I’m back with my Top Things to Eat in Honolulu / Oahu / Waikiki. It’s all about food here. Food Food Food and what we do best. Btw if you missed my Top Things to Do in Honolulu, the link is right here for you. For Poke lovers, there are a lot of Poke Stops below. You can’t go to Hawaii without trying some of the best Pokes on the Island.
Me and my hubby were on a search for the best Poke so we put our heart, soul, mind and belly (Laughs) into this. After trying a number of Poke shops, our top few are added to this post. But if you really want our top picks! It will be Ono Seafood and Tasty Poke! It’s all in the sauce baby!
Top Things to Eat in Honolulu/ Oahu/ Waikiki
1) Duke’s Waikiki
Duke’s Waikiki is located right next to the Pacific Ocean with a beautiful view. The food is reasonably price and decent. Try the fish tacos, ahi tuna poke. We told them we were on our honeymoon and they offered to give us one of those hula pies complimentary. By then we were too full to stomach desserts. But that was a very sweet gesture from the lovely team at Duke’s
Location: 2335 Kalakaua Ave, Ste 116, Honolulu, Oahu, HI 96815-2941
Opening Hours: Sun – Sat: 7:00 AM – 11:59 PM
This reminds me of a fast food joint that has everything from fries to shrimps to calamari to burgers, soft drinks. Get your cheese burger fix here. I love the coconut shrimps. Something unusual- prawns quoted with sweet pineapple and coconut flakes and then fried till crispy.
Location: 1945 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Opening Hours: Daily: 8-11pm
3) Surf n Turf Tacos
The food here is incredible that my hubby had to dine here at least once a day to get his Taco fix. I can’t give a verdict on the other food offered because our orders are always standard. Two Grilled Fish Tacos with Spicy Guac, lottas of Habanero Sauce and extra sides of Shrimps.
Location: 2310 Kūhiō Ave Ste 100, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Opening Hours: Daily: 9-11.30pm
I first came to know about this place through its unique Ube Pancakes. These purple colored pancakes have been storming Instagram. I had to check out this rave for myself! We found ourselves at Yogurstory for brunch one day. There was already a line of people waiting. You had to put your name down and wait outside till your name was called. The line moved pretty fast but the wait for food took rather long. I think it took us like 45-1 hr for the food to be finally served ( Inclusive of queuing). We ordered their signature Ube Pancakes which was so fluffy and that Ube Coconut sauce was really to die for. Now we know why people just keep coming back for them. We also ordered the Crab Cakes Benedict. The Crab Cakes was stuffed with a generous amount of crab and so yummy. We would have eaten there a second time if time permitted.
Location: 815 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Opening Hours: Daily: 7.30am – 10pm
5) Uncle Bo’s Pupu Bar And Grill
The Kailua pig sliders served on taro buns were amazing. But don’t be deceived by the word sliders. In Singapore, Sliders means ¼ a hamburger, in America, sliders means 1 hamburger. Large servings!! We got the SOS as recommended by the waitress which is basically a lobster, crab and prawn stew served with rice. This was so so good. Highly recommended to make a reservation before going as it gets pretty packed at night.
Location: 559 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Opening Hours: Daily: 5pm-1am
6) Ono Seafood Products
It is recommended as having one of the best poke in Hawaii. We now know why. We had this xxx times during our stay. One last time right before we flew off to Maui. Our favourites are the spicy tako, spicy ahi and shoyu ahi.
Location: 747 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Opening Hours: Tues-Sat: 9- 6pm ( Closes Sunday and Monday)
7) Fresh Catch (Fresh Poke)
Fresh Catch certainly has some of the freshest and tastiest poke on the island. There are so many kinds of poke to choose from, that you will almost certainly spend a few mins trying to decide which combination to get. We had the shoyu, firecracker, fireball, spicy salmon, crab salad. You pay by weight. Although they had more variety, our votes still goes to Ono Seafood!
Location: 3109 Waialae Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Opening Hours: Daily: 10am-7.30pm (Closes at 5pm on Sunday)
8) Tasty Poke
Gotta admit, this wasn’t in our original list of Poke to try in Hawaii. We wanted to go back to Ono Seafood for the xxx number of times, but we were utterly disappointed to discover that they were closed on Sundays and Mondays. We stumbled upon Tasty Poke which was opened 6 months ago by a former fisherman. As we were the only ones in the store at that time, we had a good look at how he mixed, combined the Poke together. Get the Spicy Ahi Tuna! It’s so good!
