10 Best joints for barbecue on Oahu

It must be because Oahu truly is the Gathering Island, as it's nicknamed, that we find such an array of cuisines. Nestled between the swaying palm trees of the country side, and the tall buildings of Waikiki lies plenty of amazing barbecue joints. Whether you're in the mood for a classic barbecue meal, or one with an Asian or Korean fusion element, you won't be lacking in options to please the palate. From the mellow east side, up to Central Oahu, and deep down in the winding roads of the city, Honolulu offers up delicious barbecue to enjoy while visiting the island.

Out on the east side you can get a truly local experience at Keneke's or Uncle Bobo's, who can also cater any event you may have with delicious BBQ. These and a few other local favorites are just that - local favorites - meaning that they're wonderful places to get a peak at the culture of the island. For bigger, more upscale barbecue eateries there is always Buzz's Steakhouse and d.k. Steakhouse in Honolulu.

What's interesting about Oahu is the fusion of Korean and Asian food with barbecue. Most of the BBQ joints on this list are Korean barbecue restaurants, serving up a combo of local, Hawaiian, Korean and other Asian foods mixed with classic barbecue elements. Nearly all of these places can be enjoyed in a very casual fashion, and are perfect for a family dinner, a casual date, or for quick food to take on the go. 10 Best has you covered with the best BBQ places island wide.

d.k Steak House

Cozy wooden booths line the dining room at this local favorite � perfect for a romantic dinner. Subdued lighting, elegant table settings, and understated, graceful decor set the scene for a fantastic meal. Portions are large and...  Read More

Authentic Hawaiian food what real island folks eat! There is the amazing draw at this unassuming place. It's always crowded, and it's largely take-out, but it's worth searching out. Kalua (roast) pig is a favorite, as is lomi-lomi salmon...  Read More

Not far from Kailua Beach on Oahu's windward side, this venerable institution captures the spirit of Hawaii as it existed in years past. Rustic and comfortable, Buzz's also boasts walls full of photographs, which add a note of personality. The...  Read More

Me's Bar-B-Que

Me's BBQ is a combo of Hawaiia, Korean, and barbecue dishes. Portions are known to be huge here, with one plate often being enough for two people. Located centrally in Waikiki, Me's is a simple and to the point joint, and the owner takes the...  Read More

Located in Oahu's countryside of Waimanalo on the east side of the island, Keneke's offers what the name says - plate lunch and BBQ. Keneke's is quite an interesting place, as it is very "local style." It's a quaint and simple eatery. You...  Read More

Uncle Bobo's is a true local style and local favorite barbecue joint on the east side of Oahu. While they have classic barbecue dishes like amazing spare ribs, they also offer Asian and Pacific themed foods such as Thai beef and chicken stir fry...  Read More

Gina's B-B-Q

Gina's B-B-Q has been around since 1991, serving happy and hungry locals and visitors for about three decades. Owned and run by two sisters (one named Gina, naturally), Gina's offers up that unique local combo of Korean food, and classic and...  Read More

Molly's Smokehouse

Located in the very unassuming Central Oahu town of Wahiawa, Molly's Smokehouse serves up barbecue that is a coveted meal by Oahu locals. From classic macaroni and cheese, to a pulled pork sandwich to sweet bake beans, Molly's is a classic...  Read More

Pearl's Korean Barbecue blends Asian fusion, local food and barbecue in one quaint eatery in the beautiful Manoa Valley outside of Honolulu. With a hot buffet style offering of various dishes, Pearl's serves up what are usually quite large...  Read More

Pub, restaurant, or dive bar, whatever you may call it, Kemo`o Pub is one of those long standing joints where people can go for reliable and good bar food, friendly service, and a great selection of beers. Although each day the pub is open...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade

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