Restaurants on Oahu???

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Posted 1/3/2013 by lotsokids in NSBR Board


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Posted: 1/3/2013 5:31:43 PM
We are going to Oahu over Spring Break with our 5 kids-DH and I have been there once before and did not have "great" meals there what-so-ever! Have gone with the kids to Maui last year and were able to find some good meals. However, I have been on Trip Advisor and almost all the restaurants are Sushi, which my kids do not like-can anyone help me with some family-friendly restaurants? Cost is not an issue and we like everything, but Sushi. We are staying in Ko'Olina, but will have a car, so don't care if we have to drive-thanks!!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 6:52:41 PM
Not in Ko'Olina but we love this place which was recommended by one of my bosses (and it is within walking distance of where we live)

Da Kitchen
Da Kitchen

Here are Yelp Reviews:

Yelp Reviews

Huge portions - one plate can easily feed two people


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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:24:14 PM
We loved the Sunday brunch at the Hale Kulani on Waikiki Beach. We made reservations 6 months ahead of time!

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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:31:50 PM
The Chart House is fantastic- definitely one of the top 5 meals I have eaten.


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Posted: 1/3/2013 7:34:58 PM
We like to eat here as well:

Shore Bird

Their Sunset Special $14.95 steak (grill your own) and salad/pasta bar is just right.

Sunset Special

Nightly form 4:00 p.m. till 5:30 p.m. Enjoy a half pound Certified Angus Top Sirloin Steak and all you can eat Salad Bar. For only $14.95. Must be seated by 5:30 p.m. Offer not valid with any other offer or discount.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 8:15:38 PM
These are our favorite kid-friendly and reasonably priced fast food-ish type places:

Boston's Pizza

Delicious pizza, and one slice is 1/4 of the pizza. There's also a location in Aiea (close to Pearl Harbor Memorial) at 98-302 Kamehameha Hwy and another location across street from Scholfield Army Base on the way to the North Shore at 1718 Wilikina Dr in Wahiawa. Definately a can't miss.

Teddy's Bigger Burgers

Best burgers I've ever had! Get it Hawaiian style.

Aloha Salads

My favorite is the Aloha pineapple salad tossed in Pineapple Vinegrette. Yum! There's a location in Kapolei (very close to Ko Olina) next to Target.

Moe's Southwest Grill

Located in Pearlridge Mall next to TJ Maxx. Loooove their burritos!

In Waikiki, we love PF Changs, Duke's, and Cheeseburger in Paradise. Top of Waikiki has amazing 360 degree views and is a rotating resturant. Arancino has 2 locations and is delicious italian food.

We also love Buca de Beppo in Ward Warehouse area for family style italian.

When you go to Haleiwa, you must stop at Matsumoto's for their world famous shave ice. Get it with ice cream at the bottom and sweetened condensed milk on top.

Definately take the kids to the Dole Plantation for their Dole Whip--pineapple ice cream.

Hope this helps! Have a wonderful vacation!


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:10:37 PM
wow please don't go to hawaii to eat at pf changs

check out chowhound

for example:


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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:16:09 PM
We really enjoyed Roy's, which is right across the street from the resort area in KoOlina.
In that area, there's also a convenience store with prepared foods and a Hawaiian restaurant. Both of those were way more affordable than the options at the resorts. We stayed at Disney and didn't spend a single dime in their restaurants. The prices were outrageous.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:40:15 PM
We loved Giovanni's shrimp truck on the North Shore...great shrimp scampi style.

There is a Benihana's at Hilton Hawaiian Village that my kids really loved.

Other than those two, I can't remember the specifics on where we ate as we last went to Oahu in 2007.



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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:44:24 PM
My family and I just returned from Hawaii. We enjoyed Zippys and L & L.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 9:46:25 PM
Roy's (location in Ko'Olina or in Waikiki)

Ruth Chris (excellent)

Benihana (Hilton Hawaiian Village)

Shrimp Trucks on the North Shore

I know the 3 first ones I named are chains, but they add a Hawaiian flair to their standard menu.

