Hawaii

Restaurants in Hawaii

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.

Quirky, family-owned hole-in-the-wall Irifune is one of the best finds (and best values), Japanese or otherwise, in Waikiki.

One of two sit-down restaurants in Hana proper, this casual eatery is a practical choice for tourists staying at the Travaasa Hana hotel, only a five-minute walk away, as well as those traveling through the city on day tours.

Surrounded by the lei stands and street merchants of Chinatown, the small, 80-seat Duc’s Bistro is a slightly off-the-beaten path Vietnamese and French eatery that has a faithful following among locals.

European transplants Donato Loperfido and Philippe Padovani shuttered their eponymous local restaurants before teaming up in 2008 to open ’Elua, whose name means “two” in Hawaiian. The concept: two distinct, seasonal French and Italian menus for mixing and matching.

In January 2011, Hanohano was converted into an exclusive lounge for Sheraton Club Level guests.

In Hawaii, going to a formal dining room doesn’t always mean dressing up; attire is resort casual at this 44-seat, dinner-only restaurant. Warm-toned walls, a large chandelier, and a picture window overlooking the resort surround the square tables inside.

What A luncheonette with surfboards on the wall, and sandwiches made with fish right out of the sea.

Who Owner Terry Thompson’s shop now has branches in Tokyo; only at the original location, however, are you guaranteed island-grown ingredients.

Located in the typical Hawaiian version of a strip mall, Anthony's is tightly packed with a few small wooden tables and rows of wooden shelves on the wall, displaying packages of coffee and other gifts for tourists to bring home.

Located inside the Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hoku’s has earned critical praise for its inventive and upscale Pacific Rim cuisine, crafted by chef Wayne Hirabayashi.

Brewpub-restaurant at Waimea Plantation Cottages.