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Where to eat what in Honolulu

What follows is a list that has developed over time to refer to when friends start the "I dunno, what do you want to eat?" game. I do not pretend that it is complete, I do not guarantee that it is up to date. It is intended to be a conversation starter. What should not be here, what have I left out that should be here?

AMERICAN/FUSION - Hawaii’s Best
Alan Wong’s, King Street
Chef Mavro, King Street
LaMer, Halekulani, Waikiki

AMERICAN/FUSION - Finer Dining
Azure, Waikiki
Duc’s Bistro, Chinatown*
Hau Tree Lanai, Waikiki*
Hiroshi, Restaurant Row
Hoku’s, Kahala
Hy’s Steakhouse, Waikiki*
Le Bistro, Niu Valley
Michele's, Waikiki
Orchid’s, Halekulani
Roy’s, Various Locations
Vino, Restaurant Row
3660 On The Rise, Kaimuki

AMERICAN/FUSION - Nice Dining
Buzz’s Steakhouse, Aiea, Kailua
Duke’s, Waikiki*
Jameson’s, Haleiwa
Mariposa, Ala Moana
Pineapple Room, Ala Moana
Plumeria Cafe, Kahala
Tiki’s, Marriot, Waikiki
Town, Kaimuki*
12th Avenue Grill, Kaimuki

AMERICAN/FUSION - Everyday
Aiea Bowl/The Alley Restaurant, Aiea
Big City Diner*, Various
Haleiwa Joe's, Haleiwa & Kaneohe
He’eia Pier, Kaneohe
Henry Loui’s, Mapunapuna
Kakaako Kitchen, Ward*
La Mariana Sailing Club, Sand Island
Murphy’s, Downtown
Side Street Inn, Kakaako* & Kapahulu

BREAKFAST KINE PLACES
Boots n Kimo’s
Eggs ‘n Things, Waikiki
Koa Pancake House, various locations
Liliha Bakery*, Liliha/Kalihi
Original Pancake House, Ala Moana* & Kalihi
Wailana Coffee Shop, Waikiki

BURGERS, SANDWICHES, & SUCH
BaLe Sandwiches, various locations
Burgers on The Edge, Kapahulu
Da Big Kahuna, Airport* (better before 2pm)
Hank’s Haute Dogs, Kakaako
Kua Aina*, Haleiwa and Ward
La Tour, Nimitz
Moose McGilycuddy’s, Waikiki
Puka Dog, Waikiki
Teddy’s Bigger Burgers*, various locations
The Counter, Kahala Mall
W&M Burgers (wed-sun, lunch only) Kaimuki

BUFFET
Oceanarium, Waikiki
Orchid’s (Sunday Only), Halekulani, Waikiki
Pagoda Restaurant, Keeamoku
Plumeria Beach House, The Kahala, Kahala
Prince Court, Waikiki

CHINESE
Dew Drop Inn, Lower Makiki
Duk Kee, Kaimuki*
Golden Duck, King Street
Happy Days, Kaimuki*
Little Village Noodle House, Chinatown*
Mini Garden, Chinatown & Beretania
Royal Garden, Ala Moana

DIM SUM
Happy Days, Kaimuki
Legends, Chinatown (& Vegetarian)
Mei Sum, Chinatown
Royal Garden, Ala Moana

FILIPINO
Jolibees (fast food) Waipahu & AlaMoana
Max’s of Manila, Iwilei & Waipahu
Thelmas Waipahu*

HAWAIIAN
Haili’s, Ward
Helena’s, Kapahulu
Ono’s, Kapahulu
The Willows, Moiliili

INDIAN
Cafe Maharani, King St.
Himalayan Kitchen, Kaimuki*

ITALIAN
Assagio, Various
Pizzarina, King St.*
Verbano Waialae.* (&maybe King St.)

