Oahu Eats & Drinks > Outdoor Dining in Waikiki
There is no better place to savor a meal in Hawaii than outside, taking in the fresh tropical air and island landscapes. Waikiki has an abundance of open-air restaurants and bars, offering awesome outdoor dining experiences. The only problem you’re going to have is fitting them all in!
Note: This list is arranged by alphabetical order.
1. Arancino di Mare
Year-after-year Arancino is voted Hawaii’s best Italian food! They have three Oahu restaurants including an open terrace setting at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, steps from Waikiki Beach. Their Napoli-style meals are made with ingredients imported from Italy, combined with fresh local products. There’s seasonal truffles and gluten-free spaghetti on hand, too. If you have kids, ask about the bear-shaped pizza.
2. Barefoot Beach Cafe
You can’t dine any closer to the ocean off Waikiki Beach than at Barefoot Beach Cafe. This outdoor kiosk at Queen’s Surf Beach is a haven away from the tourist strip filled with picnic tables and umbrellas, perfect for a casual beachside bite to eat. Open from 8am-8pm daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with live music nightly from 5:30pm. The food is a mix of American fare and Hawaii local plates. On Friday evenings, they host The Beach BBQ grill experience.
3. Deck Waikiki
Diamond Head volcano crater forms the dramatic backdrop at Deck Waikiki, a restaurant and bar on the 3rd-floor pool deck of Queen Kapiolani Hotel. Dine-in for a memorable breakfast, brunch or dinner, with uninterrupted views of this natural landmark. Meals are locally sourced using sustainable ingredients wherever possible. This is a premier spot for a handcrafted cocktail at sundown or a nightcap under the stars.
4. Duke’s Waikiki
A Hawaii must-visit, Duke’s is an institution dedicated to Hawaiian surf legend and Olympian Duke Kahanamoku. This famous barefoot bar just steps from the sand of Waikiki Beach is a solid choice for breakfast (try the buffet), lunch, or dinner with a breezy ocean view 7am-11pm. Try one of Hawaii’s most famous desserts here, Kimo’s Original Hula Pie, a chocolate cookie crust piled high with mac nut ice cream, hot fudge, toasted mac nuts, and whipped cream.
5. Eating House 1849
Perched atop the International Market Place on the Grand Lanai is award-winning Chef Roy Tamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 restaurant and bar. This dinner establishment pays homage to Hawaii’s vibrant culinary heritage using the types of ingredients that were available from local farmers, ranchers, foragers and fishermen. Happy Hour runs 4-6pm daily with delicious small plates from $7, beers $6, wine $8 and cocktails $10. They also have a great three-course Sundown Supper for just $40, every day 4-6pm.
- International Market Place, 2330 Kalakaua Ave #322, Honolulu
6. Hau Tree Restaurant
Find Hau Tree Restaurant and bar in the courtyard of Kaimana Beach Hotel under the shade of native hau trees, a relative of the hibiscus plant. It’s a beautiful beachside setting on Waikiki’s Gold Coast, the east-end of town towards Diamond Head. Bordering Kaimana Beach, this is a hotspot loved by locals especially for brunch and dinner. The menu is impressive thanks to their nationally recognized chefs, Chris Kajioka and Alan Takasaki.
7. Hideout at The Laylow
Appropriately named, Hideout is a restaurant and bar hidden in The Laylow Hotel at the top of an escalator off Kuhio Ave in Waikiki. It’s a chic open-air patio with lounge seating offering grab-and-go coffee and breakfast 6-10am, happy hour 5-6pm, and dinner or drinks 5-10pm. The menu features easy meals from breakfast sandwiches and pastries to ahi poke and rice bowls. It’s a trendy venue for a fancy evening cocktail with live entertainment nightly.
8. Mai Tai Bar
Royal Hawaiian Resort is the most iconic place to socialize in Waikiki, open for lunch and dinner only. Stop by Mai Tai Bar to sip on the original Trader Vic Mai Tai (created in 1953 at this very bar) and stay for a light spread of finger foods and share platters. This airy beachside property is worth exploring, take photos around the jungle-like grounds, visit the on-site bakery for a slice of banana bread, and buy pink stuff at TRH Inspired gift shop.
