Searching for the best places to eat in Waikiki? Whether you’re craving local food or want to try something new, there are plenty of dining options to explore in Waikiki. From exceptional dining experiences to acai bowls to take to the beach, these are our favorite Waikiki eats in Honolulu, Hawaii. 

Note: Some of these locations may be temporarily closed or only open for takeaway due to the global pandemic.

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Best Places to eat Dinner in Waikiki

Tanaka of Tokyo – Central

This is one of my favorite restaurants on Oahu. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday with friends and family or a special occasion with your partner, Tanaka of Tokyo is a popular place to wine and dine. Watch the chefs cook up your meal as they entertain the crowd at this upscale Japanese Steakhouse. Choose your entrees and enjoy a Crisp Tossed Green Salad, Grilled Shrimp Appetizer, Teppanyaki Vegetables, Steamed Rice, Pickled Vegetables, Miso Soup, Japanese Green Tea, and Dessert.

Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 3rd Floor 2250 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815

Arancino on Beachwalk

Tucked away on Beachwalk Ave, this Italian restaurant serves up the tastiest meals in a cozy environment. Visit the other Arancino locations at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort and Kahala Resort. 

Parking for Beachwalk Ave: Self-Park in the Bank of Hawaii building. They will validate your ticket.

255 Beachwalk Avenue, Honolulu HI 96815

House Without a Key

House Without A Key is one of the most iconic restaurants in Waikiki open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s located inside the Halekulani and features an indoor/outdoor area overlooking the ocean. Try the signature mai tai and listen to Hawaiian music and dancing while you enjoy a world-class dining experience. 

Halekulani, 2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Beachouse at the Moana 

Located inside the Moana Surfrider Resort & Spa, Beachouse at the Moana features a modern twist on classic Hawaiian cuisine. Stop in for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and enjoy the beautiful views of Waikiki Beach. Among Beachouse Signature Entrees, you’ll find Truffle Roasted Jidori Chicken and Keahole Lobster Pasta. Don’t miss a private Beachhouse label cabernet sauvignon.  

2365 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Doraku Sushi 

Enjoy authentic Japanese cuisine and drinks at Doraku in Waikiki. Treat yourself to a deluxe sushi platter or enjoy a wide selection of rolls and sashimi with friends. 

Happy Hour: Enjoy rolls, hot dishes, beer, and wine every day from 3 pm to 6 pm. 

Parking: Enter on Royal Hawaiian Ave off Kalakaua Ave. The first two hours are free with validation.  

Royal Hawaiian Center 2233 Kalakaua Avenue Suite 304, Honolulu, HI, 96815

Noi Thai Cuisine

Feast on a 12-course menu created by master chefs with a focus on the authentic taste of royal Thai Cuisine. Noi Thai Cuisine also features crispy taro rolls made with prawns and sweet taro sauce. Popular entrees include Halibut Dream, Tom Yum Lobster, and Red Curry Roast Duck. 

Royal Hawaiian Center Building C, Level 3 – C308 2301 Kalakaua Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815

Herringbone Waikiki 

Located inside International Market Place, Herringbone Waikiki’s menu features fresh and locally sourced ingredients. I’ve eaten at the location in La Jolla, and it was amazing! Visit for dinner, brunch, or daily Oyster Hour. 

Happy Hour: 4 pm – 6 pm & 9 pm-close daily. 

2330 Kalakaua Ave #3, Honolulu, HI 96815

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

Craving fresh pasta and seafood? Taormina brings the flavors of Southern Sicily to the islands. Enjoy Truffle Carbonara “Tartufo Fresco” made with fresh fettuccine, mixed mushrooms, pancetta, finished with a poached egg, and shaved seasonal truffles. Taormina also features an extensive wine list to go with your meal.

227 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815

Best Places to Eat with a View in Waikiki

Waikiki restaurants

Duke’s Waikiki

This beachfront restaurant is an iconic restaurant in Waikiki. Try the Ahi Poke from the Pupus menu, followed by a Sauteed Mac Nut and Herb Crusted Fish Entree. It’s a great place to watch the sunset and enjoy live music from local Hawaiian musicians every night of the week. Duke’s Waikiki is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Try the Hula Pie! Made with macadamia nut ice cream, on a chocolate cookie crust, and topped with whipped cream and fudge, it’s rich and delicious! It tastes incredible and everything you didn’t know you needed on your holiday to Hawaii. 

Happy hour specials from 4 pm to 7 pm. (Don’t miss Hula Grill upstairs.)

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort – 2335 Kalakaua Ave #116, Honolulu, HI 96815

RumFire Waikiki

Enjoy oceanfront views of Waikiki and Diamond Head, while you enjoy a Mai Tai at RumFire. Located inside the Sheraton Waikiki, this open-air restaurant features a full bar and nightclub. 

Try the Lilikoi Cosmo from the Liquid Aloha menu, followed by Fresh Grilled Mahi Mahi. Dance the night away in the oceanfront nightclub on Friday and Saturday nights until 1:30 am. 

Happy Hour specials from 3 pm – 5 pm daily. $6 – $9 drinks. 

Sheraton Waikiki, 255 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Best Places to Eat Breakfast – Waikiki

bills Hawaii

Bills is an Australian based restaurant centered around the theme: sunny, easy-going and generous. With locations around the world in Sydney, Seoul, Tokyo, Honolulu, and London, this is a go-to spot to add to your list for fresh food and legendary breakfasts. The Ricotta Pancakes with banana and honeycomb butter are my favorite! 

