Honolulu - Oahu Travel Guide

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What to Eat in Honolulu - Oahu

Although you'll find many familiar American chains on Oahu, you should sample Hawaiian favorites while on the island. Must-try specialties include shave ice (a cold treat flavored with tropical ingredients like coconut and passion fruit) and poke (or marinated raw seafood). Local dishes like kalua pork (which is traditionally wrapped in banana leaves and cooked underground) and loco moco (white rice topped with a hamburger patty, a fried egg and brown gravy), plus a few Asian-inspired bites – such as beef teriyaki and kalbi (or Korean barbecue short ribs) – are also available at many restaurants as part of a plate lunch or on their own. Plate lunches often come with one or two proteins, rice and macaroni salad.

Two of the island's most popular places to grab a plate lunch include the Rainbow Drive-In (by Waikiki) and L&L Hawaiian Barbecue (which has multiple locations near the city center). For Hawaiian fare that's not served as a plate lunch, travelers recommend dining at Kono's Restaurant, Ono Seafood and Uncle Bo's Pupu Bar & Grill. More upscale (and pricier) options include celebrity chef outposts like Alan Wong's Honolulu and Roy's Waikiki, which is helmed by Roy Yamaguchi.

Find the Best Restaurants in Honolulu - Oahu

  • #1
    Sweet E's Cafe
    #1 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 509 reviewsTripAdvisor (509)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1006 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1309
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  • #2
    Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha
    #2 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 686 reviewsTripAdvisor (686)
    $ | Hawaiian
    820 W Hind Dr Ste 116 Aina Haina Shopping Center, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96821-1851
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  • #3
    Paia Fish Market
    #3 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 201 reviewsTripAdvisor (201)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Hawaiian, American
    2299 Kuhio Ave Located at The Lawlow Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2632
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  • #4
    Senia Restaurant
    #4 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 145 reviewsTripAdvisor (145)
    $$ | American
    75 N King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-5108
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  • #5
    Hiking Hawaii Cafe
    #5 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 191 reviewsTripAdvisor (191)
    $ | Cafe, Healthy
    1956 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1829
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  • #6
    Poke Bar
    #6 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Fast Food, Asian, Hawaiian
    226 Lewers Street #L106 Waikiki Beach Walk, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1941
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  • #7
    La Mer
    #7 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 661 reviewsTripAdvisor (661)
    $$ | French
    2199 Kalia Rd Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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  • #8
    Honolulu Cookie Company at Waikiki Beach Walk
    #8 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 171 reviewsTripAdvisor (171)
    $ - $$ | American
    227 Lewers St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1946
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  • #9
    Leonard's Bakery
    #9 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7341 reviewsTripAdvisor (7341)
    $ | Fast Food, Portuguese, Hawaiian
    933 Kapahulu Ave Kalanianaole Hwy/Lunalilo Home Road Intersection96825, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1434
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  • #10
    Steak Shack
    #10 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1607 reviewsTripAdvisor (1607)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    2161 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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  • #11
    Kona Coffee Purveyors
    #11 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 366 reviewsTripAdvisor (366)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    2330 Kalakaua Ave Space 160 Kuhio Mall Entrance, International Marketplace, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2953
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  • #12
    Ono Seafood
    #12 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 813 reviewsTripAdvisor (813)
    $ | Seafood, Asian, Hawaiian
    747 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1158
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  • #13
    Orchids
    #13 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1566 reviewsTripAdvisor (1566)
    $$ | Contemporary
    2199 Kalia Rd Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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  • #14
    Fresh Catch
    #14 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 327 reviewsTripAdvisor (327)
    $ | Seafood, Hawaiian
    3109 Waialae Ave Kaimuki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1509
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  • #15
    Uncle Bo's Pupu Bar & Grill
    #15 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1176 reviewsTripAdvisor (1176)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Hawaiian
    559 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3855
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  • #16
    Island Vintage Shave Ice
    #16 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 404 reviewsTripAdvisor (404)
    $ | Hawaiian
    2201 Kalakaua Ave Building B Level 1, B-1 Kiosk, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-5201
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  • #17
    South Shore Grill
    #17 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 294 reviewsTripAdvisor (294)
    $ | American, Seafood, Grill, Hawaiian
    3114 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4441
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  • #18
    Chef Chai
    #18 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 219 reviewsTripAdvisor (219)
    $$ | Asian
    1009 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2112
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  • #19
    Tropical Tribe
    #19 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 233 reviewsTripAdvisor (233)
    $ | Cafe, Healthy
    1778 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 101, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1605
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  • #20
    Maguro Spot
    #20 of 2,808 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 87 reviewsTripAdvisor (87)
    $ | Japanese, Hawaiian, Seafood
    2241 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2835
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