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restaurants

by no means an exhaustive list of oahu’s restaurants…but here are a few of our personal favorites across different cuisines and price ranges. for even more food & drink recommendations, check out our hawaiian snacks and cocktails, wine bars & snacks pages.

12th ave grill ($$) | map it
seasonal comfort food that’s absolutely delicious! try their amazing mac ‘n cheese with black forest ham and sautéed ali’i mushrooms.

     1145C 12th avenue (4.6 mi)
     808.732.9469
     www.12thavegrill.com

alan wong’s ($$$$) | map it
hawaiian fusion cuisine from one of the island’s most celebrated chefs. don’t be fooled by the odd location!

     1857 south king street, 3rd fl. (2.1 mi)
     808.949.2526
     www.alanwongs.com

blt steak ($$$$) | map it
don’t skip the popovers that arrive at the table before your meal! located in waikiki in the trump international hotel.

     223 saratoga road (3.2 mi)
     808.683.7440
     www.bltsteak.com

brasserie du vin ($$) | map it
contemporary, nicely priced french in downtown honolulu. try the baked brie with pecans, cranberries and local honey.

     1115 bethel street (3.9 mi)
     808.545.1115
     www.brasserieduvin.com

hank’s haute dogs ($) | map it
featured on diners, drive-ins & dives! this is the original location, but there’s now a waikiki outpost too (at the international market place).

     324 coral street (3.7 mi)
     808.532.4265
     www.hankshautedogs.com

kalapawai café ($$) | map it
if you visit beautiful kailua during your trip, drop in for a post-beach dinner. creative american cuisine, great specials, and a varied, reasonable wine list.

     750 kailua road (12.9 mi)
     808.262.3354
     www.kalapawaimarket.com

michel’s at the colony surf ($$$$) | map it
hands down, the most romantic meal you’ll have on oahu! grab a seaside table and share a steak diane prepared tableside.

     2895 kalakaua avenue (4.5 mi)
     808.923.6552
     www.michelshawaii.com

morimoto waikiki ($$$$) | map it
modern japanese cuisine and sushi in the chic waikiki edition hotel. ask for an outside table (and order the ten-hour pork belly).

     1775 ala moana boulevard (2.7 mi)
     808.943.5900
     www.morimotowaikiki.com

morton’s the steakhouse ($$$$) | map it
you can’t go wrong with morton’s for a great steak! we’re also big fans of the bar menu and the fantastic happy hour (5-6:30).

     1450 ala moana boulevard (3.0 mi)
     (located in the ala moana mall)
     808.949.1300
     www.mortons.com

nobu ($$$$) | map it
japanese and sushi from a world-renowned chef in an elegant setting. located in the waikiki parc hotel.

     2233 helumoa road (3.3 mi)
     808.237.6999
     www.noburestaurants.com/waikiki

olive tree café ($$) | map it
nicely priced greek fare in a casual setting. we’re fans of the hummus and the falafel! BYOB; cash only.

     4614 kilauea avenue (5.5 mi)
     808.737.0303

ono hawaiian foods ($$) | map it
ono means delicious! a bit of a hole in the wall, but this place has been serving authentic, traditional hawaiian food for over 50 years. cash only.

     726 kapahulu avenue (3.9 mi)
     808.737.2275

orchids ($$$) | map it
fresh seafood in an unbelievably beautiful setting overlooking the ocean. located in the halekulani hotel. ps – the sunday brunch buffet is fantastic.

     2199 kalia road (3.3 mi)
     808.923.2311
     www.halekulani.com

rainbow drive-in ($) | map it
stop by to fill up on a hawaiian classic. “plate lunch” = an entrée + 2 scoops of rice + a scoop of macaroni salad. cheap and delicious. cash only.

     3308 kanaina avenue (4.2 mi)
     808.737.0177
     www.rainbowdrivein.com

roy’s waikiki ($$$) | map it
we’ll always be partial to the site of our first date in hawaii! enjoy hawaiian fusion cuisine from the man who practically invented it. sit at the bar outside; you can order from the full menu and enjoy the breeze.

     226 lewers street (3.3 mi)
     808.923.7697
     www.roysrestaurant.com

sidestreet inn ($$)
if anthony bourdain loves this place, it’s good enough for us, too. local style comfort food that’s a favorite of off-hours chefs. get the pork chops! nb – the hopaka st. location is the (slightly shabby) original; a new branch recently opened on kapahulu.

     1225 hopaka street (2.9 mi) | map it
     808.591.0253

     614 kapahulu avenue (4.0 mi) | map it
     808.739.3939
     www.sidestreetinn.com

town ($$) | map it
creative, contemporary american bistro fare made with fresh, local ingredients (often organic). menu changes daily. one of our favorites!

     3435 waialae ave (4.2 mi)
     808.735.5900
     www.townkaimuki.com

yard house ($$) | map it
solid american bar & grill fare (we love the mac and cheese) and a colossal selection of draft beers.

     226 lewers street (3.3 mi)
     808.923.9273
     www.yardhouse.com