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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Hawaii

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Updated May 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 Engawa restaurant
4.9 (168)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
For visitors who want to learn about the supreme taste of sake and its art, we have established a restaurant called Engawa. The Engawa offers Islander Sake as a meal option. In Japanese culture, Engawa is considered the most comfortable space in the house, with the purpose of separating it from the outside world. Visitors are welcome to chat casually with house guests on the Engawa, or to unwind with a cup of tea or a snack.

Spectacular ‘Omotenashi’ Dinner
5:30 PM & 7:30 PM. (Tue- Fri)

Prix fixe menu because this place is run by a small sake brewery. The philosophies of Hawaiian aloha and Japanese sensibilities are the foundations of our hospitality, ‘Omotenashi’. $75, plus tax, and includes one glass of “Daiginjo”. After receiving your initial glass of sake, you can try different flavors of sake by paying an additional fee.

Monthly updates are made to the menu.
*If you have any allergies, please inform us at least 24 hours beforehand via text.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Mar 24, 2024
Omakase at Hanale was delightful. The chef was polite and interactive. The food quality and taste was excellent. The sake pairing is a most do! The history of sake in Hawaii is very interesting and it’s best to learn about it over great sushi here at Hanale. We sat at the bar, but there’s also room for larger parties with and you get the same quality of service. We enjoyed our dinner so much that we will be back!
A photo of Islander Sake Brewery restaurant
5 (21)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Nestled in Hāpuna, Hawaii at the base of majestic Mauna Kea, Islander Sake makes premium handcrafted sake, carefully produced in small batches using time-honored traditions and the highest quality ingredients.
Flavors are delightfully elusive, and range from soft honey dew melon, delicate lemon meringue, earthy spring rains, with notes of tropical fruits and sea breezes.

Islander Sake Brewery Tour & Try five of our signature sakes in a tasting flight, and discover the flavors that make each one delicious and unique. We craft several beverages, brewed in rotation throughout the year. Tastings take place in our dining area adjacent to the brewery, where you can enjoy gentle breezes, taking in beautiful views of Mauna Kea Resort.

●Islander Sake Brewery Tour
Start at 13:00 – 16:00 | $28.00 per person
Reservations required.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Amazing sake, we got to try five of the ten sakes that are brewed there, had some lovely little plates of food along side the sake. It was extremely interesting learning about how the business started & the process of making the delicious sake, plus the history of the master brewer. we got to purchase several bottles to take home, it’s just a shame you can only buy them in Hawaii Arigatou 🙏
A photo of Hihimanu Sushi restaurant
5 (313)
$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
Dined 6 days ago
Since the chefs are relaxed and fun. Hihimanu Sushi is not the usual uptight quiet Japanese omakase sushi bar which makes it relaxing and fun. Would be nice if there was some upbeat music on to add the fun and relaxed vibe. It would probably increase liquor sales too. Food is top notch and portions are large. Great experience for sure.
A photo of Amaterasu restaurant
4.9 (21)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
I apologize Our store will be closed for a while due to new relocation thank you
Top review
Dined on Apr 18, 2024
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 Chef's Table at Ka'ana Kitchen restaurant
4.9 (137)
$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 7 days ago
Food was good. Service excellent. Pricing not clear
A photo of Mugen restaurant
4.9 (244)
$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
Dined 3 days ago
Lovely dinner with engaging and knowledgeable staff
A photo of J-Shop restaurant
5 (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 (70)
$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 1 day ago
Great tasting food. Excellent, enthusiastic staff who all seem to love what they do.
A photo of Wasabi Bistro - Honolulu restaurant
4.9 (687)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Wasabi Bistro Hawaii is one of the Honolulu’s casual dining, with an atmosphere of relaxing out-house theme. The restaurant was founded in 1992 as one of the Japanese restaurants in Oahu as a hidden spot, for family and friends to gather, and it has been treasured for many years.

Wasabi Bistro Global is a modern take on intricate, traditional Japanese food enjoyed in a quiet elegance of an intimate bistro setting. Subtly decorated with exquisite Japanese art and artifacts, the dining areas have been designed to offer guests the utmost privacy. Enjoy a front row seat at the sushi bar and watch the intricate handwork of our master chef, as he displays his skills in the art of sushi making.

Top review
Dined on May 10, 2024
A real hidden gem in what feels like "old Honolulu". Our server KEVIN was great! He introduced us to new dishes by education which was very interesting. Love the ambience, service and food. Highly recommended!
A photo of Le Bazaar Maui restaurant
4.9 (36)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
Welcome to our cozy and romantic retreat, inspired by the rich culture of Morocco. Here, we invite you to embrace the Moroccan way of life, starting with a traditional welcome: dressing in authentic Moroccan attire, an option for those who wish to fully immerse themselves in the experience. Begin your meal with the refreshing ritual of washing your hands with scented orange blossom water, setting the tone for a night of fun, relaxation and culinary exploration.

With live belly dancing performances gracing our dining room daily, each seating transforms into a vibrant celebration of Moroccan tradition. The highlight of your visit will be our carefully crafted by chef Christoper Hajji six-course meal, featuring the best of Moroccan cuisine. Each dish is a testament to the intricate flavors and culinary techniques that promise an authentic taste of Moroccan hospitality. We aim to provide not just a meal, but a wonderful and memorable dining experience.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
This is a truly unique experience. A definite must do. The service and food were top-notch. The whole evening will be one you won't forget anytime soon. Make a reservation and BYOB as they are new and still unlicensed. Do it, and you won't regret it.
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