Location: 655 Keeaumoku St 104 (Samsung Plaza) Honolulu, HI 96814
Opening Hours: Daily: 10.30am- 845pm
9) Meguro Brothers
The stall sells a variety of Ahi, Chutoro, fatty tuna, poke, donburi, chirashi etc. We tried their Chirashi Combo with spicy poke and an additional order of Chu Toro. While the fishes were fresh, we still preferred Ono Seafood. Portion was also pretty small for the price we paid.
Location: 1039 Kekaulike street
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday (5.30-9pm), Closed on Sunday
10) Ahi Assassins Fish Co.
We actually took a while to find this place as it was just another hole in the wall tiny shop located on the 2nd story. There are no seats so you have to take away your Poke and eat them in your car or something. We ordered the Lunatic ( Spicy Ahi without the Mayo) as well as the Spicy Mayo. The ahi tuna was fresh and the spicy mayo one was actually spicier than most of the Spicy Pokes we have tried. It deserves an extra star for living up to its name “spicy” Poke.
Location: 2570 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA
Opening Hours: Daily: 9am-6pm (Closes at 3pm on Sunday)
Don’t Laugh! But we actually walked 2-3 hrs to this place to burn off all the food we already had for breakfast and lunch. If you walk from Waikiki, you will actually hit Ala Moana, Hawaii’s so called “Chinatown” and then finally Ubae. Since we already “walked off some calories”, we ordered almost everything on the menu.
We ordered the Ube Cheesetarts, Ube Cheesecake as well as their crackled cookies. Their Cheesecake tasted like ordinary no bake cheesecake to me, their mini tarts filling tasted like the Ube cheesecake but with a tart crust. It was pretty nice, but if you are expecting to be Wow-ed by the strong Ube taste, you will be actually disappointed. What we liked were the cookies because it had a stronger ube taste and was chewy.
Location: 1284 Kalani Street Honolulu
Opening Hours: Mon- Sat 9-6pm, Sun 9-4pm
12) Banan Hawaii
Opened not too long ago in June 2017 near Waikiki Hawaii, this dairy free soft serve that we chanced upon our way to Waikiki Beach was a sweet treat we never forgot. Smooth and healthy Banana Acai Soft Serve with a variety of toppings such as Puffed Quinoa, Granola, Chocolate, Honey, Shaved Coconuts, Fruits to choose from. I will definitely come back for this! Oh btw, they also offer this soft serve on a papaya boat. It’s good for the gram
Location: 2301 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Opening Hours: Daily 8am-8pm
13 ) Honolulu Cookie Company
Nobody leaves Hawaii without trying some of their famous pineapple shaped shortbread cookies at Honolulu Cookies Company. They have a lot of flavors such as Kona coffee, Coconut, pineapple, Dark chocolate, milk chocolate coconut, guava, lilikoi, Triple chocolate etc etc. My favourites were the triple choc, the lilikoi and guava hands down!!
14) Kamehameha Bakery Inc
They are the founder of the famous glazed poi donut. It is recommended to go early to avoid disappointment as they sell out pretty fast. We arrived at 3pm and they were sold out by then. We settled on a poi bun which was equally delicious. Love the filling!
Location: 1284 Kalani St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
Opening Hours: Daily: 2am-4pm
15) Leonard’s Bakery
Malasadas are very famous in Hawaii and you need to come to Leonard to get the best. These are almost like chewy donuts with fluffy centres and crème. We had the Lilikoi special and it was really delicious. Look at the generous filling!
Location: 933 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816, USA
Opening Hours: Daily: 5.30am- 11pm
16) Island Vintage Shaved Ice
Hawaiian shaved ice right outside Pink Hawaiian hotel. You can easily spot it by the long queue and a signboard that advertises natural flavorings. Basically none of that artificial syrup that is poured on your shaved ice. They use real fruits to make the sauce that goes on top of it. We love love love the bobas ( liquid pearls that burst in your mouth).
Location: 2201 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Opening Hours: Daily: 9am-9pm
17) Hawaii Pineapple Dole Whip
Never leave Hawaii without trying their pineapple dole whip! There’s the famous Dole Plantation which houses popular activities and tours such as the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze.
And thatttttt concludes my list of Top Things to Eat in Honolulu / Oahu / Waikiki ! It might not be the best as everyone’s opinions are different but these are some noteworthy food to try when you’re visiting for the very first time!
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