9. Maui Brewing Co.
Hawaii’s largest bar is inside Maui Brewing Co. (MBC), a huge indoor-outdoor restaurant overlooking Waikiki’s main thoroughfare. Taste the full suite of MBC beers and eat island-inspired pub grub from 3:30-10pm daily (11pm on Fri-Sat). This venue blends industrial decor with a sports bar atmosphere and live music. Drink from 36 beers on tap, top brews include Bikini Blonde Lager, Pineapple Mana Wheat and Coconut Hiwa Porter. Happy hour discounts available 3:30-5:30pm.
10. Momosan Waikiki
A ramen and sake bar in a tropical garden setting on the outskirts of Alohilani Resort, that’s Momosan Waikiki in a nutshell. Noodles are the main event, try the signature Tonkotsu Ramen for open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pair your meal with yummy Japanese bites like Tetsunabe Pork Gyoza or Bao Buns (pork belly or soft shell crab). Wash it down with a Draft Kirin Ichiban Frozen Beer.
Quiora is an open-air Italian dining room uniquely-positioned on the 8th-floor lobby level of The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach. This alfresco restaurant and bar overlooks Waikiki’s vast cityscape. Savor an Aperol spritz in this peaceful setting far from the hustle and bustle. The dinner menu, available Thursday to Monday 5:30-9pm, centers on fresh artisan pasta made by hand and an impressive wine list. They’re also open for breakfast 7:30-11am and lunch 11:30am-2:30pm.
12. RumFire Waikiki
Situated on the edge of the ocean, RumFire Waikiki is a popular restaurant and bar, especially for sunset drinks. Order food for the table like crispy chicken wings and an artisanal cheese board, or classic comfort meals. This is a place to cheers with friends over refreshing cocktails and other boozy delights with a primo view of Diamond Head. Open for lunch and dinner 11am-10pm. Note, live music nightly 6-9pm.
13. SKY Waikiki Raw & Bar
Perched on the 19th-floor rooftop deck of the Waikiki Business Plaza, SKY Waikiki Raw & Bar has the best views of Waikiki over Kalakaua Ave, the Pacific Ocean, and Diamond Head. Open from 4-10pm daily, with happy hour until 5pm, this venue is perfect for sunset beverages. Dine on elevated seafood including oysters, Hawaiian poke, and sashimi, and sip on Icy Mai Tais (slushy), Mimosas, or Bellinis. Reservations are required, add a special request to sit outside.
14. Taormina Sicilian Cuisine
As the name suggests, Taormina Sicilian Cuisine offers fancy Italian food inspired by Taormina, a seaside village in Southern Sicily. This establishment has a cute outside dining space on Lewers St opposite Waikiki Beach Walk. Dine-in for lunch 11am-2pm or dinner 5-8pm (9pm on Fri-Sat). 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.
15. The Beach Bar
Soak up Waikiki’s beach vibes front and center at The Beach Bar. This fresh-air venue sits under a huge banyan tree fronting the ocean at Waikiki’s first hotel, the Moana Surfrider Hotel. It beckons a good time between 11am-10pm daily, and regularly features live music. Pick at pupus (appetizers), sandwiches, or entrees (main meals), along with signature cocktails, tropical classics, draft beers, and more. We love the local staff here!
16. Tiki’s Grill & Bar
Ever noticed the red glow of a volcano on the side of a building on Kalakaua Ave? It’s coming from Tiki’s Grill & Bar at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, a Hawaii-themed restaurant and bar with terrace seating overlooking Waikiki Beach. The fun happens 12noon-11pm daily. There’s nightly live local music, top-selling Mai Tai’s, Tiki’s famous coconut shrimp, and molten chocolate fudge cake. Ask your server to add a take-home tiki glass with your drink for an extra $8.
17. Tommy Bahama Waikiki
Tommy Bahama is a retail shop, restaurant, and rooftop bar all-in-one with warm island vibes open 2-9pm daily (10pm on Fri-Sat). The best seats in the house are on the rooftop, a bar area with a sand floor and firepit. This is where happy hour takes place every day between 2-5pm. Sample dishes with Hawaii flair like Kona Coffee Crusted Ribeye and Mac Nut Crusted Fresh Catch. Start with the Scallop Sliders and end with a dessert, Key Lime Pie or Pineapple Creme Brulee, to name a few.
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