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Great Restaurants in Honolulu Hawaii

Updated on August 25, 2016

Having lived in Hawaii for almost twenty years now, I have enjoyed eating out at some amazing restaurants.

We do not eat out that often, but when there is a special occasion like a birthday, anniversary, or some guests have come to town, we scout out the best food in an environment with exotic ambiance.

The Oceanarium Restaurant

With a whole wall that is an acquarium, you can enjoy your brunch, lunch or dinner while watching observing the sea life.

The Pacific Beach Hotel is the home of the 280000-gallon indoor Oceanarium.

Besides the large variety of delectable dishes including prime rib of beef, nigiri sushi, crab legs and fresh sashimi, you can choose from the pasta and dessert stations.

A markerOceanarium Restaurant -
2490 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
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1-800-367-6060 (toll free) or (808) 923-4511

Another favorite of mine is The Willows in Honolulu.

It has a mesmerizing dancing fountain, and sits on one acre of tropical gardens with cascading waterfalls and native Hawaiian flowers.

They serve a Hawaiian-American all you can eat buffet for lunch and dinner. You can either dine inside or out doors.

The Willows has intriguing historical and cultural significance in Hawaii.

At The Willows in Honolulu

A markerThe Willows -
901 Hausten St, Honolulu, HI 96826, USA
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Phone: (808) 952-9200

Top of Waikiki

I can't leave out an exciting experience in Honolulu.

There is a rotating restaurant called very fittingly the Top of Waikiki . They have received awards for their Pacific fusion cuisine.

Enjoy 360 degree views of fabulous Waikiki while you dine.

I have very fond memories of the food and the view.

They have what we call fine grinds (translation: good food)!

A markerTop of Waikiki -
2270 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815, USA
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As far as I'm concerned, these are some of the best places to celebrate any special occasion in Hawaii. They know how to do it right, and I am sure you won't be disappointed.

If you want cheap eats - go to McDonald's or Jack in the Box, but for some fine dining, great ambiance, and a meal to remember for years to come, you ought to try the Oceanarium Restaurant, The Willows and the Top of Waikiki, all situated in Honolulu, Hawaii.


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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I agree - fine dining is worth it once in a while. Thanks again, pmccray.

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    pmccray 7 years ago from Utah

    I'd love to try the rotating restaurant sounds exciting. Loved the videos, nothing makes an occasion more special than fine dinning. Voted up, marked useful / beautiful and shared.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That is wonderful Aris. Hope you enjoy your trip to Hawaii and get to eat at some fun places like these. Aloha.

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    Aris Budianto 7 years ago from Lying along the equator Country

    It sounds great, I am planning to go to Hawaii next year, thanks for your information, Great hub.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    For sure LianaK. You choose one, and we can go together. Sounds like a great idea!

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    LianaK 7 years ago

    Totally need to go to one of these this winter. We are planning a trip to Hawaii for Christmas! Would be a wonderful celebration!! Thanks for the great tips and information.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I do enjoy living here. I don't get to eat out that often, maybe once or twice a year - but have good memories of these places. Thanks Hello, hello

    Nothing like home cooked food, but it is nice to go out some time and let someone else do all the cooking and cleaning up. My husband loves to cook too and he makes some pretty tasty dishes. Thanks Dave.

    I would love to eat my way around the world too reddog1207. Sounds like a great thing to do - if only we had an endless supply of money, right?

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    reddog1207 7 years ago

    Can't wait to travel to Hawaii to try these restaurants out. If I had the money, I would eat my way around the world.

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    Dave Mathews 7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

    I look forward to visiting both Hawaii and this reataurant one day. For the time being my two favourite spots for food are my Mom's kitchen and my own as I love to cook.


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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    You are lucky to live in paradise. Thank you for showing these beautiful restaurants.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That is great yenajeon. I hope you get to come to Hawaii. I think you will really like it and you can learn about your ancestors. Aloha.

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    yenajeon 7 years ago from California

    The Oceanarium looks so awesome, I totally want to go!

    I don't know anything about Hawaii but I really want to learn more because my great-grandfather was Hawaiian.

    Great Hub!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Yes, it is quite a thrill seeing all the Honolulu city lights. Thanks for your comments thoughtforce.

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    Christina Lornemark 7 years ago from Sweden

    I really would want to dine with such a wiev as at Top of Waikiki. Lucky you!