Honolulu

Restaurant Guide

Compiled from guides by the East-West Center Research Program, ASDP and the University of Hawaii at Mānoa’s National Foreign Language Resource Center (NFLRC).  Updated by the EWC Education Program.


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ZONES

1        15-30 minute walk from UH or via #4 or #6 bus southbound

2        15-30 minute walk from UH or via #6 University Ave. bus northbound

3        30-45 minute walk or via #13 Waikiki/Liliha westbound

4        30-45 minute walk or via #13 Waikiki/Liliha westbound  & #1 bus   Wai’alae Ave eastbound

5        30-45 minute walk or via #1 bus So. Beretania westbound

AH        ‘Aina Haina

AM        Ala Moana Center area

DT        Downtown

HK        Hawaii Kai

W        Waikiki

WP        Waipahu

Comments

        Vegetarian Selections

        Personal Staff Favorite

        Delivery Service

           Halal Options

Price Per Person (not including tip)

      $        under $10

    $$        $10-$20

  $$$        $20-$30

$$$$        over $30

Restaurant

Zone

Comments

Price

Address

Phone Number

“AMERICAN” & MIXED

Kaimuki Superette

1

$

3458 Waialae Avenue

734-7800

*Andy’s Sandwiches & Smoothies

2

$

2904 E. Mānoa Road

988-6161

Island Sub & Burger

2

$

2752 Woodlawn Drive #518

988-2685

L&L Drive-Inn

2

$

2320 S. King Street

951-8333

Red Ginger Health Café

2

$$

2752 Woodlawn Drive, Ste 5-213

988-0588

Subway

2

$

2851 East Manoa Road, Ste 5-106

988-1666

Rainbow Drive-In

3

$

3308 Kanaina Avenue

737-0177

South Shore Grill

3

$

3114 Monsarrat Avenue

734-0229

Zippy’s

3

$

601 Kapahulu Avenue

733-3725

12th Avenue Grill

4

$$$

1120 12th Avenue

732-9469

Aloha Crepes

4

$

3620 Wai’alae Avenue

734-0803

Zippy’s (McCully)

5

$

1725 S. King Street

973-0877

Zippy’s (Makiki)

5

$

1222 S. King Street

594-3720

Kua ‘Aina Sandwich Shop

AM

$

Ward Center

591-9133

Eggs ‘n Things

AM

$

451 Piikoi Street

538-3447

Eggs ‘n Things (Flagship)

W

$

343 Saratoga Road

923-3447

Hau Tree Lanai

W

$$$

2863 Kalākaua Avenue

921-7066

BAR & GRILL

*Uncle Bo’s

3

$$$

559 Kapahulu Avenue

735-8311

Big City Diner

4

$$

3569 Wai’alae Avenue

738-8855

Kincaid’s

AM

$$$

Ward Warehouse, 3rd Floor

591-2005

Ryan’s Grill

AM

$$

Ward Center, 3rd Floor

591-9132

Side Street Inn

AM

$$

1225 Hopaka Street

591-0253

Side Street Inn on Da Strip

3

$$

614 Kapahulu Avenue

739-3939

Gordon Biersch

DT

$$

Aloha Tower Marketplace

599-4877

Duke’s (Outrigger Waikiki Hotel)

W

$$$

2335 Kalākaua Avenue

922-2268

Tiki’s Grill & Bar

W

$$$

2570 Kalākaua Avenue

923-8454

Yard House

W

$$$

226 Lewers Street

923-9273

BURMESE

Dagon

2

$

2671 S. King Street

947-0088

CAFES & SNACKS

Bubbies Ice Cream

1

$

1010 University Avenue

949-8984

Glazers Coffee

1

$

2700 S. King Street

391-6548

Breadbox Bakery

2

$

2792 Woodlawn Drive

988-8822

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

2

$

Mānoa Marketplace

988-6134

Fendu Boulangerie

2

$

2752 Woodlawn Drive, Ste 5-119

988-4310

Morning Glass Coffee

2

$

2955 East Mānoa Road

673-0065

Starbucks Coffee

2

$

2902 E. Mānoa Road

988-9295

Leonard’s Bakery (malasadas!)

