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24 Best Places To Eat In Oahu For All Tastes & Budgets

Hawaii is known as the melting pot of ethnicities and their food scene is a true reflection of this. Choosing the best places to eat in Oahu is no easy task and at times we were overwhelmed by choice. From Asian to American, Seafood to sweet treats the island offers the perfect concoction of cuisine regardless of taste or budget. As we only had a month backpacking Hawaii, we asked our fellow travel bloggers for their top restaurants on Oahu also. Here are the winning Oahu restaurants offering the perfect mix of traditional, exceptional and most of all…unforgettable food.

Our guide to the best places to eat in Oahu is the ultimate foodie guide, covering everything from the best coffee in Oahu to the best brunch in Waikiki, our fave food truck on the North Shore and a lil Oahu favourite called pineapple dole whip.

Travel Couple Drinking Fresh Coconut In Oahu Hawaii


Let’s start our best places to eat in Oahu tour with the most important meal of the day – breakfast. Whether it’s pancakes or poached eggs that get you raring to start the day, here’s where to find the best breakfast in Oahu.

Eggs n’ Things

Location: 343 Saratoga Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

We were warned by locals to arrive early as Eggs n’ Things are renown for the best breakfast in Oahu. We arrived before 9 to a packed restaurant and got the last table. Although by the door, we were delighted nonetheless as we later saw queues down the street and realised we were lucky to be squeezed in!

As always, Loz fancied sweet, Daz wanted savoury. Despite the name, Loz rebelled against eggs and opted for the traditional Oahu Acai bowl – the first of many during our time backpacking Hawaii.

If you are looking for cheap eats in Waikiki, Eggs n’ Things will hit the spot as the portion sizes are insane value for money. Although the food was delicious we imagine the fact all breakfasts are served with 3 fluffy buttermilk pancakes as standard earn this restaurant’s title as the best breakfast in Waikiki.

Although not the best coffee in Oahu, you do get unlimited free coffee refills served by charming staff (think American diner with Aloha spirit.) All in all, the perfect recipe for the best breakfast in Oahu to start your day of adventures.

Island Brew Coffee House

Location: 377 Keahole St, Honolulu, HI 96825, USA

After what can only be described as the hardest of our hikes on Oahu and definitely the hardest hike of our lives, we really deserved the best breakfast in Oahu. A quick google search for a nearby café resulted in a very average looking parking lot, complete with Pizza hut & a Safeway.

A tad confused and ever trusting of the Google Gods we thankfully continued as Island Brew Coffee House turned out to be an unforgettable spot and one of the best places to eat in Oahu for breakfast with a view!

The shabby chic décor gave no indication that Island Brew is actually a small chain (3 in total) and the service was so friendly, we felt like locals. Not to mention, the Acai bowl was so photogenic, I nearly didn’t want to eat it. Although it did taste as good as it looked. If you’re also searching for some of the best coffee in Oahu – you’ve come to the right place. As the name describes, Island Brew Coffee House serves incredible coffee with real Oahu vibes.

Musubi Cafe

Location: 2427 Kūhiō Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

One of the best places to eat in Waikiki is Musubi Café. They have 4 restaurants on Oahu, but the Seaside location is my favourite. It’s down a little side street and it’s about the size of a walk-in closet. It’s totally a grab and go place and they have the BEST musubi!

Musubi is form of cooked sushi and Hawaii is known for their famous SPAM musubi. Musubi Cafe features several SPAM options, including our favourite breakfast musubi: SPAM with eggs. They even have one with bacon.

If you’re heading to Oahu with kids, you’ll love Musubi Cafe because everything is pre-wrapped and small portions. It’s perfect for little kids and it’s one of the cheapest breakfasts you’ll find on Oahu.

We like to stop there first thing in the morning and load up before heading out to explore the island. Musubi is the best food in Oahu for taking to the beach, but also the last place we stop before heading to the airport. Who wants aeroplane food when you can have fresh musubi?

Written By Marcie of Hawaii Travel With Kids. Follow the adventures on Instagram.

