Welcome fellow food lovers! I have been on a culinary journey for the past month, tasting and savoring the unique palate of Kaneohe’s best restaurants. I’ve powered through weird allergies, odd timings, and even my boyfriend’s constant quips about becoming a restaurant critic full-time! Now, after endless servings of mouthwatering delights and skipped gym sessions (sorry, not sorry), it’s finally time to reveal the best places for you to dine in Kaneohe.
Being an ardent food lover who has spent over 15 years exploring the culinary landscapes of various cities around the globe combines with my knack for unearthing hidden gems when it comes to dining locations. My adventurous spirit didn’t hold me back as I sifted through countless eateries in search of what truly sets Kaneohe apart.
I’m rolling out my top picks based on taste, atmosphere, service quality, hygiene standards, and yes – price too!
Warning: Side effects may include sudden urges to book tickets to Hawaii just to try out these restaurants.
So brace yourselves folks; we’re going on a gastronomic adventure! Let’s dive into these delicious eat-out spots already!
Haleiwa Joe’s at Haiku Gardens – Unforgettable Seafood in Kaneohe
Picture this. Nestled amidst the sprawling tropical gardens of Kaneohe, you stumble upon an oasis serving seafood so delightful that it lingers in your memory long after. Welcome to Haleiwa Joe’s at Haiku Gardens — the epitome of picturesque dining.
With its no-reservations policy, there was quite a wait to get in. But with chilled cocktails from their bar and the natural beauty surrounding us, waiting felt more like leisurely garden exploration time than ‘queueing’. Once we were seated, our taste buds embarked on a sublime journey – succulent coconut shrimp, creamy mashed potatoes which melted in our mouth and perfectly baked fish that tasted like heaven!
What made our experience unforgettable at Haleiwa Joe’s at Haiku Gardens:
- Breathtaking Location: An enchanted garden setting meant dining under sparkling open skies.
- Vast Menu: Offering a plethora of seafood delights ensures everyone’s palate is catered for.
- Dietary Options: Providing vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options makes it accessible to all food lovers.
- Bar Facility: A full-bar service guarantees just the right note of cheerfulness.
- Parking Availability: Free street parking is provided for visitors’ convenience.
- Ambiance Perfection: You can enjoy al fresco dining complemented by live music performances.
Operating Timings are as follows:
Sunday to Thursday: 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Friday and Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
You can find this gem located at:
46-336 Haiku Rd,
My boyfriend humorously noted that if all waiting lines came with such scenic views and tasty cocktails; he wouldn’t mind queuing up every day!
Adela’s Country Eatery – Top-notch Pasta in Kaneohe
If dining local and fresh is what you seek, look no further than Adela’s Country Eatery. This hidden gem embraces the true spirit of community by sourcing ingredients locally for their mouthwatering menu.
Curiosity piqued and tummies rumbling, my boyfriend and I visited this eatery on a local friend’s suggestion during our stay in Kaneohe. With anticipation running high, we placed an order for takeout featuring their much-acclaimed chicken alfredo paired with garlic bread. As we dug into our meal from the comfort of our rental car, every bite was a testament to how incredible food can taste when made with love — creamy chicken Alfredo complementing slightly sweet yet savory garlic bread!
Here are some highlights that make Adela’s Country Eatery stand out:
- Home Delivery: The convenience of getting your favorite dishes delivered right at your doorstep.
- Fresh Ingredients: Locally sourced ingredients ensure optimal freshness and flavor.
- Generous Portions: Each pasta serving is enough to leave two people satiated.
A few things to bear in mind before visiting:
No Seating Available: Keep in mind as you plan your visit; it’s more suitable for takeaway or delivery option.
Their operational timings: 10:30 AM to 8:00 PM from Monday through Saturday (Closed on Sundays).
You will find Adela’s at:
45-1151 Kamehameha Hwy Near the intersection of Kamehameha Hwy and Lilipuna Rd/Kahuhipa St,
While enjoying our delectable feast inside the car, my boyfriend jokingly remarked that ‘Alfred’ should be renamed ‘Al-fredo’, given its undeniable contribution to making it so irresistible!
