Enjoy Brunch at These 10 Popular Restaurants in Honolulu

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Packing up your beach bags and sunscreen for a vacation in Honolulu? Don’t forget to check out some restaurants in the area before you leave! Honolulu is filled with a number of highly-praised restaurants, many of which offer delicious brunch menus. You’ll want to treat yourself to brunch at least once while you’re in the city. If you need help finding a spot, we’ve got you covered. Check out our list of the top 10 brunch spots in Honolulu now!

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1. Shokudo

Stylish Japanese-fusion restaurant that is known for its unique dishes

1585 Kapiolani Blvd | Ala Moana | shokudojapanese.com

First on the list is Shokudo. Located in Ala Moana, Shokudo offers creative Japanese-fusion dishes inside a chic and trendy dining space. 

On the menu, you’ll find a wide selection of appetizers, sushi rolls, sashimi, nigiri, salads, noodles, and bento boxes. Some of our favorite plates include the Sushi Pizza, Shrimp Tempura, Honey Toast, and Spicy Tuna Poke. Beer, wine, sake, cocktails, and Japanese whiskey are also available to enjoy alongside your meal. 

Shokudo also occasionally offers special menus and deals for holidays or anniversaries, like a Mother’s Day buffet. Check out their website for more information!

“We love this place! The service is superior. Our waitperson was so attentive, friendly, and gave us excellent service. The house made tofu and mochi cheese gratin are delicious, we always get 2 orders of these when we come for lunch.” - Yelp Review

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2. Merriman’s Honolulu

Popular seafood restaurant that regularly hosts live music acts

shrimp bowl
Hungry for an appetizer to start off the night? Share the Tarp Enchiladas with a friend! Image courtesy of Yelp.

1108 Auahi St, Ste 170 | Ala Moana | merrimanshawaii.com/honolulu

Next up on the list is Merriman’s. This popular seafood restaurant is a leader in the “Farm to Table” movement in Hawaii. Over the years, it’s earned awards from prestigious publications like Honolulu Magazine and Wine Enthusiast. Not only does Merriman’s offer great food, but it also regularly hosts live music acts!

On Sundays, Merriman’s offers brunch from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm. The menu features savory dishes like the Florentine Benedict, “Kalua Pork” Skillet, Buttermilk Biscuits, and Avocado Toast. Fun libations like Mimosas and Bloody Marys are also available. Check out their full menu online now!

“The first thing I look for when the food arrives is a presentation followed by layers of flavor.  I got it all. Everyone got what they wanted but upscaled and made by a top chef. From starters to entre, to desert, it was perfect.” - Yelp Review

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3. Over Easy

Charming breakfast and lunch spot that uses locally-sourced ingredients for all of its dishes

418 Kuulei Rd, Suite 103 | Kailua | overeasyhi.com

Over Easy is another popular brunch spot in Honolulu. Inside this chic and charming restaurant, you’ll find a crowd of guests happily enjoying its mouthwatering dishes and fun drinks. 

Some of their most popular dishes include the Fried Chicken Sandwich, Kalua Pig Hash, and Custard French Toast. Tea, juice, and cocktails are also available to enjoy alongside your dish. It’s important to note that Over Easy does not accept reservations. However, you can call ahead up to 30 minutes before you arrive. 

Does this sound like your kind of place? Check out their website for more information!

“This is easily the best breakfast spot on island. My husband and I have been coming here almost every single week since we moved to island 3 years ago…​​Food, atmosphere, staff, service- 12/10. We love our Over Easy fam!” - Yelp Review

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4. Herringbone Waikīkī

Chic and fashionable restaurant that is known for its locally-sourced seafood dishes

plate of oysters
Start your meal off with some fresh oysters and a cocktail! Image courtesy of Yelp.

2330 Kalakaua Ave, Ste 316 | Waikiki | taogroup.com

Herringbone Waikiki is another restaurant that should be at the top of your brunch list, especially if you love seafood. Located in Waikiki, Herringbone is known for its creative dishes and stunning dining space. 

For brunch, you can share some fresh seafood dishes like Furikake Tuna Tataki and Peel & Eat Prawns with your friends from the restaurant’s famous Salt & Brine Raw Bar. Other popular brunch dishes include the Avocado Toast, Dry-Aged Burger, Mochi Pancakes, and Lobster Roll. In terms of libations, Herringbone offers craft cocktails and juice. Check out their full menu online now!

“It will NOT disappoint. The food is edgy and delicious. Our wait staff was very attentive, making sure that we always had drinks. The food quality and quantity was appropriate and waaaay above average. If you want something delicious and a little different, this IS totally the place to be.” - Yelp Review

5. Morning Glass + Coffee

Charming cafe that offers a wide assortment of mouthwatering breakfast dishes

breakfast plates
Start your day off on the right foot with some delicious breakfast platters from Morning Glass! Image courtesy of Yelp.

2955 E Manoa Rd | Manoa | morningglasscoffee.com

Looking for a chill, laidback spot where you can just relax and unwind with friends? Try Morning Glass + Coffee! This popular brunch spot in Manoa is open for breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Sunday. Its spacious outdoor patio is also perfect for enjoying the gorgeous weather of the city. 

On the menu, you’ll find savory dishes like the Breakfast Burrito, Skilled Baked Eggs, Portuguese Sausage Fried Rice, and Fried Rice Omelette. Need something to help wake you up? Morning Glass also has Americanos, Espressos, and Lattes on the menu! Check out their website for more info. 

