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Hawaii ranked second in U.S. for outdoor dining

By Erika Engle


Twenty Hawaii eateries offering outdoor dining have made the 2013 Diners’ Choice list of the Top 100 Outdoor Dining Restaurants in the United States.

California bested Hawaii with 42 restaurants on the list, nearly half those selected by OpenTable users, while Florida followed Hawaii with 16 restaurants. No other state got double-digit entries for its restaurants.

Among the islands, Hawaii island and Maui are tied with seven restaurants each on the list, while Oahu and Kauai also are tied with three restaurants apiece.

The Big Island restaurants are the Beach Tree Bar and Lounge and ‘Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai; Blue Dragon Restaurant in Kawaihae; Brown’s Beach House at the Fairmont Orchid; Island Lava Java Bistro on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona; Kamuela Provision Co. at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, and Sam Choy's Ka Lanai in Kailua-Kona.

Maui’s winners, according to users, are Capische at Hotel Wailea; Duke’s Beach House Maui at Honua Kai Resort and Spa in Lahaina; Ferraro’s Bar e Ristorante at Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea; Gannon’s in Wailea-Makena; Hula Grill Kaanapali in Lahaina; Japengo at the Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa; and Pacific’O on Front Street in Lahaina.

Kauai’s top restaurants that offer outdoor dining are Gaylord’s Restaurant at Kilohana Plantation in Lihue; Oasis, at Waipouli Beach Resort in Kapaa; and Plantation Gardens Restaurant & Bar at the Kiahuna Plantation resort in Koloa.

Oahu’s OpenTable outdoor listees are a mix of old and new including Hau Tree Lanai at the New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel; Ola at Turtle Bay Resort and Plumeria Beach House at the Kahala Hotel & Resort.

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