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Waikiki Restaurants

Food is our passion…and Waikiki has its share of hole-in-the-wall local spots along with 5 Star Waikiki restaurants that are some of Oahu’s best, and worth considering when looking for a moment of satisfaction!  Looking for the best restaurants in Waikiki that would satisfy your hungry tummy without venturing too far out of the area?  There are so many to choose from but  no matter your budget or craving, we've assembled a nice sampling of local favorites to whet your appetite...

Some of the best Luaus on Oahu are actually located outside of Waikiki. See pricing and details (including transportation) on luaus, including Paradise Cove, Germain's Luau, and the Polynesian Cultural Center.

Waikiki Restaurants - Near the Beach!

Duke’s Waikiki – $$$

Dukes Barefoot Bar and Restaurant Waikiki

Very popular for its barefoot bar, where you check your shoes at the door and sink your feet into the sand and order a mai tai at the bar!

Duke’s Waikiki is also worth dropping by for a romantic dinner with ono menu choices such as Coconut Shrimp with a Spicy Lilikoi Sauce, or Huli Huli Chicken or Macadamia Nut Sauce with the fresh catch of the day!  Don’t miss the Hula Pie for desert…it’s the best ever!

Serves  Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner.  Duke's is one of few Waikiki restaurants that sit right on the beach, and worth the visit!  

Breakfast 7am to 10:30am , Lunch 11:00 to 3pm, Dinner 4:45pm to 10pm
Location:  2335 Kalakaua St, Suite 116, Waikiki, HI - Phone (808) 922-2268

Check out more at DukesWaikiki.com

Roy’s Restaurant – $$$$

Roy's Restaurant Waikiki

One of Hawaii’s most renowned chefs is Roy Yamaguchi.  Treat yourself to some of Roy’s best fusion island cuisine that Hawaii is known for.

You can't go wrong ordering almost anything on his menu, including the Chocolate Molten Lava Cake for dessert. Anyone who's had it will tell you it's a must!  Roy’s Restaurant now exists in the heart of Waikiki.

Pupus 11am to 5pm -  Dinner 5pm to 10pm
Location:  226 Lewers St, Waikiki, HI - Phone (808) 923-7697

Check out more at Roy’sRestaurant.com

Hula Grill Waikiki – $$$

Hula Grill Waikiki

Great spot to sit in an open-air dining room and watch the surfers paddle out for a morning session in the waves, while sipping on some fresh Hawaiian roast coffee.  This restaurant sits right in the heart of Waikiki beach.

The breakfast menu includes some tasty unconventional choices, such as the Loco Moco, Portuguese sausage eggs Benedict & Maui pineapple & coconut pancakes.  Popular with the Waikiki crowd.  Ono! Located in the Outrigger Waikiki Hotel.

Breakfast 6:30am to 11:30pm; Dinner 4:45pm to 10pm
Location:  2335 Kalakaua St, Suite 203, Waikiki, HI - Phone (808) 923-4852

Check out more at HulaGrillWaikiki.com

Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu - $$

Hard Rock Cafe Honolulu

Save on a nice prix-fixe menu at the legendary Honolulu Hard Rock Café!  It’s located in the popular Waikiki Beach Walk in an open air setting on the second floor.

Enjoy your 2 to 3 course meal while looking at some of the rock nostalgia on the walls, or the rainbow arch of guitars on the ceiling!

Location:  280 Beach Walk, Waikiki, HI - Phone (808) 955-7383

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Michel’s at the Colony Surf - $$$$

Michels Restaurant Waikiki

Michel’s is one of the longest running establishments on Oahu, and consistently rated one of the best beachside restaurants on the island!

From a beautiful beachside location in front of a semi-private beach to an award winning French island fresh seafood menu, it’s no wonder why they’ve been in business since 1962!

The menu changes with the rolling tides and seasonal catch... I’m sure you find equally temping choices such as Michel’s Lobster Bisque, Island Seafood Cioppino, and Michel’s Ocean Bounty that includes a large assortment of the daily catch!  Not to fear as there is a delicious New York steak option as well.  Save room for the Hawaiian Apple-Banana Flambe & Cherries Jubilee for dessert!  

Dinner 5:30 PM
Location:  2895 Kalakaua Ave - Phone (808) 923 6552

Check out more at www.michelshawaii.com

Chart House – $$$

Chart House Waikiki

The Chart House one of the Waikiki restaurants that have maintained itself as an old classic seaside steakhouse that still holds much of its charm today!  The menu is somewhat simple, with a nice selection of steaks, shellfish, and other classic entrees to choose from.

They strive for quality, which holds up their reputation and guarantees a return visit from you!  Leave room if you can for their signature Mudd Pie desert! It's yuuummmy!

