Outdoor OasisCover Story
March 27, 2022
Story By: Kyle Galdeira | Photos by: LAWRENCE TABUDLO
Situated on the picturesque pool deck of The Modern Honolulu, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of central Waikiki and downtown Honolulu, The Grove Restaurant & Bar provides a relaxed, open-air dining experience under an iconic tree grove.
With world-famous Waikiki Beach providing an idyllic backdrop, The Grove Restaurant serves classic American favorites with a modern Pacific Rim flair, while The Grove Bar’s signature handcrafted cocktails evoke nostalgia with a contemporary twist.
“We are proud of our partnership with local farms, breweries and distilleries, which ensures we are showcasing the best of what the islands have to offer,” says chef de cuisine Rowell Ganotisi.
The restaurant and bar relaunched its popular Happy Hour, from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and have recently made new additions to its collection of specials. The new Happy Hour menu consists of draft beers for $5, a rotating Manager’s Special cocktail of the week for $10 and eight delicious food offerings. One of The Grove’s most popular Happy Hour drinks is a POG or pineapple-coconut slush with one’s choice of vodka or tequila for just $10!
Poke Nachos ($14) is a popular selection as Hawaiian-style ahi poke is served over wonton chips with spicy aioli and tobiko. Bacon Marmalade Stuffed Arancini ($12) is another must-try pupu served with mustard aioli on a bed of arugula.
Kalbi Short Rib Bao Buns ($12) offers superb flavor supplemented with pickled vegetables, salted cucumber and secret sauce. Hummus and Naan ($12) features housemade hummus, salted cucumber, balsamic tomato, feta cheese and extra virgin olive oil.
Sunrise Sliders ($12) are crafted with lettuce, caramelized onions, cheddar cheese, mustard aioli and a brioche bun. Honey Garlic Wings ($12), Garlic Truffle Fries ($5) and Spicy Sesame Edamame ($5) are perfect accompaniments to one’s favorite pau hana beverage.
“We want our guests to walk away from a dining experience with us feeling the need to plan their next visit!” says The Modern Honolulu assistant general manager Kristin Tani. “We strive to provide consistently great food paired with a memorable atmosphere and personalized service in the spirit of aloha.
“Our kamaaina diners are very important to us!We recognize many have a long drive from different parts of the island and Waikiki may not be an ideal choice for residents; but now with restrictions lifted, we offer the perfect open-air, oceanfront venue for those more comfortable with dining outdoors.”
The Grove’s team of industry veterans takes pride in providing stellar service, and many have worked for The Modern Honolulu since it opened. Guests are treated to live music 4-7 p.m. every Friday and Saturday, and in April, Yoza, Nu‘u Kahalehau, Kamaka Camarillo and Ka‘imi Hanano‘eau are slated as some of the talented local musicians. On Sundays, DJ LV spins old school ’80s and ’90s classics 4-7 p.m.
Self-parking is free at The Modern for four hours, an unbeatable deal in Waikiki.