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Go Fish!

The ocean’s calling! So, satisfy those cravings for five of our favorite island eateries, where seafood reigns supreme.

Dive into seriously fresh fish at Brown’s Beach House.

1. 53 by the Sea
The view of the iconic Diamond Head paired with the soul-soothing classics played by local pianists sets the mood at this reincarnation of John Dominis. It’s the perfect place to start your feast with fresh oysters, lobster roll or lemonade crab cake, all prepared by chef Thomas Ho. 53 ‘Āhui St., Kaka’ako, 536.5353, 53bythesea.com

2. Brown’s Beach House
Slip into the evening with the sounds of live music at this Hawai‘i Island mainstay. Famous seafood dishes include the plantain-crusted Pacific king salmon, crab-crusted Kona kampachi and ‘ahi togarashi tataki. If a completely locally sourced dish is of interest, sample the seafood trio with shutome, mahimahi and ono caught right off the Kona coast. The Fairmond Orchid, Hawai‘i Island, 1 N. Kaniku Drive, Kohala Coast, Hawaii, 885.2000, fairmont.com/orchid-hawaii

3. Bar Acuda
Chef/owner Jim Moffat has woven influences from his Mediterranean travels into his simple, yet intriguing, entrees. Inspired by traditional preparations and regional foods that respect seasonality, Moffat has adopted a true back-to-the-Earth philosophy. From his tapas menu, do try the seared Hawaiian fish, shrimp romaesco and slow-braised pork shoulder. 5161 Kūhiō Highway, Hanalei, Kaua‘i, 826.7081, restaurantbaracuda.com

4. Chef Mavro
Originally from Marseille, France, a city known for its rich fishing culture, George Mavrothalassitis, aka Chef Mavro, is known for his cooking skills of exceptional caliber. Whether your selection is from his signature recipe and wine pairings or eleven-course Grand Degustation meal, you can be ensured that it is authentically French and subtly local. 1969 S. King St., McCully/Mō‘ili‘ili, 944.4714, chefmavro.com

5. Merriman’s
One of the founders of Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine, Peter Merriman has created a dialogue between local farmers and diners as he executes his farm-to-table philosophy. It is gourmet of the countryside and when you take your visit, be sure to try the wok-charred ‘ahi. 65-1227 Opelo Road, Kamuela, Hawai‘i Island, 885.6822, merrimanshawaii.com