Where to Find the Best Eats Under $20 on Oahu

Whether you’re on-the-go or sticking to a budget, your dining experience on the islands can still be tasty! We picked our favorite eats under $20 on Oahu for you to try:

Diamond Head steak
Photo: @diamondheadmarketandgrill

Diamond Head Market and Grill

Mixed plates (protein plus rice and salad) are the staple at this all-day dining room and bakery, but you can also get most of the proteins as a simple burger or sandwich. Save room for a slice of cake from the bakery, especially the chocolate haupia (coconut cream). The market and bakery are open daily 7:30am to 9pm. Open for lunch & dinner every day 11am to 8pm. Breakfast served Saturday and Sunday 8am to 11am. diamondheadmarket.com

Helena's Hawaiian Food-Waikiki-Honolulu-Oahu-Poke-credit @helenashawaiianfoood-800x450
Photo: @helenashawaiianfoood

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

First opened in 1946, family-run Helena’s moved to its current location in 2001, but has kept the down-home vibe and hearty local-style menu: kalua pig, short ribs pipikaula and beef stew. The set menus are the best value, provided you’re hungry enough. Bring cash. Open for takeout Tuesday through Friday 10am to 7:30pm. helenashawaiianfood.com

ramen Oahu
Photo: @marugameudon

Marugame Udon Waikiki

There may be a more extensive menu at its downtown location, but the Waikiki location (renovated in fall 2019) has all the highlights: delicious thick udon noodles with classic Japanese toppings and some creative ones, like kalua pig. Always go for the specials—and be prepared for a long but reasonably quick-moving line. Open daily 11am to 10pm and would be happy to serve you. marugameudon.com

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Photo: @noodsramenbar808

Noods Ramen

These guys aren’t joking around when it comes to ramen. New to the Kaimuki neighborhood but coming in hot and spicy, if you want it that way. They have a full vegan ramen menu as well. Open for takeout and delivery daily for lunch 11am to 2pm and for dinner 5pm to 9pm. noodsramenbar808.com

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Photo: @ono.seafood

Ono Seafood

The Kapahulu corridor close to Waikiki is brimming with bargain dining options. Locals love Ono Seafood for its ultra-fresh poke, either raw ahi tuna and or cooked tako (octopus), with a variety of seasonings: wasabi, shoyu (soy), miso, Hawaiian, spicy. Order by weight or as a bowl with white or brown rice and optional toppings. Open Tuesday to Saturday 9am to 6pm and is grateful for your business. Closed Sunday and Monday. @ono.seafood

Oahu burger
Photo: @sevenbrothers

Seven Brothers Burgers

It’s all about the burgers here—and OK, the fries too, including fries with a sweet teriyaki glaze and the Paniolo option loaded with grilled pineapple, bacon bits, grilled onions, melted cheese and more. You can also get a burger with all those toppings, but the classic cheeseburger won’t steer you wrong either. Open Monday to Friday 11am to 11pm and Saturday 11am to 9pm. Closed on Sunday. sevenbrothersburgers.com

taqueria Oahu
Photo: @taqueriaelranchero

Taqueria El Ranchero

This authentic Mexican restaurant is serving up serious tacos and margaritas. This taqueria offers fresh salsas from pretty spicy to extremely spicy and all the classic favorites like burritos and quesadillas. Normally they have fun events for taco Tuesdays, mechanical bull riding, and salsa nights, but for the time being, those events are on hold. But the food is still delicious and worth checking out if you are in the area. Open daily 7am to 10pm with happy hour specials 2pm to 7pm. elrancherohawaii.com

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