10 Best Restaurants to Experience on Windward Oahu

The windward side of any Hawaiian Island means it's lush and green, and Oahu's is exactly that. Although this is the countryside of the island, within its jungles and beaches it caresses an abundance of wonderful places to eat. Spanning from the far east town of Waimanalo and all the way to the North Shore, Windward Oahu will keep you fed well and happy for days.

At the end of the seven-mile miracle on the North Shore lies several amazing restaurants. Pa'akai inside of Turtle Bay Resort is the newest farm to table restaurant on the Windward Side. With offerings such as locally sourced fish, steaks and vegetables highlighted with jalapenos martinis, the restaurants always satisfies customers. The sea inspired ambiance set over the ocean makes an elegant place to eat.

For a true Hawaiian experience, drop by a traditional luau feast at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. Traditional Hawiian food like poi, taro, lomi salmon and kalua pig will fill you up while watching Polynesian dancing and fire knife shoes. The celebration is truly fun for the whole family.

Leilei's Bar & Grill is an upscale, yet casual place to eat that rest right on a world class golf course. Children can roam the putting green while parents sip drinks on the tiki torch lit lanai. Fish plates, steaks and salads put an elegant spin on grill food.

While exploring the valleys, waterfall laden cliffs and sandy beaches of Windward Oahu, experience the best food in the area.

Not far from beautiful Kailua Beach on Oahu's windward side, this venerable institution captures the spirit of Hawaii as it existed in years past. Rustic and comfortable, Buzz's Original Steakhouse also boasts walls full of photographs, which...  Read More

This juice bar is famous with locals. You'll find a combo of treats, smoothies and juices. Lanikai Juice is located in the Kailua shopping center and is named after beautiful Lanikai Beach, a long, white sand stretch of heaven on the east side....  Read More

A true local style hole in the wall, Hukilau Cafe is a favorite with locals and visitors alike. The small restaurant is modest, nothing fancy here and the food is served on disposable plates with plastic utensils. But it's true local food at...  Read More

Delicious, funky and affordable is how locals describe Serg's Mexican Kitchen. Their food is very traditional, kind of like you'd find in Mexico. Tacos are made with two corn tortillas, with just meat, onions and cilantro. The flautas are huge...  Read More

Haleiwa Joe's is a wonderful chart house style restaurants with two locations, this one on the east side and one in Haleiwa. relax in the lush garden setting, take a pre-meal stroll around the pond and the exquisite view of the Ko'olau Mountain...  Read More

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...  Read More

Many say this is hands down the best luau on Oahu. They can feed up to 1,200 guests at one time, so get ready to party down! Except of course, since the Polynesian Cultural Center is part of the Mormon Church there's no alcohol in any drinks...  Read More

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...  Read More

If you can drag yourself away from the pounding surf of the North Shore, reserve a table at this this newly revamped and renamed upscale restaurant, which prepares local cuisine with fresh ingredients. Aim for a table by the floor-to-ceiling...  Read More


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