Musubi Cafe In Oahu

Surfers Coffee Bar

Location: 63 S Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, HI 96786, USA

If searching for the best coffee in Oahu, then Kona Coffee needs to be on your Oahu Bucket List. Kona coffee comes from the Big Island of Hawaii, but it’s also incredibly fresh in Oahu.

The Kona region is known for having sunny mornings, high rain and little wind. The volcanic soil in Kona is incredibly mineral-rich! You won’t be surprised to find out that Kona produces one of the most expensive coffees in the world.

My favourite place in Wahiawa to drink Kona Coffee is Surfers Coffee Bar. Surfers serve coffee with a purpose. That’s because they donate 100% of their proceeds. Your money goes to local and global non-profit organisations. Even the staff at Surfers are volunteers.

Surfers Coffee Bar is the perfect relaxed setting to have your morning coffee, catch up on work or plan more things to do in Oahu. Enjoy some of the best coffee in Oahu in it’s relaxed & cosy surroundings located in one of the most hipster and artsy neighbourhoods on the island.

Written By Valentina of Valentina’s Destinations. Follow the adventures on Instagram.

Bills Hawaii

Location: 280 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

Anyone who knows an Australian knows we are choosy about our coffee and as such, travelling in the US can be a challenge for our caffeine addictions. But there are a precious few places in Waikiki where a coffee snob can find a brew to their standard.

Enter, Bills Hawaii.

Located at 280 Beach Walk, a short walk off the main drag of Waikiki, Bills Hawaii is an international franchise based out of Australia, and the coffee is like a little piece of home. Alongside serving up the best coffee in Oahu, Bills also has an extensive breakfast menu on offer that’s hard to choose from. They might be Australian, but they cater to the American serving size so don’t expect to have room for seconds.

The coffee and the food aren’t the only things that make Bills one of the best places to eat in Oahu though. Situated on the top floor the huge open space features high ceilings and floor to ceiling windows all along one side, creating a room full of natural light and ambience. It’s well worth popping in for breakfast.

Written By Holly of Globe Blogging. Follow the adventures on Facebook.

Food At Bills Hawaii In Oahu


Hard Rock Cafe

Location: 280 Beach Walk, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

With a location mere minutes from Waikiki beach we couldn’t resist visiting Hard Rock Café. The friendly service and novelty factor are the main reasons Hard Rock Cafes are our guilty pleasure when travelling and we recommend a visit if you’re after the best brunch in Oahu.

Expect traditional brunch favourites with a rock n’ roll twist. Our waffles were served with edible flowers, so instantly it was added to our best brunch in Oahu list for Instagram value alone. Overlooking bustling Beach Walk we could have spent hours there, people watching and lapping up the free coffee refills. Although there are so many hidden gems and local eateries on this list, sometimes you crave familiarity… and waffles with edible flowers.

Beet Box Cafe

Location: 66-437 Kamehameha Hwy #104, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA

We headed to Hawaii with a long list of the best places to eat in Oahu and after making our way through the list over the course of seven days, the Beet Box Café came out as our favourite.

Located on the North Shore in Haleiwa (there’s also a location in Kailua), Beet Box Café is an eclectic local eatery specializing in all organic fare, sourced locally whenever available. Alongside serving the best coffee in Oahu, they offer everything from smoothies to acai bowls to sandwiches – there’s something for everyone at Beet Box Café.

Our boys loved their naturally gluten-free banana oat pancakes and their papaya bowls filled with fresh fruit and vanilla coconut whipped cream.  I went for the avocado toast on gluten-free bread served with a fried egg both times we ate here – it was the most delicious avocado toast I’ve ever eaten!

Our entire family is gluten-free, so it was wonderful to have a place where we could all find something delicious and healthy to enjoy at Beet Box Café.  We also loved the chill vibe of the café and enjoyed chatting with the friendly servers and locals who pointed us in the direction of secluded beaches and great snorkelling spots.  We can’t wait to return next time we’re visiting Oahu!

Written By Lissa of Roots Wings And Travel Things. Follow the adventures on Facebook.