3

$

933 Kapahulu Avenue

737-5591

Starbucks Coffee

3

$

625 Kapahulu Avenue

734-4116

Café Laufer (good desserts)

4

$$

3565 Wai’alae Avenue

735-7717

Mocha Java

AM

$

Ward Center

591-9023

Yogur Story

AM

$$

815 Ke’eaumoku Street #105

942-0505

Fishbowl Internet Café

W

$

2463 Kūhiō Avenue

923-2088

Starbucks Coffee

W

$

2255 Kūhiō Avenue

921-2190

Starbucks Coffee

W

$

330 Royal Hawaiian Avenue

923-3433

CHINESE

*Kirin Restaurant

1

$$$

2518 S. Beretania Street

942-1888

Sweet Home Café (Taiwanese hot pot)

1

$$

2334 S. King Street (dinner only)

947-3707

Island Manapua Factory

2

$

2752 Woodlawn Drive, Ste 5-113

988-5441

Happy Day

4

$

3553 Wai’alae Avenue

738-8666

Dew Drop Inn

5

$

1088 S. Beretania Street

526-9522

Golden Eagle

5

$

2334 S. King Streeet

955-5080

Little Sheep Mongolian Hot Pot

AM

$$

1200 Ala Moana Boulevard

554-3847

*Panda Cuisine

AM

$$

641 Ke’eaumoku Avenue

947-1688

Legend Seafood (dim sum)

DT

$$

100 N. Beretania Street

532-1868

*Little Village Noodle House

DT

$$

1113 Smith Street

545-3008

Mei Sum Dim Sum

DT

$$

1170 Nuuanu Avenue, Suite 102

531-3268

FILIPINO

Max’s of Manila

DT

$

801 Dillingham Boulevard #108

599-5033

Jollibee

AM

$

1450 Ala Moana Boulevard

944-0440

Golden Coin

AM

$

654 Keeaumoku Street

955-8386

FRENCH

JJ French Pastry (great desserts)

4

$$

3447 Wai’alae Avenue

739-0993

Le Bistro (Niu Valley Shopping Ctr)

AH

$$$

5730 Kalaniana’ole Highway

373-7990

GREEK / MEDITERRANEAN

The Greek Corner

1

$

1025 University Avenue

942-5503

Shaloha

1

$$

3133 Waialae Avenue

744-4222

Olive Tree Café

4

$$

4614 Kilauea Avenue

737-0303

Da Spot Health Foods & Juices

1

$$

2469 South King Street

941-1313

*The Fat Greek

1

$$

3040 Wai’alae Avenue

734-0404

Leo’s Taverna

DT

$$

1116 Bishop Street

550-8443

Kan Zaman (Moroccan)

DT

$$

1028 Nuuanu Avenue

554-3847

HEALTH FOOD

Down to Earth Natural Foods

1

$

2525 S. King Street

947-7678

Kokua Marketplace (sandwiches)

1

$

2643 S. King Street

941-1922

Greens & Vines (vegan)

5

$$

909 Kapiolani Boulevard, Unit B

536-9680

Simple Joy Vegetarian (vegan)

5

$$

1145 S. King Street

591-9919

Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet

DT

$$

51 Coelho Way

595-3947

HAWAIIAN

Ono Hawaiian Foods

3

$$

726 Kapahulu Avenue

737-2275

Highway Inn (Kakaako)

AM

$$

680 Ala Moana Boulevard

954-4955

INDIAN

India Bazaar

1

$$

2320 S. King Street

949-4840

Café Maharani

1

$$

2509 S. King Street

951-7447

Café Taj Mahal

4

$$

3036 Wai’alae Avenue #B-4

732-6496

*Himalayan Kitchen (Nepalese & Indian)

4

$$

1137 11th Avenue

735-1122

ITALIAN

Kit N Kitchen (Japanese Style)

1

$$

1010 University Avenue

942-7622

*Paesano

2

$$

Mānoa Marketplace

988-5923

Auntie Pasto’s

5

$$

1099 S. Beretania Street

523-8855

Café Sistina

5

$$$

1314 S. King Street

596-0061

Mediterraneo

5

$$

1279 S. King Street

593-1466

Verbano

4

$$

1126 Koko Head Avenue

735-1777

Buca di Beppo (huge portions)

AM

$$

Ward Theatres Complex, 1st Floor

591-0800

Old Spaghetti Factory

AM

$$

Ward Warehouse, 3rd Floor

591-2513

JAPANESE

Agu Ramen

1

$$

925 Isenberg Street

492-7637

Akinozo (izakaya)

1

$$

2633 S. King Street, Unit 1

947-1001

Ezogiku Noodle Café

1

$

1010 University Avenue

942-3608

Gyotaku

1

$$$

1824 S. King Street

949-4584

*Jimbo (udon & more)

1

$$

1936 S. King Street

947-2211

Kozo Sushi (Moiliili)

1

$

2334 S. King Street

951-5696

Maguro Ya

1

$$

3565 Waialae Avenue

732-3775

Nabeya Maido

1

$$

2919 Kapiolani Boulevard

739-7739

Restaurant Ko

1

$$$$

3196 Waialae Avenue

888-5975

Sanoya Rahmen

1

$

1785 S. King Street

947-6065

Sushi King

1

$$

2700 S. King Street

947-2836

Tsukuneya (Nagoya-style)

