• Ken Faught

All the Best Restaurants in Hawaii


By Amy & Hannah Faught

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The Hawaiian Islands is by far our family’s favorite place to vacation, and we go to at least one of the islands every year. We live in California, so there are a lot of non-stop flights

from Los Angeles International Airport to this tropical paradise. Although we love the activities, one of our favorite things to do is fine cool spots to eat, and we have found plenty. We have found the ultimate dinner location, the best places for dessert, the most-romantic places to eat, the coolest casual lunch spots, and much more. We’ve broken this down into the four largest Hawaiian islands, and we think you fill find this ultimate Hawaiian

restaurant guide a very useful resource.

Ken and Amy Faught are addicted to Hawaii and love eating out. Peter Merriman’s Monkey Pod chain of restaurants is one of their favorites with their unique mix of delicious appetizers and entrees, using all Hawaiian ingredients.

IN THIS BLOG:

  • Top 10 Restaurants on Maui

  • Top 10 Restaurants on Oahu

  • Top 10 Restaurants on Kauai

  • Top 10 Restaurants on Hawaii’s Big Island

  • Best Ice Cream in Hawaii

  • Best Dessert in Hawaii

  • Best Brewery & Restaurant in Hawaii

  • Best Place for Breakfast in Hawaii

  • Best Place for Lunch in Hawaii

  • Most-Romantic Place for Dinner in Hawaii

  • Most-Scenic Place for Dinner in Hawaii

  • Best Ice Cream on Kauai

  • Best Dessert on Kauai

  • Best Brewery & Restaurant on Kauai

  • Best Place for Breakfast on Kauai

  • Best Place for Lunch on Kauai

  • Most-Romantic Place for Dinner on Kauai

  • Most-Scenic Place for Dinner on Kauai

  • Best Ice Cream on Maui

  • Best Dessert on Maui

  • Best Brewery & Restaurant on Maui

  • Best Place for Breakfast on Maui

  • Best Place for Lunch on Maui

  • Most-Romantic Place for Dinner on Maui

  • Most-Scenic Place for Dinner on Maui

  • Best Ice Cream on Oahu

  • Best Desert on Oahu

  • Best Brewery & Restaurant on Oahu

  • Best Place for Breakfast on Oahu

  • Best Place for Lunch on Oahu

  • Most-Romantic Place for Dinner on Oahu

  • Most-Scenic Place for Dinner on Oahu

  • Best Ice Cream on the Big Island

  • Best Dessert on the Big Island

  • Best Brewery & Restaurant on the Big Island

  • Best Place for Breakfast on the Big Island

  • Best Place for Lunch on the Big Island

  • Most-Romantic Place for Dinner on the Big Island

  • Most-Scenic Place for Dinner on the Big Island



Mama’s Fish House in Maui is world famous and it’s common to find celebrities there daily. The restaurant is situated in a private cove that creates an incredible setting, and we believe it’s the most-romantic restaurant in all of Hawaii.



We love the Monkey Pod chain of restaurants and have eaten at everyone of them. Their food is simple yet delicious.

Top 10 Restaurants in Hawaii

1. Mama's Fish House - Maui

2. Merriman's Kapalua - Maui

3. The Beach House - Kauai

4. Moana Surfrider - Oahu

5- Roy's Beach House - Oahu

6. Monkeypod Kitchen - Maui

7. Crepe's No'kaoi - Oahu

8- Tortilla Republic - Kauai

9- Maui Brewing Company - Maui

10. Manta - Big Island

Amy Faught looks at a picture of the Jonas Brothers on the wall at Mama’s Fish House. There are hundreds of signed pictures of celebrities that have eaten at this legendary location in Maui.




Hannah Faught celebrated her high school graduation in Maui with several friends. This photo was taken on the beach at Mama’s Fish House.



