With so much of Hawaii’s land rendered unusable due to terrain and landscape, there’s no doubt that the Hawaiian Islands can feel short on space sometimes. And nowhere is that more true than in Hawaii’s countless tiny restaurants. From take-out eateries with only a few stools to charming cafes with half a dozen tables, these 13 extremely tiny eateries found across the Hawaiian Islands are absolutely incredible – if you can get a seat, that is.
1. Paul’s Place Cafe, Hilo
Serving up classic cafe fare with locally sourced ingredients, as well as coffees and smoothies, Paul's Place is the epitome of charm.
132 Punahoa St, Hilo, HI 96720
2. Your Kitchen, Honolulu
Famous for their pork bowls with a crunch soft boiled egg, this Honolulu eatery does not disappoint - though you will only find a few stools along the window.
1423 10th Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816
3. 808 Grindz Cafe, Lahaina
Serving up everything from local fried rice just like your momma makes to loco moco, steaks and simple breakfast food, in a casual + small environment, 808 Grindz Café is a local favorite.
843 Waine'e St, Lahaina, HI 96761
4. Anuenue Cafe, Koloa
This cozy eatery serves up hearty American breakfast food in a casual environment with outdoor seating.
2360 Kiahuna Plantation Dr, Koloa, HI 96756
5. Cafe Ono, Volcano
This Volcano eatery is known for its gorgeous outdoor space and colorful plating, as well as stellar vegetarian food and incredible coffee.
3834, 19-3834 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano, HI 96785
6. Helena’s Hawaiian Food, Honolulu
This laid-back eatery is known for serving up the best Hawaiian food around - from Lau Lau and Kalua pork to poke and poi.
1240 N School St, Honolulu, HI 96817
7. Koiso Sushi Bar, Kihei
This tiny 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 # 113, Kihei, HI 96753
8. Maui Mike’s Fire Roasted Chicken, Wahiawa
This casual counter-serve eatery uses only quality ingredients, and is known for their delicious chicken, Cajun fries, and a plethora of dipping sauces
96 S Kamehameha Hwy, Wahiawa, HI 96786
9. Koloa Fish Market, Kapa’a
This family owned counter-service eatery serves up the best Hawaiian and American plate lunches – to be enjoyed on a nearby beach, since there are no seats here.
5482 Koloa Rd, Koloa, HI 96756
10. Da Poke Shack, Kailua-Kona
This seaside eatery nestled in a condominium complex known for their takeout poke, as well as local specialties and salads - and was once considered the best restaurant in America, according to Yelp.
Oceanfront Kona Bali Kai Condos, 76-6246 Alii Dr #101, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
11. Morio’s Sushi Bistro, Honolulu
For delicious sushi in a casual environment away from the tourist taps of Waikiki, Morio's Sushi Bistro is a local favorite.
1160 S King St, Honolulu, HI 96814
12. Mark’s Place, Lihue
From plate lunches to bento boxes, Mark's Place is known for serving up some delicious meals in a tiny eatery.
1610 Haleukana St, Lihue, HI 96766
13. Paia Fish Market, Paia
This casual restaurant with a nautical theme and indoor picnic tables serves up some of the best seafood, plate lunches and fish burgers around.
100 Baldwin Ave, Paia, HI 96779