Are you heading toOahu, Hawaii, for the first time?别担心;我有你!
After trying so many restaurants, here aremy 15 Must-try Restaurants in Oahu, Hawaii, that I visit every single time. When I say every single time,我不是在开玩笑。
These must-try restaurants in Oahu, Hawaii, are one of the main reasons I travel back so often because they are那好!
You are probably here for my foodie recommendations if you came from myInstagramorYouTube.
I know I am like you; I want to read a proper review with a list packed with information like what to order and when to visit.
After many requests, I finally put together a good list! Below are 15 must-try restaurants in Oahu that you need to check out!
BONUS SECTION:I don’t just eat, but I also love to explore, so I did a separate blog post forsnorkeling, hiking, and site-seeing. Plus some酒店建议。
15 MUST-TRY RESTAURANTS IN OAHU, HAWAII
#1 HELENA’S HAWAIIAN FOOD
I am easily starting my must-try restaurants in Oahu list with海伦娜的夏威夷的食物。我花了三次旅行才终于品尝到了海伦娜的夏威夷美食，因为它太受欢迎了。
However, trust me when I say it is值得炒作的。海伦娜的夏威夷食物是一家提供传统的当地夏威夷食物的家庭餐厅。
They have been open since 1946 and are not only a tourist faovirte but also a local faovirte! You can taste theLOVE and DETAILSin every dish, plus they also have fantastic service.
I recommend going family-style with Helena’s Hawaiian Food and trying different items on themenu.
Some of my personal favorites are卡鲁阿猪，夏威夷鱿鱼，长米鸡，炸鲳鱼领，鲑鱼，荷皮亚，还有一份必点的，他们的Pipikaula式小排骨。
TheShort Ribs Pipikaula Style is a MUST-ORDER.
It is simple yet packed with SO MUCH FLAVOUR. I FELL IN LOVE when I took a bite and instantly ordered a second round.
Another dish that took my breath away was thefried butterfish collar. The fish was so tender that it melted in my mouth. Even my sister, who isn’t a fan of fish, said she wanted more!
And finally, theHaupia.夏威夷椰子布丁是一种完美的餐后甜点。把它蘸上红盐，等会儿再谢我!
With that being said, Helena’s Hawaiian Food isSUPER BUSY.
The restaurant itself isn’t super small; however, the parking lot only can fit 4-6 cars, plus there is barely any neighborhood parking.
At any time of the day, you will see a line. I recommend going earlier in the day between 10 am – 11 am.
Especially if you are driving, make sure to go early!I got there at 9:50 am, and there was already a line plus no parking.
#2 HERNY’S PLACE
If you ask me, what is myfavorite dessertspot in Oahu, it would EASILY be Henry’s Place ice cream. A super small,hole-in-a-wall, grab-and-go ice cream/fruit shopthat makes one of the best ice creams I’ve ever had.
Every time I visit Oahu, I will pick up a couple of ice creams from Herny’s Place and enjoy them on my balcony for the next couple of days.
It may look small, but one is perfect for sharing between 2-3 people. All their ice cream ismade with 100% real fruit, and you can taste the freshness from their ice cream.They are known for their“RL”ice cream, which isREALICIOUSIcecreams.
A few flavors that I HIGHLY recommend,
- Passion Orange Guava ICECREAM
- Dragonfruit ICECREAM
- Watermelon ICECREAM
- Pineapple and Mango ICECREAM
The only two downsides about Henry’s Place are that it is cash only, and they use quite a bit of plastic; however, other than that, I cannot recommend this small business enough, and I promise you will also love it as well!
#3 RINKA JAPANESE RESTAURANT
If you love unagi, you NEED to try Rinka Japanese Restaurant. Located in downtown Oahu, Rinka is my favorite place to enjoy lunch in Oahu.
Rinka was recommended to me by a local friend, and I am so glad she did because it is one of thebest unagi dons I’ve EVER hadand her one of her must eat restaurants in Oahu!
I highly recommend theirlunch menu,惊人的交易，重要的部分，和美味的食物。
I go for their grilled Eel, Unagi Bowl every single time. The set comes with chawanmushi, miso soup, pickled vegetables, and two small side dishes of your choice for only $21.75.
While I love their Grilled eel, I didn’t find their sashimi or chirashi to be anything special. However, I recommend getting theCrab Cream Croquette a la carte to share!
