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Chef Mavro on Travel Style

Chef Mavro reveals his Travel Style – Here are a few highlights:

Favorite hotel: Four Seasons New York. Favorite cruise line: Seabourne. Favorite travel credit card: AMEX. Favorite island: Symi, Greece. Favorite beach: Bay Club, Mauna Lani. Favorite National Park: Estes Park in Colorado. Favorite fancy restaurant: Le Doyen, Yannick Aleno. Favorite hole-in-the-wall: Pizza Chez Etienne, Marseilles.

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Travel Style: Chef Mavro

New April in Paris Menu for a limited time

Chef talks about the inspiration for the new
“April in Paris” menu for a limited time only 
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April in Paris – a French culinary journey

This Spring, numerous of the restaurant guests are leaving for a French vacation & especially for Paris. It is like an exodus to the same destination…what’s going on? But, since I didn’t have my French fix for awhile, to see my guests going to Paris & describing their schedule to me was like a torture…So what can I do? Cook French classic dishes!!! If you can’t go to Paris very soon, Paris is coming to your table in Honolulu…

April in Paris 4 courses
Note: Our 6 course and Grand Tasting Menus will also be available.

foie gras parfait
citrus, celery & sauternes glaze
romilieu lacoste, 2012 sauternes

onaga grenobloise
wrapped in feuilles de brique crisp, cauliflower florets & purée
lemon-caper beurre mousseux
domaine des baumard, 2012 savennieres, loire

coq au vin
island free range chicken, simmered in red wine & cognac
steamed yukon potato
jean foillard, 2015 morgon “cote du py”

tarte tatin
apple tart baked up-side down
hawaiian vanilla ice cream

New Spring Menu

Lobster pho best

Our new Spring Menu!  Be among the first to savor the fresh clean flavors of Spring, Chef Mavro style.

Shown here is the Keahole Lobster Pho in tamarind broth, long rice, crispy pork belly, kaffir lime, green papaya, chervil, crustacean essence. Lobster dishes are among Chef Mavro’s best creations as his lobsters are always tender and bursting with flavor. Click here to see the complete menu.


2017 AAA Five Diamond Rating again for Chef Mavro

News Friday, January 27, 2017

Chef Mavro Restaurant Earns 2017 AAA Five Diamond Award

HONOLULU -The American Automobile Association (AAA) announced today that Chef Mavro restaurant earned the 2017 Five Diamond Award. Since 2008 Chef Mavro is the only independently owned restaurant winner in Hawaii. AAA notes that only 63 restaurants have earned the AAA Five Diamond Rating in the past 12 months in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and the Caribbean.

The AAA Five Diamond list is based on anonymous visits by trained AAA restaurant inspectors with only 0.2 percent of the 30,000 restaurants reviewed earning the top rating.

Chef Mavro’s flexible menus feature contemporary Hawaii Regional Cuisine and are reinvented frequently in collaboration with Executive Chef Jeremy Shigekane and Pastry Chef Jose Calpito based on new ideas and local market freshness.

As in the restaurant’s other national awards, Chef Mavro is in the familiar company of Le Bernardin, Per Se, Daniel, The Modern, Eleven Madison Park & Jean Georges in New York; and in California The French Laundry, Saison, Gary Danko & Benu among others. Link to 2017 AAA Five Diamond restaurant list: 2017 – 5D Restaurants.pdf

In the words of AAA:
“Five Diamond establishments represent the upper echelon of hospitality, redefining personalized service, using creativity to enhance guest comfort and providing memorable experiences,” Michael Petrone, director of AAA Inspections and Diamond Ratings said in a written statement.

Chef Mavro restaurant front   Truffled egg crop2015

Romantic Valentine’s Dinner at Chef Mavro

Chef Mavro restaurant is the choice for romantic occasions in Honolulu. And for Valentine’s Chef features dishes sure to inspire love! Celebrate early, Friday-Monday, and enjoy our Chocolate Whispers Valentine’s Dessert, more menu choices, and more available times. Reserve Tuesday, February 14 for our one-night-only Gala Menu.

Tuesday, February 14 Valentine’s Gala Menu one-night only

Gala Menu 7 courses 178.00   wine pairings 66.00

poached shigoku oyster, topped with foie gras & ikura
royal tokaji, 2009 tokaji 5 puttonyos, aszu

keahole lobster salad, miso eggplant purée
celery root shavings, escarole, calamansi crustacean essence
jean marc brocard, 2014 chablis 1er cru montée de tonnerre

steamed chinatown style on basmati rice, sizzled shiitake mushroom
ginger & cilantro
joh. jos. prum, 2012 spatlese riesling, wehlener sonnenuhr

périgord truffle crusted free range island chicken,
island cream corn, sunchoke chips, truffled chicken jus
jean foillard, 2014 fleurie, villie-morgon

