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Grindz around Waikīkī

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Waikīkī is less than half an hour away from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus; expand your horizons with these eateries in a touristy area whether you are staying on a low budget or celebrating a special occasion at higher end restaurants. 

Marukame Udon

There is usually a line outside the restaurant, but the udon is freshly handmade to order. The tempura and musubi bar is also made to order and includes wide ranging menu for such cheap eats. With less than $6 a meal, you could enjoy a bowl of hot or cold udon and a piece of tempura. If udon isn’t your cup of tea, the four kinds of musubis: salmon, ume, tofu skin or the classic spam may be worth a try. 

LOCATION:

2310 Kūhiō Ave #124

HOURS:

7 a.m.-10 p.m.

phone: (808) 931-6000

Price range: $


Duke’s Waikīkī

Breakfast buffet and a view of Diamond Head while you dine can be a good way to start off the day. Duke's has traditional breakfast items like sausage links, pancakes and french toast and local items such as fried rice and portuguese sausage and a made-to-order omelette station. It is a little more expensive than Koa Pancake House because it’s a buffet at $17 per person.  

LOCATION:

2335 Kalākaua Ave #116

HOURS:

7 a.m.-12 a.m.

phone: (808) 922-2268

Price range: $$


Sansei Seafood Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Located on the third floor of the Waikīkī Marriott and next to DK Steakhouse, Sansei also has a full bar on the side and is a spot to hang out until a table is ready for walk-in visits. A reservation made a few days prior to the visit is recommended since it does get busy. With creative Japanese dishes like panko crusted ahi sashimi — raw tuna wrapped in lettuce and a fried outer layer and crab meat ramen — there is plenty to try on the menu. 

LOCATION:2552 Kalākaua Ave.HOURS: 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.

phone: (808) 931-6286

Price range: $$


Bills Sydney

Bills Sydney is a modern and casual restaurant, located off of the busy Kalākaua Ave. If you happen to be in the area around brunch/lunch hour, the lunch menu is available from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  At Bills, there is always something for you no matter your mood or preference.

LOCATION:280 Beachwalk Ave.

HOURS:

7 a.m. - 10 p.m.

phone: (866) 306-9241

Price range: $$


Noi Thai Cuisine

The upscale Thai cuisine at Royal Hawaiian Center—located on the third floor near Forever 21—is a fully decorated restaurant with leather couches and dim lighting around the dining room area, which creates a calm ambience. Curries like the Bangkok Red Curry at a starting price of $20.95 includes chicken, pork or tofu.  

LOCATION:

2301 Kalākaua Ave C308

HOURS: 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m.

phone: (808) 664-4039

Price range: $$$