Grand Cafe & Bakery

★★★★☆
  • 31 N Pauahi St

    Honolulu, HI 96817

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  • 808-531-0001

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Tuesday From 07:00 AM To 01:30 PM Wednesday To Friday From 07:00 PM To 01:30 PM Wednesday To Friday From 05:15 PM To 08:00 PM Saturday From 08:00 PM To 01:00 PM Saturday From 05:15 PM To 08:00 PM Sunday From 08:00 PM To 01:00 PM

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I had been wanting to try the Grand Cafe for a long time. I was disappointed as the house salad I ordered was not fresh and contained bits of rotten lettuce. I should have sent it back : (

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★★★★★

I had been wanting to try the Grand Cafe for a long time. I was disappointed as the house salad I ordered was not fresh and contained bits of rotten lettuce. I should have sent it back : (

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Had a medium size party for first friday. Server missed one order and delivered 2 salads and appetizer after dinner. And told us we were lying to her and yelled at the table. Food was good but I have never been yelled at by a server.

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Had a medium size party for first friday. Server missed one order and delivered 2 salads and appetizer after dinner. And told us we were lying to her and yelled at the table. Food was good but I have never been yelled at by a server.

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Until recently, I, along with other critics, acknowledged the unbelievably well-priced flavorful food but was disheartened by the poor, uninformed, awkward service. With Exec Chef Kevin Dee in charge, the place seemed to be bombing. But now, under the watch of new Chef Anthony Vierra, alum of San Fran's California Culinary Academy, Grand Cafe & Bakery is among the best restaurants in Hawaii. I can say now that size doesn't matter; even though it only seats about 50, the place is GREAT. The food is just as good, but the waitstaff knows what they're doing, and some are so naturally friendly that you just want to talk to them. A quick glance over the menu immediately tells you Chef Anthony loves to update the Escoffier-style classics, what with words like "mirepoix," "Mornay," "nage," and "confit." Sit up at the counter to watch the cooks spinning around preparing your meal, which might be ideally started off with a creative, always delicious soup of the day, or perhaps a roasted Fuji apple salad with candied walnuts, Maytag bleu, and mixed greens tossed in a tangy sherry vinaigrette. Rumor has it that the housemade corned beef with sauerkraut 'wich is great. Fish n' chips is the best I've hahd anywhere. The three filets of fish are coated in a tasty light and crisp batter and served over thick cut fries, and I don't feel guilty about eating this because everything is so well made. The vegetarian pasta is always delicious, with a cream-based sauce that's consistently good. The French would scoff at the quiche, covered in Swiss and cheddar cheeses on a potato crust, but the flavors work. Come back for the moist, loosely-packed meatloaf with creamy Yukon Golds. Desserts, which change daily, are excellent. OR...come early for an outstanding breakfast of Bananas Foster sweet bread French toast. The kinks have all been worked out, so now I can heartily recommend Grand Cafe as much as I want.

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★★★★★

Until recently, I, along with other critics, acknowledged the unbelievably well-priced flavorful food but was disheartened by the poor, uninformed, awkward service. With Exec Chef Kevin Dee in charge, the place seemed to be bombing. But now, under the watch of new Chef Anthony Vierra, alum of San Fran's California Culinary Academy, Grand Cafe & Bakery is among the best restaurants in Hawaii. I can say now that size doesn't matter; even though it only seats about 50, the place is GREAT. The food is just as good, but the waitstaff knows what they're doing, and some are so naturally friendly that you just want to talk to them. A quick glance over the menu immediately tells you Chef Anthony loves to update the Escoffier-style classics, what with words like "mirepoix," "Mornay," "nage," and "confit." Sit up at the counter to watch the cooks spinning around preparing your meal, which might be ideally started off with a creative, always delicious soup of the day, or perhaps a roasted Fuji apple salad with candied walnuts, Maytag bleu, and mixed greens tossed in a tangy sherry vinaigrette. Rumor has it that the housemade corned beef with sauerkraut 'wich is great. Fish n' chips is the best I've hahd anywhere. The three filets of fish are coated in a tasty light and crisp batter and served over thick cut fries, and I don't feel guilty about eating this because everything is so well made. The vegetarian pasta is always delicious, with a cream-based sauce that's consistently good. The French would scoff at the quiche, covered in Swiss and cheddar cheeses on a potato crust, but the flavors work. Come back for the moist, loosely-packed meatloaf with creamy Yukon Golds. Desserts, which change daily, are excellent. OR...come early for an outstanding breakfast of Bananas Foster sweet bread French toast. The kinks have all been worked out, so now I can heartily recommend Grand Cafe as much as I want.

Pros: Fantastic food showcasing updated 20s classics, menu changes monthly, outstanding friendly service

Cons: Odd location, maybe too small to accomodate large groups (though they have a separate party room)

 

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