This restaurant is located in the St. Regis Princeville and is one of the only "designer" chef establishments on the island. The menu of this Jean-Georges restaurant does not disappoint. They offer a variety of options for all types of foodies. We did a tasting menu over the holidays and were not disappointed. Everything that was presented to us was great. While the food was amazing, the service was just ok. The staff needs some training on how to provide service at a restaurant of this caliber. It wasn't bad service, just not great. They seemed a bit understaffed and there were times when we had to ask for our server to see where our next course was. Not what you would expect from a Jean Georges place. We also did the wine pairing. The wines were very good, but the presentation was a bit lackluster. The server didn't know how to pour wine, so we had red drips on our table. He was also confused when we asked to see the bottle to see what we were actually drinking. When asked about the wine, he was not able to provide much detail other than the name of the wine. Perhaps this restaurant has a sommelier on staff, but we did not see one, nor did one come over to visit our table. That being said, the food and wine was great.
The setting is beautiful, but you need to make sure to get the right table to make the experience really memorable. When we checked in for our reservation we asked for a table by a window. The hostess proceeded to bring us to a table in the back of the restaurant with no view, despite all of the other tables in front by the windows being opened. I asked to be moved and she moved us up one row. I happened to notice a booth for 4 that was adjacent to the windows with a great view of Hanalei Bay and asked to be moved to that location. She informed me that was for guests with reservations .... to which I responded ... yes I know ... I had my Amex concierge make my reservation too and since no one is sitting there, I would like the seat ... after some back and forth she did seat us there. I am convinced that the restaurant staff were trying to keep us to the back as we were dining with two young children and they wanted to give this more desirable table to adults who would more appreciate it ... that being said ... after the battle ... the views and food were great.
There is nothing better than having a glass of Champagne overlooking the bay at sunset. The light show is just magical.
The only suggestion that I would have for this place is that they need to send guests home with a small snack or take home item. In most restaurants of this caliber, you get a parting gift, such as cookies, macaroons, etc. This little touch would make the experience spectacular.
Be prepared for a really big bill at the end of the night, but if you are a foodie looking for a good meal, it is worth it.
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