Top 10 Restaurants on Maui

1. Mama's Fish House

2. Merriman's Kapalua

3. Monkeypod Kitchen Wailea

4. Monkeypod Kitchen Kaanapali

5. Maui Brewing Company

6. Lahaina Grill

7. The Mill House

8. Haliimaile General Store

9. Cane and Canoe Montage Kapalua Bay

10. Mala Ocean Tavern

The Moana Surf Rider has our favorite restaurant on Oahu, and we hit it every time we are on island. It’s pricey, but well worth it.


Top 10 Restaurants on Oahu

­1. Moku Kitchen

2 Monkeypod Kitchen Ko’Olina

3. Moana Surfrider

4. Roy's Beach House Turtle Bay

5. Crepe's No' Kaoi

6. Hula Grill Waikiki

7. Azura-Royal Hawaiian

8. Bali Steak & Seafood

9. Miyako Japanese Restaurant

10. Mina's Fish House

Jennifer Emig stands on the stairway to Merriman’s Fish House, our favorite restaurant on Kauai.



The lobster at Merriman’s is a must to try.


Amy Faught, all smiles at Monkey Pod. It’s one of the few places she will eat a burger, but they are incredible.

Top 10 Restaurants on Kauai

1. Merriman's

2. Tortilla Republic

3. Margarita Bar

4. The Dolphin

5. The Beach House

6. Lilikoi Bar & Grill

7. Brennecke's Beach Broiler

8. Eating House 1849

9. Duke's Kauai

10. Ruth's Chris

Manta is our favorite restaurant on the Big Island, and at night, the light from SCUBA divers attracts manta rays close to shore. This makes for cool spectating during diner as the rays are easily seen.


Top 10 Restaurants on Hawaii’s Big Island

1. Manta

2. Merriman's

3. Sushi Shinono

4. Beach Tree Restaurant

5. Ulu Ocean Grill and Sushi Lounge

6. Tommy Bahama Bar andGrill

7- Brown's Beach House

8. Hualalai Grille

9. Napua

10. Hawaii Calls - Marriott Waikoloa

OTHER NOTABLE FAVORITES

  • Best ice cream in Hawaii: Lappert’s Hawaii

  • Best dessert in Hawaii: Monkeypod Kitchen

  • Best brewery and restaurant in Hawaii: Maui Brewing Company

  • Best place for breakfast in Hawaii: The Gazebo

  • Best place for lunch in Hawaii: Moku Kitchen

  • Most romantic place for dinner in Hawaii: The Beach House

  • Most scenic place for dinner in Hawaii: Brown's Beach House

  • Best ice cream in Maui: Island Cream Co.

  • Best dessert in Maui: Mama's Fish House

  • Best brewery and restaurant in Maui: Maui Brewing Company

  • Best place for breakfast in Maui: The Gazebo

  • Best place for lunch in Maui: Leilani's on the Beach

  • Most romantic place for dinner in Maui: Merriman's Maui

  • Most scenic place for dinner in Maui: Mama's Fish House

  • Best ice cream in Kauai: Lappert's Hawaii

  • Best dessert in Kauai: Waikoma Shave Ice

  • Best brewery and restaurant in Kauai: Kauai Island Brewery and Restaurant

  • Best place for breakfast in Kauai: Hanalei Bread

  • Best place for lunch in Kauai: Puka Dog

  • Most romantic place for dinner in Kauai: The Beach House

  • Most scenic place for dinner in Kauai: The Beach House

  • Best ice cream in Oahu: Lappert's Hawaii

  • Best dessert in Oahu: Monkeypod Kitchen

  • Best brewery and restaurant in Oahu: Waikiki Brewing

  • Best place for breakfast in Oahu: Maui Brewing Company

  • Best place for lunch in Oahu: Moku Kitchen

  • Most romantic place for dinner in Oahu: Beach House at Moana Surfrider

  • Most scenic place for dinner in Oahu: Roy's Beach House at Turtle Bay

  • Best ice cream on the Big lsland: Avenue Ice Cream and Shave Ice

  • Best dessert on the Big lsland: Hilo Bay Cafe

  • Best brewery and restaurant on the Big lsland: Kona Pub & Brewery

  • Best place for breakfast on the Big lsland: Hawaiian Style Cafe

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