If you’re looking for a good eats or a tasty drink at the Hawaii’s hottest tourist-friendly foodie spots, here we go!
While Hawaii isn’t yet New York, Paris, London, and Los Angeles in terms of cuisine, Honolulu is emerging as a world-class food destination.
And yes, fresh fish and tropical fruits are ready to go, as are many international cuisines.
Sunset at ‘House Without A Key’
House Without A Key is a Waikiki staple that even locals go to when they want to watch a beautiful sunset while enjoying phenomal drinks. This waterfront restaurant at the ritzy Halekulani Hotel is delightfully “Aloha casual”.
With the added convenience of exceptional views of Diamondhead and Waikiki Beach.
Known for delightful ocean breeze and iconic mai tai cocktails.
Each night, live ukelele musicians begin playing a long set accompanied by an incredible hula dancer, who usually performs until just after sunset.
Definitely try the restaurant’s Hawaiian staples short rib, Hawaiian snapper, and local fish tacos while enjoying the waves crashing just a few steps away.
For dessert, their fluffy signature coconut cake, is a local secret.
Get a cocktail at Merriman’s
Merriman’s is a modern Hawaiian gastropub, helmed by Peter Merriman, the legendary chef who helped pioneer Hawai’i Regional Cuisine.
The Kalua Pig Quesadilla is a must-try. Second option is the “Bag o’ Biscuits” served with fresh honey butter.
His seafood specials are always incredible. If you love oysters, the signature smoked oysters are truly unforgettable.
Merriman’s famous Mai Tai is made with handcrafted macadamia nut syrup and honey liliko’i foam, and might be the best thing in this zip code.
The decadent foam on top is expertly cradled in a fresh pineapple slice.
Every restaurant on the island claims to have the best. But notice this one’s on everyone’s list for a reason.