Cured Hamachi from SENIA in Honolulu. Image: Ryan Yamamoto
Cured Hamachi from SENIA in Honolulu. Image: Ryan Yamamoto

Best restaurants and cafés on O‘ahu

Try local favourites such as malasadas at authentic bakeries, treat the kids to shave ice and dine at some of Honolulu's coolest restaurants and tiki bars
Malasadas from Leonards Bakery
Malasadas from Leonard's Bakery

Leonard’s Bakery

Leonard’s Bakery has been a local institution since the 1950s and is a great place to try malasadas (Portuguese doughnuts)

Liliha Bakery

Liliha Bakery is famous for its buttery, creamy coco puffs. Its original store is in Kuakini St, Honolulu, but it now has several other outlets.

Waiola Shave Ice and Matsumoto Shave Ice

Waiola Shave Ice in Kapahulu and Matsumoto Shave Ice at Hale‘iwa are among the best places to indulge in the tropical treat.

Skull & Crown Trading Co.

In Downtown Honolulu, check out hip tiki bar and courtyard, Skull & Crown Trading Co.


Considered one of Honolulu’s best restaurants, Senia in Chinatown offers the option of dining from the a la carte menu or trying the multi-course tasting menu at the Chef’s Counter.

Tchin Tchin

In Chinatown’s art district, rooftop wine bar Tchin Tchin serves both original and classic cocktails alongside small plates and tartines.

The Pig & the Lady

It’s also worth checking out Vietnamese-inspired, family run restaurant The Pig & the Lady, farm-to-table restaurant Fête, and hip sushi and matcha bar OBAKE.

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

The family-owned Helena’s Hawaiian Food has been serving traditional cuisine since 1946, even winning the James Beard Foundation’s Regional Classic Award along the way.

Poke from Redfish at SALT at Our Kakaako
Poke from Redfish at SALT at Our Kakaako

SALT at Our Kaka‘ako

There’s also some fantastic eateries in the trendy mixed-use area, SALT at Our Kaka‘ako. Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine co-founder Peter Merriman’s Moku Kitchen brings O‘ahu’s rich upcountry and farm heritage to downtown Honolulu. It also has one of Hawai‘i’s first keg wine systems and dozens of craft beers on tap, including selections from local breweries. Also at Kaka‘ako, 1938 Indochine brings Asia’s street food culture to Hawai‘i, with décor shipped from the region, while Redfish Poke Bar by Foodland is a great place to try authentic and innovative variations of the diced raw fish dish.

Waikīkī Brewing Company

The laid-back Waikīkī Brewing Company combines award-winning craft beer with a menu serving authentic house-smoked beef brisket and pulled pork.

Merriman’s Honolulu

At nearby Ward Village, Merriman’s Honolulu is a great place to experience Hawai‘i Regional Cuisine.

Kitchen Door Napa

In the Wai Kai development at ‘Ewa Beach, Kitchen Door Napa has a boardwalk café and a restaurant with an open-kitchen, Plaza Grill, led by Michelin-awarded chef Todd Humphries.

Honolulu Fish Auction

You can also dine on locally caught seafood sourced by the famous Honolulu Fish Auction at Upstairs at Pier 38, which offers island cuisine fused with rustic French techniques.

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