If you’re planning your first trip to Honolulu, Hawaii, then you probably don’t know which restaurant to visit first. While the island offers several good choices, some are more highly rated than others. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten to give you some excellent options. We’ve included useful information about each to help you plan in advance, where to have your meal in Honolulu.
Marukame Udon Waikiki
Marukame Udon Waikiki is a casual Japanese style restaurant that makes a remarkable noodle soup. They’re one of the most affordable restaurants in Honolulu and the food is highly recommended by tourists and by the locals. They offer a good selection of comfort food and late night food. The restaurant is open until 10 pm at night for your convenience. It’s a laid-back atmosphere and guests order at the counter and take their own meals back to the table.
Duke’s Waikiki is a popular seafood eatery that is located on the beachfront. It’s a restaurant that specializes in Surf n’ Turf meals and it also offers some interesting and delicious umbrella drinks. The restaurant also offers happy hour foods of the comfort variety and late night meals.
Helena’s Hawaiian Food
When you dine at Helena’s Hawaiian Food, remember to bring along your folding green because they don’t take checks or credit cards, it’s a cash-only restaurant. Helena’s specializes in Hawaiian homestyle comfort food. Space doesn’t have any frills and the environment is casual but the food is out of this world. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Friday from 10 am through 7:30 pm.
The Pig and The Lady
The Pig and the Lady is a Vietnamese restaurant that offers a modern version of traditional dishes. Guests are seated in a communal table setting. the food gets an above average rating. The restaurant features small plates of artistic Vietnamese fare and specializes in late night and comfort food.
Beachhouse at the Moana
The Beachhouse at the Moana is a restaurant that specializes in surf n’ turf cuisine. The restaurant is an upscale and sophisticated locale that offers both indoor and outdoor seating on the veranda. Enjoy breathtaking ocean views while enjoying fine dining at its best. It’s a good idea to call first to secure your reservations because the Beachhouse at the Moana does get busy.
Orchids is a lovely restaurant that is moderately priced. It opens early to offer breakfast as well as lunches and dinners. It comes highly recommended for Sunday brunch. The environment is a casual elegant which features orchids thematically. They offer outdoor seating with scenic views and in addition to their seafood menu and global fare, they also offer a healthy options section for those who are health conscious.
The Original Roy’s in Hawaii Kai
If you can only dine at one restaurant in Honolulu, we recommend that you make it The Original Roys in Hawaii Kai. This venue is a part of a high-end chain that features the Hawaiian fusion cuisine of chef Roy Yamaguchi. The setting is contemporary and the plates are small. Save room because the desserts are amazing. The restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor seating.
Uncle Bo’s Pupu Bar & Grill
Uncle Bo’s Pupu Bar and Grill is a great place to find traditional Hawaiian fares such as dumplings, pupu platters, and kalua pig. If you stay out a little late, it’s not a problem because, in addition to serving happy hour food, they also serve late night meals. The environment has a youthful club feeling complete with a neon backlit bar.
La Mer is Honolulu’s premier French restaurant. This upscale dining establishment requires reservations in advance to ensure that you don’t have to wait in a line behind others. They serve French cuisine in a cozy and high-end environment with lovely ocean views and a French menu featuring traditional French fare.
Azure is an upscale seafood restaurant offers some of the best desserts on the island, of course coming in second to their seafood entrees. This is one of the most highly rated upscale seafood restaurants in Honolulu and although they a little pricey, the atmosphere offers a one of a kind dining experience.