From posh cuisine in Honolulu to relaxed beach fare in Waikiki or Kapolei, you’ll be sure to find tasty dishes wherever you go in Oahu. Influenced by the island’s Polynesian and Japanese heritage, much of the cuisine you’ll come across will have some Asian elements to it.
However, there’s so much more to dining in Oahu – French, American, Italian, and more are all available. While there certainly are some more creative culinary destinations that may not appeal to the entire family, Oahu is a very kid-friendly island and a good deal of their dining scene is at least partially geared towards visitors (especially in Honolulu and Waikiki).
Here’s a list of our suggestions for some top family friendly restaurants in Oahu!
These restaurants are located throughout Oahu, but many are within an easy drive of some great Oahu attractions, so they can be easily worked into your family vacation itinerary.
Kid-Friendly Oahu Restaurants
This charming eatery near the Ko Olina beach features tasty Hawaiian dishes in a stylish venue. Affordable and varied, Monkeypod’s menu offers some of the best kid-friendly fare around (and how cute is the name?)
Some favorite menu items include their delicious strawberry pie, ahi tacos, fish and chips, and crispy fries. They also offer a dedicated kids menu with large portions.
With 36 craft beers on tap, Monkeypod is also great fun for the parents!
Nearby Attractions: Ko Olina Golf Club, Wet n’ Wild Hawaii, Ko Olina Beach Park
Cattle Company Steakhouse
A local favorite, this delicious steakhouse features kid-friendly portions and a diverse menu to appeal to all tastes.
The ingredients are only the freshest and it really makes a difference in their steak and seafood dishes. Their kids menu features family favorites like mac n’ cheese, chicken strips, cheeseburger sliders, and, of course, smaller portions of steak!
It’s a great place to satisfy everyone’s hunger.
Although it’s a bit pricier than some of your other options, this seafood restaurant is well worth the cost. Serving a diverse variety of seafood dishes from crab cakes to tuna poke, plus the popular house-made mochi and ice cream, this restaurant is delicious from appetizer to dessert.
There’s even a sushi station! Kids will love this restaurant for the beautiful tank filled with a variety of colorful marine life. You can watch divers feed the fish and wave “hi” to a visiting mermaid!
A popular North Shore dining destination, this tiny restaurant packs a big punch when it comes to taste. Featuring a wide variety of savory small plates, soups, salads, sandwiches, and more, the menu at Haleiwa Joes is legendary for both selection and affordable price.
Kids will love plainer items like chicken breasts and burgers. Its location makes it perfect for lunch, so why not stop in during a day of sightseeing or beaching?
Nearby Attractions: Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Byodo-In Temple, Waiahole Forest Reserve
Moose McGillycuddys Pub & Café
This fun family eatery in Waikiki is a great destination for when no one can agree on what to eat. They offer everything from sandwiches and salads to some Hawaiian-style dishes like Kalua pig and pulled pork.
Their specialties menu also includes some particularly tasty seafood options, like coconut shrimp and mahi mahi macadamia – yum! For the kids you’ll find basic fare like burgers, chicken strips, and chocolate brownies for dessert.
Nearby Attractions: Kahanamoku Beach, Waikiki Bay, Oahu Tour
Helena’s Hawaiian Food
One of TripAdvisor’s top-rated restaurants, Helena’s is a dining destination beloved by locals and visitors alike. Although it’s a bit of a hike from Waikiki, the talented kitchen and the sumptuous menu it produces is more than worth the drive. From ribs and fish to grilled luau food and exotic desserts, you’ll find only the best of local Hawaiian cuisine here. This restaurant is cash-only, so be sure to bring some along to avoid searching for ATMs.
A must-visit in Waikiki. This beachfront restaurant/bar has the best creative and delicious Hawaiian dishes for really affordable prices. Sit in the regular dining room for a full menu featuring seasonal fish, seafood samplers, and even steaks.
Or, grab a table at the outdoor Barefoot Bar and enjoy fish tacos, salads, and burgers. For the adults in the group, Duke’s has a famous cocktail menu to scope out!
This tiny vegan establishment is a local go-to for veggie friendly fare. Serving only whole and organic foods, the menu at Peace Café offers a variety of dishes from salads and sandwiches (including the delicious Hanoi sandwich), to stew and rice plates.
Be sure to leave room to try their tasty selection of mochi cakes and house-made ice cream. Its location also makes it the perfect lunch stop during a day of touring Honolulu.
Nearby Attractions: Ala Wai Park, Historical City Tour, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Ruffage Natural Foods
This sandwich shop / marketplace is another great lunch spot. Featuring some of the best vegan and veggie sandwiches in Honolulu (in addition to non-veggie fare), Ruffage is also really inexpensive.
Some of the most popular dishes include the vegan chili, the sunflower special, fresh smoothies, poke bowls, and even vegan burritos. Have the whole family eat healthy as you explore the city.
Nearby Attractions: Diamond Head, Waikiki Aquarium, Kapiolani Park
Looking to roam the dining scene on your own? While Waikiki and Honolulu will have the highest concentration of restaurants and the most variety in cuisine, don’t be afraid to explore other neighborhoods and towns like Kailua and the North Shore.
Bear in mind that some of the tastiest restaurants may be in some unimpressive venues, so don’t pass up that beachside shack serving mai tais and crab legs.