From intimate luxury meals to inexpensive fare, dining on Oahu can be as romantic as you want it be with hundreds of restaurants both exotic and simple. Spectacular, and expensive, culinary experiences can be enjoyed everywhere in sophisticated restaurants with world-class chefs putting their unique sensibilities on Polynesian cuisine.
Meanwhile, even more opportunities are here for the budget-conscious couple wishing to experience Hawaiian delights without breaking the bank. Small-plate and ethnic shops, roadside stands and lunchwagons hold some of the island’s most fun dishes, such as musubi, which is a rice ball wrapped in seaweed that you can grab and go. And of course, you’ll never be far from the chain fast-food or national coffee shops, particularly in the more populated areas, such as Honolulu and Waikiki.
- ALAN WONG’S, Honolulu. Exceptional appetizers and entrees as part of 5- and 7-course tasting menus begin around $75. Alan Wong’s is a legendary eatery topping most people’s list of restaurants in Oahu. Divine dishes that will surely be honeymoon highlights such as Kalua Pig, seafood lasagna are finished with fantastically memorable dessert like Waialua Chocolate “Crunch Bars” and Hawaiian Crown Sweet Gold Pineapple Shave Ice. A landmark restaurant that won’t leave you disappointed.
Address: 1857 S King Street
- BUZZ’S ORIGINAL STEAKHOUSE, Kailua. From its beautiful location in Windward Oahu across from Kailua Beach Park, Buzz’s is a wonderful destination for a cozy meal amid mouth-watering aroma of grilled steaks, chicken and fresh fish that’s been satisfying locals and visitors alike for almost 50 years. In addition to the excellent views of Oahu’s surfing mecca, treat yourself to a great salad bar, refreshing drinks and friendly service. Prices are moderate, but reasonable.
Address: 413 Kawailoa Rd.
- CHEF MAVRO, Honolulu. The marriage of Provence, France with tropical Hawaii yields a French culinary spectacle for your honeymoon in Oahu at Chef Mavro. The prix-fixe menu costs about $70 to $120 ($30 to $50 more if paired with wine)and was designed by Chef/owner George Mavrothalassitis who won the 2003 James Beard award for Best Chef for Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. The Hawaiian contemporary cuisine includes signature items like filet of moi with crisp scales, sautéed mushrooms, and saffron coulis; or onaga baked in Hawaiian-salt crust. The food is as creative as it is savory. From first course to last, dining at Chef Mavro is an event, classically elegant and always romantic.
Address: 1969 South King Street
- LITTLE VILLAGE NOODLE HOUSE, Honolulu. If your honeymoon in Oahu finds you wandering the streets of downtown Honolulu’s Chinatown, you’re well advised to stop for lunch or dinner at the delicious Little Village Noodle House. Great location and excellent, inexpensive prices aside, you’ll discover a terrific spot for fantastic Chinese cuisine with a Hawaiian flair. Standouts include volcano pork, honey shrimp and orange chicken dishes.
Address: 1113 Smith St.
- OLA AT TURTLE BAY RESORT, Kahuku. Northshore Oahu offers many exquisite locations for romantic dining, but Ola at Turtle Bay Resort is as pleasing to the eye as it is the palate. With an exotic and varied menu of Hawaiian fare, delectable dishes feature flavors from around the world prepared with fresh local ingredients and regional fish, all set in an idyllic setting overlooking Bay View Beach. Your love of fine food and each other are equally well served at Ola.
Address: 57-091 Kamehameha Highway
- KAKA’AKO KITCHEN, Honolulu. Award-winning Chef Russell Siu’s home-style cooking offers a healthy alternative to any of meal of the day. While the ambiance may not be right for romance, the prices are great and so is the excellent cuisine in Kaka’ako’s rotating menu, such as seared ahi sandwiches with tobiko (flying-fish roe), charbroiled ahi steak, furikake catfish with mash potatoes and tofu veggie burger.
Address: 1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
- LA MER, Waikiki. Another incredible evening of French cuisine with fresh Hawaiian ingredients is in the stars at La Mer. With stunning views of Diamond Head, this elegant and romantic restaurant showcases award-winning Chef Yves Garnier’s amazing haute cuisine. Expensive to be sure, but unforgettable all the same.
Address: 2199 Kalia Road