Oahu Restaurants - Poke Dish
August 26, 2019
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Maria Mancuso

Top Oahu Restaurants: Best Local Restaurants on Oahu

After a day of enjoying the beautiful beaches, hiking and other island activities, you’re ready to enjoy some great food. This latest, Oahu Travel Blog Article, ‘Top Oahu Restaurants: Best Local Restaurants on Oahu’ gives you 6 of the most loved, ‘local’ restaurants on Oahu!

Oahu is home to many great big chain restaurants but when you want to enjoy great food that is loved by locals on Oahu, you have a lot to choose from.

From great Hawaiian cuisine, Plate lunches, Sushi, BBQ even Desserts, you can be sure when the food is made by locals, the restaurant will not last long if it does not deliver on great taste and often doing so at a great price.

This Oahu Travel Blog article, ‘Top Oahu Restaurants: Best Local Restaurants on Oahu,’ highlights only 6 of the great locally ran and inspired restaurants on the island. But we encourage you to come and find out for yourself, which are the, ‘Best Local Restaurants on Oahu?’

1.    Bob’s BBQ
Location: 1366 Dillingham Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96817 
Telephone: 808-842-3663
Distance from Ambassador Waikiki: 5.2 Miles

If you want BBQ when visiting Oahu, few do it better than Bob’s BBQ.  Bob’s is the only drive-in style restaurant on Oahu that serves up Western-style BBQ.  Just driving by Bob’s is tempting as you can smell the delicious food being cooked as you pass by. If you want variety in your BBQ, Bobs is also your best choice as they serve up a number of styles for great tasting BBQ, including; Westerns, Teriyaki, Kalbi, as well as customer favorites, Teriyaki Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, Hibachi Chicken or try a BBQ & Seafood Combo.  If you want a sure-fire choice, pick their ‘Giant Burger’ – you won’t be disappointed.

2.    Helena's Hawaiian Food
Location: 1240 N. School Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
Telephone: 808-845-8044
Distance from Ambassador Waikiki: 6.2 Miles

Since 1946 Helena’s has been serving and satisfying is customers, locals and tourists alike.  Helena's Hawaiian Food is a local favorite family-owned restaurant serving tasty Hawaiian food, like their Tripe Stew, Squid Luau, Fried Butterfish Collar, Short Ribs Pipikaula Style to name a few.  Helena’s was awarded a Regional Classics award by James Beard in 2000.  No matter how long you will be visiting Oahu, you owe it to yourself to stop by Helena’s for a lunch or dinner.

3.    Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen
Location: 151 Hekili Street, Kailua, HI 96734
Telephone: 808-263-7929
Distance from Ambassador Waikiki: 18.7 Miles

Boots & Kimo’s is located in Kailua and definitely worth the drive.  Famous for several dishes, but at the top of the list is their Macadamia Nut Sauce.  Some of the other homemade favorite selections include; From the Sea Boots Mahi, Hawaiian Style Pulehu Ribs, Chicken Katsu, Mochiko Chicken to name a few. Boots & Kimo’s is open for Breakfast and Lunch, Tuesday to Sunday.


Leonard's Donuts
Leonard's serves up their famous Malasadas – a Portuguese donut with a golden brown, crunchy outer layer with a fluffy, soft dough on the inside, then rolled in sugar.  Is your mouth watering yet?

4.    Leonard's Bakery
Location: 933 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96816
Telephone: 808-737-5591
Distance from Ambassador Waikiki: 1.8 Miles

If you’re looking for the best donuts for a desert, or, let’s be honest, donuts as delicious as Leonard’s are perfect for any time, any meal.  If the lines that form out the front door are any indication, Leonard’s is doing something right and that ‘something right’ is their famous Malasadas – a Portuguese donut with a golden brown, crunchy outer layer with a fluffy, soft dough on the inside, then rolled in sugar.  Is your mouth watering yet?

You can choose to have a Malasada with chocolate, custard or coconut cream filling. When you are in Oahu next be sure to stop by Leonard’s for one, or two or a dozen of these local favorite Malasadas.

5.    Char Hung Sut
Location: 64 N. Pauahi Street, Honolulu, HI 96817
Telephone: 808-538-3335
Distance from Ambassador Waikiki: 3.6 Miles

Located in Honolulu’s Chinatown, Char Hung Sut, is known for doing a number of dishes right but their ‘can’t miss’ dish is their award-winning Manapua, also known as a Char Siu Bao, or a steamed bun filled with Pork – yum!  ‘Manapua’ comes from the Hawaiian word, ‘mea ono pua’a’ which means, ‘delicious pork thing.’

Also, try their Chow Fun or Gon Lo Mein Noodle dishes, Pork Hash and their popular Dim-Sum dishes.


Noodle Dish at Top Oahu Restaurants
There are a number of great local Oahu Restaurants serving tasty dishes including Noodle dishes, Poke, locally sourced Seafood and more.

6.    Alan Wong’s Honolulu
Location: 1857 S. King Street, Honolulu, HI 96826
Telephone: 808-949-2526
Distance from Ambassador Waikiki: 1 Mile

With accolades that include, ‘Best Tasting Menu’, ‘Best Service’, ‘Best Desserts’ and a James Beard award-winning Chef, it is not surprising that Alan Wong’s is consistently voted among Hawaii’s Best Restaurants.  Alan Wong’s sources locally grown produce and freshly caught fish from the Pacific to create tasty dishes that reflect Hawaii’s diverse people and lifestyles for an amazing menu that you cannot miss with.  If you only enjoy 4 or 5 meals during your visit to Oahu, you owe it to yourself to make Alan Wong’s one of them.

Oahu has an amazing selection of restaurants to choose from, this Oahu Travel Blog article, 'Top Oahu Restaurants: Best Local Restaurants on Oahu’ introduces you to only a few of the ‘can’t miss’ eateries for you to choose from.  With so many choices, you can be sure that we will publish a follow up article to present you with more delicious options for your visit.

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