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Best Food in Oahu

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The island of Oahu is a fantastic destination for food lovers, and this list will take you through some of the best spots for any budget. Stop by a farmers market to taste a variety of tropical fruit and be sure to get your fill of local seafood — whether it's poke, sashimi or on the grill — for some of the freshest fish you have ever tasted!

Good for
  • Foodie
  • Beach Goer
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

The Pig and the Lady

Restaurants

Koko Head Cafe

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Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

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Matsumoto Shave Ice

Restaurants

Vintage Cave Cafe

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Nico's Pier 38

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Saturday Farmer's Market KCC

Flea & Street Markets

Tamura's Fine Wines

Gift & Speciality Shops

House Without a Key

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Malia Y's City Tips

  • The local version of fast food in Hawaii is called the "plate lunch" or mixed plate. The classic comes with two scoops of rice, macaroni salad, and your choice of entree.
  • Most visitors to Oahu opt to rent a car, although if you're flexible with your time, most of the island can be reached via "The Bus."
  • Most restaurants and eateries in Hawaii are very casual, so flip flops ("slippahs" in Hawaii) and shorts are fine at all but the fanciest restaurants.
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    The Pig and the Lady
    Restaurants (Asian, Vietnamese)
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    Malia Y Says:

    The Pig and the Lady is a family-run operation focusing on elevating Vietnamese street food. This brick and mortar location in Chinatown has a loyal following for good reason: The menu changes based on what's seasonal, there is a fantastic cocktail bar, and even a dessert bar!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The menu changes often, so ask your server for advice. If it's available, definitely try the "Pho French Dip Banh Mi!"
    • If you can't make it to the restaurant, you can also find "PATL" around town at various farmers markets and special events. Check their website or Twitter for updates.
    • Family-style dining is the way to go here, so that you can try the maximum number of dishes. If you can get a group of at least 4-6 together, try the "Primal Cuts" menu.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #14 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing seasonal variety 06/12/2017
    • Pho-Tastic! 03/12/2017
    • The Pig and the Lady
    Address:
    83 N King St
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-5108
    Phone:
    +1 808-585-8255
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    17:30 - 21:30
    Tue - Fri
    10:30 - 14:00
    Fri
    17:30 - 22:00
    Sat
    10:00 - 14:00
    17:30 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Koko Head Cafe
    Restaurants (American, Cafe, Asian, Hawaiian)
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    Malia Y Says:

    Fans of Top Chef will remember Lee Anne Wong from the show's first season. In 2013, she delighted Honolulu foodies by relocating to Oahu and opening Koko Head Cafe in Kaimuki — now one of the island's most popular options for brunch.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Three words: cornflake french toast. Trust me!
    • Reservations are not taken in advance, so try to get there as close to opening (7am) as possible for the shortest lines.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #46 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Creative delights 11/12/2017
    • Gluten Free Options and more 08/12/2017
    • Koko Head Cafe
    Address:
    1145 12th Ave Ste C
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-3754
    Phone:
    +1 808-732-8920
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 14:30
    Other:
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    Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Restaurants (Seafood, Fast food, Hawaiian)
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    Malia Y Says:

    'Best shrimp truck' is a hotly debated category among Oahu residents, but Giovanni's is one of the top contenders. Two locations serve up their popular shrimp plate lunches, but I prefer the original truck, located in Kahuku on the island's beautiful northern coast. For me, it's worth the one hour drive and the 30 minute wait when I take that first garlicky bite of shrimp scampi!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • To break up the long drive to Kahuku, stop at the Pali lookout for a view of the windward side, and in Haleiwa for refreshing shave ice.
    • Cash only, so be sure you hit the ATM before making the drive.
    • Scampi is the only way to go — it's perfection with a squeeze of lemon. Ask for a side of hot sauce if you can stand the heat!
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Still Our FAVORITE! 10/12/2017
    • Gluten Free Options 08/12/2017
    • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
    Address:
    66-472 Kamehameha Hwy
    Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-1468
    Phone:
    +1 808-293-1839
    Price range:
    USD 10 - USD 15
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:30 - 18:30
    Other:
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    Matsumoto Shave Ice
    Restaurants (Hawaiian)
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    Malia Y Says:

    Another popular debate among locals is where to get your fix of shave ice — the best way to cool down on a hot day in Hawaii and a must-try while you are in the islands. While there is inevitably a line out the door at Matsumoto, it moves rather quickly, so be sure to have your order ready!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Skip the extra cost for a fancy plastic holder for your shave ice. Just eat it quick before it melts!
    • Take your pick of classic syrup flavor combinations or design your own — I like the "Rainbow" with strawberry, lemon and pineapple syrups.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #65 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shaved ice 10/12/2017
    • Snow cone gone wild 08/12/2017
    • Matsumoto Shave Ice
    Address:
    66-087 Kamehameha Hwy
    Haleiwa, Oahu, HI 96712-1411
    Phone:
    +1 808-637-4827
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Vintage Cave Cafe
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Malia Y Says:

    For those in search of a fine dining experience for a special occasion (including the President and First Lady), Vintage Cave really puts Honolulu on the fine dining map as a food destination.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Don't miss the collection of artwork that lines the dining room walls — including a series of 18 original drawings by Pablo Picasso!
    • Tasting menus here are expensive but worth it; allow at least 2-3 hours for the experience.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #559 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    • Great Food, Good Service once you get past the Unwelcoming Staff at the entrance to this Cave 08/11/2017
    • Nice! 07/11/2017
    • Vintage Cave Cafe
    Address:
    1450 Ala Moana Blvd. Suite 1380
    Ala Moana Center, Street Level 1, Ewa Wing
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96814-4604
    Phone:
    +1 808-441-1745
    Price range:
    USD 18 - USD 65
    Hours:
    Sun
    17:00 - 22:00
    Sun - Sat
    11:00 - 16:00
    Mon - Sat
    17:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Nico's Pier 38
    Restaurants (American, Seafood, Hawaiian)
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    Malia Y Says:

    The seafood at Nico's is literally the freshest that you'll find on Oahu because it's located at Pier 38, just steps away from the island's fish market. Every morning, Nico and his chefs pick out the best of the day's catch and create a menu to match. Casual and seat-yourself for breakfast and lunch, the restaurant switches to table service — often with live music — in the evenings, when the bar fills up with a pau hana crowd.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Nico's at Pier 38 has been featured on the Food Network's "Diners, Drive Ins and Dives" and many international TV shows. You'll often see media filming here!
    • The fish market and shop indoors serves up some of the best poke on the island, including great value poke bowls with up to three choices.
    • You can't go wrong with the "Furikake Ahi" plate lunch or the "Fresh Catch of the Day."
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #54 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointing 10/12/2017
    • Great food 08/12/2017
    • Nico's Pier 38
    Address:
    1129 N Nimitz Hwy
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96817-4522
    Phone:
    +1 808-540-1377
    Hours:
    Mon - Fri
    08:00 - 22:00
    Sat - Sun
    12:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Saturday Farmer's Market KCC
    Flea & Street Markets
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    Malia Y Says:

    The largest farmers market on the island is popular for good reason. It's worth it to push through the crowds for the variety of fresh veggies, tropical fruits, value added products to take home, and prepared foods from vendors from all over the island.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Like any market, the best fruits and veggies can sell out, so go early if you're planning to cook later!
    • There are free mats available to use on the grass slope furthest from the parking lot, if you'd like to enjoy your farmers market breakfast on site.
    • Most stalls don't accept credit cards, so be sure to bring cash with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 332 things to do in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Come One Come All 14/10/2017
    • A great start to your Saturday morning... 16/09/2017
    • Saturday Farmer's Market KCC
    Address:
    4303 Diamond Head Rd
    Kapi`olani Community College
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-4421
    Phone:
    +1 808-848-2074
    Hours:
    Tue
    16:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    07:30 - 11:00
    Other:
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    Tamura's Fine Wines
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Malia Y Says:

    Tamura's is a local favorite with a wide selection of wine, beer and spirits, plus locations throughout the islands. But the real reason to come to Tamura's is the fresh poke counter.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Beach Goer
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The fresh fish pokes are a good bet, but give the "Spicy Pipikaula Poke" or "Tofu Poke" a try if you are in the mood for something different.
    • Poke bowls are available for takeout, or you can purchase your poke by weight. Ask for samples!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #22 of 151 Shopping in Honolulu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Poke bowls!!!!!!! 23/07/2017
    • Exceptional 20/07/2017
    • Tamura's Fine Wines
    Address:
    3496 Waialae Ave
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96816-2648
    Phone:
    +1 808-735-7100
    Hours:
    Sun
    09:30 - 20:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:30 - 21:00
    Other:
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    House Without a Key
    Restaurants (American, Polynesian, Hawaiian)
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    Malia Y Says:

    With a perfect location right on Waikiki beach under the shade of the kiawe trees, here at this Halekulani Hotel venue you can grab a cocktail and listen to live music as the sun sinks into the water. Heavenly!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Luxury Traveller
    Tips
    • The entertainment here is top knotch — former Miss Hawaiis dance hula for the evening show.
    • It's pricier than some, but Halekulani makes one of the best mai tais on the island.
    • Try the famous coconut cake!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #23 of 2,844 restaurants in Oahu
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lack of basic human compassion 08/12/2017
    • Good Ambiance, but Mediocre Food 05/12/2017
    • House Without a Key
    Address:
    2199 Kalia Rd
    Halekulani Hotel
    Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-1936
    Phone:
    +1 808-923-2311
    Price range:
    USD 20 - USD 35
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    07:00 - 21:00
    Other:
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