australian tajima 9+ grade striploin, yuzu kosho mochi potato
hobbs shore bacon kabocha, pomegranate glaze
gerard bertrand, 2013 cigalus redblend, aude-hauterive

hawaii island fresh goat cheese dome, poha berry preserve
toasted “pain d’épices”
domaine huet, 2015 vouvray, clos du bourg demi-sec, loire valley

honeydew melon in champagne gelée, fresh mint

chocolate whispers
waialua estate chocolate cremeux
strawberry & fennel


Valentine's dessert 2017  Champagne & Protea 20090801_021

Roasted Free Range Chicken with truffles – limited time

Demi-deuil plating Chef Mavro & Chef JeremySavor Free Range Chicken “Demi-Deuil.” For two guests, the whole bird is roasted with fresh black truffles tucked under the crispy golden skin.

Served tableside in two courses. First the “ballotine,” thigh rolled with fresh truffles, on frisee salad. Then the whole bird is carved tableside.  Also with this dinner are Chef’s signature silky mashed potatoes, capers, extra virgin olive oil and garlic cream corn.  Meli melo appetizer salads and dessert are included in this 4 course dinner.

Tableside Roast Chicken Demi Deuil

Reserve now as the Perigord truffle season in France will soon be over.

Limited time fresh Perigord truffles flown in from France

Starting January 4, our Winter Mensu with black Perigord truffles flown in fresh from France. Don’t miss this special treat: perigord black truffle risotto, carnaroli rice risotto, extra virgin olive oil, parmigiano reggiano, black truffles shaved table side.
wine pairing: masi, 2011 costasera amarone, della valpolicella classico, veneto

Chef Mavro’s flexible Winter Menus with a choice of 4 or 6 courses.

Fresh truffles at Chef Mavro

New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner at Chef Mavro


New Year’s Eve at Chef Mavro puts the spotlight on the season’s most festive foods and premium wines. The dining room is transformed in black and gold and guests enjoy fun New Year’s favors. Premium wines include meursault-blagny 1er cru by the glass! Seating from 7-8:30 p.m.

Call (808) 944-4714 to reserve your table.

celebrating fine wines & festive dishes

Saturday, December 31, 2016

gala menu 245.00
premium wine pairings 85.00
(hawaii state tax 4.712% and tip not included)

“chef mavro’s signature ahi tartare & caviar”
sustainable siberian baerii osetra caviar
bigeye ahi sashimi grade, taro crisp
wakatake daiginjo “onikoroshi” sake, shizuoka

Chef Mavro oscetra caviar

keahole lobster salad, miso eggplant purée
celery root shavings, escarole, crustacean essence vinaigrette
comtesse de cherisey, 2013 meursault-blagny 1ercru, la genelotte monopole

foie gras
sauteed hudson valley foie gras, black mission figs, sumac accent
brioche & macnut snow
royal tokaji company, 2008 red label

confit big island abalone & new potato
on marseilles brandade with périgord black truffles
guigal, 2013 condrieu

dayboat snapper in provençale bourride
braised fennel, aïoli foam
domaine de terrebrune, 2014 bandol rose, terroir du trias

miyazaki wagyu
grade A5 japanese wagyu medallion
hobbs shore bacon kabocha, périgord black truffle jus
bergström, 2013 pinot noir, “silice,” chehalem mountains a.v.a.

le grand dessert 2017
waialua estate chocolate cremeux, white chocolate ganache, pistachio crumble & ice cream

7 course gala menu 245.00
6 wine pairings 85.00
(hawaii state tax 4.712% and tip not included)

(Subject to change according to available ingredients)

Fresh White Truffles flown in from Alba, Italy


Chef Mavro on the first white truffles of the short season: “The Italian Alba white truffles are back & better than ever. Even if white truffles are always delicious like wines, there are good vintages, great vintages & exceptional vintages… this year white truffles are exceptional.

My favorite way to enjoy white truffles is risotto…


Usually the more popular rice to make a risotto is to use Arborio rice…but Italians know better, they prefer Carnaroli rice & so do we! The Carnaroli rice from Pavia, Italy has shorter grains & more starch, especially when it’s aged it makes a perfect risotto. Just slice some Alba truffles on the top & you reach Heaven. You didn’t get there yet??? Just pair your white truffle risotto with a glass of Amarone, Della Valpolicella from Masi winery…Works 100% of the time.

Life is too short as is the white truffle season, don’t miss the experience. If you do, you cannot complain that I didn’t tell you!”

Limited Time Filipino-French 4-course Menu

Limited time special menu! Celebrating Haute Filipino Cuisine at
Chef Mavro Restaurant

For the background story, read Chef Mavro’s Letter

HONOLULU – Right now for a limited time, iconic local Filipino dishes are given a contemporary French twist at Chef Mavro restaurant. This exciting 4-course “Haute Filipino” menu is orchestrated by Pastry Chef Jose Calpito who is also an accomplished line cook.


