Hawaii being a multi-cultural society, where East
meets West, with a Polynesian embrace, Waikiki offers
a wide array of culinary delights. There is an excellent
choice of restaurants offering specialties from all
over the world - from French and German to Japanese
and Chinese, or Thai and Indian, or Hawaiian to many
many more. Due to the 5 million tourists that come
to Waikiki every year, the competition for patrons
makes restaurants innovative and very conscious of
quality. Seafood stops are a hallmark of the island
and Waikiki has some of the finest.
offers so many food possibilities that recommendations
are inevitably highly personal. For fine dining, all
the larger Waikiki hotels have good restaurants. Outrigger
Reef Hotel’s Shore Bird Beach Broiler is open
for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their all-you-can-eat
breakfast buffet is a sumptuous array of fresh fruit,
pastries, egg dishes and meats, with the beach and
Diamond Head as a stunning backdrop. There are many
choices for steak. The original Chucks Steakhouse
in the Edgewater Hotel is in the top tier for beef,
and the A1 Steakhouse & Oyster Bar in the Marc
Suites is a strong contender. Seafood stops are a
hallmark of the island and Waikiki has some of the
finest. Some of the best are Sarentos Top of the "I"
at the top of the Ilikai/Hotel Nikko Waikiki, where
the fish preparations have a northern Italian flair,
and the Lobster & Crab House in the Royal Hawaiian
Shopping Center. A large tank of live Maine lobsters
is positioned at the entrance so that you may pick
your clawed choice for dinner. Orchids Restaurant
in the posh Halekulani Hotel offers an elegant seafood
menu in an open-air setting, and La Mer, also in the
Halekulani, is a Triple A Diamond Award restaurant
where the seafood dishes are prepared in a Provencal
style. Matteos in the Marine Surf Hotel is considered
to be the finest Italian restaurant in Waikiki. The
superb menu is served in an intimate setting and the
wine list here is also one of the best in town.
are not the only places that offer good food. There
are excellent reasonably priced choices all over Waikiki.
If you’re looking for a place to entertain your
children, then the Official All Star Café is
the place. They have a great kids’ menu, 38
TV screens, a scoreboard and video games. It’s
located in the King Kalakaua Plaza next to NikeTown.
For Japanese cuisine, Kobe at the end of Ala Moana
Boulevard, and Tanaka of Tokyo with three locations
in Waikiki are great choices. Wide choices are available
for Chinese cuisine as well. Lotus Moon Restaurant
in the Sheraton Princess is one of the best. Then
there’s China Garden on Kuhio Avenue, and Lau
Yee Chai on Kalakaua Avenue. For Thai cuisine, Bangkok
Lanai located on Seaside Avenue and Keo's In Waikiki
of Kuhio Avenue are great places, and for French/Continental
cuisine Micnel's At The Colony Surf, also on Kalakaua.
you’re in Hawaii, an experience of Hawaiian
food is a must. Hawaiian cuisine is a melding of European
techniques with ingredients from Asia and the Pacific.
The traditional Luau, a sumptuous feast of traditional
foods including fish, pork and rootcrops cooked in
an underground oven and garnished with coconut cream,
is something not to be missed. Luau evenings are put
on for tourists at most major centers, either at one
of the large hotels or on a secluded beach and usually
include a traditional hula or dance show.
South Seas Village Theatre Restaurant is also a great
place for Polynesian meal with an excellent Pacific
Basin show. It is located on Atkinson Street on the
border between Waikiki and Ala Moana. If you’re
looking for something typical with Hawaiian music
and a location right on the beach, then Dukes Restaurant
and Barefoot Bar is in a class all by itself. Open
for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this is the place
to be on a Sunday afternoon after a refreshing dip
in the blue Pacific. Other reasonably priced places
that offer Hawaiian fare are Sam Choy's Breakfast,
Lunch and Crab and Acqua Restaurant.
If an elegant, intimate dining experience is desired,
try Arancino, a cozy little place on Beachwalk Avenue.
The special thin-crust pizza covered with shrimp,
cheese and Maui onions is a must. Then one of the
absolute best dining experiences available in Honolulu
is at the original Chart House Restaurant overlooking
the Ala Wai Yacht Harbor. There are excellent fast-food
malls in the Ala Moana Center, and the much cheaper
and more exotic Maunakea Marketplace on Maunakea Street
in Chinatown, while Waikiki's Kuhio Avenue is lined
with snack outlets and fast-food franchises.
of restaurants are numerous and to name them all impossible.
We suggest that you look up all the places and treat
yourself to something new and interesting each day
of your stay.