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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Oahu

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Oahu? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyzes more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favorites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Arden Waikiki restaurant
4.8
4.8 (81)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Waikiki
About the restaurant
Nestled in a sanctuary at the foot of Diamond Head in Waikiki, Arden invites you to discover the essence of Contemporary Hawaii Cuisine.

Culinary artisans Makoto Ono and Amanda Cheng welcome you into their world of edible expression where every moment is woven into a cherished memory.

Experience the allure of Arden, where every bite narrates a story and each visit feels like returning home.

Top review
paul
Dined 1 day ago
Fantastic. Best food in Honolulu. Can’t wait for next visit. Thank you 😊
A photo of Fête restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3381)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant
2022 James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef Northwest & Pacific.

Rooted in the local farm-to-table movement — a place where seasonality and culinary tradition are celebrated in tandem. One part Hawaii and one part Brooklyn. The atmosphere shares a brasserie feel with a laid-back island sensibility—a celebration and homage to all of our favorite things we enjoy eating and drinking.

Crafted with brick & reclaimed wood, our urban Hawaiian farmhouse features an open kitchen, lush plant wall, brick walls, and lots of natural light in a historic Chinatown building. The bar mixes classic and modern cocktails with artisanal flare with a well-curated wine list.

Top review
Nadia
Dined 1 day ago
It was our first time to Fete. All four of us fell in love with the ambiance, the waiter, and the food! The food tasted amazing, the service beautifully plated, and we felt nourished and well fed. And for anyone with food sensitivities, the quality of the meat, produce, was off the charts. Best restaurant on Oahu for sure.
A photo of Mud Hen Water restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1312)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant
A Hawaiian Sense of Plate

If there are no reservations available at your desired time, understand that we hold our patio seating, communal table, and bar stools for walk-in customers only. Please call to reserve parties larger than 8 guests. We are open to walk-ins only for Happy Hour ("Pau Work") from 2pm to 5pm Tuesday - Saturday and offer a pupu menu and drink specials.

Hang Loose at The Hen


Top review
CatalinaRvip
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Unique creative delicious food and great service.
A photo of LA HIKI KITCHEN - Ko Olina at Four Seasons Resort restaurant
4.7
4.7 (917)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Kapolei
About the restaurant
Inspired by the Hawaiian phrase “mai ka lâ hiki a ka lâ kau” – “from sunrise to sunset” – Lâ Hiki Kitchen is a an inspired interpretation of American continental dining, infused with local influences, re-imagined with farm fresh ingredients and prepared by a world class chef. Cooking with heart and soul!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 2, 2024
Malia was a great server and super gracious and helpful.
A photo of Mahi ‘ai Table restaurant
4.7
4.7 (689)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Kapolei
About the restaurant
Mahi'ai Table, Foodland's first full service farm-to-table restaurant.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Always good. This is one of my favorite restaurants.
A photo of Veranda - Moana Surfrider restaurant
4.8
4.8 (969)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Waikiki
About the restaurant
Our renowned Victorian tradition of “Afternoon Tea” under the historic banyan tree invites guests to indulge in a variety of tropical tea blends accompanied by a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, scones and delicate pastries.

Please Note we are a cashless restaurant. We only accept credit cards or room charges as form of payment.
We kindly ask to refrain from balloon decorations to ensure the views for others are respected. Guests are welcome to bring their own cake/dessert for an additional fee of $7 per person.

Top review
AmandaMvip
Dined 1 day ago
We had an amazing view here of people surfing on Waikiki beach and the banyan tree in the courtyard. The tea was delicious and they accommodated my food allergies that I informed them of in advance. Service was friendly and quick. This is the best tea service on the island.
A photo of et al. restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1281)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant
et al. is a new full-service restaurant, bar and neighborhood eatery offering an imaginative menu of multi-regional dishes drawing inspiration from local produce and ingredients at the peak of seasonal flavor.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Our server, Ryan, was excellent. He gave recommendations on food entrees and was able to provide me with temperature hot coffee with no hesitation. The first cup was lukewarm.
A photo of Moku Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3430)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant
Full table service resumes 12/18/23!

Located in the heart of the Kaka'ako art district, Moku Kitchen is a chef-driven concept that brings Hawaii's rich upcountry farming and ranching heritage to downtown Honolulu's urban lifestyle. Our award winning cocktail program is ever-evolving, highlighted by the Monkeypod Mai Tai. We offer a wide variety of local craft beer and wines from small independent producers. Please go to mokukitchen.com for up to date menus and our daily live music calendar.

Top review
BarbaraA
Dined 3 days ago
Nice menu but better suited to lunch than dinner. Parking was difficult. Our waiter was helpful and knew the menu well. His suggestions were very helpful.
A photo of Mariposa at Neiman Marcus - Ala Moana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5263)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant

THE MARIPOSA located on Level 3 of Neiman Marcus ALA MOANA greets you to a panoramic view of the Ala Moana Beach Park located directly across. Enjoy seating in our Dining Room, or on the Lanai.

Mariposa Restaurant boasts a spectacular ocean view and extraordinary cuisine from Executive Chef Lance Kosaka.

Find your favorite menu items plus new selections too. Open daily for Lunch: Sunday 11am - 4:30pm (last seating), Monday - Saturday 11am - 3:00pm (last seating)

Our Sunset Lounge Menu is offered Friday & Saturday 5pm - 7:30pm (last seating)

Enjoy a commanding view of the Friday Night Fireworks display from any seat in the Restaurant or on the Lanai.

For your convenience, please enter from the Mariposa private entrance, ocean side Mall Level of Neiman Marcus.

Hours may vary on Holidays -- please call for more information.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Love our server and other servers... they're all so helpful. Food though wasn't consistent to prior times we've visited, which was odd. The curry was more spicy than it was a prior visit so my guests were not thrilled about their food but all felt bad to tell the server. All 5 curry dishes were quite spicey. Poke was awesome as usual. Bread arrived cold despite asking for a new warm bread to replace so maybe all bread were cold.
A photo of Liko's Tap & Table restaurant
4.7
4.7 (82)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Hawaii Kai
About the restaurant
Enjoy waterfront dining at Liko's. Breakfast lunch and dinner in the heart of beautiful Hawaii Kai!

Only 10 -15 minutes from Waikiki.

Featuring a fresh to order menu made with local ingredients, craft cocktails & mimosas, champagne & wine list, and over 30 beer taps with locally brewed selections. Weekly live music.

Liko's Eggs Benedict and Brunch items served until 1pm everyday. Weekly dinner specials. Prime steaks. Local seafood. Fresh cut pasta. House Salads made with local produce. Our famous Lobster Benedict & and East Coast Lobster Roll served every weekend.

We focus on fresh food, amazing cocktails, and upscale service in a casual waterfront setting.

Enjoy beautiful views of the famous Koko Head Crater and the Hawaii Kai Marina.
Minutes away from Hanauma Bay, Waimanalo Beach, Sandy's, and Makapu'u Lookout.

Whether enjoying a day off, a night out on the town, or celebrating a special occasion...Liko's is an east side gem!

Top review
KarenCvip
Dined on Mar 24, 2024
Our go to place. We just love everything about Likos. Excellent food, service and location. Hawaii Kai needs more great places like this.
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