Lanai

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IHILANI
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
1 Manele Bay Rd.
Tel: 808-565-2296
fourseasons.com/manelebay

This fail-safe date spot offers romantic ocean views, contemporary Italian cuisine and a wine list so deep it sets the hearts of even the most discerning connoisseurs aflutter. The Hawaiian name means "heavenly splendor," which gives you a hint of what to expect. Dinner is a multicourse affair, with starters such as the sirloin carpaccio with white-truffle remoulade setting the bar high. Next, perhaps, the lobster risotto or the homemade spinach gnocchi, followed by, say, the grilled mahimahi on parsnip "pasta" or the slow-braised osso buco. All are splendid. And the desserts—like chocolate mousse with Hawaiian-grown cacao—are heavenly.

HULOPO'E COURT
Four Seasons Resort Lanai at Manele Bay
1 Manele Bay Rd.
Tel: 808-565-2388
fourseasons.com/manelebay

Manele Bay’s second dining room is named after its view: dolphin-filled Hulopoe Bay and its immaculate-white sand Hulopoe Beach. The 145-seat restaurant has an exquisite breakfast buffet, complete with an omelet chef standing by. Dinner reflects the multicultural influences of contemporary Hawaiian cuisine. Local favorites with broad appeal fill the menu. Think grilled opakapaka with Lanai greens, crispy snapper with stir-fried vegetables, giant prawns stuffed with Dungeness crab, huli huli chicken with roasted potatoes, and Hawaiian-style short ribs with sweet-potato fries. For something distinctly Hawaiian, try the seafood laulau—a big, steamed ball of banana leaves stuffed with mahimahi, sea bass, shrimp, scallops, veggies and purple Molokai sweet potatoes. It’s "onolicious," as the locals say.

THE DINING ROOM
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele
1 Keomoku Highway
Tel: 808-565-4580
fourseasons.com/koele

When you and your guy get the urge to splurge, the Lodge at Koele’s more formal restaurant is the place to go. The octagonal Dining Room, with its warm sienna walls and big wood-burning fireplace, is as elegant and intimate as a country-estate living room. The discreetly arranged tables allow for quiet conversation. Among the starters are Sonoma foie gras torchon and lava-rock-seared venison with Granny Smith apple salad. Main dishes include butter-poached Big Island lobster with caviar, and Maui lavender honey-roasted duck. The sotto voce servers are deft, and they know their wine.

THE TERRACE
Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele
1 Keomoku Highway
Tel: 808-565-4580
fourseasons.com/koele

The Lodge at Koele’s "informal" dining room (think upscale casual) is still plenty swank, with its leather armchairs, damask tablecloths and floor-to-ceiling glass wall overlooking decorous English gardens. The menu is contemporary American with a rich infusion of Hawaiian ingredients. Start the day with a smoothie spiked with a shot of espresso, then tuck into a big serving of eggs Benedict on blue crab cakes. For dinner you might have the seared diver scallops on a mushroom risotto cake or the roasted pork loin with Molokai sweet-potato cassolette. Afterward you can repair to the adjacent Great Hall, a cavernous yet oddly homey space with a 35-foot beamed ceiling, a manorial fireplace and a piano player filling the air with soft jazz and contemporary Hawaiian tunes each evening.

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