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Best Kailua Restaurants - making the short list

For decades Kailua Restaurants have had a hard time competing against the talent and culinary that flocked to downtown Honolulu and Waikiki.  And while these popular areas continue to flourish, Kailua Town has transformed over the past decade, bringing many new boutique shops and incredible Oahu restaurants into the area.  Dine at old classics like Buzz’s Steakhouse or culinary inspirations like Roy’s new Goen Restaurant.

List of Best Restaurants in Kailua

Kono's in Kailua is a popular family-owned restaurant that offers delicious breakfast and lunch dishes in a casual atmosphere, providing a genuine North Shore experience for locals, surfers, and tourists alike. 🍳🌴

Today some of the best Oahu breakfast spots have anchored themselves in this small coastal town.  Kailua restaurants including Boots and Kimo, Cinnamon’s, and Moke’s Bread and Breakfast are all a must breakfast bucket list stops.

Local breweries like Lanikai Brewing Company, Olama Brewing Company, and Maui Brewing Company have also joined the fun and new energy that Kailua is experiencing.

Whether you simply looking for a delicious bowl of ramen, a good Hawaiian plate lunch, or island treats like shave ice and hot malasadas, make the trek to Kailua Town…you’ll be delighted with the many good choices that await you. 

Kailua Restaurants Breakfast Eateries

Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen

Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen is a beloved local eatery in Kailua, Hawaii, known for serving up mouthwatering macadamia nut pancakes and other delicious breakfast and brunch dishes with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 🥞🌺

Living up to be one of the most iconic breakfast eateries in Kailua.  Well known for their Uncle Kimo’s famous Macadamia Nut Glazed Pancakes.  They are straight up delicious, and you might almost feel guilty for eating a cake like entrée to start the day.

Take a moment to study the menu, as it features lots of tempting entrees and some wild omelette creations… a fried rice omelette, Eggplant Pamagane Omelette, or how about a Shrimp Alfredo Omelette?

They have recently moved to a new location in the Enchanted Lakes Shopping Center, which has been their 3rd move around Kailua Restaurants.  But where ever they go, the crowd tend to follow.

And while they are best known for their hardy breakfast items, they also feature some great and step-up plate lunch items like New York or Ribeye Steak, Hawaiian Spicy Chicken Wings, Homemade Crispy Fried Chicken, and Ono Pulehu Ribs.

  • $ Breakfast & Lunch  Open Mon, Thurs & Fri 8 AM to 1 PM, Closes 2 PM on Sat & Sun / Closed on Tue & Wed
  • Location:  Enchanted Lake Shopping Center, 1020 Keolu Drive, suite D1, Kailua
  • Phone (808) 263-7929
  • Check out more at Boot’s & Kimo’s

Cinnamon's Restaurant

Also one of the most popular breakfast eateries on the island.  Show up late on a weekend and where could easily be a 3 hour wait!

Cinnamon's Restaurant is a popular breakfast and brunch spot in Kailua, Hawaii, famous for its delectable and generously-sized pancakes, including their signature guava chiffon pancakes, served in a cozy and inviting setting. 🥞🌴

Ask anyone who has dined here and they will tell you that Cinnamon’s Guava Chiffon Pancakes are to die for…I will also vouch for that.  And like Boots and Kimo’s that’s famous for their pancakes, there is so much more on the menu to look forward to.

For starters they have a good 10 other types of pancakes and waffles selections, 9 different styles to order your eggs benedict, 5 crazy loco moco creations (including a prime rib or short rib moco), and you can get lost in the omelet section…in a good way!

Dine after 11 am and your options just opened up to the lunch section as well.  Inspiring salads, sandwiches, and comfort food entrees.  They have a Curried Chicken & Papaya Salad, a Reuben Sandwich on Rye Bread, Crab Cakes, and even Kalua Pork on the menu.

  • Open Daily 7am to 2pm (no take-out on weekends)
  • 315 Ulunui St, Kailua - Phone (808) 261-8724
  • See more at www.Cinnamons808.com

Egghead Cafe

Most folks discover this hidden gem after they learn there is a multiple hour wait at Cinnamons… located next door, is this cute breakfast eatery.  For starters they brew up quality coffee and a variety of latte drinks.  The Macadamia Nut Latte is like a creamy dessert, but not overly sweet.

