The people of Hawaii know that their state's culinary delights are on another level. From local favorites to international delicacies, the islands have no shortage of must-visit hot spots for food. Whether you're a local or planning a trip, here are 12 of the best restaurants in Hawaii.
What originated as a bistro for dumplings, kalua pig and pupu platters in Honolulu has branched into two locations across Oahu. At the Honolulu location, a neon-backlit bar offers a youthful vibe, while the more relaxed Haleiwa location offers outdoor seating and an open-air dining room.
Blink and you might miss it! Located in a strip mall on the edge of Honolulu, Uncle Clay has been serving up shave ice locally for decades. Made naturally and with real fruit, Uncle Clay's shave ice is not one to be missed!
If you aren't looking for 53 By The Sea, you probably won't find it. The picturesque views of Waikiki and Diamond Head from the wrap-around patio are what al fresco dining dreams are made of. The craft cocktail and Hawaiian fusion fare makes this a must!
Located in the beautiful Kahala Resort, Plumeria Beach House is a breezy eatery for terrace dining with American fare, seafood buffets and ocean views. A lunch buffet special each day of the week offers international specialties and the service is always above average.
A rooftop cantina where you can find a wide array of traditional Mexican fare, Buho is worth checking out for the views of downtown Honolulu alone. The delicious (and strong) cocktails paired with house-made guacamole only sweeten the deal!
This oceanfront cabana tucked inside Waikiki's iconic Royal Hawaiian Hotel offers the finest selection of food. Delectable finger foods - think parmesan truffle fries and citrus garlic edamame - as well as light entrees and an unobstructed view of Diamondhead await! Be sure to order your cocktail in a pineapple for the true aloha experience!
Seeking a family-friendly spot with a casual vibe? Look no further than Leilani's tucked away in Maui's Whalers Village. A beachside eatery known for their seafood-based menu and tropical drinks, this restaurant is also in the perfect location for catching a winter whale breach in season.
A staple for all Maui-bound visitors and locals alike, Mama's offers the best fish and ambiance on the island. Located in Paia, it's a great spot to saddle up and enjoy the sunset, pupus and a cocktail after a long day on the Road to Hana.
In a town filled with character and charm, Flatbread Company is the crown jewel. You can expect wood-fired pizzas made with organic ingredients and free-range meats all cooked in traditional clay ovens. Grab a spot on a picnic table next to someone new and share a cold brew before your food arrives!
Head out to ONE FORTY if you're celebrating a special occasion, because every little detail has been thought out to make it just that - special. Whether you're craving a nice cut of beef or fresh Hawaiian seafood, the chef will make your foodie dreams a reality. Grab a glass of wine and watch the sun dip below the sea.
This place is so good they had to make two locations on Hawaii's Big Island. Part coffeehouse and bakery featuring Kona coffee, part American bistro serving locally sourced meals, the breakfast benedict specials are not to be missed!
A high-end Hawaiian chain, Roy's is a great spot to grab lunch or dinner when you're feeling a little bit like you've lost that true Hawaiian taste for life. Serving notable chef Roy Yamaguchi's Hawaiian fusion fare, each location across the islands offers a treat to the palate.