Oahu Eats & Drinks > Best Dinner in Waikiki

There are over 350 eateries in Waikiki alone, and we have dined at most of them! We’re massive foodies and love eating out in Waikiki. The local atmosphere is uplifting and if you know where to go you can have amazing food experiences with top-notch service. We’ve offered up a balanced selection of Waikiki’s best dinner restaurants below, based on a variety of cuisines.

Herringbone Waikiki

Herringbone, Waikiki, Oahu

Herringbone Waikiki is a beautifully decorated Californian Coastal Cuisine restaurant famous for its daily Oyster Hour (4-6pm) with Two Buck Shucks and $6 Bubbles. Skiff, Sailboat, and Yacht seafood platters are also popular. Pricey but oh-so-good!

*Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Hula Grill Waikiki

Hula Grill, Waikiki, Oahu

Hula Grill Waikiki celebrates Hawaii with locally inspired cuisine and live hula. This restaurant is situated above Duke’s inside the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort (they share the same owner) has an equally good beach view. They support local Hawaii farms.

Mahina & Sun’s

Mahina & Sun's, Waikiki, Oahu

Mahina & Sun’s presents elevated home-cooking inspired by Hawaii’s people and place. This is Ed Kenney’s fourth Oahu restaurant. He’s a renowned chef focused on creating fresh local flavors sourced from Hawaii’s farmlands. Share Mahina’s Family Feast, it’s a stellar fish feed.

Merriman’s Honolulu

Merriman's, Honolulu, Oahu

Merriman’s Honolulu is outside of Waikiki, but we had to include it because it’s our best dinner option. Hawaii-grown products are at the heart of Merriman’s restaurants. They serve Hawaii Regional Cuisine with a tasty twist like tako (octopus) served escargot-style. Merriman’s Mai Tai’s with honey-lilikoi foam are the best!

Roy’s Waikiki

Roy's, Waikiki, Oahu

Roy’s Waikiki is the most popular Hawaii Regional Cuisine restaurant on Oahu. His ‘Hawaiian fusion’ food supports local farms, ranches and fisheries. Start with sushi, follow with a classic dish and end with Melting Hot Chocolate Souffle. Vegans will be stoked to know there’s a Vegan Prix-Fixe Menu.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse

Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Waikiki, Oahu

Ruth Chris Steakhouse steaks are high-grade, cooked to perfection, and served to sizzle on a hot-buttered plate. Dine at the bar 4:30-6pm (the line forms before 4pm) and order the ‘Sizzling Prime Time Menu’ from $54.95. It’s the perfect meal to share between two! The Lychee Martini’s are tops.

Sansei Seafood & Sushi

Sansei, Waikiki, Oahu

Sansei is the spot to dine on Asian sushi creations. Yummy items include dk’s Crab Ramen with Asian Truffle Broth, Panko-Crusted Fresh Ahi Tuna, and the Matsuhisa Style Miso Butterfish. There’s a late-night happy hour Fri-Sat 10pm-1am with 50% off select appetizers and sushi (line-up early).

*Currently closed due to COVID-19.

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

Taormina, Waikiki, Oahu

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine is a romantic restaurant dishing up fancy food inspired by Taormina, a seaside village in Southern Sicily. The pasta dishes are divine and clearly the main event, but there’s also plenty of fresh seafood and meat dishes with vegetables for health-conscious diners.

Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama, Waikiki, Oahu

Tommy Bahama tri-level store ‘lives the island life’ with the decor, food and drinks reflective of a tropical vibe and a toes-in-the-sand rooftop bar area. Sample dishes with Hawaii flair like Kona Coffee Crusted Ribeye and Mac Nut Crusted Fresh Catch. Start with Scallop Sliders and save room for dessert!

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