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Best Places to Eat Outside in Waikiki

February 21st, 2022 Food & Drink
Best Places to Eat Outside in Waikiki

Waikiki has great weather year-round - and a plentiful array of lanais to prove it. With outdoor dining more important now than ever, we’re rounding up the food that comes with a side of fresh air. From private rooftop cabanas to lush hidden gardens, here are Waikiki’s top spots for chowing down al fresco.

Although we strive to provide the most current information, restaurants mentioned may close at any time, operate with a limited menu or reduced hours, or have takeout options only. We recommend checking individual websites for operating hours, updates, and safety protocols before visiting.

According to the “Safe Access O‘ahu” program, all patrons 12 years and older must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result taken within the previous 48 hours and identification in order to enter businesses, such as restaurants, bars, and other similar establishments.

Topped Waikiki

Traditional Korean dishes are served up at Topped Waikiki, a small eatery tucked off of Royal Hawaiian Avenue. Signature selections include Beef and Butter Rice, Tofu Bibimbap, and Spicy Pork Dupbap. Their street-facing patio is an excellent place to enjoy your delicious eats and watch people saunter by. 333 Royal Hawaiian Ave.

Surf 'n' Turf Tacos

Grab a quick bite from Surf ‘n’ Turf Tacos, a taco joint slinging contemporary Mexican food with an aloha twist. The entrance to International Market Place is right across the street, so have a seat at one of their outdoor tables, watch the masses, and dig into a plate of tacos with fillings like kalbi, beer battered fish, spicy sesame poke, and panko crusted shrimp. 2310 Kuhio Ave.

Tommy Bahama

The three-story farm-to-table restaurant features an open-air rooftop dining area complete with Waikiki views, sand, a fire pit, and nightly live music. Find tempting dishes like Tamarind Pineapple Glazed Mahi Mahi and Kona Coffee Crusted Ribeye at Tommy Bahama in Waikiki Beach Walk. 298 Beach Walk

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Roy’s Waikiki

Enjoy dishes from James Beard Award-winning Chef Roy Yamaguchi at Roy’s Waikiki on Waikiki Beach Walk. The prix fixe dinner-only menu is locally focused, using ingredients from Hawai‘i farms and fishermen to craft courses like Kauai Prawns, Macadamia Nut Crusted Fresh Island Catch, and Misoyaki Butterfish. The restaurant has an effortless indoor-outdoor flow, with a lanai bedecked with seagrass thatched umbrellas and bistro lights. 226 Lewers St.

Eating House 1849

Just south in International Market Place, Chef Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 blends the simple flavors of a Hawai‘i plantation town with bold modern cuisine. Their lovely open air patio is surrounded by tropical foliage and is the perfect place to enjoy small plates like Poutine Fries, Spicy Ahi Roll, and Ume Glazed Grilled Pork Bao Buns. The ‘Build Your Own Local Catch’ is also always a fun option, with fish choices like mahi mahi, mekajiki, salmon, and kampachi prepared to your liking and slathered in one of their house made sauces. 2330 Kalakaua Ave. #322

IL TAPPO Hawai‘i

The authentic Italian wine bar and bistro has become quite the hidden gem in Waikiki. Located in Waikiki Beach Walk, IL TAPPO has a beautifully curated menu of Italian classics like paninis, bruschetta, antipasti misti, pasta, and pizza. Take a seat on the private courtyard next to the elaborate fountain feature. The towering buildings provide shade and add to the intimate ambiance. 2181 Kalakaua Ave.

Herringbone

Anchored on the Grand Lanai at International Market Place, Herringbone’s nearly 2,000-square foot patio features covered and open-air options, with a retractable roof, greenery, and hanging lamps. The bright and playful atmosphere is supplemented with a fun Daily Oyster Hour and a locally sourced seafood menu with innovative dishes like Buffalo Octopus, Raw Tuna Tacos, and Yellowtail Crudo with a white truffle-yuzu vinaigrette. 2330 Kalakaua Ave. #3

Morimoto Asia

Located on the second floor of ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s dinner-only culinary destination features an eclectic menu inspired by his travels across the Asian continent. The outdoor lanai is gorgeous, outfitted with dark wood features and plush white seating, and overlooks the palm tree-lined Kalakaua Avenue below. 2490 Kalakaua Ave.

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Momosan Waikiki

Pay a visit to Chef Morimoto’s ramen spot as well, also located within ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Noodles are front and center at Momosan, with bowls of Tonkotsu Ramen, Tokyo Chicken Ramen, and Tsukemen. Enjoy your dish on their sleek street-level patio. 2490 Kalakaua Ave.

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Swell Restaurant and Pool Bar

Located next to ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach’s stunning infinity pool, the “Instagram-worthy” rooftop bar and restaurant offers impressive ocean views, fire pits, and private cabana rentals to indulge in plates like Fresh Catch Tacos, Wild Shrimp Ceviche, and Hawaiian Chili Pepper Chicken Wings. Come nighttime, the bar showcases a Light Monument Video Art series showcasing the beautiful landscapes of O‘ahu by artist Joseph Pa‘ahana set to live entertainment. 2490 Kalakaua Ave.

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Tiki’s Grill & Bar

With accolades from Honolulu Magazine, OpenTable, and a Travelers’ Choice award from Tripadvisor, Tiki’s Grill & Bar’s Pacific-Rim menu highlights the flavors of the islands with dishes like Hawaiian Ahi Poke, Guava Glazed Baby Back Ribs, and Crispy Coconut and Panko Coated Butterfly Shrimp. Conveniently located on the third floor of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, Tiki’s offers lanai seating high above Kalakaua Avenue with beautiful sunset views of the famous Waikiki Beach. Check out more of our on-site dining options here. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.

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The Coconut Club

Start your day with breakfast on the penthouse level of Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel at the exclusive Coconut Club. At 21-stories high, Coconut Club overlooks the world-famous Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head monument. Enjoy an elevated breakfast with options ranging from healthy oatmeal and açaí bowls to hearty Hawaiian Sweet Bread French Toast, Macadamia Nut Pancakes, Kalua Pork Eggs Benedict, and more from the rotating menu. Book your stay with Breakfast Above the Beach. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.

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