Restaurants on Oahu
Like that very rare shell you stumble upon on a perfect day at the beach -- well polished and without a flaw. Accents of lemongrass, sweet-and-sour, garlic, and wasabi are what make this eatery so popular. Dinner reservations are recommended. Wong is the winner of the 1996 James Beard Northwest Chef Award for Best Chef.
1857 South King Street, Third Floor, Honolulu
Reservations: (808) 949-2526
Chai's Island Bistro
Chef & owner Chai Chaowasaree offers a feast for all senses. Contemporary Pacific Rim cuisine with a Thai flair. Serving lunch and dinner, except Mondays. Spectacular presentations, full bar and extensive wine list. 2004, 2005 and 2006 Hale Aina Award. Hawaiian entertainment is nightly with valet parking service.
1 Aloha Tower Drive, Aloha Tower Marketplace, Downtown
Reservations: (808) 585-0011
In 2003, proprietor and chef George Mavrothalassitis won the prestigious James Beard Foundation award as the Best Chef in Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. His multi award-winning and famed French-Hawaiian fare is rooted in training with numerous masters of contemporary French cuisine. This may be the only restaurant of its caliber in the world entirely dedicated to food and wine pairing. Complete your dinner with his signature LION Organic Kona blend coffee. Valet parking available.
1969 South King Street, Corner of King and McCully
Reservations: (808) 944-4714
This hot spot features Eurasian cuisine in a romantic, elegant setting. Vast and impressive menu with a wine list that covers every part of the world. Multi award recipient with a popular bar where Hawaiian theater performances take place on Friday and Saturday nights.
1121 Nuuanu Avenue, Chinatown
Reservations: (808) 521-2900
The Cheesecake Factory
A historic and popular franchise with lavish décor that serves far more than cheesecake. Select from 200 menu items for appetizers, pizza, pasta, seafood, steaks, salads, sandwiches, and more. Save room for cheesecake, of course. There are 50 to choose from. Eat in or takeout service.
2301 Kalakaua Avenue, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center - ground level
Phone: (808) 924-5001
3060 on the Rise
A delicate blend of European, Pacific Rim and Island-Style Cuisine, this eatery combines the best of many palates for a very special dining experience. Voted as a 2003 Ilima Award Diner.
3660 Waialae Avenue, overlooking East Honolulu
Waikiki – Diamond Head
Located at the Banyan Wing of the Sheraton Moana Surfrider. The simple pleasure of taking tea at the Banyan Veranda is a long-standing Moana tradition. Civilized guests will savor this lovely retreat from the afternoon sun, an elegant service in the shade of the stately Banyan tree for fine teas, finger sandwiches and sweet pastries.
2365 Kaulakaua Ave., Waikiki
Reservations: (808) 931-8383
Hula Grill Waikiki
Perched at the ocean’s edge overlooking famed Waikiki Beach, the grill presents vibrant and flavorful meals with spectacular views of the beach and ocean. Simple, traditional cooking techniques reflecting the diverse cultures of Hawaiian people. Delightful breakfast, dinner or bar menus.
The Outrigger Waikiki Hotel, 2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 203
Reservations: (808) 923-4852
Hy's Steak House
The real specialties of this steak house, of course, are the USDA Prime grade cuts of beef which are dry-aged and trimmed on the premises. The kiawe wood sears the steaks with an intense heat, while complementing the flavor of the fine beef perfectly. Hy's signature steak, "The Only" - is a tender New York strip, kiawe-broiled with the restaurant's unique steak house sauce. Enjoy a continental dinner in their lovely blend of American, European, Hawaiian and Pacific décor.
Waikiki Park Heights Hotel, 2440 Kuhio Avenue
Reservations: (808) 922-5555
Hawaii Kai - Kahala
Praised for their innovative fusion of Hawaiian, Asian and European fare, some locals swear it's the best on Oahu. Do call ahead for lunch or dinner.
Kahala Mandarin, 5000 Kahala Avenue, Kahala
Reservations: (808) 739-8780
Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian fusion cuisine blends fresh local ingredients with European sauces and bold Asian spices, always with a focus on seafood. Each evening you’ll find a tantalizing range of appetizers, entrées, fresh Hawaiian fish dishes, and desserts.
6600 Kalanianaole Hwy. Hawaii Kai
Reservations: (808) 396-7697
European cuisine with an Italian flair. Old world ambiance makes a fun atmosphere. Fresh veal, pork, chicken and "fish of the day" cap lunch and dinner menus.
30 Aulike Street
Brent's Restaurant & Delicatessen
An extensive menu where tables are adorned with vats of pickles and brown mustard. This is a true New York delicatessen in Oahu.
629-A Kailua Road, (behind First Hawaiian Bank)
Phone: (808) 262-8588
Lucy's Grill & Bar
One of Kailua's most popular restaurants, not just because of the open-air bar and the outdoor lanai seating, but because the food is terrific. The menu is eclectic Hawaii regional cuisine with lots of choices and giant-size portions. The dress is casual and the clientele is from the neighborhood. FYI, the 'Early Bird Special" before 6:30pm offers a terrific dinner for just $12.
33 Aulike Street
Reservations: (808) 230-8188
Saeng's Thai Cuisine
The strong spicy flavors so prevalent in Thai cuisine have been toned down to accommodate tamer Western tastes. So if you like it hot, just tell your server! Great choice for vegetarians, serving lunch and dinner.
315 Hahani Street
Phone: (808) 263-9727
South of the border dining since 1981. In addition to Mexican classics, they're known for their wonderful breakfast anytime.
66-165 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa Shopping Plaza
Phone: (808) 637-3538
Surf and turf menu located next to the Haleiwa bridge with a nice harbor and sunset view. This is a popular spot with locals. There are only two Haleiwa restaurants close to the ocean and this is one of them.
66-0011 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa North Shore
Reservations: (808) 637-8005
Jameson's By the Sea
Open for brunch, lunch or dinner where hurricane lamps and fresh flowers grace tables with crisp white linens. Children's menu and takeout available.
62-540 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa
Reservations: (808) 637-6272
Lei Lei’s Bar & Grill
Dinner features a menu brimming over with entrees of fresh, succulent seafood, savory beef, chicken and pork prepared to perfection. Signature dishes include slow-roasted prime rib, ginger soy Ahi and a warm bacon dressing spinach salad. Compliment the meal with a selection from their extensive wine list.
At the Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway Kahuku
Reservations: (808) 293-2662
21 Degrees North
Enjoy the finest contemporary island cuisine in a stylish setting with breathtaking views of Turtle Bay where you can watch the sun as it slowly dips into the Pacific Ocean. The Chef harmonizes the aromatic influence of the Pacific Rim with exquisitely refined Asian cuisine to present a sumptuous menu emphasizing spice and flair. Call ahead for seasonal hours and reservations.
Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku
Reservations: (808) 293-8811