Are you in search of a good Oahu restaurant? With hundreds of Oahu restaurants to choose from, it couldn’t be more important to have a good short list of the very best restaurants in Oahu to pick from.
Use this section to help find your best Oahu restaurant or special foods that will satisfy your cravings!
A majority of the best 4 star Oahu restaurants
reside in the
heart of Honolulu! You will find world class chefs,
creating some amazing fusion creations in renowned
such as: Roy’s Restaurant,
and Chef Mavro & Hoku.
You can also discover other great Honolulu restaurants in the Chinatown & Kakaako areas and the Aloha Tower Marketplace, including Doraku, Gordon Biersch, Shokudo and Chef Chai.
With a great selection to choose from, we've dedicated a whole page just for Honolulu restaurants.
There are some good restaurants that come with ocean views and lively
activity, such as Duke’s Restaurant & Barefoot Bar or Hula’s
Kapahulu Avenue is considered Waikiki’s restaurant row and a cheap eats haven for the locals. You will find some of Oahu’s best plate lunch houses including L&L Barbeque, Zippy’s Restaurant and Obama’s favorite spot, Rainbow Drive In.
Don’t miss Leonard’s Bakery, which sells one of the best treats in all of Hawaii, the Portuguese donut known as the hot malasadas. 5:30am to 9pm Daily
We have assembled a short list of the best Waikiki
Restaurants for you!
There are not many restaurants on the North Shore of Oahu, but there are a few establishments worth mentioning!
Premium grade Ahi steaks, soy-ginger baby back ribs, Thai Green Curry fresh catch and a chipotle-grilled pork chop should whet your appetite for starters. Haleiwa Joes is located at the end of Haleiwa town overlooking the famous Haleiwa bridge, boat harbor and surf breaks.
$$$ Dinner, $$ Lunch
Location: 66-011 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa HI - Phone (808) 637-8005
Check out more at HaleiwaJoes.com
Very easy to find as you arrive in Old Town Haleiwa. You can’t miss the huge grills set up on the side of the road blowing smoke as they slowly roast hundreds of mouthwatering Huli-Huli style chickens.
If you are looking for Oahu North Shore flavor, than this is it. Pull over, place an order, and enjoy an island treat! Also don’t forget to get a side order of their pineapple cole-slaw –Ono! $ Lunch - NOTE: Only open on weekends.
Check out more reviews for Ray’s Kiawe Huli Huli Chicken
Lilikoi, Mango, and Pineapple are my choice of flavors when I grab a Hawaiian shave ice on the North Shore! Just make sure you request a scoop of vanilla ice-cream in the bottom of your cup to make it complete.
Yes, it’s hard to drive through Haleiwa without making a stop to at least quench your sweet tooth with a shave ice from Matsumoto's. Otherwise, you'll be dreaming about it the whole way back to Waikiki. $ Always!
Location: 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa HI - Phone (808) 637-4827
Check out more at MatsumotoShaveIce.com
Famous by local standards, this is definitely the best pie you will taste on the island! It’s just not pie, but flavors you will not taste elsewhere, including Coconut Haupia and Chocolate Haupia. You can buy a $3 slice to take with you, but you might kick yourself for not picking up a whole pie! $
Location: 59-024 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa HI - Phone (808) 638-8207
Check out more at Tedsbakery.com
Like the North Shore, Kailua has a small downtown area with a few select Oahu restaurants worth mentioning. You have 3 of the best breakfast spots on the island including Cinnamon's, Boot & Kimo's, and Moke's Bread & Breakfast!
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
They are open for lunch, but you really want to make it over for breakfast. They are well known for their famous banana macadamia nut pancakes with macadamia nut sauce.
The long line of people outside waiting
to get in speaks for how good this place is! The Grilled
steak, rice and eggs is plentiful and noteworthy! Breakfast & lunch
Location: 151 Hekili St, Kailua HI - Phone (808) 263-7929
Check out Boots and kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen reviews.
Not just another juice bar, but a more unique and delicious smoothie concoction served up in a bowl! I find it tough to describe, but you just gotta try it!
