The Aloha State is the most isolated population center on earth, and as a result, our food preferences and culinary styles are unique from those you will find on the mainland. While some of these Hawaiian food dishes have roots in other cultures or have since made their way to the continental United States, these 14 uniquely Hawaiian dishes are simply mouthwatering — and you absolutely can’t leave the islands without trying them.

What are some other iconic Hawaiian dishes you think everyone who visits Hawaii absolutely must try? Share your favorites in the comments below — and where to get them! For insight into where to find the best Hawaiian food, click here.

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Hawaiian Restaurants

Which restaurants serve the foods Hawaii is known for?

From mouth-watering loco mocos and traditional plate lunches to kalua pork, lau lau, and poi, Hawaiian food is as unique as the islands themselves and there’s nowhere better to taste these mouthwatering dishes than at Da Poke Shack, Rainbow Drive-In, Ono Hawaiian Foods, and these other classic restaurants found across the state.

What are the most popular restaurants in Hawaii? 

Though the Hawaiian Islands are small in terms of landmass, the islands feel huge as soon as you consider the countless restaurant options found across the state, some more popular than others. From casual drive-ins and seaside poke joints to upscale seafood restaurants and resort restaurants, these 14 famous restaurants found throughout Hawaii are totally worth the hype — and 100 percent worth the wait. We also suggest you check out our recent 2020 dining bucket list, featuring one delicious restaurant for each month of the year.

What are the most beautiful restaurants in Hawaii? 

We love hole-in-the-wall restaurants as much as the next person, but every once in a while, we want to do a little celebrating and enjoy an upscale meal. From upscale oceanfront seafood establishments to those nestled in gorgeous gardens, these 13 Hawaii establishments just might be the most beautiful restaurants in the Aloha State, and you’ll want to visit them all at least once.

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