Restaurants

Top Choice Hawaiian in Waikiki

Rainbow Drive-In

If you only hit one classic Hawaiian plate-lunch joint, make it this one. Wrapped in rainbow-colored neon, this famous drive-in is a throwback to another era. Construction workers, surfers and gangly teens order all…
Top Choice Steak 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 a …
Top Choice 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 (yellowfin t…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Kahuluʻu & Waiahole

Waiahole Poi Factory

This family-owned roadside landmark sells ʻono (delicious) traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, baked laulau (bundle made of pork or chicken with salted butterfish wrapped in taro and ti leaves and steamed) and squid…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Hawaiʻi Kai

Roy’s Hawaiʻi Kai

Roy Yamaguchi is one of the driving forces behind Hawaii Regional cuisine, emphasizing fresh local ingredients with artfully blended European, Asian and Pacific Rim influences. A pilgrimage to the chef’s original ou…
Top Choice Hawaii Regional in Honolulu

Alan Wong's

One of Oʻahu’s big-gun chefs, Alan Wong offers his creative interpretations of Hawaii Regional Cuisine (HRC; Hawaii’s homegrown cuisine) with a menu inspired by the state's diverse ethnic cultures. Emphasis is on fr…
Top Choice Desserts 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 beans, …
Top Choice Local in Kahuku

Tita's Grill

One of the first Kahuku eateries you'll encounter coming from the south. Real local flavor defines this roadside drive-in, where loco moco plates smothered in gravy, kalbi (Korean-style grilled marinated short ribs)…
Top Choice Hawaiian in Sunset Beach to Haleʻiwa

Ted's Bakery

Quintessential North Shore, Ted’s is the place where surfers load up for breakfast, laid-back locals grab a snack, suntanned vacationers dig into plate lunches – and everybody goes for dessert. The chocolate-haupia …
Top Choice Seafood in Waikiki

Azure

Azure is the signature restaurant at the Royal Hawaiian Resort. Seafood fresh from the market, such as Kona abalone, red snapper and ono (white-fleshed mackerel), are all exquisitely prepared island-style. Daily spe…