Restaurants in Oahu
With acres of pineapple fields, hole-in-the-wall eateries selling shrimp fresh off the dock and timeless traditions like the luau, many of Hawaii's most iconic attractions revolve around its local cuisine.
Several of the best restaurants on Oahu have earned prestigious awards for their culinary prowess. Alan Wong's, the namesake of its James Bead Award winning chef and owner, serves up haute takes on Hawaiian fare, including Kalua pig and soy-braised short ribs. Another standout among Oahu restaurants include Chef Mavro, a fine dining hotspot run by French-born George Mavrothalassitis. Here, prix-fixe tasting menus change seasonally to highlight fresh ingredients prepared with Continental techniques.
Unsurprisingly, travelers can A-list restaurants on Oahu at the island's many resident resorts, such as Nobu's outpost at the Waikiki Parc Hotel and Hoku's at the Kahala Hotel & Resort. The latter features an open kitchen, bamboo floors and sweeping ocean views.
More casual Oahu restaurants worth a peak include the Kua 'Aina burger joint and Matsumoto Shave Ice stand, both found along the North Shore.
A fountain depicting dolphins at play adds to the beach vibe of this casual roadside eatery, a North Shore favorite known for its fresh seafood and signature mai tais.
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.
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.
What An aquamarine-paneled truck parked in a palm-shaded gravel lot across the road from the eponymous cove, this propane-powered galley kitchen serves taro burgers and chicken salad to ravenous boarders who hang ten in nearby Waimea Bay.
A joint venture between chef Hiroshi Fukui and master sommelier Chuck Furuya, Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas was established to showcase Fukui’s skill at preparing Japanese cuisine and Furuya’s talent for pairing wines with Asian fare.
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.
Located on the fourth floor of the Ala Moana Center, Tsukiji Fish Market is part restaurant and part market.
This dinner-only restaurant at the Turtle Bay Resort overlooks the Pacific Ocean and balances formal white tablecloths with a relatively casual resort vibe. The name refers to its latitude in the Northern Hemisphere.
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.
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.
Town lives by the motto of its founders and chefs, Ed Kenney and Dave Caldiero: “Local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always.” The restaurant fits Kenney and Caldiero’s vision of a friendly, neighborhood bistro to a T with diners stopping by throughout the day for breakfast, l
Situated on the North Shore, a world-renowned surfing mecca, Café Haleiwa embraces its surroundings with a surf-inspired design and menu. Inside, the casual eatery is decorated with large, colorful paintings of waves and surfers, as well as original portraits painted on surfboard halves.
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.