Bruch, midnight dinners, and all day breakfasts in Honolulu
By Jade Eckardt
Big Island, Honolulu, and Kauai Local Expert
Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best breakfast/brunch restaurants in Honolulu and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. In Honolulu you can fill your belly with breakfast food during brunch, at midnight, or any other time of day thanks to the wide array of breakfast eateries.There are plenty of options to satisfy any breakfast craving no matter what time of day it is.
If you're looking for a huge brunch that offers just about everything you could imagine, start your day at Hoku's or Orchids. Both classy eateries are known for their huge portions and vast array of options. They also both have nice elegant atmospheres with ocean views.
For a more casual breakfast that can be eaten at any hour of the day (or night), the Wailana Coffee House is a classic Waikiki staple centrally located. This is where you go after partying, when you're craving pancakes for lunch, or to fuel up for a long day of exploring.
To grab a cup of coffee or a latte and a healthy vegetarian meal to stay or go, Mocha Java in the Ward Warehouse is a spot that is always sure to satisfy. This isn't all vegetarian, but it's a very healthy options that also offers a vast array of coffees and pastries.
So as you can see there's lots of options, and that's why 10 Best is here to make it easier on your search for the best breakfasts in Honolulu.
It's fast food � Hawaiian-style! And it's ono! These convenient eateries satisfy local folks with a focus on regional cuisine, including chili and saimin. Plate lunches make for good eating and feature everything from lamb curry to kalua pig to tripe stew. You'll also find shoyu chicken, sweet-and-sour spareribs, and roast turkey to tempt your tastebuds. Fantastic desserts and pastries are reason in themselves for a trip! (808-973-0870)
9 Duke's Canoe Club
In tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii's renowned swimmer, surfer and Olympic athlete, this casual restaurant offers patrons a wealth of island culture. Memorabilia, live Hawaiian music, and fresh local seafood are among the attractions that have folks returning again and again. Food is served all day, and lunchtime brings fresh fish, steaks, burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. A midday buffet features kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, just-caught fish, and a salad bar. The hula pie, a house special, is not-to-be-missed. Dinner reservations are a must, and this is a perfect place for a fun group dinner or date night. Dress up a bit, but keep it island style. (808-922-2268)
8 Plumeria Beach House
Trying to please a number of different tastes? This wonderful, beachfront eatery deftly provides plenty of territory for satisfaction. Throughout the day, you'll find everything from ahi sandwiches to grilled steaks, steamed fish, savory pastas, and roasted chicken. Better yet, fixed-price buffet options ply diners with a wealth of delights at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Find an outdoor table, browse the menu, and enjoy anything you choose, be it Asian, American, Mediterranean, or Hawaiian. Great for groups and families. (808-739-8760)
7 Hau Tree Lanai
Dining beneath a graceful, arching hau tree by the water � could there be any more gracious setting? This outdoor venue delights diners with its idyllic ambience and then confirms the pleasure with delicious cuisine. Dinner, especially at sunset, is sublime, and fresh fish is de rigueur. Grilled, steamed, or blackened, its delicate flavor matches the setting; you'll also find shrimp and crabcakes to sample. Other enticing options include an amazing rack of lamb and wonderful vegetarian dishes. (808-921-7066)
6 Liliha Bakery
This old-style eatery has tons of character, and you'll enjoy stepping in to watch the short order cooks work their magic. If you want to grab a homey breakfast or a burger, have a seat at the counter and place your order. If you want a slice of pie, savor it there, or have it wrapped up for home. They also sell terrific cakes, flaky pastries, and other baked goods, such as brownies and doughnuts. Their coco puffs � something like profiteroles but with the addition of chocolate pudding � are incredible, but unfortunately, they go fast. (808-531-1651)
If you're the sort who likes a touch of culinary drama, keep an eye on the open kitchen at this striking restaurant. Wood-burning ovens, a grill, and sizzling woks provide spectacle as the staff prepares roast fish, grilled rack of lamb, and stir-fried lobster. Quality, however, isn't lost amid the machinations; rather, everything is first-rate, especially crisped whole island fish, osso bucco, and ahi tuna in its many incarnations. Terrific views complement the experience, as does an attentive staff. Pricey but worth the expense. (808-739-8760, 808-739-8888)
Boasting lovely views of Diamond Head and an abundance of signature flowers, this celebrated restaurant does everything right. Breakfast each day is an event, whether you opt for a Continental, American, or Japanese morning meal. Sunday brunch, however, is an absolute extravaganza known the island over. Its legion of stations features breakfast favorites and adds in pastries, fruit, hot entrees, soups, salads, fresh fish, and desserts aplenty. Live music adds another layer of sensation, and the entire affair is not-to-be-missed. (808-923-2311)
3 Mocha Java Café
At this fantastic caf�, you can either step in for a smoothie or a full-bodied cup or coffee, or you can stay awhile and have a light meal as well. Cr�pes are a specialty, both savory and sweet, and you can also pick up an omelet, salad, sandwich, or stir-fried dish. Cakes and cookies make an appearance as well, as do some great vegetarian options, including vegan, low-fat, and tofu-based fare. Consider Mocha Java a stop-off while you run errands, or make it a destination for a satisfying, tasty meal. (808-591-9023)
2 Wailana Coffee House
Since it never closes, this coffee shop is a perpetual favorite with those looking for sustenance in the wee hours. Its relaxed ambience welcomes a laid-back crowd, and the all-day breakfast pulls in its share of satisfied patrons too. Ideal in the morning, the comforting aroma of bacon and eggs also appeals to diners looking for a late-night snack. Lunch and dinner are offered as well, and you'll find karaoke and live music in the cocktail lounge, come evening. (808-955-1764)
1 Bogart's Cafe
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 to miss place for anyone vising Honolulu. The tiny cafe has an extensive hand written menu on the wall, and although it's quite varied and long, everything is really good. The coffees are also great and they have every type of espresso you could want. A real hit is the breakfast bagel sandwich, can't go wrong with that. (Honolulu, HI 96815)
About 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 exploring the island. A regular visitor to Kauai, Jade recently authored a full-length Kauai guide book. She is a writer and photographer, whose work has been published in numerous regional and national magazines. When she's not writing, Jade enjoys a good beer, a good surf, and time in her garden with her son.
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