Best Places to Eat in Waikiki for Any Budget

Best Places to Eat in Waikiki for Any Budget

Megan Potter

Waikiki was once known as the playground for Hawaiian royalty. Now it is one of the most visited places in Hawaii. Just because it's popular with tourists, doesn't mean you can't find good eats. From local dishes to international cuisine, we've rounded up a list of the places to eat in Waikiki for any budget!

Budget Friendly

Marukame Udon

  • Cost: Under $10
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Hours: Everyday 7:00 AM-10:00 PM
  • Address: 2310 Kuhio Ave Ste 124, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Websitewww.marugameudon.com

You know you’ve found a good spot when there are long lines, but don’t worry, at Marukame Udon they move fast. Here you’ll find a variety of udon styles to choose from. We recommend the curry or niko -- two of the Waikiki restaurant's most popular dishes! 

Steak Shack

  • Cost: Under $10
  • Accept Credit Cards: No
  • Hours: Everyday 10:00 AM-7:00 PM
  • Address: 2161 Kalia Rd Ste 104, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Websitewww.steakshackhawaii.com

Get a plate lunch with rice, salad, and a six-ounce grilled sliced steak all for under $10 at Steak Shack. Located on Waikiki beach, the eatery offers the best deal for a generous amount of food. And, it's delicious -- don't believe us? Steak Shack has hundreds of five-star reviews on TripAdvisor. Just remember it’s cash only, but there is an ATM next door. 

Musubi Café

  • Cost: Under $10
  • Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
  • Hours: Everyday 6:30 AM-9:00 PM
  • Address: 2427 Kuhio Ave Ground Fl Aqua Pacific Monarch Hotel, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Website: www.iyasumehawaii.com

If you haven’t tried musubi, it’s made with rice, some sort of meat, egg, tofu or veggie, all wrapped in nori. The snack is great to have on hand while you’re exploring and Musubi Café has a variety of options to choose from. Try tuna, salmon, or even fried chicken — all between $2-$3! We recommend getting a Hawaiian favorite — spam. Even people who “don’t like” spam enjoy it. The eatery also has combination bento boxes starting at $12.98 making it must on our list of cheap eats in Waikiki.

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Duke’s Waikiki

  • Cost: $11-30
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Hours: Everyday 7:00 AM-12:00 AM
  • Address: 2335 Kalakaua Ave, Ste 116, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Websitewww.dukeswaikiki.com

Duke’s is a staple in Waikiki. Located along the beach in the Outrigger Hotel, people come to take a break from the sun and grab a meal and a cocktail before heading back to the ocean. Visitors have called this restaurant iconic with an unbeatable view. Because of it's popularity, get ready for long wait times, but once you try the food and feel the ambiance it will be well worth it!

Hula Grill Waikiki

  • Cost: $11-30
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Hours: Everyday 6:30 AM-10:00 PM
  • Address: 2335 Kalakaua Ave, Ste 203, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Websitewww.hulagrillwaikiki.com

For the best view overlooking the beach, head to Hula Grill. Located on the top floor in the same building as Duke’s, you can watch the sunset over the ocean as you enjoy your meal. Eating breakfast at Hula Grill? We recommend ordering the strawberry mochi waffles!

Heavenly Island Lifestyle

  • Cost: $11-30
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Hours: Everyday 6:30 AM-11:00 PM
  • Address: 342 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Websitewww.heavenly-waikiki.com

Heavenly Island Lifestyle is our pick for one of the best healthy restaurants in Waikiki. It has smoothies, acai bowls, a beachy atmosphere, affordable options, large portions, and offers vegetarian dishes as well!

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Roy’s Waikiki

Cost: $31-60

  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:00 AM-9:30 PM  |  Fri-Sun 11:00 AM-10:00 PM
  • Address: 2330 Kalakaua Ave #322 Honolulu, HI 9681
  • Website: www.royyamaguchi.com

Roy’s combines a variety of cuisines making it the best place to eat fusion food in Waikiki, and arguably, on Oahu. Don’t just settle for one entrée, indulge in its three-course meal! At $59 per person, you get an appetizer sampler, entrée, and dessert. 

Herringbone Waikiki

  • Cost: $31-60
  • Accept Credit Cards: Yes
  • Hours: Mon-Thurs 4:00 PM-10:00 PM | Fri 4:00 PM-11:00 PM, Sat 10:30 AM-2:30 PM, 4:00 PM-11:00 PM, Sun 10:30 AM-2:30 PM, 4:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Address: 2330 Kalakaua Ave Ste 316, Honolulu, HI 96815
  • Websitewww.hakkasangroup.com/herringbone/

Located in International Marketplace, Herringbone Waikiki is the restaurant to visit for fresh seafood. The atmosphere also adds to the dining experience as it’s decorated with pufferfish, a large whale skeleton that hangs over the restaurant, and a living wall adorned with plants. We recommend going for happy hour from 4:00 PM-6:00 PM daily for drinks and bites. 

Tommy Bahama Restaurant

The Tommy Bahama Restaurant is located within the namesake's clothing store in Waikiki. Not only will you get good portions, live music, and excellent service, there’s a rooftop sand lounge where you can relax by a fire pit. Save room for dessert as the eatery is known for its photogenic options.

Whether you prioritize finding hole-in-the-wall restaurants, those with the best views, or high-end choices, Waikiki will always have something for you. 

Looking to tour Waikiki? Check out our new Heart of Waikiki Walking Tour! With just your smartphone, our app, some earbuds, and a pair of sneakers you'll learn about the history of this unique neighborhood. And, if want to venture outside the city we have four driving tours on Oahu


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