Oahu, Hawaii is home to the popular tourist town of Honolulu. With warm weather throughout the year, most Oahu vacation rentals offer easy access to the beach. Choose a condo in Honolulu, or find a hidden gem in one of the smaller towns. After a day spent swimming, surfing, and snorkeling, you might not want to spend hours cooking a family meal. Fortunately, the island offers many locally owned eateries with varied menus to appeal to even your pickiest eater. Fresh seafood tops most of the menus, but it’s still easy to find a juicy burger or grilled cheese for the little ones. Start with these top 12 Oahu kid-friendly restaurants.
1. Duke’s Waikiki
Wander off the beach in flip flops, and get a table at the famous landmark, Duke’s Waikiki. Crayons and coloring pages keep little ones busy until the meal arrives freshly cooked at the table. Order the Cajun fish tacos or sink your teeth into the mango BBQ bacon burger. Kids get their own menu that includes all their favorites from burgers to grilled cheese.
2. Tiki’s Grill
Hula dancers and ukulele players greet you when you arrive at Tiki’s Grill. Kids can dance their way to the table or a booth. Start your meal with coconut shrimp as an appetizer. The Keiki (children’s) menu features fish and chips, teriyaki chicken, grilled cheese, and chicken strips that arrive in a Frisbee with a drink in a souvenir cup.
3. Nico’s Pier 38
Breathe in the fresh ocean air with an outside table at Nico’s Pier 38. This hot spot for lunch offers an extensive menu of sandwiches and burgers. The fans over each table and booth keep the sea breeze moving and cool you off after a morning on the beach. Stop by the Fish Market on the way out, and pick up some fillets for dinner at your vacation rental.
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4. Egghead Cafe
Start out your morning right with breakfast or brunch at the Egghead Cafe. Share a pancake sampler with younger children. It comes with three pancakes in three different flavors of your choice, such as banana, chocolate chip, and s’mores. Choco creme brulee French toast is also a favorite. The friendly staff welcomes children and helps you get little ones settled into high chairs and booster seats.
5. The Street A Michael Mina Social House
Dine inside or outside at Street A Michael Mina Social House. Pick out your meal from the Ramen Bar, the Chocolate Bar, or the Main Bar. Kids love ordering cafeteria style and helping parents carry the trays to the table. This local hot spot often features live music and presentations. After the meal, move to one of the rocking chairs to enjoy the show.
Sleep in late, and let the staff at Cinnamon’s prepare your filling breakfast. Kids love the combination of pancakes and cinnamon rolls while you swoon at the unique taste of the guava chiffon pancakes. Live music and entertainment let your kids tap their toes while you enjoy another cup of coffee. If you can’t get up early enough, stop by for lunch to pick up sandwiches and a sweet treat to take to the beach.
7. Flour and Barley – Brick Oven Pizza
Kids love pizza, and Flour and Barley – Brick Oven Pizza doesn’t disappoint. Order the kids a cheese and pepperoni pizza, while the older members of the family sample teriyaki shrimp pizza with crispy shallots and crunchy kimchee slaw. Not in the mood for pizza? That’s okay; this restaurant offers a full menu of wings, salads, burgers, and sandwiches to meet everyone’s taste.
8. Teddy’s Bigger Burgers
As soon as you walk into Teddy’s Bigger Burgers, kids fall in love with the bright, vibrant scenes painted on the walls. Burgers are the stars at this restaurant, but the fries dripping with garlic butter steal the show. Spud burgers topped with hash browns are a popular menu item along with the Kailua style burger with a teriyaki soaked patty, mushrooms, and Swiss cheese.
9. Pink’s Hot Dogs
The surfboard bearing the restaurant’s name is the first thing kids notice when you arrive at Pink’s Hot Dogs. Treat your kids to the Rosie O’Donnell Long Island dog that stretches a generous 9 inches, while you tackle the Jaws that combines a Polish hotdog and hamburger with bacon, chili, and cheese. For smaller kids and picky eaters, order a plain dog off the kid’s menu.
10. Brick Fire Tavern
Enjoy seasonal sides and starters at the Brick Fire Tavern with its wood-fired brick-oven pizzas. Your kids can chow down on a simple cheese pizza while the adults explore some of the unique flavor profiles. The Pig and the Fig is a pizza with prosciutto, roasted figs, and balsamic onions. For dessert, split a Nutella calzone filled with ooey-gooey hazelnut cream and bananas.
11. Side Street Inn
Locals and tourists alike flock to the Side Street Inn for its friendly service and large selection of steaks, chicken, ribs, and seafood. Start your meal with a basket of garlic bread to keep little hands busy while you wait for your freshly prepared meal. Kids enjoy the fried rice and fried noodle dishes with pork, beef, or chicken. Afterwards, snag a brownie topped with vanilla bean ice cream and chocolate syrup.
12. Aloha Shave Ice
Need a little pick me up to continue a long day sightseeing? Stopping by Aloha Shave Ice gives everyone a chance to cool off and enjoy a nifty little sugar buzz with their own favorite flavored shaved ice. This shop uses real fresh fruit in their shaved ice, including strawberries and blueberries. In addition to shaved ice, this place offers ice cream and bubble tea. It’s a stop that brings a smile to everyone’s face.
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