Best Lunch in Honolulu

Best Restaurants in Honolulu for an Amazing Lunch Experience

Enjoying good food is a part of both traditional and modern Hawaiian culture, so it is only appropriate for visitors to seek out the best lunch spots on the island and enjoy an array of dishes. To help you find the best lunch restaurants Oahu has to offer, 10 Best has compiled a list of the top 10 best lunches on the island. Whether you're in search of Pacific Rim fare or chart house style dishes, casual or formal, 10 Best has you covered for ono (delicious) lunch joints.

If you're spending a day enjoying the surf and sun of the North Shore, drop in to Haleiwa Joe's in historic Haleiwa Town. Chart house style steaks, seafood, burgers, salads and a full bar come together to bring you local food and beer during an ocean view meal.

For a more upscale meal, Alan Wong's in Honolulu for exquisite food and a more formal luncheon atmosphere. The locally sourced food and Pacific Rim cuisine bring the taste of the islands to your palate.

A truly local and casual experience can be had at the Heeia Pier General Store and Deli, where top notch local chefs bring the best of local food to the table. Freshly caught seafood from off the same pier, locally raised beef and unique locally grown vegetables all come together to create high end versions of common local staples.

So get out and on the road and make sure you're stomach is ready for the 10 Best lunches on the island.


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 to miss place for anyone vising Honolulu. The tiny cafe has an extensive hand written menu on the wall, and although it's quite varied and long, everything is really good. The coffees are also great and they have every type of espresso you could want. A real hit is the breakfast bagel sandwich, can't go wrong with that.

Recommended for Lunch because: Bogart's is one of the top spots for wonderful coffee, breakfast, brunch and lunch that can be eaten in the small cafe or taken to go.

Jade's expert tip: It's a good idea to call ahead and order, they can be quite packed in the mornings.

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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 Lunch because: Haleiwa Joe's is a favorite with visitors but also a tried and true local staple, thanks for their amazing food and drinks.

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

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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 Lunch because: Lei Lei's has lunch down to a perfection. Great food served on the golf course on the gorgeous North Shore, you can't go wrong here.

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

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At this fantastic caf�, you can either step in for a smoothie or a full-bodied cup or coffee, or you can stay awhile and have a light meal as well. Cr�pes are a specialty, both savory and sweet, and you can also pick up an omelet, salad, sandwich, or stir-fried dish. Cakes and cookies make an appearance as well, as do some great vegetarian options, including vegan, low-fat, and tofu-based fare. Although it's located in a modest shopping center, it's actually a super cute and great place to eat. Browse the delightful shops in the immediate area before or after dining.

Recommended for Lunch because: Mocha Java Cafe can be quick and easy, but serves delicious and healthy meals and coffees.

Jade's expert tip: Call in for a to go order or dine in.

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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 Noguchi took over the classic eatery and put a modern sustainable and healthier take on the local comfort food. All of the beef is from the Big Island and grass fed, the fish is caught nearby, and other vegetables are all grown locally - a locovore's dream. Located ocean front on the pier, diners can enjoy casual - but really good breakfast and lunch right on the water.

Recommended for Lunch because: This ocean side eatery puts a gourmet and healthy spin on traditional local dishes.

Jade's expert tip: Try the guava chicken.

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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 Lunch because: Banzai has a delightful ambiance in historical Haleiwa and serves fresh local fish.

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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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 Lunch because: Alan Wong's is Hawaii's most renowned chef and is known for healthy gourmet Hawaiian fusion.

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

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