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Diners' Choice: Innovative restaurants in Hawaii

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best restaurants that are fit for foodies in Hawaii? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes 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 reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Islander Sake Brewery restaurant
5 (28)
$31 to $50
Kohala Coast
About the restaurant
Nestled in Hāpuna, Hawaii at the base of majestic Mauna Kea, Islander Sake makes premium handcrafted sake, carefully produced in small batches using time-honored traditions and the highest quality ingredients.
Flavors are delightfully elusive, and range from soft honey dew melon, delicate lemon meringue, earthy spring rains, with notes of tropical fruits and sea breezes.

To book dinner, please use 'Engawa,' a separate account.

Try our signature sakes in a tasting flight, and discover the flavors that make each one delicious and unique. Tastings take place in our dining area adjacent to the brewery, where you can enjoy gentle breezes, taking in beautiful views of Mauna Kea Resort. If you have a preferred sake, we recommend purchasing it and taking it home at the same time.

●Brewery Tour plus Tasting (About 1-hour)
13:00 – 15:30 | $25 per person (25-min) Separate fees will be charged for tastings.

●Sake Tasting Only (About 30-min)
Sake Pairing FLT of 3 | $36

Top review
Dined 4 days ago
Wonderful experience. Great local made sake accompanying our Omekase. Tama, our host and waiter provided excellent T service and explained all the details of the various sake we were tasting and dishes we were eating. Bit of a hidden gem in the Hapuna Golf Course. clubhouse building. If you are driving or UBERing to the place, you need to put the Hapuna Golf Course as the location. Very reasonable priced for the set course Omakase with the accompanying sake. Will try again the next time I’m here
A photo of Amaterasu restaurant
5 (21)
$50 and over
About the restaurant
I apologize Our store will be closed for a while due to new relocation thank you
Top review
Dined on Apr 18, 2024
I only had I issue and it is a minor one. If it's your first the there, you probably won't be able to find the entrance. Other than that, great food. The sushi chef was talented and had great communication.
A photo of Brigit & Bernard's Garden Cafe restaurant
4.9 (174)
$30 and under
About the restaurant
Brigit & Bernard's Garden Café is a German gem located in central Kahului of Maui, Hawaii. Swiss-born Chef and Owner Bernard Weber prepares each and every dish from scratch. No prepared sauces, all hausmade from scratch using the freshest ingredients. Come explore this unique "hole in the wall" for a unique German-Swiss experience!

Please call the restaurant for any changes on the day of reservation. We have very limited capacity for indoor seating. Please call to reserve to be seated indoors.

For a large party, 5 guests and more, please call the restaurant at 808-877-6000.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Their food is great. We go every time we are in Maui.
A photo of Mugen restaurant
4.9 (264)
$50 and over
Global, International
About the restaurant
Mugen is an award-winning fine dining concept that is elevating Hawaii’s status as a destination for culinary travel. Experience global contemporary artistry with a sense of place at Mugen, the Forbes Five-Star rated fine dining restaurant at ESPACIO The Jewel of Waikiki, where every dish tells a story and every sip is a celebration.
Rising star Executive Chef Colin Sato has redefined the Mugen dinner experience with his new five-course menu, designed in collaboration with Pastry Chef Jamon Harper and in consultation with renowned Chef Alan Wong. Featuring seasonal and local ingredients, diners can choose from myriad options within each course while sipping inventive cocktails or exploring wine from Mugen’s extensive collection, honored with the Wine Spectator "Best Of" Award.
Previously offered exclusively to ESPACIO guests, the reimagined Mugen breakfast experience showcases acclaimed Pastry Chef Harper’s morning indulgences in an elevated, fine dining setting.

Top review
Dined 3 days ago
I have lots of food issues which eliminated most of the items on the menu. However, I wrote on my reservation what my food issues are and Chef designed and prepared a special menu for me. It was amazing!
A photo of Nami Kaze restaurant
4.8 (1331)
$31 to $50
About the restaurant
Nami Kaze Hawaii is the story of Chef Jason Peel’s culinary journey. Combining the flavors from his hometown of Kaua‘i, and the decades of experience working for some of Hawai‘i’s top culinary leaders, including Ian Ruso of Michele’s at the Colony Surf and Roy Yamaguchi, Nami Kaze Hawaii is a unique melting pot of culinary creativity. With a farmer-focused approach, guests can expect to embark on a culinary adventure, enjoying creations that reflect Peel’s appreciation for the produce and provisions found throughout the state.

Nami Kaze Hawaii is currently open for brunch and dinner, Wednesday through Sunday. Nami Kaze Hawaii's brunch menu offers a unique take on local Hawaii brunch favorites, while its dinner menu features izayaka-style share plates with plans to debut a sushi omakase-style bar in 2023. For additional information or to make a reservation, visit www.namikaze.com.

