Oahu Breakfast Restaurants

There are easily hundreds of good restaurants around the island, but only a handful receive raving reviews for best Oahu breakfast restaurants!  From simple breakfast plate lunches and hot malasadas, to amazing creations at places such as Koko Head Cafe and Yogur Story, you will start your day with the word "Ono" in the description of your meal!


Best Oahu Breakfast Restaurants

Wether you start off your morning in Waikiki, catch a sunrise in Kailua, or kick off your day in the North Shore, there are great Oahu breakfast restaurants all around the island!  And while these picks below serve great lunches as well, it's all about starting the day right!

Honolulu breakfast spots

Koko Head Cafe $$

       Possible the most popular restaurant on the island right now! 

Koko Head Cafe

NY Chef Lee Anne Wong is serving some to-die-for creations at her Koko Head Cafe located in the town of Wailae.  They're known for their sizzling iron skillet creations including a colorful Korean style breakfast bibimbop, and a Koko Moco that's made with a Maui Cattle Co beef patty


...but they have so many other dishes that should not be missed!

Applewood smoked bacon pancakes with a creamy black pepper maple syrup, miso smoked pork omelette, and dumplings of the day are incredible choices to choose from, and their signature Koko Head Cornflake French Toast is not to be missed! 

$$ Brunch  Open daily 7am to 2:30 pm, walk-in service only.
1145C 12th Ave, Wailai - 
Phone (808) 732-8920

Check out more: www.kokoheadcafe.com

Scratch Kitchen

You’re in for a treat when grabbing brunch at this new Chinatown eatery.  Order both savory and sweet if you can, to get a good sampling of their menu. 

Scratch Kitchen and Bake Shope


Scratch Kitchen has a tasty version of the loco moco, and their cornflake crusted extra thick cut French toast with bacon fused into is to die for!  Or consider the most popular dish called “Milk & Cereal Pancakes”!  It might be hard to envision but this dish is worth a pic when it arrives at your table! 


Visit during the weekdays verses the weekend, as it tends to get really busy, and more specials are offered.

$$ Brunch  Open Daily 7:30 am to 2:30 pm, except closed on Tuesdays

1030 Smith St., Honolulu - Downtown - Phone (808) 536-1669

Check out more:  www.scratch-hawaii.com

Yogur Story $$

Yogur Story


Yummy comfort breakfast food choices in the morning...steak, seafood and pasta by night.  What makes Yogur Story unique is their inviting two story high ceiling modern environment, which includes a full-scale indoor Cherry Tree on one side, and full bar on the other!


They are known for perfecting some American favorites dishes, and putting local & Korean fusion twists on others such as the Prime Rib Loco Moco that is to die for, Bulgogi BBQ ribs, or the Kim Chee style fried rice.

If you're stopping in for breakfast, don't hesitate to order the Red Velvet and Dolce De Leche Waffles -caramel, pecan crunch, whip cream and more!  It's pure dessert, but well worth the indulge!

8am to 12am Daily  -  Check out more here....

Location:  815 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu - phone (808) 942-0505

Pineapple Room $$

Pineapple Room Oahu


Another top end Oahu breakfast restaurant spot!  Before much of the Ala Moana Mall opens, head up to Chef Alan Wong's Pineapple Room where you can start off the day with an island style Bloody Mary, some Kalbi Ribs  & Eggs, and maybe some Portuguese Sweet Bread French Toast.

Location:  Ala Moana Shopping Center - Macy’s 2nd Fl, Honolulu, HI
Phone (808) 945-6573
   $$ Breakfast & Lunch, $$$ Dinner

Check out more at alanwongs.com/pineapple.com

Waikiki Breakfast spots

Hau Tree $

Hau Tree Lanai Restaurant


Waikiki’s number one rated spot to enjoy a romantic and peaceful breakfast.  Hau Tree is located in front of San Souci Beach, which is one of Waikiki’s eastern most beaches towards Diamond Head.


Dine alfresco under the mature Hau trees while enjoying their popular Poi Pancakes or Kalua Pork with Kim-Chee Fried Rice!  $ Breakfast, $$ Lunch & Dinner

Location:  2863 Kalakaua St, Waikiki, HI - Phone (808) 921-7066

Check out more at Kaimana.com

Hula Grill Waikiki $$

Hula Grill


Great spot to sit in an open-air dining room and watch the surfers paddle out for a morning session in the waves as you sip on some fresh Hawaiian roast coffee.