JAPANESE
Gyotaku (various)
Ichi Riki, Keeamoku, Aiea, Kaneohe
Irifune, Kapahulu
Morimoto, Waikiki
Sekiyas, Kaimuki
Utage, Kapalama* (also Okinawan)
Yamagen, King St.*

KOREAN
Gina’s, Market City
Sorabol, Keeamoku/Lower Makiki
Choi’s Garden, Lower Makiki
Cafe Million, Lower Makiki

LATE NIGHT PLACES
Anna Millers, Pearlridge
LikeLike Drive-inn, Keeamoku
Liliha Bakery, Liliha (closed mon) lunch counter
Sanoya, noodle/ramen, King St.
Sorabol (24/7) Korean, Keeamoku
Zippy’s (24/7) Various Locations

LUNCH ONLY PLACES (or breakfast/lunch)
Cinnamon’s, Kailua (reviews have slipped)
Honey Glazed Hams (tue-sat), Moiliili
Monarch Seafood, Lunch Take Out, Kalihi
Yama’s, Moiliili (Lunch)
Waioli Tea Room, Manoa

MALASADAS
Agnes’ Portuguese Bake Shop, Kailua
Champion, Beretania St
Leonard’s Kapahulu*

MANAPUA
Char Hung Sut, Chinatown
Libby Manapua, Kalihi
Royal Kitchen, Chinatown*

MEDETERRANEAN
The Fat Greek, Kaimuki
The Greek Corner, Moiliili
Olive Tree, Kahala

MEXICAN
Azteca*, Kaimuki
Luibuenos, Haleiwa
Mexico, Liliha/Kalihi
Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, Ward

PLATE LUNCH
AAA Local BBQ*, Kapiolani
Bob’s bbq, Kalihi
Da Kitchen, Moiliili
Da Spot (not quite vegetarian)
Grace’s Inn, Makiki/Beretania
Mitsu-ken, West Kalihi (closes 2pm)
Rainbow Drive-In*, Kapahulu
Sugoi’s* (closes 3pm or earlier), Kapalma
Tsukenjo’s, Kakaako
Zippy’s, Various

SAIMIN/RAMEN
Dilligham Saimin, Liliha
Ezogiku, Moiliili
Goma Ichi, Keeamoku
Goma Tei, Ward Centers
Old Saimin House, Kalihi (odd hours)
Palace Saimin, Kalihi (odd hours)
Sanoya, King St/Makiki
Shiro’s Saimin, Aiea
Sekiya’s Kaimuki*

SEAFOOD & POKE
Alicia’s Market, Kalihi Kai
Fresh Catch, Kaimuki&Kaneohe
Kincaids, Ward
Nico’s*, Kalihi./Nimitz
Poke Stop, Mililani Mauka
Tamashiro Market, Kalihi
Young’s Fish Market, Kapalama

SUSHI/SASHIMI
Genki Sushi (various)
Kats Sushi, King St/Makiki
Mitch’s, Airport
Nobu’s Waikiki
Zippy’s (Kahala & Aiea Only)

THAI
Chai’s (Thai inspired fusion), Kapiolani
Champa Thai, Various locations
Keo’s, Waikiki
Pae Thai, King St./Makiki*
Spices (Thai inspired), Moiliili
To Thai For, Kaimuki*

VIETNAMESE/PHO
Cuu Long, Pearl Kai Center
Hale Vietnam, Kaimuki
Pho Mai, King St./Makiki
Pho97, Chinatown
Saigon, Kaimuki
Super Pho, Kaimuki

VEGAN/VEGETARIAN
Govinda’s, UH & Downtown
Legend Vegetarian, Downtown
Loving Hut (King & Pensacola)
Peace Cafe, King St.

MAINLAND CHAINS
Cheesecake Factory
Chili’s, various locations
CPK* (not available in the east)
Hy’s Steakhouse, Waikiki*
Kincaid’s Seafood Restaurant
Outback Steakhouse
Roy’s (chain started here)
The Counter Burgers
The Old Spaghetti Factory

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  1. Wow, what a comprehensive list. Thank you for posting this. This is what every newcomer needs when visiting Oahu.

    1. I'm guessing I will need to figure out where to put a few new places. Lucky Belly, MW, Kan Zaman to name a few. I'm also weak on where to eat downtown, especially for lunch. That might become it's own section. I also haven't specifically covered Okazuya, a disappearing segment. There are also a few alleged "soul food" places, not something I've covered but should. Input on all this appreciated.

        1. re: macsak

          I really like Yotekko-ya (McCully) but I hesitate to recommend it because on 4 different occasions I went there only to find it closed because they ran out of noodles, and this wasn't late in the evening, more like mid dinner time.

          1. re: KaimukiMan

            i always go when they open for dinner 5:30 because parking in that shopping center SUCKS
            and i hate to wait in line
            if you get there after 5:45 or so, the restaurant is full and you have to wait for a table
            plus the place is understaffed, so food take long and it takes a while for them to flip tables

        2. Don't forget, Tsukenjo closed in May of this year. :-(

          1. Young's Fish Market has good Hawaiian food.