From sushi to saimin and Korean barbecue to Asian fusion cuisine, the Hawaiian Islands are undoubtedly home to some of the best Asian food in the country – after all, Hawaii is home to various Asian influences and is closer to Asia than the rest of America. While there is no way to include all of the fantastic Asian eateries our islands have to offer, here are 12 of the highest-rated Asian restaurants throughout Hawaii, from Udon in Waikiki to sushi on the Big Island.
1. Lucky Belly, Honolulu
Full of reclaimed wood and brick walls, this hip Honolulu ramen joint is a local favorite. The eatery even features a window for late-night takeout orders.
50 N Hotel St., Honolulu, HI 96817
2. Sushi Rock, Hawi
For some of the most innovative sushi on Hawaii Island in a no-frills establishment, Sushi Rock is hard to beat.
55-3435 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi, HI 96719
3. Star Noodle, Lahaina
For noodle dishes, Asian shared plates and sake cocktails in a charming atmosphere in Lahaina, head to Star Noodle.
286 Kupuohi St., Lahaina, HI 96761
4. Pho Kauai, Lihue
Even if it doesn't get cold enough to fully enjoy a good bowl of Pho in Hawaii, we dare you to stay away from this no-frills Vietnamese eatery in Lihue.
Rice Shopping Center, 4303 Rice St., Lihue, HI 96766
5. Alan Wong’s Restaurant, Honolulu
Located in the heart of Honolulu, famed chef Alan Wong shows off his expertly-crafted Asian-fusion cuisine with a Hawaiian flare at this upscale third-floor restaurant perfect for a date night or celebratory meal.
1857 S King St. #208, Honolulu, HI 96826
6. Moon & Turtle, Hilo
Serving up locally-sourced seafood, this Asian fusion eatery has a rotating menu, and is closed Sundays and Mondays.
51 Kalakaua St., Hilo, HI 96720
7. Okazuya + Deli Honokowai, Lahaina
This lunch and dinner spot may be located in a strip mall, but it is considered to be Maui’s greatest eatery for take-out.
3600 Lower Honoapiilani Rd. D, Lahaina, HI 96761
8. Marukame Udon, Honolulu #1
This casual Japanese eatery specializes in noodle soup, and there is almost always a line out of the door. It was even rated as the 10th best restaurant in America in Yelp's Top 100 Places to Eat in the US.
2310 Kuhio Ave. #124, Honolulu, HI 96815
9. Koiso Sushi Bar, Kihei
This sushi bar might be located in a Maui strip mall, but that doesn't mean the sushi won't absolutely wow you.
2395 S Kihei Rd., Kihei, HI 96753
10. Kikuchi’s, Lihue
This low-key Kauai food truck is known for their sushi sandwiches and killer lunch options.
3501 Rice St., Lihue, HI 96766
11. Lemongrass Bistro, Kailua-Kona
This contemporary eatery serves up mouthwatering Pan-Asian dishes, including udon, pho, and pad thai.
75-5742 Kuakini Hwy. #103, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
12. Sansei Seafood Seafood + Sushi Bar, Honolulu
This sushi joint specializes in inventive, colorful fare is sure to impress. Weekend karaoke makes this a must-visit local hangout.
2552 Kalakaua Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815