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Chef Mavro

1969 S. King St. (McCully St.) Send to Phone
808-944-4714 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A dinner at Chef Mavro is a tribute to the bounty of Hawaii's land and ocean.

Dinner Tues.-Sat. 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

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Chef Mavro, Honolulu, HI

Chef Mavro Restaurant Review

About the restaurant: Chef Mavro is changing things up after nearly two decades. The main dining room now serves an à la carte menu of small plates, offering a more approachable way to sample the illustrious cuisine of chef-owner George Mavrothalassitis and executive chef Jeremy Shigekane. Meanwhile, the nine-course Grand Degustation menu ($185, plus $82 for wine pairings) is still be available in the semi-private dining room. Service is professional but never stuffy and is warmly hospitable as befits a restaurant that attracts serious gourmands of all ages and from all walks of life. You are as likely to see a young couple in casual attire who saved their pennies to dine here as a well-coiffed doyenne of Honolulu society. They all come for one reason: to celebrate culinary excellence from the hands of a master chef and his dedicated team.

About the food: 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. Thanks to the formidable skills of chef Mavrothalassitis, the results of this sublime culinary marriage are always elegant and intriguing. Inspiration is drawn from the bounty of Hawaii's ocean and land. Selections have included a salad of Keahole lobster with kale, ginger, okra and soursop; medallion of Miyazaki Japanese Wagyu with chimichurri, breadfruit, warabi and turmeric; and onaga baked in a salt crust with tomato-ogo sauce vierge. The menus evolve according to the time of year, but you might encounter pastry chef Jose Calpito’s Waialua Estate Chocolate Bar with malt, vinegar, bourbon and blackberry . We can assure you everything will be thoughtfully created and well executed.

About the wine: Note that wine plays a major role at Chef Mavro, and an ideal pairing is suggested for every dish. A 25-member wine committee votes to determine the pairings after tasting each recipe and blind tasting five wines pre-selected by the sommelier.


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