My restaurant picks for Honolulu

kazman's picture

Please note that I am only recommending local places.  I studiously avoid any mention of a chain here.  If you want to go to the Cheesecake Factory or Buca di Beppo or Ruth's Chris, you don't need my advice.


Quirky reasonably-priced local food: 

  • Irifune, Uncle Bo's, or Ono Hawaiian Foods (on Kapahulu, past the Ala Wai channel)
    • all three of these restaurants are weird and wonderful and memorable.  Ono and Irifune are  cheapest.  Expect a line at Irifune.
  • Kua Aina Sandwich shop (in Ward Center; famous for their burgers; try the grilled mahi burger)
  • Teddy's Bigger Burgers (also on Kapahulu, but close to Kalakaua)


High-end dining in/near Waikiki:

  • La Mer or Orchids (in the Halekulani hotel)
  • Hau Tree Lanai (in the New Otani hotel, just beyond the Waikiki aquarium, across from Kapiolani Park)
  • Michel's (in the Colony Surf, across from Kapiolani Park)
  • Roy's (on Lewers)


High-end dining a bit farther away:

  • Chef Mavro or Alan Wong's (both on King Street)
  • Roy's (the original, in Hawaii Kai; pair this with a trip to Hanauma bay for a memorable afternoon/evening)
  • Chai's Island Bistro (in the Aloha tower; wonderful live music every night)


Moderately priced dining just outside Waikiki:

  • Sabrina's (on Waialae Ave, near the H1)
  • Soul (on Waialae, a bit farther out, towards Kahala)
  • Tsukuneya (a very different kind of Japanese restaurant, on King at Dole St.)
  • Kincaid's (in Ward Warehouse)