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ASIAN
(see also Other Oahu Restaurants)

The restaurants listed under this category have received prestigious annual awards and critical recognition from various sources, among them:
  • 'Ilima Award: Presented by the Honolulu Advertiser Newspaper based on a People's Choice ballot.
  • Hale 'Aina Award: Presented by the Honolulu Magazine based on subscriber balloting.


CHINESE

GOLDEN DRAGON
Hilton Hawaiian Village
2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 946-5336
Award winning Cantonese cuisine overlooking a tropical lagoon. (D $$)

HEE HING
449 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Kapahulu Area)
Tel. (808) 735-5544
Elegant Cantonese dim sum. 2004 & 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $$)

KIN WAH CHOP SUEY

45-588 Kamehameha Highway
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(Windward Oahu)
Tel. (808) 247-4812
Cantonese - great glazed honey walnut shrimp. 2003 Ilima Award. (LD $)

LEGEND SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
100 North Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Chinatown Area)
Tel. (808) 532-1868 (2 locations)
Legendary dim sum - in four sizes! 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $$)

LITTLE VILLAGE NOODLE HOUSE
1113 Smith Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Chinatown Area)
Tel. (808) 545-3008
A long-standing friendly Hawaii institution with dishes that are delicious and uniquely Chinese - blending the major cooking styles of China (Northern, Hong Kong and Szechuan). 2002 Ilima Award; 2007 Hale Aina Award. (LD $)

ROYAL PALACE
4510 Salt Lake Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96818
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 487-6662
A popular, busy spot known for value, large portions and familiar Chinese flavors. 2002 Ilima Award. (LD $)

SEAFOOD VILLAGE
Hyatt Regency Waikiki
2424 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 971-1818
An award-winning restaurant serving Hong Kong style dim sum and Cantonese cuisine. The attentive service will astound you! (LD $$)

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INDIAN

MAHARANI INDIAN RESTAURANT
2509 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / Moiliili Area)
Tel. (808) 951-7447
Authentic Indian cuisine. Vegetarian and seafood specialties. 2007 Hale Aina Award. (D $)

ZAFFRON
69 North King Street
Honolulu, HI 96817
(Honolulu / Chinatown Area)
Tel. (808) 533-6635
If you are just mad about saffron, come and savor the aristocrat of spices at Zaffron - the home of Indian delights. The restaurant grows fresh herbs on the premises. Great dinner buffet. 2002 Hale Aina Award (LD $)

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JAPANESE

GENKI SUSHI HAWAII
900 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 735-7700
Sushi service on a conveyor belt. Specializing in a wide selection of take-out. 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $)

GYOTAKU
1824 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / McCully Area)
Tel. (808) 949-4584
Sushi and Bentos - Express take-out dinners. 2006 Ilima Award. (LD $)

JIMBO RESTAURANT
1936 S. King Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / McCully Area)
Tel. (808) 947-2211
The place for Japan-style Udon (noodle soup). Hot or cold with vegetables, chicken or tempura. 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $)

KYO-YA

2057 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 947-3911
Authentic Japanese cuisine. Private tatami rooms. 2004 & 2005 Ilima Award; 2007 Hale Aina Award. (LD $$)

SANSEI SEAFOOD RESTAURANT & SUSHI BAR
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, 3rd Floor
2552 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 931-6286
Incredible seafood "must try" - specialty sushi rolls. 2004 & 2005 Hale Aina Award. (D $$$)

SHOGUN
Pacific Beach Hotel
2490 Kalakaua Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 921-6113
Specializing in that island favorite, the Buffet - touching on all manner of Japanese food - from sushi to grill to tableside preparation. 2002 Ilima Award. (BLD $$$)

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KOREAN

GINA'S BAR-B-Q
2919 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / Kaimuki Area)
Tel. (808) 735-7964
Mouth-watering Korean food - kalbi, spicy pork, meat or fish jun, mandoo, chicken katsu, bi bim bap, barbecued spicy ika. 2002 Ilima Award. (LD $)

SORABOL
805 Keeaumoku Street
Honolulu, HI 96814
(Honolulu / Ala Moana Area)
Tel. (808) 947-3113
A traditional yakiniku (you cook at your table) experience. A Korean told us it's perhaps the best Korean food she has ever had! 2004 & 2005 Ilima Award; 2007 Hale Aina Award. (BLD $)

YAKINIKU CAMELLIA
2494 South Beretania Street
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / Moiliili Area)
Tel. (808) 944-0449
Cook-it-yourself buffet - very popular with Asian tourists. 2005 Ilima Award. (LD $$)

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PHILIPPINE

ELENA'S
94-866 Moloalo Street
Waipahu, HI 96797
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 676-8005
Since 1974, serving Filipino Americans yearning for the flavors of mom's kitchen. 2002 & 2005 Ilima Award. (BLD $)

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THAI

CHAMPA THAI
Pearl Kai Shopping Center
98-199 Kamehameha Highway
Aiea, HI 96701
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 488-2881
The naturally healthy way of eating: light salads, spicy soups, noodle dishes, curry. Extensive vegetarian menu. 2002 Ilima Award. (LD $)

KEO'S
2028 Kuhio Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96815
(Honolulu / Waikiki Area)
Tel. (808) 951-9355
Loaded with atmosphere - winner of many prestigious awards. Offering a modern interpretation of classic Southeast Asian and Thai dishes. 2004, 2005 & 2006 Ilima Award. (BLD $$$)

PHUKET THAI

McCully Shopping Center
1960 Kapiolani Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96826
(Honolulu / McCully Area)
Tel. (808) 942-8194 (2 locations)
Excellent Thai food and wide variety of vegetarian dishes. 2007 Hale Aina Award. (LD $)

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VIETNAMESE

CUU LONG NINE DRAGONS RIVER RESTAURANT
Pearl Kai Shopping Center
98-199 Kamehameha Highway
Aiea, HI 96701
(Southwest Oahu)
Tel. (808) 488-6041
Specializing in Pho (noodle soup) and Vietnamese fondue! 2002 Ilima Award. (LD $)

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