Top ChoiceSteak in Waikiki

Hy's Steakhouse

Hy's is so old-school that you expect to find inkwells on the tables. This traditional steakhouse has a timeless old leather and wood interior. But ultimately, it's not whether you expect to see Frank and Dean at...

Top ChoiceDesserts in Waikiki

Waiola Shave Ice

This clapboard corner shop has been making the same super-fine shave ice since 1940, and we’d argue that it’s got the formula exactly right. Get yours doused with 20-plus flavors of syrup and topped by azuki...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Waikiki

Musubi Cafe Iyasume

This hole-in-the-wall keeps busy making fresh onigiri (rice balls) stuffed with seaweed, salmon roe and sour plums. Other specialties include salmon-roe rice bowls, Japanese curry and island-style mochiko fried...

Top ChoiceCafe in Waikiki

Barefoot Beach Cafe

Waikiki's best beach cafe is just south of the sand at Queen's Beach. Order at the window and grab a shady table close to the water and tuck into island-accented breakfasts, snacks and lunches. The kitchen shows...

Top ChoiceJapanese in Waikiki

Tonkatsu Tamafuji

Katsu, the deep-fried Japanese cooking method that coats meats like pork and chicken in a perfectly crispy exterior made from panko bread crumbs. This bright and cheerful packs in crowds for some of O‘ahu's best....

Top ChoiceJapanese in Waikiki

Marukame Udon

Everybody loves this reconstructed Japanese noodle shop, which is so popular there is often a line stretching down the sidewalk. Watch those thick udon noodles get rolled, cut and boiled fresh right in front of...

Top ChoiceCafe in Waikiki

Ars Cafe and Gelato

Avocado toast two cuts above the cliche is but one of the delights at this cafe, which is also a gallery for local artists. Enjoy excellent coffee as mellow, jazzy tunes play gently. Don't miss the ice cream by...

Hawaiian in Waikiki

Rainbow Drive-In

This plate-lunch legend draws legions of locals and tourists from Waikiki. Wrapped in rainbow-colored neon, it's a throwback to another era. Construction workers, surfers and gangly teens order down-home...

American in Waikiki

MAC 24/7

If it's 3am and you're famished, skip the temptation for a cold $25 burger from room service (if you have room service) and drop by Waikiki's best all-night diner (their slogan: 'We don't close unless it...

Buffet in Waikiki

Orchids

Oʻahu’s most elegant Sunday brunch spread covers all the bases, with a made-to-order omelet station; a buffet of poke, sashimi, sushi and salads; and a decadent dessert bar with coconut pie and homemade Kona...

Hawaiian in Waikiki

Haili's Hawaiian Foods

Three generations at Haili’s have been cooking up homegrown Hawaiian fare since 1950. Locals shoehorn themselves into kid-friendly booths and tables, then dig into heaping plates of kalua pig (cooked in an...

Fusion in Waikiki

Pioneer Saloon

The crowds are proof: people love Pioneer Saloon's Japanese-fusion plate lunches, with dozens of choices from grilled ahi to fried baby octopus to yakisoba (fried noodles). The fried chicken with garlic sauce and...

Seafood in Waikiki

Azure

Azure is the signature restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian Resort. Seafood fresh from the market is celebrated in the bouillabaisse, and simplicity is the hallmark of the steak and seafood mains. Given the quality,...

French in Waikiki

La Mer

At the luxury Halekulani resort, La Mer is rated by traditionalists as Waikiki’s top fine-dining destination. A neoclassical French menu puts the emphasis on Provençal cuisine with the addition of fresh...

Hawaii Regional in Waikiki

Roy's Waikiki

This contemporary incarnation of Roy Yamaguchi’s island-born chain is perfect for a flirty date or just celebrating the good life. The ground-breaking chef's signature misoyaki butterfish, blackened ahi...

Cafe in Waikiki

Veranda

For colonial atmosphere that harks back to early-20th-century tourist traditions, enjoy afternoon tea here. It comes complete with finger sandwiches, scones with pillowy Devonshire cream and tropically flavored...

American in Waikiki

Mahina & Sun’s

Overlooking the stylish pool at the Surfjack Hotel, this open-air bistro has a well-imagined casual and comfortable menu of classics, such as burgers, salads, pizza and seafood (which is sustainably sourced)....

Hawaiian in Waikiki

Hawaii's Favorite Kitchens

Why drive all over Oʻahu looking for favorite local foods when you can get many of them right here. Fittingly owned by the iconic Rainbow Drive-In next door, this brightly lit storefront has dishes from Mike's...

Hawaiian in Waikiki

Diamond Head Market & Grill

Step inside this fantastic gourmet deli and bakery for take-away roast pork loin and citrus jicama (yam bean) salad, perfect for a beach picnic. Outside at the takeout window, surfers and families order char siu...

Japanese in Waikiki

Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin

Why go to Tokyo for perfect pork tonkatsu when you can enjoy the lightly breaded bits of deep-fried pork goodness right here near Waikiki Beach? The family behind this restaurant has been serving tonkatsu at a...