#4 MARUGAME UDON
I dont think there is an Oahu Must-try restaurant without Marugame Udon. You can see your super fresh, handcrafted udon bowls and tempura made to order,另外，它也很便宜!
There is always awrap-around linearound Marugame Udon, and for a good reason.
You can’t go wrong with anything on themenu.
My go-to is forLUNCH – Nikutama, made-to-order udon noodles，配以甜咸牛肉、温泉蛋和汉堡王酱。
And for DINNER, I enjoy theirCurry Nikutame, their best-selling udon, served with seasoned sweet beef and soft egg in a curry sauce.
For their tempura, I enjoy their shrimp and squid only.
The giant chicken katsu is super dry, and their potato croquette is quite bland.
#5 ONO SEAFOOD
Another restaurant that took me three visits to finally try, Ono Seafood, serves some of the freshest Poke I’ve ever had!
Ono Seafood is one of the most popular Poke joints around Oahu, and for a good reason. You can taste the freshness from their Poke and seafood.
Unlike many other Poke joints I’ve tried, Ono Seafood uses straightforward ingredients that are packed with umami flavors.
The menu is small, so you can’t go wrong with anything from Ono Seafood.
I love their poke and their Tako. They get super busy and are often closed, so make sure to check their hours, so you don’t miss out on checking them out during your trip.我发现在下午2:30到4:00左右，线路就会停止，也不那么忙了!
#6 LEONARD’S BAKERY
What is a trip to Oahu without trying Lenoard’s Bakery? Leonard’s Bakery is known for itsfresh and delicious Malasadas.
If you have never tried Malasadas, they are Portuguese doughnut that is softer, fluffy, and without a hole.
I’ll be honest, I am not the biggest donut fan, so I was hesitant to try.
However, I must say, after taking the first bite, I instantly fell in love. The Malasadas are so soft, reminding me of deep-fried milk bread.
There are so many flavors to choose from.
You can even select theirMalasads puffs stuffed with a rich and creamy filling.However,my go-to is always their traditional Malasadas coated in cinnamon sugar.
Simple, not too sweet, and delicious!我建议每人买两份。
Leonard’s Bakery is super busy and similar to Helena’s Hawaiian Food; there isbarely any parking. I recommend visiting around3:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
#7 ME BAR-B-QUE
I was hesitant to share Me Bar-B-Que because I wanted to keep this small,hole-in-the-wall joint对自己。
每当我不知道晚餐吃什么时，我的首选总是我的巴b - que。Generous portions, great prices, fresh side dishes, and delicious food.
Whenever I travel, I crave homemade food after a couple of days.
I stumbled across Me Bar-B-Que during my visit to Waikiki when I was lured in by the smell.
The best way to describe Me Bar-B-Que is自制的食物。
Everything on their menu is delicious, but my go-to is theirKALBI (Korean Short Ribs), BAR-B-Q Chicken, and their Chicken Katsu.
You get two scoops of rice and four side dishes for each order.
While their main dishes are delicious, I am here for the side dishes. They run out quickly, but I love theirsaute cabbage, kimchi cucumber, japchae, and bean sprouts!
The dining environment isn’t the best, soI recommend doing takeoutand eating it either at the beach while watching the sunset or on your hotel balcony with some beer!
#8 TED’S BAKERY
If you are looking for the best place to tryHaupia Cream Pie,你应该试试泰德面包店。
Their Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie is delicious and the best I’ve ever had—奶油味浓郁，配以柔软的酥皮。The haupia cream pie is not too sweet and is one of the best pies I’ve ever had!
PLUS, if you are also looking to satisfy your savory taste buds, you need to try theirSpicy Garlic Shrimp.
The spicy sauce is SO delicious that I went back in to ask for an extra serving of rice, so I don’t waste any of the sauce.
Ted’s bakery is pretty far, and you will need a vehicle to get here if you are staying at Waikiki.
I recommend spending the day atShark’s Cove (the best snorkeling spot in Oahu)and finishing the day at Ted’s Bakery for dinner and dessert.
#9 MAUI MIKE’S FIRE-ROASTED CHICKEN
I lovechicken and rice所以当我偶然发现毛伊·麦克的火烤鸡时，我知道我一定要尝尝。
Known for theirFRESH NATURAL PREMIUM CHICKEN,Maui Mike’s Fire-Roasted Chicken is the best-roasted chicken RESTAURANTS IN OAHU!