Beet Box Cafe In Oahu

Sweet E’s

Location: 1006 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA

If like Loz, you prefer a sweet start to your day then Sweet E’s is one of the best places to eat in Oahu for one reason – French Toast. French toast so good, the landlord had to hire a security guard for the car park as Sweet E’s quickly became the best brunch in Oahu for those with a sweet tooth. The car park chaos got so bad, Sweet E’s moved venues to Kapahulu Avenue though still expect a crowd, particularly on weekends!

Despite his omelette being big enough to feed a family of four, Daz’s food envy got the better of him and he too devoured the blueberry French Toast. So, we can officially confirm the rumours are true and the French toast with blueberries and cream is not only the best brunch in Oahu but up there as the best brunch we’ve ever had. Just don’t eat an omelette beforehand or you may be so full you’ll be unable to eat anywhere else on the island.

Goofy Cafe

Location: 1831 Ala Moana Blvd #201, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

We visit Oahu regularly to see family, and there’s one brunch spot we return to almost every time: Goofy Cafe. Located on the West end of Waikiki, Goofy serves delicious food with a laid-back surfer vibe. The menu features local ingredients with classic Hawaiian and American breakfast items.

Goofy’s eggs benedict with lilikoi hollandaise sauce and Kalua pig (pulled pork) or pork belly is our favourite. We love that touch of sweetness with the savoury. Another favourite is the Big Island honey French toast with fresh fruit.

The cafe has limited seating and often has quite a few people waiting to get in. They don’t take reservations, so if you want to sample the best brunch in Oahu make sure to put your name on the waitlist as soon as you arrive. Menus are available in English and Japanese.

Written By Michelle of Intentional Travelers. Follow the adventures on Instagram

Goofy Cafe Food In Oahu

Arvo Coffee

Location: 324 Coral Street Suite 1A-104b, Honolulu, HI 96813, United States

Not gonna lie, the décor is a macramé loving millennial dream – succulents meet retro sun brollies topped off with hipster servers. Although service was a little slow (we received our food before our coffees, a pet peeve) we’ll let them off, as it gave us more time to absorb this real-life Pinterest board.

To us, Arvo serves the best coffee in Oahu but with beautiful food to match. If you’re looking for the best food in Oahu for photo factor, our lunch was almost too pretty to eat, sprinkled with edible flowers (I did warn, millennial with a capital M.)

Although the menu is limited in a too cool for school type way, Arvo are here for one reason and one reason only – toast. How hipster can you get, huh? The menu is pretty much toast with an array of equally insta-worthy toppings. It is one of the best places to eat in Oahu to people watch the cool kids, rest after an insane street art tour and enjoy toast that looks prettier than I probably will on my wedding day.


Whether you’ve spent your morning hiking on Oahu, or relaxing on the beach, you’ll likely be ready for a midday munch. These are the best places to eat in Oahu for lunch whether it’s traditional poke bowls, the famous Oahu food trucks or a local gem off the beaten track, there is something for all budgets and diets.

Aji Limo Truck

Location: 57-512 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA

Food trucks in Oahu are like tractors in Scotland – you can’t drive 5 miles without seeing one. However with so many, how do you know which Oahu food trucks are worth the dollar and which to avoid? Let us introduce you to not just a food truck, but a dining experience we will never forget and one of the best restaurants on the North Shore.

If you’re travelling as a coupleyou will most likely be aware a hangry boyfriend is not one to be messed with. However, on our quest for the best food in Oahu we were so overwhelmed by choice on the Northshore, I’d a very hangry boyfriend on my hands. Cue the rainbow, culinary haven of Aji Limo truck – offering traditional poke bowls, fish tacos and more to the delight of hangry boyfriends and friendly locals alike.

The shaded seating oozed surfer vibes which were contrasted by the sophisticated menu. Aji Limo Truck is one of the best places to eat in Oahu for a side portion of Aloha spirit and the most delicious food, we still can’t believe it was cooked in a truck.

