Food is obviously an important part of everyone’s existence. However, for some individuals, couples, and entire households, it means a lot more. It can serve as the foundation not just for nutrition, but for leisure, social activity and overall quality of life.
Thankfully, Oahu boasts some world famous restaurants and hidden gems alike, which together is a deciding factor for many of you seeking a home on the island. You don’t want to have to travel far and wide through Honolulu traffic to satisfy your cravings, and thus finding a home near dining options that appeal to you is imperative. After tirelessly sampling some of the best places to eat in the 808, we have put together a list of top communities for self-proclaimed foodies who happen to be on the hunt for a place to call home.
Top 5 Oahu Communities and Neighborhoods that Have Awesome Options for Households that Love to Dine Out
Kaimuki – For What’s Trending
Kaimuki has not only been one of the top up and coming (and now established) mixed residential/commercial districts on Oahu for the last five years, it has also become quite the destination for modern dining. Chef Ed Kenney led the way with his popular restaurants Town (New American and Italian cuisine) and Mud Hen Water (International Fusion), but other standouts include Kono’s (a locally famous restaurant group) newest addition, Surfing Pig (trendy tapas) and Kan Zaman (Moroccan and Lebanese). If your household prides itself on staying on top of the top trends in cuisine, Kaimuki is the place to live. View listings for this great community here.
Hawaii Kai – For Diverse (and Picky) Family Palates
When we listed Hawaii Kai on our list of the best five Oahu communities for families, we cited schools and recreational amenities as the top reasons, but without doubt the diversity of dining also makes it a big draw for family units. This area is ripe with options, from The Original Roy’s (contemporary Hawaiian fusion) and Kona Brewing Company (pub food) to Assaggio (Italian) and the good ol’ Outback Steakhouse (Australian American). Other definite mentionable include Sophie’s Gourmet Hawaiian Pizzeria, Koa Pancake House, and Gokoku Sushi (we could go on, and on). There’s always something good to eat in Hawaii Kai, no matter how picky or fickle your family palates may be. View listings for this marina side community here.
Haleiwa – For Those in Need of Comfort, Food
Yes, there are some more sophisticated (yet casual) eateries in this quintessential beach town, including The Beach House, Banzai Sushi Bar, and Haleiwa Joe’s, but this North Shore community is best known for the comfort food that comes fast and heavy from the numerous food trucks and plantation style brick & mortars that line Kamehameha Highway.
When it comes to food trucks, you’ve got world famous Giovanne’s Shrimp Truck, Dat Cajun Guy, Laura’s Korean BBQ, Surf n Salsa, Crispy Grindz Acai Bowls, Thai Bo, V-Land Tacos and so much more.
As far as the cozy brick and mortar eateries go, take your pick for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There’s Teddy’s Bigger Burger, Opal Thai, Spaghettini, Fat Boy’s, Breaker’s, Kono’s, and Cholo’s Homestyle Mexican to name just a few. And when it comes to desserts, you’ve found yourself in Hawaii’s shave ice mecca (Matsumoto’s, Aoki’s, San Lorenzo’s, Anahulu, etc.) with a few killer pastry spots to boot, including Waialua Bakery and Coffee Gallery.
It’s a good thing there’s a lot of outdoor recreation to be found in this quaint town because it would be easy to pack on the pounds otherwise. View Haleiwa area listings here.
Waikiki – For “Best Restaurant” Seekers
There’s no such thing as a “Best Restaurant” list coming out of Oahu that isn’t peppered with Waikiki area eateries. Whether referencing Honolulu Magazine’s Hale ‘Aina Award Winners, Eater.com’s Top Tens, Hawaii Magazine’s Best of the Best, or any other popular annual culinary guide you’ll find the usual Waikiki suspects such as Roy’s (Hawaiian fusion), Ruth’s Chris (steakhouse), Chuck’s (steakhouse), Duke’s (contemporary Hawaiian) and Marukame Udon, in addition to newcomers like Yauatcha Waikīkī (dim sum) and Ed Kenney’s Mahina & Sun’s (contemporary Hawaiian). Given the sheer number of hotels and resorts in the area we couldn’t even begin to scratch the surface with a list of “Best” eateries that you “must try” so we encourage you to walk along Kalakaua, Kuhio, Lewers (etc.) to see and taste for yourself. View condominium listings in the Waikiki area here.
Kapolei – For the Up & Coming
Last but not least we’ve got the fastest growing community on Oahu, the pace that has been coined the new Waikiki one more than one occasion. Kapolei residential real estate is developing at a rapid pace and thus restaurants are joining the fold just as fast to keep up with the current and future demand. At press, Kapolei is home to some amazing places to eat, including Limon Rotisserie, Castle Company Steakhouse, DB Grill (contemporary Korean), and one very delightful food truck, Mike & Billz Fire Grillz. Local foodies (yours truly included) are very excited to see what’s cooking in the kitchen for Kapolei in the years to come. View listings for this growing yet very affordable community here.
If you have any questions about homes in the above communities, or anywhere on Oahu for that matter, contact us at 808.284.1004 or send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Aloha….and Bon Appetit~