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Posted: 1/3/2013 11:25:58 PM
Saw this place on Food Network and went last spring-we'll be going again in March.

Hank's Haute Dogs

The lobster dog served on Friday is divine!

We went to Ruth's Chris and weren't impressed-have had better steak for MUCH less. The hot plates result in overlooked meat. Loved the chopped salad, the service was great and the staff went out of their way to make our 25th anniversary meal special but the steak itself was meh.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 12:08:01 AM
I really like Roy's, as mentioned above and love Hy's Steakhouse.


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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:09:46 AM
Thanks everyone-these all look great! When I get back from my walk on the beach, I am going to check them all out. Any more suggestions are appreciated!!!

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Posted: 1/4/2013 10:16:05 AM
I'm going to keep an eye on this post. We hope to go this summer.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:01:49 AM
We loved Dukes at the Outrigger as well as the steak house (Can't recall the name) also at the Outrigger.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:21:12 AM
Roy's in Ko Olina is delicious! If you are wanting a light lunch or dinner Aloha Salads is great. It is in the Kapolei shopping center next to Target, not far from Ko Olina. I am a frequent visitor to that shopping center!

We enjoyed Cheeseburger Waikiki and Hula Dog in Waikiki.

If you are wanting local food, you can go to Zippys or L&L. We do not care for Zippys at all though.

Have fun!

Garden Girl

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Posted: 1/5/2013 1:26:53 AM
We like Kincaid's at Ward Warehouse, Buca di Beppo (below Ward Theatres, which is across from Ward Warehouse), and the Cheesecake Factory in Waikiki. There's also a Dave & Buster's at Ward, if the kids need a little reprieve.

If it's local food/non-chain restaurants that you're after, though, try these:

- Kua 'Aina. My husband and I love their teri chicken sandwiches. We prefer the North Shore one to the one in Honolulu. I swear there's a difference! I think the North Shore cooks add more teri sauce.

- While on the North Shore, check out Cholo's. It's a Mexican restaurant with the best salsa ever. It's really low key, family (and dog!) friendly, and there's something for everyone on the menu. Make time for Matsumoto's (as someone mentioned above) before leaving (or start with it, as we sometimes do).

- Sorabol is an awesome Korean restaurant on Keeaumoku Street (near Ala Moana Shopping Center). Their bulgogi is ahhhmazing, and the namul is so good.

- Rainbow Drive-In = plate lunch!

- If you want places closer to Ko 'Olina, there are some restaurants nearby, in Kapolei. Assaggio is really popular (and the menus are online, if you need a peek). There's also a Chili's and Outback there, I think. It's also close to the 'Aulani hotel, so you could do the Disney character breakfast.

- If it's a buffet you're after, you might try the Pagoda (which is surrounded by pools containing lots of orange, white, and gold koi/carp) or the Oceanarium at the Pacific Beach Hotel. The buffet at the latter is situated around a massive (three-story) tank full of colorful fish. My mom also swears by the brunch at Orchids.

- I haven't tried it yet, but I have friends who adore Kiss My Grits, which is near the University of Hawaii. It's Southern food, and it's supposedly awesometastic. There's also a place called Soul about five minutes from there, in Kaimuki.

- It's not a restaurant, but it might as well be, given the mass quantities that I consume there: Leonard's Bakery on Kalakaua. Malasadas are mmm mmm good. You could stop there for breakfast on the way to hike Diamond Head or snorkel at Hanauma Bay -- or on the way home from the Honolulu Zoo or Waikiki Aquarium.

- I've never eaten at Alan Wong's, but I've never met anyone who ate there and didn't rave about the experience.

The supposed "bests" are gathered together each year by Honolulu Magazine, in the form of the Hale 'Aina awards. Here's the listing of the 2012 winners and the 2013 winners.


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Posted: 1/5/2013 5:49:38 AM
This thread is making me homesick for Hawaii. Matsumoto's is a "must" when you're on the North shore--it's been way too long since I've seen my buddy Stanley.
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