There’s no better way to start off every morning in paradise than with the perfect brunch. Whether you’re an early bird who wants to catch the Hawaiian sunrise or you’d prefer to sleep in and then grab a late bite, there are an assortment of amazing restaurants all over Oahu. Many of them also serve great lunch and dinner menus as well, although we definitely recommend trying them out for breakfast if you can. Here are eight of the best brunch places on Oahu that you need to check out during your trip.
Head To These 8 Incredible Brunch Places On Oahu
1. Koko Head Café
One of the most popular restaurants on the island, Koko Head Café has earned a reputation for iron skillet meals that include their Koko Moco (made with a Maui Cattle Co beef patty) and the Korean-style breakfast bibimpop. Other unique dishes to try include their signature Koko Head Cornflake French Toast, Applewood smoked bacon pancakes, and dumplings of the day. Reservations are not accepted, walk-ins only.
Address: 1145 12th Ave C, Honolulu
2. The Pig & the Lady
Choose from an amazing selection of modern Vietnamese-inspired dishes such as the P&L Pho French Dip made with 12-hour roasted brisket and their Bun Tang, which features poached free range chicken, steamed ham, egg, rau ram, scallion, shiitake mushroom, and rice vermicelli. Reservations are highly recommended, especially during weekends.
Address: 83 N King St, Honolulu
3. Scratch Kitchen & Bake Shop
This place gets super busy on the weekends and it’s easy to see why, as a result of their impressive menu. Also located in Chinatown, Scratch has dishes that include their own version of the loco moco and their Milk and Cereal Pancakes, which are made with banana, berries and a special milk syrup.
Address: 1030 Smith St, Honolulu
4. Surf Lanai
Enjoy a beachside buffet breakfast right on the beach at The Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki. This upscale outdoor restaurant is right next to the pool if you’re planning to go for a dip afterwards, and you can also order items a la carte. Dishes are made with tropical accents and include their famous Pink Palace Pancakes and The Royal Loco Moco.
Address: 2259 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
5. Hau Tree
Recognized as one of the most romantic and peaceful spots to enjoy breakfast in Waikiki, Hau Tree features special alfresco dining under mature Hau trees while enjoying the views of San Souci Beach—one of Waikiki’s eastern most beaches near Diamond Head. Recommended dishes include their Kalua Pork with Kimchi-Fried Rice and their Poi Pancakes.
Address: 2863 Kalakaua St, Honolulu
Be prepared to wait in line for up to three hours on weekends, or try and get up as early as possible so that you can be one of the first to get in the door. Their tasty menu includes their signature Kalua Pork Benedict (also available with Mahi Mahi and Crabcake), their Guava Chiffon, and the Cinnamon-Macadamia Nut Roll. Note: they don’t do take-out on weekends.
Address: 315 Ulunui St, Honolulu
7. Yogur Story
One of the highlights of this eatery is the full-sized indoor Cherry tree that one sees when they walk inside this modern space with two-story ceilings. They are known for putting Korean and local twists on their dishes, along with their Prime Rib Loco Moco and their Red Velvet and Dolce De Leche Waffles, made with pecan crunch, caramel, whip cream and other tasty ingredients.
Address: 815 Keeaumoku St, Honolulu
8. Sweet E’s
Enjoy breakfast in a chic yet cozy restaurant tucked away in Kilohana Square. Some of their menu highlights include the stuffed cream cheese blueberry French toast, Corned Beef Egg Benedict, and the Extreme Mess—hash browns, ham, sausage, bacon, onions and peppers mixed with scramble eggs for the ultimate breakfast delight.
Address: 1006 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu
This article was written by Kamala Kirk.