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Great Date Spots on Oahu

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Staying in paradise offers the benefit of warm tropical nights perfect for evening excursions. Whether you're looking for an elegant evening, hoping to kick back with some pupus or enjoy the setting sun at a scenic lookout, these spots are ideal for couples. 
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Hana no Sato

This is THE place for authentic sushi and ramen in Waikiki. The staff and most of the clientele are Japanese and speak little English. Pick up some wine or sake from the nearby ABC Store as the restaurant is BYOB. Prices for lunch range from $7-13. Dinner is more pricey, but I'd imagine the portions are...

Tiki's Grill & Bar

To be honest, I wasn't expecting much of Tiki's Grill & Bar except being a fun tourist spot for a few drinks and food. Little did I know that the food is amazing! I had the Duck Duet ($29), a piece of duck breast and a leg with lots of fancy trimmings. It was ample, flavorful and crispy (like Peking Duck but...

Mai Tai Bar

Strong tropical cocktails and great snacks. A full menu for those who are hungry. They provide delicious rice crackers for free. Get the Scratch Mai Tai to start, a Royal Hawaiian original. The staff are super friendly and fun. The colorful cocktails are strong, guys. No worries how you look. Dis...

Alan Wong's Pineapple Room

For anyone who wants to try some dishes inspired by local chef Alan Wong, this is the most cost-effective place. While it's not as fancy as his signature restaurant, it's much more convenient, casual and affordable. I actually preferred my visit to The Pineapple Room over my visit to his fine dining...

Mai Tai Bar

As most of my friends are now in California and my parents don't really "happy hour," it took me a long time to finally make it to Mai Tai Bar. I've always loved it, as its addition to Ala Moana Center has filled the place with the sound of live music, sports fans and happy revelers. The atmosphere is chill,...

RumFire

RumFire is a pretty cool spot for drinks and bites. The service is amazing and the views (with the right seat) are killer. Thankfully my drinking companion has the eyes of an eagle when spotting a great open seat, and we scored a spot in the corner by the ocean. Drinks are pricey. I recommend the...

Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar

Fun, casual and affordable dining by the shore. Drinks are as low as $3.50 for Mai Tais and beer during the day. Grab a coupon in one of those Oahu guides for an even cheaper breakfast buffet. The food isn't great but it's way cheaper than the others nearby. Staff are really considerate about special...

Shokudo Japanese Restaurant & Bar

Shokudo is delicious and hip, albeit at a price. Sashimi - Perfect texture and chilled over a bed of ice. (FYI: A reliable source later told me that they serve previously frozen sake.) Unagi and Rice - Sizzling iron bowl with huge pieces of unagi, served with unagi broth. Yum. Sushi Pizza - Baked,...

Mariposa

Located on the top floor of Neiman Marcus in Ala Moana, Mariposa’s balcony provides an expansive view of the Ala Moana Beach Park. During the sunset, this would be a particularly beautiful place to dine. Food is good but pricey. Mariposa was my first experience with popovers, prompting us to...

Alan Wong's Restaurant

Alan Wong's falls awkwardly between Sam Choy's and Gary Danko. It's "business casual," but then it's not. It can be semi-formal, but far from the refinement of Danko (even though the prices are comparable). An elevator and valet-only parking makes it harder to dine and dash. (That was a joke.) I had a...