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Where to dine in Waikiki

Hello Aloha
Place Waikiki
Text Christine Hitt

Waikīkī offers an array of eateries, lunch spots and fine dining restaurants that are as eclectic as its many visitors. Whether you’re looking for a sandwich or some poke to-go, fusion cuisines or the most phenomenal steak in town, when it comes to Waikīkī, here’s where to eat.

Eggs ‘n Things

Since 1974, this eatery has been feeding visitors and locals while treating everyone like ‘ohana. The menu is extensive, with pancakes, steak, omelets, loco moco, crepes, waffles and meats. And the best part? There are two locations in Waikīkī, so it’s convenient no matter at which end of Kalākaua Avenue you are.

343 Saratoga Rd. and 2464 Kalākaua Ave. // Open daily, 6am–2pm and 4–10pm // (808) 923-3447,

Marukame Udon

Looking for noodles? This popular spot usually has a line, so get there early, or wait knowing that it’s worth it. Choose from ten different Sanuki-style udon, flavored in curry, bukkake sauce or traditional broth. Then, add tempura or musubi to your dish and garnish it the way you like it. Itadakimasu!

2130 Kūhiō Ave. // Open daily, 7–9am and 11am–10pm // (808) 931-6000,

Wailana Coffee House

For a reasonably-priced meal at any time of day or night, we recommend this casual diner that’s become a Waikīkī mainstay for both locals and visitors. Skip lunch or dinner and take advantage of its 24-hour breakfast menu. Order the all-you-can-eat blueberry, banana or macadamia nut pancakes with coconut syrup on top.

1860 Ala Moana Blvd. // Open 24 hours, Thu.–Tue.; and 6am–midnight on Wed. // (808) 955-1764

Tucker & Bevvy Picnic Food

Before heading out for a day at the beach, stop here for a toasted turkey and brie sandwich, Caesar chicken wrap or a Mediterranean salad with a Tropical Storm fruit smoothie. Everything can be packed to-go. Grab and go!

Park Shore Hotel, 2586 Kalākaua Ave. // Open daily, 7am–7pm // (808) 922-0099,

Harbor Pub & Pizza

Underneath the Chart House fronting the Ala Wai Boat Harbor is one of the best places to get pizza in Waikīkī. Its interior feels like the inside of a large boat and its bar is usually frequented by Harbor boatsmen, which only adds to its charm. The menu features brick oven gourmet pizzas with 16 to choose from including a ham and pineapple or an Italian salami. But our favorite, the Harbor Combo, with ham, salami, pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, black olives and onions, always keeps us coming back for more.

1765 Ala Moana Blvd. // Open Mon.– Sun., 7am–2am // (808) 941-0985,

Cream Pot

A cute little spot decorated to feel like you’re in the European countryside, Cream Pot is known for serving breakfast and brunch with fine ingredients. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time, because it can get busy. But it’s worth it; where else can you get S’more soufflé pancakes and a Maguro Eggs Benedict that tastes like heaven?

444 Niu St. // (Open Wed.–Mon., 6:30am–2:30pm. //(808) 429-0945,

Hard Rock Café

With live music, a large bar, two happy hours and a menu filled with dozens of choices, it’s no wonder this place is always busy. We recommend the hickory barbecue bacon cheeseburger and the twist and shout milkshake.

280 Beach Walk. // Open Sun.– Thu., 11am–11pm; Fri. and Sat., 11am–midnight. // (808) 955-7383,

Mac 24/7

Not only is this restaurant open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but it’s also got some of the best modern American food in town, making it a regular spot for locals and tourists alike. Order everything from soups, salads, club sandwiches and fish burritos to its mac nut mahi mahi and grilled ribeye steak. Breakfast is also a tasty affair, but steer clear of its famous Mac-Daddy Pancakes unless you have a group of people (around five or six) who want to share.

Hilton Waikīkī Beach Hotel, 2500 Kūhiō Ave. // Open daily // (808) 921-5564,

Buho Cocina y Cantina

The first upscale restaurant on our list is hidden on the fifth floor of the Waikīkī Shopping Plaza overlooking the streets below. Buho Cocina y Cantina is the only open-air rooftop restaurant in Waikīkī, and its locally-sourced Mexican cuisine includes everything from street-style quesadillas and tacos to a Mexican adobo jidori chicken breast.

