Restaurants in Hawaii

It’s all about simple, no-frills dining at this small Lanai City restaurant. The small building’s red and white exterior is unassuming, and a passing visitor may miss it on the way by. Inside though, the abundance of locals reflects its popularity.

Found in the unlikely spot of the Waiakea Center strip mall between Walmart and Office Max is Hilo Bay Cafe, which offers American Nouveau cuisine. The curved marble bar and black tables are offset by citrus yellow walls, red accents, and orchids.

Chef Jean Marie Josselin prepares a wide selection of tapas.

Sushi master Norio Yamamoto is the namesake of this contemporary restaurant in the Fairmont Orchid hotel. Light-colored hardwood floors fill the interior of the restaurant, which has a 14-seat bar and seating along a koi pond.

Some of the state’s best pot stickers (plump with chicken, basil, cilantro, ginger, and peanuts) and baby back ribs (tender and smoky, barbecued in spicy passion fruit or pineapple sauce) are on the menu at this relaxed restaurant on the northern tip of the Big Island in the old sugar town of Haw

Located in a one-story wooden building, the Flatbread Company in Paia is known for its use of organic ingredients from local farms.

Chef-owner Shingo Chibana makes his house-specialty soba (Japanese buckwheat noodles) from scratch six to eight times a day at Matsugen. The master is frequently seen cutting the noodles by hand in the middle of the dining room.

Blending cuisine and wine, Vino is the brainchild of two of Hawaii’s most influential culinary personalities, restauranteur D.K.

Named after its location at 3660 Waialae Avenue near the Wilhelmina Rise in East Honolulu, this Euro-Island bistro is a collaboration between Russell Siu and Gale Ogawa.

What An aquamarine-paneled truck parked in a palm-shaded gravel lot across the road from the eponymous cove, this propane-powered galley kitchen serves taro burgers and chicken salad to ravenous boarders who hang ten in nearby Waimea Bay.

Makawao Garden Cafe is tucked off of Baldwin Avenue in a green board and batten building; the only seating is ten tables located on a shady patio surrounded by bright flowers, lush foliage, and large patio umbrellas.

This Hong Kong-style dim sum restaurant on a corner of Honolulu’s Chinatown isn’t fancy, with an aqua awning and doors, white-clothed tables bathed in fluorescent lights, and a fleet of roving dim sum carts piled high with covered plates and bamboo steamers.

Situated on the North Shore, a world-renowned surfing mecca, Café Haleiwa embraces its surroundings with a surf-inspired design and menu. Inside, the casual eatery is decorated with large, colorful paintings of waves and surfers, as well as original portraits painted on surfboard halves.

After training with leading chefs in both London and New York City, chef Sandy Tuason brings his experience to the Pacific Rim cuisine served at this oceanfront restaurant. The Mauna Lani Bay Hotel and Bungalows hosts the eatery, which has ocean views on the open-air gazebo.