Looking for the best places to eat on Oahu? Here are 75 Oahu restaurants to consider and what to order when you visit.
When it comes to food, nobody does it better than Hawaii. I’ve had some of the best food of my life in and around the Hawaiian Islands. With that said, I’m obviously partial to Oahu! Whether you’re local or visiting, Oahu has something for everyone. From luxurious high-end restaurants to humble hole-in-the-wall joints, the island offers an array of dining experiences. Today I’m sharing 75 must-visit places to eat on Oahu, complete with location details, ambiance descriptions, and recommendations on what to order.
75 Oahu Restaurants To Try + What To Order
First things first – you could live on Oahu your entire life and not eat all the things. For a tiny island, the culinary offerings are extensive, so this is by no means an exhaustive list. Some of the very best places I’ve eaten are little food stands at the farmers market or roadside smoothies while driving up to Haleiwa. That said, some truly brilliant chefs call Oahu home and their restaurants never miss. Here are 75 favorites to consider the next time your stomach growls:
Alan Wong’s Honolulu (High-End) Located in Honolulu, this upscale restaurant boasts Hawaiian Regional Cuisine. Expect an elegant atmosphere with prices ranging from $45 to $85 per entrée. Don’t miss the Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi-Mahi.
Helena’s Hawaiian Food (Casual) Situated in Honolulu, Helena’s offers authentic Hawaiian fare in a laid-back setting. Prices are wallet-friendly, with most dishes under $15. Try the Kalua Pig and Lau Lau.
Duke’s Waikiki (Casual) Enjoy the beachfront location of Duke’s in Waikiki. It’s a mid-range option, with entrée prices between $20 and $40. Go for the famous Hula Pie.
Ono Hawaiian Foods (Casual) This hole-in-the-wall gem in Honolulu serves traditional Hawaiian dishes. You’ll find most items under $15. Sample the Kalua Pig and Laulau plate lunch.
Roy’s Waikiki (High-End) Located in Waikiki, Roy’s offers a fusion of Hawaiian and Asian flavors in an upscale setting. Plan for a splurge with entrées priced between $40 and $75. The Blackened Island Ahi is a standout.
Rainbow Drive-In (Casual) A local favorite in Kapahulu, Rainbow Drive-In is budget-friendly, with plate lunches around $10. Dive into the classic loco moco or mixed plate.
Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel & Resort (High-End) Hoku’s offers a luxurious dining experience in Kahala. Expect entrées priced from $45 to $75. Try the Signature Tasting Menu for a special treat.
Kua Aina (Casual) Visit this North Shore burger joint in Haleiwa for a laid-back atmosphere and reasonably priced burgers (around $10). The Avocado Burger is a standout.
Chef Chai (High-End) Nestled in downtown Honolulu, Chef Chai offers fine dining with entrée prices ranging from $30 to $60. The Pan-Seared Chilean Sea Bass is a must-try.
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck (Casual) Head to the North Shore for Giovanni’s famous Garlic Shrimp. It’s a budget-friendly option, with shrimp plates priced around $15.
MW Restaurant (High-End) In Honolulu, MW Restaurant combines Hawaiian ingredients with contemporary flair. Plan for a special occasion with entrées between $35 and $75. The Kim Chee Fried Rice is a crowd-pleaser.
Taqueria El Ranchero (Casual) Located in a Wahiawa strip mall, this might be the most authentic Mexican on Oahu. The burritos and quesadillas ($10) are both huge portions and full of flavor. The chips and salsa bar are a can’t miss!
Orchids at Halekulani (High-End) With an oceanfront setting in Waikiki, Orchids is a high-end restaurant with entrées ranging from $40 to $85. The Lobster Bisque is divine.
Zippy’s (Casual) Zippy’s is a local Hawaiian chain offering budget-friendly comfort food. Prices are affordable, with most items under $15. Try the Chili or Zip Pac plate.
Senia (High-End) In downtown Honolulu, Senia offers an upscale dining experience with prices ranging from $40 to $100. Explore the 8-course tasting menu for a culinary adventure.
Shimazu Shave Ice (Casual) Cool down in Honolulu with their massive, customizable shave ice creations, typically under $10.
La Mer (High-End) An upscale French restaurant at Halekulani in Waikiki, La Mer is on the pricier side with entrées between $65 and $125. Savor the Chateaubriand Steak.
Liliha Bakery (Casual) Enjoy local pastries and budget-friendly dishes at Liliha Bakery in Honolulu. Prices are reasonable, with Coco Puffs and classic pastries under $5.
Moku Kitchen (Casual) Located in Kaka’ako, Moku Kitchen offers wood-fired pizzas and craft beers. Expect entrées around $20. Don’t miss the Wood-Roasted Chicken.
Poke Stop (Casual) In Waipahu, Poke Stop lets you create your own poke bowl with fresh ingredients for around $12.
