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Diners' Choice: Contemporary American restaurants in Hawaii

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Updated April 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall Contemporary American cuisine in Hawaii? You’re in the right place. Each month OpenTable analyses more than 400,000 new diner reviews. We sort the results by category to help you discover new favourites. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Arden Waikiki restaurant
4.8
4.8 (79)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Waikiki
About the restaurant
Nestled in a sanctuary at the foot of Diamond Head in Waikiki, Arden invites you to discover the essence of Contemporary Hawaii Cuisine.

Culinary artisans Makoto Ono and Amanda Cheng welcome you into their world of edible expression where every moment is woven into a cherished memory.

Experience the allure of Arden, where every bite narrates a story and each visit feels like returning home.

Top review
Hanohanoplacevip
Dined 4 days ago
All the staff were kind and cheerful, always attentive to my table, making my experience comfortable throughout. The food lived up to the pictures I had seen and was even more delicious than I imagined! The interior of the restaurant was beautiful, and the dishes and glasses were clean. I will definitely visit again!
A photo of Fête restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3376)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant
2022 James Beard Award Winner for Best Chef Northwest & Pacific.

Rooted in the local farm-to-table movement — a place where seasonality and culinary tradition are celebrated in tandem. One part Hawaii and one part Brooklyn. The atmosphere shares a brasserie feel with a laid-back island sensibility—a celebration and homage to all of our favorite things we enjoy eating and drinking.

Crafted with brick & reclaimed wood, our urban Hawaiian farmhouse features an open kitchen, lush plant wall, brick walls, and lots of natural light in a historic Chinatown building. The bar mixes classic and modern cocktails with artisanal flare with a well-curated wine list.

Top review
brah
Dined 3 days ago
The restaurant staff was still meeting at 11 am when they were supposed to open. They saw people standing outside but kept going with their meeting. When they finally opened up, it was ‘no sorry or thanks for waiting’ by manager or staff. Sad…..
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4.8
4.8 (737)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Kihei
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of North Kihei, we invite you to join us on a culinary voyage curated by Ekolu Kitchen1279 Co-owner and Executive Chef Generoso Sarmiento.
Top review
AnneWvip
Dined 2 days ago
We went at 5 pm for the sunset menu. Some appetizers and mains were half price, which makes it incredible value, not to mention 50 % off some wines on Mondays! Food is innovative and delicious. Excellent service from Laura. We'll definitely be back, my favorite restaurant in Kihei.
A photo of Mud Hen Water restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1312)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant
A Hawaiian Sense of Plate

If there are no reservations available at your desired time, understand that we hold our patio seating, communal table, and bar stools for walk-in customers only. Please call to reserve parties larger than 8 guests. We are open to walk-ins only for Happy Hour ("Pau Work") from 2pm to 5pm Tuesday - Saturday and offer a pupu menu and drink specials.

Hang Loose at The Hen


Top review
CatalinaRvip
Dined on Apr 10, 2024
Unique creative delicious food and great service.
A photo of LA HIKI KITCHEN - Ko Olina at Four Seasons Resort restaurant
4.7
4.7 (917)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Kapolei
About the restaurant
Inspired by the Hawaiian phrase “mai ka lâ hiki a ka lâ kau” – “from sunrise to sunset” – Lâ Hiki Kitchen is a an inspired interpretation of American continental dining, infused with local influences, re-imagined with farm fresh ingredients and prepared by a world class chef. Cooking with heart and soul!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 2, 2024
Malia was a great server and super gracious and helpful.
A photo of Mahi ‘ai Table restaurant
4.7
4.7 (688)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Kapolei
About the restaurant
Mahi'ai Table, Foodland's first full service farm-to-table restaurant.
Top review
AaronJ
Dined 4 days ago
As always, the experience here is wonderful. Good and friendly service. Great tasting and visually appealing food. And tempting cocktails.
A photo of Veranda - Moana Surfrider restaurant
4.8
4.8 (968)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Waikiki
About the restaurant
Our renowned Victorian tradition of “Afternoon Tea” under the historic banyan tree invites guests to indulge in a variety of tropical tea blends accompanied by a selection of delicious finger sandwiches, scones and delicate pastries.

Please Note we are a cashless restaurant. We only accept credit cards or room charges as form of payment.
We kindly ask to refrain from balloon decorations to ensure the views for others are respected. Guests are welcome to bring their own cake/dessert for an additional fee of $7 per person.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Beautiful location and excellent service for afternoon tea! The tea sandwiches were delicious! I was by myself and was still seated at a perfect beach-front table.
A photo of et al. restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1279)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant
et al. is a new full-service restaurant, bar and neighborhood eatery offering an imaginative menu of multi-regional dishes drawing inspiration from local produce and ingredients at the peak of seasonal flavor.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Our server, Ryan, was excellent. He gave recommendations on food entrees and was able to provide me with temperature hot coffee with no hesitation. The first cup was lukewarm.
A photo of Moku Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (3427)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant
Full table service resumes 12/18/23!

Located in the heart of the Kaka'ako art district, Moku Kitchen is a chef-driven concept that brings Hawaii's rich upcountry farming and ranching heritage to downtown Honolulu's urban lifestyle. Our award winning cocktail program is ever-evolving, highlighted by the Monkeypod Mai Tai. We offer a wide variety of local craft beer and wines from small independent producers. Please go to mokukitchen.com for up to date menus and our daily live music calendar.

Top review
Paulzvip
Dined 2 days ago
Good beer selection. Good food at a decent price. Pizza was good too, but not outstanding. However, I would go back.
A photo of Mariposa at Neiman Marcus - Ala Moana restaurant
4.7
4.7 (5263)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Honolulu
About the restaurant

THE MARIPOSA located on Level 3 of Neiman Marcus ALA MOANA greets you to a panoramic view of the Ala Moana Beach Park located directly across. Enjoy seating in our Dining Room, or on the Lanai.

Mariposa Restaurant boasts a spectacular ocean view and extraordinary cuisine from Executive Chef Lance Kosaka.

Find your favorite menu items plus new selections too. Open daily for Lunch: Sunday 11am - 4:30pm (last seating), Monday - Saturday 11am - 3:00pm (last seating)

Our Sunset Lounge Menu is offered Friday & Saturday 5pm - 7:30pm (last seating)

Enjoy a commanding view of the Friday Night Fireworks display from any seat in the Restaurant or on the Lanai.

For your convenience, please enter from the Mariposa private entrance, ocean side Mall Level of Neiman Marcus.

Hours may vary on Holidays -- please call for more information.

Top review
anuenue
Dined 3 days ago
I had good times with my friends. I recommend this restaurant for the anniversary and birthday parties.
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