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Top 10 Fun Restaurants on Oahu


Criteria: These restaurants are friendly for families or travelers at a moderate/high to low price. They are not large franchises, but each includes a fun Hawaiian experience. We’ve chosen an eclectic group of places here (and there are other very good choices we could have made) but we think this is a great initial list for Oahu visitors.

  1. Duke’s Barefoot Bar on Waikiki – Sit on the beach, listen to the waves, and eat some good food. The Barefoot bar menu contains sandwiches, pizza and other casual dishes. ALWAYS follow your meal with a Hula Pie – their specialty. It can be shared by up to four people.  For a larger selection of entrees, eat inside. You can still enjoy the ambiance, and the Hula Pie. If you come on a Friday night you can see the Waikiki fireworks hosted by the Hilton Hawaiian Village (usually at 7:45pm) Website. $$$.
  2. Cinnamon’s  (Kailua) Open from 7am to 2pm. This is an enjoyable place for breakfast or lunch. It is very casual; you can sit inside or outside, and enjoy the scrumptious dishes. For breakfast try their specialty (guava chiffon) pancakes and cinnamon rolls as well as traditional egg dishes/ omelets/ eggs Benedict, etc. (315 Uluniu St, Kailua, Oahu, HI, 808-261-8724 Website.
  3. Nico’s Pier 38  - (NEW LOCATION) Order your food (for lunch) at the counter and choose a seat under the awning.  (table service for dinner.) This out of the way restaurant is located right along the docks, so you can watch boat come in and out while eating some very fresh fish and other dishes. - (1133 N Nimitz Hwy Honolulu, HI 96817 Listed hours are 10am to 9pm – they no longer serve breakfast.) website.
  4. House Without a Key – You’ll fall in love with this upscale restaurant at the Halukalani Hotel at 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu (Near Lewers Road).  This is an indoor/outdoor restaurant (all sides are open) for informal breakfast, lunch, cocktails, appetizers and entertainment. In the evening there is usually live Hawaiian music performed under a century-old Kiawe tree. Choose for a special night out. $$$ website.
  5. La Mariana Tiki Bar and Restaurant. This little out of the way restaurant was founded in 1957, and (claims to be) the last original tiki restaurant on Oahu. The food is good, and the history and atmosphere of the place is uniquely Hawaiian. It is worth a visit for lunch or dinner. (50 Sand Island Access Road, HI, 96816, 808 848 2800, Lunch: 11 am – 3 pm, Pupus & Drinks: 3pm – 5pm,Dinner: 5pm – 9pm) website.
  6. Cooke Street Diner, open for breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday. Often overlooked in lists of places to eat, but worth the trip if you want some authentic flavor of the islands. May look a little run down on the outside, but the plate lunches are top notch. 605 Cooke St, Honolulu, HI 96813. $
  7. Roy's Waikiki Beach – A perpetual favorite of many visitors (and islanders) and always highly rated. They serve Hawaiian Fusion Cuisine using blends local ingredients. The main courses are seafood. Roy's serves lunch and dinner. Lunch is available on the lanai. It is located at the corner of Lewers Street and Kalia Road. Choose for a special night out. $$$$ website
  8. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers – Burgers (beef, turkey, etc), Onion Rings, Milk Shakes and everything that goes with them. Everything made to order. Great family experience. 134 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu,  HI  96815-4014. $$. website.
  9. Me’s Bar-B-Que, fast and cheap for good food. (Only outdoor seating and cash only.) Good for breakfast and lunch. 151 Uluniu Ave, Honolulu, Oahu,  HI  96815-3257, $
  10. Lulu’s Waikiki For breakfast and lunch is located across from Waikiki Beach. You will enjoy the open air dining room, retro-surf atmosphere and panoramic view of Diamond Head crater. Open daily from 7AM - 2AM 2586 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Oahu,  HI  96815. $$ website

Other places we wish we had room to add on the top ten list…


Breakers (Pizza - North Shore)
Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
Leonards Bakery -mmm, malasadas!

If you have a suggestion, let us know.