While on vacation in paradise, you’ll need a hearty lunch to stay fueled and feeling your best for all those island activities like snorkeling, surfing, and hiking. Here are a few of our favorite lunch options around Ko Olina.
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Feature Image: Longboards Bar & Grill
Coquito’s menu features popular Colombian, Puerto Rican and Caribbean favorites. Enjoy empanadas, pollo a la plancha and pasteles at this laid-back little restaurant. Open Tuesday through Saturday 11am to 9pm. Closed Sunday and Monday.
You won’t get more farm to table than this cafe located on Kahumana Farm land. The food is grown in the surrounding fields and served fresh. This non-profit is doing a lot of good for the local food system and in Hawaii, so go support them, check out the beautiful property, and enjoy a fresh, locally sourced lunch. Kahumana Cafe is Open Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 11am to 2:30pm.
Longboards Bar & Grill
Grind on Hawaiian style appetizers and lunch fare at this oceanfront restaurant. Longboards Bar & Grill serves American-style cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere, featuring tasty sandwiches and refreshing chardonnays. Open daily 11am to 8pm.
Award-winning chef Roy Yamaguchi is one of Hawaii’s most popular restaurateurs. The Roy’s lunch menu has something for everyone, including fresh caught ahi, Big Island beef, refreshing greens, and even vegan options. Roy’s is open for lunch daily from 11:30 am to 2pm. Open daily for dinner 5pm to 8:30pm.
Mina’s Fish House
James Beard Award- winning chef Michael Mina created this line-to-table, seafood-centric restaurant in Kapolei. Savor the ginger-lime hamachi and a glass of rosé while soaking up the gorgeous ocean view. Mina’s is open daily for happy hour 3pm to 5pm, dinner from 5pm to 9pm, and extended bar hours until 11pm.
Waterman Bar & Lounge
If you’re in the mood for a full day at the beach and in the water, this is a great place for a quick lunch break. Check out this poolside bar and grill for a casual bite. Bite into street tacos, fresh tropical fruit, and a lobster roll in between your snorkel sessions. Waterman Bar & Lounge is open Sunday through Friday 11am to 5pm and Saturday 11am to 8pm.