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...
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
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
Check out more at Roy’sRestaurant.com
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
2335 Kalakaua St, Suite 203, Waikiki, HI - Phone (808) 923-4852
Check out more at HulaGrillWaikiki.com
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
Michel’s is one of the longest running establishments on Oahu, and consistently rated one of the best beach-side restaurants on the island!
From a beautiful beach-side 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
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
Dinner 5:30 PM
Location: 2895 Kalakaua Ave - Phone (808) 923 6552
Check out more at www.michelshawaii.com
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 Mud Pie desert! It's yuuummmy!
4:30pm to 12:30apm
Location: 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Hawaii Kai, HI - Phone (808) 396-7697
Check out more at charthousehonolulu.com
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)
Breakfast - Dinner Daily 7am - 10pm
Discover more - Marukame Udon
There’s a good handful of good steakhouses on Oahu, but none that stand up to Hy’s Steakhouse, located in Waikiki. With 40 years under their belt, they are growing their reputation and becoming a classic on the island!
All your favorite cuts are represented with a special kiawe wood grilled touch, including New York, Fillet Mignon, and Rib Eye.
If that’s not enough, there are 5 signature sauces available to dip into!
Personally, I would lean towards ordering the classic 15 ounce Slow Roasted Prime Rib! Hy’s has an impressive shellfish section on their menu, and a few surf & turf options for those who want both.
Try hard not to load up on the delicious cheese bread, and consider ordering a table side prepared house Cesar salad to start, and a Banana Fosters for dessert, or a Cherries Jubilee, or “best voted” Chocolate Lovers…too many yummy choices to choose from!
Open Daily 5 PM to 9:30 PM
Location: 2440 Kuhio Avenue, (808) 922-5555
Learn more: www.hyswaikiki.com
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!
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
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
The recently transformed International Market Place not only features 75 new retailers, but a dozen excellent restaurants as well. You’ll find a mix of casual and high-end eateries that reside on the 3rd level that happens to be the open air top level. You’re challenge is to only choose one spot to eat, but there will be many good reasons to return! Explore your choices from sushi to gourmet pizza, to Asian fusion, and much more! And while there are no bad choices, here are a few worth a mention…
Hands down one of the most interesting and stunning restaurants in the International Market and all of Waikiki. Decorated with glowing pufferfish, a living wall, and a whales skeleton hanging above the bar, there’s lots of exciting décor throughout the restaurant!
Herringbone is known for their fresh seafood, with temping entrees like Muscles Tikka Spice, Whole Fish Ceviche, Sake & Ginger Buerre Blanc King Salmon, and some sizable Seafood Platers. The menu includes some good options as well for those non-seafood lovers. Save room for the Banana Cream Pie in a Jar, and come early to take advantage of their 4 PM to 6 PM happy hour.
Open Fri - Sun Brunch 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM, Dinner 5 to 10 PM & up to 11 pm on Fri - Sun
Location - 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, 3rd Level, Waikiki Suite 330 / Phone (808) 797-2435
Waikiki gets its own Michael Mina signature restaurant located here in the new market place. Stripsteak goes beyond your basic prime cuts of steak, and offers a nice 45 day aged Porterhouse Steak, a Tomahawk Steak for two, and a tasty Waygu Grade A5 Striplion.
And if you’re thinking of going big, consider ordering a $95 Kona Lobster Pot Pie!
Also have fun exploring some starters, sides & salads, including ”Instant Bacon” (which includes pork belly, tempura oyster, and a black pepper soy glaze), Lobster Tacos, Black Truffle Mac & Cheese, and a B-L-T Wedge Salad. There’s also a temping $85 preset menu that includes a rib-eye steak as your entrée.
Open Daily 5 to 10 PM
Location - 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, 3rd Level, Waikiki / (808) 800-3094
Roy Yamaguchi has led a successful growing chain of Roy’s Restaurants for decades, and now has launched his new more casual dinning venture called Eating House 1849. If you like Roy’s Asian fusion style of cooking, then you will definitely enjoy a similar menu here.
Whether you’re leaning towards a Portuguese Sausage, Beef, Wild Bore & Bacon Hamburger, or a Ginger & Carrot Vinaigrette Misoyaki Butterfish, you’ll find interesting fusion creations on the menu. Consider their Kiawe Smoked Szechuan Baby Back Ribs for a starter, a Garlic Ahi Salad, and Samjang Grilled Prawns with Roasted Mushroom Risotto!
Open Daily - Lunch 11 AM to 3 PM, Dinner 5 PM to 10 PM
Location - 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 322, Waikiki / Phone (808) 924-1849
Rated as one of the best ramen noodle houses on the island…and happens to be my favorite, Goma Tei fits right into the utopia of elite International Market Place restaurants. Goma Tei is a growing small chain, and now has added their first operation in Waikiki.
So what makes this noodle house so popular? Their Tan Tan broth is rich and well balanced in flavor, they add a generous portion of nicely smoked char sue pork belly, and garnished it to perfection with vegetables & a slightly runny hard boiled egg! And to top it off, Goma Tei is probably your best “cheap eats” option located here on the 3rd level of restaurant row. Open Daily 11 AM to 9 PM
Location - 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, 3rd Level, Waikiki / (808) 732-9188
Michael Mina didn’t stop with the launch his signature Stripsteak restaurant, but also had another great vision and created “The Street”, located on the ground level of the International Market Place off of Kalakaua Ave.
This is not just another new Waikiki Restaurant, but a hip casual dining courtyard made up of a dozen enticing restaurant concepts, including the Kai Poke stop, an International Smoke house, a Mindful Greens cafe, the Maui Onion Burger, a Ramen Bar, Aloha Shave Ice, and 2 fun island bars. Needless to say The Street is a family pleaser with something for everyone.
Open Daily 7 AM to 10 PM
Location - 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, 1st Level, Waikiki / Phone (808) 377-4402
Located on the 1st level on the backside of the International Market (off of Kalakaua Ave) is one of the best treats in Waikiki. Wake up and indulge in a signature cup of Artisan Roasted Kona coffee and freshly baked pastries that will have you melting for more!
San Francisco pastry chef & owner, Balinda Leung, has expanded her popular creations here on Oahu, and shares a space with Kona Coffee Pureyors.
Her perfect flaky, sugary & buttery Kouign Amann treats could easily be added to your Hawaiian vacation bucket list of things to try! b. Patisserie Waikiki features island inspired fruit flavors like guava, passion fruit, and coconut. The menu changes with seasons, but some staples remain the same, like their yummy Banana Chocolate Croissant & Smoke Honey Ham & Gruyere Croissants.
Open Daily 7 AM to 11 PM
Location - 2330 Kalakaua Ave, 1st Level, Waikiki / (808) 845-1700
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!
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
to sign up early if interested.
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
short ribs, their "da
signature" fried rice, and a nice side of Ahi Poke. Needless
to say a few dishes go a
Side Street Inn is only open for dinner. Although they have a lot of seating in the restaurant, 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
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
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!
Lunch is a category in itself. It’s Hawaii’s
fast food version of a home cooked meal with an island touch.
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 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
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 Barbecue Steak for lunch. Their teriyaki beef sandwiches are among the best.
Lunch & Dinner 7am to 9pm
Location: 3308 Kanaina St, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-0177
Definitely a favorite quick stop to grab a satisfying plate
lunch! I can never get enough of their signature barbecue 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
to the freeway, now located at
3133 Waialae Ave.
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
See Oahu L&L locations at HawaiianBarbecue.com
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
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
Location: 933 Kapahulu, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-5591
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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