Egghead Cafe Kailua is a charming breakfast and brunch spot in Kailua, Hawaii, known for its creative and delicious egg dishes, friendly service, and cozy atmosphere that keeps locals and visitors coming back for more. 🍳🥞

They have an impressive menu board featuring some breakfast rice bowl creations, open-face toast & sandwiches, Dutch Style Pancakes, Moffles (mochi waffles), and Acai Bowls which are always popular.  I like their Piggy Bowl with chorizo or bacon, avocado, corn, an egg, salsa, over some mushroom rice.

You must try one of their Moffles if you’ve never had one.  And the Egghead Café breakfast or lunch sandwiches will bring you back for more.

  • Open Tue - Sat 7 AM to 1 PM (Closes 2PM on Sat & Sun), Closed on Mon
  • Location:  25 Maluniu Ave, Kailua - (808) 263-8833
  • Learn more at Egghead Cafe

Moke's Bread & Breakfast

Mokes is short for the iconic Mokulua Islands that located just off shore in Lanikai Beach.  And you plan on paddling out to them, you might want to drop by Mokes Bread and Breakfast to fill up first.

I’m personally stopping by for their Likikoi (passion fruit) Pancakes with a premium Hawaiian coffee. 

Moke's Bread & Breakfast is a beloved local eatery in Kailua, Hawaii, offering a delightful breakfast and brunch experience with their mouthwatering dishes, friendly service, and a cozy, laid-back atmosphere that captures the essence of island living. 🍞🍳

Moke’s along with other breakfast/lunch eateries features some good hearty loco mocos, Homemade Corn Beef Hash, a Smoked Ahi Melt, and a House Cut Ribeye.

Did you know they feature a “secret menu”?  That’s right…have feature a French toast sandwich, stuffed hash browns and a special Loco Moke (moco) with corned beef hash.  Make sure to inquire about it when your server arrives.

Mokes Bread and Breakfast is a great alternative when Cinnamon’s and Boots and Kimos have hour long waits.

Open Tue - Sun 7:30 AM to 1 PM (Opens at 7 AM on Weekends), Closed on Mon

Location:  27 Hoolai St, Kailua  Phone - (808) 261-5565

Learn more at Moke's Bread & Breakfast

Over Easy

Over Easy is a trendy and popular breakfast and brunch spot in Kailua, Hawaii, known for its creative and delicious menu featuring a variety of egg dishes, accompanied by friendly service and a modern, stylish ambiance. 🍳🥞

One of the newer breakfast eateries among Kailua Restaurants, but already making a name for itself.  Over Easy is an easy decision when it comes to their Custard French Toast, Kalua Pig Hash, or a number of their perfected egg dishes.

I’m a fan of Over Easy’s 2 Fried Egg Breakfast Sandwich on house made sour dough bread with caramelized onions and cheddar cheese.  Stick around for lunch and yummy libations like their Lilikoi Mimosa or Hard Calamansi (mandarin-lime citrus) Limeade.

Fried Chicken Sandwich or Coconut Shrimp Patty Burger.  The owners and creators of Over Easy, Nik and Jennifer Lobendahn, have recently launched a new nearby Smoker Barbecue eatery called Easy Que, that’s worth checking out as well for lunch and dinner.

  • Open Wed – Sun 7 am to 1 pm (Closes 1:30 PM on Weekends), Closed Mon & Tue
  • 418 KUULEI ROAD 103, KAILUA PHONE - (808) 260-1732
  • See more at www.OverEasyHi.com

Morning Brew

Ask anyone in Kailua where to go for the best cup of coffee, and they will direct you to Morning Brew in town.  They have a wonderful staff that runs the espresso bar with a long menu of coffee creations to choose from.

Morning Brew Kailua is a charming and cozy coffee shop in Kailua, Hawaii, offering a wide selection of high-quality coffee, tasty pastries, and a welcoming atmosphere that makes it a favorite spot for locals to start their day. ☕️🥐

Inquire about their Kona, Waialua, and Maui Peaberry coffee pour-overs… And there’s no better place to enjoy it than right in their cozy shop that feels more like an art gallery.  Take time to walk around and admire the many local artist creations that cover the walls.

