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 Waikiki restaurants 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...
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 Peggy's Picks or 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!
If you’re not planning to attend a luau (where the food is often mediocre and created for the masses anyway), then head to Ono’s!
This is one of the Waikiki restaurants that offer good authentic Hawaiian food -- Kalua Pig, Pork Lau Lau, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Haupia and of course…a bowl of poi! Ono Hawaiian Foods consistently gets rave reviews from both locals and tourists!
It’s a small location so you might want to arrive a little early, or take it to go and dine back on the beach.
Open for lunch & dinner - 11am to 8pm.
Check out more reviews for Ono Hawaiian Food’s
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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The Side Street Inn is another great Waikiki reastaurant to be discovered on Kapahululu Ave! This is a very popular restaurant with the local crowd. I would discribe the menu as Chineese based with American and Hawaiian influences and flavors. The menu is extensive with great choices, large portions, and savary 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. Althougth they have a lot of seating in the reastuarant, 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
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
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 of the 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
3308 Kanaina St, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-0177
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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 & DinnerSee 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
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 9pm
Location: 933 Kapahulu, Honolulu, HI - Phone (808) 737-5591
Check out more at LeonardsHawaii.com
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 Check out more Waiola Shave Ice reviews.
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
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, $$$ Dinner
2335 Kalakaua St, Suite 203, Waikiki, HI - Phone (808) 923-4852
Check out more at HulaGrillWaikiki.com
Very popular for
its barefoot bar, where you check your shoes
at the door and sink your feet into the sand and order a mai tai at the
Duke’s Waikiki is also worth dropping by for a romantic
dinner with ono menu choices
such as Coconut Shrimp with a Spicy Lilikoi
Sauce, or Huli Huli Chicken or Macadamia Nut Sauce with the fresh catch
day! Don’t miss the Hula Pie for desert…it’s the best ever!
Serves Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. This is
one of the
Waikiki restaurants right on the beach that is worth going to.
Lunch, $$$ Dinner
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, 226 Lewers St. Dinner only. $$$ Dinner only
Location: 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Hawaii Kai, HI - Phone (808) 396-7697
Check out more at Roy’sRestaurant.com
The Chart House one of the Waikiki restaurants that have maintained itself as an old classic seaside steakhouse that still holds much of its charm today! The menu is somewhat simple, with a nice selection of steaks, shellfish, and other classic entrees to choose from.
They strive for quality, which holds up their reputation and guarantees a return visit from you! Leave room if you can for their signature Mudd Pie desert! It's yuuummmy!
$$$ Dinner only
Location: 6600 Kalanianaole Hwy, Hawaii Kai, HI - Phone (808) 396-7697
Check out more at charthousehonolulu.com