10 Best Honolulu Restaurants Close to the Cruise Port

When it's time to dock in Honolulu, those who have been on a cruise ship for a while will be ready to stretch their legs and explore a change of scenery. There's no better way to do that than explore the culinary options in close proximity to the port. Because the port is in the heart of Honolulu, there's an abundance of great restaurants in walking distance as well as just a few minutes away by car.

To kick back with a cocktail and watch a game or listen to live music, relax at the Mai Tai Bar in nearby Ala Moana Shopping Center. This open air restaurant/lounge is a fun place with a lively atmosphere and amazing menu.

Just steps from the dock is the Gordon Biersch Brewery. Resting waterfront in the Aloha Tower, the brewery serves up high quality pub fare, along with a wide selection of on tap beer. You'll find a mix of both locals and visitors alike, and this is a fun place for a high energy group meal, or a casual lunch. 

For a more upscale meal while on land, Pineapple Room at Ala Moana Shopping Center serves up dishes by famed local chef Alan Wong. Pacific Rim cuisine served in the elegant atmosphere is an ideal island style meal for two.

The options are vast and there's a good chance that no matter what the palate is craving it can be satisfied on land in Honolulu.

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

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

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...  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

Mai Tai's
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If you're longing for authentic Hawaiian ambiance, there's no better way to satisfy the craving than at this charming bar. Its beach locale, terrific panorama of Diamond Head, and relaxed clientele all contribute to an ideal experience, and the...  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

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

Pineapple Room

This airy, department-store restaurant is much more than just a stop-off eatery. Instead, its lovely decor and talented kitchen regale diners with a host of Hawaiian fare. Fresh seafood, including nori-wrapped salmon, chilled lobster, and crab...  Read More

Always bustling, this fabulous microbrewery is one of the area's top destinations for flavorful beers and incredible, pub-inspired fare. Views of the harbor greet patrons, who love the sociability of the place. Able to hold legions of folks,...  Read More


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