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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.

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  • #1
    Sweet E's Cafe
    #1 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 534 reviewsTripadvisor (534)
    $ - $$ | American, Cafe
    1006 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1309
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  • #2
    Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha
    #2 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 744 reviewsTripadvisor (744)
    $ | Hawaiian
    820 W Hind Dr Ste 116 Aina Haina Shopping Center, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96821-1851
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  • #3
    Honolulu Cookie Company
    #3 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 196 reviewsTripadvisor (196)
    $ - $$ | American
    227 Lewers St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1946
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  • #4
    Poke Bar
    #4 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 179 reviewsTripadvisor (179)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Hawaiian
    226 Lewers Street #L106 Waikiki Beach Walk, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1941
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  • #5
    Hiking Hawaii Cafe
    #5 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 196 reviewsTripadvisor (196)
    $ | Cafe, Healthy
    1956 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815
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  • #6
    Maguro Spot
    #6 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 105 reviewsTripadvisor (105)
    $ | Japanese, Hawaiian, Seafood, Asian
    2241 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2835
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  • #7
    Leonard's Bakery
    #7 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 7499 reviewsTripadvisor (7499)
    $ | Fast Food, Portuguese, Hawaiian
    933 Kapahulu Ave Kalanianaole Hwy/Lunalilo Home Road Intersection96825, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1434
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  • #8
    Senia Restaurant
    #8 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 156 reviewsTripadvisor (156)
    $$ | American
    75 N King St, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-5108
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  • #9
    La Mer
    #9 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 673 reviewsTripadvisor (673)
    $$ | French
    2199 Kalia Rd Halekulani Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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  • #10
    Paia Fish Market
    #10 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 251 reviewsTripadvisor (251)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Hawaiian, American
    2299 Kuhio Ave Located at The Lawlow Hotel, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2632
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  • #11
    Tropical Tribe
    #11 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 237 reviewsTripadvisor (237)
    $ | Healthy
    1778 Ala Moana Blvd Suite 101, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1605
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  • #12
    Fresh Catch
    #12 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 335 reviewsTripadvisor (335)
    $ | Seafood, Hawaiian
    3109 Waialae Ave Kaimuki, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1509
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  • #13
    Island Vintage Shave Ice
    #13 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 411 reviewsTripadvisor (411)
    $ | Hawaiian
    2233 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-5200
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  • #14
    Chef Chai
    #14 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 229 reviewsTripadvisor (229)
    $$ | Asian
    1009 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-2112
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  • #15
    Steak Shack
    #15 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1633 reviewsTripadvisor (1633)
    $ | American, Fast Food
    2161 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
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  • #16
    Kona Coffee Purveyors
    #16 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 390 reviewsTripadvisor (390)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    2330 Kalakaua Ave Space 160 Kuhio Mall Entrance, International Marketplace, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2953
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  • #17
    Ono Seafood
    #17 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 824 reviewsTripadvisor (824)
    $ | Seafood, Hawaiian
    747 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-1158
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  • #18
    South Shore Grill
    #18 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 295 reviewsTripadvisor (295)
    $ | American, Seafood, Fast Food, Grill, Hawaiian
    3114 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-4441
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  • #19
    Uncle Bo's Pupu Bar & Grill
    #19 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1198 reviewsTripadvisor (1198)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Seafood, Hawaiian
    559 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-3855
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  • #20
    Lucky Belly
    #20 of 2,257 Places to Eat in Honolulu
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 493 reviewsTripadvisor (493)
    $ - $$ | Asian
    50 N Hotel St Smith Street, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-5102
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