10 Best Restaurants to Experience in the Heart of Waikiki

Waikiki is all about hitting the streets and enjoying the city life, and experiencing the diversity of cuisines in Waikiki is one of the most fun things to do. Restaurants in Waikiki reflect the melting pot that Hawaii is, and you can find just about any type of food you could want, all in the heart of the city. From breakfast to late night dinners and 24-hour cafes, from Japanese food to French food, you can find any type of cuisine you may be craving.

With an elegant, oceanfront setting, Michel's in Waikiki serves top of the line traditional French food, frog legs and all. This upscale eatery has a dress code, and reservations are always a good idea.

Up the street is Irifune, a traditional home style Japanese restaurant serving curries, katsus, and tempura dishes. The casual and friendly atmosphere makes it a great place for family or group dinners, and it's even fun for date night. Irifune is BYOB, so pick up some wine on the way.

Renowned as one of Hawaii's top restaurants, Alan Wong's is one of the most sought after places to eat and reservations are always necessary. A menu that utilizes locally sourced ingredients offers a gourmet take on regional food, using fresh seafood other proteins, along with local produce.

Embark on a culinary adventure with out list of Waikiki's best restaurants, and experience the flavor of the island.

Founded by surfer Joey Cabell in 1969, this restaurant remains the only independently-owned Chart House in the chain. It's also a perennial favorite with islanders, thanks to beautiful harbor views and great steaks and fish. Service is...  Read More

Kobe Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar

It's dinner and entertainment rolled into one at this Japanese hot spot. Vivacious chefs chop, slice, and saut� steak, chicken, shellfish, and vegetables right before your eyes in an exuberant display of teppanyaki cooking. It's just the...  Read More

Spare, contemporary design not only makes an unassuming backdrop for this appealing bistro; it also serves as a thoughtful counterpoint to a menu of simply prepared but complex offerings. Stellar ingredients step in to be given loving attention...  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. Using a wide array of locally grown ingredients, the Pineapple Rooms...  Read More

Intimate, subtly lit, and genteel, this well-respected steak house is a special-occasion favorite, thanks to its refined ambience and pricey entrees. Waiters in tuxedos add class to an evening out, as do tableside preparations of caesar salad...  Read More

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Boasting lovely views of Diamond Head and an abundance of signature flowers, this celebrated restaurant does everything right. With an expansive opening to the ocean and a white sand beach, Orchids offers an exquisite outdoor dining experience...  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

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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

One of the top places to eat in Honolulu and all of Hawaii, Roy's has risen to the top under the masterful tutelage of chef Roy Yamaguchi, who skillfully fuses European and Asian cuisines, this establishment has earned a reputation for lively...  Read More

A beautiful, pale room, accented with gleaming wood and sprinkled with flowers and artwork, welcomes guests to this exceptional place. Using a wide array of locally grown ingredients, the Pineapple Rooms combines gourmet cooking with the...  Read More


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