Let’s be honest: vacationing can make you build up a big appetite. With all the fun activities the Hawaiian Islands offer, come lunch and dinner time, you’re going to be really hungry. At these times, it’s good to have a few all-you-can eat (AYCE) restaurants on your itinerary. From upscale Korean BBQ restaurants to great buffets, there’s no shortage to the AYCE options here. We’ve taken the liberty of sharing our best picks.
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1726 Kapiolani Blvd. | Ala Moana/ surahawaii.com
A popular destination for both Hawaiian locals and tourists, Sura Hawaii is an independently run Korean barbeque restaurant that has been serving the island since 2012. They’ve since expanded to include multiple locations, including one at Kapiolani Blvd in Honolulu.
Barbeque lovers can expect their dishes to be cooked with high-quality meat and authentic Korean foods. Dine-in-options include their all-you-can eat meat & seafood which includes prime beef briskets, fresh pork bellies, and BBQ chicken. If you’d like to bring your meals home, you can order from the Sura Hawaii take out menu that includes reasonably priced family meals with plenty of meat, rice, soups, salas, kimchee, vegetables, and dipping sauces. Be prepared to bring your appetite here!
“The AYCE comes with a selection of beef, pork, chicken, and shrimp for meat and other Sura specialities such as bibimbaps, soft tofu soups, fried items, and side salad and vegetables.” — Yelp Review
1450 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 4250 | Ala Moana/ genkoreanbbq.com
If variety is what you truly crave when you go out for barbeque, come to Gen Korean BBQ House. Guests here enjoy “boundless menu options” that include fresh meats, seafood, and vegetables. And then there’s the ban-chan (side dishes) that define every traditional Korean meal. From pickled radishes to multiple dipping sauces, you’ll be able to season your meal just the way you like it.
Diners love the Hawaiian steak and Gen premium steak. You can also enjoy boneless short ribs, red wine pork belly, beef brisket, and a nice beef bulgogi. With so many options, it’s easy to see why some customers are willing to wait hours for the all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ experience.
“We love the ambience, the energy, and of course the delicious meats and delectable sides!” — Yelp Review
1221 Kapilolani Blvd. Ste 105 | Ala Moana/ gyu-kaku.com
Catch the all you can eat lunch special at Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ every day from 11:30AM to 4:00PM. This popular option includes 26 different items, including popular appetizers like the fried pork gyoza dumplings, spicy cabbage salad, and edamame.
Love good barbeque? Try their kobe style nakaochi rib, toro beef, yaki-shabu beef, and bistro hanger steak miso. There are also a number of vegetable add-ons, including shishito peppers and garlic mushrooms, and while it’s easy to fill up, be sure to save some room for the s’mores in their dessert offerings. Reduced kid’s price is available, so come on over for a really good value lunch.
“Great deal for AYCE yakiniku lunch for $22.95. There are quite a handful of AYCE options nowadays, but living here I know it’s quite difficult to find a quality deal.” — Yelp Review
5724 Kalanianaole Hwy | Niu Valley/ cafeasiahawaii.com
Café Asia offers all you can eat menus for both lunch and dinner. Both lunch and dinner come with their own selection of delectable choices, from Chinatown pork belly buns to side street clams and tofu veggie nabe. Expect to dine on quality meats, vegetables, and broths when you order their popular shabu shabu hot pot dishes. Vegetarian options, like the mixed vegetable set shabu shabu set and tofu veggie nabe, are also available. Bring your appetites and discover why shabu shabu is one of Japan’s most popular dish.
“This is a great place for ayce hot pot. The meats and broths are very high quality. The selection of veggies and seafood are nice as well.” — Yelp Review
715 S. King St. | Honolulu
Do you love eating lots of sushi with friends? Then treat everyone to Kats Sushi where you can enjoy an all you can eat sushi dinner. All of your favorites are here, from Hamachi to Maguro to Spicy Tuna. Indulge in delicious hand rolls and enjoy the Salmon Nigiri. And don’t forget the Tako, Tamago, and Sake! (Can you tell there are a lot of options?)
Be aware: AYCE starts at 5:30PM and lasts until Kats Sushi closes, so be sure to make reservations and come on time. Outdoor seating is available, making Kats Sushi very popular with parties and groups.
“The best day ever involves an ALL YOU CAN EAT SUSHI DINNER at Kats Sushi.” — Yelp Review
51 Coelho Way | Honolulu/ iskconhawaii.com
Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet offers a unique twist on the typical All You Can Eat restaurant — they charge for their food by the pound. For many vegetarians with healthy appetites, this amounts to an AYCE option. Every day offers some new delectable options for vegetarians and vegans, including spaghetti and kofta balls, nutloaf and gravy, blueberry halawa, and orange peel cranberry cashew halawa.
You can also enjoy fresh food at their salad bar with its homemade dressings, steamed vegetables, and lemon-mint ginger juice. Visit their website to receive up-to-date information on their serving options and prices.
“Govinda’s Vegetarian Buffet is a hidden gem.” — Yelp Review
808 Sheridan St. Unit 101 | Honolulu/ hawaiipotshabushabu.com
Shabu shabu is the name for Japanese hot pot dishes containing pieces of thinly sliced beef or pork cooked with vegetables in boiling water before being dipped in sauce. And at Hawaii Pot Shabu Shabu House, you can be assured your shabu shabu is made fresh from healthy, premium ingredients.
Here, you’ll be able to choose from a selection of soups and premium meats before creating a custom-made sauce for your dish. If you’re really hungry, come for the all you can eat lunch buffet (from 11:00AM to 3:00PM) or the all you can eat dinner buffet. Both buffet options offer adult and child prices and include one non-alcoholic beverage per person as well as one ice cream per child.
“The food was a-mazing. Broth was very tasty and there were so many different add ins that you don’t normally find at other hot pot places.” — Yelp Review
255 Beach Walk | Honolulu/ ginzabairinhawaii.com/tonkatsu
Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin’s all you can eat options are limited to its rice, cabbage, and miso soup, but we’ve chosen to include this restaurant here given how popular it is with diners. This eatery is famous for its authentic Tonkatsu, made from the best Berkshire pork, coated with bread crumbs, and deep fried in premium cotton seed oil. The result is a very flavorful dish that’s even better with the tonkatsu sauce! For fans of Japanese cuisine, Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin is one restaurant not to be missed!
“Everything was perfect and delicious. The crispy and crunchiness of the katsu was amazing. They are definitely super authentic and don’t skim on any of the process.” — Yelp Review