Hawaii

Restaurants in Hawaii

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.

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.

What One of the last drive-in restaurants in Honolulu, its parking lot is often filled with vans topped with surfboards. Rainbow is a favorite pit stop of beachcombers in flip-flops and office workers hoping to catch some rays on their lunch break.

Located inside the Waikiki Parc Hotel, this upscale Japanese-Peruvian fusion restaurant is part of an international chain owned by world-renowned chef Nobu Matsuhisa.

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.

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).

A lot of Maui restaurants look out at the beach, but Sarento’s is one of the only places with tables right next to the sand. If possible, arrive before sunset and snag a table right on Keawakapu Beach, and finish the night with tiramisu and the sound of lapping surf.

Want to really make an impression? Order a bottle of wine by this restaurant’s fire pit, and time its arrival exactly for sunset. This Kapalua classic occupies the point between Napili and Kapalua bays, and its outdoor perch on the end of the point has a near panoramic ocean view.

From the moment it opened on Valentine’s Day back in 1990, this New American bistro with a European feel has been the most romantic restaurant in Lahaina.

With live violin music drifting into the moonlight, the al fresco dining at this beachfront ristorante offers as romantic an evening as you’ll find on Maui.