10 Best Kapolei restaurants offer upscale ambiance and varied cuisines

Located on the western side of the island, Kapolei is a mix of a resort area and town utilized by locals. Mid-way between the North Shore and Honolulu, Kapolei is a nice out of the way location, that still manages to have plenty of wonderful restaurants to dine at. Most eateries out here are at least slightly upscale, as many are located inside of the luxurious resorts. There's varied cuisines that are sure to please the palate and any craving you may be having.

A lovely restaurant within the luxurious Disney Aulanni Resort is Makahiki. Utilizing locally grown produce in the spirit of eating local, Makahiki serves up Hawaiian and Asian fusion dishes in their lovely open air dining room. Nearby is the Paradise Cove Luau, and any Hawaiian vacation is complete without a traditional Hawaiian meal.

Inside of the Marriott is Ushio-Tei, where traditional Japanese food is served in a lovely restaurant that is adjacent to a Japanese garden. A unique element here is that they offer a Japanese buffet, which seems to be rare on the island. For some of the best Thai food on the island, head down the road to the Thai Kitchen. This home style eatery serves delicious and affordable food.

Whether you're staying in Kapolei or just venturing around the island, dining in the area is highly recommended. The restaurants are unique to others around the island.


Assagio's is a lovely Italian restaurant, that serves up classic Italian food. Ravioli, pasta, chicken parmesan, and Caesar salad made right at the table are some of the highlights. Assagio's meets in the middle between upscale and casual, and the environment is clean cut and simple yet elegant. It's always a good idea to make reservations, but isn't always absolutely necessary. Assagio's has a full bar and carefully selected wine list. It's an all around nice place to eat, ideal for date night or for family dinners. Portions are quite large and most are offered in either half or full portions. They have several locations around the island.

Under the masterful tutelage of chef Roy Yamaguchi, who skillfully fuses European and Asian cuisines, this establishment has earned a reputation for lively ambiance, attentive service, and incredible food. A devotion to impeccably fresh ingredients and a penchant for artistic presentation characterizes the menu, whose temptations include an array of Pacific rim dishes with enough options to make any vegetarian happy. There's also steak, lamb, pasta, pork, and duck. The bar serves an abundance of unique cocktails and signature martinis. Nightly specials make an appearance too, and the signature chocolate souffle is absolutely sinful. There are several locations around the island, and the Kapolei location is near the resorts.

Resting in an exquisite location along the beach, Ama'ama is the ideal place to sit back and let the ocean breeze help you relax. Open air seating allows for amazing views and relaxation. Ama'ama serves up contemporary Hawaiian and Asian fusion dishes. A full bar mixes up tropical drinks and offers locally brewed beers. Fresh local ingredients are utilized for the dishes, and Hawaiian flavors are mixed in with breakfast, lunch and dinner. In the spirit of eating local, the menu rotates to highlight seasonal ingredients, the dinner menu focuses on sustainable seafood, steak, duck and pasta. For lunch guests can enjoy hot and cold sandwiches, soup, salads and pasta. Hawaiian style breakfast specialties include omelets, waffles, pancakes, grains and freshly-made bakery items. Vegetarian options are available for breakfast, lunch and dinner. All desserts are made fresh daily.

Cattle Company Steakhouse

Comfortable and relaxed, this family-oriented place invites you to kick back and enjoy good food, as they do in the West. The solid menu is full of hearty options, including top sirloins, New York strips, T-bones, and rib-eyes. Prime rib is a succulent treat, either alone or paired with lobster tail or grilled prawns. Grilled chicken, babyback ribs, and fresh fish do their best to tempt diners as well. Lunchtime adds to the mix crisp salads and substantial sandwiches. It's a great place to have celebratory family dinners, or to go out with groups of friends. The wagon wheel sampler is a good into meal.

A bar and lounge inspired by Hawaiian language, the Olelo Room is a lovely, casual place to relax with some drinks and appetizers. Located inside of the brand new Aulani Resort, the Olelo Room is meant to highlight the Hawaiian language, and objects around the room convey the Hawaiian word for them. The full bar offers tropical cocktails like mai tais, mojitos, margaritas and new twists on classic cocktails, fruit-infused sangria, Hawaiian beers, wines, lemonade and iced tea. The Olelo Room is for adults or families just looking to relax for a while. It's a fun place for children because they can learn Hawaiian words.

Hawaii's only all vegetarian natural food store has three locations around the island of Oahu. In addition to a thorough array of grocery shopping, each Down to Earth has a well thought out salad bar as well as a hot food bar open from early morning to late at night. While the salad bar selections remain the same throughout the day, the hot food bar changes from breakfast foods to dishes fit for lunch and dinner. The food here is always healthy, much of it is organic, and it's a really satisfying meal that you can enjoy inside or outdoors at tables, or take it to go.

Really great Thai food can be enjoyed here, with Laotian options too. The owner is from Thailand and her, her mother, and some other elderly Thai women do all the cooking and it's awesome! The decor is very, well, plain. But it's clean and homey. Service is very friendly, the husband and wife team are happy to chat with customers and have a friendship with most of the regular customers. The food is all very good. From the green papaya salad (sound odd? It's so good) to the spicy crispy chicken to the yellow curry and so much more, you'll be satisfied and full. It's BYOB, so you can bring some wine or pick up a beer at the gas station in front. It's located in a very modest small shopping center in a very modest town. Parking is usually ample. Vegetarians will find plenty of options here.

A seaside location capitalizes on incredible sunsets at this established luau. A luau is a Hawaiian take on the traditional buffet, where you'll find an abundance of Hawaiian and Polynesian food served buffet style. When guests arrive, they're treated to a display of crafts and games on the grounds and are then invited to watch traditional ceremonies. Following is the unveiling of the pig and a delectable buffet with all sorts of appetizing fare, including native island dishes. Finally, performances of song and dance add a festive note and provide a rounded experience of Hawaiian culture. A shuttle to the locale is included.

Makahiki is all about serving up the bounty of the islands, vie both a buffet and � la carte options. The open air dining room is festive, and relaxing. For lunch diners can create their own pizza, salad or sandwich, or choose from signature dishes, like the Hawaiian pizza, crispy Asian salad or chef's special bento. The dinner buffet includes fresh local products and chef-inspired dishes including sustainable seafood, carving stations, Asian-inspired entrees and many other Hawaiian style meals. The � la carte menu features some of the selections above, as well as popular comfort foods like steaks, burgers and country fried chicken.


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