10 Places to Eat in Honolulu that Won’t Drain your Wallet

Aloha Everyone! I realize that it has been a while since I last wrote- i’ve been very busy, as I just moved (stay tuned for my next blog post: Decorating on a Budget!). Spring break is quickly approaching for all of you college students, and I realize many of you may be travelling here to Hawaii, so I am dedicating this post to one of my most commonly asked questions; where to eat in Honolulu. Hawaii is already a very expensive place to live or travel as is, and the cost of food contributes a great deal to the high costs. That being said, I wanted to give you all a list of places to eat that are not only delicious, but relatively low-cost. Enjoy!!

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Type: Japanese/ Sushi
Cost: $$
Must try: The butterfish!
Location: Kaka’ako & Waikiki
Good to Know:
They offer a great happy hour from 4-6 everyday and 9-close.



Type: American
Cost: $$
Must try: The Garlic Truffle fries
Location: Kaka’ako
Good to Know: Happy hour is from 3-6 everyday. They offer half off all appetizers (except the poke) and $10 flatbreads!

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Ono Seafood

Type: Poke
Cost: $
Must try: Haw’n Style Ahi
Location: Kaimuki
Good to Know: This tiny poke place has won too many awards to count, claiming a spot almost every single year on yelp’s top 100 places to eat in the US!



Type: Italian
Cost: $$
Must try: Truffled Mac N’ Cheese (quite literally labeled as “a must try” on the menu)
Location: Downtown
Good to Know: The portion sizes are a bit smaller, but the perfect size to try a lot and share with friends.


Cafe Kaila

Type: Breakfast
Cost: $$
Must try: Cinnamin French Toast
Location: Kaimuki
Good to Know: This is one of two restaurants that have earned a yelp review from me. I’ve always received such good food and service that I had to write one!



Type: Juice Bar
Cost: $$
Must try: Ala Moana Bowl
Location: South Shore Market & Kailua
Good to know: This place has one of the best Acai bowls in town, not to mention how cute the place itself is.

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Aunty’s Ramen

Type: Ramen
Cost: $$
Must try: Make your own!
Location: Mo’ili’ili
Good to Know: I will admit, i’m not a fan of ramen, but so many of my friends are OBSESSED with this place so I figured i’d list it for those who are ramen lovers.


Type: Grocery Store
Cost: $
Must try: Poke
Location: Everywhere
Good to Know: This is a grocery store, however it is known around the island for having the best poke. 

Arvo Cafe

Type: Cafe
Cost: $
Must try: Avocado Toast
Location: Kaka’ako
Good to Know: This cafe is INSTAGRAM worthy!

Sweet E’s Cafe

Type: Breakfast
Cost: $$
Must Try: Eggs Benedict/ Stuffed French Toast
Location: Kapahulu
Good to Know: This place gets very busy on weekends, so there might be a waitlist.


Pa’ina Cafe

Type: Cafe
Cost: $$
Must Try: Poke
Location: The Ward
Good to Know: This cute cafe has everything from salads, poke, to gelato.



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