Oahu Restaurants

Oahu is undergoing something of a renaissance at both ends of the dining spectrum. You can splurge on world-class contemporary cuisine at destination restaurants and explore local flavors at popular, very affordable holes in the wall. Whatever your taste and budget, you’ll find places that pique your interest and palate.You may
Oahu is undergoing something of a renaissance at both ends of the dining spectrum. You can splurge on world-class contemporary cuisine at destination restaurants and explore local flavors at popular, very affordable holes in the wall. Whatever your taste and budget, you
Oahu is undergoing something of a renaissance at both ends of the dining spectrum. You can splurge on world-class contem

Oahu is undergoing something of a renaissance at both ends of the dining spectrum. You can splurge on world-class contemporary cuisine at destination restaurants and explore local flavors at popular, very affordable holes in the wall. Whatever your taste and budget, you’ll find places that pique your interest and palate.

You may wish to budget for a pricey dining experience at the very top of the restaurant food chain, where chefs Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, George Mavrothalassitis, Chris Kajioka, and others you've seen on the Food Network and Travel Channel put a sophisticated spin on local foods and flavors. Savor dishes that take cues from Japan, China, Korea, the Philippines, the United States, and Europe, then are filtered through an Island sensibility. Take advantage of the location and order the superb local fish—mahimahi, opakaka, ono, and opah.

Spend the rest of your food dollars where budget-conscious locals do: in plate-lunch places and small ethnic eateries, at roadside stands and lunch wagons, or at window-in-the-wall delis. Snack on a musubi (a handheld rice ball wrapped with seaweed and often topped with Spam), slurp shave ice with red-bean paste, or order Filipino pork adobo with two scoops of rice and macaroni salad.

In Waikiki, where most visitors stay, you can find choices from upscale dining rooms with a view to Japanese noodle shops. When you’re ready to explore, hop in the car, or on the trolley or bus—by going just a few miles in any direction, you can save money and eat like a local.

Kaimuki's Waialae Avenue, for example, is a critical mass of good eats and drinks. There you’ll find an espresso bar, a Chinese bakery, a patisserie, an Italian bistro, a dim-sum restaurant, Mexican food, and a Hawaiian regional-cuisine standout (3660 on the Rise)—all in three blocks, and 10 minutes from Waikiki. Chinatown, 15 minutes in the other direction and easily reached by the Waikiki Trolley, is another dining (and shopping) treasure, not only for Chinese but also Vietnamese, Filipino, Malaysian, and Indian food, and even a chic little tea shop. Kakaako, the developing urban area between Waikiki and Chinatown, also offers a mix of local eateries, upscale restaurants, and ethnic takeout.

Outside Honolulu and Waikiki there are fewer dining options, but restaurants tend to be filled with locals and are cheaper and more casual. Windward Oahu's dining scene has improved greatly in recent years due to the visitors to Kailua and Lanikai beaches, so everything from plate lunches to Latin foods to creative regional offerings can be found there. Across the rest of the island, the cuisine is mainly American—great if you're traveling with kids—but there are a handful of Italian and Asian places worth trying as well.

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  • 1. 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar

    $$$$ | Waikiki | Eclectic

    With the top-to-bottom renovations of the Prince Hotel, the former Prince Court (known for its buffet and views) has become the 100 Sails, a...Read More

  • 2. Kai Market

    $$$$ | Waikiki | Eclectic

    A buffet in a giant resort hotel might send some discerning diners running, but the mass-market Sheraton Waikiki has pulled off this farm-to...Read More

  • 3. Kalapawai Cafe & Deli

    $$ | Eclectic

    This one-stop Mediterranean-leaning café, wine bar, bakery, and gourmet deli is the creation of the Dymond family, two generations of restaurateurs...Read More

  • 4. Panya Bistro

    $$ | Kakaako | Eclectic

    This easy-breezy café run by Hong Kong–born sisters Alice and Annie Yeung offers a crowd-pleasing menu of contemporary American (salads, sandwiches...Read More

  • 5. Pint + Jigger

    $ | Moiliili | Eclectic

    Dining trends like the gastro pub are typically late to arrive in Honolulu, but Pint + Jigger was worth the wait. Sit at one of the "beer garden...Read More

  • 6. Side Street Inn on Da Strip

    $$ | Waikiki | Eclectic

    The original Hopaka Street pub is famous as the place where celebrity chefs gather after hours; this second location is on bustling Kapahulu...Read More

  • 7. Tangö

    $$ | Kakaako | Eclectic

    On the ground floor of a glass-sheathed condominium, Tangö's spare contemporary setting stays humming at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Finnish...Read More

  • 8. Cafe Laufer

    $$ | Kaimuki | Eclectic

    Ten minutes from Waikiki, this is the Islands version of a Viennese café. At lunch people stop in for light options such as soups, Chinese chicken...Read More

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