“The cafe is adorable. Plenty of outdoor seating and the food is excellent. Got the strawberry guava scone and it was light. Usually with scones I can eat only one bite cause it's too buttery but this was light and so tasty!” - Yelp Review

6. Bogart’s Cafe

Cash-only cafe that is known for its fresh and creative dishes

Photo of Bogart's Cafe - Honolulu, HI, United States. Breakfast Bagel  with Taro bagel and Portuguese Sausage
Bogart’s Cafe is known for its fun and creative breakfast dishes like the Taro Bagel and Portugese Sausage. Image courtesy of Yelp.

3045 Monsarrat Ave, Ste 9 | Diamond Head | bogartscafe.com

Next up on the list, we have Bogart’s Cafe. This charming cafe in the Diamond Head area serves breakfast all day. Over the years, it has garnered positive reviews from customers and local publications for its friendly service and mouthwatering dishes. 

On the menu, you’ll find hearty breakfast creations like the Mango Acai Smoothie, Sundried Tomato Pasta, and Avocado & Spinach Benedict. In terms of drinks, Bogart’s Cafe offers lattes, espressos, cappuccinos, and tea. 

Bogart’s Cafe is cash-only, so make sure you have some bills in your wallet before leaving! 

“Great food, great service! All the dishes we got were good - breakfast bagel was delicious (even better with avocado and hot sauce), eggs benny came with wonderfully crispy potatoes, and chicken & veggie omelette was topped with a deliciously savory chicken broth.” - Yelp Review

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7. Cinnamon's Restaurant

Tropical brunch spot that regularly hosts live music acts and offers weekly specials

Not sure what to get? The Kalua Pork Benny is sure to leave you feeling filled and satisfied. Image courtesy of Yelp.

315 Uluniu St | Kailua | cinnamons808.com

Cinnamon’s Restaurant is another top brunch spot you need to check out. Here, you’ll find great service, delicious food, and a fun, upbeat atmosphere. Both indoor and outdoor seating options are available at this Honolulu hotspot. 

As for the food, Cinnamon’s Restaurant offers mouthwatering creations like the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Hawaiian Omelette, and Montreal Steak & Eggs. In addition to its delicious plates, Cinnamon’s Restaurant also hosts live music! Check out their website for more information. 

“The food is amazing. The home fries are nice and crispy on the outside but soft on the inside. The pancakes and eggs are nice and fluffy. And their omelet is a filling portion size with the ingredients evenly distributed throughout, I definitely recommend trying that if anything.” - Yelp Review

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8. Sweet E’s Cafe

Family-owned breakfast and brunch restaurant that has earned numerous awards over the years

toast
Sweet E’s Cafe has dozens of great breakfast dishes. Try some sourdough toast! Image courtesy of Yelp.

1006 Kapahulu Ave | Honolulu | sweetescafe.com

Since opening in 2011, Sweet E’s Cafe has earned numerous awards from local publications like Honolulu Magazine and Hawaii Business Magazine for its exceptional food and service. 

Sweet E’s Cafe is open everyday for breakfast and lunch from 7am to 2pm. Here, you’ll find hearty dishes like the Canadian Bacon Eggs Benedict, Elated Pancakes, Epic Breakfast Burrito, and Lox Bagel. Energizing beverages like Passion Orange Guava Juice and Hot Green Tea area also available. 

Does this all sound good to you? Then stop by Sweet E’s Cafe for your next brunch!

“The coffee was delicious and plentiful, and the food was yummy. I enjoyed a fresh papaya, scrambled eggs, and sourdough toast, while my daughter indulged in french toast. The french toast was HUGE - we probably could have split it! Everything tasted delicious.” - Yelp Review

9. Heavenly Island Lifestyle

Locally-owned restaurant that uses organic, locally-sourced ingredients whenver possible

342 Seaside Ave | Waikiki | heavenly-waikiki.com

If you’re a big fan of supporting local businesses, you need to stop by Heavenly Island Lifestyle. Not only is it locally-owned, but it supports other local spots by sourcing most of its meats and other ingredients from them. 

Some of our favorite dishes include the Avocado Toast with Lentil Beans Soup, Acai Bowl, and Big Island Honey French Toast. Before you leave, you can also treat yourself to dessert. Our favorite dessert dishes are the Hawaiian Ginger Breme Brulee and House Made Kona Coffee Tiramisu. But you can’t go wrong with anything here. Reserve a table for your next brunch now!

“My friend and I are pho lovers, so we split the pho and loco moco. The pho was very fresh and full of flavors. I had loco moco in another restaurant in Honolulu on a previous trip and it was bad. Not at Heavenly Island! The dish was an elevated version, so it was nicely seasoned with different texture.” - Yelp Review

10. Scratch Kitchen

Modern restaurant that serves globally-inspired comfort foods and craft cocktails

1170 Auahi St, Ste 175 | Ala Moana | scratch-hawaii.com

Last, but not least, on the list is Scratch Kitchen. This chic, modern restaurant is open for brunch and dinner everyday. It’s the perfect spot if you’re in the mood for some comfort food.

Small plates, salads, wraps, and entrees are all featured on Scratch Kitchen’s extensive menu. Some of their most popular dishes include the Blackened Ahi Salad, Granma’s Fried Pork Chop Pasta, and Spicy Southern Fried Chicken N’ Waffle. 

Thirsty? Scratch Kitchen has coffee, tea, and cocktails to help you stay refreshed. Reserve a table for your next brunch now!

“I can taste that each dish is made from scratch and fresh ingredients. From the robust prawns on the shrimp and grits to the thick, juicy grandma bone-in pork chops, the ingredients are high quality. This is what draws me back time and time again. The drinks are refreshing, too.” - Yelp Review

As you can see, finding a great brunch spot in Honolulu is easy! Which restaurants on our list do you plan to visit? Let us know!

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