1

$$$

1442 University Avenue

943-0390

Yamagen

1

$

2210 S. King Street

947-2125

Tokoname

2

$$

Mānoa Marketplace

988-8656

Nishi Moncho Ramen

2

$

2851 East Manoa Road

988-9928

Genki Sushi

3

$$

885 Kalahulu Avenue

735-7700

*Irifune

3

$$

563 Kapahulu Avenue

737-1141

Kozo Sushi

3

$

638 Keeaumoku Street

946-5696

Tenkaippin

3

$$

617 Kapahulu Boulevard

732-1211

*Tokkuri-Tei (izakaya)

3

$$

449 Kapahulu Avenue

732-6480

Asuka Nabe

4

$$

3620 Waialae Avenue

735-6666

Golden Pork Tonkotsu Ramen

5

$$

1279 S. King Street

888-5358

Minato Japanese Restaurant

5

$$

930 Hau’oli Street

956-1322

Yanagi Sushi

5

$$$

762 Kapi’olani Boulevard

597-1525

California Beach Rock’n Sushi

AM

$$

404 Ward Avenue

597-8000

Genki Sushi

AM

$$

Ala Moana Shopping Center, Mall Level 2, Ewa Wing

942-9102

Goma Tei Ramen Restaurant

AM

$$

Ward Center, 1200 Kapiolani Boulevard, Ste. 42

591-9188

Gyu-Kaku (Japanese charcoal BBQ)

AM

$$

1221 Kapi’olani Boulevard

589-2989

Hokkaido Ramen Santouka

AM

$$

801 Kaheka Street

941-1101

Shokudo (izakaya)

AM

$$

1585 Kapi’olani Boulevard

941-3701

Taiyo Ramen

AM

$

451 Pi’ikoi Street

589-2123

Yotteko-Ya

AM

$$

McCully Shopping Center,

1960 Kapiolani Boulevard

946-2900

Sansei Seafood Restaurant

W

$$$

2552 Kalākaua Avenue

931-6286

KOREAN

Camelia Buffet

1

$$

930 McCully Street

951-0511

Mama Woo’s

1

$

2080 South King Street, Ste 101

941-6262

O-Bok

2

$$

Mānoa Marketplace

988-7702

Peppa’s Korean BBQ

2

$

Mānoa Marketplace

988-1088

Frog House (home style)

5

$$

1604 Kalākaua Avenue

951-9370

Yakiniku Seoul

5

$$

1521 King Street

944-0110

Chogajib Korean Restaurant

AM

$$

825 Keeaumoku Street

744-3440

Shillawon

AM

$$$

747 Amana Street

944-8700

Sorabol

AM

$$$

805 Ke’eaumoku Avenue

947-3113

Yakiniku Koryowon

AM

$$

1625 Kapi’olani Boulevard

944-1122

Yakiniku Mikawon

W

$$

2310 Kuhio Avenue

924-3277

MEXICAN

Torito’s

3

$

2919 Kapi’olani Boulevard

735-7991

Serg’s Mexican Kitchen

2

$

2740 East Mānoa Road

988-8118

Azteca

4

$$

3617 Wai’alae Avenue

735-2492

PACIFIC RIM

*3660 On The Rise

4

$$$

3660 Wai’alae Avenue

737-1177

Alan Wong’s

5

$$$$

1857 S. King Street

949-2526

Chef Marvo

5

$$$$

1969 S. King Street

944-4714

Duc’s Bistro (Vietnamese Style)

DT

$$$

1188 Maunakea Avenue

531-6325

Kaka’ako Kitchen

AM

$$

Ward Center, 1st Floor

596-7488

Roy’s

HK

$$$$

6600 Kalaniana’ole Highway

396-7697

PIZZA

Domino’s Pizza

1

$$

2424 S. Beretania Street

744-2283

Domino’s Pizza

1

$$

2560 McCarthy Mall

956-6265

Papa John’s

3

$$

611 Kapahulu Avenue

733-7272

Serino’s Pizza

2

$$

2851 East Mānoa Road

923-9234

Boston’s North End Pizza

4

$

3506 Wai’alae Avenue

734-1945

Pizza Hut

4

$$

3113 Wai’alae Avenue

734-1911

Amina Pizzeria

AM

$

1694 Kalakaua Avenue

949-3548

California Pizza Kitchen

AM

✱☏

$$

Ala Moana Shopping Center

941-7715

THAI

*Chiang Mai Thai Cuisine

1

✱☏

$$

2239 S. King Street

941-1151

Thai Issan

1

$$

Kapiolani Boulevard.

