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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Oahu

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Updated June 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!

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4.8
4.8 (3470)
$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
EDarrinCoxvip
Dined 4 days ago
Great food. Imaginative, great local twist on classic American dishes. Wonderful, friendly service. Interesting wine list with great cocktails. We will return!
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4.8
4.8 (111)
$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
Marthavip
Dined 5 days ago
Great food but even better service! Preston did an outstanding job as our server. Attentive, intuitive, educated (both food and beverage), and personable. He shows genuine passion for what he does! We'll definitely be back.
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4.7
4.7 (1335)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
I am always recommending mud hen !! Food is ALWAYS consistently amazing. Service is outstanding My favorite is pork sisig.
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4.6
4.6 (703)
$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 on Jun 9, 2024
A family favorite of places to eat on the west side. Live entertainment when we dined. Service was very good and food was as expected.
A photo of LA HIKI KITCHEN - Ko Olina at Four Seasons Resort restaurant
4.8
4.8 (924)
$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
Tony
Dined 3 days ago
Very friendly and courteous employees. Food was plentiful and fresh.
A photo of Mariposa at Neiman Marcus - Ala Moana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5363)
$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 Thursday 5pm -7:30pm, Friday 5pm - 7:30pm & 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
MEGUMIKvip
Dined 1 day ago
Nice food and nice view as always. My friend likes the table outside.
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4.8
4.8 (1004)
$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
Cara
Dined 5 days ago
The service was amazing! Ryan was an excellent server and very attentive. The food and tea were delicious. We will be returning soon.
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4.6
4.6 (1310)
$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
Grace
Dined 3 days ago
If you are looking for a neighborhood restaurant with excellent and creative food, ambiance, and service, stop by et al next to Kahala Mkt. You will be delightfully impressed and satisfied.
A photo of Moku Kitchen restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3480)
$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
Amber808vip
Dined 3 days ago
We had a party of 8 and they were very accommodating! We really appreciated it especially since it was Father’s Day. One guest was gluten free and was well taken care of.
A photo of Plumeria Beach House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (3766)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant
Nestled beachfront at the iconic Kahala Hotel & Resort, Plumeria Beach House is our open-air restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner on spacious indoor and outdoor terraces. Executive Chef Jonathan Mizukami and his Michelin-starred experience are at the forefront of the tantalizing menu, highlighting local Hawaiian ingredients and fresh-caught seafood.
Top review
Trillium3
Dined 2 days ago
Charming beachside veranda with terrific view - outstanding bento box, hazelnut tart and coconut cake! Brian was our server - service was impeccable! Valet service was wonderful and much appreciated since the parking lot was full. We highly recommend breakfast or lunch at the Plumeria Beachouse!
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