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Where to Eat Near Pearl Harbor
Are you planning a vacation in Waikiki or Honolulu and planning to visit the famous Pearl Harbor? You may be wondering “where to eat near Pearl Harbor,” which is precisely what we’ll discuss today!
After you check out this list of the best restaurants near Pearl Harbor, make sure to check out other Oahu must-dos like a luau (my favorite is Chief’s Luau) or visit Kualoa Ranch or the Polynesian Cultural Center.
Where to buy Pearl Harbor tickets
First and foremost, when should you get tickets to Pearl Harbor? You should buy a ticket to Pearl Harbor as soon as possible. Although you actually do not need a ticket to visit, you do need one for the USS Arizona Memorial wh,ich is the highlight for most visitors.
You can get them for free (with a $1 service fee) at recreation.gov. If you don’t have a rental car or if you’d like to do a tour, there are a few I recommend:
- Karma Tour Hawaii Pearl Harbor tours
- Salute to Pearl Harbor (includes USS Arizona)
- Pearl Harbor, Punch Bowl, and City Tour
If you’d like to visit Pearl Harbor on your own, you may want to rent a car. I recommend one if you want to explore the beautiful island of Oahu outside of Honolulu and Waikiki. You’ll find the best prices anywhere at Discount Hawaii Car Rental.
With a car, you can check out the beautiful North Shore and explore 25 things to do in Haleiwa.
Can Civilians Eat at the Restaurants on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman?
Military personnel and their families have access to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman. That includes the restaurants that are located there.
While these restaurants near Pearl Harbor are wonderful, you won’t be able to dine at them unless you have the proper identification and documentation with states you can accesss the base.
Thankfully, there are plenty of other restaurants near Pearl Harbor for you to enjoy during your vacation.
Where to Eat Near Pearl Harbor
Here are some of the best places to eat near Pearl Harbor, listed in no particular order. If you’re staying in Waikiki, don’t miss the best restaurants in Waikiki.
One of the closest restaurants near Pearl Harbor is Restaurant 604. You will find this restaurant at the Rainbow Bay Marina. It is conveniently located near the parking lot of the memorial.
Fresh local ingredients are used to prepare all the dishes on the menu. At lunchtime, consider ordering the chicken sandwich, 604 burger, or macnut mahi mahi. Most people say this is the best lunch near Pearl Harbor.
They also offer a children’s menu, which is perfect for traveling with kids.
I recommend trying to get a table that offers views of the boats on the water. This way, you can relax while you eat!
Kau Kau Grill
Hawaiian BBQ, as well as southern BBQ, will be ready and waiting for you at Kau Kau Grill. This could easily be one of the best places to eat near Pearl Harbor.
I recommend trying the pulehu beef short ribs, spicy ahi poke bowl, or the surf and turf special. Although, everything they serve is delicious.
You will find this restaurant off Puuloa Road. That is on the west side of Honolulu.
Aiea Manapua & Snacks
Not too many people know about this place to eat near Pearl Harbor. Aiea Manapuka & Snacks is one of those hidden gems you won’t want to miss!
Order the Hawaiian-Chinese baked or steamed manapua. They are both pastries you can eat immediately or save for later.
There are plenty of other packaged items, as well as drinks, you can grab for your meal.
Thai Cuisine Express
Thai Cuisine Express is one of the restaurants that’s further from Pearl Harbor, but don’t worry, it’s only a couple of miles further than many other restaurants.
You will find this restaurant within the Waimalu Shopping Center. I recommend trying their Panang curry or pad Thai. Although, don’t discount smoked pork salad or pineapple fried rice.
Another amazing BBQ restaurant is Dixie Grill. If you have a craving for southern BBQ, this is the restaurant you will want to choose!
Start with the po’boys before diving into the brisket served with cornbread. Save room for the key lime pie at dessert.
Oh, and the kids will love this restaurant. There are games for them to play in the back.
When searching for where to eat near Pearl Harbor on Oahu, consider Forty-Niner Restaurant. This is a family-owned restaurant. It is a great place to grab breakfast or lunch during a day of sightseeing.
At breakfast time, the banana macadamia nut pancakes are a must. For lunch, try the saimin, or the garlic chicken, or stick to one of the delicious burgers.
Leonard’s Pearlridge Malasada Mobile
Why not stop at a food truck for lunch? Food trucks are always a good idea, especially when you know you can get the best malasadas near Pearl Harbor at Leonard’s!
The locals even arrive at Leonard’s Pearlridge Malasada Mobile to eat if you wonder why the lines are so long. Order a few different types so you can determine which ones are your favorite.
I recommend eating the malasadas while they are hot – simply slice them in half using a knife.
Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill
This is one of the local eateries you will find inside the Pearlridge Shopping Mall. Uncle’s Fish Market & Grill was opened by a local fisherman. So, you know the fish and seafood they serve will always be fresh!
The menu is full of dishes made with fish. Some of the favorites include sushi, fish tacos, and poke. You will also find burgers and steak on the menu. So, this restaurant has you covered even if you are not a fan of seafood.
Mango Mango Dessert
There may be a time when you want something cold and yummy after visiting Pearl Harbor. When that happens, head over to Mango Mango Dessert.
You will find this ice cream shop inside the Pearlridge Shopping Mall. While you can order ice cream here, there are so many other things on their menu. So, consider a bubble tea, smoothie, or crepe cake during your visit.
Kapiolani Coffee Shop
The Kapiolani Coffee Shop is one of the places you will want to visit on your way to Pearl Harbor. It is the perfect place to grab a cup of coffee and a pastry.
Its location is convenient since it is inside the Waimalu Shopping Center. Of course, you can also stop after your visit. They offer the best lunch near Pearl Harbor. If you want something different, try their oxtail soup.
When craving poke nachos and street tacos, you must go to Kehau’s Kitchen. This locally owned restaurant offers a no-frills experience with delicious Hawaiian cuisine.
You will need to search a little for this restaurant. It is hidden amongst the shops at the Westridge Shopping Center.
Anna Miller’s Restaurant
Anna Miller’s Restaurant is an old-time diner full of charm. You can eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner here. The menu is packed with home-cooked favorites.
Remember that you will want to save room for a slice of pie. They have so many options to choose from. It may be difficult to choose. And if that happens, simply take a few slices to go!
Bravo Restaurant and Bar
One of the best places to dine when you want Italian food is Bravo Restaurant and Bar. They offer a children’s menu with their regular menu of Italian favorites. And yes, you can order pizza if you want.
The best thing is this restaurant shares the same building as Anna Miller’s Restaurant. So, you can always sneak next door after your meal for a piece of pie.
If you are used to packing bento boxes for lunch back home, you will want to go to Mamaya when you are near Pearl Harbor. This Japanese restaurant offers a large variety of bento boxes to go. They are all packed up and ready for you to purchase.
These ready-to-eat boxes sell out quickly each day. So, arrive early for the best selection.
Where to eat near Pearl Harbor
I hope this guide to where to eat near Pearl Harbor helped you plan your day of visiting Pearl Harbor. Speaking of planning your day, you won’t want to miss my Oahu itineraries:
If you enjoyed this post about the best restaurants near Pearl Harbor, check out more things to do in Oahu and things to do in Waikiki!
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- 10 best things to do in Waikiki
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- The best Oahu snorkeling
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