Hawaii

Restaurants in Hawaii

Chef Peter Merriman began promoting the Hawaii Regional Cuisine movement in 1988 with the opening of this eponymous restaurant in Waimea’s Opelo Plaza, near the Big Island’s western shore. The dining room has a peaked ceiling and an open kitchen that puts food preparation into full view.

The 1930s manor house of Hawaii’s first sugar plantation is now one of the most beautiful restaurants on Kauai. Verandas overlook manicured gardens flush with green and red ti plants, cactus, orchids, and a man-made pond, all romantically lit at night.

A local institution, Kilauea Bakery and Pau Hana Pizza serve specialty pizzas, tropical cakes and pastries, and beverages from its espresso bar. Signature pies include the Island Stylin’ (ham, pineapple, and chipotle peppers) and the Billie Holiday (smoked ono, spinach, and roasted onion).

Claiming to serve “fish so fresh, it’s from tomorrow,” Uncle’s Fish Market on Pier 38 is a casual, family-friendly eatery that specializes in prepared-to-taste seafood. The dining room is dotted with fishing memorabilia, and Hawaiian music plays in the background.

A hole in the wall in nearly every sense of the word, Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering is, essentially, a nondescript, off the beaten path, shack.

Henry Adaniya might be the city’s most improbable new restaurateur. He closed his acclaimed Chicago restaurant Trio—where chefs Rick Tramonto and Grant Achatz made their names—to bring the upscale hot dog craze to Honolulu in 2007.

On an island where space is the prized commodity, strange couplings occur. Like karaoke and fried chicken. Side Street Inn, a chef’s hangout in Honolulu, has come into local fame (which is spreading since Anthony Bourdain stopped by in 2009) for its frying rap sheet.

Behind an ordinary green stucco storefront on Wailuku's central thoroughfare, Main Street Bistro serves contemporary Mediterranean and American dishes that chef Tom Selman describes as "refined comfort food." The long narrow dining room with stone-tile floors and casual rattan and ulphostered fur

The terrace of this oceanside global restaurant at the exclusive Ritz-Carlton Kapalua overlooks Pailolo Channel and Molokai Island. Decor is minimal, incorporating non-intrusive stained wood and simply appointed tables that don't distract patrons from soaking in the Pacific views.

On its own coconut-grove cove on the island’s northern shore, Mama’s has been one of Maui’s most celebrated restaurants since it opened in 1973, but it still feels like a secret thanks to a private beachfront setting.

The creation of James Beard Award winner and celebrity chef, Alan Wong, this restaurant is a success with both critics and customers. Wong’s restaurant serves flavorful, upscale Hawaiian fare, enhanced by his use of fresh ingredients.

It may seem like ocean-side restaurants are a dime a dozen in Hawaii, but Brown's Beach House puts its tables among the palms. Named after 19th-century local golfer Francis H.

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.

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.