BBQ Restaurants in Honolulu

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From the bustling streets of Times Square to the equally vivacious streets of Hong Kong, people walk around with smiles after enjoying the japanese barbecue cuisine at Gyu-Kaku. The restaurant has more than 700 locations worldwide, each rooted in the belief that some of the strongest bonds between friends are forged at the dinner table. Groups dine on a huge variety of Japanese dishes, from popular meat and veggie dishes such as Harami Skirt Steak, Kalbi Short Rib, and Bacon-wrapped Asparagus - to unique Japanese-American appetizers such as the Spicy Tuna Volcano, Wasabi Crunchy Shrimp, and Ahi Tuna Poke. The real excitement takes place around individual grills, however, where diners can barbecue their own slabs of filet mignon, ahi tuna, or chicken with chili mayo until they are ideally tender or encircled by on-duty firemen.

1221 Kapiolani Blvd
Honolulu,
HI
US

Tenyaku's menu abounds in yakiniku and shabu-shabu, two closely intertwined styles of traditional Japanese cooking. Yakiniku is a shared social meal, ordered one or two bites at a time, so that tantalized tongues can sample a smorgasbord of savory fare, including teriyaki chicken ($5.95), premium Kobe beef short ribs ($19.50), grilled pork belly ($5.95), and Korean-style octopus ($6.50). Shabu-shabu, or Japanese hot pot, also treats groups of gourmands to a cornucopia of thinly sliced meats, veggies, and supplemental dipping sauces. Where yakiniku metes out customer-selected bites, shabu-shabu unleashes a colossal cavalcade of the chef’s choosing, complete with a tabletop pot to cook it in. At Tenyaku, shabu-shabu comes in three varieties: beef ($19.95), seafood ($24.95), and beef and seafood ($23.95), but any order should contain enough variety to placate the persnickety and to ensure the meal’s genetic line adapts to evolutionary changes. Diners can also select one of Tenyaku's many Korean options, such as the fiery pork kimchi ($9.50) or the traditional Korean bulgogi, with sweetly savory marinated beef ($14.95).

1108 Keeaumoku St
Honolulu,
HI
US

Hiroshi's is a Yakiniku restaurant that serves the highest quality meat you can get on the island. All of our meat is shipped by plane and is never frozen. Hiroshi's only likes to serve the best products so that our customers will have the best experience possible. Our service is also something we are very proud of.

339 Royal Hawaiian Ave
Honolulu,
HI
US

Sports FanAddicts' culinary crew prepares a hearty spread of sports-watching favorites, strewn with island-inspired accents. Ravenous steak knives sink into 12-ounce ($15) or 16-ounce ($23) rib-eye steaks or pork chops ($15) with Indian curry ($2) or mushroom-and-onion ($2) adornments. Chicken katsu ($12) reaps ear-pleasing crunch from its Asian muse: a thin coating of panko breadcrumbs. The watering hole also fills mouths with a classic pub-style selection of 12-inch pizzas ($10–$16) and Angus beef burgers ($9–$13).

1208 Kona St
Honolulu,
HI
US

Koala Moa is a family-run business that has been dizzying birds with rotisserie-style rotations since 1989. Chicken dinners come hot off the spit prepared with a recipe developed over years of practice and countless tithes to Viking poultry gods. The menu caters to stomach pits of all depths with four different plate choices. Whole ($9) and half chickens ($5) are available on their own, and the whole-chicken plate ($12), large plate ($7), and mini plate ($5) serve the bird alongside scoops of sautéed corn and rice. Additionally, Koala Moa serves its sides on the side, giving sidelong glances to patrons who can’t get enough rice ($1) or corn ($1). Adding a tasty spin not born on the rotisserie grill, the restaurant also whips up house kimchi and takuan.

755 N Nimitz Hwy
Honolulu,
HI
US

When Russell W. J. Siu was a child, his grandfather always asked him to help craft Chinese dishes for the family dinner. Russell's father inherited the cooking gene from his father, while Russell's mother taught her son the ins and outs of baking. With all of this culinary talent in the family, it's no surprise Russell started working in the food industry at 15, beginning the journey that led to Kaka'ako Kitchen. Nor is it surprising that Russell pays homage to those family dinners with his monthly Picnic on the Lanai, a family-style feast whose past options have included fried oysters with Cajun-spiced tartar sauce.

Made with locally sourced produce and meats, Russell's daily menu spotlights equally flavorful dishes. He assembles avocado, bacon, and crabmeat salad into his trademark A.B.C. sandwiches, tops grass-fed burgers with caramelized onion gravy, and smothers kalua pork sandwiches with pineapple salsa. Desserts made in-house can complement each main, as can your own wine, champagne, or beer, for which Kaka'ako Kitchen has no corkage fee or give-the-waiter-a-sip policy.


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1200 Ala Moana Boulevard
Honolulu,
HI
US