Alan Wong's Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1857 S King St 208

    Honolulu, HI 96826

    Cross street: 1857 S King St. 3rd Flr. Honolulu, HI 96826

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  • 808-949-2526

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The service was excellent....food was good, but I left there wondering why I wasn't blown away. They did add a personal touch to my menu though since it was my birthday....the menu was printed with my name and happy birthday on it.

Oh the restaurant is right across the street from "Jimbo"(udon place).

Now the food!!!!

- ahi sashimi on won ton with avocado.....delish. I don't think you can ever go wrong if you put fresh fish on won ton chips and drizzle it with some light sauce.
- "da bag"... we got this after seeing the waiter bring what looks like a foil balloon on a plate. This was good...I'm a fan for anything sealed in foil and steamed... especially when it involves seafood, mushroom, and some oinky pig parts!
- gf had the ginger crusted onaga which was good but not great...that's what she said I don't think I tried it.
- I had the twice cooked ribs which were cooked fork tender but just way too sweet for me...I was only able to finish half of it.

Overall, the drinks were really good and unique...food was okay only probably because I was way too hyped up and expected a lot more. I'll probably give it another try and get the tasting menu next time.

4
★★★★☆

The service was excellent....food was good, but I left there wondering why I wasn't blown away. They did add a personal touch to my menu though since it was my birthday....the menu was printed with my name and happy birthday on it.

Oh the restaurant is right across the street from "Jimbo"(udon place).

Now the food!!!!

- ahi sashimi on won ton with avocado.....delish. I don't think you can ever go wrong if you put fresh fish on won ton chips and drizzle it with some light sauce.
- "da bag"... we got this after seeing the waiter bring what looks like a foil balloon on a plate. This was good...I'm a fan for anything sealed in foil and steamed... especially when it involves seafood, mushroom, and some oinky pig parts!
- gf had the ginger crusted onaga which was good but not great...that's what she said I don't think I tried it.
- I had the twice cooked ribs which were cooked fork tender but just way too sweet for me...I was only able to finish half of it.

Overall, the drinks were really good and unique...food was okay only probably because I was way too hyped up and expected a lot more. I'll probably give it another try and get the tasting menu next time.

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It's been a while, but I can't wait to get back. One of the top three restaurants on the island, (along with Roy's and Sam Choy's), Alan Wong's provides likely the best seafood and steaks available on Oahu. We make it a point to visit each time we are on the island. The prices are certainly up there, but for pacific rim food, there isn't a better option anywhere. Try the twice cooked short ribs, and you'll be hooked.

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★★★★★

It's been a while, but I can't wait to get back. One of the top three restaurants on the island, (along with Roy's and Sam Choy's), Alan Wong's provides likely the best seafood and steaks available on Oahu. We make it a point to visit each time we are on the island. The prices are certainly up there, but for pacific rim food, there isn't a better option anywhere. Try the twice cooked short ribs, and you'll be hooked.

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Alan Wong's restaurant uses locally grown produce and the freshest fish to create contemporary Pacific Rim Cuisine. A mix of Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese and European influences make this restaurant a treat!

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★★★★★

Alan Wong's restaurant uses locally grown produce and the freshest fish to create contemporary Pacific Rim Cuisine. A mix of Hawaiian, Japanese, Chinese and European influences make this restaurant a treat!

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The service at Alan Wong's was impeccable. Their rolls were delicious, and I really enjoyed The Coconut, their signature dessert.

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★★★★☆

The service at Alan Wong's was impeccable. Their rolls were delicious, and I really enjoyed The Coconut, their signature dessert.

