Voted as the state’s favorite small town by HAWAII Magazine, Haleiwa seems like a world away from bustling Waikiki. This sleepy surfer town on Oahu’s north shore has a laid-back vibe and charming aesthetic, but also luxuries like killer beaches, art galleries galore, adorable shops, and stellar vacation rentals. The charming oceanfront town is also home to the most scrumdiddlyumptious restaurants. From local favorite food trucks to upscale restaurants with ocean views, here are 12 of the best eateries you’ll find in Haleiwa.
1. Dat Cajun Guy
For New Orleans-inspired Cajun and Creole cuisine served in a casual atmosphere with picnic table seating, be sure to stop at this Haleiwa favorite.
66-472 Kamehameha Highway
2. Haleiwa Joe’s
This classic Hawaiian restaurant not only serves up some of the freshest seafood around but is also located in quite the picturesque setting. An iconic Hawaiian seafood restaurant, Haleiwa Joe’s original location is found in — you guessed it — Haleiwa. The other location is found in windward Oahu at the Haiku Gardens.
66-011 Kamehameha Highway
3. Banzai Sushi Bar
With traditional floor seating, a cool vibe, fresh fish, stellar specialty drinks and an impressive selection, Banzai Sushi Bar is easily the best spot on Oahu’s North Shore — and maybe even the entire island — for sushi.
66-246 Kamehameha Highway
4. Surf N Salsa
Haleiwa is a haven for food truck lovers, and there's little better than Surf N Salsa, an unassuming spot that serves up the most mouthwatering Mexican food. Everyone knows that quality Mexican food can be hard to find in Hawaii, but you won't need to look much further than this bright food truck.
66521 Kamehameha Highway
5. Haleiwa Beach House
Located near the picturesque Haleiwa Harbor is this eatery known for its surf 'n' turf, pupu platters, and colorful cocktails, as well as a pretty gorgeous terrace.
62-540 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712
Craving a breakfast burrito, Kalua pork, or a creamy milkshake? Head to Kono's. Don't forget to order the mouthwatering kalua pork sliders from this casual, counter-serve eatery.
66-250 Kamehameha Highway, Suite G110
7. Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
Founded out of an old 1953 bread truck in more than 20 years ago, Giovanni’s would tour Oahu’s north shore, stopping along the side of the road for a few hours at each location. Serving up just a few shrimp recipes, locals loved the food, and word began to spread. And thus, a movement was born. You see, Giovanni’s was the first shrimp truck on Oahu’s north shore. Giovanni’s opened their second location in Haleiwa in 1997, and now, more than 23 years later, the unassuming eatery is an iconic fixture on the north shore — and a favorite among locals and tourists alike.
66-472 Kamehameha Highway
8. Haleiwa Bowls
For the perfect pre-adventure breakfast, Haleiwa Bowls serves up the best acai bowls and smoothies around. The small shack may not look like much, but sometimes the best foods come from the most surprising locations.
66-030 Kamehameha Highway
9. Uncle Bo’s
This modern, casual dining restaurant is unlike anything else you'll find in Haleiwa.
Bring a group of friends for pupus, cocktails, and a fabulous time.
66-111 Kamehameha Highway
10. The Beet Box Cafe
For mouthwatering organic, vegetarian breakfast and lunch options on Oahu's north shore, look no further than this colorful, informal eatery.
66-437 Kamehameha Highway
11. Cafe Haleiwa
This cozy diner serves up scrumptious modern and classic American fare with a focus on breakfast and brunch foods. Their outdoor seating makes this the perfect spot to enjoy the morning breeze coming from the nearby Pacific.
66-460 Kamehameha Highway
12. Matsumoto Shave Ice
Don’t forget dessert at one of Hawaii’s most famous shave ice shops! What once began as a small grocery store has transformed into so much more — t-shirts, souvenirs, snacks and, of course, their famous shave ice. On a hot summer day, the store produces more than 1,000 shave ices.
66-111 Kamehameha Highway #605