25 Apr Our Favorite Restaurants on Oahu
Each restaurant on Oahu is diverse, and you can find just about any of the Hawaiian delicacies you want to sample, served with fresh ingredients at reasonable prices. Below is our list of the best Oahu restaurants, in no particular order.
1. Heeia Pier General Store & Deli – East Oahu
Heeia Pier General Store & Deli has been a favorite for three decades. This joint serves classics like plate lunches and loco mocos (pictured above – beef patty, egg and gravy over rice). New and well-known chef Mark Noguchi recently took over the kitchen, where he put a modern-sustainable and healthier take on the local comfort food. Located oceanfront on the pier and open for breakfast and lunch only.
2. Cafe Haleiwa – North Shore
Cafe Haleiwa is a North Shore staple that is owned & operated by a local Hawaiian family. This famous Oahu restaurant is well known for Mexican breakfast dishes like green chilaquiles (pictured above), and is now open for dinner. The menu is gourmet but menu items are reasonably priced. Unique dinner menu items include savory thyme cheesecake and ginger potato soup. Cafe Haleiwa is a BYOB and there is a wine shop conveniently located next door.
3. Pupukea Grill – North Shore
Pupukea Grill is a favorite Oahu restaurant for both visitors and locals, including many pro surfers. The grill serves plate lunches and non-traditional “lunch wagon” fare such as paninis, quesadillas, fish tacos, fish bowls, and shaved ice.
4. Kono’s Haleiwa – Haleiwa
Kono’s is a family-run breakfast and lunch spot centrally located in historic Haleiwa on North Shore. Small, deli-like eatery allows takeaway and dine-in. Outdoor seating available.
5. Hukilau Cafe – East Oahu
Hukilau Cafe is a local hole in the wall frequented by locals and visitors. This is a small, unfussy eatery serving local favorites like eggs and Portuguese sausage (pictured above) on disposable plates with plastic utensils.
6. Zippy’s – Ala Moana
Zippy’s is a quick & convenient Hawaiian-style fast food eatery. Items include regional specialties like lamb curry, tripe stew, and red endive eggs with warm ham (pictured above). An affordable and local favorite. Update: this location closing at the end of April. Other locations will be open throughout Honolulu.
7. Andy’s Sandwiches & Smoothies – Manoa
Andy’s is a great alternative to fast food, with healthy and affordable fare served since the 70’s. This is a great place for non-carnivores, because there are many vegetarian dishes available. Choose from a variety of sandwich selections made with fresh ingredients in-house. Smoothies are also very popular here.
8. Town – Kaimuki
Town is a popular bistro serving “classic with a twist” dishes such as grilled half-chicken with pancetta, black mussels with fennel-tinged homemade pasta (pictured above), plus fresh, creative salads and burgers. You will need reservations here every night of the week, so be sure to call in advance. Outdoor dining is available.
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