The Hawaiian Islands are home to countless incredible restaurants, many of which are found in the islands’ capital city and other large towns. But that doesn’t mean that the lesser-known restaurants found way out in the Hawaiian countryside are any less delicious. In fact, these 13 country restaurants found across the Hawaiian Islands are some of the state’s best. Let’s dig in, shall we?
1. Ulupaluakua Ranch Store & Grill, Kula
This Maui restaurant isn’t your typical roadside eatery. Located on the grounds of a vineyard and featuring a charming gift shop full of souvenirs and work from local artists, Ulupaluakua is known for their mouthwatering burgers and other deli favorites.
14800 Piilani Hwy, Kula, HI 96790
2. Hana Hou Restaurant, Na’alehu
For classic Hawaiian food and mouthwatering pie near the southernmost point in the United States, check out Hana Hou Restaurant. Their macadamia nut cream pie is a local favorite — and the perfect complement to one of their mouthwatering burgers or a loco moco.
95-1148 Naalehu Spur Rd, Naalehu, HI 96772
3. HI-BBQ, Kahuku
Located on the northwestern shore of Oahu is this patriotic food truck that serves up some mighty fine barbecue, including brisket, pulled pork, and ribs.
56-565 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI 96731
4. Mark’s Place, Lihue
Serving up everything from plate lunches to bento boxes, Mark’s Place is a local favorite and features different food combinations every day.
1610 Haleukana St, Lihue, HI 96766
5. Hana Ranch Restaurant, Hana
One of two sit-down restaurants in Hana proper, the casual Hana Ranch Restaurant is nestled atop a rolling hill and is a natural choice for those traveling through the city on day tours, but also those staying at the Travaasa Hana Hotel, just a five-minute walk away. Serving up everything from fresh seafood and steaks to sandwiches, salads, and burgers, you’re sure to find an entree to satisfy your taste buds at this remote restaurant.
5031 Hana Hwy, Hana, HI 96713
6. Honi Wai Cafe, Mountain View
Closed Sundays and Mondays is this small country restaurant serving up sandwiches, soups, and Hawaiian dishes. The inside of this roadside eatery is positively charming, and their kalua pork nachos are absolutely heavenly.
17-937 Volcano Rd, Mountain View, HI 96771
7. Blue Ginger Cafe, Lanai City
With a casual, old-school vibe and simple American and Pan-Asian fare, Blue Ginger Cafe is a must visit while in Lanai City.
409 7th St, Lanai City, HI 96763
8. Chicken In A Barrel, Kapa’a
Most people would drive right by this unassuming barbeque joint, but those with insider information know that it is one of Kauai's greatest eateries.
4-1586 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746
9. Kula Lodge & Restaurant, Kula
Hiding in this stunning little census-designated place is a restaurant that will take you millions of miles away from it all. This is the Kula Lodge & Restaurant, and it is not only remote and secluded but perhaps the most charming restaurant you’ll ever dine at. This incredible restaurant serves up mouthwatering American and Hawaiian cuisine in an absolutely jaw-dropping setting.
15200 Haleakala Hwy, Kula, HI 96790
10. The Coffee Shack, Captain Cook
While you’ll find secluded restaurants with killer views throughout the islands, The Coffee Shack will provide you not only with delicious food, secluded surroundings, and panoramic views but also some incredible dining companions. Overlooking 26 miles of stunning coastline on Hawaii Island’s Kona Coast, you’ll want to add this breakfast and lunch joint to your Big Island bucket list as soon as possible.
83-5799 Mamalahoa Hwy, Hōnaunau, HI 96726
11. Mike’s Kiawe Broiled Huli Huli Chicken, Kaneohe
Located on Oahu’s windward coast just north of Kaneohe near Paradise Bay Resort and the Hamama Falls Trailhead, Mike’s is certainly off the beaten path… but trust us, you won’t find more mouthwatering chicken anywhere else in Hawaii. Naturally flavored with Hawaiian sea salt and broiled over Kiawe wood in an outdoor rotisserie to give the chicken a smoked flavor, the chicken served from this roadside eatery will make your taste buds explode.
47-525 Kamehameha Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
12. Hal’iimaile General Store, Makawao
Though called a general store, this establishment is actually a critically-acclaimed restaurant that serves up seafood and eclectic American food with Asian overtones. Located on the MauiGold Pineapple Plantation, the beautiful plantation setting and quaint country ambiance make this a must-visit destination in Makawao, and an incredible addition to any tour through Maui’s greatest farm-to-table establishments.
900 Haliimaile Rd, Makawao, HI 96768
13. Hawaiian Style Cafe, Waimea
If you’re in the mood for home cooked Hawaiian and American food, look no further than this quaint diner located in Waimea that serves up some scrumptious breakfast and lunch options. From massive pancakes and kalua pork hash to lighter or vegetarian options, there is something for everyone at this charming café.
65-1290 Kawaihae Rd, Waimea, HI 96743