Merriman’s Honolulu (High-End) Dine on farm-to-table cuisine in Honolulu at Merriman’s, with entrée prices between $30 and $60. The Kona Kampachi Crudo is a standout.
Kono’s North Shore (Casual) Indulge in North Shore favorites like the Kalua Pork and Cabbage sandwich at Kono’s. Most items are around $12.
Holey Grail Donuts. What is better than bougie donuts? Try the bacon maple (I know, I know, but trust me).
Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha (Casual) Sample delicious Hawaiian shave ice in Aina Haina at Uncle Clay’s. Prices for shave ice range from $4 to $8.
Lucky Belly. Expect delicious ramen at this Chinatown haunt, which also offers other Asian-inspired dishes.
Musubi Cafe Iyasume (Casual) Located in Honolulu, Musubi Cafe Iyasume offers budget-friendly snacks like Spam Musubi, typically under $3 each.
Paalaa Kai Bakery. The drive to the North Shore is worth is solely for the Snow Puffies from Paalaa Kai!
Haili’s Hawaiian Food (Casual) Located in Kalihi, Haili’s Hawaiian Food serves traditional Hawaiian dishes at affordable prices (most under $10). Try the Poi and Laulau.
Arancino at The Kahala (High-End) Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine with a Hawaiian twist at Arancino. Entrée prices range from $35 to $65. Don’t miss the Risotto al Tartufo Nero.
Over Easy. Don’t leave Oahu without trying the “Lilikoi Pancakes” from Kailua’s Over Easy – fluffy pancakes drizzled with a tangy lilikoi (passion fruit) syrup, a sweet and sunny way to start your day in Hawaii.
Marukame Udon (Casual) Slurp up freshly made udon noodles in Honolulu for about $10 per bowl.
Haleiwa Beach House (High-End) Savor seafood with a view in Haleiwa at Haleiwa Beach House. Prices for entrées range from $30 to $60. The Pan-Seared Scallops are a favorite.
The Pig & The Lady (Casual) Explore Vietnamese-Hawaiian fusion at The Pig & The Lady in Honolulu. Prices for entrées are around $15 to $30. Try the Pho French Dip.
Michel’s at the Colony Surf (High-End) An upscale French restaurant in Waikiki, Michel’s offers entrées between $45 and $85. The Lobster Bisque and Chateaubriand Steak are superb.
Fête. With Robynne Maii at the helm, don’t miss this upscale restaurant in Chinatown that offers a menu celebrating the rich flavors of Hawaii’s diverse culinary heritage. Expect to indulge in artfully crafted dishes that blend locally sourced ingredients with international influences for around $40 per entree.
Nanzan GiroGiro (High-End) Experience kaiseki-style dining in Honolulu at Nanzan GiroGiro, with prices averaging around $75 per person for the tasting menu.
Yama’s Fish Market (Casual) Located in Honolulu, Yama’s Fish Market offers seafood poke bowls and Hawaiian plate lunches. Most dishes are around $15.
Buho Cocina y Cantina (High-End) Enjoy modern Mexican cuisine in Waikiki at Buho Cocina y Cantina. Entrée prices range from $20 to $40. The Carnitas Tacos are a must-try.
Side Street Inn (Casual) A local favorite in Honolulu, Side Street Inn offers budget-friendly dishes with most items under $20. The Spicy Ahi Poke and Pork Chops are crowd-pleasers.
House Without a Key (High-End) At Halekulani in Waikiki, House Without a Key offers Pacific Rim cuisine with entrées priced from $35 to $75. The Mai Tai is famous.
Tita’s Grill and Catering (Casual) Located in Wahiawa, Tita’s Grill and Catering offers budget-friendly Hawaiian comfort food with most items under $15. Try the Loco Moco or Furikake Chicken.
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ (Casual) Grill your own meats at Gyu-Kaku in Honolulu. Prices for BBQ sets range from $30 to $60 per person.
Mike’s Huli Chicken (Casual) Get your hands on mouthwatering huli huli chicken plates in Kahuku. Prices are budget-friendly, with plates around $12.
The Beachhouse at the Moana (High-End) Indulge in seafood and steak with an oceanfront view at The Beachhouse. Entrées range from $35 to $85. The Mai Tai is a classic choice.
Ethel’s Grill (Casual) A hidden gem in Honolulu, Ethel’s Grill offers budget-friendly dishes with most items under $15. Try the Kim Chee Fried Rice and Spareribs.
Stage Restaurant (High-End) Located in Honolulu, Stage Restaurant offers New American cuisine with entrée prices between $30 and $60. The Butter Poached Lobster is a standout.
Mitsu-Ken Okazu & Catering (Casual) Try their famous Garlic Chicken and Sauteed Mahi-Mahi in Honolulu. Prices are reasonable, with most dishes under $15.
La Cucina Ristorante Italiano (High-End) In Kailua, La Cucina serves homemade Italian dishes with entrées ranging from $25 to $50. The Osso Buco is a delight.