Many famous celebrities
have been known to frequent Lanikai Juice to get their healthy serving
of acai berry smoothie bowls. Let me know if you spot
Kailua Rd, Kailua HI - Phone (808) 262-2383
Check out more at LanikaiJuice.com
If you are headed out to Hanauma Bay, Sandy Beach or Makapu’u Point, you have a few really good choices waiting for you in the last town, known as Hawaii Kai, before heading up Koko Head and into a less urban part of Oahu.
Roy Yamaguchi is one of Hawaii’s most renowned chefs on the island, and a pioneer of East meets West fusion cuisine in Hawaii. It is a treat to sit down to savor almost anything on his menu, but it’s a shame not to order the fresh catch of the day!
Hawaii Kai was Roy’s first location, and now one of many locations that uphold his high culinary standards.
Don’t miss dessert! Roy’s signature Chocolate Molten Lava Cake is to die for! Along with a cup of fresh Kona Brewed Coffee…you might want to start with this first! $$$ Dinner only
Location: 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Hawaii Kai, HI - Phone (808) 396-7697
Check out more at Roy’sRestaurant.com
This is the closest restaurant you can get to Kona without an extra flight! Yes the original Brewery resides in the Big Island, but they built a beautiful 7000 sq ft brewery restaurant on the Hawaii Kai Koko Marina.
It’s easy to get a table in their outdoor dock seating area, where you can order some ono pupus (appetizers) and taste their home brews such as Longboard Island Lager, Pipeline Porter and the Wailua Wheat.
They are also known
for making Spent Grain Crusted Pizzas that offer a tasty unique
Lunch & Dinner
Location: 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Hawaiia Kai, HI - Phone (808) 396-5662
Check out more at KonaBrewingCo.com
Discover the best Oahu breakfast restaurants! From old staples including Rainbow's Drive In & Leonard's Bakery to new upcoming hits such as Koko Head Cafe & Yogur Story, there are some increable dishes around the island to start off your morning! Click here to see a review on the best Oahu breakfast restaurants!
Local food at its best! This is where the top chefs on the island come after their shifts! The meals I’ve eaten at this hole-in-the-wall restaurant in an industrial neighborhood are nothing shy of being top notch and onolicious! Da best brah! Breakfast & Lunch
Location: 232 Kalihi St, Honolulu, HI
Phone (808) 847-6467
Check out more Ethel’s Grill reviews.
Normally I would not head to the mall to look for one of the best Honolulu restaurants, but Goma Tei Ramen makes the exception! On the westside of the Ala Moana Shopping Center, near the Makai Market, you will find one of the best ramen noodle houses on the island!
Easy on the wallet, fast and friendly service, fantastic flavors and very very satisfying! Goma Tei Ramen has a great menu that will lead you back, wanting to discover more!
Broth choices are either Shoyu or Tan Tan based (spicy sesame taste), which also tends to be a little more popular. Most menu choices are great, but don't miss the popular Char Sui Ramen, and a must have side order of their Chicken Tastutaage. I also love their Katsu Curry Noodle dish and the foot long chicken katsu for the kids.
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
Ward Center Location -
Mon - Sat 11am to 9pm, Sun 11:30am to 8pm
Location: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu - phone (808) 591-9188
Discover more at www.GomaTei.com
Originally opened as the famous Puka Dog, and now renamed "Hula
Dog". Whether Puka or Hula Dog, it’s still the best hog dog
in all of Hawaii!’
It’s a hot dog dropped into a fresh hoagie roll, coated with a unique tropical relish and some lilikoi (passionfruit) mustard. Writing about it does not do it justice…it’s one of those exotic island treats that you simply have to experience yourself. Hula Dog just relocated as the Waikiki International Market Place closed. The original one was started in Poipu, Kauai. Open 10am to 10pm
Location: 2370 Kuhio Ave, Waikiki HI - Phone (808) 303-4452
Check out more at HulaDogHawaii.com
It’s not good for the waistline, but easy on the
wallet, and incredibly satisfying. I can best describe a
plate lunch as a fast home cooked meal that consists of white steamed
rice, plain macaroni salad and a main entree dish such as Teriyaki
Beef, BBQ Chicken and fried Mahi Mahi fillets. The
the 3 items is quite complimentary and will keep you spearing through
each for a perfect mouthful!