Morning Brew also offers breakfast and lunch.  The menu is actually pretty extensive with offerings from Avocado Toast, Breakfast Burritos, Egg Scrambles, French Toast & Waffles with Fresh Fruit, Bagel Creations, and more.

There’s even a handful of Vegan items to select from.  Stick around for lunch for yummy Paninis, Sandwiches, Wraps, and Salads.

Open Daily 6 AM to 4 PM

Location - 600 Kailua Rd, Kailua

Learn more at Morning Brew

Lanikai Juice $

Lanikai Juice is a popular juice bar in Kailua, Hawaii, serving up a refreshing array of fresh fruit juices, smoothies, and acai bowls that are both delicious and nutritious. 🍓🥤

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 anyone!

Location:  600 Kailua Rd, Kailua HI - Phone (808) 262-2383

Open Daily 7 am to 5 pm (Closes 6 PM on Weekends)

Check out more at LanikaiJuice.com

Kailua Restaurants - Breweries

Maui Brewing Company

The Maui Brewing Company is one of 3 breweries that have moved into Kailua Town.  It has a friendly open-air atmosphere with impressive grand painted murals on the walls.

Maui Brewing Company Kailua is a vibrant and lively brewpub in Kailua, Hawaii, offering a wide selection of handcrafted beers, tasty pub fare, and a welcoming atmosphere that makes it a popular spot for beer enthusiasts and locals alike. 🍻🍔

They craft around two dozen beers and Hard Seltzers, including a Bikini Blonde, Coconut Hiwa Porter, and a Big Swell IPA on the beers side and a Dragonfruit and delicious POG for seltzers.

If that’s not tempting enough, Maui Brewing Co also make some must try crafted cocktails including a signature Pineapple Foam Mai Tai.  They are open for lunch and dinner, but happy hour is best time to secure a table and enjoy the energy this place brings.

They have a good selection of hand crafted pizzas and burgers, but we recommend their fish & chips and Baja Style Fried Fish Tacos.  Also make sure to check out their specials which are usually pretty good.  

  • Open Weekdays 11:30 AM to 9 PM (Closes 10 PM on Fri) 
  • Open Weekends 10 AM to 10 PM on Sat and Closing 9 PM on Sun
  • 573 Kailua Rd Suite 105, Kailua - Phone (808) 518-2739
  • Learn more at Maui Brewing Co

Lanikai Brewing Company

One of 3 uprising local breweries among Kailua restaurants, and Hawaii for that matter.  The local community has embraced the Lanikai Brewing Company, and for good reason.  They have perfected the touch of brewing up some craft beers and sours.

Lanikai Brewing Company is a local craft brewery in Kailua, Hawaii, known for producing a variety of unique and flavorful beers inspired by the island's natural beauty and using locally sourced ingredients. 🍻🌺

Lanikai Brewing Co has some staples on the menu, but are always continuously coming up with new creations, like a Forever Summer Pog (a passion fruit sour), a Mahina Ale aged in whiskey barrels, a Brewwhefener Heff that is a hefeweizen fused with Macadamia Nuts, Chocolate Haupia Stout, and the list goes on… 

Lanikai Brewing has recently entered the spirit space and have created a Lemongrass Gin and a Macadamia Nut Amaretto.

They do not have a kitchen, but have partnered up with Vanentina’s Pizza’s that has a portable wood fire brickoven station in the parking lot.  They put together some delicious handcrafted pizzas.  Valentina’s even fuse Lanikai beer in some of the pizza dough for unique flavors.

And while you’ll see some classics pizza selections on the menu like the Margarita or Supreme with everything on it, Vanentina also crafts some delicious vegetarian pies and other creations using fresh local ingredients.  Consider the Bee’s Knee, which is pesto based, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, goat cheese, and Hawaiian Hot Honey –yum!

