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The Best Wine For Any Restaurant: A Complete Guide to BYOB Wine Pairing in Hawai‘i

Master sommeliers share the best wines for every cuisine. Plus, our favorite BYOB restaurants in Hawai‘i and the unwritten rules of BYOB dining.


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Our Favorite Local BYOB Restaurants


Morio’s Sushi Bistro

2443 Kūhiō Ave., 741-5121

Mitch’s Fish Market

524 Ohohia St., 837-7774


835 Ke‘eaumoku St., 942-1414


1610 S. King St., 953-2070 


Hot Pot  

Asuka Nabe + Shabu Shabu

3620 Wai‘alae Ave., 735-6666

Sweet Home Café

2334 S. King St., 947-3707  


Italian and Mediterranean  


3036 Wai‘alae Ave., 739-0220

Bruno’s Forno

1120 Maunakea St., 585-2845

Olive Tree Café

4614 KĪlauea Ave., 737-0303

The Fat Greek

Multiple locations

Kan Zaman

1028 Nu‘uanu Ave., 554-3847  




747 Amana St., 944-8700

Sik Do Rak

655 Ke‘eaumoku St., #108, 949-2890 




1860 Ala Moana Blvd., 957-0011

Moon Garden

578 N. Vineyard Blvd., 843-1868

Dew Drop Inn

1088 S. Beretania St., 526-9522

Little Village Noodle House

1113 Smith St., 545-3008 



Himalayan Kitchen

1137 11th Ave., 358-7158

Café Taj Mahal

3036 Wai‘alae Ave., #4, 732-6496


661 Ke‘eaumoku St., 312-4295


Café Maharani

2509 S. King St., 951-7447 



‘Ono Hawaiian Foods

726 Kapahulu Ave., 737-2275

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

1240 N. School St., 845-8044


BYOB Wine Guidelines  

Unwritten rules, revealed.

DO: Call the restaurant ahead to understand its BYOB protocol. You may have to bring your own corkscrew and glasses.
ask about corkage fees. The last thing you want is to pay the restaurant for a bottle of wine that you brought.

DO: Consider the type of food you’ll eat. Use our handy guide.

DO: Chill the wine ahead of time if necessary.

DON’T: Bring an entire case of wine or boxed wine. BYOB is a privilege. Don’t abuse it.

DON’T: Limit yourself to traditional pairings. You might dismiss a certain wine because of what is traditionally recommended. “There are no rules,” Okubo says. “Try it out. You might like it.”


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Honolulu Magazine May 2020