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Ai Love Nalo

Location: 41-1025 Kalanianaʻole Hwy, Waimanalo, HI 96795, USA

To me, one of the places to eat in Oahu is Ai Love Nalo. I stumbled across this cute vegan place, just a short drive from Hanauma bay in Waimānalo. The fact that everything is plant-based, organic, and gluten-free using only local ingredients was a huge plus for me. A definite choice for vegans, but meat-eaters will also enjoy the creative and well-balanced flavours.

One of the best places to eat in Oahu for lunch, Ai Love Nalo closes at 3pm each day, except for weekends when it’s open until 5pm. The food is fresh, healthy and full of flavour and the Buddha bowl is always a winner. The Other options worth trying are the falafels, portobello BBQ burger, tofu poke and poi.

There is a beautiful outdoor seating area and I like that the food and drinks are served in sustainable containers and cups. The smoothies come highly recommended with my favourite being the lime and coconut. As a tip its one of the top restaurants in Oahu for desert – so remember to leave space. The soft serve sundae is the perfect way to end the meal.

Written By Rai of A Rai Of Light. Follow the adventures on Instagram

Marukame Udon

Location: 2310 Kūhiō Ave #124, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

If searching for the best food in Oahu, you’ll be amazed at the quality of Japanese food that this wonderful island offers. The influx of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii in the 1900s left a profound effect on the modern Hawaiian cuisine. Among these, Marukame Udon stands out to offer some of the best cuisine in the heart of Waikiki, Oahu.

Both delicious and affordable, the famous Japanese noodle chain in Japan found its way to weave traditional Japanese cooking with a Hawaiian twist. This grab-and-go self-service restaurant allows you to choose from a myriad of dishes ranging from udon, tempura rolls, to sushi.

It’s best to visit the joint around lunchtime, to get the freshly fried signature tempura dishes. We also recommend the curry udon and the niku, authentic Japanese dishes that are hard to come by in Hawaii. The best thing about the Marukame Udon is its cafeteria style dining seats that allow you dine-in without long service wait – perfect for lunches with family and friends.

You can also watch the chefs cook through the open windows in the kitchen, another point of amazement for those who have never seen traditional Japanese cooking before and further reasoning why it’s one of the best restaurants in Waikiki.

Written By Andrew Kim of RoadGoat. Follow the adventures on Facebook.

Marukame Udon In Oahu

Surf n Turf

Location:2310 Kūhiō Ave Ste 100, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

Surf n Turf is a Mexican fast-food restaurant in Oahu which serves hearty burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos, rice bowls and much more. It’s located by the street on the backside of the International Market Place and is ideal if you’re looking for the best food in Oahu on a budget.

The Mexican food here comes with an Aloha twist, and you can either sit inside or outside to enjoy your meal. They also offer takeout, so you could bring your food and eat it while watching the sunset from Waikiki beach, which is just a few minutes away.

You can come here for lunch or dinner and it will cost about 7-10 USD for a full meal. The staff are friendly too, offering combo ideas for the tastiest burritos and tacos. I personally recommend their burritos especially as they were both delicious and filling. Don’t forget to add some of their homemade guacamole – it was incredible!

Written By Alexander Waltner of Destinavo. 

The Hibachi

Location:515 Kailua Rd, Kailua, HI 96734, USA

One of the best places to eat in Oahu is The Hibachi in Kailua town. It’s an unassuming building in a parking lot with virtually no seating, so what’s to love? Hibachi serves up the gorgeously fresh, melt-in-your-mouth poke. They have several different types to choose from every day, but get there early for the best selection; once they run out of some types, that’s it for the day!

The Hibachi is an ideal stop to grab a picnic lunch to take to nearby Kailua Beach, Lanikai Beach, or you can pop over after your beach visit. Another option we didn’t try is their huge selection of ready-to-cook marinated meats. If you’re staying in a vacation home that has a grill or planning a BBQ this is the perfect solution for a quick and delicious dinner.

Most tourists don’t venture to the Windward coast and they end up missing out on some of the best places to eat in Oahu for local food. Get yourself out of Waikiki and see what the rest of Oahu has to offer!

Written By Melissa of The Family Voyage. Follow the adventures on Facebook.

