November Food News Update: 11 Restaurant Openings in Honolulu

What’s in the former Home Bar space, a new steakhouse and “the best Hawaiian food.”

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The owners of Uncle Bo’s opened Ya-Ya’s Chophouse & Seafood earlier this month with a classic surf-and-turf menu, including a seafood tower, lobster tails, prime bone-in rib eye and A-5 Wagyu beef. No one’s worried about a recession here.

508 Keawe St.,


Hana Koa Brewing, Honolulu’s newest brewery, opened earlier this month, serving Breaktime Blondes to Guava Sours, and ramen to burgers.

962 Kawaiaha‘o St.,



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Uncle’s New York Pub and Grill, which offers NY-style pizzas by the slice and subs, just opened this month inside the Laylow in Waikīkī. It also has NY Deli and Pizza locations in Wahiawā and Kāneʻohe. One opened in June in Kailua in the old Boston's North End Pizza location but recently posted a sign indicating it closed temporarily until further notice.

2299 Kūhiō Ave.,



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Getting wild in time for NFL season, Buffalo Wild Wings opened earlier this month at Ala Moana Center.

1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Unit 3326,


Poke by the Pound, which opened in October, sells exactly that—don’t come here for poke bowls and fancy fixin’s, but straight-up poke, like how we used to eat before the rest of the world went crazy for it.

322 Kalihi St.,



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Cubaires opened late October, serving Cuban sandwiches and Argentine Milanese sandwiches, as well as other Latin American dishes in a former Enchanted Lake gas station. Which kind of explains why you can also rent a car and get your car washed here, too.

1010 Keolu Drive, Kailua,


Pho Old Saigon opened in the old Irifune space in late October, with the usual extensive Vietnamese menu of pho, banh mi, bun (cold vermicelli bowls), rice plates and more.

567 Kapahulu Ave.,


O‘ahu Grill, a new Hawaiian restaurant with staples including laulau, kālua pig and squid lū‘au, opened late September in Kaimukī. Its URL——has thrown down the gauntlet.

1137 11th Ave., #104,



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Billion Pocha 1201, a Korean bar and karaoke spot, opened in the former Home Bar and Grill in late September. Find an updated interior and kim chee pancakes, kalbi, whole fried chicken and tteokbokki (rice cakes).

1683 Kalākaua Ave.


Keiki and the Pineapple, a kid’s play café that opened in September, offers a toast menu for both kids and adults. There’s a Keiki Unicorn Toast, complete with rainbow sprinkles; Tropical Elvis, with mac nut butter, apple bananas and pineapple; and toast topped with brûléed Brie and guava jelly.

909 Kapi‘olani Blvd., Suite B,


The Raft Neighborhood Kitchen opened in the ‘Ewa Villages Golf Course clubhouse in September, serving comfort foods such as garlic chicken and lobster mac ’n’ cheese.

91-1760 Park Row, ‘Ewa Beach,



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Kūhiō Grille, an outpost of the Hilo restaurant known for its one pound laulau, opened in August.

3036 Wai‘alae Ave.,


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