Pros: Perfect service, chef's counter, tasty rolls

Cons: Whole tomato salad

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Lived in Hawaii and was there when Alan Wong's opened. It is without a doubt the best of the best. There are so many things that we liked about the restaurant. Its out of the way place, its definitely different, its upstairs in a building that you would not think a restaurant is in. When you make your reservations they take your name and when you are seated the person who seats you and your waiter from then on uses your name. its like you have been coming there forever. The Manager stops by and ask how things are going. There is usually a ""special treat"" from Alan, maybe its just a juice drink, or a small appetizer, and that is also followed up by a dessert piece of something at the end. The rolls are delicious, finish one, and the roll boy is there again; the water glass is never empty. My favorite is when the person brings you meal and explains everything on it, rather than some places that when someone brings you the plate they have to ask you what you ordered. The waiters don't start as waiters, they start as the bus boys and work their way up, the learn how to be a waiter and all the different kinds of food that are prepared. When you go to AW's you are treated as someone who has been coming for years, even if it is you first trip there. Yes it crowded, most great restaurants are. And the awards won by AW is overwhelming. And the best part is that AW is usually there. There are some restaurants that the owner, top chef are rarely there.

2
★★★★★

Lived in Hawaii and was there when Alan Wong's opened. It is without a doubt the best of the best. There are so many things that we liked about the restaurant. Its out of the way place, its definitely different, its upstairs in a building that you would not think a restaurant is in. When you make your reservations they take your name and when you are seated the person who seats you and your waiter from then on uses your name. its like you have been coming there forever. The Manager stops by and ask how things are going. There is usually a ""special treat"" from Alan, maybe its just a juice drink, or a small appetizer, and that is also followed up by a dessert piece of something at the end. The rolls are delicious, finish one, and the roll boy is there again; the water glass is never empty. My favorite is when the person brings you meal and explains everything on it, rather than some places that when someone brings you the plate they have to ask you what you ordered. The waiters don't start as waiters, they start as the bus boys and work their way up, the learn how to be a waiter and all the different kinds of food that are prepared. When you go to AW's you are treated as someone who has been coming for years, even if it is you first trip there. Yes it crowded, most great restaurants are. And the awards won by AW is overwhelming. And the best part is that AW is usually there. There are some restaurants that the owner, top chef are rarely there.

Pros: Top food, top service, top restaurant.

Cons: Hard to get reservations

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We entered this meal with much excitement, even spending time to construct our own tasting menu of six courses. What followed after we ordered however, only caused our collective bated breath to shift into sighs of despair. Each dish was cloyingly sweet obstructing all other flavors, which were assembled with no sense of balance. The execution was clumsy and overly complicated, with an end product not worthy of a James Beard award and certainly not a spot in-between Masa and Daniel on Gourmet's top 10 list. There was not a single dish that left us wanting more. Each dish led to only further disappointment, as we sat in the jumbled decor of what looked like a hotel lobby tiki bar. The only redeeming quality was that the service was generally helpful and courteous. Additionally, the kitchen, despite their severe culinary handicap, was prompt.

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★★☆☆☆

We entered this meal with much excitement, even spending time to construct our own tasting menu of six courses. What followed after we ordered however, only caused our collective bated breath to shift into sighs of despair. Each dish was cloyingly sweet obstructing all other flavors, which were assembled with no sense of balance. The execution was clumsy and overly complicated, with an end product not worthy of a James Beard award and certainly not a spot in-between Masa and Daniel on Gourmet's top 10 list. There was not a single dish that left us wanting more. Each dish led to only further disappointment, as we sat in the jumbled decor of what looked like a hotel lobby tiki bar. The only redeeming quality was that the service was generally helpful and courteous. Additionally, the kitchen, despite their severe culinary handicap, was prompt.

