Mornings in Hawaii are characterized by gorgeous sun rises, tropical views — and some of the greatest breakfast selections in the United States. Whether you’re seeking a traditional hearty American breakfast or something more island themed, you’ll be able to find a restaurant to satisfy your appetite here. To make things easy for you, we’ve created this list of some of the best places to have breakfast in Hawaii..
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315 Uluniu St. | Kailua/ cinnamonswaikiki.com
Located in Kailua Square, Cinnamon’s Restaurant serves up delicious breakfasts, including the Super Combo Egg Benedict, Hawaiian Omelet, and the always-popular Guava Chiffon Pancakes. Diners regularly enjoy great food served in a friendly atmosphere. Breakfast is served all day here, so come by at any time to enjoy their popular skillets or off-the-griddle pancakes and French toast (served with their special coconut syrup).
“3 words. Guava Chiffon Pancakes! Dessert for breakfast, with a side of bacon of course! There’s almost always a wait, but the service is fast and friendly!” — Yelp Review
333 Ward Ave | Kaka’ako/ honolulubistro.com
Drop by the Ohana Hale Marketplace to enjoy Honolulu Bistro’s all natural, organic juice bar where you can order hits like the Green Mango (mango, spinach, and lime) and refreshing Jungle Beach (passion fruit, pineapple, lemon, orange, and papya). Menu options here are simple but excellent, especially with cheese lovers. Their gourmet grilled cheese menu offers pastrami sandwiches with mozzarella and caramelized onions, chipotle chicken with buffalo chicken breast and American cheese, and the always popular Pesto with mozzarella cheese, spinach, and sun-dried tomato and pesto.
Family owned and operated since 2019, Honolulu Bistro offers its customers delicious meals made from organic ingredients. Drop in for breakfast or lunch and take pride in enjoying a healthy meal that helps sustain local economies and Hawaii’s beautiful environment.
“The menu is very simple and the grilled cheeses are spot on.” — Yelp Review
2310 Kuhio Ave Courtyard 138 | Waikiki/ ebinomi.com
Find this small, popular eatery in the Waikiki Marketplace and taste meals crafted by genuine shrimp specialists. Literally translated as “Shrimp Only,” EbiNomi sources premium jumbo shrimp and cooks them with fresh, natural, organic ingredients to produce dishes like their EbiKahuku (garlic shrimp) and Ebi a’la King (jumbo shrimp with cream sauce, mushrooms, and onions).
Early morning risers will appreciate EbiNomi’s breakfast menu that, along with their signature shrimp dishes, offers tasty comfort food like the Nomi Nomi French toast, spam & eggs, and Portuguese sausage and eggs (a Hawaiian staple). Although their name is Japanese, EbiNomi specializes in providing comfort food from around the world, and you can find dishes influenced by English, Japanese, U.S., and even Spanish cuisine. Stop by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and find what meals prepared by true masters taste like.
“I’m super impressed with the French toast. Not all places that just started a breakfast menu can pull off an insane French toast. Nice crust from the dip on the outside and soft gooey Nutela flavor on the inside.” — Yelp Review
4400 Kalanianaole Hwy. Ste 7 | Honolulu/ greatharvesthonolulu.com
Come in early for some fresh bread to start your morning. Great Harvest Bread provides delicious blueberry and cream cheese scones for people who need to eat breakfast on the go. If you have some time to relax, try their bacon and egg sandwiches. It goes without saying that the bread is made from scratch, but did you also know their special garlic and herb butter is also home whipped? People who love early morning muffins, scones, and cookies will find just what they’re looking for at this local bakery, that’s been serving people since 2003.
So, what breads should you keep an eye out for here? Frankly, there are too many delicious options to list, but Great Harvest Bread favors its Honey Whole Wheat, Cinnamon Chip, and buttermilk soaked Anadama. Quick tip: hot bread is available at Great Harvest Kahala at 9:30AM and stay fresh for seven to ten days. You’ll also be able to enjoy the bread in a variety of sandwiches at Great Harvest (be sure to sample the Kahala Chicken Sandwich and Turkey Pesto — and leave room for a fresh salad and soup!).
“Love this spot! When I’m in the area I’ll always stop here to get a delicious loaf of bread for my mornings.” — Yelp Review
1414 Dillingham Blvd | Kalihi/ originalpancakehousehawaii.com
How could we not include at least one pancake specialty house on this list? The Original Pancake House in Hawaii offers some of the most beautiful gourmet pancakes on the island, although you’ll probably be eating them too fast to appreciate the view (anyone for seconds?). House specialties include the Apple Pancakes with Korintji cinnamon glaze and an oven-baked German style Dutch Baby pancake. You can also go for basic buttermilk and buckwheat pancakes or try something a bit fancier like the delicate French crepes (also served Mandarin style).
Of course, it’s not all pancakes at The Original Pancake House. Omelet lovers can try the Portuguese Omelette with Kalihi-made diced sausages, or an Asparagus Omelette served with delicate cheddar cheese sauce. And be sure to order some sweet guava or pineapple juice to drink with your breakfast entrée. The Original Pancake House opens at 6:30AM, so even early risers can enjoy a hearty breakfast at this eatery.
“The Original Pancake House has THE best pancakes on the island … and I’m talking about the good old-fashioned pancakes with butter and syrup.” — Yelp Review
45 Kai Ala Dr. | Lahaina/ cohenrestaurants.com
Where else can you enjoy a meal while watching whales breaching from your ocean view? If you eat at Castaway Café, you’ll regularly experience such signature Hawaiian scenery. You’ll be able to order breakfast, brunch, and dinner here (quick tip: past whale sightings have occurred during dinner) and eat your food outside where rainbows and palm trees give you the full island experience.
Castaway Café’s brunch menu includes locally made banana bread and Paradise Pancakes (topped with pineapple, banana, and macadamia nuts — and haupia sauce). Folks with big appetites can order the Big Island Omelet and the Kalua Pork Huevos Rancheros. Be sure to arrive early, as brunch is served daily from 8:00AM to 11:30AM — and the island views at this time are gorgeous.
“Amazing little spot! We must have gone here 3 times during our week-long Maui trip, and we never had to wait for a table either. It’s got a great view of the ocean and sweet staff.” — Yelp Review
2000 Plantation Club Drive | Lahaina/ theplantationhouse.com
Let’s be honest — one of the main reasons why you want to get up for an early breakfast in Hawaii isn’t just to feed your appetite but enjoy the famous views of the island. Well, at The Plantation House, you can satisfy all of your cravings, thanks to this casual dining establishment that offers amazing views of the early morning sun, ocean, and The Plantation House’s world-class golf course.
You’ll be able to dine on fresh seafood dishes here, including ahi sashimi and mahi. Or enjoy the Keiki French Toast with its island twist. You’ll also be able to sample both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages with your breakfast while keeping an eye out for Maui’s beautiful rainbows.
“Stopped by for breakfast because we heard it had beautiful views, which it most definitely did, but left pleasantly surprised at just how good the food was.” — Yelp Review