6 Best Restaurants in Hawaii

6 Best Restaurants in Hawaii

  • Tomoya Tsuruhara
  • 05/22/22
Arguably the most beautiful state in all of the U.S., Hawaii is one of the top vacation destinations for people all around the globe. Whether you’re looking at Hawaii real estate to make a new home on the islands or you’re simply visiting for a long-awaited, much-needed vacation, you can enjoy some incredible food.

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.
The following are the absolute best six restaurants that Hawaii has to offer. With a variety of cuisine types in some truly gorgeous locations, there is something for everyone.

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

799 Poho Place
Paia, Hawaii
Photo Courtesy of From Tamara
No list of the best restaurants in Hawaii can be taken seriously without listing Mama’s Fish House, a local and tourist favorite. This gorgeous restaurant is often cited as one of the best restaurants in the entire U.S. and is nestled in the perfect Hawaii real estate location, on the small sandy beach of Kuau Cove, where visitors can stop by and take scenic pictures before heading to dinner.

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

127 Lahainaluna Road
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Photo courtesy of Lahaina Grill
Nestled in among many traditional tourist restaurants and stops is Lahaina Grill. Don’t let the sign on the door, which claims Lahaina Grill is simply a “contemporary bistro,” fool you. With an in-house bakery, picturesque views, and an amazing array of menu options, this favorite has been named “Best Maui Restaurant” by HONOLULU Magazine multiple times.

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

1108 Auahi Street #150
Honolulu, Hawaii
Photo courtesy of Han no Daidokoro
No trip to Honolulu is complete without stopping in for a meal at Han no Daidokoro. If you own Hawaii real estate on this beautiful island, you know that for a fact. This Japanese-style Korean barbecue restaurant serves the highest quality beef they can, literally.

Han no Daidokoro offers only the best A5 grade Miyazaki beef and Wagyu beef, all thoughtfully and carefully imported straight from Japan. The “Wagyu” beef you most commonly find in restaurants is from American cattle, which have a lineage tied to Japan. This, however, is the real deal.

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

1009 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, Hawaii
Photo courtesy of Chef Chai
Named after head chef and owner Chef Chai Chaowasaree, this restaurant blends traditional Hawaiian flavors with classic Asian recipes. It’s a really lovely blend of both cultures, and the food is spectacular.

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

83 N. King Street
Honolulu, Hawaii

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

888 Kapiolani Blvd, Suite 201
Honolulu, Hawaii

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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