Eating Out in Oahu

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Oahu is the most urban developed and populated of the Hawaiian Islands with the more diverse variety of restaurants. Here's a list of suggestions to guide your dining decisions in Oahu.


In Honolulu's Chinatown, you will find various Chinese restaurants. Two restaurants come particularly recommend: the Little Village Noodle House and the Legend Seafood Restaurant. The Little Village Noodle House is located at 1113 Smith Street and it provides free parking while dining at the restaurant. This restaurant does not serve alcohol, but its management allows you to bring beer and other alcoholic beverages without a cork fee. One of their signature dishes sure to please is The Mother of All Fried Rice.

The Legend Seafood Restaurant is located on the  river side of the Chinese Cultural Plaza at 100 North Beretania Street. This is a great place to enjoy dim sum and local favorites are the taro shrimp ball and the salty mochi ball. Both restaurants are great for those dining on a budget.


A sure crowd pleaser is Gyu-Kaku (Japanese BBQ dining) on 1221 Kapiolani Boulevard, opening Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. and Sundays from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.  At Gyu-Kaku you will enjoy at each table an imported Japanese BBQ brazier where you will cook your marinated meats, chicken, fish and vegetables. Free parking is on the first and second floor of the parking building located on Hopaka Street.

Since 1978, Yanagi Sushi (762 Kapiolani Boulevard) has served quality Japanese dishes to its customers with the highest level of service. All of its chef staff received formal sushi chef training in Japan. This restaurant is prepared to serve groups from 2 to 30. Yanagi Sushi (or Yanagi's) is a local favorite and is always busy, so make sure to make your reservation at least a day in advance. Besides its excellent food, Yanagi's is known for its more than 400 photos on its walls of famous athletes, actors and actresses.


If you're looking for Hawaiian food, you have to look for ono food (delicious in Hawaiian)! Therefore, Ono Hawaiian Foods (726 Kapahulu Avenue) is the top pick on Oahu. This restaurant serves Hawaiian dishes such as kalua pig and laulau so well, that in 1998 the Zagat Survey recognized this restaurant as one of America's Top Resturant Rated "Excellent". The place is quite small and there's always a line. However, the wait is very worthwhile, as Muhammad Ali himself dined here.


By far the top local choice is Seoul Jung Restaurant on 2460 Koa Ave. This restaurant is a bit hard to find because it is "hidden" on the second floor next to the banquet rooms of the Waikiki Resort Hotel. The Seoul Jung Restaurant serves great soups such as the sun dubu jigae (clam and other seafood with tofu soup) and the kimchee tofu soup. A popular lunch choice of great value is the lunch BBQ Combo that includes kalbi, beef jun and BBQ chicken.

July 22, 2009 change by damiandavilarojas

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