  • Open Daily 12 PM to 10 PM (Opens at 11 AM on Weekends) / Phone (808) 295-7303
  • 167 Hamakua Dr, Kailua
  • Learn More at Lanikai Brewing Co

Must Visit Kailua Restaurants

Goen Dining & Bar

One of Roy Yamaguchi’s newest creations adds another great eatery to the Kailua neighborhood.  Located next to the Maui Brewing Company, Goen is also a lively open-air restaurant that draws a crowd every evening.

Goen Kailua is a contemporary Japanese restaurant in Kailua, Hawaii, offering a diverse menu of sushi, sashimi, and other traditional Japanese dishes, prepared with fresh ingredients and served in a stylish and inviting setting. 🍣🍱

Roy’s new restaurant venture offers new delicious spins on fusion Asian and popular comfort foods.  How about some Ko Chu Jang Glazed Pork Ribs, Misoyaki Roasted Eggplant with a toasted sesame aioli, a Waimanalo Herb Pesto Buratta with a Lavendar Honey for starters, or some fun sushi roll creations for starters.

For lunch you can settle for a Goen Burger or Fish and Chips or even explore some dinner listed entrees.  Some dinner temptations include a Roasted Branzino (Mediterranean Sea Bass) Filet, Rack of Lamb Kabobs, Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast, and a Crispy Skin Smoked Salmon with Charred Scallions.

Save room for dessert and explore a twist on delicious ice-cream Filipino treat called Halo Halo.

  • Open Daily Dinner 4 PM to 8 PM, Fri - Sun Lunch 12 PM to 3 PM
  • 573 Kailua Rd, Kailua - Phone: (808) 263-4636
  • Learn more at Goen

Buzz's Steakhouse

The longest family run steak house in Kailua, since 1962.  Buzz’s has become iconic establishment serving many happy customers over the decades.

Buzz's Steakhouse is a legendary and iconic restaurant in Kailua, Hawaii, known for its mouthwatering steaks, fresh seafood, and warm, nostalgic ambiance that has been delighting diners for over 50 years. 🥩🦞

Strategically anchored across the street from Kailua Beach, Buzz’s is the perfect spot to enjoy a Mai Tai after a long day baking in the sun on the beach.  They are known for their surf and turf meal.  Your steak cut of choice with a juice lobster tail, shrimp, crab, or fresh caught fish.

And that’s if you don’t fill up on their tempting appetizers first.  They also feature Chicken Teriyaki, Shrimp Scampi, and Rack of Lamb for entrees.

Consider dropping in for lunch as well, as they feature a good variety of hardy salads, burgers and ono sandwiches… An Ahi Salad, an 8oz Jack Daniels Burger, Teriyaki Flap-Steak or Teri Chicken Burger, and how about an Open-faced Crab Sandwich for starters.

  • Open Daily Lunch 11 AM to 3 PM & Dinner 4:30 PM To 9 PM
  • 413 Kawailoa Rd, Kailua - Phone (808) 261-4661
  • Learn more at Buzz's Original Steakhouse

Rai Rai Ramen

If you are looking for something quick, delicious, and comforting, Rai Rai Ramen is a must.  In fact they make the cut for some of the best ramen on Oahu.  It’s a small space restaurant, but we always manage to get a seat.

Rai Rai Ramen is a popular ramen restaurant in Kailua, Hawaii, serving up delicious bowls of steaming hot ramen with rich and flavorful broth, tender noodles, and a variety of toppings to satisfy any ramen lover's cravings. 🍜🥟

They offer a tall menu of ramens with variation of Miso, Shoyu, Shiro, and Curry flavors.  Consider some of their popular bowls including a Seafood Ramen, Ox Tail, Oyster or Shrimp Katsu Shoyu Ramen.

They also make a mean Tan Tan Ramen that is spicy delicious.  Rai Rai also features some rice and fried noodle dishes.  Get an order of their Kim Chee Fried Rice for the table to share.

  • Open Daily 11 AM to 8:30 PM
  • 124 Oneawa St # 1, Kailua / Phone (808) 230-8208
  • Learn more at Rai Rai Ramen

Hawaiian Plate Lunch - Kailua Restaurants

Kailua has its share of Hawaiian Plate Lunch spots.  They are a staple comfort food on the island and delicious cheap eats.

