10 Best east Oahu restaurants that shouldn't be missed

Great food is bountiful on the island of Oahu, and there's no shortage of it on the east side of the island, Consisting of Laie, Kailua, Kaneohe and Waimanalo, the east side reaches through the lushest and greenest parts of the island. The east side must be explored during any visit to the island, so we're here to guide you to the ten best places to east while on your eastern adventure. From treats, to drinks, to hearty meals, we've got you covered.

At the start of the east side near the North Shore is a tried and true local favorite, Hukilau Cafe. Featured in a hit Hollywood movie, the cafe serves up true local style breakfast and lunch fare. It's a hit with visitors too, and it's a great place for an affordable, low key meal.

If you're craving a much more gourmet dish of local food, drop by the Hei'ia Pier General Store and Deli. The waterfront restaurant offers amazing views and healthy dishes made with fresh fish and grass fed beef. Putting a gourmet spin on local favorites like rice and fish and loco mocos, this place is shouldn't be missed.

For a dinner fit for romance or family time, Haleiwa Joe's at Haiku Gardens is sure to please. The exquisite garden setting offers amazing views to be taken in while enjoying terrific chart house style food.

So enjoy your culinary tour of the east side as you eat your way around the island.



Haleiwa Joe's is a wonderful chart house style restaurants with two locations, this one on the east side and on in Haleiwa. relax in the lush garden setting, take a pre-meal stroll around the pond and the exquisite view of the Ko'olau Mountain...  Read More



Uncle Bobo's is a true local style and local favorite barbecue joint on the east side of Oahu. While they have classic barbecue dishes like amazing spare ribs, they also offer Asian and Pacific themed foods such as Thai beef and chicken stir fry...  Read More



This juice bar is famous with locals. You'll find a combo of treats, smoothies and juices. Lanikai Juice is located in the Kailua shopping center and is named after beautiful Lanikai Beach, a long, white sand stretch of heaven on the east side....  Read More



Located in Oahu's countryside of Waimanalo on the east side of the island, Keneke's offers what the name says - plate lunch and BBQ. Keneke's is quite an interesting place, as it is very "local style." It's a quaint and simple eatery. You...  Read More

Lucy's Grill 'N Bar


A tried and true Honolulu staple, this bustling, festive place always enjoys a crowd of patrons, thanks in large part to its savory, inventive fare. The menu has a local feel, courtesy of plenty of seafood, an Asian influence, and fresh regional...  Read More



Delicious, funky and affordable is how locals describe Serg's Mexican Kitchen. Their food is very traditional, kind of like you'd find in Mexico. Tacos are made with two corn tortillas, with just meat, onions and cilantro. The flautas are huge...  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



Not far from Kailua Beach on Oahu's windward side, this venerable institution captures the spirit of Hawaii as it existed in years past. Rustic and comfortable, Buzz's also boasts walls full of photographs, which add a note of personality. The...  Read More



Many say this is hands down the best luau on Oahu. They can feed up to 1,200 guests at one time, so get ready to party down! Except of course, since the Polynesian Cultural Center is part of the Mormon Church there's no alcohol in any drinks...  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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