Steakhouse continues to please customers with top-notch foodA La Carte
February 24, 2019
Story By: Yu Shing Ting | Photos by: FILE PHOTOS
Wolfgang’s Steakhouse by Wolfgang Zwiener in Waikiki celebrates its 10-year anniversary this month, and continues to be a favorite for its flavorful, high-quality food, including its USDA Prime grade beef.
The restaurant also is popular for its happy hour menu available from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. daily at the bar, featuring $7 pupus, $5 draft beers, $7 red and white wine and $7 martinis.
“We get just as many locals as we do tourists for happy hour,” notes general manager Bill Nickerson. “It’s amazing prices, generous portions and a really nice variety. Also, we’re using the same quality ingredients we use for dinner but in our happy hour dishes, so it’s still sushi-grade ahi, the same lobster we use for our lobster tail, and USDA Prime beef for the burgers and Loco Moco.”
On the $7 happy hour pupu menu are Steak Sliders, Hamburger Sliders, Ahi Tartar, Steak Tartar, Tenderloin Kabob, Lobster Crostinis and Mini Loco Moco.
There also are $10 appetizer offerings, a Seafood Combo and Tenderloin Medallions. Customers can even enjoy a special Taste of New York meal ($44.95) consisting of 12-ounce New York Sirloin, mashed potatoes, creamed spinach and Junior’s cheesecake during happy hour.
The company opened its first restaurant in New York City’s Park Avenue in 2004, and has since grown to nearly 30 locations worldwide.
“The classic signature meal at Wolfgang’s is our Porterhouse Steak for two with mashed potatoes and creamed spinach,” says Nickerson. “However, the ribeye seems to be the most popular among kamaaina, with the filet mignon coming in a close second. And although our legendary reputation is based on our fabulous steaks, we also have excellent seafood, delicious homemade soups, crisp salads, great sandwiches, signature sides, and, of course, luxurious desserts.”
Wolfgang’s Waikiki location, which is in Royal Hawaiian Center, offers a unique combination of a classic New York steakhouse with some local touches.
“We’re the only Wolfgang’s, for example, that has rice,” explains Nickerson. “Also, Loco Moco is not available at the other locations, and we get our tuna locally.”
Wolfgang’s Loco Moco is a gourmet version of the local favorite dish, made with the same USDA Prime beef as its steak, cooked to your liking, placed over rice and topped with two sunny-side-up eggs (one egg for the happy hour Mini Loco Moco), and a rich mushroom brown gravy.
“It’s fine dining, but at the same time very comfortable,” adds Nickerson. “We don’t have a dress code, so people can come in shorts and T-shirt, or cocktail wear and everything in between.
“The Waikiki location is the busiest one in the world, and I think a lot of the popularity of Wolfgang’s stems from here,” he adds.