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Oahu restaurants

Restaurants in Oahu—concentrated in Honolulu and Waikiki—offer a dizzying array of options. You could spend an entire week just eating your way through the Ala Moana Shopping Center, which houses Rokkaku and Tsujiki Fish Market, a grand sushi buffet inspired by the famous Tokyo fish market. Hawaii's celebrity chefs all have their showplaces on the island, including Alan Wong's, Chef Mavro and DK (Kodama)'s Steakhouse, many of them exemplars of "Hawaii regional cuisine," which favors gussied-up versions of favorite local dishes. To sample the flavors that inspire them (for a quarter of the price), seek out Side Street Inn or Me's Bar-B-Que, both low on ambiance but high on value. If you're looking for oceanfront romance, the restaurants in Oahu's top hotels—the Halekulani, the Kahala Resort, and the Turtle Bay Resort—are sure bets.

A caveat for vegetarians and the health-conscious: Hawaii chefs tend to be generous with their salt and red meat.

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Alan Wong's, Honolulu

This James Beard Award–winning chef (who you might have seen on the season finale of the 2006 Top Chef) doesn't rest on his laurels. His dining room may...more

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Chef Mavro, Honolulu

One of Oahu's top restaurants is the domain of chef George Mavrothalassitis (who thankfully used his nickname). Set in a residential neighborhood of Honolulu,...more

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D.K. Steakhouse, Honolulu

Dry-aged steaks cooked to perfection, plus a view overlooking Waikiki Beach, have made this place a major hit since it opened in the fall of 2004. D.K. Kodama...more

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Duke's Waikiki, Honolulu

You might scoff at the idea of a surfing-themed restaurant, but Duke's (named after Hawaiian legend Duke Kahanamoku) is actually one of the best bets in...more

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Hiroshi Eurasian Tapas, Honolulu

As the name implies, the draw here is small plates meant to be shared. Chef Hiroshi Fukui's menu has lots of sample-worthy creations, such as filet mignon...more

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Kakaako Kitchen, Honolulu

Set inside the Ward Center shopping mall, across the street from Starbucks and a giant movie-theater complex, Kakaako is a gentle reminder that you're still in...more

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Me's Bar-B-Que, Honolulu

Follow the UPS drivers, hotel staffers, and off-duty strippers to this Waikiki hole in the wall—it's the perfect place for cheap, super-tasty comfort...more

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Morimoto Waikiki, Honolulu

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto has arrived in Hawaii with his usual pomp and circumstance, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the Waikiki Edition hotel. Sure,...more

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OLA, Kahuku

Where the rinky-dink beach concession stand of Turtle Bay Resort once stood, this sexy open-air restaurant now lets the waves practically lap at your table. Ola...more

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The Pineapple Room by Alan Wong, Honolulu

Affordable and very popular with the locals, the Pineapple Room is a great place to sample chef Alan Wong's accessible classics, such as crispy Asian slaw,...more

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