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.
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.
Grab a deceptive mai tai at this open-air beachfront bar and restaurant.
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.
Brewpub-restaurant at Waimea Plantation Cottages.
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.
D.K. Kodama, a third-generation Japanese American, founded this Asian-fusion restaurant, whose name translates in Japanese to “third generation.” Know for its eclectic cuisine and inventive sushi, Sansei opened in Maui in 1996, and has now expanded to four locations throughout Hawaii.
Back when sugar plantations filled the area, workers would gather at lunch, and the “mixed plate” concept began when the Japanese, Koreans, and Filipinos started passing around their own ethnic group’s food to the other workers.
Now with restaurants throughout the mainland, Roy's Ko Olina is one of three Hawaii locations in chef-restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi's Hawaiian-fusion empire.
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.
Chef Jean Marie Josselin prepares a wide selection of tapas.