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10 Best Restaurants in Honolulu for a Late Night Meal



Honolulu is Hawaii's version of the city that never sleeps, and that's why late night and 24 hour eateries are a staple on the island. On any given night of the week, many Honolulu restaurants keep their doors open till the wee hours of the night, and some around the clock. Whether you need a bite to eat after a night in a club, or just looking for a late night snack, you'll be able to find what your craving in Honolulu.

Craving coffee and pancakes at 3 a.m.? What about a burger or bowl of saimin? Whichever it may be, you're in luck because the Wailana Coffee House is centrally located in Waikiki and open 24 hours a day. This Honolulu staple is a classic round the clock coffee house. Diner style booths, brown coffee cups, and simple traditional fare. Whether you've emerged from a nearby nightclub or just an early riser, this place is there for you.

If you're in search of a late night meal highlighted by live music and a party vibe, Bar 35 in Chinatown provides a full bar along with a delicious menu of gourmet bar food (yes, it can be done and they do it well). Nearby is RumFire, an ocean side bar-slash-restaurant that offers a great menu late into the night.

Please note that most of the late night places to eat are in the heart of Honolulu, but a few lie on the North Shore. Enjoy your late night - or early morning - dining.


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Zippy's


It's fast food � Hawaiian-style! And it's ono (delicious)! Open 24 hours with locations all around the island, Zippy's offers local style meals, desserts, and pastries all day long. 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 pig to tripe stew. You'll also find shoyu chicken, sweet-and-sour spareribs, and roast turkey to tempt your tastebuds. Fantastic desserts and pastries are reason in themselves for a trip! Sit down and eat or walk in and order fast food, Zippy's is a quick and easy meal.




Following a clever do-it-yourself pattern, Amuse Wine Bar allows young 20 to 30 somethings to test their taste buds on 80 different wines in a very modern, trendy atmosphere. You take the role of server, pouring your desired portion from a number of bottle dispensers. In addition, you can nibble on cheese platters, while enjoying live music. It's a wine bar, and naturally there's a lot more drinks then just wine. Check out the cocktail menu for truly unique and tasty house designed drinks that will light your senses and make you feel pretty darn good. Definitely don't forget to taste their cocktail menu.




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.


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Hugely popular thanks to great music and incredible views of Waikiki Beach, this hotel nightclub is a sure bet any night of the year. Yet it's more than just a night club, you can also stop in for a few great cocktails before moving down the road. RumFire serves terrific European-Pacific cuisine, from fresh island fish and a grilled filet mignon to a wealth of flavor-packed tapas. Terrific cocktails and vintage rums add to the appeal, as does the daily happy hour, which often features DJ mixes and live bands. The atmosphere is upscale but friendly, and people often come with a group of friends for the most fun.


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


Surfer, the Bar
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Surfer, the Bar is Turtle Bay Resorts new endeavor into into a farm to table restaurants that also offers nighttime entertainment. Opening at 6 p.m. daily, Surfer is part bar, part restaurant and part night club. Great happy hour cocktails are offers along with the full bar and classic Hawaiian cocktails such as the lava flow and the mai tai - their strongest drink. Live music is offered on a regular basis and karaoke happens every Sunday night. Other forms of entertainment like "Talk Story" on Wednesdays offer guests an inside look at the life of people in the surf industry via live interview. Call ahead of time or check thke website for nightly happenings.




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. Several private rooms enclosed with Japanese doors offer an escape from the often crowded main room. Reservations are always a good idea here.


Wailana Coffee House
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Since it never closes, this coffee shop is a perpetual favorite with those looking for sustenance in the wee hours. Its relaxed ambiance welcomes a laid-back crowd, and the all-day breakfast pulls in its share of satisfied patrons too. Ideal in the morning, the comforting aroma of bacon and eggs also appeals to diners looking for a late-night snack. Lunch and dinner are offered as well, and you'll find karaoke and live music in the cocktail lounge, come evening. This is the type of place that welcomes families for breakfast, as well as those hitting the Honolulu nightlife scene looking for a late night snack.




Beer connoisseurs and pizza lovers can find haven in Honolulu when they visit Bar 35. Situated in downtown Chinatown, this casual, upscale bar slash restaurants presents over 150 brews from over 20 different countries. Belgian to American, lager to porter, there is something that will suit every taste. Also, sake and a creative list of classic and house specialty cocktails are available. In addition to the full bar, an extensive menu of gourmet bar food is available till the wee hours. If you are daring, try their signature Cherry Bloom Princess or Red Lantern. Local DJs and live music keep the atmosphere upbeat and animated while catering to a mixed crowd.


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