One of the most requested bits of information that my clients have when planning their Hawaiian adventure is, where do we eat?
There are a plethora of dining options, and If I were to list every good restaurant I have eaten at in Oahu, I would have to start another blog. However, with so many options available, it can be overwhelming to decide where to eat first.
The Islands have a long history of Polynesian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and even Portuguese influences, and it’s no doubt that its cultural diversity plays a heavy role in Hawaiian cuisine.
It’s a fusion of flavors that offer anyone and everyone a chance to taste Hawaii, and I know just where to start!
Eggs N Things / ($-$$)
This landmark has been around since 1974 and offers some of the best classic Hawaiian breakfasts around. There are two locations to choose from one on Saratoga and the other on Kalakaua Ave. I would recommend the Saratoga location as it has more seating. It’s right behind Beachwalk but, be prepared to wait a bit as this is a location favorite and can get a bit packed.
Must eat Items – Loco Moco
Mac Pancakes –
Rainbow Drive-in / ($)
A bit outside of Waikiki, but an easy trek is the iconic Rainbow Drive-in. This place is a landmark and has been around as a local hotspot since 1961. Opened by Seiju Ifuku born, in Japan, and move to Oahu during WWII. It was recommended on my first trip to Oahu and is now in my top 5 MUST eat in Oahu. Their Loco Moco’s are amazing and don’t even get me started on the mac salad. They also have amazing chicken long rice, a staple in Hawaiian cuisine. There is also no indoor seating and parking is an issue so be aware. Make sure you grab a t-shirt or sticker too on your way out!
Rainbow Loco Moco –
Kona Coffee Purveyors – https://konacoffeepurveyors.com / ($)
Located in the International Market Place in the food court. At the Kuhio entrance. This new and upcoming coffee shop has some of the BEST coffee in Oahu. They also offer a variety of pastries and baked items. This place is great if you just need a quick bite to start the day.
Lulu’s Waikiki – http://www.luluswaikiki.com / ($-$$)
Located toward the end of the Waikiki strip it’s within walking distance of most hotels in the area. This was actually the first breakfast meal I had in Hawaii a million moons ago. Every time I am in town I make sure to stop by. The best thing to order? A Kaula pig omelet of course! The view overlooks Waikiki so make sure you get there early for the perfect table!
Check this view out!
Boots and Kimos – https://www.bootsnkimos.com / ($-$$)
Boots and Kimos is located outside of Waikiki in Kailua. It’s a 30-40 minute drive depending on traffic but it’s well worth the trip. They have the single best stack of pancakes on Oahu hands down. Their fried rice is amazing as well and they even make a delicious fried rice omelet. They tend to get a bit busy, so prepare to wait in a small line. On the weekends the wait can be up to an hour or more but like I said, WELL worth it.
Let me tell you about these Mac nut pancakes… They are incredible.
Island Vintage Coffee – https://www.islandvintagecoffee.com / ($-$$)
They have several locations but, my favorite is the one located in the heart of Waikiki. Located in the Royal Hawaiian shopping center, this tucked-away gem normally comes with a line at least 30 minutes deep. Very few tables so you might want to grab and go. If you are looking for a more dine-in option, right next door is the Wine bar. It serves the same food and drinks but, you have a server so be prepared for tipping. I have had pretty much everything on their menu but, I keep coming back for one thing… ACAI. One of my favorite things about Waikiki is Island Vintage. They also have a really cute shop with tons of souvenirs and gifts.
They have several locations but, my favorite is the one located in the heart of Waikiki.
That there on top you ask? That is Haupia. Words can’t describe how good it is.
Smoked salmon eggs benedict.
Grab it to go and relax in your room.
Oahu has so many wonderful places to eat so stay tuned for more options for lunch and dinner! Mahalo for now!
$ – under $10 per person
$$ – $10-20 per person