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

Location: 1240 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA

This makes our best places to eat in Oahu list because it’s another restaurant you’d probably drive past as it looks completely unassuming. The only clue would be the likely queue outside promoting Helena’s popularity. Serving traditional, local Hawaiian food since 1946, this family-owned business is renown to locals and now tourists alike.

It was our first opportunity to try Poi, which is a traditional staple in traditional Hawaiian food. To us, it looked like purple porridge as is made from the underground plant stem of the taro plant. It was also our first experience of Haupia, which is a coconut-milk based dessert served in Hawaii, similar texture to a panna cotta.

In Helena’s food is served as several small dishes (we recommend around 3 per person) then we all shared. If you want traditional, no frills food then this is one of the best places to eat in Oahu for just that! A little note, they only accept cash and aren’t open weekends. You can enjoy some of the best food in Oahu from 10am to 7:30am Tuesday to Friday.


Whether you’re looking for a chilled Oahu restaurant to end your day, or a dining experience with a difference, these are the best places to eat in Oahu for dinner.

Gen Korean BBQ House

Location: 1450 Ala Moana Blvd #4250, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA

If you’re wondering where to eat in Oahu, you may think it’s a bit of a cop out to visit a shopping centre. However, inside the Ala Moana shopping centre is the Gen Korean BBQ House and it makes our best places to eat in Oahu list (despite being Korean themed) because it was such a unique dining experience.

Korean BBQ is the popular method of grilling meat, typically beef, pork, or chicken on gas or charcoal grills built into the dining table itself. This means you pay a one off fee (like an all you can eat buffet) and the raw meat, rice and condiments are delivered to your table, where you then cook it yourself on the BBQ grill. For us, it is one of the top restaurants in Oahu for an unforgettable dining experience.

Do note, there is a fee if you don’t finish all the food you order so it’s wise to only order a couple of plates at a time. Although we realise the popularity of this dining in so many countries around the world, this was our first experience and it was so delicious. If you’re looking for cheap eats in Waikiki this also ticks the box – it is all you can eat for $27pp so ideal if you’re visiting Hawaii on a budget.

Meat On The Grill

Luau – Polynesian Cultural Center 

Location: 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie, HI 96762, USA

A luau is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast that is usually accompanied by entertainment such as hula or fire dancing. To truly immerse yourself in the Hawaiian culture, a Luau needs to be added to your itinerary. There are so many to choose from (many of which are a tourist trap) that we struggled to choose.

In the end, our Workaway host family took us to the Polynesian Cultural Center. It turned out to be one of our favourite things to do on North Shore although it did have Disneyland vibes with the themed parades, shows and music, we still felt it was excellent value for money and an amazing insight in the Polynesian culture – getting us incredibly excited for backpacking Fiji and New Zealand.

The evening Luau was one of the highlights of our entire trip and a chance to sample some of the best food in Oahu. It featured the traditional Kalua pig (which is usually cooked in sand via a type of underground oven) as well as poke, lomi salmon and haupia. Alongside hula dancers, fire dancing and traditional music – truly a night to remember.

Monkeypod Kitchen

Location: 92-1048 Olani St, Kapolei, HI 96707, USA

Located in the ocean oasis of Ko Olina, Hawaii, Monkeypod Kitchen has secured itself with some prime real estate. When coupled with its delicious dishes created by locally renowned chef, Peter Merriman, Monkeypod is definitely one of the best restaurants in Oahu. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner as well as Happy Hour (3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.) for the best deals.

As for what to order, you really can’t go wrong, you’ll be treated to some of the best food in Oahu. Are you an appetiser fanatic? The poke tacos, Kauai shrimp & Hamakua mushroom potstickers, and the pumpkin patch ravioli are all delicious.

If you’re a pizza lover, the Hamakua wild mushroom & truffle oil pizza is fantastic. Hoping to get some fresh seafood while you’re in Hawaii? Opt for the organic macadamia nut crusted Mahi mahi. Or if you want to try a dish that’s truly local, the noodle dish known as saimin has also found its place on the menu.

