This hybrid bar and grill is set in downtown Honolulu and is a favorite hang-out for the business and media communities and one of the only places in the Hawaiian Islands where you can get a pint of Guinness from the tap. While the bar roars with excitement, the restaurant serves great salads, steaks and other fare at decent prices. The food is fresh, and the service is congenial.
Tucked amid the elegant confines of Halekulani Hotel, Orchids is a treat for the eyes and the palate. Boasting an impressive amount of awards, the restaurant provides stellar service and promises an unforgettable culinary experience. Sample delicious cuisine within its tastefully furnished interior or savor the tantalizing flavors of finely crafted food out in the orchid garden, set a few paces from the beach. The restaurant's Sunday brunches are highly lauded and are regarded as some of the best offerings in the city. The seafood preparations are made from the catch of the day, using the finest of local products. It is advisable to book a table in advance to make the most out of your visit here.
"Gyu-Kaku", i.e."Horn of the bull", brings Japan's favourite yakiniku restaurant to Hawaii. The main fare is charcoal Japanese BBQ. This place has taken yakiniku to a new level by combining state-of-the-art charcoal roaster systems with a bountiful menu. The menu is made up of meats, seafood, poultry and vegetables as well as delicious Japanese drinks and desserts. Check out the Black Pepper Shrimp and Black Pepper Calamari. Don't miss the happy hour where Kirin beer is sold for 99 cents.
Most people know this bar for its friendly music and killer sunsets. Sure, it is typically filled with tourists who are staying at the Outrigger Hotel where it is located, but don't let that deter you, you're probably a tourist yourself. This is also the eponymous restaurant of the famed 'surf hero' and prodigal son, Duke Kahanamoku. The music is contemporary Hawaiian and you will always find the ukulele. The food includes fresh fish, burgers, salads, sandwiches and the breakfast buffet has some of the best made-to-order omelets in Waikiki. The atmosphere offers a great beach setting where guests will always find that ubiquitous Hawaiian friendliness, or "Pono" throughout the restaurant. Also, the adjoining bar is a fantastic place to have a drink before heading back to the beach or up to your hotel room if you're staying at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach.
This award winning bakery/grill/deli has gathered a lot of interest because of the variety of meals, sandwiches and sweets. Plain and almost sparse from the exterior, the interior starts buzzing at dawn with early risers looking for award winning breakfasts, coffee and more. Lunchtime brings the beach crowd who clamor for the yummy turkey and chutney sandwiches. In the evening, area residents stop in to get out of the heat and eat specials like grilled salmon plates coupled along with great service. - Lottie Tagupa
A plain and simple eatery just a block from Ala Moana Shopping Center, Million Restaurant is collecting a local following of Korean aficionados and late night diners. The family owned restaurant specializes in yakiniku-style dining, where delicious marinated beef tongue, pork and chicken are ready to throw on the tabletop grill. For those who prefer not to be the chef, a cooked menu is also available. The meals come with all the wonderful side dishes, including Korean potato salad, taegu and three kinds of kim chee. There is a small free parking lot at the rear and one often find a line for lunch.
Kickstart your day with a delicious dishes listed on the menu at The Nook Neighborhood Bistro. Try their protein-rich egg dishes like Kale Benedict or Hamakua Mushroom Scramble for brunch. Dishes like Mochiko Chicken and waffles, Haupia Oatmeal and Citrus Shrimp are few of the other brunch options. Complement your meals with cafe beverages like coffee, tea or soda. If you stop in for dinner relish on dishes like Steamed Clams, Roasted Kabocha Linguini, and Ostrich Burger. Complement your meals with beverages like cocktails like Chipotle Mary, Nookie Spritzer, and Grapefruit Cynar or choose a beer or wine from their listing.
As the name suggests, Sushi King is all about tasty sushi and other Japanese delicacies. At this local restaurant, you can enjoy a pleasant and hassle-free dining experience and that too with a moderately priced menu. One can order sushi varieties like Chu Toro - Tuna Belly, Hamachi – Yellowtail, lkura - Salmon Roe, Otoro - Fatty Tuna and so forth. And, if you have an appetite for a complete meal, then combination platter served along with rice and soup is perfect for you. Along with this culinary treat, you can order sake, sapporo or local wines here. Check website for more details.
With the vast options listed on the menu at Cafe Maharani, you are sure to dine like a royal. The Indian Cuisine is one of the most authentic in the world with dish types like curries, bread, gravy and dry dishes. A few of the recommended dishes on the menu include Boti Lamb Kebab, Chicken Saag and Fish Masala Curry which can be paired with Indian bread such as Chapati or Naan. They also have a vegetarian listing. Other options include Biryani, a popular Indian dish that is a fusion of colored rice, gravy, and meat. Indulge in traditional desserts like Halva and Ras Malai. The interiors have Indian inspired seating as well as accents lending a traditional appeal to the restaurant.
In the same spot for more than a generation, this is the place where folks on the way to the beach will stop in for a create-your-own bento box filled with yummy treats like spam musubi, island style sushi, shrimp tempura, shoyu chicken and chow-fun noodles. Lines will start forming early during the holiday season where specialty items are most in demand for parties and family gatherings. Parking is limited, so bring your patience along with your appetite.
Consistently voted, 'Best Neighborhood Chinese Restaurant' by Honolulu Magazine, this place has been a local favorite for 25 years. It is known for its outstanding Szechuan cuisine, reasonable prices and generous portions. The menu features an excellent selection of vegetarian dishes, which can be prepared without chicken stock, and the chef will prepare brown rice on request. (It is best to ask for it ahead of time.) An authentic Mandarin breakfast is served on the weekends. Decorated with tasteful Oriental screens and artwork, the dining area is informal and comfortable.
Enjoy local Hawaiian fare with dishes like Kalua Pig, Beef Stew and Lau Lau served in generous quantities here. Start your meal with Poke, a raw appetizer and end it with the smooth Haupia, a popular coconut milk based dessert. Frequented by both tourists and locals, Yama's Fish Market has garnered a lot of fans.