10 Best Restaurants Not to Be Missed in Honolulu

Honolulu's best restaurants are as diverse as the cultures in the islands. In Honolulu the best meal doesn't mean it's the most elegant, as there's many family run hole-in-the-walls that fit under the "best" category. Yet for those high end dinners, there's beautiful selection of exquisite meals to be had. From dressing up for ocean front meals, to keeping it casual at locals style eateries, these are the ten best restaurants in Honolulu.

For an amazing casual breakfast at a true hole-in-the-wall, Bogart's Cafe delivers simple yet delicious takes on breakfast dishes and espresso. As a local favorite it's teeming with customers each morning, vying for their famous breakfast bagel sandwiches and lattes.

A low key and homey feeling meal, make a reservation at Irifune. Serving up home style Japanese food, this is another local favorite. Popularity is obvious with the crowds each night hungry for curries, katsus and tempura.

On the other end of the spectrum, Alan Wong's is possibly Hawaii's most famous and sought after restaurant. Serving Pacific Rim fusion in an elegant atmosphere, this is the ideal place for a special dinner or date night. Michel's on the ocean near Diamond Head is another high end restaurant, serving the most traditional French food in Honolulu. With a dress code and traditionally elegant atmosphere, Michel's almost feels like a restaurant not in the islands.

Once you've identified your craving or occasion, explore our list of the top ten restaurants in Honolulu, and experiences the island's best flavors.

Lei Lei's Bar and Grill sits right on the golf course at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of Oahu. Like a bar and grill would be, it's laid back and casual, yet somewhat upscale and classy. There's a putting green out front where the kids...  Read More


Fabulous French cuisine tempts diners at this elegant ocean side restaurant, making for potent sensory stimulation. While you revel in beautiful views and romantic sunsets, feast from a menu of mouthwatering dishes, such as lobster bisque,...  Read More

Take in the North Shore's relaxed lifestyle at this fantastic eatery. Kick back on the lanai, take in the incredible island scenery, and revel in the moment. While you do, make sure to sample terrific seafood and steak entrees. Prime rib is...  Read More

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So ono (delicious), as the locals would say! At Irifune you'll find perhaps the best Japanese food a person can find in Honolulu, and it's decently priced, low key, a home style. The hole in the wall restaurant hides it great food behind a very...  Read More


Some of the island's most accomplished cuisine is served at this small, intimate restaurant in Honolulu. Under the masterful command of Chef Mavro, French technique pairs with Hawaiian ingredients to create culinary magic. Dishes include Maitake...  Read More

Lauded for its spectacular island cuisine, this perennial favorite attracts a regular contingent of high-profile folks. They come to soak in the chic, comfortable atmosphere and partake of incredible, creative fare. Starters include foie...  Read More

Under the masterful tutelage of chef Roy Yamaguchi, who skillfully fuses European and Asian cuisines, this establishment has earned a reputation for lively ambiance, attentive service, and incredible food. A devotion to impeccably fresh...  Read More

A beautiful, pale room, accented with gleaming wood and sprinkled with flowers and artwork, welcomes guests to this exceptional place. The overall all culinary theme is Pacific Fusion, and it's known as the best in Hawaii. The exhibition kitchen...  Read More

Diamond Head

Bogart's is one of those hole-in-the-wall places that is a tried and true reliable joint for locals in search of that perfect breakfast. Whether taken to eat on the go or eaten at one of their small sidewalk or indoor tables, Bogart's is a not...  Read More


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