Written By Sarah of Borders & Bucket Lists. Follow the adventures on Pinterest.

Maui Brewing Company 

Location: 2300 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

We first stumbled upon Maui Brewing Company in Honolulu after a long travel day from the Midwest. We needed a place that had cold beer and could seat our large group immediately, MBC fit the bill.

Being my first time in Hawaii, I immediately scanned the menu for poke, knowing I had to try it while on vacation. Their Ahi Poke Tuna Bowl had tons of tuna, fresh ginger and even a little kimchi. It was so refreshing to enjoy a locally-sourced meal that was actually healthy and nutritious.

Their Ahi Poke Tuna Bowl was so incredibly flavourful, I couldn’t get enough of it. We even returned to Maui Brewing company at the end of our trip so I could have their poke one last time. Even if you’re not a poke fan, it’s one of the top restaurants in Oahu for fresh, local food – our entire group commented on the freshness of the food.

Their commitment to utilising the best in fresh, locally-sourced produce really shows across the menu. Although it’s one of the best places to eat in Oahu, their beer is also something to rave about. From the pineapple wheat to the coconut porter, their beers all have the fresh island taste that is so refreshing after a hot day.

Written By Alana of The Wild Gut. Follow the adventures on Instagram.

Maui Brewing Company In Oahu

Hawaii Hot Pot

Location: 25 Kaneohe Bay Dr #300, Kailua, HI 96734, USA

Any sort of restaurant that let’s you get interactive and “hand on” with the cooking wins our vote and again, hot pot dining was a completely new experience for us. For those also not familiar, Hot pot is a Chinese cooking method where a simmering pot of soup stock is brought to the dining table.

You then choose a selection of vegetables and thinly sliced meats which you add to the broth thus cooking them by boiling. Very similar to the Korean BBQ restaurant except, the grill is replaced by the hot pot.

There are several hot pot restaurants on the island and we feel it is one of the best places to eat in Oahu if you’re on a budget as they typically follow “an all you can eat” pricing. We chose a spicy broth as well as a vegetarian stock and chose mushrooms, meat and a selection of sauces. Each place at the table also had it’s own hot plate to keep your dish warm – a dining experience we will never forget!


Some people visit Oahu to sunbathe on the beautiful beaches and others to hike the lush landscape – either way nothing beats a sweet treat in the sunshine to fuel your day. Whether it’s to go with morning coffee or an afternoon pick me up these are the best places to eat in Oahu if you’re partial to a treat or two.

Matsumoto Shave Ice

Location: 66-087 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA

Hawaii is well known for its famous frozen dessert called shave ice. And if you’re wondering where to eat in Oahu to sample this local delicacy, make sure you go to the original home of shave ice – Matsumoto in Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore. This family run establishment has been making shave ice since 1951.

Matsumoto’s shave ice is a frosty combination of ice shavings topped with bright coloured syrups in tropical fruit flavours like pineapple, passionfruit, mango, coconut and papaya. Delicious syrup is drizzled over finely shaved ice in all the colours of the rainbow. Choose your flavours and whether you want to eat your shave ice from a paper cup or a cone. You can also add mochi, a drizzle of condensed milk or adzuki bean paste on top.

There’s usually a line out the front of the store so you’ll have a few minutes to decide on your order. The most popular flavour combination is Rainbow with strawberry, lemon and pineapple but our favourite was Hawaiian. Pineapple, coconut and banana in one shave ice bowl tastes like Hawaii on a plate.

Written By Katy of Untold Morsels. Follow the adventures on Instagram.

Matsumoto Shave Ice In Oahu

Leonard’s Bakery

Location: 933 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA

Leonard’s bakery is an Oahu institution, it’s likely you’ll spot the funky striped vans dotted around before the bakery itself situated in Kapahulu Avenue. Leonards Bakery is one of the best places to eat in Oahu for a sweet treat. You must try their speciality malasadas. Although traditionally Portuguese, these sugary balls of dough have become a staple sweet treat in Oahu thanks to the Leonard’s family and are one of the many traditional Hawaiian foods you must try!

