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Around the islands, new and old restos have been leaving us quite impressed. Here, five spots where you’ll be sure to find us.

Feast on contemporary Mexican cuisine at Sangrita Grill and Cantina on Maui.

1. Sangrita Grill and Cantina
Chef Paris Nabavi is livening up the sunny Kā‘anapali coast with his newest culinary venture, Sangrita Grill and Cantina. Feast on updated Mexican classics like steak a la parilla and duck carnitas. If libations are your thing, then stick around for the top-shelf tequilas and mezcals, which can be served straight up or in a number of handcrafted cocktails. The Fairway Shops Kā‘anapali, 2580 Keka‘a Drive, Kā‘anapali, Maui, 662.6000

2. Bali Steak & Seafood
A Waikīkī classic has re-emerged unto the scene with an updated farm-to-table menu, thanks to Hilton Hawaiian Village Executive Chef Jeffrey Vigilla and Chef de Cuisine JJ Reinhart. Enjoy kiawe-smoked beef carpaccio and Kona kampachi crudo before digging into double-cut lamb chops and roasted mahimahi. Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, 2005 Kālia Road, Waikīkī, 949.4321

3. Tidepools
It’s time to revisit a Kaua‘i classic. Dine outdoors in a thatched hut surrounded by koi-filled lagoons and enjoy memorable dishes, such as Kula lavender-crusted filet of beef or Kona lobster with a Hawaiian vanilla-saffron cream. Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa, 1571 Po‘ipū Road, Po‘ipū, Kaua‘i, 240.6456

4. Mariposa
Recently renovated, this longtime Neiman Marcus eatery continues to draw lunchtime crowds seeking a civilized meal in an elegant, indoor-outdoor setting, overlooking the ocean. It remains one of Ala Moana Center’s most favored meetup spots with offerings that range from salads to fresh seafood. Neiman Marcus, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 951.3420

5. Budnamujip
One of Honolulu’s Korean yakiniku restaurants hails right from the home country, where it built its reputation on high-quality meats. No gas grills here. Instead, servers bring hot charcoals to the table to allow for more robust flavors. 871 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Kaka‘ako, 593.8822