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These 12 Honolulu restaurants ace outdoor dining

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by Noelle Chun
Updated May 29, 2024

Hawaiʻi is the gold-standard when it comes to spectacular sky and sea views, so it’s no surprise that its tropical capital has world-class outdoor dining setups.

Some of the city’s best island cocktails and ocean views wait for you at a beachfront Waikīkī beauty. Nearby, swings double as bar seats at a retro alfresco spot steered by a James Beard Award winner. A Turkish escape in see-and-be-seen Kakaʻako draws crowds for its terrace, decked with hanging ferns and dangling lights.

Take in Honolulu’s extra-stunning side at these charming open-air restaurants. Read on for a guide to 12 can’t-miss outdoor dining experiences in the Hawaiian capital to book now.

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4.6
4.6 (3385)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Waikiki
About the restaurant

The postcard-perfect view is the star attraction at Halekulani’s House without A Key. A sandy panorama leads to majestic Diamond Head in the distance, and soaring palms deck the outdoor space. House Without A Key’s world-class mai tais, gentle Hawaiian music, and live hula dancing play supporting roles. Complete the experience with char siu coconut baby back ribs and cloud-like coconut cake for dessert. It’s one of Honolulu’s most classic spots to enjoy a trademark Hawaiian sunset.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 16, 2024
Beautiful setting with excellent service and food!
A photo of Quiora restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1166)
$31 to $50
Italian
Waikiki
About the restaurant

Quiora’s perch on the fourth-floor deck of Waikīkī’s Ritz-Carlton means expansive views of the Hawaiian sky and a stunning stretch of horizon. Dig into fresh housemade pasta like Big Island oxtail bucatini and locally caught fish, served with Kalaeloa beans and chile crisp, alongside a large wine menu, which servers will happily guide you through. Happy hour specials and sunset views make Quiroa an ideal evening spot—but it’s equally great for sunny afternoon lunches.


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Sleasvip
Dined 5 days ago
diverse menu. delicious food. pleasant cocktails. excellent service. all with a beautiful view. we had a wonderfully relaxing afternoon.
A photo of Mahina and Sun's - Surfjack Hotel restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1249)
$31 to $50
Home cooking
Waikiki
About the restaurant

The boutique hotel Surfjack is a playful, Elvis-inspired escape, and its poolside restaurant channels that theme. Grab one of the seats around the dramatic oval swimming pool with the phrase “Wish you were here!” engraved on the bottom, then prepare for a serious farm-to-table meal. The highlight is the Mahina Family Feast, which features a whole-roasted fried fish, plus locally inspired sides. Round things out with some fun tiki cocktails, and you’ve got an all-out outdoor party.


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MrPG
Dined on Jul 10, 2024
Great service! Manager greeted us right when we arrived and the server was very friendly. We had a great experience and the food was amazing. Definitely worth stopping by. We will be back in there soon!
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4.8
4.8 (2756)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Honolulu
About the restaurant

Istanbul’s glimmering lights and hanging ferns are extensions of its rustic interiors, which channel a modern Turkish home—owner-chef Ahu Hettema and her family designed most of the decor themselves. The Turkish restaurant’s charming terrace is set in Honolulu’s splashy Kakaʻako district and makes a scenic spot for a massive Ottoman-inspired spread. Start with a mezze platter featuring hummus and baba ganoush before diving into mains like fresh whole sea bass or a 32-ounce prime tomahawk.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Absolutely fantastic. The plant based options are so authentic and thoughtful. I was so satisfied and happy after our dinner at Istanbul! Nicely done!
A photo of Orchids at Halekulani restaurant
4.8
4.8 (6301)
$31 to $50
Mediterranean
Waikiki
About the restaurant

Orchids at Halekulani is responsible for kicking off Honolulu’s brunch obsession. The restaurant’s decadent Sunday buffet includes a lavish sashimi and prime rib stations, the restaurant’s trademark popovers, and an ice cream sundae bar. Live piano music at brunch and a soothing Pacific Ocean soundtrack fuel the outdoor magic here. The pièce de résistance is a sweeping view of Diamond Head, arguably one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.


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DeidreRvip
Dined 1 day ago
Always enjoy this restaurant for special occasions….excellent service excellent food and wonderful coconut cake 🍰!! Come early and enjoy hula at the outdoor House Without a Key beforehand….always exceptional service ala Halekulani 🌸
A photo of Arancino at The Kahala restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1248)
$50 and over
Italian
Honolulu
About the restaurant

As one of Honolulu’s quintessential restaurants, Arancino draws both locals and tourists for its excellent Japanese-inspired Italian food—it even scored an OpenTable’s Diner Choice Award. But the elegant restaurant is also a sought-after spot for its large and dreamily lit lanai, a chic setting for crowd favorites like uni pasta and tableside cacio e pepe. Tall Roman archways and a vaulted terrace round out the luxe island-meets-Italian atmosphere.


