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
almost anything on his menu, including the Chocolate Molten Lava
for dessert. Anyone who's had it will tell you it's a must!
Roy’s Restaurant now exists in the heart of Waikiki.
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
Location: 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
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
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
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!
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
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
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
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.
Book Local Eating Tour Now!
The Side Street Inn
great Waikiki restaurant to be
discovered on Kapahululu Ave! This is a very popular
restaurant with the local crowd. I would
describe the menu
Chinese based with American and Hawaiian influences and
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
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
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 Barbeque 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 barbeque
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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