10 Best Places for Homestyle Food in Honolulu

Traveling inspires and adventurous approach to dining, but sometimes there's nothing like a homestyle meal to to feel at home. Honolulu is adorned with different restaurants to traditional homestyle fare like eggs and bacon, spaghetti and shepherd's pie. But what's beautiful is that the island offers homestyle dishes that vary across cuisines. Whether you're looking for all American traditional breakfasts, vegetarian dishes, or curries and noodles, you can find different home style eateries throughout Honolulu.

Perhaps the hands down best homestyle eatery on the island is Cafe Haleiwa, located on the North Shore. The breakfast menu puts a Mexican spin on eggs, home fries, and sides. Dinner features a gourmet yet comfort food take on Italian and American dishes, accented by wine available in the adjacent shop.

In downtown Honolulu is Irifune. A staple with locals, the casual and homey eatery serves up home style Japanese food, which translates to curries, katsus, and noodles in broth instead of sushi rolls. A BYOB restaurant, they don't take reservations and are always full for dinner.

Healthy food lovers will love the Beet Box Cafe. Located in Haleiwa on the North Shore, the vegetarian and vegan cafe serves up the type of food that health nuts have been making at home for decades before it made it main stream. Tofu breakfasts, smoothies, and reggae song named wraps and salads make up the menu here.

So find comfort in our list of the ten best places for home style food in Honolulu.

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

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,...  Read More

Hip coffee shop, haven for artists of all types, and gathering place for social events - those are just some of the ways you can describe Fresh Cafe in the Kakaako area of Honolulu. Serving up local coffees and espresso in all forms, teas, fruit...  Read More

Wailana Coffee House
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Since it never closes, this coffee shop is a perpetual favorite with those looking for sustenance in the wee hours. Its relaxed ambiance welcomes a laid-back crowd, and the all-day breakfast pulls in its share of satisfied patrons too. Ideal in...  Read More

Kono's in Haleiwa is a family run breakfast and lunch spot centrally located in historic Haleiwa on the North Shore. A small deli like eatery, you can call in and order before and pick it up or enjoy it there. They welcome walk in orders, also...  Read More

Eat healthy, organic and natural at the Beet Box Cafe in Haleiwa. If you're into vegetarian or vegan food, this is the place to go. The good news is that the Beet Box appeals across the board, those who usually eat meat still love the menu at...  Read More

The Heeia Pier General Store and Deli is a classic Kaneohe eatery enjoyed by dedicated locals for three decades as it served up local classic like plate lunches and loco mocos (beef patty, egg and gravy over rice). But recently top chef Mark...  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

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

Cafe Haleiwa is a North Shore staple, owned and operation by a family who's lived there for decades. The cafe has been open for over a decade too, and is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Until recently the cafe served breakfast only,...  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

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