Lobster lunch. Photo © Susanna Henighan Potter.

Seafood in the Virgin Islands

No food group is as traditional in the Virgin Islands as seafood. Expert author Susanna Henighan Potter takes a look at local favorites from pot fish to traditional pungent saltfish to specialty whelk and conch, the islands’ preferred shellfish.

Locals will point you to Pa‘ia Fish Market, where lines stretch out the door for the popular ono and mahi burgers.

Where to Eat in Pa‘ia, Maui

Home to some of the best seafood on the island, a decent selection of cuisines and budgets, and an abundance of local color, where to eat in Pa‘ia is a challenge if you’ll be in town for only one meal. Aim for lunch and dinner to really enjoy the selection.

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 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.