Each island has unique restaurants that run the gamut from worldwide influences to backyard family barbecue recipes. Our Best Restaurants in Hawaii list was tallied and compiled using polls, publications, and awards voted on by chefs, consumers and industry leaders. Check out the Top 10 Restaurants in Hawaii below…
Alan Wong’s success on Oahu (especially in a location without a view) is a true testament to his innovative Hawaiian Regional cuisine dishes that he has built his reputation on. Since 1995, Wong’s Honolulu restaurant has been providing top tier menu items to those lucky enough to frequent his establishment. Located on the third floor of an office building,
Mama’s Fish House on Maui is consistently on the must-do restaurant list for both visitors and residents of the Valley Isle. Many of Mama’s fans come back year after year to dine there. It’s been awarded for being “the Maui-est” restaurant on Maui, although you definitely won’t get plate lunch prices here.
Lahaina Grill has been named ‘The Best Restaurant on Maui’ for 22 years in a row by Honolulu Magazine’s readers’ poll, and always has a place near the top for the Ai Pono Awards. It is a favorite spot for tourists and those who live on Maui. In the heart of Lahaina Town, the restaurants sits beneath an old inn with windows that face the street.
Roy’s in Waikiki has been the anchor restaurant for Chef/Owner Roy Yamaguchi’s Hawaiian fusion empire since 1988. It’s located a block from the beach near Fort DeRussey. Quite the entrepreneur, Chef Roy Yamaguchi has 31 locations throughout the world that include: four on Oahu, an eatery on Kauai, Roy’s Waikoloa on the Big Island and Roy’s Ka’anapali on Maui. Chef Yamaguchi shares his recipes via three cook books, and he’s been recognized for his humanitarian work on behalf of children with disabilities.
Merriman’s Kamuela on Big Island has been serving fabulous farm-to-table meals for over 20 years. This location has long known as the best restaurant on the Big Island of Hawaii. In fact, Honolulu Magazine has said so for 15 years in a row. The menu choices are very similar at the Kapalua location, and they get fresh fish daily from local fishermen. The venue is intimate and relaxed just like Hawaii should be. In addition, Merriman’s Kamuela has been awarded for its excellent wine offerings by Wine Spectator for more than 10 years.
Peter Merriman has once again outdone himself. In addition to a fabulous menu, his Kapalua restaurant is stunningly gorgeous with the fantastic patio that sits right above the ocean at Kapalua Beach. Merriman’s historical use of locally sourced fresh produce and ingredients (90%) has earned him the well-deserved accolades for all of his locations.
Michel’s is situated on Oahu’s “Gold Coast,” right at the base of Diamond Head. Here, you’ll find fabulous sunset views and stunning skylines of Waikiki and Honolulu. Michel’s is known for being the most romantic restaurant on Oahu.
Gerard’s in Lahaina on Maui comes in at number nine. Fancy that! Another French restaurant. This one is located right up the block from Front Street in the center of Lahaina Town. Set inside a stately old plantation house, you’ll love the dining in the verandah, or having an intimate meal in the indoor dining room that exudes old world charm. Chef Gerard Reversade was trained in his home country of France, and blends French cuisine with a sparkle of Hawaiian fusion.
Chef Mavro is located at 1969 S. King Street (@ McCully), and is owned by yet another famous Frenchman. Chef George Mavrothalassitis is one of the original 12 Founders of Hawaiian Regional Cuisine along with Alan Wong, Roy Yamaguchi, Peter Merriman and seven others who all own restaurants in Hawaii. Chef Mavro has long been recognized for his innovative approach to food creation.