Jose Calpito with his new hit dessert Halo Halo

“We start with the highest quality ingredients including Niman Ranch pork and the freshest onaga. Then we stay true to the traditional Filipino flavors and give every familiar local dish a Chef Mavro French twist!” explains Jose Calpito.

”Just as our menus have always been inspired by local Japanese, Chinese and Hawaiian flavors, this time it’s about the amazing flavors of Hawaii’s Filipino dishes,” comments Chef Mavro.

haute filipino
a French twist on Hawaii’s Filipino cuisine
4-course menu $105 wine pairngs $67
Note: 6-course Chef’s Menu & Grand Degustation also available



crispy pork belly, tomato, maui onion, fiddlehead ferns, pickled ogo
domaine pierre guillemot, 2014 savigny aux serpentieres premier cru, france



poached onaga in tamarind broth, kalamungay leaves, taro
long beans, cabbage, crunchy onaga skin rinds
tramin, 2013 pinot grigio, alto adige, italy



niman pork wrapped in bacon, bean vermicelli, onion, carrot, celery & bell pepper, calamansi, adobo jus
protos crianza, 2008 tempranillo, ribera del duero, spain


Halo Halo

halo halo
coconut shaved ice, tropical gelées, azuki beans, corn custard
domaine vouvray, 2015 vouvray moelleux

Chef Mavro top Honolulu restaurant TripExpert combines ratings

Chef Mavro restaurant earns overall score of 94/100 rating as top Hawaii restaurant.

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TripExpert calculates expert reviews from 60+ publications including travel guides, magazines and newspapers. We take into account the number of publications that have reviewed a specific venue, as well as any score or rating that has been awarded. The TripExpert Score is the authoritative statement of overall quality. TripExpert scores range from 60-100. Here’s what  the top restaurant review sites are saying:

The only Hawaii restaurant that any serious foodie should experience isn’t located on the beach, or even in Waikiki—this intimate McCully resto is the finest on the island.

One of Oahu’s top restaurants.

Condé Nast Traveler Tick@2x  Editor’s Pick
What’s a Greek-born, French raised expat been doing in Hawaii for the last 30 years? Perfecting the mad science that goes into approaching island ingredients in a unique and (often) astonishing manner Full Review →


DK Eyewitness
This award-winning French-with-an-island-touch restaurant expresses the character of owner George Mavrothassitis – precise, passionate and absolutely individual.

Fodor’s Tick@2x Choice
George Mavrothalassitis, who took two hotel restaurants to the top of the ranks before opening this James Beard Award–winning restaurant in 1998, admits he’s crazy. Full Review →

Forbes Travel Guide 92
A cuisine that couples French technique with fresh Hawaiian ingredients. Full Review →

Frommer’s 34
Keahole lobster in an Asian broth; a Hawaiian/Marseilles bouillabaisse; and cut-it-with-a-fork-tender filet of beef tenderloin crusted with red-wine confit onion. Full Review →

Gayot 18
Chef Mavro not only features the finest ingredients Hawaii has to offer, but also supplements them with luxurious imported items like caviar and fresh truffles from France. Full Review →

Travel + Leisure
Owned by the French-born chef, and James Beard Award-winner, George Mavrothalassitis, the critically-acclaimed Chef Mavro is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in Hawaii. Full Review →

Zagat 27
“Expert culinarian” George (Mavro) Mavrothalassitis “delivers on all fronts”, offering a “spectacular taste of the islands” at his Hawaii Regional–French “true gourmet experience.” Full Review →

Chef Mavro restaurant invites you to dine and taste for yourself! or call (808) 944-4714.

Pork pho Spring 2015_1


Taste Provence in Honolulu

For all who love Provence or dream of going, you’ll want to savor Chef Mavro’s Summer in Provence 4-course dinner.

Chef was born in Marseilles where Bouillabaisse is the signature dish in all the restaurants along the beautiful port. Now you can enjoy Chef’s famous bouillabaisse in another sunny city – Honolulu!


summer in provence
“la grande cuisine provencale”

four courses ($105)

supions persillade
baby squid sautéed with parsley, shallots & garlic
sauce of salted cod brandade
pascal jolivet, 2014 sancerre

onaga in fisherman’s bouillabaisse marseilles-style, with rouille & croutons
clos sainte magdeleine, 2013 cote de provence, cassis

carré d’agneau provençale
herb crusted niman rack of lamb
tomato, zucchini, eggplant & bell pepper à la monégasque, thyme lamb jus
domaine les pallieres, 2013 gigondas

pêche flambée
peach, lemon chiboust brulée, crème fraiche with pernod accent, fennel pollen
chateau gravas, 2011 sauternes

Marseilles harbor view

Marseilles, home of the world famous Bouillabaisse. Now famous in Honolulu at Chef Mavro!


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