Pah Ke’s Chinese Restaurant – Kaneohe’s Authentic Chinese Restaurant
For those yearning for a genuine splash of delectable Chinese flavors, Pah Ke’s is your go-to place in Kaneohe. Unlike conventional big-city takeout spots, Pah Ke’s charms its guests with high-quality, authentic culinary delights.
During our visit to Kaneohe, my boyfriend and I frequented this restaurant quite often, giving us the chance to try an array of dishes. But the combination that won me over was the refreshing Nalo Greens salad perfectly balanced with an orange vinaigrette dressing; paired with a hearty scallop soup and topped off with their irresistible walnut shrimp.
Here are some highlights about Pah Ke’s Chinese Restaurant:
- Ample Parking: Finding free parking here isn’t a hassle.
- Variety on Menu: Indulge your taste buds from their wide-ranging menu options.
- Diverse Dietary Options: Catering to vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free preferences makes it perfect for everyone.
Some heads-up before heading there:
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bottle): They do not serve alcohol but accommodate if you wish to bring your own
They welcome patrons from 10:30 AM till 9:00 PM every day.
You can find them located at:
46-018 Kamehameha Hwy,
An interesting anecdote during our visit was when we spent an evening saying ‘Poh Kah’ believing it meant ‘Cheers’ in Mandarin. It wasn’t until much later we realized it translated into something entirely different!
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ – Premium Japanese Restaurant in Kaneohe
If you’re craving quality Asian cuisine, particularly an authentic Japanese BBQ experience, look no further. Located within Windward Mall is Gyu-Kaku, a delightful spot offering scrumptious servings of perfectly barbecued delights.
During our stay in Kaneohe, we had heard about the popularity of this restaurant and planned ahead with reservations to avoid disappointment. Navigating our way through the mall was slightly tricky, but trust me when I say this – every morsel was worth the effort! From succulent shrimp to flavorful garlic and subtly potent shochu – everything hit just the right notes!
Here’s why Gyu-Kaku won us over:
- Extensive Drinks Menu: They offer alcohol including soju and traditional Japanese sake.
- Parking Availability: Free parking eliminates any downtown hassle.
A few things to keep in mind before your visit:
Crowd Management: This popular spot can get crowded especially on weekends. So don’t forget to book a reservation in advance
They are open from 11:00 AM till 9:00 PM (Monday through Thursday) while extending their hours until 10:00 PM during weekends (Friday – Sunday).
You’ll find them at:
46-056 Kamehameha Hwy
Ste F1 Windward Mall,
Navigating through throngs of shoppers with my boyfriend felt like we were participants of some ‘Mall-Oriented Treasure Hunt’. But instead of treasure chests at finishes lines, ours ended with a feast fit for kings!
The best restaurants in Kaneohe serve delicious food from varied cuisines. Instead of settling for bland dishes, explore the dinner menu for fresh catches like grilled fish.
Not in the mood for seafood? Try the fried rice or prime rib for a change. Popular restaurants here, especially on kamehameha hwy kaneohe, offer great food.
For a quick fix, the fast food options and plate lunches never disappoint. Aloha island mart ensures fresh ingredients in every favorite meal.
Searching for the best poke bowls? Kaneohe seafood restaurants got you covered. For those who prefer the windward side, windward mall has a range of restaurants serving a blend of Chinese food, pizza, and local specialties. Enjoy friendly service, excellent service, and house specials like eggs benedict. Don’t forget the parking lot provides ample space. Finally, every bite gives a great bang for your buck.
Try the most popular places for your next dinner or lunch menu options. So, if you’re around kualoa ranch, don’t miss out on Kaneohe’s top eateries.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Haleiwa Joe’s take reservations?
No, Haleiwa Joe’s still do not take a reservation. But you can go there early to get to the restaurant quickly.
Last Updated on August 16, 2023 by Brigitte