2250 Kalākaua Ave., Suite 525. // Open Sun.– Thu., 11am–1am; Fri. and Sat., 11am–2am. // (808) 922-2846,

Tiki’s Grill & Bar

Support one of Waikīkī’s locally-owned and operated restaurants and visit Tiki’s for lunch or dinner. Try the kalbi beef gyoza and ahi tataki to start, then pick from one of its specialties, including a parmesan crusted chicken breast linguine or a miso pressure cooker pork pot roast. Choosing a dish will be a tough choice, but you’ll enjoy them all. And, its second floor view of Waikīkī Beach is postcard-perfection.

2570 Kalākaua Ave.. // Open daily, 10am–midnight. // (808) 923-8454,

Bills Sydney

Step inside what feels like a rustic beach house, with its wooden interior and high ceilings, and you’ll find a contemporary menu that features fresh ingredients and an assortment of dishes. We recommend the house kim chee fried rice, or its parmesan crumbed chicken schnitzel. And don’t be afraid to eat breakfast for dinner—Bills’ famous ricotta-filled hotcakes will be the envy of your table.

280 Beachwalk Ave. // Open Sun.–Thu., 7am–10pm; Fri. and Sat., 7am–11pm // (808) 922-1500,

Lewers Lounge

One of the most sophisticated bars in Waikīkī is at the Halekūlani where you can order a handcrafted cocktail by its expert barmen, listen to live jazz music on piano and order food from the late-night menu. Come here to enjoy pre-dinner drinks or for a nightcap, but be sure you’re dressed appropriately—no t-shirts, shorts or beachwear is allowed.

2199 Kālia Rd.. // Open nightly, 7:30pm–1am. // (808) 923-2311,

Chai's Waikiki

Chai’s Waikīkī offers many of Chef Chai’s award winning classic dishes and some fun new takes on his unique blend of Asian flavors and Hawaiian freshness.

1910 Ala Moana Blvd. // Open daily, 11am-9:30pm // (808) 941-9200,


Spend your afternoon oceanfront in this chic, open-air lounge while listening to Hawaiian entertainers perform. The food is made up of small plates that are perfectly-sized for sharing. Enjoy its Vietnamese-inspired signature salad, a curry banh mi sandwich, Korean fried chicken wings or kalua pork nachos. To drink, order one of its five mai tais, all using different rums.

Sheraton Waikīkī, 2255 Kalākaua Ave. // Open Sun.–Thu., noon–midnight; Fri. and Sat., noon–1:30am // (808) 922-4422,

Top of Waikiki

If you’d like to dine above Waikīkī with a revolving 360-degree view of the city, Top of Waikiki would be the place. It’s the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion or spend a romantic evening. Arrive early and step up to its center bar for pre-dinner drinks during happy hour, then order a Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine-inspired dish like the pan-roasted Jidori chicken or the ginger pesto crusted monchong.

2270 Kalākaua Ave., 18th floor. // Open nightly, 4:30–9:30pm. // (808) 923-3877,

Il Lupino

An Italian restaurant in the middle of Waikīkī, Il Lupino offers indoor and alfresco dining, each with its own environment depending on your mood. Its menu incorporates Italian cheeses, olive oils and hand-made pastas while its wine list offers an extensive assortment from around the world. If you’re looking for after-dinner drinks, we recommend stopping by their bar during happy hour, ordering sangria and a large polpettone al pomodoro meatball.

Royal Hawaiian Center, 2233 Kalākaua Ave., level one // Open daily, 7am–10:30pm // (808) 922-3400,

Roy’s Waikiki

For fine Hawaiian-fusion cuisine, Roy Yamaguchi’s restaurant is the place to go in Waikīkī. It uses fresh ingredients, locally-grown food and fuses Asian, Pacific and European flavors deliciously. A perfect place for anniversaries and other special occasions, Roy’s will delight your palate with dishes like its misoyaki butterfish and blackened island ‘ahi. But, don’t forget to save room for its chocolate molten soufflé!

