Top ChoiceBistro in Kailua

Kalapawai Cafe & Deli

An excellent gourmet, self-serve deli by day, Kalapawai transforms after 5pm into an inviting, eclectic bistro. The eggplant bruschetta and other share dishes are excellent paired with a wine flight (a series of...

Top ChoiceHawaiian in Kailua

Over Easy

It's a little hard to spot from the street, but you'll be glad you made the effort at Kailua's favorite breakfast, brunch and lunch spot. A fave is the Kalua Pig Hash ($15), featuring two sunny-side-up eggs,...

Top ChoiceCafe in Kailua

Moké’s Bread & Breakfast

Locals reading the paper or petting their dogs at the blue-checker-clothed tables are the norm at this legendary cafe. The famous lilikoʻi (passion fruit) pancakes and fresh-veggie frittatas are mighty fine. It...

Top ChoiceIce Cream in Kailua

Island Snow Hawaii

Cool off with a Lanikai Lime or Banzai Banana shave ice at Island Snow, which serves up some of the best shave ice on Oʻahu; it's creamier than most. A favorite of the Obamas during their Kailua holidays, the...

Top ChoiceMarket in Kailua

Kailua Town Farmers’ Market

An excellent addition to the local farmers-markets lineup, this one lasts all morning. Wake up with local coffee and browse fresh foods, prepared foods, crafts and more. There's live music, and breakfasts from...

Seafood in Kailua

Tamura’s Poke

The wine is fine, but you're really here for the poke. Tucked into the back of Tamura's Fine Wines & Liquors at the Aikahi Park Shopping Center on Kaneʻohe Bay Dr is a deli with a top poke selection. It's...

Market in Kailua

Kailua Farmers Market

Artisan breads, organic fruit and veggies, and filling plate meals, from island-style barbecue to Filipino stew, are sold by vendors in the large parking areas behind Longs Drugs.

Supermarket in Kailua

Whole Foods

This chain supermarket offers high-end foods at high-end prices. It has a very large selection of organic fare and lots of prepared meats and seafood ready for the grill. There's a vast hot-meal and salad bar....

Breakfast in Kailua

Cinnamon's Restaurant

Locals pack this family cafe for the airy chiffon pancakes drowning in guava syrup, red-velvet pancakes (yum!), Portuguese-sweet-bread French toast, eggs Benedict, mahi-mahi (with proper hash browns),...

Hawaiian in Kailua

Food Company

One side of this catering company’s cafe (the ‘original’) serves upscale versions of plate lunches, including luau-like Hawaiian specialties on Friday. The other, upscale bistro side serves daily changing chef’s...

Hawaiian in Kailua

Uahi Island Grill

Get your fresh and flavorful plate-lunch fix: furikake-crusted grilled tofu, red seafood curry, kalua pork with kale, garlic ahi (yellowfin tuna) and chicken in many forms. Dine outside along this quiet...

Hawaiian in Kailua


Super-casual poke place renowned for the freshness of its seafood. Watch the chefs hard at work. The choices change daily; enjoy them to go or at one of the tables inside and out. It also has warm dishes such as...

Japanese in Kailua

Rai Rai Ramen

Look for the red-and-white banner written in kanji outside this brightly lit noodle shop. The menu of ramen styles ranges from Sapporo south to Hakata, all with rich broth and topped with tender pork, if you...

Italian in Kailua

Baci Bistro

Home-style Italian cooking is on offer here, where the owner knows most patrons by name. Don’t miss the white-chocolate and mascarpone cheesecake. The ravioli is made fresh daily. Tables in the cute, small dining...

Italian in Kailua

Formaggio Grill

Dozens of wines by the glass; convivially large, high dining tables with stools; and hearty dishes (braised lamb, large burgers, myriad pastas) help ensure this place is always buzzing. It has a nice mood-lit vibe.

Supermarket in Kailua

Down to Earth Organic & Natural

Part of the Oʻahu-wide chain, this large natural-foods store with a takeout deli and hot-and-cold meal bar has moved into a massive space on Kailua Rd. There is a large area of tables inside and free wi-fi.

Deli in Kailua

Kalapawai Market

A 1930s landmark market near the beach that sells picnic supplies, convenience foods, made-to-order sandwiches and market-fresh salads. Good coffee, too. Take out and stroll down to Kailua Beach Park.

Pizza in Kailua

Bob’s Pizzeria

Authentic flat-crusted pizzas. Buy by the slice or by the pie. Close to the beach, it has a fine terrace with tables under umbrellas. Does a huge takeout business with locals.

Pizza in Kailua

Boston's Pizza

Supersized slices of pizza with thick, chewy crust that the locals rave about. Offers delivery.