It’s no secret that Hawaii is an immensely popular destination, and not just for us here on the West Coast. People the world over travel to those gorgeous Hawaiian Islands and, as in any popular tourist destination, hotels and restaurants abound! The competition is fierce – so much so, that for first time travelers it can be a bit overwhelming. Where you stay and what you eat can really make or break a trip for a lot of visitors.
With that in mind, one of our lovely agents has put together a list of restaurants that she is sure will please. So take a look at these recommendations and next time you’re wondering where to eat on the Islands give one of these a nibble!
For a great breakfast try Hula Grill. Judy personally tried this restaurant before bringing her group here, and it paid off. Hula Grill quickly became the go-to restaurant for their morning meals. The most difficult decision was whether to order the same dish or try something new! And it certainly helped that the service was cheerful and the seating came with an ocean view.
The group held their ‘Welcome to Hawaii Dinner’ at Duke’s Restaurant. The food here was delicious and the salad bar was enough for meal! Duke’s had excellent service and a great view. When you’re outside you can even see Diamond Head.
Both the Hula Grill and Duke’s Restaurant are in Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. Simply walk through the entrance, and if you’re headed for Hula, go up the stairs.
Address: 2335 Kalakaua Ave #116, Honolulu, HI 96815, United States
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Livestock Tavern was a big hit. All the meals tried here were delicious, but the fish & chips and the burgers stood out. The server the group had here was terrific. This definitely felt like a locals’ place and it was consistently very busy. Even at 11am there wasn’t a seat in the house for lunch. Reservations are accepted for dinner and it is definitely recommended that you make them in advance!
49 N Hotel Street
Telephone 808 537 2577
Other suggestions recommended by a local contact that Judy checked out, but couldn’t get into included:
Lucky Belly Restaurant
50 N Hotel Street,
Corkage:$15 per bottle
Wines 5 years and older are free
Pig and the Lady
83 N King Street
Telephone 808 585 8255
1112 Smith Street,
Telephone 808 725 7197
8 North Pauahi Street
Telephone 808 377 6440
Nat, the Chocolatier at Madre, uses locally sourced cacao beans grown by Mary Dowling on the Big Island in some of his chocolate. Definitely worth checking out if you have a sweet tooth!
For lunch or dinner Fish Hopper is a great choice.
The group had dinner here, and the seating included a great view of bay. The food was beautifully presented and enjoyed by all (it can be tough to please an entire group!) The service was super and the staff was very friendly.
75 – 5683 Alii Drive
808 326 2002
Sadly, time prohibited Judy and her group from making it to this restaurant. It came highly recommended and has extremely good reviews. So if you’re in Kona and looking for a spot to celebrate something special, this historic open air restaurant would be a great place to start!
75 – 5744 Alii Drive
808 329 4455
We hope these recommendations come in handy on your next trip to the Islands. Enjoy the Food!