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.
Lines often extend out the door at this family-owned eatery, a North Shore landmark since 1951. The homemade shaved ice is available in 36 flavors, ranging from watermelon and raspberry to island-inspired flavors like guava and lilikoi (passion fruit).
Depart from typical island fare at this white-tablecloth French restaurant in the historic former whaling village of Lahaina.
Eskimo Candy is the nickname for the belly strip of a smoked salmon and the inspiration for this small seafood market and café in Kihei. Ocean murals cover the walls, nets cluttered with starfish dangle from the ceiling, and giant rubber shark heads hang behind the wood-paneled counter.
This Big Island coffeehouse and café is situated along Akoni Pule Highway, near Keawaeli Bay.
Set on the bank of the Hanalei River, this celebrated seafood restaurant serves fresh local fish at riverside tables shaded by bright blue umbrellas. Seating is also available in the open-air dining room, which is furnished with exposed wood and fishing nets.
A joint venture between chef Hiroshi Fukui and master sommelier Chuck Furuya, Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas was established to showcase Fukui’s skill at preparing Japanese cuisine and Furuya’s talent for pairing wines with Asian fare.
Posh hotel restaurant and lounge. On Friday and Saturday nights, the W hotel's Diamond Head Grill transforms into the Wonder Lounge, a multi-bar club with DJs and dancing.
What A flaming-red shrimp shack, in Kahuku, near the Turtle Bay Resort, Romy’s serves up its signature giant prawns wok-seared in butter with generous chunks of toasted garlic—it’s a vampire-free zone.
The bright blue exterior and dangling party lights outside Cafe des Ami set the tone for this casual cafe known for its crepes and curries.
What started out as a taco wagon, this eatery evolved after many years into a fixed restaurant in the Halele'a Building about a mile from the Hanalei Bridge on Kuhio Highway.
A Honolulu institution, the Willows was founded by Kathleen Perry and her husband, Al, on July 4, 1944 to help Kathleen’s family maintain their property during the tough economic times of World War II.
A stand serving delicately flavored ice cream cones.
Unremarkable from the outside, Paia Fish Market occupies half of a long, wooden building that's home to a general store. Inside, posters of tides and fish and taxidermy catches decorate the walls, and stuffed fish dangle from the ceiling over picnic tables that seat eight each.
Wins hands down for biggest pancake in the tropics. In the market town of Waimea, this breezy diner is the favorite stop for locals who love their breakfast Loco Moco (white rice topped with hamburger patties, grilled onions, fried egg and brown gravy) on the XXL side.