I can’t imagine anything more heavenly than enjoying a meal with friends and family, with the beautiful Pacific Ocean as the backdrop. Luckily, in Hawaii, waterfront restaurants are a dime a dozen. These 15 restaurants not only stand out with over-the-top incredible views, but also offer a prime location for sunset viewing, phenomenal service or mouth-watering food.
1. Ulu Ocean Grill & Sushi Lounge
Located within the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, on the Big Island’s Kona Coast, this restaurant clearly has stunning views – but the culinary team also places an emphasis on local cuisine with a regional, seasonal and artisanal philosophy.
2. 53 By The Sea
With breathtaking views of Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head, 53 By The Sea is an upscale seafood restaurant perfect spot for an anniversary or birthday dinner.
3. Merriman’s Kapalua
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.
4. Red Salt
Located within the Koa Kea Hotel + Resor on Kauai is Red Salt, an inventive Hawaiian restaurant with stellar ocean views, and an incredible breakfast buffet. What do you think about pineapple soufflé pancakes?
Orchids, located in the Halekulani Hotel, is a charming eatery known for amazing brunch, seafood dinners, and awe-inspiring views of Diamond Head and the Pacific Ocean.
6. Sea House Restaurant
Facing the gorgeous Napili Bay is Sea House Restaurant, a destination perfect for sipping drinks as the sun slips into the horizon, or a scrumptious breakfast.
7. Kona Inn Restaurant
Known for their strong drinks and awesome views, this Kailua-Kona favorite is best visited during happy hour, or for a sunset view.
8. Nico’s Pier 38
This Honolulu restaurant offers up unique views of the harbor and serves up some of the freshest fish around.
9. Kamuela Provision Company
Located in Waikoloa, this steak + seafood restaurant is known for their impressive wine bar and stunning sunset views over the ocean.
10. Oasis on the Beach
Located in the Waipouli Resort is this lovely Hawaiian eatery known for ocean views, fresh seafood, and delicious drinks – be sure to order a Lilikoi Martini!
If you are planning a trip to this Lahaina seafood + steak restaurant for sunset, be sure to make a reservation for prime seating.
12. Island Lava Java
Serving breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch, Island Lava Java Restaurant focuses on fresh, local and organic food with 100 percent Kona coffee and their own bakery on site. Plus, the views off the Big Island’s Kona coast are pretty stellar.
13. The Beach House
Located on the ocean in Koloa, this Asian fusion eatery is in a prime location. Be sure to plan your evening in advance – sunset reservations are apparently booked out days ahead.
14. Michel’s at the Colony Surf
The contemporary French fine dining experience in Honolulu is second only to the amazing views.
15. Cheeseburger in Paradise
This American burger hotspot in Lahaina is as close to the beach as you can get.
Is there really anything better than listening to the waves crash against the shore and feeling a cool ocean breeze on your shoulders as you enjoy a phenomenal meal with your friends, family or significant other?