October Food News Update: 5 Restaurant Openings and 4 That Closed on O‘ahu

A monthly update of new arrivals, including a street taco spot and a way to get those fish patty musubi in town.

Here’s your monthly update of recent restaurant openings and closings. Got a tip? Send it to us at food@honolulumagazine.com.


Cioppino at Halepuna Waikiki by Halekulani
Fisherman's stew with kualoa shrimp, clams, mussels and catch of the day at halepuna Waikīkī by halekūlani.
photo: Halepuna Waikīkī by halekūlani



Halekūlani Bakery and Restaurant. After a trio of pop-ups that sold out of pastries in hours, Halekūlani’s first eatery outside of the namesake hotel opened in its sister property Halepuna Waikīkī by Halekūlani. The bakery and restaurant opens with a buffet breakfast at 6 a.m. and closes after dinner service at 8:30 p.m. Grab-and-go pastries are available in the bakery from 6:30 a.m. to 6:40 p.m. And if you’re popping in after a morning surf session, remember, shirts and shoes are required.

2233 Helumoa Road, (808) 921-7272, halepuna.com/bakery


Paniolos Hawai‘i, a build-your-own bowls, tacos and burritos spot by the same owners as Aloha Salads, opened in Kāhala Mall earlier this month in the old Grylt space. The restaurant already has locations in Kailua and Kapolei and focuses on fresh, local and organic ingredients.

4211 Wai‘alae Ave., panioloshawaii.com


Taqueria El Gallo Rosa specializes in street tacos. The fast casual restaurant opened in the old Prima space earlier this month.

108 Hekili St., #107, Kailua, 262-8226, taqueria-el-gallo-rosa.business.site


Tanya’s Pies and Grill officially opened in early October. The Wahiawā restaurant is just down the street from the old Sunnyside Bakery and a few former employees of that landmark are remaking its signature pies. 

1008 California Ave., Wahiawā, (808) 621-7188


SEE ALSO: First Look: Tanya’s Pies and Grill Opens on California Avenue


Tanioka’s Seafoods & Catering at Ala Moana Center. Townies can fulfill their cravings for fish patties without running to Waipahu, that is, until the end of the year. The new Tanioka’s Seafoods pop-up is in the space that used to be Ninja Sushi near Jamba Juice. You won’t find the huge display case that the line wraps around in the original location. But you can choose from 11 of the most popular items to make your ultimate plate lunch.

Open daily 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 1450 Ala Moana Blvd


FROM OUR PARTNERS: Frolic Hawai‘i: Tanioka's poke, bentos and fried chicken are now at Ala Moana Center



Square Barrels Burger


HONOLULU Magazine’s Burger Bash 2019 Presented by Alaska Mileage Plan. More than 20 restaurants will beef for the title of favorite burger at our HONOLULU Magazine event. Join us for this free event at Kāhala Mall on Saturday, Nov. 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. for food vendors, live entertainment, keiki activities and more. Buy a $25 Burger Bash Pass to skip the lines and pick up five smaller versions (i.e. room for more) of burgers from restaurants including Smith and Kings, Butcher and Bird, Chili’s, Burger Hale and Local I‘a. hnltix.com



The Halloween-themed Ghost Bar Honolulu in the former Café Lani spot at Ala Moana Center closes its doors on Halloween night. 



Uzbek eatery Silk Road Café closed in late September on Merchant Street. 


Vegan pizza place The Lovin Oven closed on Ku‘ulei Road in Kailua.


Karai Crab closed its Hausten Street location. The seafood boil spot will reopen on King Street in the Interstate Building early next month.



Agu Ramen’s remaining restaurants at Pearlridge Center and on Isenberg Street closed. The Texas locations are still open.