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 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 395 reviewsTripAdvisor (395)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1006 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1309
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  • #2
    Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha
    #2 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 711 reviewsTripAdvisor (711)
    $ | Hawaiian
    820 W Hind Dr Ste 116 Aina Haina Shopping Center, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96821-1851
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  • #3
    Hiking Hawaii Cafe
    #3 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 162 reviewsTripAdvisor (162)
    $ | Cafe, Healthy
    1956 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1829
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  • #4
    Leonard's Bakery
    #4 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6658 reviewsTripAdvisor (6658)
    $ | Fast Food, Portuguese, Hawaiian
    933 Kapahulu Ave Kalanianaole Hwy/Lunalilo Home Road Intersection96825, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1434
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  • #5
    Island Vintage Shave Ice
    #5 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 336 reviewsTripAdvisor (336)
    $ | Fast Food, Hawaiian
    2201 Kalakaua Ave Building B Level 1, B-1 Kiosk, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-5201
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  • #6
    La Mer
    #6 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 610 reviewsTripAdvisor (610)
    $$ | French
    2199 Kalia Rd Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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  • #7
    Kai Coffee Hawaii
    #7 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 574 reviewsTripAdvisor (574)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    2424 Kalakaua Ave 207 S King Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3233
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  • #8
    Steak Shack
    #8 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1501 reviewsTripAdvisor (1501)
    $ | American, Steakhouse, Fast Food
    2161 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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  • #9
    Fresh Catch
    #9 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 294 reviewsTripAdvisor (294)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, Hawaiian
    3109 Waialae Ave Kaimuki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1509
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  • #10
    Ono Seafood
    #10 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 765 reviewsTripAdvisor (765)
    $ | Seafood, Fast Food, Hawaiian
    747 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1158
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  • #11
    Kona Coffee Purveyors
    #11 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 286 reviewsTripAdvisor (286)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    2330 Kalakaua Ave Space 160 Kuhio Mall Entrance, International Marketplace, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2953
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  • #12
    Chef Chai
    #12 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 204 reviewsTripAdvisor (204)
    $$ | Asian
    1009 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2112
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  • #13
    Tropical Tribe
    #13 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 216 reviewsTripAdvisor (216)
    $ | Brazilian, Healthy
    1778 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 101, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1605
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  • #14
    Karai Crab
    #14 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 306 reviewsTripAdvisor (306)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Cajun & Creole
    901 Hausten St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96826-3037
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  • #15
    Lucky Belly
    #15 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 470 reviewsTripAdvisor (470)
    $ - $$ | Asian
    50 N Hotel St Smith Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-5102
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  • #16
    South Shore Grill
    #16 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 256 reviewsTripAdvisor (256)
    $ | American, Seafood, Fast Food, Grill, Hawaiian
    3114 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4441
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  • #17
    Orchids
    #17 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1455 reviewsTripAdvisor (1455)
    $$ | Mediterranean, Contemporary
    2199 Kalia Rd Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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  • #18
    Uncle Bo's Pupu Bar & Grill
    #18 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1098 reviewsTripAdvisor (1098)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Polynesian, Hawaiian
    559 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3855
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  • #19
    Tommy Bahama Restaurant, Bar & Store
    #19 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1181 reviewsTripAdvisor (1181)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood
    298 Beach Walk, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1970
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  • #20
    Morning Glass Coffee
    #20 of 2,681 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 148 reviewsTripAdvisor (148)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, American
    2955 E Manoa Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96822-1852
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