I've been a long-time customer of the RH, but last night was my first visit since the remodeling began. The classic retro charm is gone; bamboo and puffer fish have been replaced by sleek, contemporary decor with a few tikis and tropical accents to keep the theme going, sort of. (I saw one puffer fish -- not lighted -- in the newly relocated bar/lounge.) That area, which occupies the former dining room in the northern-most section of the restaurant, now has large windows that look out on the street...Way too bright compared with the old bar. They've added a very expensive-looking and very large granite-topped bar, and the former classic waitresses, who contributed so much to the character of the place, have been replaced with young girls who just don't have the personality I remember. They're very nice, and the service is pleasant, but they're no match for the ladies who served us for so many years. The food is pretty much the same as it was before the remodel, except for two things: The prices have gone up considerably, and there are a few things missing, including Wiki-Wiki Steak, lamb chops, crab legs and the venerable relish dish. Also, garlic bread, which has been much improved, is no longer included with entrees. The classic Lapu Lapu is now $20! I didn't try that, but the drinks I did have were suitably strong. Finally, they're not finished with the remodel...I was told that they're adding new restrooms near where the original entry was (replacing the old ones that are still in use upstairs), and it appears that that area will once again be the main entry. (Currently you enter through the new bar and lounge.) It's a bit sad...The retro charm of the RH has been replaced by a modern look that just doesn't have the same appeal. I used to put up with the so-so food because the ambiance (and the cocktails) made up for it. That is no longer the case. And judging by the small number of customers, others agree.
Pros: Strong drinks, classic food like the old days.
Cons: The puffer fish have been replaced by contemporary decor.