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Mariposa

1450 Ala Moana Blvd. (Piikoi St.) Send to Phone
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Not just for the ladies-who-lunch crowd, Mariposa offers fine food in a pleasant setting.
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Lunch Mon.-Sat., Dinner nightly, Brunch & High Tea Sun.
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Mariposa Restaurant Review

: Escape to the third floor to find this lovely and inviting eatery to quench a thirst and to enjoy a respite from shopping center bustle. The crowd is made up of predominately local residents and includes a regular gathering of ladies who lunch, socialites who high-tea, and marathon shoppers run ragged in need of sustenance. All dine graciously and unhurriedly in an airy setting of neutral colors and tropical accents with huge panoramic windows that embrace the sweeping views of Ala Moana Park, Ala Wai Marina and the blue Pacific Ocean beyond. Special touches are appreciated, like a small bowl of chicken consommé to start, which sets the tone and cleanses the palate, and the large, delicate popovers accompanied by a hard to come by poha butter. Chef Mark Freiberg adds many fresh notes to the menu such as lamb chops with eggplant couscous while retaining favorites: seafood curry, apple wood salmon salad and butterscotch-macadamia nut pie.

User Ratings & Reviews for Mariposa
Average rating    3.5
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Wonderful evening at Mariposa!
by boni29 on Fri Jul 25, 2008 11:56 am
 
Last night, we experienced a spectacular evening at the Mariposa restaurant at Neiman-Marcus! The panoramic view overlooking Ala Moana Park and stretching from Diamond Head to the mountains rising from the Ewa plains, the gentle breeze of a balmy summer evening, and the dining experience provided the perfect ingredients needed for our night to celebrate! Each dish was memorable! We started with the Kamuela tomato salad, an exquisite, more-than-generous combination of red, yellow, and burgundy tomatoes that pleased both the palate and the eye! The sweet tasting monkey bread with strawberry butter was the perfect complement. The barbeque shrimp appetizer was prepared to perfection, a delightful combination of a trio of shrimp with an avocado treasure tucked in a tasty sauce. For dinner, I had the fork tender Red Wine Braised Short Ribs on Parmesan Polenta. Also surrounded by petite "sauteed hariots," this beautifully presented, large cut of meat topped with gremolota, was absolutely delicious! My companion was pleased with his choice of King Crab Cioppino. This dish, full of various gifts from the sea, was a bit on the spicy side, which gave it an interesting kick! We ended the evening with Creamsicle Cheesecake and a fresh fruit pudding cake...once again not only gorgeous but also generous and delicious! With a trio of musicians playing in the background and attentive, knowledgeable waithelp making sure our needs were met, our leisurely evening in beautiful Hawai`i was absolutely perfect!
 
A dinner experience not worth repeating
by ckw44 on Wed Jul 16, 2008 12:28 am
 
With a tranquil setting, attentive service, and a somewhat limited menu, I was surprised to be served an entree that was hardly palatable -- advertised as "tip sirloin with pasta," there were about five mostly non-chewable bites of meat. And I mean non-chewable. The pasta was wide strips that stuck together in various stages of doneness. I could not get out of there quickly enough -- $104 including tip for two of us, which is not my point. Don't go unless you are willing to send back whole plates of food. I wish I had asked to see the manager. I don't think he could have chewed the meat . . .
 
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