735-4152

*Bangkok Chef

2

$

2955 East Mānoa Road

988-0212

*Champa Thai

4

$$

3452 Wai’alae Avenue

732-0054

To Thai For

4

$$

3571 Wai’alae Avenue

734-3443

Pae Thai Restaurant

5

$$

1246 S. King Street

596-8106

*Phuket Thai

AM

$$

1960 Kapi’olani Boulevard

Also: 401 Kamake’e Street #102

951-9355

VIETNAMESE

Pho Viet Thien Hong Restaurant

3

$$

2756 Woodlawn Drive, Ste 6-203

988-8868

*Hale Vietnam

4

$$

1140 12th Avenue

735-7581

Super Pho

4

$$

3538 Wai’alae Avenue

735-9989

Pho Thinh

5

$$

2080 S. King Street

947-3638

Green Papaya Café

AM

$$

1518A Makaloa Street

953-2340

Pho 1 Vietnamese Restaurant

AM

$$

1617 Kapi’olani Boulevard

955-3438

Pho 97

DT

$$

1120 Maunakea Avenue

538-0708

Pho Bac Restaurant

DT

$$

901 River Street

528-4097

VEGETARIAN 

* Indicates restaurant was reviewed by faculty participants of the EWC Asian Studies Development Program. See list below for their detailed comments for each asterisked restaurant. Please note:  the views presented are the personal opinions of former EWC participants, not of the East-West Center.

                                    

University Ave/ King/Beretania

Kirin                                Chinese; good salt/pepper calamari; dim sum good

Spices                              SEAsian (Thai/Lao/Cambodian), BYOB

Imanas                            Japanese

Jimbo                              Japanese (noodles)

Chiang Mai Thai             eggplant with yellow bean paste; curries

Maple Garden                 Chinese, not bad, evening buffet

 

Manoa Market Place/Manoa

Ducky’s Korean              funky, but tasty

Yummy Korean              generic, but filling

Bangkok Chef                take-out type place, but good food

Paesano Italian                excellent, run by Laotian, good seafood

Andy’s                            breakfast and organic sandwiches

 

Waialae/Kapiolani/Kapahulu

Ojiya                               Japanese Isakaza, musubi bento

Irifune                             garlic ahi spot, local Japanese

Tokkuri-tei                      Japanese pupu spot

Dee Thai                         good value and flavor, pad phet and calamari yum, BYOB

Uncle Bo’s                      local fusion

Ono’s Hawaiian              good Hawaiian food, poi

Formaggio’s                    wine bar/some food…good cheese plate

The Fat Greek                 Mediterranean, pretty good, across from City Mill, BYOB

Ninnikuya Garlic            garlic restaurant; expensive, but big portions; exc. top sirloin

Fujioka’s                         wine/liquor shop, good values,

 

Waialae-Kaimuki

 Town                               fusion with flair

12th Ave Grill                 excellent local produce food with style

Hale Vietnam                  best for pho

Saigon Sandwich            best for bun and spring rolls

Champa Thai                   ong choi with calamari and green peppercorn Mahi, BYOB

9th Ave Bistro                 Lao/French, small and tasty BYOB

Tamura’s                         wine/liquour and great poke (raw/smoked seafood appetizers)

Himalayan Kitchen           Nepalese and Indian food, good, BYOB

3660 on the Rise             higher end, but good.

JJ’s Bistro                       French-Laotion food, BYOB, small portions, good flavor

 

McCully Shopping Center

Phuket Thai                     calamari yum; whole fried fish; pad ki mao

Fook Yuen                      Chinese seafood (Cantonese)

Keeamoku (near Ala Moana Shopping Center) 

Soribul                            Korean, nice restaurant, good food

Panda                              Dim sum

Chinatown

Little Village                   healthy Chinese, creative dishes

Indigo                             fusion, nice décor

Legends                          dim sum

Green Door                     Malaysian curry. (very small)

Mabuhai                          Filipino

Mauna Kea Marketplace food court…Malee Thai is very authentic; lots of Asian ethnic and local food

 

Waikiki (hey, we nevah go there!)

Diamond Head Grille         nice atmosphere, food pricey

Michel’s                          ocean view, French-Asian fusion, pricey, but good

New Otani Hotel            the view…on the water next to beach. Food only okay

(all these are off Kapiolani Park, just past the Honolulu Aquarium…nice places)

 

Local

Kua Aina at Ward Shopping Center (burger/fish sandwich specialities)

Zippy’s chili and rice, chicken plate (several around town, one on Kapahulu Ave.). Spam musubi - Hawai’i is the spam capitol of the US. Sold all over, but for something different, try Kelvin Ro’s Diamond Head Market for salmon and brown rice musubi.

Whole Earth (on King west of University) and Kokua Coop (on King east of University) are whole foods places vegetarian take-out. Whole Foods (national chain) is at Kahala Mall, accessible via #1 bus.