The Kailua Plate Lunch is a local favorite in Kailua, Hawaii, offering a hearty and satisfying meal consisting of a main protein, two scoops of rice, macaroni salad, and other delicious sides, providing a taste of the island's diverse culinary flavors. 🍛🌺

Zippy’s, L&L Barbecue, Kono’s, and Fatboy’s all have a branch location in Kailua.  They all have some staple favorites… Zippy’s Chile & Rice or Fried Chicken, L&L Barbecue Chicken is to die for, Fatboy’s Crispy Garlic Chicken, and more...

Ohana Bar-B-Q is a one of kind Korean barbecue local favorite.  Choose one of their combination plates to get a good sampling of what they have to offer. 

K&K Barbecue Inn is also local favorite and close to the beach if you’re headed that way.  Also consider Boots & Kimos or Nico’s that offer a nice selection of Hawaiian Plate Lunches beyond their other entrees.

Mahaloha Burger

Mahaloha Burger Kailua is a popular burger joint in Kailua, Hawaii, known for its mouthwatering gourmet burgers made with high-quality ingredients, creative toppings, and a laid-back, beachy atmosphere that captures the essence of island living. 🍔🏖️

This burger joint gets an honorable mention for not only making a good burger, but a few of their fusion creations.  Mahaloha Burger has a few locations around Oahu, along with one in Kailua.

They feature a few select burgers, including a Teri-Burger and a Banzai Classic (layered with onion rings, coleslaw, and BBQ sauce).

They also feature a Mahi Mahi Burger and a Chicken Katsu Burger.  This is all tempting, but sign me up for the Mahaloha Loco Moco Burger or their Loco Moco Dog with egg, gravy, and crunchy onions.

  • Open Daily 10:30 AM to 8 PM
  • 143 Hekili St, Kailua / Phone (808) 263-2777

Kailua Sweetness

Kailua has its share of dessert treats worth the indulge. Ice cream treats, shave ice deliciousness, fresh hot malasadas from Angus food truck, and other sweetness surrounding the downtown area.

Island Snow


Located just blocks away from the pristine shores of Kailua Beach, Island Snow stands as a legendary Hawaiian treasure, inviting visitors to experience the essence of the islands through its irresistible shave ice creations.

Island Snow has garnered a well-deserved reputation for crafting some of the most heavenly shave ice treats on Oahu. What sets them apart is their commitment to using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients to create a symphony of flavors that dance on your taste buds.

With a mound of finely shaved ice, as soft as freshly fallen snow, piled high in a rainbow of vibrant colors. Island Snow's shave ice is a canvas for culinary artistry, offering an array of tropical flavors that include passion fruit, guava, and lilikoi, among others. But it's not just about the flavors; it's about the experience.

Drizzled with premium syrups, adorned with fresh fruit, and topped with a dollop of creamy, house-made ice cream, these creations are nothing short of extraordinary.

  • Open Daily 10 AM to 6 PM (Except Closes 7 PM Fri - Sun)
  • 130 Kailua Rd, Kailua - Phone (808) 263-6339 / Also located in the Kailua Shopping Center

Double THR33

Kailua Double Tre33 ice cream waffle bubble cone creationsDouble Tre33 Kailua

Located just off the downtown Kailua strip, Double Tre33 is a hidden gem that beckons travelers and locals alike to indulge in a delightful ice cream experience like no other. Double Tre33 has become a beloved oasis for those seeking a sweet escape.

Double Tre33 has an unique and captivating bubble waffle cone ice cream creations. These edible works of art are a testament to the creativity and passion of the shop's artisans. Picture this: a warm, crispy bubble waffle cone that envelops generous scoops of creamy, locally sourced ice cream. As you take your first bite, the contrasting textures and flavors dance on your palate, creating a symphony of taste sensations.

But it's the artistic touch that truly makes Double Tre33 shine. The cones are adorned with an array of colorful toppings, from fresh fruit to decadent sauces, and playful garnishes. Each creation is a masterpiece, a whimsical fusion of flavor and aesthetics that delights the senses and leaves you craving for more.

  • Open Daily 1 PM to 9:30 PM (Except Closes Sun 9 PM)
  • 609 Kailua Rd #103, Kailua - Phone (808) 773-8833
  • Learn more at Double Three

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