Kailua Restaurant Guide

Whether you’re looking for a casual, ocean-front dinner, a quick pizza snack or a delicious meal of Mexican cuisine, Kailua eateries have something to offer everyone.


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Whether you want to sip a smoothie on the beach, grind a plate lunch at the park, sit down for some live music and happy hour specials or be wined and dined, Kailua restaurants offer it all. Here's a list of 48 choices.

Rock the Casbah at Casablanca, which offers Morrocan cuisine. photo: Alex Viarnes

Amina Pizza
301 B Hahani St., 263-8201.

It gets a little busy here--to skip the wait, call ahead and have your calzone, pizza or pasta ready when you arrive.

Assaggio Italian Restaurant
354 Uluniu St., Suite 408, 261-2772.

Assagio offers a sit-down, upscale environment. Dine on seafood, steaks or pasta for lunch and dinner on weekdays and dinner only on weekends.

Baci Bistro
30 Aulike St., 262-7555.

Choose to dine on the l-anai or in the enclosed atrium. Menu options include risotto, veal and pastas.

Big City Diner
108 Hekili St., 263-8880.

Kailua is home to one of Big City Diner's locations. Stop by for kim chee fried rice, ribs, burgers and drinks.

Boardriders Bar & Grill
201 A Hamakua Drive, 261-4600.

This local hangout offers kiawe-grilled steaks and fresh catch of the day, and is equipped with pool tables and dart boards.

Boots & Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen
119 Hekili St., 263-7929.

This Kailua hot spot opens its doors at 7 a.m. on weekdays and 6:30 a.m. every weekend to serve its famous banana-macadamia nut pancakes.

Boston's North End Pizza Bakery
29 Ho'ola'i St., 263-7757.

Kailua is home to this chain's first pizza bakery, though its popularity has spread to four more locations across the island. Regulars stop in for fresh, thin-crust pizza with an assortment of toppings.

Brent's Restaurant & Delicatessen
629 Kailua Road, Suite A, 262-8588.

This New York-style deli offers made-to-order, fresh sandwiches, an extensive breakfast menu and select kosher items.

Buona Sera
131 Hekili St., Suite 101, 263-7696.

Buona Sera serves generous portions of a wide variety of Italian dishes, and has an extensive vegetarian menu.

Buzz's Original Steak House
413 Kawailoa Road, 261-4661.

Known for its seafood, steak and casual atmosphere, Buzz's serves lunch and dinner, with views of the ocean. Credit cards are not accepted here.

Casablanca Restaurant
19 Ho'ola'i St., 262-8196.

Forget the utensils and chairs, Casablanca serves up an authentic five-course meal in true Moroccan style--no chairs, no utensils.

Champa Thai Restaurant
306 Kuulei Road, 263-8281.

Champa Thai has an extensive vegetarian menu in addition to its traditional Thai menu items.

Chinese Garden Restaurant
426 Uluniu St., 261-9345.

Order Chinese Garden's specialties, oyster sauce chicken with cake noodles or a chicken salad, for under $4.

Chocolate Sushi
1020 Keolu Drive, Suite D4, 263-7878.

Stop in at this Kailua eatery to munch on the unique pairing of gourmet chocolate and sushi hand-rolls.

Cinnamon's Restaurant Kailua
315 Uluniu St., 261-8724.

The food at Cinnamon's is fresh and natural. The menu offers omelets, loco moco and its No. 1 seller, eggs Benedict.

Cisco's Cantina
131 Hekili St., Suite 103, 262-7337.

Cisco's adds a bit of Hawaiian flavor to its Mexican food, including kalua pig, in many menu items.

Deb's Ribs & Soul Food
130 Kailua Road, Suite 112, 262-3327.

If you're in the mood for some soul food, this is the place to go for ribs, fried catfish and black-eyed peas. Complete meals start at around $7.

Fat Boy's Kailua
301 A Hahani St., 263-2697.

Pick a plate lunch from Fat Boy's wide selection, including chili, hamburger steak and kalua cabbage.

Food Co.
1020 Keolu Drive, Suite D1, 262-6440.

A broad name for a broad menu, the Food Co. serves ramen, quesadillas, salads, loco mocos and roasted turkey.

Jamba Juice
539 Kailua Rd., 263-0975.

Swing by for a fruit smoothie from this California-based chain.

K & L BBQ
1051 Keolu Drive, Suite 102, 261-5886.

Try one of K & L's local plate lunches, from curry to chicken eggplant to short ribs.

Kalapawai Market Deli
306 S. Kalaheo Ave., 262-4359.

If you're heading to the beach, be sure to stop by Kalapawai Market Deli for made-to-order sandwiches, salads and pastas. The market is open until 9 p.m., the deli, until 6 p.m.

