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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Hawaii

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Hawaii? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Aloha Mixed Plate restaurant
4.8 (93)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Join us for local style plates oceanside in Lahaina.
Top review
Dined on Apr 15, 2024
We love coming to Hawaii for the past 25 years! We love to try different "Blue Plate" restaurants on the islands. Aloha Blue Plate is the Gold Standard! Your remodel was well done and a fun surprise! The food excellent and service exceptional from front to back! Thank you for a perfect beginning in Paradise. Lahaina Strong!
A photo of Hihimanu Sushi restaurant
5 (310)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
""We are specialized in Omakase, and we have Lunch and Dinner Omakase Course."" Dinner Omakase will be $ 245 and 18 dishes plus dessert, and Lunch Omakase will be $175 and 15 dishes plus dessert.

We have 3 Omakase seatings daily... 2:00 pm, 5:00 pm or 7:30 pm. Any allergies will need to be noted prior to the reservation date, so a special menu can be prepared. (We cannot accommodate the guest with all shellfish allergy, vegetarian, Kosher, gluten intolerance, or if you do not like uni)

Diners must cancel their reservation 48 hours in advance or will be subject to $75 fee, or $100 if the reservation is cancelled within 24 hours. If you do not show up, the fee will be full price of the course.

Please call us to make a reservation for a party of 5 or more.
A 18% gratuity may added for parties of 5 or more .

We have more information available on www.hihimanusushi.com

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Mar 27, 2024
This was by far the best sushi I’ve had outside of Japan. The dishes were delicious and super creative with ingredients sourced from around the world. The restaurant is nondescript with seating for 10. Drink options are limited, and the restroom leaves a lot to desire. Despite these drawbacks, I would go again, again, and again for the food experience. Even the locals don’t know much about this place - which is both sad and a blessing! It would be a Michelin star restaurant if it was on the mainland.
A photo of Amaterasu restaurant
4.9 (21)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
We have sake wine beer if you want to bring own alcohol $30 fee parking 1st floor and 2nd floor valet lunch $79 omakase dinner $120 omakase
Maserati Ferrari Lamborghini Sushi collaboration

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
I only had I issue and it is a minor one. If it's your first the there, you probably won't be able to find the entrance. Other than that, great food. The sushi chef was talented and had great communication.
A photo of Mugen restaurant
4.9 (234)
$50 and over
Global, International
About the restaurant
Mugen is an award-winning fine dining concept that is elevating Hawaii’s status as a destination for culinary travel. Experience global contemporary artistry with a sense of place at Mugen, the Forbes Five-Star rated fine dining restaurant at ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki, where every dish tells a story and every sip is a celebration.
Rising star Executive Chef Colin Sato has redefined the Mugen dinner experience with his new five-course menu, designed in collaboration with Pastry Chef Jamon Harper and in consultation with renowned Chef Alan Wong. Featuring seasonal and local ingredients, diners can choose from myriad options within each course while sipping inventive cocktails or exploring wine from Mugen’s extensive collection, honored with the Wine Spectator "Best Of" Award.
Previously offered exclusively to ESPACIO guests, the reimagined Mugen breakfast experience showcases acclaimed Pastry Chef Harper’s morning indulgences in an elevated, fine dining setting.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Awesome awesome awesomeness. The service was amazing and the food was outstanding. Shari and Douglas made the whole experience very memorable.
A photo of Maya’s Tapas and Wine restaurant
4.9 (323)
$31 to $50
North Shore
About the restaurant

**Please note: Takeout is only available for Lunch from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM &
**Brunch Saturdays and Sundays 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM**

We are true believers in local sustainability and sourcing. With as much beautiful food our land’s provided us, it is essential that we show respect for our bounty by enjoying it and keeping those who care for our crops in business. At Mayas our focus will be Spanish tapas, with fun regional wines from around the world, craft cocktails, and bottled beers.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
The octopus was outstanding. So glad cuz it’s the reason we came to Maya’s. Actually ordered it twice. Would definitely come back for it again.
A photo of Aina Kauai Restaurant restaurant
5 (382)
$50 and over
Japanese Speciality
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of Kapa‘a town, ‘Āina Kaua‘i offers creative and delicious Japanese cuisine that highlights the flavors and bounty of Kaua’i. The menu features ingredients harvested at peak freshness from local farms for use in refined Japanese cooking techniques that transform a meal into a transcendent dining journey. The open kitchen allows guests to observe the preparation of courses, while the choice “Chef’s Counter” features four exclusive seats where guests can interact with the chefs throughout their meal. Guests can select libations from a drink menu which includes premium sake, Japanese beer, wine, and cocktails made from scratch with local fruits, spirits from Hanalei Spirits, and Japanese whisky. OpenTable’s Top Diners’ Choice Winner – rated #1 on Kaua’i.

