Where to Find the Best Sunset Dining on Oahu

Everyone loves a sunset, and few can top a Hawaiian sunset. Whether you’re enjoying a romantic meal with your partner on the terrace or celebrating a milestone with the whole family, no meal, music or candlelight will set the mood quite like sky dappled in pinks, oranges and purples. Here are some of the top places on Oahu to get the best of both worlds — great dining options and prime sunset views.

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TIP: Be sure to sure to make your reservations about thirty minutes before the sun sets.

Sunset Dining in Waikiki

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Deck.

You won’t find a better spot to get views of Diamond Head. This newly renovated hotel has a gorgeous open-air restaurant that is, yes, a big open deck. It makes for a great place to watch the sunset! Open Monday through Friday from 7am to 10am & 3pm to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 7am to 2pm and 3pm to 10pm. deckwaikiki.com

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Duke’s Waikiki

This iconic restaurant is located oceanfront in Waikiki. With live music daily, this is a great place to watch the sun go down watching the surfers catch their waves with a view of Diamond Head in the distance. Open daily 7am to 11pm. dukeswaikiki.com

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Hideout at the Laylow

This large open-air restaurant is located in the newly renovated Laylow Hotel. It’s got a retro chic vibe and fire pits. It’s not oceanfront, but the decor and live music make it a sweet place to hang out while the sun goes down over Waikiki. Open daily from 5 to 10 pm. hideoutwaikiki.com

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House Without A Key

You can have breakfast, lunch or dinner at this dreamy spot with Diamond Head and sparkling ocean views, but sunset comes with a bonus: live Hawaiʻian music with graceful hula by a former Miss Hawaiʻi. Order a classic Mai Tai and their signature coconut cake and you’re good to go. halekulani.com

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Hula Grill

Chef-Driven Aloha is the motto at this open-air, second-floor eatery at Outrigger Waikiki. Watch early morning surfers and the sunrise over locomotor, pancakes or a healthy avocado toast. Open daily 7am to 10pm. hulagrillwaikiki.com

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LuLu’s Waikiki

The mostly island/American lunch menu here—burgers, fish tacos, loco moco, blackened salmon Caesar salad—is available till 11pm, but you can also welcome sunset with steak, surf & turf, or pork chops (try it with the lilikoi miso sauce). Note there are no reservations at this bustling spot on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki. Open daily 8am to 12am with happy hour from 3pm to 5pm. luluswaikiki.com

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Michel's Hawaii

Located oceanfront on Kaimana Beach, Michel’s has been a fine dining destination in Waikiki since 1962. There is a chef’s tasting menu starting at $130, and the regular menu features caviar, oysters, sashimi, foie gras, lamb and mahi mahi. Reservations are recommended. Open daily from 5pm to 8:30pm. michelshawaii.com

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RumFire

Rum Fire has one of the best spots in Waikiki to sit on the oceanside and enjoy some food. The view of Diamond Head is a real treat. The tiki torches and live music help set the mood too. Open daily from 7am to 9pm with happy hour from 2:30 to 4:30pm. Live music is 6pm to 8pm. rumfirewaikiki.com

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SKY Waikiki

This open-air, casual restaurant atop a 19-story building lives up to its name — you’ll see lots of sky, as well as ocean and stunning sunsets. Try the spicy ahi sashimi pizza or mushroom flatbread, or share a few of executive chef Lance Kosaka’s tasty small plates. Open daily 4pm to 10pm with happy hours 4pm to 9pm. skywaikiki.com

Sunset Dining on the North Shore

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Haleiwa Beach House

You can’t beat this view, this newly built open air restaurant sits across the street from Haleiwa Beach Park. The menu has a great selection of beers, wines and cocktails. The menu is focused on seafood (we love the mahi mahi and the ahi), but if you’re not in the mood for fish, there are plenty of soup, salad and pupus options. Open daily 11am to 3pm and Friday to Sunday 5pm to 8pm. haleiwabeachhouse.com

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Haleiwa Joe’s

Haleiwa Joe’s has two locations, and both are perfect for catching a beautiful sunset as you dine. The North Shore location is oceanfront, just next to the Haleiwa Bridge, while the Kaneohe location is much more tropical and lush, so the sun will set over the Koolau Mountains Range. Open every night from 4:30pm to 9pm. Sunday brunch 10am to 2pm. haleiwajoes.com

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Hoku’s at the Kahala

Something of an open secret as a celebrity hideaway, due to its location in the discrete Kahala Hotel & Resort, Hoku’s also claims legions of local fans. They come for Oʻahu-born chef Eric Oto’s elegantly plated, Pacific Rim-inspired dishes and well-curated wine list as much as the romantic setting overlooking the Pacific. The tasting and prix fixe menus are smart bets. During Covid times, dinner is served Tuesday to Saturday 5:30pm to 8:30pm and Sunday 9am to 1pm. Closed on Monday. hokuskahala.com

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Plumeria Beach House

This casual, ocean-view restaurant in the tony Kahala Hotel & Resort — tucked well away from busy Waikiki — specializes in seafood with a side of sunset. Big appetites will appreciate the Best of Kahala seafood buffet Friday and Saturday nights. Open daily 6:30am-11am, lunch daily 11:30am to 2pm, dinner Monday, Thursday, and Friday 5:30pm to 8:30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 5pm to 8:30pm. Dinner closed Tuesday and Wednesday. Free 4-hour parking with validation. kahalaresort.com

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