10 Local Ocean-Friendly Restaurants on O‘ahu to Try Now

These restaurants and cafés hold themselves to a higher eco-standard that make deciding where to eat for ocean-minded people an easy decision.



For the eco-conscious, going out to get a quick bite to eat can turn into an ethical dilemma. Thankfully, these local restaurants help ease the guilt by employing environmentally friendly practices that range from opting for plastic-free cutlery, giving discounts for bringing in reusable cups or supporting local farmers.


In alignment with the “Ocean Friendly Restaurant” program certified by Surfrider Foundation, the ocean-friendly restaurants all follow these mandatory criteria:


  1. Only reusable foodware is used for onsite dining
  2. Paper straws are provided only upon request
  3. No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam)
  4. No plastic bags are used for takeout or to-go orders
  5. Single-use utensils, straws, condiments, and other accessory items are provided only upon request
  6. Beverages are not sold in plastic bottles
  7. Proper recycling practices are followed


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Here are a few of our favorites that help protect the ocean and abide by other environmentally conscious practices:


Kaka‘ako & Ward



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324 Coral St., (808) 532-7928, arvocafe.com, @a_r_v_o


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Merriman’s Honolulu

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Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


1108 Auahi St., (808) 215-0022, merrimanshawaii.com/honolulu@merrimanshonolulu 


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Off The Wall

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Chimichurri wings. Photo: Aaron K. Yoshino


1170 Auahi St., offthewallhawaii.com, @otwhawaii


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Encore Saloon

Taco Tuesday Encore Saloon

Photo: Steve Czerniak


10 N. Hotel St., (808) 367-1656, encoresaloon.com@encoresaloon


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Fête Hawai‘i

Fete Steak Tartare Downtown Honolulu

Photo: Katie Kenny


2 N. Hotel St., (808) 369-1390, fetehawaii.com@fetehawaii


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Hau Tree

Hau Tree Restaurant Brunch

Photo: Courtesy of Hau Tree


2863 Kalakaua Ave., Kaimana Beach Hotel, (808) 921-7066, kaimana.com, @thehautree


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2330 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 797-2435, herringboneeats.com@herringbonewaikiki


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Knots Coffee Roasters

Knots Coffee Roasters

Photo: Natalie Schack


150 Kapahulu Ave., (808) 941-3482, knotscoffee.com, @knotscoffeehawaii



Waikīkī & Kailua

Maui Brewing Co.

Maui Brewing Co.

Photo: Courtesy of Maui Brewing Co.


Maui Brewing Co. follows ocean-friendly practices that extend as far back as its carbon-neutral brewing process. The main brewery located in Kīhei reclaims all expelled carbon dioxide through the brewing process and filters it to carbonate its beers and push it through the tap lines, resulting in a completely zero-emission brewing process. The Waikīkī and Kailua locations offer fresh local meat and veggies from Waiʻanae, Kahuku and other parts of O‘ahu. Itching for a Bikini Blonde or Coconut Porter to go? Skip the cans and fill up a growler at any of its locations on O‘ahu.


Maui Brewing Co. Waikīkī, 2300 Kalākaua Ave., (808) 843-2739; 573 Kailua Rd., Suite 105
mbcrestaurants.com, @mauibrewingco




Mud Hen Water

Mud Hen Water

Photo: Steve Czerniak


Mud Hen Water, the English translation of Wai‘alae, is another ocean-friendly restaurant found in Kaimukī that offers a hyper-local menu featuring island-grown produce and fish caught sustainably by local fishermen. Known for its modern twists on local style food, the restaurant serves out-of-the-ordinary dishes like its roasted beet poke with smoked macadamia nuts ($9) and its I‘a Lawalu, or local mahi mahi cooked in coals, steamed in banana leaf with local veggies topped with coconut creme ($27). Take away your leftovers in a compostable to-go container and feel good knowing you’ve supported more than a few local businesses.


3452 Wai‘alae Ave., (808) 737-6000, mudhenwater.com, @mudhenwater



Find more ocean-friendly restaurants on O‘ahu, heresurfrider.org, @Surfrider, @ofrhawaii