The Chicken is ALWAYS FRESH, NEVER FROZEN.
Their chicken hasno steroids, hormones, antibiotics, or other additives.
Every order is made fresh, and there are so many delicious dipping sauces to pair with the chicken.
I usually get THE FEAST which comes with one chicken, two sides, and four sauces for $24.95.
This is the perfect amount to share with four people. You can have the chicken cooked to your preference (half, quarter, or 8th). There are also many sides to choose from, and my go-to ismike’s fries, corn, and rice.
#10GINZA BAIRIN TONKATSU & YOSHOKU BISTRO
If you are looking for delicious Tonkatsu – Japanese Fried Cutlets, you need to try Ginza Bairin. Juicy, tender, and flavourful katsu is delicious and super satisfying.
Every time I go, I order their black pork chop special(“Specialty” Kurobuta Pork Loin Katsu), plus, you can getbeer for only $1with this combo!
It does get SUPER busy, so make sure to either make a reservation ahead of time or if you are planning to walk in; I find that 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm is the quietest.
Ginza Bairin is a famous location, and right next door is Yoshoku Bistro which sells an almost identical menu and usually is less busy.
If you can’t get a reservation at Ginza, I recommend trying walk-in at Yoshoku Bistro. I’ve had katsu at both locations, and I find the flavor identical.
#11 GIOVANNI’S SHRIMP TRUCK
What is a trip to Oahu without having Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck? Giovanni Shrimp Truck is the most popular food truck to getGarlic Shrimpin Oahu.
Every time you visit there will be aLONG line,the good thing is, the eating environment isn’t the best, which means most people will finish eating in around 10-15 minutes, so there is a high turnover for tables.
Similar to many other famous food joints in Hawaii,going around 3:30 pm-4:30 pmis where it is the least busy.
I love their classic大蒜虾食谱。
The only downside of Giovanni is that the outdoor seating can get hot and sticky.
Since it is a food truck, there are alot of flies, so I find myself constantly waving the flies away while I eat.
The drive to the beach from Giovanni’s is less than 5 minutes; that way, you don’t have to keep waving the flies away!
If you love fresh sashimi, you NEED to try Maguro Brothers.
Maguro Brothers serve some of thebest High quality, fresh, and delicious sashimi in Hawaii.
This is a hole-in-the-wall spot, but there is alimited quantity.
They are open everyday excepty SUNDAY from 5-8 pm, but often they sell out within a couple of hours, so make sure you go early!
#13MUSUBI CAFE IYASUME KEEAUMOKU
Not going to lie; I am not a big fan of SPAM; however, whenever I finish Oahu, I HAVE to have Musubi from Musubi Cafe.
如果你正在寻找便宜又饱腹的食物，我强烈推荐你去Musubi Cafe Iyasume keeaumoku。
There are a couple of locations, and they are usually thebusiest in the daytime.
午餐肉是烤过的，涂上美味鲜味的酱汁。I would sayMusubi是一个人的完美午餐。
#14 MATSUMOTO SHAVED ICE
One thing that Maui does 100x better compare to Oahu is shaved ice. I tried SO MANY locations in Oahu, but theonly one I loved was Matsumoto Shaved Ice. Fluffy, creamy, and their mochi is super delicious!
Known as the “Obama Shaved Ice,” this place sells Oahu’s most delicious shaved ice.
Their syrups are also made out of juices, so there isn’t harsh artificial flavoring compared to many other vendors around town.
I had to include Foodland in this RESTAURANTS IN OAHU list because I will not lie;Foodland出售一些最好的Poke，超级实惠又美味。
It isfresh, flavourful, plus super affordablecompared to other places. Since it is a grocery market, you don’t have to worry about the long lines!
I love the Foodland that is located at Ala Moana Center.
There are many pre-made food selections and even a bar in the middle.
Pick up some poke, fresh vegetables, and fresh fruits, and you are ready to go!
PRO TIP:try the Hawaii onion chip, poke together, and thank me later!
if you give any of these restaurants a try, please DM me on Instagram and let me know what you think!
If you have more food recommendations, make sure to comment below.
If you love ramen, my friends and I like Junpuu on King St., across from Neal Blaisdell Center. Bonus… BYOB at this restaurant.
If you like Japanese Izakaya’s… Gaku on King St. and Tokkuri Tei next to Tonkatsu Tamafuji on Kapahulu Avenue.