Best Places to Eat in Oahu, Hawaii 

by | Nov 1, 2023 | Local

Planning a trip to Oahu, Hawaii, sometime soon? Prepare yourself for stunning views, great beaches, rich history, and amazing food you won’t find anywhere else! While there is so much that this incredible island has to offer, I’m sharing a few can’t-miss restaurants to check out while you’re here. Let’s eat (at the best places to eat in Oahu, or course)! 🍴 

A photo of Waikiki Beach on Oahu, Hawaii, taken from the ocean.

For Waikiki Views: Hula Grill™

Price Range: $$ 

Must-Try Items: Sea Salt Crusted Rib Chop, Beer Battered Fresh Fish & Chips 

Looking for great food right on Waikiki Beach? The Hula Grill truly has it all! It’s home to local fresh fish, Oahu-grown produce, natural meats, and so much more. Plus, the restaurant is located in the Outrigger Hotel™, peering right through the palm trees to picturesque ocean views. It really doesn’t get better than that! 

For Acai Bowls: Hale’iwa Bowls 

Price Range: $ 

Must-Try Items: Hapa Bowl, Blue Majik Chia Pudding 

Let’s face it: It’s often tough to eat healthy while traveling. Luckily, Hale’iwa Bowls makes it just a little bit easier! This is an adorable outdoor hut that offers fresh and healthy plant-based menu items, using local products whenever possible.  

An aerial shot of a busy beach on a sunny day.

For Shave Ice: Matsumoto’s Shave Ice

Price Range: $ 

Must-Try Items: Matsumoto’s Shave Ice (lemon, pineapple, coconut), Hawaiian Shave Ice (pineapple, coconut, banana) 

What’s a beach day without shave ice, am I right? Matsumoto’s has been an Oahu classic for decades, and it’s far from your average shave ice stand. On a typical day, they’ll produce over 1,000 shave ice cones for locals and travelers to enjoy! Make sure to put this one at the top of your itinerary—you won’t regret it. 

For a Shrimp Truck: Big Wave Shrimp™ 

Price Range: $$ 

Must-Try Items: Lemon Pepper Shrimp, Peeled Garlic Shrimp 

This is one of the most well-known shrimp trucks on the island! This is the place to go if you’re looking for Hawaiian-style plates, piled high with shrimp, short ribs, spring rolls, and so much more! Oh, and don’t forget their famous mac salad that’s sure to complete your meal. Fun fact: Guy Fieri even paid a visit to Big Wave Shrimp on his show, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives!

An aerial shot of a lush green mountain peak with the ocean in the background.

For Date Night: Monkeypod™ Kitchen

Price Range: $$$ 

Must-Try Items: Organic Macadamia Nut Crusted Mahi Mahi, Seared Ahi Steak 

Monkeypod is committed to serving delicious food, while supporting local and organic farming, ranching, and fishing. Menu items range from pizza, to steak, to burgers, and more! Come for the top-notch food, stay for the outstanding service and ambiance.  

For a Plate Lunch: Rainbow Drive-In

Price Range: $ 

Must-Try Items: Mix Plate, Loco Moco Plate 

If you’re looking for classic, Hawaiian-style plate lunches, this is the spot for you! Rainbow’s serves over 1,000 plates each day at their Kapahulu location, alone, so it’s safe to say that this place is just a little popular among tourists and locals alike. With an extensive menu full of all the regional favorites, you’re sure to leave feeling full and satisfied. 

For Malasadas: Leonard’s™ Bakery 

Price Range: $ 

Must-Try Item: Cinnamon Sugar Malasada with custard filling 

If you’ve never heard of malasadas, you’re in for a treat (literally)! These are Portuguese-style donuts with delicious filling flavors like custard, guava, and macadamia nut! And while malasadas are Leonard’s specialty, they also have traditional bakery goods like cupcakes, muffins, and cookies to choose from. Visit their storefront, or check out their MalasadaMobiles™ located in Waipahu, Honolulu, and Kaneohe on Oahu! 

Food is a big part of your travel experience, so try out a few of my recommendations from this list or go on an adventure around the island to find your new favorites! 

Don’t forget to add a few hikes to your Oahu vacation itinerary! Read this post to learn about my favorite hikes on the island