10 Best Restaurants to Experience on Windward Oahu

Jade Eckardt

By , Local Expert, Honolulu
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The windward side of any Hawaiian Island means it's lush and green, and Oahu's is exactly that. Although this is the countryside of the island, within its jungles and beaches it caresses an abundance of wonderful places to eat. Spanning from the far east town of Waimanalo and all the way to the North Shore, Windward Oahu will keep you fed well and happy for days.

At the end of the seven-mile miracle on the North Shore lies several amazing restaurants. Pa'akai inside of Turtle Bay Resort is the newest farm to table restaurant on the Windward Side. With offerings such as locally sourced fish, steaks and vegetables highlighted...  Read more »

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    Pa'akai

    Utilizing locally grown produce and proteins, Pa'akai is the newest farm to table restaurant on the Windward Side.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Slice of North Shore Grown Chocolate for dessert."

     
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    Heeia Pier General Store and Deli

    This oceanfront eatery blends a traditional local menu with locally sourced fish, meat and vegetables.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the guava chicken."

     
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    Polynesian Cultural Center Luau

    The Polynesian Cultural Center is an attraction on it's own, but the all you can eat Hawaiian buffet is known as some of the best around.

    Local Expert Tip: "It can be a good idea to hit the North Shore beaches and end the day at this luau."

     
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    Lei Lei's Bar and Grill

    Known for using local grass fed beef and local fish, Lei Lei's offers delicious food in an lovely golf course environment.

    Local Expert Tip: "There's a different menu for lunch and dinner."

     
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    Haleiwa Joe's at Haiku Gardens

    • Cuisine: American
    • Average Main Course Price: $30

    A delicious menu of local seafood and steaks and offering an exotic garden setting, makes Haleiwa Joe's a favorite for locals.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't get confused between Haleiwa Joe's and the one in Haleiwa."

     
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    Serg's Mexican Kitchen Nalo

    Serg's is a favorite with locals, and is renowned for being delicious and affordable.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't forget you can always get the food to go and enjoy it on a nearby white sand beach."

     
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    Hukilau Cafe

    Hukilau is a local favorite, and one of those places to go for a truly local experience.

    Local Expert Tip: "Hukilau Cafe closes at 2 p.m."

     
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    Lanikai Juice Co

    • Average Main Course Price: $5
    • Neighborhood: East Oahu

    Named after the famous Windward Side Beach, Lanikai Juice blends up delicious and healthy smoothies with locally grown fruits.

    Local Expert Tip: "Keep an eye out of the other locations in Haleiwa and Kahala as you explore the island."

     
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    Buzz's Original Steakhouse

    Close to Kailua Beach, Buzz's serves delicious proteins and salads in a lovely environment.

    Local Expert Tip: "The calamari steak is a must try dish."

     
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    Hang Ten Bar & Grill

    • Average Main Course Price: $15
    • Neighborhood: North Shore

    A full bar and unique, Pacific inspired menu combined with the oceanfront location makes Hang Ten worthy of...  Read more »

    Local Expert Tip: "Visit Hang Ten at sunset. "

     

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