Dinner only 4:30pm to 12:30apm
Location:  6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Hawaii Kai, HI - Phone (808) 396-7697

Check out more at charthousehonolulu.com

Ono Eats

Marukame Udon

Markame Udon

This is not your everyday noodle shop.  And the consistent long lines that run out into the street attest to something magical going on at Marukame Udon.  Most ramen shops are usually rated by their broth.  What folks don’t know until they get a good taste is that the noodles are made to perfection. 

Marukame starts well ahead on the cooking process, by carefully selected ingredients and partakes in a time consuming Sanuki hand rolling process.  The boiling time matters here!  There are 7 different styles of udon to order from, including a rich curry based, bukkame or cold udon, Kake with light fish broth, to a sweet Niku based udon.  Make sure to order a side of tempura and spam musubi.

Location - 2310 Kuhio Avenue, Suite 124, Waikiki  Phone - (808) 931-6000
Breakfast - Dinner Daily 7am - 10pm

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Doraku - $$


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 looking dishes on Facebook, and make all your friends jealous!

There is much tradition that takes place in the sushi preparation at Doraku, with a Latin inspiration.  You'll find such fusions in some of their specialty 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

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

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

Discover more at www.dorakusushi.com

A slew of award winning restaurants just opened up in the newly renovated International Market Place in Waikiki.  Island favorites have moved in including Goma Tei noodles, along with big venues like Michael Minna's StripSteak, Roy’s new restaurant venture Eating House 1849, Flour & Barley, and Kona Grill.  More shops and restaurants to come later in 2017...

Waikiki Restaurants on Kapahulu Avenue

Kapahulu Avenue is a main artery that leads from Waikiki Beach out to the H-1 Freeway.  You will find a few neat antique and specialty shops along the way, like Bailey’s Antique & Aloha Shirts. 

Kapahulu Avenue is also known to be one of Waikiki’s restaurant rows…and a great one at that, with many best-of-the-best Waikiki restaurants!  Whenever I get hungry, I always think of heading to Kapahulu Ave first!

Honolulu Food Tour - Eat Like a Local!

Leonards Hot Malasadas

Spend 2.5 hours touring hole-in-the-wall eateries located just outside Waikiki.  You will be visiting some of Hawaii’s gems, learning the culinary history, and the exploring the cultures that make up our island through tasting local favorites like Spam Musubi, Ube Pancakes, Malasadas, and island plate lunch hits!

This is a small-group tour, to help keep it personalized, so make sure to sign up early if interested.
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Create your own luau with Sam Choy's Luau book

Side Street Inn -$$

Side Street Inn - Waikiki

The Side Street Inn is another great Waikiki restaurant to be discovered on Kapahululu Ave!  This is a very popular restaurant with the local crowd.  I would describe the menu as Chinese based with American and Hawaiian influences and flavors.

The menu is extensive with great choices, large portions, and savory flavors to look forward too.

Consider ordering the delicious crispy pan fried pork chops (enough to serve a table of six), the guava glazed Pulehu short ribs, their "da signature" fried rice, and a nice side of Ahi Poke.  Needless to say a few dishes go a long way!

Side Street Inn is only open for dinner.  Although they have a lot of seating in the restuarant, they still can get packed quickly!  So be sure to make a reservation and/or come early!

3pm to 12am Daily
Location:  614 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu - Phone (808) 739-3939

Discover more at www.SideStreetInn.com

Uncle Bo’s Pupu Bar & Grill - $$

Uncle Bo's Pupu Bar & Grill

Kapahulu is a hot spot for local favorite restaurants, and Uncle Bo’s is definitely on that list!

With a rock star menu full of hit entrees such as Garlic Rib-Eye Steak, Slow Roasted Prime Rib, Misoyaki Sea Bass, and King Crab Legs, you know why the place is always packed.  You would never know it from the outside, but this Oahu restaurant that is located just outside Waikiki, is hip inside with a modern décor.

They have a signature bar area where I’d prefer to sit, enjoy some creative cocktails and ono appetizers…don’t miss out on their generous Crispy Crab Cakes, Spicy Korean Style Wings, and Oyster Rockefeller. 

Open daily 10 am to 9 pm
Note:  New 2nd location in Haleiwa Town
559 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu – Phone 808-735-8310  Reservations available

Learn more:  www.unclebosrestaurant.com

Tenkaippin - $

Tenkaippin Restaurant Waikiki

We call it ramen, but it’s really a special type of Japanese noodles that are only made in Japan.  The broth flavors are savory, thick and intense!  Some of the broths take up to 10 hours to cook and fuse together. 

A friend turned me onto this popular Tenkaippin noodle house.  If you’re on a budget and have a big appetite to fill, don’t think twice and head over to Tenkaippin.

