Top 10 Restaurants in Hawaii

When you heard the word “Hawaii” you thought of surfing, sunshine, sunsets and swaying palm trees. Then, twelve creative chefs became known for their “Hawaii Regional Cuisine.” Four of whom have restaurants on this Best Restaurants in Hawaii list. Seven others own successful restaurants throughout Hawaii. Now, with fantastic fresh fish and meats, farm to table produce and inspired chefs coming up through the ranks, Hawaii is fast becoming a mecca for food lovers.

Top Restaurants in Hawaii

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…

01

Alan Wong’s

Atmosphere
4
Taste
4.75
Creativity
4.25
Service
4.75
Overall
4.5

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,

Alan Wong’s Fine Dining Hawaii
Location
Oahu
Best Dish
Garlic Black pepper
keahole lobster
Best Drink
Cucumber martini

If you enjoy delicious craft cocktails without unnecessary flair, head to Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea, where local musicians offer the perfect background noise to spectacular sunset views. And of course, cocktails.

Favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Seafood Cakes made with lobster, crab shrimp and a mayo with a Japanese relish.
  • Salad – Hawaii Island Fried Goat Cheese and Tomato – needs no further description.

Entrees

  • Ginger Crusted Onaga (Long-tailed Red Snapper) in a Miso sesame vinaigrette with Hamakua mushrooms and corn.
  • Garlic Black Pepper Keahole Lobster

Desserts

  • With seven choices, it’s difficult to choose just one! So, it’s a toss- up between the Lilikoi Crème Brulee and the Kualoa Banana Cream Pie. Neither of which needs much of a description. Decadence at its best! Also, don’t miss out on “The Coconut,” a Haupia Sorbet in a Chocolate Shell, Tropical Fruits and Passion Fruit Sauce.

Address

1857 S. King St.,
Honolulu

Phone

808-949-2526

Hours

Mon – Sun
5:00pm – 10:00pm


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02

Mama’s Fish House

Atmosphere
5
Taste
5
Creativity
5
Service
5
Overall
5

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.

Mama’s Fish House Hawaii Restaurant Maui
Location
Maui
Best Dish
Stuffed mahi mahi
Best Drink
Mai tai roa ae

Located on a white sand beach at the beginning of the famous Road to Hana, Mama’s provides magnificent views. The atmosphere feels like “Old Polynesia” with Hawaiiana décor and the sound of the waves lapping on the shoreline. The fresh fish dishes are unrivaled. They purchase from local fishermen daily, and actually list who caught each fish on the menu. For landlubbers, they also serve three different cuts of quality beef. You can also choose menu from items with Wild Boar, poi, duck and octopus.

Favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Wasabi Crusted Calamari. Tender on the inside and crispy on the outside.
  • The Shrimp Wrapped in Wonton are delightful.

Entrees

  • The Stuffed Mahi Mahi with lobster and crab surely brings guests back.

Desserts

  • Hana Banana Macadamia Nut Crisp served warm with Tahitian Vanilla Ice cream.
  • Or, the famous Black Pearl.

Address

799 Poho Place,
Paia

Phone

808-579-8488

Hours

Mon – Sun
11:00am – 9:00pm


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03

Lahaina Grill

Atmosphere
4
Atmosphere
5
Atmosphere
5
Atmosphere
4.5
Atmosphere
4.75

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.

Lahaina Grill Hawaii Restaurant Maui
Location
Maui
Best Dish
Surf & turf
Best Drink
Black manhattan

The ambiance is intimate, relaxing and oh so romantic. Like Alan Wong’s, Lahaina Grill does not have an ocean view (but it isn’t missed once you are seated). The service is impeccable. The menu is very broad so there is something for everyone.

favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Carpaccio of Filet Mignon, which is a beef filet with arugula, orange-infused olive oil, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, spicy mustard aioli, fried capers, fig and Mediterranean olive crostini
  • Dungeness Crab Salad which consists of fresh asparagus, avocado, Tahitian vanilla bean infused shallot vinaigrette, reduced balsamic vinaigrette, truffle oil and local mixed greens.

