When you call an archipelago surrounded by the Pacific Ocean home, you inevitably become spoiled by the incredible, fresh seafood options available to you. While we love splurging on fancy seafood dinners every once in a while, it is the local, little-known restaurants that serve the most mouthwatering seafood the Hawaiian Islands have to offer. From roadside shrimp trucks to upscale oceanfront restaurants, these 11 seafood restaurants all have one thing in common: they are severely underrated.
1. Camaron Shrimp Truck, Haleiwa
Oahu's north shore is famous for two things:
epic surf breaks, and a plethora of roadside shrimp trucks. While Giovanni's and Fumi's offer mouthwatering shrimp, Camaron Shrimp Truck is easily one of the most underrated eateries in this area, though we can't seem to figure out why - after all, their garlic shrimp is simply to-die-for, and their lines are typically much shorter than more famous establishments.
66-236 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, HI 96712
2. Oki’s Seafood Corner, Kahului
Located in a Maui Foodland is this slice of seafood heaven known for its mouthwatering poke bowls - and letting you sample the fish before you purchase.
275 W Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732
3. The Seaside Restaurant & Aqua Farm, Hilo
This family-owned hotspot for surf 'n turf favorites is a must-visit.
Their mouthwatering seafood is as fresh as it gets: fresh catches come from their on-site aqua farm, which you can visit before or after dinner.
1790 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, HI 96720
4. Herringbone Waikiki, Honolulu
This hot new Waikiki eatery serves up mouthwatering coastal cuisine, including line-caught seafood and high-quality meats. The upscale and trendy ambiance makes this the perfect spot for your next Honolulu date night.
2330 Kalakaua Avenue - Suite 316, Honolulu, HI 96815
5. Island Chef, Hana
This roadside food truck
found along Maui's Hana Highway serves up mouthwatering coconut shrimp and fish and chips as well as fresh swordfish, pepper seared ahi, and various Chinese-style options prepared in a full-size electric wok.
Nahiku Marketplace At Mile Marker 28-29, Hana Highway, Hana, HI 96713
6. Konohiki Seafoods, Lihue
This Kauai seafood market offers an impressive selection of fish, lunch favorites, pupus and other takeout options.
3-4301 Kuhio Highway Suite 102, Lihue, HI 96766
7. Sakura, Kailua-Kona
This Hawaii Island eatery serves more than just mouthwatering seafood, and is the ideal spot for your next family dinner. The Japanese eatery specializes in sushi, tempura, and udon, among other Japanese favorites.
75-1027 Henry Street, Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
8. Honos Shrimp Truck, Laie
For mouthwatering shrimp plate lunches without the long lines of other Oahu shrimp trucks, head to Honos.
Their spicy garlic shrimp and kalbi are local favorites.
83 Kamehameha Highway, Laie, HI 96762
9. Ohana Seafood Bar & Grill, Kihei
Featuring fresh seafood and local produce, the cuisine served at Ohana Seafood cannot be beat. The casual Polynesian atmosphere and tropical drinks make this a must-stop in Kihei.
1945 S Kihei Road, Kihei, HI 96753
10. Sam’s Ocean View, Kapa’a
A relaxed, open-air bistro, Sam's Ocean View serves up both mouthwatering fresh seafood dishes and classic American fare.
4-1546 Kuhio Highway, Kapaa, HI 96746
11. Sushi Murayama, Honolulu
For expertly-prepared sushi, head to this underrated Honolulu joint. There is no sign on the front door, but trust us, the signature sushi rolls and decadent desserts are well worth the search.
808 Sheridan Street - Unit 307, Honolulu, HI 96814