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Popular Restaurants in Honolulu

If you're a first time visitor to Honolulu, you might prefer a more touristy area, but if you're a solo traveler, a smaller local eatery could be more interesting. Some areas have lots of things to do within walking distance, but the restaurants may be more expensive. To give you a starting point for your trip research, we looked at what people say about restaurants in Honolulu.


What are some good restaurants in Honolulu?

Here are some of the most recommended restaurants in Honolulu.

Helena's Hawaiian Food
1240 N School St Honolulu, HI (808) 845-8044
Rainbow Drive-In
3308 Kanaina Ave Honolulu, HI (808) 737-0177
Duke's Waikiki
2335 Kalakaua Ave Suite 116 Honolulu, HI (808) 922-2268
Liliha Bakery
515 N Kuakini St Honolulu, HI (808) 531-1651
Shimazu Store
330 North School Street Honolulu, HI (808) 371-8899
Side Street Inn
1225 Hopaka St Honolulu, HI (808) 591-0253
Alan Wong's Restaurant
1857 S King St Honolulu, HI (808) 949-2526
Morimoto Waikiki
1775 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI (808) 943-5900
Tiki's Grill & Bar
2570 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI (808) 923-8454
International Market Place
2330 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI (808) 753-5714
Hau Tree Lanai
2863 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI (808) 921-7066
RumFire
2255 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI (808) 922-4422
Leonard's Bakery
933 Kapahulu Ave Honolulu, HI (808) 737-5591
Ono Hawaiian Foods
726 Kapahulu Ave Honolulu, HI (808) 737-2275
Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice
525 Kapahulu Avenue Honolulu, HI (808) 735-8886

Here's what Trippy members had to say about restaurants:

"Such as: - Helena's Hawaiian Food, do NOT go on Tuesday."  See More

"Typically much lower priced than hotels + you get a local host that can make recommendations too :) Skip the overpriced mediocre chain restaurants and try local and more affordable favorites like South Shore GrillSouth Shore Grill on Monsarrat, Rainbow Drive-In just off Kapahulu past the zoo, Ono Hawaiian Foods also on Kapahulu, the KCC Farmers Market for fresh fruits, veggies, and ono plate lunch options on Saturdays mornings and Tuesday nights."  See More

"Other spots are Waikīkī Beach – go to Duke's Waikiki on Sunday and RumFire for Happy Hour – and also consider big party events like Jazzfest in New Orleans."  See More

"best burger on the island is at Liliha Bakery."  See More

"The popular ones are Waiola Shave Ice, Shimazu Store."  See More

"ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple (Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet) HiBlend Health Bar & Cafe Fine Dining If you are looking for a something on the fancier side I would say: La Mer Hoku's Chef Mavro restaurant Alan Wong's Restaurant Roy's Waikiki Great Atmosphere or Views The following have decent food but great vibe or views: House Without a Key Hau Tree Lanai Longhi's Ala Moana Sarento's at the Top of the Ilikai Ocean House Restaurant Tourist Traps with Fun Food Where it lacks on food it makes up with it's fun vibe: RumFire Duke's Waikiki Tiki's Grill & Bar Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar Gordon Biersch Ok."  See More

"We were in Honolulu for only a few nights and were between Alan Wong's Restaurant and Morimoto Waikiki."  See More

"Amber, below, is right: there is great shopping to be done in Waikiki (on Kalakaua Ave), but sadly the International Market Place is now being renovated to become a luxury shopping area but there is still a small street filled with vendors selling souvenirs and knick knacks."  See More

"I agree Halekulani Hotel is a great spot so is Michelle's Restaurant & Lounge and the restaurant at the new Hau Tree Lanai restaurant."  See More

"Leonard's Bakery has the best malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts, some with Hawaiian fillings such as lilikoi and haupia (my personal favourite) in the state, and they also have a food truck that makes the rounds."  See More

"For shaved ice, I went Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice."  See More

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  1. Helena's Hawaiian Food
  2. Rainbow Drive-In
  3. Duke's Waikiki
  4. Liliha Bakery
  5. Shimazu Store
  6. Side Street Inn
  7. Alan Wong's Restaurant
  8. Morimoto Waikiki
  9. Tiki's Grill & Bar
  10. International Market Place
  11. Hau Tree Lanai
  12. RumFire
  13. Leonard's Bakery
  14. Ono Hawaiian Foods
  15. Waiola Bakery and Shave Ice
Where can I find out more about Honolulu?

This page is just a starting point, to really get personalized advice from Honolulu locals and experienced travelers, post a question on Trippy! You can start by browsing the questions other people have asked about Honolulu.

If you've changed your mind and decided to go somewhere else, go to the main page and explore where to stay in any city.

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