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Restaurants in Honolulu

Honolulu restaurants run the gamut from laid-back authentic to innovative Hawaiian to more familiar global chains. Our recommendation is to skip the chains altogether and start with more sophisticated spots such as Alan Wong's, widely considered one of the best restaurants in Honolulu. Here, the service is impeccable, the atmosphere is warm, and the prices are reasonable. Locally sourced fish and other ingredients make it popular among locals and the space itself is fairly small, so be sure to book in advance.

But the city's tinier ethnic eateries are also worth your time. For example, despite its name, the nearby Little Village Noodle Shop is anything but ordinary. This Honolulu restaurant applies modern skill to traditional Chinese-style cooking in Honolulu's Chinatown district. The portions of are perfectly sized and expertly prepared. Because there are so many options for eating out, one good rule of thumb when choosing among restaurants in Honolulu is to opt for those specializing in Asia- and Polynesia-inspired dishes anchored by ahi tuna, Filipino pork adobo, and more.

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  • 12th Avenue Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    A unique, alternative to the abundant Hawaiian fare on Oahu, the 12th Avenue Grill serves modern twists on classic American dishes. The small resta... More
  • 3660 On the Rise

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Named after its location at 3660 Waialae Avenue near the Wilhelmina Rise in East Honolulu, this Euro-Island bistro is a collaboration between Russe... More
  • Alan Wong's

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    The creation of James Beard Award winner and celebrity chef, Alan Wong, this restaurant is a success with both critics and customers. Wong’s restau... More
  • Azteca Mexican Restaurant

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    This unassuming restaurant in Kaimuki is known around the island for its authentic Mexican fare. Azteca has been owned and operated by the Sanchez ... More
  • Cabanas

  • Chef Mavro

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Owned by the French-born chef, and James Beard Award-winner, George Mavrothalassitis, the critically-acclaimed Chef Mavro is regarded as one of the... More
  • Diamond Head Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    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 cl... More
  • Diamond Head Market & Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    What This informal joint in a residential neighborhood east of Waikiki is a takeout favorite.   Who Kelvin Ro used to cook at the governor’s mansio... More
  • Downtown

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Owner Ed Kenney composts with a worm bin, then uses the fertilizer on the greenery outside of Downtown. More
  • Duc's Bistro

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    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 Fr... More
  • Elua

    European transplants Donato Loperfido and Philippe Padovani shuttered their eponymous local restaurants before teaming up in 2008 to open ’Elua, wh... More
  • Formaggio Wine Bar & Grill

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Formaggio Wine Bar is located on the edge of Waikiki, set away from the tourist hustle and bustle. Devoid of any signage, the restaurant only indic... More
  • Hakkei

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
    Specializing in the traditional Japanese noodle dish, oden, Hakkei is an outpost of an onsen ryokan (hot spring inn) restaurant of the same name lo... More
  • Hank’s Haute Dogs

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Henry Adaniya might be the city’s most improbable new restaurateur. He closed his acclaimed Chicago restaurant Trio—where chefs Rick Tramonto and G... More

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