From casual oceanfront cafés and tiki bars to elegant fine dining restaurants helmed by world-class chefs, you’ll find an array of dining experiences within moments of the resort. For recommendations on the best restaurants in Waikiki or assistance with reservations, our concierge is happy to help.
For the longest time, Liliha Bakery's chantilly cake, a chocolate cake with a rich buttercream frosting, was its best seller. Although it still may be a popular cake, the coco puffs are what put Liliha on the map. They have a light crust, are filled with a light chocolate cream and are topped with a dollop of chantilly frosting. The bakery still has seating at a retro 1950s diner counter, and if you ever plan to sit down to eat, you have to try a butter roll with your meal. The butter rolls are toasted on the grill until 1 side is golden brown. When served, they come with a bright pinkish, nuclear-looking jelly. Once you spread that on top of that roll, it will become your next delicious guilty pleasure.
Romy's Kahuku Prawns & shrimp
If you've never visited Oahu's North Shore before, a local will agree that it is mandatory for first-timers to get their hands dirty peeling and eating garlic shrimp. Romy's Kahuku Prawns & Shrimp is a family-run business and has been raising and serving savory seafood for years. The butter and garlic sauteed shrimp is the signature dish; it comes with a generous amount of succulent garlic shrimp, soft rice and a secret shoyu sauce for dipping. There are also other seafood choices, such as the sweet and spicy plate, which adds a little kick to your shrimp, juicy steamed prawns and even fried sunfish.
Helena's hawaiian food
In the heart of Kalihi lies one of the state's oldest Hawaiian food eateries, Helena's Hawaiian Food. Serving traditional Hawaiian food using the family secret recipes of founder Helen Chock, this restaurant introduces visitors to how Hawaiian food should taste. If you want to try a little bit of everything Helena's has to offer, order “Menu D.” It comes with the traditional tasty kalua pig, semi-salty lomi salmon, appetizing pipikaula (dried beef) short ribs and luau squid. Save room for the haupia (coconut) dessert. If you want to try melt-in-your-mouth goodness, order the Fried Butterfish Collar as a side dish.
Hawaii is lucky to have a fresh supply of seafood right in its backyard. Poke — raw, bite-size pieces of fish covered in seasonings — is a common seafood dish that many visitors and locals eat. Fresh Catch certainly has some of the freshest and tastiest poke on the island. Whether you choose the bold firecracker poke or the simple and traditional poke, order at least 1/4 pound to taste. Other options include the poke bowl, which is served over a mound of soft Asian rice. If you are really hungry, try one of the plate lunches, such as the crab-stuffed ahi plate — crab and ahi rolled together in seaweed and then deep-fried, leaving a crunchy outside but soft center.
Uncle clay's house of pure aloha
Shaved ice is Hawaii’s iconic dessert. It’s the perfect way to cool down and beat the summer heat. At Uncle Clay’s House of Pure Aloha (HOPA), the shaved ice comes in a bowl of delicious fruity syrup topped with things such as the signature sweet dream sauce, locally made ice cream from Lalamilo Farms, fresh fruit, mochi or adzuki beans. If you're thirsty, get an icy or a shaved ice tea. Small, locally made snacks including li hing mui seeds, cuttlefish or even taro chips are also available if you need a quick bite..
There are few bowling alleys around Oahu, but 1 place that makes cosmic bowling look cool while causing taste buds to water at the same time is Aiea Bowl. It's known for its tasty fried chicken, which is crispy on the outside and tender inside. The secret is in the sweet soy sauce with heavy garlic and light chili flakes. The restaurant is also known for some of its signature desserts. Aiea Bowl has one of the best pumpkin crunch desserts on the island: a thick, buttery crust with a cinnamon pumpkin center and whipped cream topping. If you want a flavor that’s refreshing, try the lemon toffee cake. The 3-layer cake is zesty and covered with airy whipped topping that is dotted with toffee bits.
There are many iconic places to eat on Oahu, and Rainbow Drive-In is one of them. Serving up a bunch of local favorites, it is known for plate lunches that come with rice, heavy macaroni salad and your choice of meat. Choose among spam and eggs, hamburger steak or shoyu chicken. If you can't decide, snag a bento box or a mixed plate: teriyaki BBQ chicken, mahi and some boneless chicken. Rainbow is also famous for its loco moco plate, which is hamburger and egg smothered in thick gravy. But if that is too big for you, downsize to a bowl. Want to cool down while eating your plate lunch? Grab an ice-cold slushy float, a strawberry iced drink with vanilla ice cream.
Hula Grill Waikiki
Perched at the ocean’s edge overlooking famed Waikiki Beach, Hula Grill Waikiki presents diners with spectacular views of the beach and ocean. Open for breakfast and dinner daily plus lunch all weekend.
We focus on regional and global cuisine while creating impactful flavors. Hawaii is a haven for fresh seafood and local produce.
A warm greenhouse-style restaurant offering Hawaii Regional Cuisine featuring fresh fish, local produce and inventive appetizers such as prized musubi topped with house made spam.
With a direct view of the Pacific Ocean, Seaside Grill is perfect for lunch after a relaxing morning at the pool, a swim with the Dolphins, beach activities or a shopping excursion to Waikiki. Lunch is served at beachside tables, with views of the ocean and beach activity.
Menus include fresh bounty from local waters, sandwiches and salads, hamburgers and delectable desserts, all served with refreshing drinks from the poolside bar.
Goma Tei Ramen
Local Favorite Ramen Chain Restaurant!
Opened for 12 Years Since 2006!
5 Restaurants Locate in 5 Major Malls in Hawaii!
Soup Broth: Every pot of their soup is made in-house and cooked for more than 20 hours before serving. Their sesame seeds are imported from Japan, roasted and stone grounded by a traditional stone grinder in-house to a delicate paste. And their rice shipped directly from Hokkaido, Japan.
Authentic Japanese food in an ocean-view setting. Choose between Western or traditional tatami (sit-down) style service. Outstanding kaiseki menus available.
Sky Waikiki is Hawaii’s premier RoofTop Bistro, Lounge and Nightclub, located 19 stories above the heart of Waikiki.
Sky Waikiki features a one-of-a-kind wrap around lanai, where guests can enjoy breath-taking views of Oahu’s picturesque sunsets & the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean.
Indulge in a signature cocktail or an item from the menu, prepared by award-winning Executive Chef, Lance Kosaka.
SKY Waikiki has Live music daily from 6pm-9pm and also has free validated parking. For more information check out www.skywaikiki.com or call (808) 979-7590.
One of the restaurants that you must visit is Chef Chai at Pacifica Tower. From its innovative cuisine and known for fusing fresh Hawaiian ingredients with exotic flavors of Hawaii. Voted as the Best New Restaurant in 2013 from the readers of Hawaii Magazine, Honolulu Magazine, and Honolulu Star Advertiser.
Chef Chai was also voted as the winner of the Hale Aina CHEF’S CHOICE award, selected by Hale Aina Award winning Chefs. Chai's restaurants also have been critiqued and recommended by many international magazines, from Bon Appetite, Brides, Sunset, Cooking Light, Travel & Leisure to Gourmet Magazine and many more.
For more information about us, please visit the web at ChefChai.com or call Chef Chai at 808 585-0011 Email ChefChai@outlook.com
The Pig and the Lady
Visiting celebrities, from President Obama to Ben Affleck, all stop by for at least one meal at the Pig and the Lady. Located in Chinatown, Honolulu, this award-winning Vietnamese fusion restaurant is one of the hottest spots to dine on the island. They recently opened a new restaurant "Pggy Smalls" at Ward Village that is open for both lunch and dinner.