Pulling from the endless supply of fish surrounding the islands, the restaurants that have topped our list for the absolute best dining in all of Hawaii all utilize the freshest seafood ingredients possible. Plus, you might think it’s hard to grow produce on an island, but when your average daily temperature range is typically between 78 and 85 degrees, you can grow produce and fruit nearly year-round.
Here are 6 must-try restaurants in Hawaii. With a wide variety of cuisines and a gorgeous location, there is something for everyone.
1. Mama’s Fish House
Open since 1973, Mama’s Fish House is best known for its ever-changing seafood menu that blends local Hawaiian favorites with the freshest produce and seafood available. From diver-caught octopus to Antarctic toothfish and Tristan Island lobster tails, Mama’s Fish House is the ultimate place for fresh seafood galore. If you’re in the mood for cocktails, too, check out their “Scorpion” rum, “Celebration Champagne Punch,” or “Strawberry Guava Fizz.” Don’t forget about dessert, either, as the coconut lime sorbet, coffee ice cream, and chocolate pie baked in caramel cookie crust are calling your name.
If you’re planning to take a trip to Hawaii and want to book reservations, check their website to see how far ahead of time you’ll need to make plans. Due to high demand, reservations are often booked out months in advance. However, if you will soon be a new owner of Hawaii real estate to call your own, you have a lot more flexibility in that regard.
2. Lahaina Grill
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Signature dishes from this luxury restaurant include the “Wagyu Beef Ravioli,” “Dungeness Crab and Maine Lobster Cake,” and the “Bufala Tomato Salad,” which uses locally grown tomatoes, fresh bufala mozzarella, truffle oil, and aged balsamic vinaigrette.
3. Han no Daidokoro
Guests can choose to order a set course designed around what is fresh that day, or a la carte filet mignon, beef tongue, skirt meat, or assorted cut like a traditional Korean barbecue restaurant. If you ever wished to experience melt-in-your-mouth beef with the absolute perfect amount of marbling, this is a Hawaii-exclusive experience you won’t want to miss.
4. Chef Chai
The interior is chic and classic, and there are a few ways to enjoy the food. There is a dinner menu, which has classic favorites like stir-fry with cashew nuts, pan-roasted chicken with peppercorn sauce, and grilled filet mignon with mashed potatoes. There is also a tasting menu if you’re in the mood for appetizers, like a mini duck taco, and an “Early Bird” menu if you’re more interested in a late lunch/early dinner. There are also set menu specials for holidays, like an “all-you-can-eat lobster tail” buffet for Mother’s Day.
5. The Pig and The Lady
If you’re ready for something completely out of left field, don’t miss The Pig and The Lady. This restaurant likes doing things a little bit differently, like blending Vietnamese classics with modern ingredients and techniques. It’s certainly the only place in the area where you can get something called a “Pho French Dip.”
The Pig and The Lady’s dining is a little unorthodox, too. Seating takes the form of communal tables, plus an L-shaped bar, and the restaurant has separate menus for lunch and dinner selections. Lunch is a little lighter and more casual, but dinner is where the menu really takes an interesting twist. If you’re craving Vietnamese while in Hawaii, this is the best place to stop.
6. MW Restaurant
Featured on Buzzfeed’s popular “Worth It” YouTube series in 2018 with over 14 million views, local luxury favorite MW Restaurant blends super-fresh Hawaii native ingredients with a heavy Asian influence. The “Mochi Crusted Fish” is what the restaurant is best known for, paired with a soy yuzu vinaigrette; in fact, it may be one of the most famous dishes in all of Hawaii.
The menu at MW Restaurant constantly changes depending on what is fresh and in season, or what the chef simply wants to make. Don’t leave without trying their signature dessert, though, the “MW Candy Bar,” complete with peanut butter crunch, macadamia nut caramel, a chocolate ganache, and black sesame ice cream.
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