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 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.

Sort by: 35 Recommendations {{numTotalPoiResults}} {{ (numTotalPoiResults===1)?'Recommendation':'Recommendations' }} 0 Recommendations
CLEAR ALL Area Search CLEAR ALL
Loading...
  • 1. 12th Avenue Grill

    $$$ | Kaimuki | American

    A local favorite since the doors opened over a decade ago, this award-winning American brasserie from chef-owner Kevin Hanney keeps surprising...Read More

  • 2. Alan Wong's Restaurant Honolulu

    $$$$ | Moiliili | American

    James Beard Award–winning Alan Wong is the undisputed king of Hawaiian regional cuisine, earning love and respect for his humble demeanor and...Read More

  • 3. Koko Head Cafe

    $ | Kaimuki | American

    When Lee Anne Wong, best known as a competitor on the first season of Bravo's "Top Chef," moved to the Islands, foodies waited with bated breath...Read More

  • 4. Livestock Tavern

    $$ | Chinatown | American

    Livestock scores big with its seasonal menu of comfort foods, craft cocktails, and cowboy-minimalist decor. Although meat commands the menu...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. Cholo's Homestyle Mexican

    $ | Mexican

    There are a few institutions on the North Shore that are the area's great gathering places. Foodland (the great grocery store) is one, and the...Read More

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Fete Hawaii

    $$ | Chinatown | American

    Fete slipped into its cozy brick-walled space amid the Chinatown culinary boom in 2016, and it's been packing in regulars ever since. Folks...Read More

  • 10. Haleiwa Beach House

    $$ | American

    The newest restaurant on the North Shore, Haleiwa Beach House takes full advantage of its epic views of the water and the glorious building...Read More

  • 11. HASR Bistro

    $$ | Chinatown | French

    This country-style European bistro in the middle of bustling Chinatown brings a fun, playful attitude to fine dining ("HASR" stands for Highly...Read More

  • 12. Himalayan Kitchen

    $$ | Kaimuki | Asian

    Owned by a Nepalese chef, Himalayan Kitchen aims to serve all the cuisines of that high-altitude region, and the menu tries to stretch a bit...Read More

  • 13. Hy's Steak House

    $$$$ | Waikiki | Steakhouse

    If the Rat Pack reconvened for big steaks and a bigger red, they'd feel right at home at Hy's, which hasn't changed much since it opened in...Read More

  • 14. Il Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar

    $$$ | Waikiki | Italian

    Il Lupino doesn't reinvent Italian cuisine—you get pretty good renditions of tried-and-true favorites such as fried calamari, caprese salad...Read More

  • 15. 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

  • 16. 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

  • 17. 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

  • 18. Legend Seafood Restaurant

    $ | Chinatown | Chinese

    Use your best cab-hailing technique and sign language to make the cart ladies stop at your table and show you their fare at this large, loud...Read More

  • 19. 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

  • 20. Mei Sum Chinese Dim Sum Restaurant

    $ | Chinatown | Chinese

    In contrast to the sprawling, noisy halls in which dim sum is generally served, Mei Sum is compact and shiny bright, not to mention a favorite...Read More

No Restaurants Results

Please try a broader search, or expore these popular suggestions:

There are no results for {{ strDestName}} Restaurants in the searched map area with the above filters. Please try a different area on the map, or broaden your search with these popular suggestions: