chef Mavro to be remembered forever! Reserve now (808) 944-4714.


Valentine’s Romance Menu

Wednesday, February 13 and Thursday, February 14, 2013

“fresh perigord truffles – flown in from france”
sliced tableside over truffle-friendly dishes
add 27.00 per dish or add 87.00 for four dishes
(t) truffle friendly

chilled kabocha soup flavored with curry, bacon foam

“oursinade,” sea urchin mousse – osetra caviar
“soft sweetness, floral with delicate acidity”

hudson valley foie gras au torchon
li hing mui poached peach, cocoa nibs
semi-sweet chocolate sauce, brioche crouton
“intense fig & apricot, delicate sweetness”

day boat catch wrapped in brick
truffle accented cauliflower florettes
essence of pinot noir, grenobloise sauce
“smoky cherry & raspberry flavors marked by accents of white pepper”

truffled keahole lobster risotto, crustacean essence
“richly textured flavors of citrus & crushed stones”
sommelier selection
“mineral-driven & intensely focused; classic flavors of orange, spices & hazelnuts”
(by the glass 39.00 or add 9.50 to wine pairings)

100% wagyu beef medallions, braised short rib chimichurri
pancetta brussels sprout, celery root puree, pinot noir sauce
“bright bing cherry & strawberry aromas, with hints of sage and damp earth”
sommelier selection
“intense black currant, licorice & spice; lush yet delicate, mineral notes & a silky texture”
(by the glass 39.00 or add 9.50 to wine pairings)

honeydew in champagne gelée, fresh mint

“complex & integrated layers of baked dark fruit & ground spices”


menu 148.00
(with truffles on chef’s selections add 87.00)
wine pairings 63.00

Honolulu fine dining Madre chocolate and Hammons black walnuts

Pastry Chef  Lynette’s current fine dining dessert at Chef Mavro restaurant includes Madre chocolate from the Big Island crisped with Hammons black walnuts hand harvested from wild trees in the mid-west.  Chef Lynette always seeks out the most delicious ingredients for her innovative desserts.  Her relationship with Kailua, Oahu based Madre chocolate ensures that she receives their very best chocolate from Big Island farms. Then she brings in fresh black walnuts from a family-owned business in Missouri to crisp the Madre chocolate block. This flavor-packed dessert also features a white chocolate ball with chopped fresh Perigord truffles rolled in cocoa nips, tarragon ganache, pear coulis, and molokai black salt.  Wine Pairing:   Alvear, “Solera 1927” Pedro Ximenez, Montilla-Morilles, Spain

Katei Gaho Honolulu photos of Chef Mavro catering

Gorgeous photos by Katei Gaho of Chef Mavro catering at famous Honolulu home! Top Japanese Magazine Katei Gaho followed Chef Mavro to the prestigious Liljestrand House on Tantalus for a private lunch. Then the crew visited the Honolulu fish auction and many of Chef Mavro’s boutique farmers who grow the specialized produce featured in the many famous dishes of this fine dining Honolulu restaurant. Catering at private homes in Hawaii and around the world is another service offered by James Beard award-winner Chef George Mavro.

Here’s a link to see more of the Vladimir Ossipoff designed Liljestrand House A one-0f-a-kind setting for Chef Mavro inspired Hawaii Regional Cuisine.


Chef Mavro catering in Katei Gaho magazine


Fresh Truffles earn rave reviews at Honolulu restaurant

Fresh truffles at Chef Mavro  Fresh Perigord truffles sliced tableside over special recipes. See complete Winter Truffle Menu to whet your appetite for these rare delicacies. Available now for a limited time only.

Chef especially recommends truffle-friendly recipes for this fine dining option including: Peterson Upland Farm Egg, the Lamb Harissa, the Big Island Feta Long Peppercorn, the Chocolate Burgundy Truffle and the Catch Rataouille among others.  One of the many reasons Chef Mavro is recognized as a top Honolulu restaurant.




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