The breakfast menu includes some tasty unconventional choices, such as the Loco Moco, Portuguese sausage eggs benedict & Maui pineapple & coconut pancakes.  Located in the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel.  $ Breakfast, $$$ Dinner

Location:  2335 Kalakaua St, Suite 203, Waikiki, HI - Phone (808) 923-4852

Check out more at HulaGrillWaikiki.com

Rainbow Drive In $

Rainbow Drive In


I can’t decide whether I like breakfast or lunch better at this hole-in-the-wall takeout diner.  You have to get up early to beat the rush for Rainbow Drive In's best on the island fried rice plate!  If you are a steak and eggs person, you have to order their BBQ Steak, eggs & rice plate!


This is one of President Obama’s favorite stops when returning to his home state.  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Location:  3308 Kanaina St, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-0177

Check out more on Rainbow Drive In

Leonard’s Bakery $

Leonard's Malasadas



If you are looking to keep it light and sweet, then drive up to Leonard’s Bakery located off of Kapahulu Avenue. 

They have some tasty Hawaiian style breakfast sandwiches, such as the Pao Doce Pup, which is a Hawaiian sweet bread with Portuguese sausage inside.



Leonard’s Bakery gets its fame from their hot fresh Portuguese style donut called the Malasada.  I enjoyed them simple and plain as a kid, but today it’s hard to pass up on the new flavored cream filled Malasadas!  Try the Haupia flavor…it’s the best! Pilgrimage worthy!   5:30am to 9pm Daily


Location:  933 Kapahulu, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-5591

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Kailua Breakfast Restaurants

Boot's & Kimo's $$

Boot's and Kimo's Breakfast


I’m willing to bet that over half their business comes from their famous stack of banana pancakes with a special macadamia syrup on top.  If you're in for something savory, try the local favorite Pulehu Ribs with fried rice for a breakfast that just may last you till dinner!

Worth the half hour drive over the Pali Hwy to the downtown area of Kailua!  Boots & Kimo’s located off the main strip, so just keep your eyes peeled for a long line of people standing outside the door.  Serves Breakfast & Lunch

Location:  151 Hekili, Kailua, HI (downtown Kailua) - Phone (808) 263-7929

Check out more Boot’s & Kimo’s reviews.

Cinnamon's $$

Cinnamon's Kailua


The competition is tough for great breakfast spots in Kailua, and Cinnamon's commands an audiance that build up a typical 3 hour wait on the weekends!  With ampule seating available in the restaurant, you can still wait a good half hour wait during the weekdays!


Cinnamon's is best known for their Guava Chiffon (a la mode), and Red Velvet Pancakes.
  Make sure to also try their signature Kalua Pork, Mahi Mahi or Crabcake Benedict!  And of course you must get an order of Cinnamon's Cinnamon-Madademia Nut Roll...sensory overload!

Open Daily 7am to 2pm (no take-out on weekends)  Phone (808) 261-8724

315 Ulunui St, Kailua HI , NEW 2nd location in the Ilakai Hotel

See more at www.Cinnamons808.com

Over Easy

Over Easy Kailua


We love of favorite breakfast places, and there’s one more to add to the list.  Over Easy in Kailua is no typical breakfast and lunch eatery, as owner Nik & Jennifer Lobendahn put new creative spins to daily staples.


Kalua Pork Hash, Custard Filled Cinnamon Cereal Toasted Crunch French Toast, Extra Crunchy Fried Chicken Sandwich, Coconut Shrimp Burger…decisions decisions! 

The one thing I do recommend is bring friends who love to share dishes, just to get a good sampling of Over Easy’s menu & specials. Come early as there are only 32 seats available in this modern country kitchen to satisfy your hunger!

Open Tue – Sun 7 am to 1 pm  (Tue & weekends are the busiest)

418 KUULEI ROAD 103, KAILUA PHONE (808) 260-1732

See more at www.OverEasyHi.com

Breakfast on the North Shore

Ted’s Bakery $

Ted's Bakery Oahu


While Ted's Bakery is more populary known for their incredibly delicious pies, the also cook up a mean BBQ plate lunch, including an enticing breakfast plate menu.  If you're staying at the Turtle Bay Resort or decide to start off your morning a little deeper in the North Shore, make sure to stop by Ted's for a breakfast treat!



Location:  Close to Sunset Elementary School
59-024 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa HI - Phone (808) 638-8207

Check out more at Tedsbakery.com


Aloha & Enjoy!!

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