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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Hawaii

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Updated 05 February 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Hawaii? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyses nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you book, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Lanai City Bar & Grill restaurant
4.8 (182)
$31 to $50
Lanai City
About the restaurant
We’re excited to welcome you to the new Lana‘i City Bar & Grill (aka LCBG). LCBG is a New American Bar & Grill with a focus on wild & sustainable fish, meats free of antibiotics and added hormones, and local produce, all prepared in fun, flavor forward preparations.

LCBG has an all day full bar program, featuring crafted interpretations of classic cocktails, and island-inspired originals. Also featured is a full lineup of craft beers, along with island favorites. The bar features a happy hour daily and reverse happy hour on Friday and Saturday. Happy Hour from 4pm to 6pm, and reverse happy hour from 9pm to close, with drink and small
plates specials that change weekly.

We’re excited to share our Aloha with you,

Christian Page and the LCBG Crew

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Very nice casual place with good food. Service was great. We especially liked our server Teresa!
A photo of Ocean Organic Farm and Distillery restaurant
4.7 (116)
$30 and under
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
About the restaurant
Enjoy the spectacular views while you relax in our casual, open-air dining environment. Along with our menu offerings inspired by local fare, we have several signature cocktails available that are made with our own, Ocean Vodka, Kula Rum, Fy Gin, and Brum spirits.

We have a 15 minute grace period. Please call us if you are running later than 15 minutes after your reservation time. We have limited inside seating and vast options for outside seating. If you have a preference between inside or outside seating, please leave us a note in your reservation.

Parties of 8 or more are subject to a 20% auto-gratuity. Please call (808)344-7649 for parties larger than 8. We do not accept walk-ins larger than 8 people.

For event inquiries or for parties larger than 12, please contact our Food and Beverage Director at chad@oceandistillery.com.

To book a Tasting Experience with us, please use the following link: https://fareharbor.com/oceanvodka/items/10334/

Mahalo nui and hope to see you soon!

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Our meal was excellent as was the service and beverages. They were putting up an event tent at the beginning of our meal, but it only lasted 10 or so minutes. Live music was awesome. Our tasting event prior to the meal was awesome. Christine was our host and she was funny, entertaining And extremely knowledgeable! Will definitely come back!
A photo of Hideout restaurant
4.6 (1255)
$31 to $50
Pacific Rim
About the restaurant
Hidden in plain sight, and nestled above vibrant Kuhio Avenue is Hideout at The new Laylow Waikiki Hotel. The Lush greenery, mid-century inspired woodwork, and vibrant vibe instantly sets the tone for this progressive Modern Hapa Hawaiian cuisine and beverage venue. All that the Hawaiian Islands have to offer take center stage morning and night for hotel guest and locals to enjoy for any occasion. The moment you ascend from street level the Hideout and it’s relaxed vibe, allow you to escape the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and enjoy small plates, curated cocktails, great live music, and a perfect place to catch your breath any time of day.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
Great service and good and provided umbrellas when raining!
A photo of Kani Ka Pila Grille at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort restaurant
4.5 (348)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Honolulu’s top restaurant venue for Hawaiian music located at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort is one of the island’s favorite gathering places for casual drinks and tasty pupu appetizers, from kalua pork nachos to ahi poke. Kani Ka Pila means “a gathering around music,” and you’ll find Hawaii’s most beloved musicians performing contemporary and traditional Hawaiian music nightly from 6pm to 9pm.

