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Pahu i'a Restaurant in the Four Seasons Hotel
72-100 Kaupulehu Drive
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
True Hawaiian Fine Dining, Gluten-Free

Reviewer: Glutenfreegal from West Coast
Reviewed on Oct 25, 2010

Pahu i`a, Hualalai's fine dining restaurant, offers sweeping ocean views and brilliant island sunsets that provide a magnificent backdrop to the oceanfront dining experience. Having good friends who regularly stay at this hotel and invited us to dine with them at Pahu i'a for my early birthday dinner is always a bonus and a special treat. From the moment we all sat down to our pretty table with the perfect view of the setting sun, our perfectionist-type waiter arrived carrying a gluten-free menu. He was well informed that I was a Celiac and immediately delivered yet another basket of warm GF bread. The menu had been carefully modified from the restaurant's seasonal offerings and gave a wide variety of dining options. My friend and I both ordered a fantastic Hawaiian-style Capirinha that was bursting with flavor. My first plate was the best fresh beet and goat cheese salad with candied pecans I've ever tasted. The flavors were hard to describe and the Island is known for their world-class goat cheese that would make the Greeks a little nervous. My entree was a planked Hawaiian Snapper with Shoyu, Mirin and Sake-marinated, cilantro, red chilis, Wasabi, Pea Shoots...and yes, somehow that was allllll gluten-free. I promise. For dessert my friend insisted that we share the Hamakua vanilla Creme Brulee with toasted macadamia nuts, Cinnamon Malasada and coffee Cream. She said it was to die for, and she was right! Wow. The service was impeccable, as you would expect from a Four Seasons property, and the dining experience was truly special and unique. The next time I'm in Hawai'i I'll definitely have saved up for another wonderful meal at Pahu i'a - it's definitely worth the saving and was truly a fine dining experience in one of the world's most gorgeous settings. Mahalo!

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Fairmont Orchid Hotel's Brown's Beach House
1 North Kaniku Drive
Waimea, HI 96743


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Gluten-Free on the Beach in Hawaii

Reviewer: Glutenfreegal from West Coast
Reviewed on Oct 25, 2010

If you haven't eaten at Brown's Beach House while on the Big Island of Hawaii, you are missing out. Not only is the restaurant tucked away onto the gorgeous grounds of the Fairmont Orchid Hotel, but this wonderful outside dining restaurant sits just off from the hotel's beach and of course, all teak tables face the gorgeous sunsets. Brown's is a great restaurant for couples wanting a romantic dinner, or families as well. Its outside seating is very accommodating and the Tiki torches that are alight all around the property are so tropical and set quiet the lovely ambiance. The food is great too - this award winning restaurant offers Hawaii Island-inspired cuisine drawn from simple, pure flavors from locally grown, sustainable agriculture. Of course when you are in Hawai'i it's always great to order fresh fish, but on this evening I went with some of the Island's grass-fed, organic beef that was delicious. I'm not a big fan of red meat, but this perfectly cooked filet was so light and lean and tender that it melted in my mouth. I started with their Waimea baby romaine salad and the waiter was certain to check all seasonings and/or rubs that might be used on the meat and once again, I ate a delicious and safe gluten-free meal. The filet was served with Yukon gold and yam gratin, sauteed spinach, with a Cabernet peppercorn reduction and Shitake mushroom Emulsion. Can you say YUM! This meal was wonderful and Brown's also offers a terrific wine list and great cocktails. It's a must-dine-at location if you are visiting the Kohala Coast.

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Mauna Kea Beach Hotel's Manta and Pavilion Wine Bar
62 Mauna Kea Beach Drive
Waimea, HI 96743


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Gluten-Free Birthday on the Big Island of Hawaii

