Waikiki, despite its heavy tourism and foot traffic, is one of the best areas in Oahu to find some great places to eat.
Among the high-rises and hotels, food enthusiasts can enjoy a slew of options. From imported Tokyo chains to steakhouse franchises, there’s plenty of great dining options to discover. Here are five places that deliver on taste and ambiance.
Arancino on Beachwalk takes a Hawaii-Italian approach for its seafood-rich dishes.
A must-try dish is the sea urchin spaghetti. This classic dish can also be ordered with tobiko and calamari. Visitors also gravitate toward the squid ink pasta and penne with shrimp.
Other delightful dishes include an array of pastas, including risotto di funghi porcini, spaghetti alla carbonara, and spaghetti ai ricci di mare, featuring fresh uni, sweet garlic white wine and tomato cream sauce.
Several pizzas are also available.
Unlike other similar restaurants, Yoshitsune is not a chain from Japan.
This old-school establishment is located behind Park Shore hotel and serves early-morning teishoku, a traditional Japanese breakfast that means “set meal.”
For lunch and dinner, the favorite dish is the kamameshi. These iron pots are packed over the brim with rice simmered with crab or abalone.
Housed within a renovated building from the 1930s, Paris.Hawaii is a well-designed formal space that serves up local classic dishes infused with French techniques and made with locally sourced ingredients.
Menu highlights include venison burger, Kona lobster and Big Island beef.
Treat yourself to an exceptional steak dinner at Hy’s Steak House.
Steaks are served by bow-tied servers and are grilled over kiawe wood for more than four decades.
The classics on the menu include slow-roasted prime rib, filet and foie gras, garlic steam (7-ounce prime filet mignon), and other exquisite and flavorful cuts.
This fine dining establishment is elegant in its ambiance, first-rate in customer service, worthy of a five-star rating for its overall experience.
This takeout counter may be tiny, but the food taste like something mighty.
And with most items under $15, and dishes featuring the freshest fish around, it’s hard to go wrong at Maguro Brothers Hawaii.
The poke and donburi with uni are nearly perfect and are most decadent.
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