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
Sensing a shift in tastes and demographics, the owner and chef team previously of Hung Won and Legends Seafood depart from their previous menus.
Minori Craft Japanese Tavern
Try the Beautifying Hot Pot and polar bear shave ice, and come for the amazing lunch deals.
Chengdu Taste Reopens
Chengdu Taste has reopened on the second floor of 808 Center, and it’s bigger and more unapologetically Chinese than ever.
22, A Sushi Speakeasy
22, a secret sushi bar, by the owner of shuttered Kohnotori, comes to Kailua disguised as a coffee shop.
Seoul Tofu House
Warm up to roiling hot and spicy soondubu at the new Waikīkī spot.
Asato Family Shop
A frozen free-for-all at this wildly popular small-kid-time sherbet shop.
New Liliha Bakery at Ala Moana Center
The third, and biggest, outpost of the beloved Liliha Bakery offers a bar and more central location.
Real a Gastropub Reopens
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.”
Tane Vegan Izakaya
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.
Adela’s Country Eatery
Find fresh noodles made with ‘ulu, kalo, ube and moringa at this Kāne‘ohe hole in the wall.
Moke’s Bread & Breakfast Opens a Second Location in Kaimukī
Loco moco, biscuits, liliko‘i pancakes and more for those days you just don’t want to drive to Kailua.
Aloha Steak House
A new cozy and casual steakhouse, by the Zetton restaurant group.
The creators of Over Easy bring barbecue to the former Cactus spot.
Find terrific wine deals at this Spanish and Italian restaurant.
Skull & Crown Trading Co.
Chinatown’s new tiki bar offers fun cocktails, Dole Whip and a mean lemongrass chicken skewer.
Chef Vikram Garg leads a team of culinary veterans with a mix of elegant and playful food.
Dusty Grable and Shaymus Alwin lead the crew at a new modern-French restaurant.
Hamada General Store
A new plate lunch spot by the chefs of Home Bar & Grill.
The new smash-burger joint downtown does one thing and does it well.
A new soba-focused restaurant in Kaimukī.
Photo: Olivier Koning
Chef Jon Matsubara Opens His First Restaurant, Feast in Mānoa
Halekūlani Bakery and Restaurant
Find edamame bread, raspberry pistachio tarts and cioppino at the Halepuna hotel by Halekūlani.
Taqueria El Gallo Rosa
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.
Ya-Ya’s Chophouse & Seafood
The owners of Uncle Bo’s Pūpū Bar and Grill open a steakhouse specializing in prime meats.
Bao Tran, formerly of Major Food Group in New York, helms this stylish and spacious Italian-American restaurant.
Redfish Poke Bar
Seven things we like about Foodland’s first eatery, including fresh poke and cocktails.