It is a great choice for ramen out of many of the Waikiki restaurants who serve these addictive Japanese noodles! Onolicious!

Open for lunch & dinner - 11am to 10pm+.

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Best Hawaiian Poke

Hawaiian Poke

Some of the best poke on the island is on the strip and just outside Waikiki!  Discover Ono Seafood and Da Hawaiian Poke Co..  From delicious ahi poke to signature plate lunches, they have it all!

Review more on the best Hawaiian Poke spots!

Hawaiian Plate Lunch - Kapahulu Avenue

Hawaiian Plate Lunch is a category in itself.  It’s Hawaii’s fast food version of a home cooked meal with an island touch.

Hawaiian Plate Lunch

The Hawaiian Plate lunch consists of 2 scoops of rice, a heaping scoop of macaroni salad and the entree that usually is some type of BBQ meat or other deep fried fish (most often Mahi-Mahi).  Some of the best Hawaiian plate lunch can be found on Kapahulu Ave...

Zippy’s Restaurant - $

Zippy's Restaurant in Waikiki

Zippy's is a very popular Hawaiian plate lunch chain restaurant on the island.  They are well known for their Chili & Rice Bowls, Fried Chicken Plate Lunch (my little girl's favorite), and Saimin Noodle Soup.

I must admit, that I have taken a special liking to the Hawaiian style macaroni salad that accompanies the plate lunch meals.  Zippy’s makes a signature version of it, making it one of my choices of Waikiki restaurants for a quick meal. 

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
See Oahu Zippy⁽s locations at Zippys.com

Rainbow’s Drive In – $

Rainbow Drive-In Waikiki

Want to know what President Obama and I have in common?  Yup, we both consider Rainbow Drive In a plate lunch favorite...well, along with many other locals who crowd the outdoor tables to eat their breakfast or lunch!

I remember when my Mom used to pick up some Rainbow Drive In plate lunches, before heading off to the beach.  Selling at $3.00 a plate, that was still cheap back then.  Today they are double the price, but still worth every penny!

Arrive early in the morning for Rainbow’s Fried Rice Plate (which is gone by 8 am), Loco Moco or the Barbeque Steak for lunch.  Their teriyaki beef sandwiches are among the best.  

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7am to 9pm
Location:  3308 Kanaina St, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-0177

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L&L Barbeque Drive In - $

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Waikiki

Definitely a favorite quick stop to grab a satisfying plate lunch!  I can never get enough of their signature barbeque chicken plate

At one point L&L Barbeque became so popular that they nicknamed this place “Long Line BBQ”.  They have expanded quite a bit over the past decade, and are easy to get in and out of.

The old Waikiki location on Kapahulu has moved up closer to the freeway, now located at
3133 Waialae Ave

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
See Oahu L&L locations at HawaiianBarbecue.com

Sweet Treats on Kapahulu Ave

Welcome Shimazo Shave Ice to Kapahulu Ave! The ever growing popular Hawaiian shave ice shop in Kalihi, just established its presence in Hawaii's Favorite Kitchen (located at 3111 Castle Ave, Honolulu). This is a big treat to Waikiki and surrounding community. If you are unfamiliar with Shimazo's incredible creations...this is a must stop!

Leonard’s Bakery – $

Leonard's Bakery in Waikiki

Leonard’s Bakery has been famous for decades with the local community for their fresh, hot Malasadas - a type of Portuguese donuts. 

I have enjoyed these super ono treats since my childhood, and today more and more visitors find their way to Leonard’s Bakery to sink their teeth into these warm pieces of heaven! 

Plain malasadas have always held their own, but now there are some amazing fillings of island flavors such as haupia (coconut), mango, guava, lilikoi (passion fruit) that are worth indulging in!   Forget your diet...you can always start tomorrow, yeah?  

5:30am to 10pm Daily
Location:  933 Kapahulu, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-5591

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Waiola Shave Ice – $

Waiola Shave Ice

No need to drive 1 hour to the North Shore for a Matsumoto Shave Ice, when you can enjoy the island  treat right here in Waikiki.

Hawaiian shave ice sounds simple to make - just shave the ice, pour it into a cup, and coat it with sweet flavored syrup right? Anybody can make it right? Wrong!

There is a cult following that will swear Waiola shave ice is bewitching and is simply the best on Oahu!  Try some exotic tropical flavors that you are unfamiliar with…and always request a scoop of vanilla ice cream at the bottom of your cone to make it complete! 

7:30am to 6pm, except open 10am on Sunday
Location:  3113 Mokihana St, Honolulu, HI (across from Safeway, off Kapahulu St)
Phone (808) 735-8886

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Aloha & Enjoy!!