Best Beachfront Dining in Honolulu

10 Best Restaurants for Beachfront Dining in Honolulu

You've crossed the Pacific to get to Honolulu, now it's time to dine ocean side for some of the best views and most tranquil dining the island has to offer. Each part of the island offers ocean front restaurants where you can see, smell and hear the ocean and take in spectacular sunsets. The great news is that waterfront dining on Oahu is available in a range of prices and ambiances, from very affordable casual eateries to high end fine dining.

For a seaside start to the day with breakfast or lunch on the ocean, drop by the Heeia Pier General Store and Deli. Fresh caught fish and other local ingredients are fused together for gourmet local food enjoyed on a dock over the water. From nice and casual at Haleiwa Joe's on the North Shore to high end ambiance near the water at La Mer and upscale French food at Michel's in Waikiki, there's a huge variety of beachfront cuisines and locations. 

When you book seaside dinner reservations it's a good idea to remember to bring the camera along with the appetite. Whatever part of the island you're staying on you'll be able to find great food in full view of the big blue and spectacular sunsets.


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 ambiance 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 crab cakes to sample. Other enticing options include an amazing rack of lamb and wonderful vegetarian dishes. This is an ideal place for a romantic dinner for two, but also works as a place for a family dinner.

Recommended for Beachfront Dining because: Guests will find tables just steps from the sand and nestled under the broad canopy of a hau tree at the Hau Tree Lanai.

Jade's expert tip: This is truly beach side dining, so bring a light cover if eating after dark.

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Located right on the edge of both the ocean and pool at Turtle Bay Resort, The Point is the place you'll want to hang at to get your night started with cocktails or to wrap up the day with an ocean side dinner. With amazingly strong mai tais with a special Turtle Bay mix, an array of local beers on tap, and a huge selection of signature tropical drinks, The Point is the best place on the North Shore for lunch of dinner by the sea or sunset drink. You can hang out of a couple hours after dark enjoying the big screen TV with sports and chatting with the friendly bartenders. Entertainment at dark varies on different nights of the week, including live music, fire knife dancing, hula dancing and other shows. You can watch surfers catch waves right there and go for a stroll along the water's edge. This is a perfect place to get the night started whether you're staying at the hotel or just passing through the North Shore.

Recommended for Beachfront Dining because: The Point is located directly over the ocean, with a pool, dining tables and bar in full view of a surf break and the sunset.

Jade's expert tip: Cocktails are served from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., food is served from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and a luau takes place every Sunday.

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La Mer
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If you choose a single, prodigal splurge during your time on Oahu, this sublime restaurant is an ideal choice. Refined and elegant, the dining room sets a quiet scene for impeccable southern French cuisine, colored with Hawaiian ingredients. Everything conspires towards culinary luxury, and fresh fish, lovingly prepared and dressed with relishes and confits to bring out the flavor, are amazing. Other stunning options include roast duck, veal and lamb chops, Angus beef, and lobster. La Mer is located inside of the beautiful Halekulani Hotel, which is revered as Honolulu's top hotel offering high end services and an exquisite experience.

Recommended for Beachfront Dining because: La Mer offers a tranquil and elegant atmosphere and guests can find amazing food and a true fine dining experience here.

Jade's expert tip: Dress up a bit and don't pass on the roast duck.

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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. Orchids is located inside of the beautiful Halekulani Hotel, which is revered as Honolulu's top hotel offering high end services and an exquisite experience.

Recommended for Beachfront Dining because: This romantic restaurant by the ocean served delicious food with great service, highlighted by the romantic atmosphere.

Jade's expert tip: Great fish and chips here.

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Take in the North Shore's relaxed lifestyle at this fantastic eatery. Kick back on the lanai, take in the incredible island scenery, and revel in the moment. While you do, make sure to sample terrific seafood and steak entrees. Prime rib is always popular, and coconut shrimp maintain a faithful following as well. You'll also find grilled fish, fresh soups and salads, and tempting desserts. In the bar, a wonderful selection of appetizers makes for great nibbling. There's another location in Kaneohe called Haleiwa Joe's Haiku, but it's this North Shore location that really draws crowds and loyal local customers.

Recommended for Beachfront Dining because: This sea side eatery is a staple for locals thanks to their sea food and steak menu and unique cocktail list.

Jade's expert tip: Fill up at this ocean side eatery before spending a day on the North Shore.

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Fabulous French cuisine tempts diners at this elegant oceanside 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, tender salmon filet, or satisfying beef tenderloin. Salads make the most of Oahu's fresh produce � all things, in short, are good. Service is excellent as well, adding to the appeal of a delightful meal at the base of Diamond Head. This is the type of place to dress up for as they have a dress code requiring jackets for men and evening wear for women.

Recommended for Beachfront Dining because: Michel's offers a gourmet French menu in a romantic ocean side setting.

Jade's expert tip: Live on the edge, try the frog legs.

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In tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii's renowned swimmer, surfer, and Olympic athlete, this casual bar and restaurant in the Outrigger Waikiki offers patrons a wealth of island culture. Memorabilia, live Hawaiian music, fruity cocktails, and fresh local seafood are among the attractions that have folks returning again and again. Food is served all day, and the bar scene is constantly hopping, populated by lively barkeeps and folks from all walks of life. Celebrities occasionally make an appearance too, and the ocean side setting just seems to make mingling that much easier. This is a great place to feel the Hawaiian vibes and dance, eat and drink.

Recommended for Beachfront Dining because: Duke's is a Waikiki staple, offers great food and drinks with a local twist on the ocean.

Jade's expert tip: Make sure to be there for sunset.

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If you can drag yourself away from the pounding surf of the North Shore, reserve a table at this this newly revamped and renamed upscale restaurant, which prepares local cuisine with fresh ingredients. Aim for a table by the floor-to-ceiling windows for a magnificent view while you dine. Based on the theme of going "locovore," the menu changes often according to what's in season, guaranteeing new pleasures with each visit. They also use as much locally raised and grown food as possible. Innovative entrees include Thai chili-braised fish with cucumber gazpacho, and seared scallops in "faux" polenta (sweet creamed corn). A five-course tasting menu is also available.

Recommended for Beachfront Dining because: Pa'akai serves delicious gourmet meals that are locally sourced.

Jade's expert tip: Check out the bar's extensive and highly unique martini list.

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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 Noguchi took over the classic eatery and put a modern sustainable and healthier take on the local comfort food. All of the beef is from the Big Island and grass fed, the fish is caught nearby, and other vegetables are all grown locally - a locovore's dream. Located ocean front on the pier, diners can enjoy casual - but really good breakfast and lunch right on the water.

Recommended for Beachfront Dining because: This casual ocean side eatery serves up fresh fish dishes made with fish caught right in the water around the restaurant.

Jade's expert tip: Order whatever meal is utilizing that day's fresh catch.

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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...  More About Jade