Hawaii Breakfast Spots for the Brunch-a-Holic

Sunday brunch is always a nice way to round out the weekend.  Some brunches may be as simple as a plate of breakfast items, while others feature buffets that will make you forgo dinner that night.  The extended breakfast represents a time to enjoy the company of your loved ones while indulging in comforting flavors.  Here is a list of our favorite brunch spots, ranging from simple to elaborate.  


Forty Niner Cafe 

Since 1947, Forty Niner Cafe has been known among those on the West side of Oahu for its genuinely caring service, great meals, reasonable prices, and convenient location. 

Forty Niner Waikiki Exterior

Now with a location in Waikiki, people in town may enjoy their Hawaiian-style breakfast plates, including breakfast specials, pancakes, waffles, French toasts, loco mocos, omelets, and more.  Locals simply go bananas for the banana French toast featuring egg-battered slices of bread topped with golden grilled bananas beautifully caramelized, with an original banana syrup. We think you will too.

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Location : 445 Seaside Ave. Island Colony
Hours : 7am – 3pm daily
Phone : (808) 923 – 2058


Lulu’s Waikiki 

Lulu’s Waikiki immerses the diner in the unique flavors that define Hawaii via a carefully crafted menu of Pacific Rim-inspired dishes and local favorites. 

An iconic local dish, the loco moco is their signature.

Fresh ingredients and Hawaiian hospitality help to make every meal a celebration.  Locals will swear by their ube mochi pancakes–fluffy gluten-free griddle cakes incorporating rice flour, topped with ube puree, and drizzled with a purple sweet potato and coconut syrup.  The toothsome pancakes feature a slightly chewy texture from the mochi flour, and can almost double as a dessert.  

Lulu’s Waikiki >> Get a special offer!
Location: 2586 Kalakaua Ave. 2nd Floor
Hours: 8am – 2am (Mon), 8am -12am (Tue – Sun)
Phone:(808) 926 – 5222


Sunny Days

Hawaii occasionally experiences inclement weather, but even on those rare occurrences, Sunny Days makes a Sunday brunch pleasant.  A casual cafe along Monsarrat Avenue, the space is designed to not only satisfy one’s appetite, but to also satiate one’s feelings, which is based on the concept of slow living in Hawaii.

sunny days interior

Hang loose in our cafe with surfer vibes

Fresh fruits and vegetables are often found in the various menu items such as the Eggs Benedict, which features two poached eggs over English muffins layered with bacon, avocado, and a homemade miso Hollandaise.  So take things slow, and enjoy a brunch that will make you feel great, even on a cloudy day.

sunny days mega pancakes, eggs benedict, acai bowl, egg toast

Sunny days >> Get a special offer!
Location: 3045 Monsarrat Ave. Ste 6
Phone: (808)367-0059
Hours: 8am-3pm (Last Call 2pm) daily


Istanbul Hawaii

The popular Turkish restaurant in Honolulu that draws from age-old family recipes offers a spectacular brunch menu on Saturdays and Sundays.  The restaurant opens from 11:00 a.m. on the weekends, making it a perfect place for the late riser. 

Here, dishes range from the subtly sweet to savory indulgences.  With exotic discoveries such as Kadayif pancakes with date syrup, shakshuka, the Delectable Cilbir with sourdough bread, spanakopita egg Benedict, and more, there are so many causes for a return visit.  If trying the brunch here for the first time, consider the rose cardamom French toast with thick cut brioche scented with Turkish rose water, Laie vanilla bean kaymak, and accompanied by seasonal fruits and chicken za’atar sausages.  You will be planning out your next visit after the first bite.

Istanbul Hawaii Rose Cardamom French Toast

Istanbul Hawaii
1108 Auahi Street, Honolulu, HI
Phone:  (808) 772-4440
Brunch business hours:  Sat & Sun, 11:00am – 2:15pm


Hatsuhana offers a fun twist on the typical brunch buffet.  Besides the staples of cereals, fresh fruits, scrambled eggs, and breakfast meats, Hatsuhana augments its lineup with yakisoba noodles, pork and shrimp shumai dumplings, grilled salmon, grilled mackerel, extra soft tofu, braised eggplant with paprika, porridge, and more!  Some of the must-try dishes include braised mustard greens with fried tofu, soy-simmered scallops, and Japanese beef curry. 

hatsuhana buffet arrange

Combine with various seasonings and side dishes to transform into a richly flavored Japanese meal.

A selection of juices, hot cocoa, coffee, tea, and milk with milk substitutes are all included for just $34 per person.

Hatsuhana Breakfast Buffet

Hatsuhana Japanese Restaurant >> Get a special offer!
Hilton Hawaiian Village Rainbow Bazaar, 2005 Kalia Road, Honolulu, HI
Phone:  (808) 946-8287
Breakfast buffet hours:  Thu-Tue, 7:00 – 10:30am (closed Wed)

Nami Kaze

One of the hottest restaurants in Honolulu is Nami Kaze.  Open for lunch and dinner, this spot is a perfect brunch venue on the weekends.  Owner and Executive Chef Jason Peel draws from the flavors from his hometown of Kaua‘i, and the decades of experience working with some of Hawaii’s culinary leaders.  His farm-focused approach and inspired creativity produces a series of eggs Benedicts, Japanese-style teishoku set meals, sandwiches, salads, omelets, and sweet breakfast selections.  One unique favorite dish is the shrimp toast Benedict inspired by the Singaporean dish. 

Nami Kaze Shrimp Toast Benedict, Hawaii, Honolulu, Waikiki

It is served with a sous vide egg wading in indulgent Hollandaise that serves as a rich dip, contrasted by fresh crisp bites of an accompanying watercress herb salad.  The other is a mentaiko omelet which veneers savory Chinese-style steamed egg with a creamy mentaiko (spicy cod roe) sauce with tomatoes, ikura zuke, and parmesan for an unforgettable umami-driven presentation.

Nami Kaze Mentaiko Omelet, Honolulu, Hawaii, Brunch

Nami Kaze
1135 N. Nimitz Highway, Honolulu, HI
Phone:  (808) 888-6264
Brunch business hours:  Sat & Sun, 9:00am – 1:30pm

A luxe brunch experience may include a buffet meal at Orchids at the Halekulani or Hoku’s at The Kahala Hotel & Resort, but because of these restaurants’ popularity, getting a reservation is highly coveted.  However, these other restaurants will be equally satisfying, offering you slightly different but enjoyable local flavors.  And the best part is that most of them are available on Saturdays if not other days of the week too!

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