(Closed) Destination Wedding Dinner Help please.

posted 6 years ago in Destination Weddings
Post # 3
2775 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

@Mrs McCain 2012:  I’m not familiar with the place, but checked out the website and I think it looks great!  Weddings don’t have to be stilted and formal… especially destination weddings in Hawaii.

Post # 5
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

hey I got married on Oahu too! Duke’s was definitely one of my considerations 🙂 it’s your day, by the way, and I think what’s more important is that the MAJORITY of people enjoy themselves and the food, and not change your mind just because ONE person is being all poopy about it especially when she’s not paying for it. If you want Duke’s, by damn you shall have Duke’s! 😛

I had my wedding reception dinner at Roy’s Waikiki – it’s a Hawaiian/Asian fusion restaurant, but my reception dinner was a sit down dinner for 13. We looked at several restaurants, including Duke’s and The Willows and Orchids (in the Halekulani Hotel), and decided on Roy’s because a lot of people online raved about the food (they were right, btw). I also didn’t go with the set menus because my now-husband and I did the math and the set menus are definitely more expensive (when we did the deductions while referring to the ala carte menu, the salad appetizer alone on the set menu cost $20!). We also didn’t think anybody would have ordered appetizers and dessert either so that helped keep cost down.

We budgeted $100 per head, just to cover all our bases, and we ended up only paying $58 per head 🙂

Post # 7
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@Mrs McCain 2012:  while you’re at it, you should also look at Hau Tree Lanai (our second choice restaurant and it has a view!). My wedding planner had also recommended Ocean House, Hula Grill and Michels (we found Michels very pricey however).

Post # 9
1038 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love Duke’s!! Ate there twice while I was in Hawaii with my friend.  Who cares if your bridesmaid doesn’t think it’s “nice” enough, is she paying for it? You do what you want for your wedding.  I’m sure your guests will love it.  At least you know Duke’s has awesome food.  I didn’t even eat in the main dining area when I went there, both times the seat yourself tables outside so we could see the beach and hear the waves.  Now you are having me crave their Mahi Mahi sandwich and fries! If their sandwiches are that amazing I can only imagine their main entrees. 

Post # 10
86 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You know what could be great about Dukes is that they also have entertainment that looks great. 

Your guest can eat a nice meal and then stay for the entertainment that night. That would mean  you would not have to worry about getting a band or DJ! 

Have a blast! 


Post # 12
8727 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

You are giving your guests a meal- what difference does it make if it is in a ballroom, a community/parish hall or a casual restaurant. You are celebrating your wedding in a way which is comfortable to you and your guests and in a style that is suited to you as a couple- so if anyone wants to judge let them because you are definately not breaking any etiquette rules!

Post # 14
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I heard willows is nice. I love dukes! If your looking for a more fun then dukes is the way to go. I think Roy’s is more like a fine dining atmosphere. While your down here there’s a great little place that my sisters and I love called the cream pot.

Post # 16
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I asked Darling Husband this question since he’s from Honolulu. He’d recommend Ocean House at the Outrigger Reef, although it looks like it’s closed right now for repairs–good food, not too pricey, also on the beach. Link is here:


He also said Michel’s, but it sounds from PP that it might be pricey. And if you’ve got military connections, one of the restaurants at the Hale Koa might work, and it’s also on the beach.

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