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Top 5 best restaurants in Honolulu?

Planning a trip to Honolulu and looking for some of the best local restaurants to try! Budget will vary as we want to try the nicest places to the best holes in the walls. Where are your favorites and why?

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top answer by
Rob from Honolulu

This is a tough one!  Depending on the experience you are looking for in Honolulu will determine the best restaurant.  

Hidden Gems

This is where I go when I am in town:

  1. Kan Zaman Chef Kamal makes great food, ask for outdoor seating! 
  2. Side Street Inn great local style food.  Great for late night grindz.
  3. Le Bistro possibly Honolulu's best cuisine nobody knows about.
  4. Town talented chef with all locally sourced ingredients.
  5. Nico's Pier 38

Local Fast Food

Eat like the locals with these plate lunch specials:

  1. Rainbow Drive-In
  2. L&L
  3. St Louis Drive-In Inc
  4. Zippy's
  5. Liliha Bakery (this is more of a diner than fast food, but it is a local treat)

Healthy Spots

If you want something healthy, check out:

  1. Diamond Head Cove Health Bar cant miss the Acai Bowl, best on the island.
  2. Blue Tree Cafe excellent juices and snacks!
  3. Greens And Vines best Raw food in Hawaii.
  4. ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple (Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet)
  5. HiBlend Health Bar & Cafe

Fine Dining

If you are looking for a something on the fancier side I would say:

  1. La Mer 
  2. Hoku's 
  3. Chef Mavro restaurant 
  4. Alan Wong's Restaurant
  5. Roy's Waikiki 

Great Atmosphere or Views

The following have decent food but great vibe or views:

  1. House Without a Key
  2. Hau Tree Lanai
  3. Longhi's Ala Moana
  4. Sarento's at the Top of the Ilikai
  5. Ocean House Restaurant

Tourist Traps with Fun Food

Where it lacks on food it makes up with it's fun vibe:

  1. RumFire
  2. Duke's Waikiki
  3. Tiki's Grill & Bar
  4. Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar
  5. Gordon Biersch

Ok... well, its more than five... but never ask a fat man where he likes to eat.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Honolulu (city)
  2. Kan Zaman (restaurant)
  3. Side Street Inn (restaurant)
  4. Le Bistro (restaurant)
  5. Town (attraction)
  6. Nico's Pier 38 (restaurant)
  7. Rainbow Drive-In (restaurant)
  8. L&L (restaurant)
  9. St Louis Drive-In Inc (restaurant)
  10. Zippy's (attraction)
  11. Liliha Bakery (restaurant)
  12. Diamond Head Cove Health Bar (restaurant)
  13. Blue Tree Cafe (restaurant)
  14. Greens And Vines (restaurant)
  15. ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple (Govinda's Vegetarian Buffet) (restaurant)
  16. HiBlend Health Bar & Cafe (restaurant)
  17. La Mer (restaurant)
  18. Hoku's (restaurant)
  19. Chef Mavro restaurant (restaurant)
  20. Alan Wong's Restaurant (restaurant)
  21. Roy's Waikiki (restaurant)
  22. House Without a Key (restaurant)
  23. Hau Tree Lanai (restaurant)
  24. Longhi's Ala Moana (restaurant)
  25. Sarento's at the Top of the Ilikai (restaurant)
  26. Ocean House Restaurant (restaurant)
  27. RumFire (restaurant)
  28. Duke's Waikiki (restaurant)
  29. Tiki's Grill & Bar (restaurant)
  30. Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar (restaurant)
  31. Gordon Biersch (restaurant)
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answered by
Charles from Boston

Helena's Hawaiian Food was probably our favourite restaurant state-wide.  It's not at all expensive, the staff are wonderful, and the food is incredible.
Hula Dog and Puka Dog Hawaiian Style are also well worth a stop.  They're scattered over the city and the islands.  My girlfriend was initially skeptical about "wasting" a meal at a hot dog stand (we're from Boston, so we don't get to Hawaii very often), but started to come around once she saw the list of tropical relishes and the bacon taro bun, and then completely changed her mind once she took a bite.

Mentioned in this answer:

  1. Helena's Hawaiian Food (restaurant)
  2. Hula Dog (attraction)
  3. Puka Dog Hawaiian Style (attraction)
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