HOME > Chowhound > Hawaii >

Discussion

Haleiwa Joe's, North Shore Oahu, Hawai`i - Any Reports?

Going to be on North Shore in Sept and I have gotten a recommendation from the hotel staff to try Haleiwa Joe's instead of Jamison's By The Sea. I've done Jamison's over several years and it has proven to be a nice casual dining restaurant. Before I add Haleiwa Joe's instead, I'd love to hear from some 'hounds, who have been there. Any comments?

Mahalo,
Hunt

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
Delete
  1. I ate at both restaurants recently. I would recommend Haleiwa Joe's over Jaminson's. (Although Jaminson's had the best poi bread). Probably the best meal that I had on the North Shore was at a leased restaurant property at the Turtle Bay Resort. The restaurant is right on the sand, the food was great and we saw the sunset & whales out in the ocean. It was probably one of the best meals we had all week on Oahu! I can't remember the name of it...but I am sure if you call/email Turtle Bay, they would be happy to help.

    1 Reply
    1. re: sarahbeth

      The 3 main restaurants on the property are 21° North, Palm Terrace and Ola. I believe that Ola is the leased property, as their reservations are all handled separately from the property's restaurants.

      We will be doing all three during our stay, with the Palm Terrace (most down-scale) on the day of travel/arrival.

      Based on other reviews, here and on other food boards, I'd guess that you are referring to Ola.

      Thanks for the response.

      BTW - some of the reviews of Haleiwa Joe's cited the nights with live music being the worst, basically for service. I've found a Web site for HJ's, but no mention is made of any live music. Did you note any problem with crowds overflowing into the dining area during the music sets? Did you even see/hear the live music?

      Hunt

    2. We were still on East Coast time so we had an early dinner around 5 pm, so we didn't encounter any problems. You are correct about Ola... I pulled out my food journal and confirmed it. If you get a chance to go down to Honolulu, there was an awesome inexpensive restaurant in China Town to try out...

      2 Replies
      1. re: sarahbeth

        We will finish our trip in Waikiki (seven days). The best dining, that I have found in China Town, is Indigo. We've even hired a cab to grab a late night bite there, when we had a layover at HNL. Is that, by chance, the restaurant that you reference? OR, is there some place in China Town, that I need to try?

        Thanks,
        Hunt

        1. re: Bill Hunt

          sometime give Duc's bistro a try. most under appreciated restaurant in chinatown

      2. We loved Little Village on Smith Street...the pot stickers and noodle bowls were great. Also, if you are on the Windward coast-- Buzz's Steakhouse was very good and memorable. Go early...no reservations, no credit cards. They take Mainland personal checks. Get the articoke surprise...I am still craving it.

        2 Replies
        1. re: sarahbeth

          Buzz's huh. I've not seen, nor have I tried, them. Thanks. Also, thanks for the heads-up on plastic. I never travel with a checkbook, and usually do not have much cash. Imagine my surprise, and I do not mean the artichoke!

          Mahalo,
          Hunt

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            Buzz's-hot, crowded, no AC and so-so food. PASS PASS PASS

        2. Buzz's isn't all that bad - I had the arthichoke too - had to scrape off most of the sauce, but it wasn't bad & I finished it. Enjoyed our lunch - touristy, but...

          1. if u r staying on the north shore, then try hj's. to each is own's taste. hj's is good for an afternoon-twilight place. crowded at nite, so why not go the hj's at the haiku gardens in kaneohe. much better atmosphere at nite and the scenic view of the gardens is quite nice. jamison's is not bad either. go to konos for breaksfast you'll love their b-fast burritos and bis and gravy. if u want upscale nice, it has to be either alan wong's on king street and roy's of hawaii in hawaii kai (the original) the waikiki location is way too crowded and loud. the breakfast buffet at the kahala resort is outstanding.

            1 Reply
            1. re: wavelnd828

              I was surprised at how good the food and service was at 24/7 in the Prince, especially at 12 midnight on a Monday.

            2. The thai restaurant in haleiwa is really good