Open-air dining at Nick's Fishmarket in Wailea.

The Best Places to Eat in Wailea

Prices in Wailea are much higher than in other parts of the island, but often what you’re paying for are master chefs, exceptional service, and unparalleled ambience in world-class resorts. which oftentimes make it worth the experience.

A feast of seafood at Hoku's in The Kahala Hotel & Resort.

Where to Eat in Kahala, O‘ahu

The gastronomic landscape of this vast region changes just as much as the climate as you make your way from Kahala to La‘ie. In the more affluent areas, health food is king, while in others, fast food and Hawaiian food reign. Here’s where to eat in Kahala.

American flags hang along the front of Kalapawa Market in Oahu.

Where to Eat in Kailua, O‘ahu

If variety is what you’re looking for, Kailua delivers. There’s a great range of sit-down restaurant options, the array of to-go and prepared food doesn’t disappoint, and you’ll find various cuisine styles from American to Italian to Asian. Vegetarians shouldn’t have much trouble finding something to eat, either.

A brightly-lit stream seen through moss-covered trees.

Where to Eat from North Hilo to ‘Akaka Falls

Where to eat from North Hilo to ’Akaka Falls is very limited, so definitely plan accordingly. Both options are small and simple—a smoothie stand and a farmer’s market—but never disappointing for freshness or flavor, and there’s even a bit of shopping to be had.

A gourmet burger with a thick slice of melting cheese from Village Burger in Waimea.

Waimea Restaurants

Waimea is home to a great variety of foods from Hawaiian-style Mexican to burgers, local fare, and great comfort food, and one upscale restaurant worth the visit. Our authors give you all the info on the best, whether you’re looking for quick and easy, a few dollars saved, or a truly local experience.

Enjoy a sweet breakfast at the Ohana Cafe in Kalaheo.

Restaurants in Kalaheo, Kaua‘i

Restaurants in Kalaheo have a satisfying range of dining styles, price points, and cuisines, making it fairly easy to find something to fit your tastes and mood. There’s a good selection of American, Italian, and local foods, and don’t worry if you’re traveling with kids—most places are kid-friendly.

A vegan pizza from Merriman's in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i.

Where to Eat in Po‘ipu, Kaua‘i

The best places to eat in Po‘ipu span many cuisines, price ranges, and most have draws such as a great view, a romantic atmosphere, nightly specials, or make for an excellent place to stop for a quick bite on the go. The food is also consistently good to great, depending on where you go.

Red Hot Mama's serves up hefty portions of Mexican style food.

Unique Restaurants in Kaua‘i

For a truly unique dining experience in Kaua‘i try either of these two restaurants; the first is an extremely casual affair excellent for huge, delicious portions to fuel your day, and the second features amazing cross-cultural dishes with music and entertainment offered every night.

A cone of shave ice in rainbow colors from Matsumoto's in Haleiwa.

Where to Eat in Hale‘iwa, O‘ahu

Finding something to tempt your tastebuds is no trouble in Hale‘iwa. There’s a good mix of easy standbys such as burgers, pizza, and sushi—expect those to come with a touch of local flavor—plus options for sit-down or to-go meals and quick treats.

Thinly sliced seared meats in sauce at Izakaya Nonbei in Honolulu.

Japanese & Indian Restaurants in Honolulu

Expect most of the Asian restaurants in Honolulu to be busy at mealtimes, so make reservations if you can or arrive before the crowds. Most are also fairly budget-friendly, offer delicious and unique menu items, and are not really tourist-focused, which helps contribute to their popularity with the locals.