Parking is $7 for 4 hours with validation at Bank of Hawaii via Beachwalk Ave. Kama’aina guests enjoy the first 2 hours of parking for free.

Bills Hawaii is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Happy Hour Specials from 3 pm – 6 pm. $4 – $7 beer, wine, and cocktail specials. 

280 Beachwalk Ave, Honolulu, 96815

Cheap Eats Waikiki

Marukame Udon 

Come hungry, and don’t be surprised if you see a long line out the door. This place is always busy! Marukame Udon is your go-to place for fresh and made-to-order Japanese Sanuki Udon noodles. 

2310 Kuhio Ave., Suite 124 Honolulu, HI 96815 

Banan – Waikiki Beach Shack

Banan believes in using fresh, wholesome, simple ingredients that respect the agricultural landscape of the communities they serve. And their Acai Bowls are amazing! Try the Amazon, Riss Moore, and Stairway to Heaven for a delicious treat.

Enjoy your favorite in a papaya bowl.

2301 Kalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI 96815

Tucker & Bevvy Picnic Food

In the mood for a quick bite or a snack to take to the beach? Tucker & Bevvy serves salads, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, and cold-pressed juices. They also have vegan and gluten-free options. They have two locations in Waikiki.  

  • Park Shore Hotel: 2586 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki: 2424 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Best Places to Grab a Drink

Hideout 

Hideout is a hidden gem in the heart of Waikiki, inside The Laylow, Autograph Collection. Pull up a seat on the lanai overlooking Kuhio Avenue, and enjoy the relaxed ambiance. From the menu, try the Mahi Fish tacos or Coconut Curry Seafood Stew. Listen to live entertainment every night of the week. HIDEOUT is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 

Spend $25 or more for complimentary parking for three hours.

Happy Hour specials from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm. $5 Beer, $8 Wines, #7 Spirits. 

The Laylow Waikiki, 2299 Kuhio Ave Honolulu, HI 96815

Chart House Waikiki 

Enjoy harbor views and the sunset at the one and only Chart House Waikiki. Choose to sit in the dining room or lounge for a more casual affair. Choose from the Sunset Dinner special, which includes a soup or salad, entree, and dessert. Daily specials are available in the lounge area all night. 

Enjoy sunset happy hour until 7 pm every day. 

1765 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI. 96815

Waikiki Brewing Company

Since 2015, Waikiki Brewing Company has been serving up cold brews on Kalakaua Avenue. From the Aloha Spirit Blonde Ale to the Skinny Jeans IPA, local beers are crafted at the barrel brewhouse in Kaka’ako. Take your pick of local beers to choose from and enjoy pupus (appetizers) and burgers on the menu. 

Waikiki Brew Pub 1945 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Best Places to Eat Near Waikiki  

Ono Seafood 

Your visit to Oahu isn’t complete without a stop at Ono’s in Kaimuki. I love Spicy Ahi Poke and Hawaiian Style Ahi. (The parking lot is always full here.)

747 Kapahulu Ave Honolulu, HI 96816

Uncle Bo’s Pupu Bar & Grill 

This is one of my favorite places to eat! They also have a location in Haleiwa. Start with Boca-Rota: Prime rib strips, garlic cheesy-bread, sautéed mushrooms & mozzarella as an appetizer. It’s so good and perfect for sharing! Try the Fish of the Day as an entree. 

559 Kapahulu Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815

South Shore Grill

They have the best fish tacos and burritos here. Honestly, everything on the menu is excellent! Delicious grindz.  

3114 Monsarrat Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Side Street Inn

Choose from island-style appetizers, including Blackened Ahi and Kalua Sliders, while you cheer on your favorite sports team at this local bar. 

614 Kapahulu Ave., #100 Honolulu, HI 96815 

Rainbow Drive-In 

Since 1961, Rainbow Drive-In has been serving plate lunches including Loco Moco (you have to try it at least once!) Although the Kapahulu location is the OG, there are locations in Kalihi, Pearlridge and Ewa Beach. 

3308 Kanaina Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815

Diamond Head Market & Grill

I love coming here for quick bites and treats. Order the Char Siu Chicken plate or Garlic Shrimp Plate at the window and pop into the bakery for a sweet treat. They’re also open for breakfast. 

3158 Monsarrat Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815

Waiola Shave Ice

If it’s your first time visiting Hawaii, you must add Shave Ice to your foodie bucket list. There are thousands of flavor combinations to choose from, and they all taste really, really good! 

2135 Waiola St., 96826 Honolulu, Hawaii

Marion Crepes 

Whether you want something sweet or savory, Marion Crepes inside Shirokiya at Ala Moana Center has plenty of delicious options to choose from. I tried the Strawberry & Banana Chocolate Sundae, and it was terrific. They also have Acai sorbet and fruits on the menu. 

1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814

Foodland Farms 

More than a grocery store, Foodland has amazing poke selections for you to enjoy! If it’s your first time, ask for a sample before you order. Take it to the beach, and enjoy! I promise you’ll love it. 

1450 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, United States

Best Places to Stay on Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu is one of our favorite islands in the world. Check out our Oahu Blog posts: Oahu Travel Guide and Fun Things on Oahu for ideas on what to do during your visit to the islands. These are some of our top choices for hotels on Oahu:

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Conclusion

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