Everyone has his or her own favorite Plate Lunch house, but L&L
Barbeque, Zippy’s and Rainbow
Drive In are the local faves.
All three of these plate lunch eateries can be found on Waikiki’s
L&L BBQ and Zippy’s Restaurant are large chains that can be
found through out the island, including Kailua, Hawaii Kai and the
Cheap, local and good! L&L BBQ is a well known plate lunhc chain that has been growing on the island for a couple of decades, and have recently been expanding in the mainland as well. They serve many different Hawaiian plate lunch options, including Chicken Katsu, beef short-ribs and the Loco Moco. But trust me...it’s the BBQ Chicken plate that you want! $ Lunch & Dinner
See Oahu L&L
locations at HawaiianBarbecue.com
Also located in many locations around the island
is another local favorite plate lunch spot called Zippy’s. A
plate lunch consists of white rice, plain macaroni style, and a home
cooked style entrée. As simple as it sounds…it’s good!
They are famous for their chili and rice bowls, fried chicken plate, Zip Pac’s (a sample mixed plate lunch), and their saimin noodle soup. I love their chili and rice and mac-salad on the side –really good!
Lunch & Dinner
See Oahu Zippy⁽s locations at Zippys.com
Tip: Grab a plate lunch and enjoy it on the beachfront. It’s the best seat in the house, and the meal tastes “that” much better!
This is more of a treat, but I tend to make it a meal sometimes. Ahi Poke is fresh raw prime Hawaiian Yellow Fin Tuna, marinated with select ingredients like shoyu (soy sauce), Maui onions, sea salt, and seaweed.
Growing up, you
found it in fresh fish shops, but today you can find it on almost every
4-star restaurant menu on the island, and many places on the Western
One of the simple pleasures I enjoy today is to grab a couple of different styles of Hawaiian Poke along with some cold beers and then stroll down to the beach to enjoy the scenery as I enjoy this delectable treat.
Poke is not just made with fresh tuna, however. It is also made with octopus, shrimp, blue crab, or squid. Marinated in the same manner, these other types of poke are also very tasty!
Believe it or not you can find some of the best and freshly made selection of Hawaiian Poke in the local supermarkets, like Foodland and Safeway. Request a side of chili water sauce to go along with your order. It will kick it up a notch without being too spicy. If you need more fire, grab a Tabasco from one of the grocery aisles!
An important elemant of happy hour is the environment. Buho Cocina y Cantina does just that...providing an open air modern bar located on the top 3rd level overlooking the action below on Kalakua Blvd. The loungy chairs, glass firepits, canopys, and modern decor helps create the mood you're looking for!
Happy Hour is 4pm to 7pm (perfect sunset hour) & 10pm to close
$3 Tacos - $5 Pupus - $5 Drink Specials
Open Daily from 11am to 1pm Check out more at Buhocantina.com
Location: 2250 Kalakaua Blvd,
Honolulu, HI Phone (808) 922-2846
The food is very reasonable to begin with, but only gets cheaper with a
special $3.00 menu that is presented between 4 and 6pm and 10:30 to
$ Happy Hour, $$ Lunch & Dinner
Location: 1585 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI Phone (808) 941-3701
Check out more at ShokudoJapanese.com
Signature Japanese BBQ! Come hungry and get ready to grill your own food at your table. They marinate the meats and you do the work. Sound like work, but it’s fun!
only gets better when you stretch your appetite out past 9pm, or before
6:30pm when the menu and drinks become half off!
$$ Lunch & Dinner
307 Lewers St., Waikiki HI - Phone (808) 926 2989
1221 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu HI - Phone (808) 589-2989
Check out more at Gyu-Kaku.com