Just got back from a weeklong trip to Oahu. My husband and I planned to have one really nice dinner out. Alan Wong's was out of our budget so I scoured this board for a less expensive option. Based on the recs, we decided on 3660 on the Rise. At first the service was spotty - we were not given a wine menu by the hostess and our waiter took a very long time to come over and take our order. After we ordered, however, it was incredibly attentive. We really enjoyed our meal there - the ahi katsu was the single best thing I ate on the vacation and we're still talking about it. Our main courses (hangar steak and butterfish) were perfectly cooked and had great flavors! The portions were a little large and the wine pours were almost twice as large as a regular glass (but who can complain about too much food really?)
Later that week, we decided to splurge on a second special meal so we headed to Hau Tree Lanai. Yes, it was fun to eat on the beach, and yes the view was beautiful, but I was incredibly under-whelmed by the food there. I'm actually kind of shocked that it is recommnded on chowhound. The menu wants to be high-end and fancy but the meals just aren't as good as they sound. I had the avocado crab crusted mahimahi, which was completely forgettable. It's not that this place is bad or that you shouldn't go there, you should just know that you are paying for the view, not for the quality of the entrees. The cost was slightly less than 3660 but the food was not nearly as good. I would have been seriously disappointed if we had chosen it for our one nice meal out. As it was, I was glad to have the good food at 3660 and the beautiful view at Hau Tree Lanai.
Totally unrelated, we also really enjoyed the Kaka'ako Kitchen. I thought their miso lemon salad dressing was even better than the one at 3660.