Best Honolulu Restaurants

The best Honolulu restaurants, outside of Waikiki, will leave you in awe, with satisfied smiles, and cravings for more!  Here's a selection for all budgets and tastes from heavy hitters like Alan Wong's and Roy's Restaurant to local hole in the wall places like Ethel's, and a Japanese foodie wonders like Shokudo.

Merriman's new Moku restaurant is here!!! Peter Merriman has launched his latest eatery called Moku in a prime 6,000 sq ft space in the new Salt location in Ward Village, on the ground floor of 1108 Auahi St. Merriman's has made it's mark on Kauai with their farm-to-table concept, and also the successful launch of Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko'olina. The new space hosts 200 seats...the question is will it be enough for the demand!

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Top chefs, elegant settings, culinary creations at its best, and lots of WOW factor!  Make a reservation, get dressed up, and set out on the town for Oahu’s elite Honolulu restaurants!

Alan Wongs

Alan Wongs Restaurant

Chef Alan Wong opened his doors in 1995 and has been a number one success amongst Honolulu restaurants ever since!  Wanting to bring the natural Hawaiian elements to the table, Chef Alan Wong tries to keep everything as local as possible to better enhance his creations.

His menu challenges traditional local Hawaiian favorite dishes to take on new unique flavors and twists.  Winning dishes include Steamed Clams w/ Kalua Pork, Ahi Poke Crispy Won Tons, Grilled Mahi Mahi w/ a Wasabi Sauce, and Macadamia Nut and Coconut Crusted Lamb Chops!

$$ Lunch & Dinner, Daily 5pm to 10pm

Location:  1857 South King St, Suite 208, Honolulu, HI Phone (808) 949-1939

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Hoku’s Restaurant

Hokus Restaurant Kahala Resort

Located in the elegant Kahala Hotel, which is a treat in itself to visit!  The experience starts as you enter the open air atrium of the hotel.  Hoku’s is a romantic spot to dine on fine island cuisine.

Pan Seared Halibut w/ an Avocado Crust, Salt Crusted Rack of Lamb, and Maine Lobster Tempura should get you excited for the type of menu you will experience here.  

$$ Lunch & Dinner, Wed - Sun 5:30pm to 10pm

Location:  Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave, Honolulu, HI
Phone (808) 739-8760

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Roy’s Restaurant

Roy's Restaurant

Hawaiian fusion creations at it’s best!  Roy Yamaguchi started his vision in 1988 with his first restaurant that still exists today in Hawaii Kai.  Today there are 3 of Roy Honolulu restaurants, including one located in Waikiki.

Dream of tender braised beef short ribs, Yamaguchi sushi, fresh Hawaiian catch of the day, and a signature hot chocolate souffle for desert!

$$$ Dinner only, Daily 5 to 9pm

Location:  6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Hawaii Kai, HI - Phone (808) 396-7697

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Nobu - $$$$

Nobu Waikiki

Nobu has moved into their new Kakaako location in the Waiea Residence Building.  Chef Raso and his staff look to the challenge of reinventing Japanese cuisine into a culinary adventure!  The new 11,000 sq ft Honolulu Restaurant space as a fresh modern & enlighten look, as to its previous location located in the Waikiki Parc Hotel…which was nice as well!

Nobu sets the bar high with the creations they serve and the environment it serves it in!  Don't it pass up for a celebratory dinner!

Great tough choices to be made from their menu...including Sashimi Tacos, Bigeye Ahi Poke, Lobster Ceviche, Black Cod Saikyo Miso, and King Crab Tempura.  From the grill you have Wagyu beef at $32/oz! ...and a long sushi menu, that stands on its own!

Dinner 5:30 to 10pm +

1118 Ala Moana Blvd, Waikiki HI - Phone (808) 237-6999

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Chef Chai

Chai Island Bistro Honolulu

Superceding his former successful restaurant, Chai Island Bistro in the Aloha Tower Marketplace, Chef Chai has done it again, creating another special Asian fusion menu in an innovative hip restaurant.

"Healthy" is the focus this go around...butter is not used for cooking here!

The menu presents tempting choices such as Apple Kim Chee Summer Rolls, Alaskan King Crab Cakes, Deconstructed Scallop Pot Pie with Lobster Reduction, Grilled Fresh Mahi Mahi with Thai Red Curry Sauce, and a Fresh Baked Pineapple Macadamia Nut Tart Ala Mode with Vanilla Ice-cream for dessert -Yum!

$$$ Dinner only, Daily 4 to 11pm

Location:  1009 Kapiolani Blvd. Honolulu - Phone (808) 585-0011

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Chef Mavro Restaurant

Chef Mavro Restaurant

George Mavrothalassitis
(and you thought Hawaiian names were hard to pronounce) moved from Provence, France to his new home in Hawaii.  In 2009, Chef Marvo launched his French cuisine restaurant, which has been a success out of the gate!

Stretch your palate and imagination to wild tastings such as Burgundy Truffles, Confit Hamachi w/ a Kobosu-Agave Glaze, Kurobuta Pork Lion wrapped in Betel Nut Leaves, and desserts to look forward to, like the Lilikoi Malasada served with Pineapple Coconut Ice-cream!

$$ Lunch & Dinner, Tue - Sun 6pm to 9pm

Location:  1969 South King St, Suite 208, Honolulu, HI Phone (808) 944-4714

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This is the next tier up in price and probably my favorite section of Honolulu restaurants!  You get the experience of dining like a rock star without breaking the wallet!

Shokudo Restaurant

<Shokudo Restaurant

This Japanese fusion restaurant deserves all the island fame with all the incredible creations that come out of the kitchen.  The menu descriptions do no justice for what is actually presented at the table. 