Top review
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food and some of the freshest seafood I’ve ever had. Drinks are also amazing. Pablo is a great bartender.
A photo of Fukurou restaurant
4.8 (91)
$50 and over
Japanese Speciality
About the restaurant
*Please see below for details**当店のレストランについて詳しくは下記をご覧ください*

At Fukurou, you will enjoy an Omakase-style experience featuring a unique blend of local Hawaiian cuisine, Japanese Kaiseki, and a delicate touch of Mexican flare. Located inside of Buho Cocina y Cantina, we are tucked away incorporating a speak-easy aspect to our omakase.
Hours of operation: Tuesday - Friday
Seating Times (2 seatings per night): 5:30pm and 7:45pm
Price: $90 for a 12 course omakase (per person)
We validate parking for Waikiki Shopping Plaza lot. Please email fukurou@westmancorp.com for any questions.
*Reservations may be cancelled up to 2 days in advance. Within 48 hours of the reservation a cancellation fee will incur of $65 per person. *

当店はカラカウア通り沿いのワイキキショッピングプラザにあるメキシカンレストラン、Buho Cocina y Cantina内にございます。
営業時間:火曜日ー金曜日 5:30pm〜、7:45pm〜 (完全予約2部制)

Top review
Dined on Jun 26, 2024
Chef Miki's innovative and creative style is why we go back each time.
A photo of Off the Wall Craft Beer & Wine restaurant
4.7 (53)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
About the restaurant
Indulge in a unique fusion of local craft beer, wine, and delectable cuisine at Off The Wall Hawaii. Located in the heart of Kaka’ako, our tap house offers an unforgettable experience of local flavors, artfully crafted beverages, and mouth watering dishes.

Complementing our beverage selection is our restaurant menu, crafted with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and latin flavors. Join us for live music events and weekly specials, immersing yourself in the dynamic local culture.

If you're interested in hosting a private event, visit our homepage and watch the video under the private events tab. Whether you're planning a wedding, corporate function, graduation party, birthday celebration, or any other special event, choose us to host your event for an evening packed with artisanal brews and lasting memories.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
“Off the Wall” has become my go to spot for pau hana! Great beer, wine and pupus and this was my first time on a Friday and the live entertainment was the final touch! Highly recommended 🤙🏽
A photo of Dean & Deluca Hawaii, The Artisan Loft restaurant
4.7 (87)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
About the restaurant
Afternoon Tea Service - Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday - 11:30 am to 3:30 pm
Brunch Service - Saturday and Sunday - 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Experience the epitome of luxury, comfort, quality, and rare finds at Dean & Deluca Hawaii's Artisan Loft. Our special seasonal menu showcases unique local ingredients, with a twist. Join us for a lavish 5-course Afternoon Tea @ $65 per person. Kama'aina discount is $5 off with proof of Hawaii ID. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30 am to 3:30 pm. Indulge in a delightful journey through the world of tea, with options from Hawaii, France, Germany, England, and Japan. Or, indulge in our signature Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. In a casual upscale and relaxed setting, you'll enjoy exceptional dining service while savoring the best of Hawaii's culinary delights

Top review
Dined on Jul 9, 2024
Servers were friendly and personable. They explained each dish and what the flow of the experience was going to be. Food was delicious and plentiful. My only gripe is I wish they had descriptions for their teas. We ended up googling them all.
A photo of Olili restaurant
4.7 (159)
$31 to $50
Hawaii Regional Cuisine
About the restaurant
Located inside Waikiki Market, ʻOlili serves contemporary cuisine rooted in the traditions of Hawaii. Our food and drinks are inspired by the culturally diverse tastes we know and love.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 3 days ago
Olili was a hidden gem our family stumbled upon, since we rarely think of Waikiki when dining out. The menu brought back memories of our favorite comfort foods but with an upscale, creative twist. The hamachi over cabbage and Portuguese bean soup were just delightful. The soup had the same smoky taste we love, but with large white beans, adding a nice touch. The mango pie took me back to McDonald’s apple pie from my childhood, but with a fresher flavor thanks to mangos that reminded me of my aunty’s home-grown fruit. Olili captures the authentic flavors of home in a relaxed, modern atmosphere.
A photo of Yours Truly restaurant
4.5 (37)
$30 and under
Cocktail Bar
About the restaurant
Welcome to the must visit cocktail bar in the Downtown and Chinatown neighborhoods serving locals and travelers alike. Yours Truly features a menu of adventurous craft cocktails, beer, & wine poured in a dramatic, stylish space with a lively vibe and always welcoming atmosphere. The staff is knowledgeable, attentive, and never pretentious. Immerse yourself in an environment of rich velvet green fabrics, plush leather seating, and vintage post boxes, all reimagined to become Honolulu's best bar. Hidden within Yours Truly, for the #IYKYK crowd, are some special surprises. The Yours Truly experience comes to life with guest artist performances, comedy nights, sketch culture doodle pads, temporary tattoos, karaoke, and an interactive A.I. photo booth, all affording guests an evening of truly unique and memorable wonderment in tribute to the Hawaiiana exotica era. Enjoy an evening of laughter, drinks, entertainment, and intrigue at Yours Truly cocktail bar.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 14, 2024
Seriously incredible. Thrilled that our rez was at opening so we got to know the guys behind the bar, and they are LEGIT. The mixology program, the level of service, A+. I’m sure the tiki speakeasy is cool (and that drink menu also seems awesome), but I would go to Yours Truly every weekend if I was a local.
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