Cheap Eats in Honolulu: Nine Inexpensive Restaurants You Should Check Out in Waikiki

Now that winter is coming on in the northern part of the USA, we can't help but dream about the extended stay we were lucky enough to have nearly a year ago in the Waikiki district of Honolulu.

Unfortunately, as any visitor to Hawaii quickly discovers, it can be difficult to find affordable restaurant meals in Waikiki. But if you're willing to wander off the beaten path just a bit, you can find really good food at surprisingly reasonable prices.

With that, here are nine of the best cheap eats in Waikiki. Hopefully this post will encourage you to visit one of our favorite places in the world!
Fanny's Chinese
464 Ena Rd
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 941-8155

This hole-in-the-wall restaurant serves Chinese food at prices ranging from $5-$8, possibly the lowest dinner prices in all of Waikiki. But go early--by 6pm, Fanny gets flooded with takeout orders and she'll shoo you away.

Phuket Thai
1960 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 922-7960‎

This casual restaurant serves excellent Thai food at reasonable prices. Located just a few blocks north of Waikiki on the corner of Kapiolani and McCulley Streets.

Ramen Nakamura
2141 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-7960

Many people consider Nakamura to be the best ramen in Honolulu. The food is excellent and the prices are quite reasonable.

Ezogiku Ramen
2146 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 926-8616

We affectionately call this restaurant "the other ramen place" and we actually prefer it to the more popular and slightly more expensive Ramen Nakamura. The service is friendlier, the dining area is a bit bigger, and the entire experience is more casual and relaxing.

Rainbow Drive-In
3308 Kanaina Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 737-0177‎

Just a few blocks' walk from Waikiki. The clientele at Rainbows is predominantly locals getting their fix of delicious island-style comfort food. If you want to try a traditional favorite, try the artery-clogging loco moco. My personal choice: the combination platter.

Pho Old Saigon
2270 Kuhio Ave # 1
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 922-2668

Excellent Vietnamese food. This restaurant is almost always crowded. Don't expect to be impressed with the decor (or the adult video store next door), but do expect to be impressed with the prices.

Pho My Lien
1831 Ala Moana Blvd
Honolulu, HI‎ 96815
(808) 955-4009‎

Situated on the second floor of a run-down building, this mom and pop restaurant serves excellent home-cooked Vietnamese food at very reasonable prices.

Siam Square
408 Lewers St
Honolulu, HI‎ 96815
(808) 923-5320‎

Exceptional Thai Food, friendly service and reasonable prices. This place is hidden away a little bit on the second floor above street level--just look for the ABC Store on the corner of Kuhio and Lewers Street, walk a few feet north on Lewers, then look up and to the left. You can't miss it.

Due Divino Pastaria
432 Ena Rd
Honolulu, HI‎ 96815
(808) 955-4142‎

Hidden away on Ena Street, just past Hobron Street, is an excellent little family-style Italian restaurant. We were impressed with their simple yet delicious food, and we loved the comfortable and relaxed atmosphere.

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Laura said...

Ooooh how I miss those places. Your loving descriptions made me want to fly back there sooner rather than later!

Daniel said...

I always want to fly back there sooner rather than later. :) Thanks for the feedback and for your comment Laura!