Heading to Oahu? My Top Five Restaurants

With both the holidays and winter upon us, travelers are heading to Hawaii. Warm weather, beautiful scenery, beaches and great restaurants make for a great time. I often write about Hawaii, what to see, where to drink coffee and of course where to eat. Just the other day a friend asked me for some restaurant recommendations. I figure why should he be the only one I share my current restaurant favorites with :)

Here are five of my current favorites:

Rangoon (Chinatown) – A new Burmese restaurant from the folks who own Dagon on King Street. Amazing tastes. $$

Livestock Tavern (Chinatown) – New American food to die for. $$$

Senia (Chinatown) – The current hoidy-toidy foodie destination with those pitifully small portions and extremely high prices BUT… worth every penny. $$$$$

Vein (Kakaako) – A new farm-to-table restaurant with excellent food and a quite unfortunate name. $$$

Jade Garden (Kaimuki) – Excellent Thai $$

Enjoy your Hawaii holiday whether it’s coming up soon or sometime next year. I have a feeling these restaurants will be there whenever you visit the islands!

9 thoughts on “Heading to Oahu? My Top Five Restaurants

    1. Shelli Post author

      Allen, Thanks for adding P&L to the list. So many good places to eat, so little time :) Vietnamese food is definitely one of my favorites.

    1. Shelli Post author

      True! The one in Hawaii Kai for the ocean ambiance, but Ko’Olina is my go to Roy’s because I love to watch the golfers finish on the 18th hole.

  1. Wes Weiner

    Since 1956 a local Oahu favorite is Wally Ho’s Garage and Grill. We visited Oahu earlier this month en route to French Polynesia and was met in Oahu by long time friend and 12 year Oahu resident Scott. He took us to his go to (Wally Ho’s) Oahu restaurant for lunch . Wonderfully tasty local Hawaiian cuisine and at very reasonable prices. Please see:


  2. Lara S.

    We love Nico’s Pier, down by the fishing docks. Their fresh fish is the best and they have some great lunch combo’s that are so good.


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