Don’t miss Shokudo’s signature Agedashi Tofu- melt-in-the-mouth and cooked to perfection, Lobster Dynamite, a rich creamy dish that that just can’t last long enough, Spicy Miso Ramen – topped off with a good spoonful of fried garlic ( this dish rocks!),  and many more best-of-the-best small plate dishes to share!

$ Happy Hour, $$ Lunch & Dinner, Daily 11:30am to 1am...2am Fri & Sat

Location:  1585 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI Phone (808) 941-3701

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Goma Tei Ramen

When it comes to the art of sushi creations, Doraku steps up to the plate! This is the spot to post some pictures of your amazing lookimg dishes on Facebook, and make all your friends jealous!

There is much tradition that takes place in the sushi preperation at Doraku, with a Latin ispiration.  You'll find such fusions in some of their speciality rolls and small dishes!  This Honolulu Restaurant is also known for having the largest displays of sake which goes hand in hand with the food!

Doraku is modeled after a Japanese gastropub, and meant to be a gather place for friends sharing food.

There are 2 Oahu locations

Kaka'ako Location (near Ala Moana Center) - $$ - Open Daily for Lunch 11am to 4pm, Dinner 4pm to 12am +  Location:  1009 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu - phone (808) 591-0101

Waikiki Location - Daily lunch 12pm to 5pm, Dinner 5pm to 10pm +
Location:  2233 Kalakaua Ave, Suite 304, Honolulu - phone (808) 922-3323

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Gordon Biersch

Gordon Biersch Restaurant Honolulu

This lively spot is part of the Gordon Biersch chain of breweries,  but this one is particularly unique for its open air seating, live entertainment, and a menu that promotes the adventurous and delicious island flavors of Hawaii.

Miso Chilean Sea Bass, Pecan Crusted Chicken, Lobster and Shrimp Mac & Cheese, Gorgonzola Bone-in Ribeye…you tell me that doesn’t make you salivate!  You will find the Gordon Biersch restaurant at the end of the Aloha Tower Marketplace on the harbor.

Don't miss $3 pints all day on Tuesdays!

$$ Lunch & Dinner, Mon - Sun 11am to 1am

Location:  One Aloha Tower, Suite 1123, Honolulu, HI Phone (808) 599-4877

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Gyu Kaku Honolulu Restaurant

Japanese BBQ grilled to order at your table by you!  This can be a fun spot for a group celebration, or just a small gathering of friends ready to share tasty, grilled selections.

Gyu-Kaku staff will bring thinly sliced meats and special marinades such as miso, garlic, and teriyaki, that are ready to grill at your table. 

Don’t worry if you’re not a cook…just remember to flip over the meats every 30 seconds to a couple of minutes!  Top off your barbequed meats with dipping sauces, such as Sweet & Spicy, Ponzu, and Lemon.

Arrive before 6pm or after 10pm for their discounted menu, which goes from fair pricing to cheap.  $$ Lunch & Dinner, Mon - Sun 11:30am to 11:30pm

307 Lewers St., Waikiki HI - Phone (808) 926 2989
1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu HI - Phone (808) 589-2989

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Best hole-in-the-wall Honolulu restaurants that also fall into a category of best cheap eats on the island!

Ethel’s Restaurant

Ethel's Grill Honolulu

This is probably the best hole-in-the-wall restaurant on the island!  Located deep in the industrial district in Kalihi near the Bishop Museum, is a small little eatery that draws the crowds.  The home cooked dishes served up at Ethel’s even draws out the top Oahu chefs, late after their shifts.

Everything on the menu – which is handwritten on sheets of paper encased in plastic, cascading down from a hanging surfboard from the ceiling -- is usually a hit.  Get a taste of their Ox Tail Soup, Japanese Hamburger Steak, and a delicious and generous side order of Tataki Ahi Tuna sashimi!

$ Breakfast & Lunch, Mon - Sat 5:30am to 2pm

Location:  232 Kalihi St, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 847-6467

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Goma Tei

Goma Tei Ramen

Goma Tei is all about their ramen.  Notable some of the best ramen on the island!  The hardest decision you'll be making is whether you want tan tan broth or order it shoyu style.  I personal like tan tan which seems more flavorful.

Between the two styles, Goma Tei serves close to 2 dozen styles of ramen.  The Char Sui Tan Tan Ramen and the Tankatsu Tan Tan Ramen are delicious, filling and very popular!  There are also some great curry bowl choices including a Katsu Curry Ramen, and a Curry Loco Moco.  Cold noodle and rice dishes are available as well.

Ala Moana Center Location - $ - Open Daily 11am to 9:30pm (till 10pm on Sat, 8pm on Sun)  Location:  1425 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu - phone (808) 947-9188

International Market Place - $ - Open Daily 10am to 10pm
Location:  2330 Kalakaua Blvd, 3rd Level - Phone (808) 931-6105

Ward Center Location - $ - Mon - Sat 11am to 9pm, Sun 11:30am to 8pm
Location:  1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu - phone (808) 591-9188

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Kaka’ako Kitchen

Kaka'ako Kitchen Honolulu

More island comfort meals served up at this corner spot of the Ward Warehouse Shopping Center Tempura Mahi-Mahi Sandwiches, Seared Ahi Chop Salad, Hibachi-Grilled Chicken Wraps are just a sampling of what to expect at the Kaka’ako Grill.

They are proud to advertise that they use only fresh local grown ingredients to enhance the taste of their creations.

$ Breakfast & Lunch & Dinner, Mon - Sun 10am to 9pm most days

Location:  1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 596-7488

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Bon Appetit!!

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