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This is supposed to be one of the premiere dining experiences in Honolulu. The location almost borders on bizarre and there is simply NOTHING special about the dining room or the service ware. The staff are very personable and make every effort to educate you to the various dishes which in my opinion are over done, over staged and a little off the mark in flavor combinations. This is an average fine dining experience that costs the same as a first rate dining experience in any other city in the US. Alan needs to up his game here a bit.\r\n

1
★★★☆☆

This is supposed to be one of the premiere dining experiences in Honolulu. The location almost borders on bizarre and there is simply NOTHING special about the dining room or the service ware. The staff are very personable and make every effort to educate you to the various dishes which in my opinion are over done, over staged and a little off the mark in flavor combinations. This is an average fine dining experience that costs the same as a first rate dining experience in any other city in the US. Alan needs to up his game here a bit.\r\n

Pros: Some interesting Hawaiin concepts and a unique variety of dishes

Cons: uncomfortable dining room, tight cramped bar area, boring service ware

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We ordered the 7 tasting menu. It consists of a shooter, sandwich and soup, beef tenderlion, abalone mushroom..etc. Overall, I liked most of their items. Everytime I was done with an item, they were quick to remove the dish and supplied me with new utensils. The dining room was small but had a nice, clean decor. The food was pricey but I don't go there all the time. I don't think it's the best food I've ever tasted. I did not care for the cold soup as it was plain in my opinion. We had several different waiters at our table which made us feel like a king and queen. Though I generally do not like dessert, it was the most elaborate of all the items.

2
★★★★☆

We ordered the 7 tasting menu. It consists of a shooter, sandwich and soup, beef tenderlion, abalone mushroom..etc. Overall, I liked most of their items. Everytime I was done with an item, they were quick to remove the dish and supplied me with new utensils. The dining room was small but had a nice, clean decor. The food was pricey but I don't go there all the time. I don't think it's the best food I've ever tasted. I did not care for the cold soup as it was plain in my opinion. We had several different waiters at our table which made us feel like a king and queen. Though I generally do not like dessert, it was the most elaborate of all the items.

Pros: Variety

Cons: Price, parking

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My husband and I have been to some of the best restaurants in the world and were looking forward to dining at Alan Wong's and experiencing one of Hawaii's premiere restaurants. Sadly, our disappointment began as soon as the elevator doors opened. The room was chaotic, the display counter and hostess area crowded and the bar small and cramped. Since our table was not ready, we were asked to wait at the bar. The bartender was slow to approach and not very personable. Waiting at the bar gave us time to observe the environment and we were shocked to see a few diners dressed in shorts. I know this is Hawaii but shorts in a so called fine dining restaurant is unacceptable. The disappointment continued after we were seated at our table. The bread rolls served were ordinary and the accompanying garlic butter was overpowering and sludgy. We ordered the opihi shooter for our appetiser and could not even taste the opihi because it was smothered in so many other flavors. My entree of mochi crusted opakapaka started out fine but soon turned into a heap of sticky mochi and fish. Presentation of dishes were mediocre and the service was sloppy. If this is the best Hawaii has to offer then Hawaii diners are being severly short-changed.

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★★★☆☆

My husband and I have been to some of the best restaurants in the world and were looking forward to dining at Alan Wong's and experiencing one of Hawaii's premiere restaurants. Sadly, our disappointment began as soon as the elevator doors opened. The room was chaotic, the display counter and hostess area crowded and the bar small and cramped. Since our table was not ready, we were asked to wait at the bar. The bartender was slow to approach and not very personable. Waiting at the bar gave us time to observe the environment and we were shocked to see a few diners dressed in shorts. I know this is Hawaii but shorts in a so called fine dining restaurant is unacceptable. The disappointment continued after we were seated at our table. The bread rolls served were ordinary and the accompanying garlic butter was overpowering and sludgy. We ordered the opihi shooter for our appetiser and could not even taste the opihi because it was smothered in so many other flavors. My entree of mochi crusted opakapaka started out fine but soon turned into a heap of sticky mochi and fish. Presentation of dishes were mediocre and the service was sloppy. If this is the best Hawaii has to offer then Hawaii diners are being severly short-changed.

Cons: Crowded, noisy, no view, mediocre food and service.

