Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

Hawaii Restaurant News

RumFire restaurant in Honolulu


Search / Openings / Closings / Chef Shuffle / News Bytes / Top 10 Luaus / Culinary Events / Wine Dinners / Sign up for our free, monthly newsletter / News Archive



Rijo in Honolulu takes its name from a castle in Japan. This contemporary Japanese restaurant presents dishes like maki sushi, dynamite crab crusted fish of the day and misoyaki filet mignon with garlic kale, scalloped potato and foie gras demi glaze. Rijo, Harbor Court, 66 Queen St., Honolulu, HI 96813, 808-208-8180.
Town's chef/owner Ed Kenney offers casual fare at Kaimuki Superette in Honolulu. Offerings include breakfast bites, soups, salads and sandwiches such as porchetta with braised fennel and arugula. Kaimuki Superette, 3458 Waialae Ave., Honolulu, HI 96816, 808-734-7800.
Lemona Hawaii in Waikiki offers shave ice made with fresh fruit syrups in flavors like Meyer lemon, papaya, pineapple and strawberry. There are also toppings such as Hokkaido azuki beans and organic condensed milk. Lemona Hawaii, 421 Lewers St., Honolulu, HI 96815, 808-922-9590.
Lucy’s Lab Creamery is a new specialty ice cream shop in Honolulu. Owner Lee Wang creates all the flavors from scratch, including whiskey bacon, honey lavender and earl grey. The shop is named after his mother, who passed away in 2012 from breast cancer. A portion of the shop’s proceeds will be donated to various breast cancer charities. Lucy's Lab Creamery, 435 Kamakee St., Ste. 102, Honolulu, HI 96814, no phone.
Izakaya Torae Torae has opened in Honolulu Izakaya Torae Torae is local sushi chef Hide Yoshimoto’s casual izakaya in Honolulu. Chef Hide carefully chooses his sources for the best seafood, pork and produce. Natural, free-range Jidori chicken is used for izakaya fare such as karaage, also offered in a curry-spiced version. Seafood shooters come packed with flavorful raw oyster, uni, ikura and a quail egg splashed with a crisp ponzu sauce. Omakase sashimi or nigiri platters can be customized based on the size of your party and the amount you'd like to spend. Izakaya Torae Torae, 1111 McCully St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-949-5959.


News Bytes

Alan Wong Expanding to China
Chef Alan Wong (Alan Wong's Honolulu) will open Alan Wong's Shanghai in China in Spring 2015. Some dishes on the menu might include "Duck Duck" (duck meatball and foie gras steamed in rice paper with yuzu ponzu); Niman Ranch New York strip with black bean sambal shrimp; and lilikoi tart with caramel meringue, shortbread crumbs and brown sugar crisp. Alan Wong's Honolulu, 1857 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96826, 808-949-2526.
The Waikiki Spam Jam is a festive annual street festival taking place May 2, 2015 Waikiki Spam Jam Returns May 2, 2015
Honoring Hawai‘i’s beloved canned meat, the Waikiki Spam Jam is a festive annual street festival, now in its 13th year. Held along Waikiki’s Kalakaua Avenue, the event will feature food (with, of course, Spam!) and family-friendly entertainment. There will also be merchandise tents offering Spam-themed clothing and other items. The event, which begins at 4 p.m. and ends at 10 p.m., benefits the Hawai‘i Foodbank. Admission is free. For more information, visit

Chef Shuffles

Vintage Cave Honolulu in Ala Moana Center has a new chef de cuisine. Jonathan Mizukami, an alum of The French Laundry, has taken over the position vacated by Chris Kajioka. Vintage Cave Honolulu, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., Ste. 2250, Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-441-1744.


Take your taste buds on a walk down memory lane! Check out our exclusive closed restaurant database for Hawaii to virtually visit your favorite dining spots from the past. Kincha, R.I.P.

W Bistro has closed. The restaurant was located in the former space of Le Guignol in Honolulu and offered a menu of New American cuisine highlighting local food producers. W Bistro, Medical Arts Building, 1010 S. King St., Honolulu, HI 96814, no phone.
Chef-owner Chai Chaowasaree has replaced Singha Thai Cuisine in Waikiki with Chai's Waikiki. The menu features "local favorites" like Kobe beef loco moco, grilled miso salmon, Hawaiian-style beef stew and sweet potato haupia cake. Singha Thai Cuisine, 1910 Ala Moana Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96815, no phone.

Want to learn to cook? Try new dishes? Meet a foodie friend for fun? Check out our compilation of culinary events in your area.

View our calendar of Wine Dinners & Tastings in Hawaii

Discover the top restaurants on Hawaii for various cuisines and categories like steakhouses, seafood, Hawaii Regional cuisine, and romantic dining. Find the best restaurants on Hawaii here!

Find the best restaurants on Hawaii for dining categories like romantic dining


View archived news: February 2015 | January 2015 | December 2014 | November 2014 | October 2014 | September 2014 | July 2014 | June 2014 | May 2014 | April 2014 | March 2014 | February 2014 | January 2014 | December 2013 | November 2013 | October 2013 | September 2013 | August 2013 | July 2013 | June 2013 | May 2013 | April 2013 | March 2013 | February 2013 | January 2013 | December 2012 | November 2012 | October 2012 | September 2012 | August 2012 | July 2012 | June 2012 | May 2012 | April 2012 | March 2012 | February 2012 | January 2012 | December 2011 | November 2011 | October 2011 | September 2011 | August 2011 | July 2011 | June 2011 | May 2011 | April 2011 | March 2011 | February 2011 | January 2011 | December 2010 | November 2010 | October 2010 | September 2010 | August 2010 | July 2010 | June 2010 | May 2010 | April 2010 | March 2010 | February 2010 | January 2010 | December 2009 | November 2009 | October 2009 | September 2009 | August 2009 | July 2009 | June 2009 | May 2009 | April 2009 | March 2009 | February 2009 | January 2009 | December 2008 | November 2008 | August 2008 | July 2008 | June 2008 | May 2008 | March 2008


Check out the 2014 edition of GAYOT's Annual Restaurant Issue, which features the Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S., Rising Chefs and more.