9 Hot Dining Spots in Waikiki and What to Order

These Hawaii restaurants and popular dishes on the Waikiki strip should be at the top of your list.
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In a city where the dining options are so plentiful and varied, these nine restaurants and popular dishes should be at the top of your list—and you don’t even have to leave Waikiki to find them.

M.A.C. 24/7

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Smoky and savory, this dish will win the heart of any eggs Benedict lover.
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Almost anything goes good with hollandaise sauce, but M.A.C. 24/7’s salmon eggs Benedict, with smoked salmon on fresh, island baked English muffins, is especially delicious. $19, mac247waikiki.com.

Bills Sydney

The fluffy ricotta hotcakes from Aussie chain Bill’s Sydney are what we’re craving for breakfast.
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Served all day, the three, stacked ricotta hotcakes topped with honeycomb butter are fluffy and thick, and served with a sliced banana on the side, so you’d better come hungry. $21, billshawaii.com.

Eggs ’n’ Things

Fondly known as both a late-night and breakfast spot by locals, you can’t go wrong with the Portuguese sausage from Eggs & Things.
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When in Hawaii, do as the locals do and order the tasty Portuguese sausage with two eggs and a side of steamed rice. $9.95, eggsnthings.com.


Yauatcha, an upscale dim sum spot in the International Marketplace, has carved a niche for itself with fanciful, delicious offerings like the roasted duck pumpkin puff.
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The roasted duck pumpkin puff is filled with three different types of mushrooms, carrots, turnip and kabocha, covered in mochi flour and deep fried. $8, yauatcha.com.

Roy’s Waikiki

James Beard Award winner Roy Yamaguchi is known for his Hawaii Regional Cuisine, using the freshest island ingredients.
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The traditional big eye ahi poke-tini on the menu at Roy’s is a martini glass filled with rice, then topped with poke dressed with Maui onion, inamona, chili, ogo, Hawaiian sea salt and green onion. $25, royshawaii.com.

Goma Tei 

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The rich, hearty, slightly spicy sesame broth at Goma Tei hits the spot for ramen lovers.
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The Tan Tan Ramen from Goma Tei has a rich, sesame infused broth with a thick cut piece of Japanese-style char siu and vegetable garnishes. $12.

Taormina Sicilian Cuisine

Get the creamy granchio pasta for lunch at Taromina.
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Served only during lunch hours, Taormina’s granchio pasta, made with snow crab meat, fresh fettuccine and creamy tomato sauce, is as good as it sounds. $17, taorminarestaurant.com.

Morimoto Asia Waikiki

Iron Chef Morimoto puts a Japanese twist on Korean bi bim bap with the mouthwatering Ishiyaki Buri Bop.
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Hamachi seared tableside over white rice, topped with royal ferns, pickled daikon and an over-easy egg, the Ishiyaki Buri Bop is a Japanese twist on traditional Korean bi bim bap. $32, morimotoasiawaikiki.com.

Hy’s Steakhouse 

Hy’s is a longtime favorite for amazing steak dishes like their beef Wellington.
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The beef Wellington is a 7-ounce piece of prime filet mignon, covered in pâté maison and mushroom duxelles, all wrapped inside a puff pastry and served with a cabernet truffle sauce. $55, hyswaikiki.com.

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