With jaw-dropping cliffsides and pristine beaches, the Hawaiian Islands are home to 750 miles of magnificent coastline – and countless coastal restaurants sure to satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds. And, let’s be honest, there’s truly nothing better than enjoying a magnificent meal and stellar ocean views at the same time. From casual seaside burger joints to upscale seafood restaurants, you should add these 12 amazing coastal restaurants to your Hawaii dining bucket list as soon as possible.
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.
1 Bay Club Place, Lahaina, HI 96761
2. 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.
Sheraton Kauai: 2440 Hoonani Road, Koloa, HI 96756
3. Orchids, Honolulu
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 in a classically elegant setting.
2199 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815
4. Ulu Ocean Grill & Seafood Lounge, Kailua-Kona
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.
Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, 72-100 Ka'upulehu Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
5. Kimo’s Restaurant, Lahaina
This relaxed seafood joint serves up mouthwatering seafood, prime rib, and Hula Pie with a side of jaw-dropping harbor views. If you are planning a trip to this seafood/steak restaurant for sunset, be sure to make a reservation for prime seating.
845 Front Street, Lahaina, HI
6. Lava Lava Beach Club, Kapa’a
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. Serving up Hawaiian-inspired fare, there's little better than enjoying dinner on this unconventional patio.
420 Papaloa Road, Kapaa, HI 96746
7. Haleiwa Beach House, Haleiwa
Located near the Haleiwa Harbor on Oahu's north shore 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
8. Island Lava Java, Kailua-Kona
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.
75-5801 Ali'i Drive, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
9. 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.
799 Poho Place, Paia, HI 96779
10. 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.
2335 Kalakaua Ave #203, Honolulu, HI 96815
11. Makana Terrace, Princeville
Located at the gorgeous St. Regis Princeville Resort, the Makana Terrace has everything you could want in a coastal restaurant: mouthwatering food,
an elegant ambiance,
and views of both the vast Pacific and Hawaii's stunning mountains.
5520 Ka Haku Road, Princeville, HI 96722
12. Cheeseburger in Paradise, Lahaina
My father-in-law consistently raves about this place, and for good reason. What’s better than a good burger? This American burger hotspot in Lahaina was recently closed and then reopened - and is as close to the beach as you can get.
811 Front Street, Lahaina, HI 96761