If there’s one type of cuisine you absolutely need to try in Hawaii, it’s their amazing seafood dishes. From delicious poke bowls to sushi to spicy crab, you’ll be able to sample some incredible flavors during your stay on the islands. And if you’d like to eat at some of the best restaurants that offer the most genuine seafood dishes, try the ones listed below. You won’t be disappointed.
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1295 Front Street | Lahaina/ honumaui.com
When it comes to great food, service, and ambience, Honu Seafood & Pizza can’t be beat. Established in 2010, this seafood eatery has an incredible, completely unobstructed view of the Pacific Ocean, making it the perfect place to relax while you enjoy their famous oysters, fresh island fish, and ahi bruschetta along with a nice martini.
The word “Honu” is Hawaiian for green sea turtle, and you’ll have opportunities to see these amazing creatures swimming if you come to the water’s edge. This unique experience, coupled with Honu Seafood & Pizza’s amazing food makes Honu a can’t miss eatery for your Hawaiian vacation.
“10/10 for the food, view, and service. THE OYSTERS ARE THE STAR, TRUST ME. Also, the Mai Tai was strong and delicious.” — Yelp Review
1450 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 1801 | Ala Moana/ pokeandbox.com
Poke boxes are a favorite for tourists trying out Hawaiian cuisine, and Poke & Box offers you a great selection of fresh cubed yellowfin tuna (poke) mixed with a variety of delectable sides, from cucumber and avocado to kimchee daikon and Okinawan sweet potato. Each dish is seasoned with handmade sauces that bring out the full flavor of each poke box.
Choose from a variety of options, including the Ono box (ahi with creamy sesame sauce, edamame, avocado, masago and tako with wasabi) to the Spicy Ahi (ahi with fire bomb sauce, avocado, kimchee daikon, dried onion flakes and more). Or custom make your own poke bowl to fit your unique palate. When you order from Poke & Box, you can be assured the ingredients are fresh and sourced from the finest places.
“Like the fact you can custom make your own poke bowl and their scallops are from Japan.” — Yelp Review
909 Lehua Ave | Pearl City
You’ll need to order takeout from Poke on Da Run, one of Hawaii’s best local eateries. Guests rave about their amazing poke bowls, with some claiming they’re the best meals they enjoyed in Hawaii. Beyond the traditional poke bowl, this place offers “poke nachos” with house made wonton chips. You can also order a variety of other meals, including the furikake chicken and ahi katsu which offer their own unique spices and flavors.
“I am not over exaggerating when I say this was the best meal I had during my trip.” — Yelp Review
600 Office Rd. | Kapalua/ sanseihawaii.com
You can currently enjoy limited in room dining and take-out at Sansei Seafood Restaurant’s Kapalua location and reservations are recommended. The food here is both attractive and delicious, and many customers enjoy their large variety of sushi rolls and seafood dishes like the panko crusted ahi sashimi. You can also order some prime steaks here, like the classically aged 22-ounce bone-in rib eye or chili-porcini mushroom crusted 8-ounce beef tenderloin steak.
Poke lovers will appreciate that their take-out menu includes a “Poke by the Pound” option, allowing you to bring home large quantities of your favorite ahi, spicy, or rainbow poke. With so many options, you’ll never lack for good food at Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar.
“We always go here when we come to Maui. It is so good, love it.” — Yelp Review
1945 S. Kihei Rd Ste C&D | Kihei/ ohanaseafoodbarandgrill.com
“Ohana” is the Hawaiian name for “family” and at Ohana Seafood Bar and Grill, that’s how the friendly staff treats you. Many of the ingredients are sourced directly from local farmers’ markets and fishermen, enabling them to create a variety of excellent poke and shrimp dishes — and the best calamari and fish tacos.
Be sure to try their house-made crab cakes (with dynamite aioli drizzle and mango salsa). You’ll also have a long list of amazing poke dishes to choose from, including Dynamite Poke and Hawaiian Style Ahi Poke. Need more incentive to come here? Every night from 6pm to 9:30pm-ish, Ohana Seafood Bar and Grill offers live music performances. It’s the perfect dining experience to indulge not only your taste buds but all of your senses.
“Amazing food!!! Incredible atmosphere… great live music. The owners and staff make you feel the true meaning of ‘Ohana.’” — Yelp Review
410 Atkinson Dr. Fl 36 | Ala Moana/ signatureprimesteak.com
Located in the Ala Moana Hotel by Mantra, The Signature Prime Steak & Seafood offers amazing seafood dishes, including the delectable lobster bisque and miso butterfish. And if you’re in the mood for a good steak, their prime rib eye is always a great choice.
Of course, it’s not just the food that makes the Signature Prime Steak & Seafood restaurant such a popular choice with diners. Thanks to its placement on top of the hotel, you’ll be able to enjoy spectacular views of Waikiki Beach while you eat. Good food and great views — everything you could ask for in a Hawaiian dining experience.
“The restaurant is at the top of the Ala Moana hotel and has lovely views of Waikiki beach.” — Yelp Review
66-011 Kamehameha Hwy | Haleiwa/ haleiwajoes.com
Feast on dishes made from locally grown produce, freshly caught fish, and high-quality steaks at Haleiwa Joe’s. Located in the historic Haleiwa town of Oahu’s “Seven-mile Miracle,” this restaurant offers spectacular sunset views of the harbor and ocean. Currently, table capacity is limited, but you can enjoy their full menu 7 days a week.
Start with some nice ahi spring rolls, Thai fried calamari, or peel & eat shrimp. Then choose from a host of seafood main entrees, including their coconut shrimp, grilled salmon, or baked fish with wasabi butter sauce. You can also try their Kalbi, Korean-style beef short ribs and delectable prime rib.
“The flavor of the Loco Moco prime rib is incredible! The atmosphere is perfect!” — Yelp Review
2045 Kalakaua Ave | Waikiki/ fishhookcafe.com
Located in Luana Waikiki Hotel and Suites, Fish Hook is currently offering only takeout. Yet its meal choices, made from local, sustainable, and delicious fresh ingredients guarantee they remain a popular dining choice. Breakfast options include the ever-delicious avocado toast while their poke bowls include your choice of fresh ahi or salmon. And don’t forget to add a side of Portuguese sausage or bacon with your meal while you enjoy your breakfast or lunch by the beach.
“There simply aren’t many genuinely good poke places in Waikiki, but this may be the best.” — Yelp Review
1314 S. King St. Ste G2 | Honolulu/ karaicrab.com
You won’t find a shortage of well-seasoned seafood dishes at Karai Crab, which literally translates into “Spicy Crab.” Popular appetizers include their honey garlic shrimp, seasoned with their honey garlic sauce and oyster shooters served with homemade chili pepper water, cocktail sauce, or ponzu sauce. And of course, you’ll want to save plenty of room for the main course — which can range from King Crab or Snow Crab legs to a whole Dungeness Crab. Your whole family can even take part in “The Kraken,” Karai Crab’s version of a clam bake. Diners looking for a good time and some spicy food will find what they’re looking for at Karai Crab.
“Such a nice, cute place for a fresh seafood boil. Make sure to make reservations ahead of time.” — Yelp Review