The Best Restaurants on Oahu
It’s been quite the couple of years! As of December 2020, the Pacific Business News reported that nearly half of Hawaii restaurants could close by April 2021. Unfortunately, many did close their doors, however, many survived. And thanks to a new government stimulus and returning customers, we want to celebrate the eateries that did keep going despite a global pandemic.
With hundreds of dining options, finding the best restaurants, food trucks, bakeries, ice cream and shave ice shops on Oahu can be daunting. We’ve broken it down for you by destination. Our Waikiki lists also encompass what locals call “town” — urban Honolulu, including trendy Chinatown, where some of the most innovative cuisine is happening in the Pacific Rim. West Side is mostly the Ko Olina Resort area with a few options in the nearby “second city” of Kapolei, while the rural North Shore is famous for big surf and shrimp trucks. The latter is a relic of the aquaculture industry that evolved after massive pineapple plantations left the islands. Sadly, politics intervened, and the shrimp “farmers” were only allowed to sell on the island.
Artisan agriculture is taking root, though, including heirloom fruit and vegetables, sugarcane (for rum), cacao (for chocolate) and coffee (for making life worth it.) Raise a glass of locally made craft beer at one of these restaurants, which are also sorted by cuisine. If we missed your favorite let us know.