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On a recent trip to Honolulu, I had the pleasure of dining at Alan Wong's Restaurant. I have been to many restaurants in this price range that offer Pacific Rim Cuisine, but I have never been so impressed. First of all, the hostess actually remembered that my husband had mentioned that it was our anniversary when he booked reservations online! We were congratulated by name regarding our anniversary by the waiters, bus boys and the manager that evening. Our water was never empty and our plates were cleared swiftly. Besides the service being warm and impeccable, the food was fabulous! As each dish was presented, the waiter described for us again the manner in which it was prepared and the key ingredients. Lastly, the Macadamia Crunch Bars dessert was to die for- and, our names and date were written on the plate with chocolate. This was comp'd! On our way out, the hostess gave us each our own menus with signatures from the staff as a memento to keep. Of course, there are many restaurants that may do this sort of thing, but I have never been to a restaurant that did ALL of these things and seemed to care so much about its patrons.

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★★★★★

On a recent trip to Honolulu, I had the pleasure of dining at Alan Wong's Restaurant. I have been to many restaurants in this price range that offer Pacific Rim Cuisine, but I have never been so impressed. First of all, the hostess actually remembered that my husband had mentioned that it was our anniversary when he booked reservations online! We were congratulated by name regarding our anniversary by the waiters, bus boys and the manager that evening. Our water was never empty and our plates were cleared swiftly. Besides the service being warm and impeccable, the food was fabulous! As each dish was presented, the waiter described for us again the manner in which it was prepared and the key ingredients. Lastly, the Macadamia Crunch Bars dessert was to die for- and, our names and date were written on the plate with chocolate. This was comp'd! On our way out, the hostess gave us each our own menus with signatures from the staff as a memento to keep. Of course, there are many restaurants that may do this sort of thing, but I have never been to a restaurant that did ALL of these things and seemed to care so much about its patrons.

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My husband and I visit Alan Wong's at least monthly. I've never had a bad meal there and the service is also wonderful. Although the location is out of the way and the noise level can sometimes be high, it's still a great place for dinner.

2
★★★★★

My husband and I visit Alan Wong's at least monthly. I've never had a bad meal there and the service is also wonderful. Although the location is out of the way and the noise level can sometimes be high, it's still a great place for dinner.

Pros: Food is always inventive and satisfying

Cons: Can be loud and there are a few seats that are high traffic

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I have heard many good and mediocre comments about this place. I finally had a chance to go 3 times in the past 4 months. I was surprised when we pulled up to the front...no wonder it's taken me this long to dine here...couldn't see it really from the road. The room is small and crowded...so the first time they put me on a small bench seating table on the edge. Terrible place to be sat (Should considered eliminating this seat) So the rest of my experience that evening was not that impressive. Service so-so to bad, food average (I don't eat seafood...so maybe my fault), and the price...wow I had to take out a small loan. I later had another chance to go so I thought I would go for it. It turned out to be a much better evening. The seating really made that difference right away. The service seemed more prompt (not as busy as the previous visit). Everything was served promptly and hot. The drinks were good and still when the check came it was still pricey...but I was ok with it. The next time I went was the same as the second. I am not sure I can choose to go here again knowing there are so many other awesome places on the island to enjoy an evening.

2
★★★★☆

I have heard many good and mediocre comments about this place. I finally had a chance to go 3 times in the past 4 months. I was surprised when we pulled up to the front...no wonder it's taken me this long to dine here...couldn't see it really from the road. The room is small and crowded...so the first time they put me on a small bench seating table on the edge. Terrible place to be sat (Should considered eliminating this seat) So the rest of my experience that evening was not that impressive. Service so-so to bad, food average (I don't eat seafood...so maybe my fault), and the price...wow I had to take out a small loan. I later had another chance to go so I thought I would go for it. It turned out to be a much better evening. The seating really made that difference right away. The service seemed more prompt (not as busy as the previous visit). Everything was served promptly and hot. The drinks were good and still when the check came it was still pricey...but I was ok with it. The next time I went was the same as the second. I am not sure I can choose to go here again knowing there are so many other awesome places on the island to enjoy an evening.