Reviewer: Glutenfreegal from West Coast
Reviewed on Oct 25, 2010

I celebrated a special birthday last month at this gorgeous restaurant, the Manta and Pavilion Wine Bar. The setting of this restaurant above the beach, facing due west, offers some of the best sunsets you can imagine. It also offers a Celiac or gluten-intolerant person a wonderful variety of safe food choices, beginning with the appetizers all the way through dessert. The wait staff was totally educated on gluten-free eating and guided me through my entire meal selection without a hitch. It's always scary for me to put my life and health in the hands of a waiter or chef, but after a thorough conversation with our darling waitress, I knew I was in good hands. Just make sure to ask lots of questions and let the concierge know when you make the reservation that you are gluten-free. Another beautiful basket of warmed gluten-free bread arrived at the table, along with a wonderful tapenade that I could eat. My bowl of squash soup was perfect and I ate every drop in the bowl. My entree was truly memorable and well-suited for a birthday dinner! I ordered the short ribs with a cauliflower coulis and roasted, organic vegetables that were divine. As I savored each and every bite, I kept repeating, "I can't believe this is gluten-free!" Lucky me. In the middle of dinner, the Manta Rays stopped by for a visit. All of us dining on the patio were treated to a show with two Mantas swimming in the Bay, just below under the spotlights - they surely knew they were the main attraction! My birthday dessert was delicious - a beautiful bowl of freshly made macadamia ice cream, fresh berries and whipped cream, along with "Happy Birthday" scrolled around my plate in rich chocolate! Yum I was also treated to a plate of white-chocolate macadamia nuts that were so rich and creamy I had to stop after two. Another portion of the meal to note - The Manta and Pavilion Wine Bar had a wonderful variety of wine to taste by the ounce or glass, as well as some truly delicious Hawaiian cocktails and other adult beverages that are safe for a Celiac - so enjoy! Mahalo!

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Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel's Coast Grille
62 Kauna'Oa Drive
Waimea, HI 96743


5.0 Palms
5.0 Palms
Hotel on Big Island of Hawaii with many restaurants well-versed in Gluten Free

Reviewer: Glutenfreegal from West Coast
Reviewed on Oct 25, 2010

During a recent vacation to the Hapuna Prince Resort on Hawaii’s Big Island, I was very pleased to find that every restaurant within the hotel was well-versed in preparing and serving gluten-free meals that were not only safe, but delicious. I had stayed at this resort four years prior and at that time managed to eat safely, but it was apparent that the wait staff and chefs have definitely been trained and educated even more about gluten-free food preparation. Prior to arriving at the hotel, I had emailed the Concierge and done my research on the hotel's website, reviewing all the menus on-line and deciphering what I though would be safe to order, just to give myself that reassurance and level of awareness vs. just showing up and hoping something would be safe. Not only were the wait staff very aware and friendly, but the chefs at the Coast Grille and at all the other property restaurants have clearly had some training in how to prepare gluten-free meals. I almost wept every time the waiter would bring me a basket of gluten-free bread for dinner. At first, I asked 20 questions and really didn't believe or trust that the bread was safe - but it was! It was a real treat and in all my travels, this was the first time that every meal I ate at the hotel left me feeling sated and safe…and with a variety of food options. The Coast Grille has a lovely menu, serving the freshest of Hawaiian fish and organic, sustainable Island ingredients. I ordered the Mahi Mahi a couple of times, along with the salmon and fresh shrimp. The food preparation was wonderful and the variety of fresh produce and organic ingredients was really delicious. I would strongly recommend this restaurant to any Celiac or gluten-intolerant person. In addition, the restaurant sits on a terrace overlooking the pool and beach and large part of the resort, making for breathtaking sunsets while dining and sipping a Mai Tai!

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4th Street Bistro
3065 West 4th Street
Reno, NV 89523


4.5 Palms
4.5 Palms
Gluten Free Dining at 4th Street Bistro in Reno

Reviewer: Glutenfreegal from Reno, NV
Reviewed on Aug 27, 2010

It had been several years since I had eaten at 4th Street Bistro but going back for brunch was a delight. I had learned through a few friends that one of the owners of the restaurant, Carole, had switched to a gluten-free diet and now had several items on their menu that were GF. Well, they did not disappoint. The highlight was being served a warm basked of gluten-free breads and goodies that were delicious - a bit of Heaven! I had many choices to choose from on their menu and the wait staff was very informative and aware of the fine details involved in eating gluten-free, safely. They also served a plate of rice crackers, with three varieties. My meal was delicious and honestly, it was difficult to even choose what to order, not being used to EVER having a choice! I highly recommend eating at the 4th Street Bistro - the ambiance is darling and the wine and cocktail menu is also very plentiful and tasty! Enjoy!

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