Oahu Eats & Drinks > Best Lunch in Waikiki
We’re lucky enough to work from home and often enjoy lunch time in Waikiki. You can find an abundance of casual eateries ideal for a midday meal in Waikiki, they’re perfect pit-stops for refueling. From a quick burger and fish n’ chips, to a Japanese set meal and Hong Kong dim sum (yum cha), Waikiki’s food scene is so ono (delicious).
Deck is the best! Enjoy a memorable meal on a large deck with uninterrupted ‘wow’ views of Diamond Head. This restaurant is located inside the Queen Kapiolani Hotel but is open to the public. Find a nice mix of menu items for any time of the day, breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Duke’s Lane Market & Eatery
Duke’s Lane Market & Eatery hero eatery is Basalt Restaurant, a highly-rated restaurant and bar catering to a sophisticated palate. There’s an ‘Ono Burger Bar with delicious burgers, only $5 during Happy Hour 3-6pm. Casual eats like flatbreads and rotisserie chicken are also within easy reach.
Chibo specializes in Okonomiyaki (‘pancake’ made of flour, egg, cabbage, mountain yams, and more topped in plum sauce), Teppanyaki (Hibachi), and Yakisoba noodles. Go for Lunch Specials including Ginger Beef, Teriyaki Chicken or Garlic Shrimp with rice, salad, pickled vegetables, and miso soup. This is our favorite lunch stop in Waikiki.
Goma Tei has to be Oahu’s best ramen. They make their own noodles using a custom machine created by Japanese engineers and special flour shipped from Japan’s Kagawa Prefecture that gives the noodles a smoother texture. The Tan Tan Ramen with a spicy sesame broth is epic!
*Currently closed due to COVID-19.
Lulu’s Waikiki is a Hawaii-themed open-air restaurant with Waikiki surf club and sports bar vibes! Find it on the corner directly across from Waikiki Beach and Kapiolani Park. A wide-ranging menu of meals awaits breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They also offer late-night feeds until 1am.
Paia Fish Market Waikiki
Paia Fish Market Waikiki is a seafood-focused cafe that was made famous in Paia, Maui, now open in Waikiki, Oahu. Fresh local fish is their trademark, choose from mahimahi, ono, snapper, ahi, salmon, and opah. It’s an obvious place to get your fish fix but not everything on the menu is seafood.
Tim Ho Wan
Tim Ho Wan is a Michelin-starred Hong Kong-style dim sum specialist. Meaning ‘adding luck’ in Chinese, this restaurant has a smaller menu than other dim sum (yum cha) spots. There isn’t a cart in sight instead all dishes are made-to-order. The Steamed Dumplings/Rice Rolls are scrumptious.
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