Pros: food service, beverage quality

Cons: location, table on edge, price

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My parents recommended this restaurant, selling us on the Everything we ate was amazing - even the salad. Reservations are recommended very much in advance. You can go to the website and reserve several months ahead of time. We did not do this it took two attempts calling the day we planned to eat there.\n\nThe restaurant is located in a random building. You immediately take an elevator upstairs, and not much tells you that you are going the right way. The restaurant itself is pretty small, but it was full. We sat at the bar briefly for a drink. The bartenders were very friendly. I tried a glass of wine from Alan Wongs exclusive collection very good.\n\n2 apps + 2 salads + 2 entrees + 2 drinks + 2 desserts = 2 much food! Expensive once the check came, but worth it!

2
★★★★☆

My parents recommended this restaurant, selling us on the Everything we ate was amazing - even the salad. Reservations are recommended very much in advance. You can go to the website and reserve several months ahead of time. We did not do this it took two attempts calling the day we planned to eat there.\n\nThe restaurant is located in a random building. You immediately take an elevator upstairs, and not much tells you that you are going the right way. The restaurant itself is pretty small, but it was full. We sat at the bar briefly for a drink. The bartenders were very friendly. I tried a glass of wine from Alan Wongs exclusive collection very good.\n\n2 apps + 2 salads + 2 entrees + 2 drinks + 2 desserts = 2 much food! Expensive once the check came, but worth it!

Pros: Great food, Friendly staff, Great wine choices

Cons: Location not great, Small room, Reserve in advance

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We really enjoyed Alan Wong's restruant. We found the food and service to be excellent.\nWe visited all the top places in and near Honolulu and can strongly recommend Alan Wong's restruant.

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★★★★★

We really enjoyed Alan Wong's restruant. We found the food and service to be excellent.\nWe visited all the top places in and near Honolulu and can strongly recommend Alan Wong's restruant.

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If you can actually find the place you are in for a seafood extravaganza. The ginger crusted fish and the pan fried mahi mahi were to die for. Extensive wine list and great starter salads to boot, the service matched the bright friendly atmosphere. Great place for groups or for dates.

2
★★★★★

If you can actually find the place you are in for a seafood extravaganza. The ginger crusted fish and the pan fried mahi mahi were to die for. Extensive wine list and great starter salads to boot, the service matched the bright friendly atmosphere. Great place for groups or for dates.

Pros: Fish Entrees

Cons: valet parking needed

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To miss this restaurant is to miss one of the best dining experiences not only on the islands, but in the world. As a foodie living in a city renowned for fine dining, Alan Wong's surpasses the best of SF. \n\n\nI strongly recommend the 5-course sampling with wine pairings. Ask to substitute the lamb for the beef (see menu on their website)... words cannot render fairly the delicacy they've created with this dish. \n\n\nEach course built solidly upon the other, creating a well-crafted and rewarding dining experience that pleases not only the palate, but the soul as well. Exquisite beyond measure.\n\n\nThe melange of fresh ingredients and exquisite culinary craft was heightened by perfect service... formal and to protocol, yet warm, gracious and friendly. Clearly the staff knows they are working at a winning restaurant and their pride shows in their work.\n\n\nIts worth flying over for. Go.

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★★★★★

To miss this restaurant is to miss one of the best dining experiences not only on the islands, but in the world. As a foodie living in a city renowned for fine dining, Alan Wong's surpasses the best of SF. \n\n\nI strongly recommend the 5-course sampling with wine pairings. Ask to substitute the lamb for the beef (see menu on their website)... words cannot render fairly the delicacy they've created with this dish. \n\n\nEach course built solidly upon the other, creating a well-crafted and rewarding dining experience that pleases not only the palate, but the soul as well. Exquisite beyond measure.\n\n\nThe melange of fresh ingredients and exquisite culinary craft was heightened by perfect service... formal and to protocol, yet warm, gracious and friendly. Clearly the staff knows they are working at a winning restaurant and their pride shows in their work.\n\n\nIts worth flying over for. Go.