Entrees

  • Maui Onion & Sesame Seed Crusted Seared Ahi, which includes fresh local sashimi-grade ahi steak, vanilla bean jasmine rice and apple cider butter vinaigrette.
  • Surf & Turf
  • The Pepper Encrusted Rib Eye truly melts on your tongue. You can cut it with you fork. So good!

Desserts

  • Triple Berry Pie luscious raspberries, blueberries and black currants cradled by a light flaky crust. It is amazing.

Address

1857 S. King St.,
Honolulu

Phone

808-949-2526

Hours

Mon – Fri
5:00pm – 10:00pm


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04

Roy’s

Atmosphere
4
Taste
4.5
Creativity
4
Creativity
4.5
Overall
4.25

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.

Roys Hawaii Restaurant Honolulu
Location
Oahu
Best Dish
Garlic Black pepper
keahole lobster
Best Drink
cucumber martini

Favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Sashimi/Nigiri
  • Ahi Poke
  • Crispy Chinatown Spring Rolls
  • Shinsato Pork Belly

Entrees

  • Misoyaki Butterfish. This is a signature dish with melt in your mouth tenderness
  • Garlic Buttered Filet Mignon
  • Glazed Beef Short Ribs
  • Macadamia Nut Encrusted Monchong

Desserts

  • Hot Chocolate Soufflé. It arrives warm so, get your spoons ready to dig in!
  • Also, the cocktails here are delicious but STRONG! Try the Lychee Martini and you won’t be disappointed.

Address

226 Lewers Street,
Honolulu

Phone

808-923-7697

Hours

Sun – Thu
11:00am – 09:30pm

Fri – Sat
11:00am – 10:00pm


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05

Beach House

Atmosphere
4
Taste
4.5
Creativity
4
Service
4.5
Overall
4.25
Beach House Hawaii Restaurant Kauai
Location
Kauai
Best Dish
Glazed beef shortribs
Best Drink
Impressive wine list

If you enjoy delicious craft cocktails without unnecessary flair, head to Monkeypod Kitchen in Wailea, where local musicians offer the perfect background noise to spectacular sunset views. And of course, cocktails.

Favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Beach House Ceviche
  • Lobster Mac & Cheese
  • Thai Coconut Crab Cakes

Entrees

  • Wasabi Crusted Monchong (or fresh catch) with Lilikoi Lemongrass beurre blanc
  • Crab-Crusted Island Catch
  • Multi-flavored delicious Seafood Corn Chowder with Snow Crab, fresh fish, corn and Sherry.

Desserts

  • Bananas Foster (portioned big enough for four)

Address

5022 Lawai Rd.,
Koloa

Phone

808-742-1424

Hours

Mon – Sun
11:00am – 10:30pm


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06

Merriman’s Kamuela

Atmosphere
4
Taste
4.5
Creativity
4
Service
4.5
Overall
4.25

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.

Merriman’s Hawaii Restaurant Kapalua Maui
Location
Big Island
Best Dish
Kahua ranch lamb
Best Drink
Merriman’s Mai Tai

Favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Hawaiian Ahi Poke
  • Bulgogi Spiced Kauai Prawns
  • Big Island Tomato Salad

Entrees

  • Kahua Ranch Lamb
  • Original Wok Charred Ahi
  • Hawaiian Butcher’s Cut Grass Fed Beef

Desserts

  • Caramelized Coconut Creme Brûlée

Address

65-1227 Opelo Rd.,
Waimea

Phone

808-885-2822

Hours

Mon – Sun
5:30pm – 9:00pm


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07

Merriman’s Kapalua

Atmosphere
5
Taste
4.5
Creativity
4
Service
4.5
Overall
4.5

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.

Merriman’s Hawaii Restaurant Kapalua Maui
Location
Maui
Best Dish
Original wok charred ahi
Best Drink
No ka oi

Kapalua is open and airy. There is not a bad table in the place. It is very romantic and a favorite for honeymooners, those celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and engagements. The locals love this place as much as island visitors do.

Favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Merriman’s Pupu Taster
  • Housemade Cavatelli Pasta
  • Keahole Lobster, Avocado & Tomato Salad

Entrees

  • Kona Kampachi
  • Original Wok Charred Ahi
  • Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi

Desserts

  • Waialua Molten Chocolate Purses (absolutely worth the calories)

Address

1 Bay Club Place,
Lahaina (Kapalua)

Phone

808-669-6400

Hours

Mon – Sun
5:00pm – 9:00pm


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08

Michel’s at Colony Surf

Atmosphere
5
Atmosphere
4
Atmosphere
4
Atmosphere
4
Atmosphere
4.25

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.

Hawaii Restaurants Michel’s at Colony Surf Honolulu
Location
Oahu
Best Dish
Michel's ocean bounty
Best Drink
Blooming hibiscus mimosa

Located at the Colony Surf, the décor and atmosphere is quite “elegant.” Andy Anderson, (former owner of John Dominis) and his partner Philip Shaw took over the 54 year old establishment 18 years ago.

Michel’s wine selection is stellar. There’s also nightly live music that ranges from a harpist to Jeff Peterson on slack key. There are so many reasons why Michel’s is ranked one of the Top 10 Restaurants in Hawaii, check them out!

Favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Hot Spinach
  • Table made Caesar Salad.

Entrees

  • Onaga
  • Rack of Lamb

Desserts

  • Apple-Bananas Flambé
  • Cherries Jubilee

Address

2895 Kalakaua Avenue,
Honolulu

Phone

808-923-6552

Hours

Sun – Thu
5:30pm – 9:00pm

Fri & Sat
5:30pm – 9:30pm


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09

Gerard’s

Atmosphere
4
Taste
5
Creativity
4
Service
4
Overall
4.25

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.

Hawaii Restaurants Gerards Lahaina
Location
Maui
Best Dish
Duck confit
Best Drink
Impressive wine list

Kapalua is open and airy. There is not a bad table in the place. It is very romantic and a favorite for honeymooners, those celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and engagements. The locals love this place as much as island visitors do.

Favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Shitake Mushrooms cooked in a puff pastry
  • Baby Spinach with Scallops Salad
  • Quail Souvroff

Entrees

  • Confit of Duck
  • Venison en Croute
  • Daily Fresh Catch
  • Scallops Au Gratin

Desserts

  • Chef Gerard’s Crème Brûlée or the Rhubarb Pie are both legendary

Address

174 Lahainaluna Rd.,
Lahaina

Phone

808-661-8939

Hours

Mon – Sun
6:00pm – 8:00pm


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10

Chef Mavro

Atmosphere
4
Taste
5
Creativity
4
Service
4
Overall
4.25

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.

Chef Mavros Hawaii Restaurant Honolulu
Location
Oahu
Best Dish
Miyazaki wagyu
Best Drink
Impressive wine list

His restaurant has been numerously ranked as one of the ‘Top 10 Restaurants in the World,’ the ‘Top 40 in the U.S.’ and the ‘Top 10 Seafood Restaurants in the U.S.’

FYI, Chef Mavro offers a 4 course, 6 course or Tasting Menu with or without wine pairings.

Favourite pupus (appetizers)

  • Meli-Melo Salad
  • Shutome
  • Fois Gras

Entrees

  • Onaga Baked in a Salt Crust
  • Miyazaki Wagyu
  • Foie Gras Lobster
  • Provence Style Lamb

Desserts

  • Rotating selection

Address

1969 S. King Street,
Honolulu

Phone

808-944-4714

Hours

Wed – Sun
6:00pm – 9:00pm


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Mahalo to Sam Choy, Philippe Padovani, Roger Dikon, Gary Strehl, Roy Yamaguchi, Amy Ferguson Ota, Jean-Marie Josselin, George Mavrothalassitis, Bev Gannon, Peter Merriman, Mark Ellman and Alan Wong for the development of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. E’ai kakou! (Hawaiian version of bon appetit)

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