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10 Best Honolulu Restaurants Close to the Cruise Port



When it's time to dock in Honolulu, those who have been on a cruise ship for a while will be ready to stretch their legs and explore a change of scenery. There's no better way to do that than explore the culinary options in close proximity to the port. Because the port is in the heart of Honolulu, there's an abundance of great restaurants in walking distance as well as just a few minutes away by car.

To kick back with a cocktail and watch a game or listen to live music, relax at the Mai Tai Bar in nearby Ala Moana Shopping Center. This open air restaurant/lounge is a fun place with a lively atmosphere and amazing menu.

Just steps from the dock is the Gordon Biersch Brewery. Resting waterfront in the Aloha Tower, the brewery serves up high quality pub fare, along with a wide selection of on tap beer. You'll find a mix of both locals and visitors alike, and this is a fun place for a high energy group meal, or a casual lunch. 

For a more upscale meal while on land, Pineapple Room at Ala Moana Shopping Center serves up dishes by famed local chef Alan Wong. Pacific Rim cuisine served in the elegant atmosphere is an ideal island style meal for two.

The options are vast and there's a good chance that no matter what the palate is craving it can be satisfied on land in Honolulu.


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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. Consider Mocha Java a stop-off close to the port, or make it a destination for a satisfying, tasty meal. Dine outside and people watch or enjoy the A/C indoors, and browse the shopping center after.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Mocha Java has been serving up delicious breakfast, lunch and coffee for years, and never fails to satisfy.

Jade's expert tip: Try the curry vegetable crepe.

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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 Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Bogart's is a hole in the wall with an extensive menu offering on the go delicious food.

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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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. Duke's is located right on Waikiki Beach, where fine white sand and world class surf create an unbeatable view. Go around sunset for dinner and watch the colors change over Diamond Head crater.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Duke's is famous for serving delicious regional dishes and tropical cocktails in a beautiful, oceanfront location.

Jade's expert tip: If you're going for lunch or dinner, always make reservations.

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Mai Tai's
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If you're longing for authentic Hawaiian ambiance, there's no better way to satisfy the craving than at this charming bar. Its beach locale, terrific panorama of Diamond Head, and relaxed clientele all contribute to an ideal experience, and the fantastic tropical drinks - especially the lush mai tai's - ensure that your mood remains upbeat. A host of other beverages can also be found, along with food offerings and local entertainment in the evenings. Weekends nights often feature live bands, and any sports events are broadcasted on several flat screen televisions to a busy crowd of sports lovers. Any night of the week draws a solid and friendly crowd to this popular Waikiki bar.

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Mai Tai's serves offers great food, drinks and entertainment and is close to the port.

Jade's expert tip: Late night happy hour is from 8 to 11 p.m.

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Hip coffee shop, haven for artists of all types, and gathering place for social events - those are just some of the ways you can describe Fresh Cafe in the Kakaako area of Honolulu. Serving up local coffees and espresso in all forms, teas, fruit smoothies, bagels, and other quick and delicious meals, Fresh Cafe is a happening spot that's also home to a bar and gathering space called The Loft. Open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays, Fresh Cafe has the latest cafe hours in town. They pride on supporting "next level dreamers, fearless innovators, and for having the largest slam poetry event in the nation."

Recommended for Restaurants near Cruise Port because: Fresh Cafe is known for their delicious local coffee and healthy food, much of which is locally sourced.

Jade's expert tip: Check out Art and Thrift at Fresh Cafe on Thursdays.

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Meet Jade Eckardt

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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