Pros: Culinary perfection, Excellent service

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I am New York City-bred foodie of sufficient means to have tried many of the top restaurants and nothing compares to Alan Wong. The pan-asian fusion is like nothing I've ever had before. Korean BBQ ""Tacos"" infused with mexican and SE Asian flavors is simply unbelievable (so is everything else). Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable (waiter recommended a great, moderately price German wine). When I think of Hawaii, I think of Alan Wong before the sun or beach.

2
★★★★★

I am New York City-bred foodie of sufficient means to have tried many of the top restaurants and nothing compares to Alan Wong. The pan-asian fusion is like nothing I've ever had before. Korean BBQ ""Tacos"" infused with mexican and SE Asian flavors is simply unbelievable (so is everything else). Staff are very friendly and knowledgeable (waiter recommended a great, moderately price German wine). When I think of Hawaii, I think of Alan Wong before the sun or beach.

Pros: FOOD, service

Cons: location

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My husband ordered the 5-course dinner (without wine), which was a fantastic value at $65.00. He raved about everything, from the bread and spread down to the desserts. I had the panzanella salad (with lobster) and kiawe grilled beef. The panzanella salad had an explosion of flavor and (even though I'm not crazy about lobster) I ate nearly all of it. I was hesitant to order my beef medium well, as most restaurants don't seem to want to cook it that way, but it was PERFECTLY done to my taste. I shared my husband's desserts and found the lilikoi cheesecake sublime. The service is knowledgeable, discreet, and quick, with just the right amount of conversation. Will always eat here from now on!!

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★★★★★

My husband ordered the 5-course dinner (without wine), which was a fantastic value at $65.00. He raved about everything, from the bread and spread down to the desserts. I had the panzanella salad (with lobster) and kiawe grilled beef. The panzanella salad had an explosion of flavor and (even though I'm not crazy about lobster) I ate nearly all of it. I was hesitant to order my beef medium well, as most restaurants don't seem to want to cook it that way, but it was PERFECTLY done to my taste. I shared my husband's desserts and found the lilikoi cheesecake sublime. The service is knowledgeable, discreet, and quick, with just the right amount of conversation. Will always eat here from now on!!

Pros: Very flavorful food, Spectacular service, Laid-back atmosphere

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Although this place is pricey, I have been here over 20 times since it opened and not necessarily for special occasions. Have an L.A. relative who has to go to Alan Wong's on every single trip. \n\nGreat display of regional cuisine and I have had every single item that is a part of their daily menu so I tend to go for their daily specials which revolve around the fresh produce and catch of the day. \n\nStaff is always friendly and knowledgable. Make friends with the busboy because he'll keep pumping you with freshly made breads and aioli. But save room for dessert whether it be the 5 spoonfuls of creme brulee or chocolate sampler.\n\nAlan Wong's is DA BOMB!!

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★★★★★

Although this place is pricey, I have been here over 20 times since it opened and not necessarily for special occasions. Have an L.A. relative who has to go to Alan Wong's on every single trip. \n\nGreat display of regional cuisine and I have had every single item that is a part of their daily menu so I tend to go for their daily specials which revolve around the fresh produce and catch of the day. \n\nStaff is always friendly and knowledgable. Make friends with the busboy because he'll keep pumping you with freshly made breads and aioli. But save room for dessert whether it be the 5 spoonfuls of creme brulee or chocolate sampler.\n\nAlan Wong's is DA BOMB!!

Pros: Consistent Quality, Wine List, Staff

Cons: Pricey, Valet Parking Only

 

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