Dietary restrictions must be confirmed by email (eat@ainakauai.com) *before* making a reservation.

No refunds, changes, or cancellations.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jan 5, 2024
Worth the drive from Poipu to enjoy a truly authentic and creative dinner. Every course stood out for being not just interesting but also incredibly delicious. Would definitely recommend dining here no matter where you are staying on Kauai!
A photo of Chef's Table at Ka'ana Kitchen restaurant
4.9 (134)
$50 and over
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
About the restaurant
Situated in the heart of Ka’ana Kitchen’s open-air styled kitchen, we invite you to immerse yourself in our exclusive dining experience. Interact with our chefs as they thoughtfully curate a customized 6-course menu of fresh, local ingredients to stimulate your sense of adventure. To enhance the experience even more, we have the option to add wine pairings to each course, hand selected by our expert sommelier.

This exclusive experience is limited to seating’s at 6:00pm, 6:15pm and 6:30pm Tuesday - Friday.
Maximum of 4 guests per party.

Chef’s Table: $195/person
Wine Pairings:
Premier Cru – a selection of our favorite wines from off the beaten path – creating a journey of discovery & delight +$125/person
Grand Cru – exclusive selection of hard to source, hard to replace but very easy to love wines +$250/person

Executive Chef: Ritchard Cariaga | Chef de Cuisine: Chance Savell

Due to limited seating, there is a 24-hour cancellation policy and $75/person cancellation fee.

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
It was our first visit to the chef’s table and we loved it! The food was really great and all the staff were welcoming and professional. The service was spot on (John) and the chefs were super nice. Great evening.
A photo of J-Shop restaurant
4.9 (14)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
We are BYOB, please bring your favorite liquor.
It is small hidden Izakaya started by J-Shop.
A Japanese fresh food store run by a company that directly imports fresh fish, wagyu beef, vegetable and fruits from Japan by several flights every week.
Since it is BYOB, please don't forget bring your favorite liquor!
Please enjoy the freshest Japanese foods at a hidden Izakaya.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 28, 2024
Wonderful food and exceptional service. This was our second time visiting and my family and I love it here. We will be back again!
A photo of Marlow restaurant
4.9 (52)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
At Marlow we specialize in artisan style, neapolitan sourdough pizza, as well as locally sourced meats and vegetables. Our menu, space, and offerings change seasonally. We aim to bring you modern yet rustic meals to be shared. Chef/Owner Jeff Scheer and wife Kaili, have always loved to entertain at their home in Kula. The concept for the restaurant is an extension of that warm hospitality felt while sharing good food and wine around a table of family and friends. When the restaurant industry shut down in March of 2020, the pair began making sourdough pizza out of their outdoor oven at home. Milling whole wheat berries from a farm in Arizona, hand stretching mozzarella, whole-animal butchery, growing artichokes and summer squash for toppings - it was a true labor of love. What began as a ritual has grown into a restaurant. We look forward to seeing you at Marlow soon.
Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Such a fun place to meet friends for wood fire pizzas!
A photo of Sushi Sasabune Hawaii restaurant
4.8 (947)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Sushi Sasabune offers a unique Omakase-style sushi experience. We specialize in using as much local fish as possible, creating a meal that can be found nowhere else in the world! Sasabune is a specialty sushi restaurant, meaning we do not serve tempura, noodles, California rolls etc. All nigiri are served with its own unique sauce and topping, meant to be eaten as is. In the words of head chef and owner Seiji Kumagawa, "Trust me!"
Omakase only, limited seating (party of 6 max), please call (808) 947-3800 for reservations.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding Omakase sushi. Chef Seiji is a germ. 27 yrs in Oahu. A must try for a visitor like me.
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