The Best Restaurants Near Honolulu Beaches

If you’re visiting Honolulu to work on your tan or are staying in near the oceanfront in Waikiki, chances are there will be days you won’t want to venture far. When that day arises, our guide to ocean-adjacent restaurants will help you navigate Honolulu’s food landscape, so you can relish your beach day without worrying about searching for a great place to cool down and enjoy some great food. 

Duke's Waikiki

Named after the legendary Hawaiian surfer Duke Kahanamoku, Duke’s Waikiki has two sections: the dining room and the Barefoot Bar and offers menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, children and drinks. Validated parking available.

Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Chef D.K. Kodama’s “new wave sushi” has won accolades from both local and national media, including Travel + Leisure. The nigiri sushi, rolls, appetizers and entrees are artfully presented and combine bold flavors and textures.

Marukame Udon

At this affordable udon and tempura shop, everything is made fresh. Set up cafeteria-style, you'll slide your tray along and choose from varioius bowls of warm udon, such as curry udon, or udon with thin-sliced beef, or even warm udon served with a cool dipping sauce.

Hula Grill Waikiki

Peter Merriman’s influences are felt in this oceanfront dining room with a plantation era atmosphere and a menu offering Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Dishes include tako poke, macadamia-nut-crusted fish, ahi steak and filet steak Kiana.

Teddy's Bigger Burgers

This good, old-fashioned burger joint is right across the street from the Honolulu Zoo, offering extra large, made-to-order burgers topped with a special house sauce. The burgers are made with 100% ground chuck, and were voted as “Hawaii’s Best Burger” four years in a row.

Rainbow Drive-In

A local institution with a loyal following, Rainbow Drive-In has been serving plate lunches for nearly 50 years.

House Without a Key

Legendary dancer Kanoe Miller adds to the special ambiance at this popular gathering spot for indoor and outdoor dining and cocktails.

Diamond Head Cove Health Bar

Everything here is organic, including the kava (a root found throughout Polynesia, used for medicinal purposes). Choose from a wide array of smoothies, acai bowls, salads and fresh fish.

Hy's Steak House

A Waikiki institution that is a must-visit for any steak lover. This old-fashioned restaurant has garnered a loyal following for its USDA Prime steaks, prime rib and Cherries Jubilee. Enjoy tableside preparation of specialty salads and desserts.

Halekulani's La Mer

One of two Five Diamond Restaurants in Hawaii with internationally acclaimed Neoclassic French cuisine and an award-winning wine list. We recommend going with a prix fixe course menu to try a little bit of everything. La Mer was also named a Five-Start Restaurant by Forbes Travel Guide.