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10 Best Restaurants for Good Times with a Group in Honolulu



Group meals at fun restaurants make some of the best memories. But of course those looking for group fun want to make reservations at restaurants suited for laughs, liveliness, and good times. Look no further, because Oahu is home to a number of great restaurants that are ideal for group meals, and the good news is that their cuisines and atmospheres vary as much as their locations around the island.

The North Shore of Oahu is known for good times and fun, perhaps that's why there's so many places ideal for group meals there. Hot spot Haleiwa Joe's is known for welcoming groups looking for a good time and taking great care of them. Also in the area is Lei Lei's Bar & Grill located at Turtle Bay Resort. Overlooking the golf course, Lei Lei's blends class with a fun environment.

In Waikiki staples like Duke's Canoe Club make sure groups have a good time at their oceanfront location. Groups can enjoy delicious tropical drinks, food, and fun while overlooking Waikiki Beach. Nearby are Japanese eateries Yanagi and Irifune. While the former offers private rooms and sushi, the latter offers home style dishes and a very festive atmosphere, where they offer a special birthday surprise.

Whether is search of a venue for a celebratory festive meal, or a low key family dinner, 10 Best's list is sure to please the palate.


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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, which was always good. The breakfast menu offered standard breakfast fare like pancakes and eggs, in addition many Mexican breakfast dishes. Just a few months ago Cafe Haleiwa opened for dinner, and is now one of the best dinner spots in the town. Their food is gourmet and still decently priced. The dinner menu offers unique dishes such as savory thyme cheesecake served with greens and fruit, ginger potato soup, and main dishes of fresh local fish, ribs, and steak. It's bring your own beer and wine here, which can be purchased next door at the adjacent wine shop.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Cafe Haleiwa is a new gourmet, yet low key place to dine that's especially fit for groups.

Jade's expert tip: Make dinner reservations to sit in the outdoor area.

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A beautiful, pale room, accented with gleaming wood and sprinkled with flowers and artwork, welcomes guests to this exceptional place. The exhibition kitchen makes the most of fresh, regional ingredients, crafting such delicacies as kiawe wood-grilled mahimahi, ginger-crusted onaga, and roast duck prepared three ways. You'll also find grilled beef and lamb chops, along with "da bag," a foil packet of seafood, kalua pork, and vegetables that's dramatically deflated tableside. If you make it to dessert, don't miss the sorbets or cr�me br�l�es, infused with tropical fruits. Wong has other locations in Honolulu, such as the Pineapple Room in Ala Moana Shopping Center.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: As Hawaii's most famous chef, Alan Wong is known for delivering locally sourced gourmet meals to always satisfied guests.

Jade's expert tip: Always make a reservation for Alan Wong's.

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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 which can add to the fun of group dinners, which are welcome here. It's just the place to visit if you're in the mood for an evening of sociability and fun. If you need a sushi fix along the way, don't despair - they'll set you up with an assortment of your favorite rolls. The superb bar begins serving drinks at 5 p.m., including sake and Japanese beer.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Along with amazing steak and sushi, Kobe is known for being a fun place for group dinners.

Jade's expert tip: Don't forget to make reservations.

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Yanagi's been around for decades and is a favorite destination of celebs, so it's frequently crowded, especially at dinner. That's hardly a surprise when you consider its impeccable food and convivial atmosphere. Sushi is outstanding, and the chefs take great pride in their skills. Table service is also available, and folks take advantage of cooked dishes, like shabu shabu, tempura, and teriyaki items. Great sakes and late-night hours add to the appeal, and lunch is a more affordable option that offers fewer crowds. Reservations are always necessary for dinner here, especially for those bringing a group in. This place is very traditional.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Open till 2 a.m., Yanagi offers private rooms ideal for group dinners.

Jade's expert tip: Reserve a private room and utilize the free valet parking out front.

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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 Group Friendly because: This festive bar/restaurant overlooks and the harbor and provides a perfect setting for fun group dining.

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

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Banzai Sushi Bar
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Sushi, sushi, and more sushi - all made from locally caught fresh fish and seafood can be found at the North Shore's Banzai Sushi Bar. And yes, there's definitely a full bar boasting a varies amount of beers, wine and specialty cocktails. Live music happens throughout the week and it's best to check beforehand what's going on that night. In addition to the delicious menu and casual Hawaiian ambiance, Banzai Sushi is also a hot spot for nightlife. From a mellow bar scene to wild dance parties boasting unique and fun themes, Banzai Sushi is an all around fun place. Cs

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Banzai has a great environment for fun group dinners, and they serve great food of course.

Jade's expert tip: Happy hour is 5 to 6 p.m. daily and they don't take reservations on Friday and Saturday.

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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 can hang out (in full view) if they get restless, and views of the golf course and the mountain range offer gorgeous sights. Unlike the other restaurants at Turtle Bay, this one isn't right in the resort. The full bar can serve up anything you'd like, but their famous for mai tais and Lei Lei's lemonades. The menu has a broad spectrum of great food - burgers, pastas, salads, local fish specials with sides of mashed potatoes, ribs, and the list goes on.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Lei Lei's is ideally located on the golf courses and is happy to accommodate large groups in their lively, but classy atmosphere.

Jade's expert tip: There's a different menu for lunch and dinner.

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In tribute to Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii's renowned swimmer, surfer and Olympic athlete, this casual restaurant offers patrons a wealth of island culture. Memorabilia, live Hawaiian music, and fresh local seafood are among the attractions that have folks returning again and again. Food is served all day, and lunchtime brings fresh fish, steaks, burgers, pizza, and sandwiches. A midday buffet features kalua pork, teriyaki chicken, just-caught fish, and a salad bar. The hula pie, a house special, is not-to-be-missed. Dinner reservations are a must, and this is a perfect place for a fun group dinner or date night. Dress up a bit, but keep it island style.

Recommended for Group Friendly because: Duke's is renowned as a festive place for fun dinners, but holds true to delicious food and drinks.

Jade's expert tip: They do brunch!

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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 Group Friendly 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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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

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