Restaurants in Hawaii

Sam Choy’s Breakfast, Lunch, Crab & Big Aloha Brewery serves the foods of Hawaii like poke, moco, macadamia nut-crusted chicken with papaya pineapple marmalade, and macadamia nut shrimp sliders.

Fresh wraps made with local produce are the specialty at Mermaids Café, a small, cash-only roadside stand located on Kuhio Highway in Kapaa. The bright blue and yellow café has a handful of outdoor tables surrounded by planters and an ocean-themed mural.

A quintessentially Hawaiian seafood restaurant built over the ocean, Huggo’s is a Kona institution, having been in the same island family for more than 30 years. There are nautical charts on the tabletops, a roomy open-air bar, and live Hawaiian bands on most nights.

A list of 50 wines with a focus on Rhone-style varieties, half of them offered by the glass, accompanies the Spanish-style tapas dishes at Kauai's Bar Acuda in Hanalei.

Located on the second floor of the Waikiki Beach Walk—a large development with restaurants, hotels, and shops—Kaiwa is a teppan-fusion and sushi restaurant operated husband-and-wife restaurateur team Isamu and Motoko Kubota.

A favorite of President Barack Obama, this casual burger joint is located across the street from the Haleiwa Shopping Plaza on the North Shore. First established in 1975, the restaurant is now an international chain with outposts in London and Japan.

This cozy, wood–paneled restaurant may look like scores of other places in Honolulu, but chef-owner Manabu Kikuchi’s izakaya (Japanese tapas-style cooking) and impeccably fresh sushi are unrivaled. We loved: Spicy hamachi tartare.

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.

Mark Ellman was part of the movement known as Hawaii Regional Cuisine, which is based on regionally produced farm goods. He and his wife Judy started Avalon restaurant back in 1987, and opened this seaside restaurant in 2005.

This unassuming restaurant in Kaimuki is known around the island for its authentic Mexican fare.

In Maui, "Mama's" is synonymous with fine dining—and simply mentioning the restaurant's name may be enough to make your date swoon.

Owned by the French-born chef, and James Beard Award-winner, George Mavrothalassitis, the critically-acclaimed Chef Mavro is regarded as one of the finest restaurants in Hawaii.