What are the best restaurants in Hawaii

The 10 best restaurants in Hawaii

The state of Hawaii is an island paradise that attracts millions of vacationers from around the world each year. The availability of fresh and local ingredients makes the state a dream for restaurateurs. We explore 10 of the best restaurants in one of the most beautiful places in the world.

A large entrance to the Vintage Cave | Courtesy Chef Jonathan Mizukami

Vintage cave

The Vintage Cave offers a completely different experience for diners. Instead of bringing the natural beauties of the island into your home, this restaurant has created an atmosphere reminiscent of the architecture of ancient Italy. With granite floors and brick walls, the interior is warm and stately in size. The set menu changes frequently depending on the season. Guests are offered two options upon arrival: the chef's recommendation or a choice of vegetables that takes alternative wishes and needs into account. The dish consists of twelve courses of contemporary French-American cuisine, which are masterfully prepared and artistically presented.

Vintage Cave, 1450 Ala Moana Boulevard # 2250, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808-441-1744

© Courtesy Chef Chai

Chef Chai

Chef Chai serves Asian fusion cuisine and is elegant and always up to date. The restaurant's owner and chef is known throughout Hawaii, owns several restaurants and has won various awards. At Chef Chai, he marries the colorful flavors of the islands with traditional Asian techniques and flavors. The result is a marriage of styles that customers and critics alike rave about. From duck tacos to filet mignon, from chicken satay to lemongrass oxtail soup, every guest is sure to be delighted with the quality of Chef Chai.

Chef Chai, 1009 Kapiolani Boulevard, Honolulu, Hawaii, +1 808-585-0011


In the city, the owners and employees strive to connect people with the earth and with each other through sustainable, local food. Although recognized by numerous magazines, critics, and organizations, this restaurant remains unpretentious and accessible. Meat and seafood are not overly sauteed, so the quality and natural flavors show through. Vegetables and sides are simply cooked and celebrate the essence of their innate goodness. Reviewers can't get enough of Town's creamy polenta, black clams, and panna cotta desserts. With a menu that adapts to the current season, there is always something new in Town.

City, 3435 Waialae Avenue # 104, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808-735-5900

MW Honolulu

MW Honolulu serves traditional Hawaiian and classic American dishes dressed up and twisted in playful ways. The most popular dishes are the Opakapaka , a local mochi encrusted and lightly fried snapper, and the pork chop: glazed with kimchi and so tender it falls off the bone. Dessert is equally important and well thought out, including the MW candy bars: a crispy macadamia praline with salted caramel, chocolate, and biscuit. Decor in MW Honolulu is simple and clean, with high ceilings, large windows, and bright colors. The atmosphere is upscale, yet it exudes a casual atmosphere in which guests feel welcome and comfortable.

MW Honolulu, 1538 Kapiolani Boulevard 106, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808-955-6505

Pho French Dip Banh Mi at The Pig and the Lady | © Craig Fujii

The pig and the lady

The Pig and the Lady is in a very different environment from other restaurants in many ways. The chefs have made a name for themselves by trying things that no one has had before. They fuse classic dishes with surprising ingredients to create exciting and innovative dishes. Pillowy Gnocchi is served with octopus Bolognese and crispy potato skins. Ricotta pancakes are served with strawberries and Thai basil. The avocado cake is served with corn gelato, strawberries and pea sprouts. These inventive dishes and many more make the pig and lady a place to eat not to be missed.

The Pig and the Lady, 83 North King Street, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808-585-8255

Alan Wongs Honolulu

Alan Wong has made a name for himself over the past three decades by influencing the evolution of the stylistic cuisine for which Hawaii is now recognized. At Alan Wong's Honolulu, guests are greeted by friendly staff who are passionate about sharing local flavors and ingredients. The restaurant creates an atmosphere that reflects both fine dining and the laid-back nature of the islands. Baking at Alan Wong's is artful and serves dishes that seem almost too good to eat. Don't go without "The Coconut": a chocolate bowl filled with sorbet and topped with tropical fruits - looks like a coconut cut in half.

Alan Wongs Honolulu, 1857 South King Street # 208, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808-949-2526

La Mer

La Mer has received multiple awards for exceptional food and service. To maintain a fine dining atmosphere, jackets and evening wear are required. Inside, a breathtaking view of the beach and a spacious and airy dining room await you. The menu at La Mer features local Hawaiian ingredients prepared using classic French techniques. With first class service and exquisite dishes, La Mer is an easy choice for fine dining just steps from the shores of Waikiki.

La Mer, Halekulani Hotel, 2199 Kalia Street, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808-923-2311

Mom's fish house

On the north coast of Maui is Mama's Fish House: a restaurant that pays tribute to the island's Polynesian heritage and the abundance of seafood the ocean has to offer. The interior features fresh flowers and traditional Hawaiian decor, and many tables offer breathtaking views of the ocean. The menu is seafood-heavy and features only the freshest catch from local fishermen. Fan favorites are the macadamia-encrusted mahi mahi, blue prawns with vanilla, and opakapaka ceviche. Mama's Fish House is an excellent choice for seafood at its peak, and traditional Hawaiian flavors and preparation.

Mama's Fish House, 799 Poho Place, Paia, HI, USA, +1 808-579-8488

A fresh vegetable side dish at Chef Mavro | Courtesy of Chef Mavro

Chef Mavro

Head chef Mavro has won various prestigious awards and offers a bright, Hawaiian take on dishes influenced by his native France. Using locally sourced ingredients is incredibly important, as is helping local farmers and grocers. The chefs elegantly prepare meals that are both feast for the eyes and the stomach. With every meal, Chef Mavro also offers expertly paired wines that elevate an already excellent culinary experience to an unbelievable level. This restaurant is a must in Hawaii for fine dining and special occasions.

Chef Mavro, 1969 South King Street, Honolulu, HI, USA, +1 808-944-4714

Monkeypod kitchen

There is nothing more hospitable and relaxing than a visit to Monkeypod Kitchen. This restaurant has a family friendly atmosphere which is a perfect place to relax and enjoy a good meal. In addition to fresh fish dishes, Monkeypod also offers American classics and pizzas baked in a wood-fired oven. The atmosphere and food are nondescript and designed to give guests an experience that shows them how to sit back and relax the Hawaiian way. Monkeypod prides itself on the wide range of beers available and offers nearly 40 craft selections.

Monkeypod Kitchen, 10 Wailea Ike Drive # 201, Kihei, HI, USA, +1 808-891-2322

Author: Carl Brewer

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