Hawaii restaurants are as eclectic as its people, spanning the culinary globe and fusing influences along the way. On these islands you'll find many Hawaii restaurants serving Japanese, countless Hawaii restaurants with American fare, and Hawaii restaurants dishing out European flavors of all varieties. The most difficult to find, however, are Hawaii restaurants serving Hawaiian, that elusive grouping of tastes only now beginning to make a comeback on the gastronomic scene. 'Authentic' Hawaiian food is available at hole-in-the-wall eateries and some fine Hawaii restaurants, but has yet to become mainstream in the sense that you could pick some up on every corner. Hawaii restaurants that have embraced the regional cuisine craze, though, are well worth the search. The freshest local ingredients are combined with Asian-inspired flavoring and Mediterranean cooking styles, a variation on traditional Hawaiian dishes, but refreshingly unique among Hawaii restaurants nonetheless.
Apart from these, Hawaii restaurants are dominated mainly by hamburger and sushi-type joints - this is America, after all, and the Japanese have had a long and influential history in Hawaii, in cuisine and otherwise. Californian, Italian, and various Asian choices are sprinkled in between, while beachside pubs and snack shacks offer other alternatives to conventional Hawaii restaurants. Here are a few favorite Hawaii restaurants to try out, grouped by island:
Hawaii Restaurants on Oahu
This casual eatery is one of the best Hawaii restaurants for authentic specialties.
Alan Wong's Restaurant
Hawaiian regional cuisine served up by a star chef. Note: dinner only.
Hoku's Kahala Mandarin Oriental
A fusion of European and Asian tastes makes this one of the finest Hawaii restaurants.
Hawaii Restaurants on Kauai
Roy's Poipu Bar & Grill
Make reservations at this hot spot of Hawaiian cuisine, it's run by a master chef.
Italian classics mingle with Hawaiian favorites, a typical occurrence in Hawaii restaurants like this.
Hawaii Restaurants on Maui
Old Lahaina Luau
A lot of Hawaii restaurants do luau, but few are as good as this open-air party.
Four Seasons in Wailea
Celebs put this fine locale on their list of favorite Hawaii restaurants, which offers a spectacular ocean view.
Hawaii Restaurants on the Big Island
Four Seasons in North Kona
Marine life abounds in this eclectic establishment, arguably one of the best Hawaii restaurants in the state.
Fresh and delicious seafood makes should put this homey spot on anyone's list of the best Hawaii restaurants, if not the most interesting (close to a volcano!).
Hawaii Restaurants on Molokai
A luxury ranch houses this unique establishment, which claims great views of Honolulu and better food.
Hawaii Restaurants on Lanai
Spectacular vistas compete with elegant Euro-Pacific tastes for top honors here.
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