Heeia Pier General Store & Deli (Casual) Enjoy farm-to-table Hawaiian cuisine with dishes like the Fresh Catch of the Day at Heeia Pier. Prices are reasonable, with entrées around $20.
Orchid’s Garden (High-End) Located in Haleiwa, Orchid’s Garden offers Chinese cuisine with entrée prices ranging from $25 to $50. Try the Ahi Carpaccio and Fresh Catch of the Day.
StripSteak (High-End) Situated in Waikiki, StripSteak offers premium steaks and a variety of sides with entrée prices ranging from $45 to $85.
Pizza Mamo. Chinatown’s newest pizza joint offers Brooklyn-style pies that are DELICIOUS.
Café Kaila (Casual) Savor breakfast and brunch in Honolulu at Café Kaila, with most dishes priced around $15. The Banana Pancakes are a delight.
La Tour (Casual) If Hawaii had Panera, it would be La Tour. Known for their macarons and Kouign Amann, a layered bread dessert, the beet salad and banh mi sandwich are our favorites, but you can’t go wrong at this affordable spot where food ranges from $10-$20.
Goma Tei Ramen (Casual) Find a variety of ramen options, including the Spicy Garlic Ramen, in Honolulu for around $15 per bowl.
Anna Miller’s Restaurant. I can’t vouch for the food here, but it’s the dessert you need to try. Grab a slice of the banana pie!
Fujiya Hawaii. This mochi shop has been around since 1953 and is a must-visit when on Oahu. Purple sweet potato is a must-try.
Ono Seafood (Casual) Located in Honolulu, Ono Seafood serves superb Ahi Poke bowls at affordable prices (around $12 per bowl).
Haleiwa Joe’s Seafood Grill (High-End) In Haleiwa, Haleiwa Joe’s offers fresh seafood with entrée prices ranging from $25 to $45. The Opakapaka is a favorite.
Pupukea Grill (Casual) Savor North Shore favorites like the Garlic Shrimp Scampi at Pupukea Grill. Prices are budget-friendly, with most dishes around $15.
Arvo Café (Casual) In Honolulu, Arvo Café offers Australian-inspired brunch with items like Avocado Toast. Most dishes are around $15.
Scratch Kitchen and Meatery. This is definitely one of my go-to places on Oahu to eat and the brunch is INSANE. Think Frosted Flakes French Toast…yeah baby! Expect to spend about $20 per plate.
Shaloha Pita (Casual) Explore Israeli flavors in Honolulu at Shaloha Pita. Prices for items like Falafel Pita are around $10.
Koko Head Café (Casual) Enjoy breakfast and brunch in Honolulu at Koko Head Café, with most dishes around $15. The Cornflake French Toast is a popular choice.
Haleiwa Joe’s Haiku Gardens (High-End) In Kaneohe, Haleiwa Joe’s offers a romantic dinner experience with entrée prices ranging from $25 to $45. The Macadamia Nut Mahi-Mahi is a standout.
Hideout. (Casual) Located in Honolulu’s Laylow hotel, Hideout has beautiful (and delicious) cocktails, as well as shareable small plates and meals. Expect to pay about $25 for entrees.
Doraku Sushi (High-End) Savor sushi and Japanese dishes in Waikiki at Doraku Sushi. Entrée prices range from $20 to $45. Try the Doraku Roll.
Livestock Tavern. A blend of casual comfort and contemporary culinary innovation and located in the historic Chinatown district, it’s hard to recommend something here because the menu rotates seasonally. That said, if Buttermilk Fried Chickemn is an option, get it!
Moke’s Bread & Breakfast (Casual) In Kailua, Moke’s Bread & Breakfast offers breakfast delights with most dishes under $15. The Banana Mac Nut Pancakes are a must-try.
Monkeypod Kitchen by Merriman (High-End) Indulge in farm-to-table cuisine with dishes like Lobster Deviled Eggs at Monkeypod Kitchen in Ko Olina. Entrée prices range from $25 to $45.
TsuruTonTan Udon Noodle Brasserie (High-End) Located in Waikiki, TsuruTonTan offers a variety of udon noodle dishes with entrées priced around $20.
Haleiwa Bowls. Prices for their signature acai bowls and smoothies range from $10 to $15, making it an affordable and refreshing choice. Don’t miss the “Pipeline Bowl” – acai topped with granola, fresh fruits, and a drizzle of honey – the perfect post-beach snack or breakfast treat.
Sushi ii (High-End) Savor authentic omakase sushi experiences in Honolulu with prices starting at $100 per person.
Pioneer Saloon (Casual) Enjoy casual dining with burgers and sandwiches in Honolulu off Monsarrat Ave. with most dishes around $15.
Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar (High-End) In Kaimuki, Salt Kitchen & Tasting Bar offers a chef’s tasting menu with creative dishes. Prices for the tasting menu range from $80 to $120.