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Starskeyvip
Dined 4 days ago
We were celebrating my mother in law’s 90th birthday and she couldn’t have been celebrated more! The food is always delicious and the service was amazing!! Our server couldn’t have done anything better. He had wonderful stories to accompany each dish and the birthday dessert was over the top!
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4.5
4.5 (211)
$31 to $50
Continental
Waikiki
About the restaurant

Four words: Swings as bar seats. That’s just one reason to adore Heyday, which also stands out for cool cocktails and a seasonal menu by James Beard Award winner Robynne Maii. The restaurant’s White Sands Hotel location adds to its dreamy poolside vibe, complete with an outdoor grotto with a waterfall. Tear into locally caught fish and chips or a fat flatiron steak skewer, and consider pairing your outdoor feast with a mai tai—Heyday offers four versions.


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2hotdogsandajack
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
we were staying at White Sands which is where HeyDay is located. Super fun spot. very casual and friendly and easy going. Ordered the HeyDay salad with grilled shrimp. Lots of big fat shrimp with a lovely bed of well dressed salad greens that appeared to be farm to table. Very delish. My husband ordered the pastrami sandwich. He said it might have been the best one he has ever had. quality was top notch. we recommend this hotel as well as the restaurant. Have fun!!
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4.7
4.7 (1341)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant

Acclaimed chef Ed Kenney’s local gem has a lanai that’s a popular spot for outdoor meals and surrounded by picnic tables, umbrellas, and bright murals by local artists. Sprawl out here and soak in the sun at breakfast and lunch, or be comforted by cool tradewinds at dinner. Sourdough banana pancakes and pork sisig make great daytime meals, but evenings call for chef Kenney’s modern riffs on local classics like mapo rice cakes and chicken long rice croquettes.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
The food was excellent, though a bit pricey. Service was excellent.
A photo of ZIGU restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1283)
$31 to $50
Creative Japanese
Waikiki
About the restaurant

ZIGU’s soothing white brick exteriors offer a break from the crowds in touristy Waikīkī. The outdoor space at this Japanese spot includes a long wood-laden bar that pours sake, beer, and highballs. Stepping through its side door lands you in an airy outdoor courtyard with ti plants (evergreen shrubs) and palms. Expect Japanese-influenced food like local watercress and tofu salad, a rolled omelet that uses eggs from nearby Waianae, and sauteed miso abalone from Kona.


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CraigC
Dined 4 days ago
The waitress was awesome and knowledgeable. Very authentic Japanese...
A photo of Hideout restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1327)
$31 to $50
Pacific Rim
Waikiki
About the restaurant

Hideout is a hidden gem nestled above busy Kuhio Avenue and set in the Laylow, one of Honolulu’s trendiest hotels. The oasis vibes are strong here, thanks to outdoor fires in sandpits, tiki torches, and an airy terrace that hosts live music performances. It’s an escape-like setting that was made for pupu platters of sashimi and fried chicken, best paired with frosty tropical cocktails like the house mai tai.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Awesome food! Especially the Wagu burger. Will be back!
A photo of Mariposa at Neiman Marcus - Ala Moana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5423)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant

Set in Ala Moana’s Neiman Marcus, Mariposa’s wide lanai draws a steady stream of diners for its calm atmosphere, fresh breeze, and ocean views. With tall ceilings and automatic raffia fans, the Victorian-inspired setting is a sophisticated spot for the restaurant’s club sandwiches, bistro burgers, and famous popovers, which are served with every meal.


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mcsb
Dined 2 days ago
Such a great place to feel pampered and special. Great service and awesome food.
A photo of Cino restaurant
4.7
4.7 (261)
$50 and over
Italian
Kaka'ako
About the restaurant

One of last year’s hottest new restaurants now has alfresco seating with string lights and umbrellas, ideal for romantic dinners or a leisurely brunch. The outdoor section at this Italian chophouse is set on a quiet side street in Victoria Ward Village and is a down-to-earth alternative to its plush, velvety interiors. Enjoy crab pasta, dry-aged pork chops, and anything from the knockout crudo menu; if you’re drinking, get the house old fashioned—just one option from a top-tier cocktail menu.


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Joseph
Dined 1 day ago
Good food, service was great.. looking forward to going back.
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