The Leonards bakery in Honolulu is often queued out the door with locals and tourists alike, keen to try the famous Malasadas – and we can officially confirm they are worth the hype. Described as a “doughnut without the hole” they are golden, sweet and crispy on the outside then fluffy and light in the inside. Not gonna lie, I was also a sucker for the cute pink packaging and retro branding.

Diamond Head Market & Grill

Location: 3158 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA

We’d been away from Gregg’s nearly a month, so our bakery withdrawal was strong. That and the fact we had just hiked Diamond Head so needed an instant sweet fix. We were recommended Diamond Head Market & Grill as THE bakery in Honolulu for their scones.

Now being British, we have a very strong opinion on scones so we were intrigued to sample the Hawaiian version. We were blown away. Firstly if you are looking for a bakery in Honolulu we cannot recommend Diamond Head Market & Grill enough as their scones were pretty much the size of my head. They also had numerous flavours, of which we opted for cream cheese and blueberry and it was insanely good. Seriously puts our British mixed fruit scone to shame.

Although the texture reminded us more of a cookie than a crumbly scone, we urge you to visit a bakery in Honolulu and get your hands on one of these – we guarantee they won’t disappoint!

Pineapple Dole Whip

Location: 64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, HI 96786, USA

A few years ago we recall seeing a huge queue in Disneyland California for “pineapple Dole whip” utterly naive we didn’t bother trying it. However, as home to the Dole plantation, you cannot leave Oahu without sampling the insanely delicious pineapple Dole whip.

With a day to spare we opted for one of the most popular things to do on the North Shore and do the full tour complete with a tourist train ride through the plantation, pineapple history lesson and a go at the “largest maze in the world.”

However there were busloads of people who were there just for the pineapple dole whip alone and we don’t blame them. To be honest, the tour and overall plantation was nothing spectacular (the staff were particularly disinterested) however pineapple dole whip has changed my view on ice cream forever. Dare I say it, I’ve never tried ice cream as good and would happily book a flight back to enjoy it again and again!

Hopefully this guide to the best places to eat in Oahu has inspired some delicious dining – whether it’s a sweet treat on the go or a Luau evening extravaganza! Are your favourite Oahu restaurants missing from this guide? Let us know in the comments your best places to eat on Oahu!

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Tracy

    What a great post! Love the new look!

  2. Tracy

    Great post and love the site!

  3. Telle

    Awesome post! Makes we want to go try all these yummy places.

    1. faramagan

      Thank you – makes me want to go back…sitting here eating cheese & toast isn’t quite the same!

  4. Michelle Tucker

    Great post! Hoping to get back to Oahu sometime next year. I will have to try out a few of these spots.

    1. faramagan

      We would love to go back! It lived up to everything we hoped and dreamed it would!

  5. Suzy

    Oh this brought back so many memories from our Hawaii honeymoon. We loved the North Shore food trucks! We found enfold trucks to have the freshest food and most inventive menus. My husband came home to Aus wanting to start up a seafood taco food truck! The only problem we had was that I was pregnant so couldn’t enjoy all the poke tuna.

    1. faramagan

      Aww what an amazing place to Honeymoon! Darren hated seafood, wouldn’t even go near raw seafood but after trying poke he is now completely converted!!

  6. Kayla

    Currently booking my flight to Hawaii to eat everything on this list!

  7. leanne

    This post makes me so hungry! Some great restaurants suggestions here 🙂

  8. anna

    Wow! You’ve nailed it with this post! I am official hungry again (considering I just ate dinner!!) So many great recommendations.

  9. Helene

    I’ve never been to Hawaii but this post i snow moving it up on my list! so many delicious foods!! and definitely some that were unexpected for me.

  10. the Curious Pixie

    Your post made me hungry for food amd Hawaii!

  11. Miss Filatelista

    I haven’t been to Hawai’i in ages but this is really making me want to go back and eat all the things. Great article!

  12. Michelle C

    Looks so good! We contributed Goofy’s but see a few others on here that we also love. Island Brew in Hawaii Kai is awesome!

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