One of the best parts about living in or visiting a city is being able to enjoy the local cuisine or treating yourself to a stellar meal at one of the city’s top spots; Waikiki is no different. Hawaii is truly a melting pot of not only people and culture but also cuisines, making Waikiki’s restaurant scene one of the most diverse, serving up just about any type of food you might be craving. We’ve curated a list of the top five spots you must try on one of your next nights out in Waikiki.
The namesake of renowned chef Roy Yamaguchi, this restaurant opened in 2007 with the renaissance of the Wakiki Beach Walk and certainly fits in perfectly with the new and exciting atmosphere of the area. Roy’s serves up unparalleled Hawaiian fusion fare and is known for its commitment to flawlessly fresh ingredients. You can’t go wrong with any selection off the restaurant’s signature menu, however if you’re in the mood for that extra-special experience, be sure to check out the chef’s exquisite nightly specials. No matter what you choose for your main course, you simply can’t miss the sinful chocolate soufflé for dessert that will leave you dreaming about it for days afterward.
As the domain of Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, this elegant Japanese restaurant located in the Modern Honolulu hotel combines traditional Japanese dishes with local ingredients to present diners with an ever-changing menu of fresh, innovative, and intriguing dishes that are guaranteed to excite even the pickiest palette. Favorites include the chef’s signature Toro Tartare, Carpaccio of Waygu beef, and the chef’s own award-winning beers and sake creations. Chef Morimoto is also famous for is tasting menu, which is a can’t miss if you’re only in town for one night and are looking for the ultimate dining experience.
Hy’s Steak House
Cozy leather booths, low lighting, and unmatched elegance: Hy’s is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner or a special occasion with family. A Waikiki community favorite for over 35 years, this Steak House is more than just that; while the restaurant is certainly famous for its steaks of all kinds and is certainly the go-to spot if that is what you are craving, it is most importantly a special place with impeccable service, live music, and Zagat rated food that truly delivers on experience.
La Mer at Halek
Rumored to be the finest dining experience on Oahu, La Mer at the Halekulani Hotel is an utterly spectacular place. Inspired by southern French cuisine and serving some of the most exquisite and palette-pleasing dishes, La Mer is one of the most sought-after restaurants in the area and certainly worthy of being the only restaurant in Hawaii to receive a five-star designation from the Forbes Travel Guide. The elegant and calm ambiance of the hotel is undoubtedly carried over into this impeccable restaurant, creating a tranquil and relaxing dining space where guests can enjoy their superb meal while soaking in the beautiful views of the Pacific just below.
If you’re looking for a beachfront, more casual dining experience without compromising excellent food, Hula Grill is the place to be. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Hula Grill is a great option for a variety of fresh local fare at any time of the day. Right on the beach, this spot is both family friendly and home to the romantic Hawaii scenery you’ve always dreamed of. Soak up the sun and enjoy the ocean breeze while you sip on one of Hula Grill’s refreshing drinks and be sure to order the Poke Tacos if you’re looking for a traditional tasty Hawaiian dish. While Hula Grill may not be the epitome of luxury, it certainly embodies the lively Hawaiian spirit and remains one of the most popular restaurants on the island.