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. Honolulu Burger Co.

    $ | Makiki Heights | Burger

    Owner Ken Takahashi retired as a nightclub impresario on the Big Island to become a real-life burger king. This modest storefront is the home...Read More

  • 2. Big City Diner

    $ | Ala Moana | American

    Part of a local chain of retro diners, Big City offers Hawaii-style comfort favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In the morning you get...Read More

  • 3. Big City Diner

    $ | American

    This outlet of the popular retro diner chain has outdoor lanai seating, a bar, and is across the street from a small bird sanctuary. It's a...Read More

  • 4. Duke's Waikiki

    $$$ | Waikiki | American

    Locals often take visiting friends and family from the mainland to this popular open-air hotel restaurant for the beachfront setting—it's right...Read More

  • 5. Hank's Haute Dogs

    $ | Kakaako | Hot Dog

    Owner Hank Adaniya's idea of a hot dog involves things like wild boar sausage with cran-apple relish. Originally a true hole-in-the-wall, the...Read More

  • 6. Highway Inn

    $ | Kakaako | American

    Highway Inn serves up what it does best: local favorites like Kalbi ribs, kalua (roasted in an underground oven) pork sliders, beef stew,...Read More

  • 7. Kakaako Kitchen

    $ | Kakaako | American

    Kakaako has grown up around Russell Siu's masterpiece kitchen, where he serves high-quality plate lunches utilizing local, farm-to-table ingredients...Read More

  • 8. La Mariana Restaurant & Sailing Club

    $$ | Iwilei | American

    The last of Honolulu's old-school tiki bars is tucked away in the industrial area of Sand Island. A mix of salty-dog sailors (the place looks...Read More

  • 9. Makahiki—The Bounty of the Islands

    $$$$ | American

    The buffet restaurant at Disney's Aulani resort offers a wide variety of locally produced items, as well as familiar dishes from stateside and...Read More

  • 10. Moku Kitchen

    $$ | Kakaako | American

    In the hip SALT complex, Moku's draws locals, including both foodies and families, as well as visitors looking for authentic farm-to-table cuisine...Read More

  • 11. Murphy's Bar & Grill

    $ | Downtown | American

    Located on the edge between the financial district and Chinatown, Honolulu's go-to Irish bar serves Guinness on tap and an Irish-American menu...Read More

  • 12. Nico's at Pier 38

    $$ | Iwilei | Seafood

    Lyonnaise chef Nico Chaiz's harborside restaurant is steps from the Honolulu Fish Auction, which explains his "line to plate" concept—superfresh...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha

    $ | American

    Located in a strip mall in the residential neighborhood of Aina Haina, Uncle Clay’s is a happy place. This shave-ice stand specializes in house...Read More

  • 15. Waiola

    $ | Kapahulu | Café

    Off Kapahulu Avenue, longtime local favorite Waiola Shave Ice, known for its powdery shave ice (or snow cone) and wide variety of flavors, has...Read More

  • 16. Ryan's Grill at Ward Centre

    $$ | Kakaako | American

    An all-purpose food-and-drink emporium, lively and popular Ryan's has an exceptionally well-stocked bar, with 20 beers on tap, window-front...Read More

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