5 best restaurants in Oahu
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Hawaii’s finest dishes
This degustation delight is celebrated throughout Hawaii as the island chain’s best restaurant. The longest, consecutively ranked AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, La Mer is the ultimate dining experience in America’s 50th state. Its expertly prepared Neoclassic French cuisine is matched only by the beauty of the restaurant’s views: the majesty and romance of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head. Dress the part: jacket, slacks and dress shoes are required for men.
2199 Kalia Road, Honolulu
Tel: +1 808 923 2311 www.halekulani.com/dining/la_mer/
Wong gets it right
Fancy clams and kalua pig? Ginger crusted snapper? Or pure indulgence: the chef’s tasting menu? Whichever you choose, you’ll get it right at Alan Wong’s, one of Oahu’s best restaurants. Add to that impeccable service, both extremely polished and friendly too, with that Aloha spirit never far away. Even the interiors are stunning: koa wood and lauhala grass weaving working together to create a warm, inviting feel. Right on!
McCully Court, 1857 S. King St., 3rd fl. Moiliili, Honolulu
Tel: +1 808 949 2526 www.alanwongs.com
Tel: +1 808 261 4661 www.buzzssteakhouse.com
Buzz's Original Steakhouse
Meat eater’s delight
You may be in Hawaii but it’s still America’s 50th state. That means they know how to make a mean steak. Just off the beach, Buzz’s is a maze of rooms filled with carnivorous aromas and a buzzing, friendly crowd, especially if you sit at the bar. This is a cash-only restaurant so bring some moolah –and be warned, if you’re looking for a stiff drink, you won’t find a stronger Mai Tai anywhere on the island. We’ll drink to that!
413 Kawailoa Rd., Kailua, HI 96734
Sails, sunset and stars
So you’re looking for a restaurant to woo your loved one? Look no further. Michel’s will sweep anyone off their feet with their stunning location and cuisine. Think ocean-front tables with Honolulu views to die for. The sumptuous prix-fixe menu is glorious, served to you by tuxedoed waiters. It’s even been voted Most Romantic Restaurant every year since 1985. Now that is a long and happy relationship!
Colony Surf, 2895 Kalakaua Ave.
Tel: +1 808 923 6552 www.michelshawaii.com
Little Village Noodle House
Big taste, small budget
Why blow the budget on expensive meals in Oahu when the island offers so many other to-die-for activities. Little Village is a perfect example of what all small, good value restaurants should be. Friendly and attentive service provides all the dishes in China, like Shanghai noodles, honey-walnut shrimp, spinach with garlic and orange chicken. There’s even two hours free parking out back. So go there – and save your money for kite surfing!
1113 Smith St., Chinatown, Honolulu
Tel: +1 808 545 3008 www.littlevillagehawaii.com