226 Lewers St. // Open daily, 11am–9:30pm // (808) 923-7697,

Morimoto Waikiki

Iron Chef-winner Masaharu Morimoto is known for his mastery in integrating Japanese and Western cuisine, and that fusion—mixed with beautifully-plated dishes in an elegant setting—is what you’ll experience at this fine dining Japanese restaurant. Can’t decide what to order? Try the Morimoto omakase, a seven-course tasting menu with items such as toro tartare, whitefish carpaccio and chef’s selection of sushi.

The Modern Honolulu, 1775 Ala Moana Blvd. // Open daily, 7:30am–2:30pm and 5–10pm // (808) 943-5900,

Nobu Waikiki

Featuring “New Style” Japanese cuisine, Nobu has a large menu of cold and hot dishes, sushi and sashimi. While it’s known for its Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeño, you may also want to try its Kurobuta pork belly with spicy miso.

Waikīkī Parc Hotel, 2233 Helumoa Rd. // Open Sun.–Thu., 5:30–10pm; Fri. and Sat., 5:30–10:30pm // (808) 237-6999,

Azure Restaurant

Specializing in meals made fresh from the bounty of Honolulu’s fish markets and farms, Azure creates a memorable culinary palate that reflects its beautiful oceanfront setting. Azure’s chefs are at the fish auction as soon as the bell rings at 5:30 a.m., ready to seek out the highest quality seafood for patrons to enjoy.

Royal Hawaiian Hotel, 2259 Kalakaua Ave. // Open nightly, 5:30–9pm // (808) 923-7311,

Hy’s Steak House

If you’re looking for a fine dining restaurant with great steaks and amazing ambience, Hy’s wins hands down. Its interior feels like you've walked into an English mansion, its servers wear tuxes with bow ties and its delicious steaks are cooked on a kiawe-smoked grill in the middle of the restaurant.

2440 Kūhiō Ave. // Open daily, 5–10pm // (808) 922-5555,

Michel’s at the Colony Surf

Located at the Colony Surf hotel, Michel’s is a French restaurant that’s often touted as the most romantic restaurant in Hawai‘i. Its oceanfront sunset views and entrée favorites of island seafood cioppino and prime New York steak au poivre make it hard to deny.

The Colony Surf, 2895 Kalākaua Ave. // Open nightly, 5–9pm // (808) 923-6552,

Orchids at Halekulani

Famous for its Sunday brunch buffet, as well as a breakfast menu that includes contemporary American options, healthy “Halekūlani Living” choices and distinctly Japanese selections, Orchids at Halekūlani is a great place for a classy start to a family Sunday, or to strike a business deal with clients. Breakfast isn’t the only meal this restaurant by the sea does well: it also offers lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and a delicious range of desserts.

Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Rd. // Open Mon.–Sat., 7:30–11am, 11:30am–2pm, 6–10pm; Sun., 9am–2:30pm, 6–10pm // (808) 923-2311,

Sarento’s at the Top of the Ilikai

Located on the top floor of the iconic Ilikai Hotel, overlooking the Waikīkī boat harbor, Sarento’s offers a pleasing panorama and a Mediterranean-inspired menu with an island flair. With a casual elegance and warm ambience, Sorento’s excellent culinary offerings come paired with great service, a full bar and live piano music.

Aqua Ilikai Hotel, 1777 Ala Moana Blvd. // Open Sun.–Thurs., 5–10:30pm; Fri.–Sat., 5–midnight // (808) 955-5559,

BLT Steak

Enjoy prime cuts of beef and seafood at this elevated version of a classic American steakhouse. Located in the luxurious Trump Tower, the restaurant follows the theme with a sleek and sophisticated look. The steak you order will be one of the best you’ve ever had and its tender and flavorful bites will more than satisfy your taste buds.

Trump International Hotel, 223 Saratoga Rd. // Open Sun.–Thu., 5–10pm; Fri. and Sat., 5–11pm // (808) 683-7777,


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