26 New Restaurants That Opened on O‘ahu in 2019

Some of our favorites include a sushi speakeasy, new locations of old favorites and a temporary pop-up.

King Restaurant and Bar

January 2019

King Restaurant and Bar

 

Sensing a shift in tastes and demographics, the owner and chef team previously of Hung Won and Legends Seafood depart from their previous menus.

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Minori Craft Japanese Tavern

January 2019

Minori Craft Tavern Stone Beef Pepper Rice

 

Try the Beautifying Hot Pot and polar bear shave ice, and come for the amazing lunch deals.

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Chengdu Taste Reopens

February 2019

spicy chinese food

 

Chengdu Taste has reopened on the second floor of 808 Center, and it’s bigger and more unapologetically Chinese than ever.

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22, A Sushi Speakeasy

February 2019

22 a sushi speakeasy in kailua

 

22, a secret sushi bar, by the owner of shuttered Kohnotori, comes to Kailua disguised as a coffee shop.

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Seoul Tofu House

February 2019

seoul tofu house

 

Warm up to roiling hot and spicy soondubu at the new Waikīkī spot.

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Asato Family Shop

February 2019

asato family shop

 

A frozen free-for-all at this wildly popular small-kid-time sherbet shop.

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New Liliha Bakery at Ala Moana Center

March 2019

liliha bakery

 

The third, and biggest, outpost of the beloved Liliha Bakery offers a bar and more central location.

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Real a Gastropub Reopens

March 2019

burger at real gastropub

 

The reestablished Real is an upgraded and expanded version of its original self, but it hasn’t lost touch with its essential “everybody’s beer bar USA” nature. “We’re not trying to reinvent the wheel,” says owner Troy Terorotua. “We’re just trying to reopen the best craft beer bar in town.”

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Tane Vegan Izakaya

March 2019

vegan sushi

 

The strictly plant-based izakaya is a new challenge for two McKinley dropouts and “heroes of the environment” with a mini-empire in San Francisco.

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Adela’s Country Eatery

March 2019

adela

 

Find fresh noodles made with ‘ulu, kalo, ube and moringa at this Kāne‘ohe hole in the wall.

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Moke’s Bread & Breakfast Opens a Second Location in Kaimukī

April 2019

moke's pancakes

 

Loco moco, biscuits, liliko‘i pancakes and more for those days you just don’t want to drive to Kailua.

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Aloha Steak House

May 2019

aloha steak

 

A new cozy and casual steakhouse, by the Zetton restaurant group.

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Easy Que

May 2019

easy q bbq

 

The creators of Over Easy bring barbecue to the former Cactus spot.

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Rigo

May 2019

rigo

 

Find terrific wine deals at this Spanish and Italian restaurant.

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Skull & Crown Trading Co.

June 2019

skull and crown old fashioned

 

Chinatown’s new tiki bar offers fun cocktails, Dole Whip and a mean lemongrass chicken skewer. 

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TBD…

June 2019

tbd

 

Chef Vikram Garg leads a team of culinary veterans with a mix of elegant and playful food.

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La Vie

August 2019

la vie mont blanc

 

Dusty Grable and Shaymus Alwin lead the crew at a new modern-French restaurant.

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Hamada General Store

August 2019

plate lunch sandwich

 

A new plate lunch spot by the chefs of Home Bar & Grill.

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The Daley

August 2019

the daley

 

The new smash-burger joint downtown does one thing and does it well.

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Kikue

August 2019

kikue

 

A new soba-focused restaurant in Kaimukī.

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Quiora

August 2019

 

An open-air Italian restaurant with all-day dining in the Ritz-Carlton Waikīkī. Pick up a copy of our January issue, on newsstands now and available at shop.honolulumagazine.com, to read our review.

 

Feast

September 2019

feast
Photo: Olivier Koning

 

Chef Jon Matsubara Opens His First Restaurant, Feast in Mānoa

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Halekūlani Bakery and Restaurant

October 2019

bakery

 

Find edamame bread, raspberry pistachio tarts and cioppino at the Halepuna hotel by Halekūlani.

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Taqueria El Gallo Rosa

October 2019

tacos

 

Good Mexican food is hard to find in Hawai‘i. That’s why we had to try 12 dishes at the newest taco restaurant on the island.

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Ya-Ya’s Chophouse & Seafood

November 2019

steak in kakaako

 

The owners of Uncle Bo’s Pūpū Bar and Grill open a steakhouse specializing in prime meats.

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Mad Bene

December 2019

mad bene

 

Bao Tran, formerly of Major Food Group in New York, helms this stylish and spacious Italian-American restaurant.

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Redfish Poke Bar

December 2019

redfish poke by foodland

 

Seven things we like about Foodland’s first eatery, including fresh poke and cocktails.

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