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Great Eats on Oahu

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Oahu's lively and confident food scene is rightfully proud of the Asian and South Pacific influences that infuse their menus. Whether you're sitting down to a formal meal in the dining room of a James Beard-winning restaurant or standing in line with locals at a takeout window by the beach, expect the freshest fish, springiest noodles, and richest tastes available. Respectful fusion and bold invention work their way into almost every dish, from foie gras gyoza starters to desserts of mango doughnuts drizzled with passion fruit sauce. We've gathered our favorite tastes of the island here for your pleasure. Remember to pack your appetite.
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1200 Ala Moana Blvd #657, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Ramen is the ultimate comfort food, and here you can choose from over 20 varieties thanks to Okinawan chef Hisashi Uehara. His team makes all the noodles from scratch and boils 2,880 pounds of pork bones daily for more than 24 hours to create the...
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2 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
Twice-fried chicken and foie gras gyoza reign at this New American brasserie in Honolulu's Chinatown, also known for potent cocktails like the Chumley (Earl Grey-infused rye and Vecchio Amaro del Capo with lemon, egg white, and smoked sugar cane)....
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66-472 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa, HI 96712, USA
Food trucks often frequent the mellow North Shore surf-town of Hale‘iwa—and Giovanni's remains the fan favorite! Each platter contains two scoops of rice and a dozen jumbo shrimp: lemon-butter, hot and spicy, or the classic garlic-rich...
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62 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
This bistro-styled dining room draws on its owners' heritage: South America excitement from David Segarra and French classics from Jenny Grondin. This powerhouse couple previously brought Malaysian trendiness to New York City, helping to open four...
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680 Ala Moana Blvd #105, Honolulu, HI 96813, USA
Don't expect frills at this family-friendly diner, which serves up cheap and cheerful Hawaiian classics. Chicken wings, beef stew, and pork laulau wrapped in taro leaves jump off a menu that has barely changed since the first Highway Inn...
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49 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
From the team behind the hotspots Lucky Belly and the Tchin Tchin! Bar comes this casual approach to fine dining. Snuggle into this Honolulu Chinatown staple, below exposed brick walls and windows sheeting in soft light. Start with a playful craft...
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50 N Hotel St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
Craft cocktails and modern Asian cuisine reign at this hip noodle bar in Honolulu's Chinatown. Dig into a bowl of ramen, garnished with sesame seeds, green onion, ginger, a soft egg, and wakame (dried seaweed). From there, things get lively with...
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412 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Superstar chef Ed Kenney tucked his fourth restaurant inside the Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club, a funky Waikiki outpost that pays homage to the area's 1960s scene. The eatery sits beside the pool, where period films screen (sometimes against a...
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617, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814, USA
Loan "Mama" Le and her son Andrew—a 2014 James Beard Rising Chef of the Year semifinalist—work their magic again with this playful Vietnamese-fusion eatery. Set in the Ward neighborhood of Honolulu, it offers a more intimate setting...
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1030 Smith St Suite 6, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
This shopping plaza restaurant—set in the chilled-out, North Shore surf town of Hale‘iwa—evokes deeply nostalgic, yearning sighs from big-city folks. It is, quite possibly, the state's best Thai food. But be prepared for cash...
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75 N King St, Honolulu, HI 96817, USA
One of Honolulu's most hyped restaurants, this Chinatown nook has powerhouse parents: Local boy Chris Kajioka of Vintage Cave and U.K.-born Anthony Rush of Fera at Claridge's met working at New York City's Per Se. The name Senia plays on the Greek...
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2330 Kalakaua Ave #330, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
Upscale food halls are having their day, and here celebrity chef Michael Mina weighs in with 13 stations of flavors from around the globe. The Street serves up everything from sustainable poke to Tokyo-style ramen, Maui onion burgers, and...