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.
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.
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.
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.