Top review
Dined on 23 Feb 2024
We had a nice evening and enjoyed Kawaika very much.
A photo of Moani Waikiki Island Bistro & Bar restaurant
4.4 (414)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Our ohana had a vision to share our love for ono food, live music and hospitality with the world. In 2019, this dream became a reality when we opened Moani Island Bistro and Bar on the west side of O’ahu. With the overwhelming support from our customers, Moani’s success has exceeded our expectations. Our family is thriving, our vision is growing, and Moani is expanding. Come and be a part of the family, enjoy our genuine aloha, heart-filled cooking and island music. Join us at our second location, in the heart of Waikiki!
With love,

The Keolanui ‘Ohana

Top review
Dined on 14 Feb 2024
The Bao Burgers are not to be missed. Terrific. Nice atmosphere. Friendly staff.
A photo of Mulligans on the Blue restaurant
4.3 (713)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
We are a lively Irish Pub in the Wailea area of Maui serving Irish and American influenced fare with Live Entertainment Nightly! PLEASE NOTE: There is a Cover/Ticket Fee for our Shows and Events Thursday-Friday. Read more below to learn about our weekly programming.

Thursdays - Open 2-9pm with Magic Show Dinner Seating Starting at 5:30pm
Mulligan's Magic Show with Brenton Keith & his Bag O' Tricks
Showtime 6:30

Fridays & Saturdays - Open 12-9pm with Live Music 6pm-8pm.
There are cover charges and tickets for our evening shows that range from $5-$25.
Check for this weeks line-up and get more information at MulligansOnTheBlue.com/Shows-Events/

Sundays - Open 8am for all Your Football Watching Needs!! Live Music 5pm-8pm
Maui's Own Dance Band "Island Soul"
$5 cover at door (kids 12 years and under are free)

Top review
Dined 6 days ago
We continue to come back for the outstanding fish and chips. They are the best!!! The band playing last night was exceptional --- it was fun feeling the energy from your guests dancing to the music.
A photo of Formaggio Grill Kailua restaurant
4.3 (599)
$31 to $50
Contemporary Italian
About the restaurant
Formaggio Grill is a community restaurant that serves Contemporary Italian Cuisine, using local and fresh ingredients. We aim to make good, clean food, and create an environment where everyone feels right at home. Come in and savor our newly updated menu (with more items to come), don't miss out on our daily specials (like our popular short rib sandwich!) and follow us on social media for updates on live music and more @formaggiokailua
Top review
Dined on 11 Feb 2024
Out of everything that I rated Formaggio for, the service was the standout. The staff were very attentive and polite. The reason I marked the ambiance as a four is the same reason I marked the noise level as energetic. The setup inside the restaurant is beautiful and the vibe is great. However, there was a musician that we thought was a bit too loud and inhibited our conversation. He was very talented and other patrons really enjoyed his music. I just wish he could turn it down a little bit.
A photo of Sushi Bushido restaurant
4.3 (635)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Sushi Bushido offers traditional, contemporary, new wave, and local style sushi. We are known for our fresh fish selection and our innovative and unique sushi rolls. The Golden Roll, Lava Roll, and Butter Me Up are some of the favorites. A full kitchen menu is also offered with an extensive sake menu. Our atmosphere is known to be personable and upbeat. Come see our sushi chefs in action.
Top review
Dined 6 days ago
Fish very fresh and delicious. Our server Lexi was efficient and knowledgeable. We would go here again.
A photo of Hale Moʻolelo restaurant
4.2 (17)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
A spacious outdoor bar in Ka'anapali inspired by the art of storytelling. Seven handcrafted cocktails, each tied to a mo'olelo, or story, about Maui, paired with ono (delicious) local cuisine.
Top review
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful seat right on the boardwalk, very good service from our waitress, and ocean waves to provide the soundtrack. Only downside is the prices, but that is also expected from the location. If you go expect to pay a higher price than further away from the shore.
About the restaurant
Authentic, fresh and flavorful Thai Bistro and Sushi Bar in a casual, fun and festive environment. Restaurant and full sushi bar available at this location. A full bar also complements the patron"s dining experience with the island's best cocktails and a fine selection of twelve local and international draft beers. Wonderful live island entertainment is provided from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm nightly including complementary  Hula shows on Monday’s and Saturday evenings. We have indoor and outdoor walk up dining immediately available from 11am-5pm daily we also have walk up availability for tables of 3 or less from open to close every day
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on 22 Feb 2024
Great place to eat with live music. Excellent service and food. Good value for the location.
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