Best Seafood in Honolulu

10 Best Places on Oahu to Savor Fresh, Local Seafood

It's to be expected that islands surrounded by the Pacific Ocean would have an amazing selection of seafood, and Honolulu has an abundance of great seafood restaurants. Seafood can be found around the island, from the heart of Waikiki to the coast of the North Shore. Whether you're in the mood for sushi rolls or sashimi, or fresh local tuna or Maine lobster, you can find it on the island. From casual and quaint, to high end and elegant, seafood can be enjoyed in many styles.

If you're looking to explore the beautiful beaches and big surf of the North Shore, make a reservation at Haleiwa Joe's. The surf and sea themed restaurant is a favorite with locals and offers fresh local fish and seafood. Just down the street is Banzai Sushi Bar offering exquisite seafood in a fun setting.

For high end meals from the ocean, Alan Wong's in the heart of Honolulu is renowned as the best food in the islands. Offering Pacific Rim flavors fused with local ingredients, Alan Wong's offers a dinner of delicious seafood and elegance combined. In Waikiki is Duke's Canoe Club, offering seafood cooked local style in an oceanfront restaurant with surf and island decor.

Whatever you may be craving fresh local tuna, sushi or Maine lobster, Honolulu has you covered when it comes to amazing seafood restaurants.


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 Seafood because: Banzai serves fresh, locally caught fish in the historic beach town of Haleiwa.

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 Seafood because: Lei Lei's feature fresh catch of the days dishes along with regular seafood dishes in their idyllic golf course setting.

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

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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. Reservations are a must for dinner, and it's formal, but island style dressing up is acceptable.

Recommended for Seafood because: Alan Wong's is renowned as one of the best Pacific fusion restaurants in the island.

Jade's expert tip: Just make sure you don't miss this place!

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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. A local watering hole and favorite seafood joint, Haleiwa Joe's is filled to the brim with a mix of locals and visitors nightly. Walk ins usually work with lunch, but dinner reservations are a must.

Recommended for Seafood because: Haleiwa Joe's is an ocean side bar and restaurant that serves fresh seafood and steaks in a surf themed restaurant.

Jade's expert tip: Drop by Joe's (as locals call it) as a start or ending to a day on the North Shore.

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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 Seafood because: Duke's is a Waikiki staple, offers great food and drinks with a local twist on the ocean.

Jade's expert tip: Go in time for the sunset and enjoy it from the beach front eatery.

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As the name implies, Uncle's Fish Market & Grill is all about the fish - and other types of seafood, too. The name Uncle's pays homage to the local version of uncle, which generally refers to any older local who befriends someone younger, and it doesn't have to be a blood relative. A certain respect is given to the uncles, and owner Bruce Johnson wanted to pay respect to the uncles who he knew during a lifetime in the islands. Utilizing fresh local fish from Hawaiian waters, Uncle's serves classic European and Asian cuisine. In addition, they also serve classic seafood dishes like Maine lobster, jumbo shrimp from the U.S. Gulf, and Japanese delicacies. A full bar in the oceanfront setting makes Uncle's appealing across the board. Come in for a fun filled group dinner, or a sunset romantic date.

Recommended for Seafood because: Uncle's is famous for their fresh local seafood and idyllic oceanfront location.

Jade's expert tip: Try the famous poke tower and always make dinner reservations.

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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