The Hawaiian Islands are known for many things, but our beaches, sunsets and food certainly reign supreme. But what if you could combine all three? With views of the sun setting over the vast Pacific Ocean, these 12 Hawaii restaurants can’t be beat. From upscale establishments and revolving restaurants to beachside bars and hotel restaurants, there is little better location to witness a vibrant Hawaiian sunset than an eatery with mouthwatering food.
1. Merriman's Kapalua
Yelp reviewers agree that the four dollar sign designation is accurate – but the food, view, and experience is worth every penny. Serving up incredible seafood dishes, mai tais and mouth-watering desserts, Merriman’s has got it all in terms of food in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Oh, and the sunsets are absolutely magical.
2. Top of Waikiki, Honolulu
Located in the heart of Waikiki is this award-winning Contemporary American revolving restaurant. A revolving restaurant is one in which the entire restaurant operates as a large turntable atop a stationary building, giving diners the opportunity to experience panoramic city and ocean views without ever leaving their table. Oh, and did we mention that the sunset views are absolutely to die for?
3. Rumfire Poipu Beach, Koloa
Located at the Sheraton Kauai and featuring breathtaking ocean views, this modern kitchen serves up seafood classics with a Hawaiian twist. Poipu is often considered one of the greatest beaches in the world - and definitely the best spot on Kauai for sunset viewing.
4. Canoe House, Waimea
This open-air eatery at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel serves upscale Hawaiian fare with sweeping views of the ocean, swaying palm trees, and those iconic Hawaiian sunsets.
5. Kimo's, Lahaina
If you are planning a trip to this seafood/steak restaurant for sunset, be sure to make a reservation for prime seating.
6. House Without A Key, Honolulu
Located in Waikiki's Halekulani Hotel, this Hawaiian restaurant serves up breakfast favorites with an island twist, as well as tropical drinks, pupus, and incredible sunset views
7. Tortilla Republic, Koloa
This airy two-level eatery serves brunch and dinner upstairs - complete with phenomenal views - in addition to quick eats in the downstairs cantina. Order a margarita and watch the sun slowly slip into the horizon.
8. 'Ulu Ocean Grill + Sushi Bar, Kailua-Kona
Located within the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, on the Big Island’s Kona Coast, this restaurant clearly has stunning sunset views – but the culinary team also places an emphasis on local cuisine with a regional, seasonal and artisanal philosophy.
9. Hula Grill, Honolulu
This Waikiki beachside eatery serves up the best pupus, fish tacos, and tropical drinks, in addition to offering live entertainment, some phenomenal people watching, and stellar sunset views.
10. Lava Lava Beach Club, Waikoloa
Located at the newly-renovated Kauai Shores Hotel in Kapaa, Lava Lava Beach Club is the only "toes in the sand" restaurant you'll find in Hawaii - with beautiful sunset views, too!
11. Mama's Fish House, Paia
With 4.5 stars on Yelp and more than 4,000 reviews, Mama’s Fish House is definitely doing something right. With fresh and delicious seafood and a picturesque oceanfront location, there is little better than this Paia eatery with breathtaking sunset views.
12. Kauai Grill Restaurant, Princevville
Located at the luxurious St. Regis Princeville Resort, Kauai Grill Restaurant is known for serving up some mouthwatering food, with magnificent views of the Pacific, of course!