Fête, Chinatown

HONOLULU | Fête is a modern American restaurant with a global outlook, with dishes that celebrate the diversity of Hawaii’s food and people. It’s about showcasing the best Hawaiian produce, with a strong farm-to-table ethos, through food that’s a homage to the food that the people of Hawaii love to eat.

The space is laid back and casual – described as one part Hawaii and one part Brooklyn. Indeed, the restaurant wouldn’t feel out of place in Brooklyn. Exposed brick, wood floors and furniture, plants, and a long bar feature. If you can, get a seat at the bar where you can watch head bartender Fabrice work his magic and give you recommendations about what do drink with your food.

Hawaiian born and raised head chef Robynne Maii won the 2022 James Beard Foundation award for best chef for the Northwest & Pacific region. As you eat through her menu, it’s clear that the award is well deserved. The seasonal menu incorporates island flavours brilliantly. The producers and famers which all of the restaurant’s ingredients are sourced, as listed on the menu.

The twice-fried Ludovico half chicken, served with spicy tomato jam, is a specialty, and some of the best fried chicken on Oahu. Be sure to try the grass-fed grilled Kua’aina Ranches bavette, served with Tutu’s gochujang sauce, ginger scallion fried rice, sunny local egg, and Asian pear slaw, Also try the Coconut Kaua’i Prawns with curry leaves, lime, and black pepper.

Be sure to save room for dessert. The rich and indulgent Dorie Greenspan’s Chocolate Cake, with Manoa bittersweet chocolate mousse, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate syrup, is brilliant.

To drink, it’s a good selection of new and old world wines, with many available by the glass. There’s house and classic cocktails, craft beer, and non-alcoholic options. Try the signature ‘Spicy Kitty’. It’s a cocktail featuring Tito’s vodka, Yuzuri liqueur, Hawaiian chili-infused oleo saccharum, shichimi togarashi, salt, lemon juice, and muddled shiso, topped with club soda.


2 North Hotel Street
Hawaii 96817
United States

Telephone: 808 369 1390
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Thu: 11:00am to 9:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am to 10:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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