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19 New Restaurants That Opened on O‘ahu in 2018

Peruvian chicken, Michelin-starred dim sum, Burmese salads to stop for and an adobo fried chicken we're still talking about all arrived in 2018.


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Limon Rotisserie in Kapolei

January 2018

Limon Chicken New Restaurants

 

The vibrant Peruvian cuisine of this new restaurant is a reason to head west.

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The Brilliant Ox at Ala Moana Center

February 2018

Brilliant Ox Burger

 

This gastropub mixes pub fare with local flavors. And no, there’s no ox on the menu.

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Yum Cha Hawai‘i

March 2018

Yum Cha Dim Sum

 

Enjoy authentic dim sum outside Chinatown at Yum Cha on Kapi‘olani Boulevard.

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Panda Dimsum in Kalihi

March 2018

Panda

Photo: Enjy El-Kadi

 

Frogs, hedgehogs and bees, oh my! This spot dishes up cute, Instagrammable dumplings.

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My Kitchen and Ay Chihuahua Taqueria Food Trucks in Kapahulu

May 2018

My Kitchen Ay Chihuahua Taqueria Food Trucks

Photo: Bridget Kitson 

 

An unloved Kapahulu Avenue parking lot gets two tasty new tenants.

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Tim Ho Wan in Waikīkī

April 2018

Tim Ho Wan Dim Sum

Photos: Aaron K. Yoshino 

 

Michelin-starred dim sum shows up in Waikīkī to fanfare and a line of diners.

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XO Restaurant in Kaimukī

May 2018

XO Restaurant Adobo Fried Chicken

Photo: Catherine Toth Fox

 

Welcome adobo fried chicken to the scene, thanks to a new place opened by two former Senia chefs.

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Merriman’s Honolulu

June 2018

Merrimans Honolulu mac and cheese

Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino

 

The first O‘ahu location of Merriman’s offers fun, fresh dishes.

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Gochi Grill in Downtown

June 2018

Gochi Grill

Photo: Catherine Toth Fox

 

Gourmet meatloaf, tuna melt with ‘ahi and the kind of presentation you’d expect from a fine-dining chef.

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Purvé Donut Stop

June 2018

Purve Donuts Owners

Photo: Robbie Dingeman

 

Bartender-bakers roll out fresh cake doughnuts with attitude.

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Yield in Chinatown

August 2018

Yield Restaurant Steak

Photo: Catherine Toth Fox

 

This new brunch spot offers both veggie-centric fare and meaty dishes, all packed with local ingredients.

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Rangoon Burmese Kitchen in Downtown

September 2018

Rangoon Burmese Kitchen

Photo: Katrina Valcourt 

 

Honolulu’s newest Burmese restaurant hits high marks with an extensive menu of curries, salads, soups, rice dishes and more.

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Paris Hawai‘i

September 2018

Paris Hawaii Chefs

photo: Jennifer Mennella fields

 

The Waikīkī restaurant’s highlight is the chef’s counter, where a $100 eight-course prix-fixe tasting menu is prepared right in front of diners.

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Vein

October 2018

Vein Ribeye

Photo: Wendy Awai-Dakroub

 

Uni carbonara, roasted bone marrow and chicken alla plancha were on the menu at this newcomer to Salt in Kaka‘ako.

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Taco‘ako in Kaka‘ako

November 2018

Tacoako Kakaako

Photo: Catherine Toth Fox

 

This new taco shop delivers bold flavors and twists on classic Mexican street fare.

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Pāʻia Fish Market in Waikīkī 

November 2018

Paia Fish Market Waikiki

Photo: Katie Kenny

 

Shrimp taco fans, unite! The casual Maui restaurant just opened its first location on O‘ahu and we’re hooked.

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Goen Dining + Bar in Kailua

November 2018

Goen Dining + Bar

Photo: Robbie Dingeman

 

Chef Roy Yamaguchi launches a new concept restaurant with casual, stylish Pan-Asian food, comforting noodle dishes and creative cocktails.

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Ripple of Smiles in Kaimukī

December 2018

Ripple of Smiles Pho and Morning Glory

Photo: Katie Kenny

 

Up for a challenge? Walk out of this sweet southern Vietnamese restaurant without a massive smile on your face.

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10 Things You (Probably) Didn't Know About Raising Cane’s

December 2018

Raising Cane's sandwich

Photo: Terri Inefuku

 

Get the scoop on the secret menu, how to avoid the line and more about Honolulu’s newest fast-food joint.

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