One of the few good things that the pandemic has brought about is new opportunities. Over the past 2 years, locals have had to endure beloved restaurants closing their doors. However, vacant spaces are an opportunity for those willing to take a chance. Royal Hawaiian Dining Plaza features many locally owned businesses that have never had a storefront in Waikiki, so make sure your check it out!
You can enter Royal Hawaiian Dining Plaza in two ways. One entrance is on Royal Hawaiian Ave, and the other entrance is on Waikolu way. Either way you enter, you’ll find some tasty food options waiting for you.
Originally opened in Waseda Japan, Ezogiku has been serving up authentic Japanese ramen to hungry customers since 1968. Ezogiku has survived the pandemic with strong support from loyal local customers. If you’re visiting, make sure to check them out and see what all the fuss is about. We recommend the Miso Ramen Combo, which comes with a mini fried rice and gyoza on the side.
Leo’s Taverna is another business that enjoys strong local support. Visit their downtown location, and you’ll see many locals lining up at lunch time. The restaurant serves a range of delicious Mediterranean food like gyros, kebabs and falafels. Moreover, they’re a great choice for vegetarian food in Waikiki. Keep Leo’s in mind if you or a family member are looking for some meatless dining options.
Aloha Bowl serves up a variety of bowls and lunch plates. If you’re thinking that sounds typical for Waikiki, hold that thought! The twist is that they are owned by Kapolei based Cajun restaurant Kickin Kajun. Try a new spin on the lunch plate and enjoy great seafood with some extra flavor!
Keep on the lookout for new restaurants opening soon. We have it on good authority that locally owned Fatboy’s will be opening a Poke & Garlic store in the coming days. Make sure to follow us on instagram to see where we are eating day to day!