Kim Chee Restaurant
1020 G Keolu Drive, 261-5719.

Many residents find old favorites on the Kim Chee menu of barbecue chicken, kal bi and other Korean dishes.

Lanikai Juice
572 Kailua Road, 262-2383.

Lanikai Juice opens at 6 a.m. on weekdays to curb those early morning smoothie cravings. Check out the selection of baked goods as well.

Lani's Café & Restaurant
43 Oneawa St., 262-7122.

Sit at umbrella-shaded tables outside for breakfast or lunch. The local-style menu offers Spam, hamburger steak, loco mocos and other local favorites.

Los Garcias
14 Oneawa St., 261-0306.

For live music on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and authentic Mexican any day of the week, grab an outside table at Los Garcias.

Lucy's Grill & Bar
33 Aulike St., 230-8188.

Dine among the tiki torches and saltwater fish tanks at Lucy's and enjoy the seafood, steaks and innovative wine list.

Mama's Island Pizza
108 Hekili St., 624-6262.

Kailua got its newest pizza shop this year. Order off Mama's chalkboard menu of options, including pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and wings.

Maui Tacos Kailua
539 Kailua Road, Suite 102, 261-4155.

If you're looking for a big meal, Maui Tacos serves huge burritos, weighing 14 to 16 ounces.

Morning Brew
572 Kailua Road, 262-7770

Need a morning espresso? Morning Brew welcomes customers at 6 a.m. every day. Sip on your drink of choice in the café filled with local art.

New Mui Kwai Chop Suey
132 Oneawa St., 262-7800.

Chinese dishes offered à la carte, or choose a set menu for your party.

Noboru Japanese Restaurant
201 Hamakua Drive, Suite 102, 261-3033.

Noboru Restaurant serves a wide variety of Japanese food and has dinner specials from 5 to 7 p.m.

'Ohana Korean BBQ
16 Kainehe St., 263-0024.

'Ohana Korean BBQ offers Korean-style cooking for dine-in or takeout.

Pepper's Place
600 Kailua Road, Suite 125, 262-3337.

Pepper's is known throughout Kailua and beyond for its Philly cheesesteak sandwiches. As seating is limited at this popular spot, plan to take out.

Peppino Italian Food
23 Ho'ola'i St., 262-5833.

Peppino's has been around for more than 30 years, serving homemade ravioli, pasta and sausages. Open for dinner only; BYOB.

Pinky's Pupu Bar and Grill
970 N. Kalaheo Ave., 254-6255.

For casual dining with the neighborhood crowd, stop in at Pinky's. Dine on baby-back ribs, New York steak and barbecue wings.

Princess Chop Suey
131 Hekili St., Suite 106, 262-7166.

The menu offers Chinese specialties such as orange chicken, oyster sauce spare ribs and oxtail soup.

Roundtable Pizza
1020 Keolu Drive, 261-4644.

You can design your own pizza or choose from a menu of options.

Saeng's Thai Cuisine
315 Hahani St., 263-9727.
Kailuans have been going to Saeng's since 1989 for delicious Thai food.

Saigon Noodle House
1020 Keolu Drive, 261-2466.

Saigon Noodle House offers all your Vietnamese favorites: french-bread sandwiches, rice dishes, spring rolls and summer rolls.

Starbucks
539 Kailua Rd., 263-9548.

Get your latté fix at this comfy outpost of the coffee giant.

Sushi Kai
20 Kainehe St., 262-5661.

Decorated in feng shui fashion and serving up creative sushi rolls in a bustling environment.

Sushi Man
108 Hekili St., Suite 104, 230-2020.

One of 10 locations on 'Oahu, this eatery offers affordable sushi.

Teddy's Bigger Burgers
539 Kailua Road, 262-0820.

HONOLULU Magazine named Teddy's the best burger in town in 2005. Choose between the big burger (5 oz.), the bigger burger (7 oz.) or the biggest burger (9 oz.), with your choice of toppings.

The Shack
1051 Keolu Drive, 261-1191.

Happy hour runs from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, offering $2.50 drink specials and yummy food. Be sure to come by on a Tuesday--happy hour runs until closing time.

Times Coffee Shop
43 Oneawa St., 262-7122.

Bring your family for some fried rice at this classic diner.

Willow Tree Korean Restaurant
25 Kane'ohe Bay Drive, 254-1139.

Willow Tree serves Korean specialties such as kal bi and bi bim bop.

Zia's Café
201 Hamakua St., Suite A 103, 262-7168.

Zia's is a casual, Italian atmosphere, with indoor and outdoor seating and an extensive menu, including pastas, salads and low-carb options.

Lucy's serves "Euro/Local" cuisine and has both indoor and outdoor seating areas. photo: Alex Viarnes
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