10 Best Restaurants in Honolulu Span the Culinary Spectrum

Honolulu is home to a seemingly endless array of restaurants, spanning various cuisines and atmospheres. The good news is that a ton of them are very affordable, so each meal doesn't have to hurt the wallet. Traveling can be expensive but eating in Hawaii doesn't have to be. From grab and go to nice restaurants, the spectrum of affordable restaurants on the island is vast. Whether in search of breakfast, lunch, dinner or drinks, there's somewhere affordable to go on every side of the island.

For an affordable meal of gourmet local food, stop by the Heeia Pier General Store and Deli. The young and famous chefs combine modern fusion with traditional local meals right on the water on the east side. For breakfast or dinner, Cafe Haleiwa on the North Shore serves both at affordable prices.

If you're looking for best value restaurants in Honolulu, let us introduce you to a few of our favorites, starting with Andy's Sandwiches & Smoothies in Manoa Valley and Zippy's in Honolulu. They're low in expenditures and high in appeal. Andy's is a healthy joint serving sandwiches and smoothies while Zippy's is a real local eatery serving island favorites like loco mocos and plate lunches.

Great and affordable breakfast restaurants include Cafe Haleiwa and Kono's. Cafe Haleiwa serves traditional breakfast fare but with a Mexican twist, and as large portions. Kono's is more bagels, smoothies, wraps and coffee.


It's fast food � Hawaiian-style! And it's ono! These convenient eateries satisfy local folks with a focus on regional cuisine, including chili and saimin. Plate lunches make for good eating and feature everything from lamb curry to kalua...  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

Pupukea Grill is a favorite for lunch spot for regular pro surfers, locals, and visitors (check out the array of signed surf photos under the tent). Farm fresh island produce and local fish help to inspire a seasonal menu that caters to both...  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

A true local style hole in the wall, Hukilau Cafe is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. The small restaurant is modest, nothing fancy here and the food is served on disposable plates with plastic utensils. But it's true local food at...  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

A terrific alternative to fast food, Andy's has built its reputation on affordable, healthy fare. Since 1977, the casual place has served up vegetarian-oriented food that's not only good for the body but tastes great too. The selection of...  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

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

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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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