Honolulu Restaurants

On Oahu, nearly any cuisine imaginable can be found. A few, however, are not to be missed while visiting. The first, of course, is the unique cuisine of Hawaii itself. The cuisine is a mishmash of various influences, including American, Asian, and Portuguese, that were brought by different immigrants to the islands. Dishes eaten by the first Polynesian arrivals are still eaten today, including poi (mashed taro) and the famous pit-roasted pig. Since then, pineapple, spam, Japanese gravy, and more have also shown up on the Hawaiian menu. Not surprisingly, many dishes also incorporate fresh fish. Restaurants throughout Honolulu offer Hawaiian food, at varying price ranges. Hawaiian barbecue is one of the less expensive and more fun ways to enjoy the unique island flavors. Check out the Shore Bird Beach Broiler. You can pick and poke at steak, ribs, chicken and fresh fish as it all sizzles on your own personal grill here.

Another common restaurant type is the sushi restaurant. There are quite a few excellent sushi restaurants, and there are few places in the world that have sashimi this fresh. Sit at the sushi counter or sushi bar and request the chef's choice to get the freshest selections. Many sushi places also have other Japanese cuisine, so the less seafood-inclined can find tonkatsu (breaded pork or chicken cutlets with sauce), shabu shabu (hot pot), and more. There are also a number of Japanese restaurants that sell bento boxes, single-person boxed meals, that are perfect for taking out for a picnic on the beach or on a hike. Visit the Sugoi Bento, a "Best Plate Lunch" winner three years running.

Chinese restaurants can also be easy to come across. Since most of the Chinese immigrants were Cantonese, many feature dim sum on their menus. Delicious roast pork and roast duck with crispy skin can also be found in Chinatown.

And as with any metropolis, it's possible to find just about anything else -- French, Greek, Vietnamese, Thai, and much more. For multicultural dining, a visit to Indigo Restaurant is a must. This place features a creative mix of traditional Asian and avant-garde European cuisine. Anything with seafood in it is still likely to feature the fresh catch available daily on the island, so take advantage while you're in Honolulu.

Shore Bird Beach Broiler

2169 Kalia Road
Outrigger Reef Hotel

Grill It Yourself... read more

Hy's Steak House

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2440 Kuhio Ave

Excellent Steak and Seafood... read more

Singha Thai Cuisine

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1910 Ala Moana Blvd
At the Ala Moana end of Waikiki

Elegant Decor, Tasty Thai... read more

Sugoi Bento

1286 Kalani Street
City Square Building, No.B-106

Wow'aii... read more

Sunset Grill

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500 Ala Moana Boulevard, Suite 1A

Top staff, food, wine... read more

Duke's Waikiki

Honolulu, HI, USA

Indigo Eurasian Cuisine

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1121 Nuuanu Ave

Multicultural Dining... read more

Uncle's Fish Market & Grill

1135 N Nimitz Highway

Fresh Island Fish in Kapalama... read more

Teddy's Bigger Burgers

134 Kapahulu Avenue
(cross-street Kalakaua Avenue)

Reinventing the Classic Burger Joint... read more

expert pick

Irifune Restaurant

563 Kapahulu Avenue

Amazing Japanese food... read more

Sushi Sasabune

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1417 S. King St

Sushi by the Sea Shore... read more

Rainbow Drive-in

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3308 Kanaina Avenue

Big portions with small prices... read more

Big City Diner

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3565 Waialae Avenue

Simple, Filling, Inexpensive... read more

Azteca Mexican Restaurant

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3617 Waialae Avenue
(cross-street 12th Avenue)

Kaimuki's Menudo & Mexican Mainstay... read more

Pah Ke's Chinese Restaurant

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46-018 Kamehameha Highway

Raymond Siu's Kaneohe Delight... read more

Matteo's Italian Restaurant

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364 Seaside Avenue
Marine Surf Hotel, Seaside and Kuhio

Award Winner in Waikiki... read more


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1450 Ala Moana Boulevard
(Ala Moana Shopping Center, Second Level)

Ala Moana's Japanese Store... read more

La Mer

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2199 Kalia Rd
In the Halekulani

Fine French Cuisine... read more

Arancino di Mare

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2552 Kalakaua Avenue
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort

Finding Italy on Hawaiian Shores... read more

Andy's Sandwiches & Smoothies

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2904 E. Manoa Rd
Opposite Manoa Marketplace

Healthy Sandwiches Served with Aloha... read more
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