Waikiki Walking Food Tour of Kalakaua Avenue
We believe creating delicious gastronomic memories should be effortless - whether you’re a local or just visiting. Taste your way through Hawaiian dishes and overindulge in Waikiki’s phenomenal restaurant scene on a walking food tour of Kalakaua Avenue. We begin the tour on the western side of Kalakaua Avenue, in the Royal Hawaiian Center, before continuing east towards Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park.
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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 social distancing measures before visiting.
The Island Vintage Shave Ice kiosk in the Royal Hawaiian Center offers traditionally shaved-ice desserts with natural syrups, creative ingredients, and a gorgeous presentation. Build your own, or opt for one of the combo flavors like Heavenly Lilikoi (passionfruit and strawberry) or Pink Island (strawberry and lychee mint). Served atop frozen yogurt with add-ons like fresh fruit, homemade mochi, condensed milk, popping boba, and adzuki bean, Island Vintage’s shave ice is extra creamy with a tart touch. Open daily 12 - 9 p.m. 2201 Kalakaua Ave. Kiosk B-1
Renowned as one of the least expensive Michelin-starred restaurants, Tim Ho Wan’s dim sum menu features their world-famous baked BBQ pork buns, steamed rice rolls, pan fried turnip cake, and a “Regional Specialty” dish, which varies depending on which location you are at. In Waikiki’s case, it is the steamed Kona abalone. Visit the restaurant in the Royal Hawaiian Center. Open daily 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. 2233 Kalakaua Ave. Building B, Level 3, B-303
Come for the Kona coffee, stay for b. patisserie’s James Beard award-winning pastries. Kona Coffee Purveyors serves pastries with local flavors such as the pineapple coconut almond croissant, chocolate banana croissant, Kouign-amann, and the lilikoi bostock. Visit them in the International Market Place. Open daily 7 a.m. - 4 p.m. 2330 Kalakaua Ave. #160
The beloved breakfast joint dishes out tasty staples with a Hawaiian twist. Visitor favorites include pineapple macadamia nut pancakes, Hawaiian sweet bread french toast, fresh ahi and eggs, and Hawai‘i-raised ribeye steak and eggs. Open daily 7 a.m. - 2 p.m. 2464 Kalakaua Ave.
Located poolside at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, Swell Bar serves flavorful nibbles, pupus, bowls, pizzas, and mainsail entrées like the Pier 38 tacos with beer battered cod and pineapple-habañero salsa. Sip on Swell’s signature ‘Alohilani Mai Tai while experiencing their nightly Light Monument Video Art Series, a new video art projection series showcasing the beautiful landscapes of O‘ahu, set to evening vibes spun by resident DJs (7 - 9 p.m.). Open Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday through Sunday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. 2490 Kalakaua Ave.
The sleek eatery features high-end Pan-Asian fare by Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Traditional flavors of China, Korea, Japan, and Thailand marry with Western ingredients to create specialty items like Peking duck, sticky ribs, and wok fry dishes. Located within ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Morimoto is tentatively scheduled to reopen December 1, 2020. 2490 Kalakaua Ave.
Noodles are front and center on Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s ramen-focused menu, along with playful Japanese comfort food and sushi. Try the Tonkotsu ramen with pork broth, chashu pork, ajitama, mushroom, takana, and scallion. Momosan also features an impressive sake collection, eight of which are Morimoto signature sake. Located within ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach. Open daily for breakfast 6 - 10 a.m., lunch 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., and dinner 4 - 8 p.m. 2490 Kalakaua Ave.
Created by three friends from the University of Hawai‘i, Tiki’s Grill & Bar is Kalakaua Avenue’s premier tiki bar and restaurant within Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. The Pacific Rim menu shines with dishes such as the slow-braised pulled pork sandwich, coconut shrimp, and smoked chicken. The bar specializes in innovative tropical cocktails, such as the mai tai with mango rum, starfruit sangria, and Old Pali Road whiskey with a java plum shrub (which grows wild on O‘ahu’s windward coast). Enjoy lanai seating high above Kalakaua Avenue with beautiful sunset views and live music. Open daily 12 - 8 p.m. 2570 Kalakaua Ave.
Grab picnic fare to-go at Tucker and Bevvy, located next door to Tiki’s Grill & Bar within Park Shore Waikiki Hotel. Inspired by beachside cafes, the fast-casual eatery slings fresh salads, sandwiches, wraps, smoothies, and cold pressed juices. They offer many vegan and gluten free options with keto and paleo options coming soon. Open daily Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 7 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. 2586 Kalakaua Ave.
Try fresh sushi and delicious traditional Japanese fare at Yoshitsune. The multi-course dinner includes selections of the day’s freshest fish, house made tofu, appetizers, chawanmushi, sashimi, assorted tempura miso soup, and dessert. Located within Park Shore Waikiki Hotel. Open daily 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 - 10:30 p.m. 2586 Kalakaua Ave.
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