Hawaii’s cattle industry is thriving, with expansive grazing ground, ranches, and a “cowboy” culture unique to the islands. Palates are primed for free-range, grass fed beef, and with Hawaii’s booming upscale tourism industry, there are plenty of places to find the perfect steak. Here are our 9 favorites.
D.K. Steakhouse takes steak very seriously, with offerings “From the Butcher” and “For the Steak Connoisseur” like a 15 or 30-day dry aged bone in rib eye. Choose your steak accompaniment, from options like blue cheese butter, béarnaise sauce, sansei demi-glace or crab Oscar style. There are local beef, lamb and pork options, traditional surf and turf items, and all the requisite sides, such as baked potatoes and creamed spinach. Lovers of the traditional steak house will not be disappointed.
With traditional seafood and steak options, served in a beautiful ocean-side setting, along with traditional pupus (Hawaiian for appetizers or small plates), you can’t go wrong at Kimo’s in Maui. Tuck into a prime rib or filet, with a nice sear on the outside, and enjoy the colors of sunset as the tiki torches provide a cozy ambience.
Most folks don’t associate a dive bar atmosphere with a steakhouse, but for those looking for some tasty red meat in a more casual setting, this spot in Waimea is just for you. Everything is prepared on a mesquite wood fire grill, and you can choose your cut of meat and then watch as it is prepared. Get a giant cold beer served in a large glass boot and chat with the friendly bar staff and enjoy this local hot spot.
Located on the picturesque Hualalai Golf Course, the ambience has a handsome club feel, with dark woods and ocean views. The signature dish is a tableside Chateaubriand, an 18-ounce grass-fed tenderloin filet that is carved right at your table. Accompanied by Big Island bone marrow and roasted garlic, this is a meal that you won’t soon forget.
This steakhouse, located in the Vive Hotel, is another upscale atmosphere, with cozy tables and seating and dim lights that make the dining room more intimate. The staff is very attentive and professional and the menu hits all the classics, along with specialty entrees like a prime filet of beef wellington and Hy’s famous roasted rack of lamb. Reservations are recommended, as this popular standby attracts large crowds.
This local favorite is in a neighborhood area, which can be confusing to find, but the view is lovely and the open-air concept is attractive. Unlike some other spots on our list, Haleiwa’s is casual enough to feel comfortable in your beach attire. The prime rib is a crowd favorite, but be warned they have been known to run out in the evening if crowds are large. Slow roasted, and served bone in with au jus, garlic mashed potatoes, and seasoned vegetables, it’s delicious eaten with a cold cocktail.
Another spot with a beautiful oceanfront view, Duo does an excellent job and is located in the Four Seasons resort. You’ll find Durham Ranch all-natural beef grilled on local Kiawe wood, along with a variety of seafood, salads, and a wellness section that includes gluten-free and vegetarian options. Try the poutine-style twice baked loaded potato along with your steak if you’re feeling extra indulgent.
Located on the 36th floor of the Ala Moana Hotel, The Signature truly has sweeping views of the entire city and coastline. The ambience is what you expect from a high-end steakhouse, with a piano lounge, cozy booths, ocean view tables and even the option to have a more private dining experience in the wine cellar. You’ll find true staples like shrimp cocktail and Oysters Rockefeller to get started, followed by prime cuts of beef, fresh seafood, signature sides and delicious wine and cocktails.
Although Morton’s is a nationally-recognized chain, it still earns a spot on the steakhouse list due to the consistent quality of the food and dining experience. The menu is large and creative, with options for all palates and a focus on quality steak and seafood. Desserts are popular as well, with a well-rounded menu of cakes, ice creams, pies and more.