Restaurants in Hawaii
Hawaiian cuisine—once consisting mostly of fish, boar, and vegetables—now often incorporates Asian elements from China, Japan, and the Philippines. Considered by many to be the best restaurant in Hawaii (on the Big Island), the Kamuela Provisions Company is located inside the Hilton Waikoloa Village and serves fresh seafood along with perfectly prepared prime rib, lamb, and chicken. With jaw-dropping views of the ocean at sunset, reservations are strongly recommended. Another of the most beloved Hawaii restaurants is Jackie Rey's Ohana Grill, which has a casual vibe but top-notch food. Freshly prepared grilled meats, salads, steaks, and seafood are headliners on the menu. Finally, Brown's Beach House on the Kohala Coast has a changing menu featuring dishes such as Hawaiian ahi tuna topped with shredded green papaya and ogo ginger prepared at your table. It's located by the ocean and has tables among the palm trees; on most evenings, local musicians play. Of all the restaurants in Hawaii, this is one of the most refined. But be sure to sip from a coconut picked up from a roadside market.
Located on the fourth floor of the Ala Moana Center, Tsukiji Fish Market is part restaurant and part market.
This Lahaina pub (opened in 1983) was the second of three locations to open in Hawaii, three years after the original launched in Waikiki. All three meals are served at this casual spot, known for its daily happy hour and hearty meal sizes.
Owner Ed Kenney composts with a worm bin, then uses the fertilizer on the greenery outside of Downtown.
Surrounded by a tropical moat, this acclaimed restaurant is located just steps from the ocean at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.
What This informal joint in a residential neighborhood east of Waikiki is a takeout favorite.
Town lives by the motto of its founders and chefs, Ed Kenney and Dave Caldiero: “Local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always.” The restaurant fits Kenney and Caldiero’s vision of a friendly, neighborhood bistro to a T with diners stopping by throughout the day for breakfast, l
Grab a deceptive mai tai at this open-air beachfront bar and restaurant.
Specializing in the traditional Japanese noodle dish, oden, Hakkei is an outpost of an onsen ryokan (hot spring inn) restaurant of the same name located in the town of Yubara, Japan. The original restaurant in Japan is overseen by chef Seiya Masahara, a Japanese culinary giant,
Formerly Sushi Blues, Bouchon’s is still a sushi bar but has also added a fusion of island, Pacific-American, and French flavors. Dishes include scallop and shrimp pupus, specialty rolls, citrus and macadamia nut mahi-mahi, and steak au poivre.
One of the North Shore’s prized properties features seven restaurants, but Lei Lei’s is the only Turtle Bay restaurant that offers views of the signature golf course.
Haleiwa Joe's provides a casual dining experience on the North Shore near the famous Rainbow Bridge, which is visible from the café’s covered outdoor patio.
Chef Peter Merriman was one of the first to celebrate Hawaiian regional cuisine.
One of Little Village’s signature dishes, honey walnut shrimp, gets high praise from patrons. Other favorites are the mu-shu roll, hot and sour soup, orange chicken, beef chow fun, and fried string beans.
At one time, Hawaii’s farms didn’t grow much besides pineapple and sugar cane. Chef Peter Merriman set out to change that, and he has been instrumental in the state’s food scene, effectively launching Hawaiian Regional Cuisine.