By Tracy Fuga


Aloha and welcome to Hawaii! Situated on the outskirts of Honolulu in Oahu, the area is heavily influenced by nearby Polynesian and Asian countries, though cuisine can be found from all parts of the globe. So, as you get acclimated to your new community, you may wonder: where are the best restaurants to visit near Fort Shafter and Hawaii? Let’s dive in! Craving something specific? Click the links below to go straight to the information. (1-3) Food Court Restaurants on Fort Shafter (4-6) MWR Restaurants on Fort Shafter (7-16) Yelp’s Top 10 Restaurants in Honolulu, HI (17-19) TripAdvisor’s Top 3 Restaurants in Honolulu, HI

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Fort Shafter Restaurants

Dining options on post are available in many flavors and multiple locations. Due to ongoing coronavirus concerns, it is best to confirm restaurant hours before you go.

Fort Shafter Food Court

Be sure to verify hours of operation for the post dining facility and Fort Shafter PX Food Court.

Fort Shafter Main Exchange Food Court

Bldg. 550 Fort Shafter, HI 96819


: 1 (808) 843-1969 The Main PX at Fort Shafter offers a food court with the following options:

1. Subway


: 1 (808) 772-4189

2. Domino’s


: 1 (808) 772-4189

3. Planet Smoothies


: 1 (808) 744-9474

MWR Restaurants and Dining at Fort Shafter

Be sure to visit the Fort Shafter services page to check the status of restaurants due to COVID-19.

4. Hale Ikena Banquet & Conference Center

Bldg. 711 Morton Drive Fort Shafter, HI 96819


: 1 (808) 438-1974 The Hale Ikena Banquet & Conference Center is the perfect place for meetings, conferences and special occasions. Catered and special events are offered daily. The office is open from 0830 to 1630 Monday through Friday, closed on weekends and holidays.

5. Mulligan’s Bar and Grill

Bldg. 711 Morton Drive Fort Shafter, HI 96819


: 1 (808) 438-6712 Located between the Hale Ikena Banquet & Conference Center and the Nagorski Pro Shop, Mulligan’s Bar and Grill serves up delicious weekday lunch and dinner specials to keep you coming back for more. Hours may vary; call for more information.

6. Strike Zone Snack Bar

Bldg. 660 186 Chapplear Road Fort Shafter, HI 96819


: 1 (808) 438-6733 Visit the Strike Zone Snack Bar for delicious food at great prices. The weekday lunch specials are a favorite among customers. Choose from a variety of hamburgers, sandwiches, pizzas and side dishes.

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 Top 10 Yelp Reviewed Restaurants in Honolulu, HI

Top 10 Yelp Reviewed Restaurants in Honolulu, HI

7. Duke’s Waikiki

2335 Kalakaua Ave. Suite 116 Honolulu, HI 96815


: 1 (808) 922-2268 You can’t go to Honolulu without hitting up Duke’s. It’s located right on the world famous Waikiki Beach, and every seat has an amazing view. Enjoy cajun fish tacos or coconut shrimp and don’t forget to save room for Kimo’s Original Hula Pie.

8. Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin

255 Beach Walk Honolulu, HI 96815


: 1 (808) 926-8082 Tonkatsu Ginza Bairin is famous for its truly authentic Tonkatsu (breaded, deep-fried pork cutlet). The other fried items on the menu, from the calamari to the chicken, shouldn’t be missed.

9. Paia Fish Market Waikiki

2299 Kuhio Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815


: 1 (808) 200-0200 This iconic restaurant was established in 1989 in Maui. The Paia Fish Market has grown in popularity over the years. Don’t miss out on the fish tacos, snapper or seafood pasta.

10. Helena’s Hawaiian Food

1240 N. School St. Honolulu, HI 96817


: 1 (808) 845-8044 Serving traditional, local Hawaiian food since 1946, family-owned Helena’s Hawaiian Food has impacted locals and tourists alike around the world. The portions are generous and you likely won’t finish your plate. Most reviewers recommend the Kalua pig.

11. Hula Grill Waikiki

2335 Kalakaua Ave., Suite 203 Honolulu, HI 96815


: 1 (808) 923-4852 The owner/chef of Hula Grill Waikiki is one of the 12 founding fathers of Hawaii Regional Cuisine. Grab a loco moco, macadamia nut crusted-fish plate or some poke tacos and see what the fuss is about.

12. Marugame Udon

2310 Kuhio Ave., Suite 124 Honolulu, HI 96815


: 1 (808) 931-6000 Marugame Udon is the end all, be all for udon and ramen dishes. The menu is vast, so you might have to visit more than once. Reviewers lean toward the curry udon and niku udon so you should start there. Basalt, Honolulu, HI

13. Basalt

2255 Kuhio Ave. Honolulu, HI 96815


: 1 (808) 923-5689 Basalt is where you want to go to celebrate a night out or just treat yourself to a fancy dinner with a nice cocktail. Locals rave about the prime rib, lobster bisque and duck empanadas.

14. Piggy Smalls

1200 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 665 Honolulu, HI 96814


: 1 (808) 777-3588 Established in 2016, Piggy Smalls is an Asian fusion restaurant from award-winning chef Andrew Le and his team. Enjoy the playful bar menu with various pho options or one of the seasonal slushies.

15. The Surfing Pig Hawaii

3605 Waialae Ave. Honolulu, HI 96816


: 1 (808) 744-1992 The Surfing Pig Hawaii offers an elevated menu of slow-roasted meats, small plates like street tacos or crab cakes, and savory entrees such as the smokey cheesy mac. The crafted cocktails pair well with all of the tapas or enjoy with brunch.

16. Scratch Kitchen

1170 Auahi St., Suite 175 Honolulu, HI 96814


: 1 (808) 589-1669 Before you hit up the South Shore Market, visit Scratch Kitchen for a Southern breakfast you won’t soon forget. Visitors rave about the Bruleed French toast, pork adobo loco moco and chilaquiles. All of the food options are Instagram worthy, especially if you sit on the patio. Top 3 TripAdvisor Reviewed Restaurants in Honolulu, HI

Top 3 TripAdvisor Reviewed Restaurants in Honolulu, HI

17. Lucky Belly

50 N. Hotel St. Honolulu, HI 96817


: 1 (808) 531-1888 Trust the TripAdvisor reviewers when they say Lucky Belly is a worthwhile restaurant. The vibe and service are inviting and the food is excellent. While the location isn’t the best, the pork belly, belly bao and oxtail dumpling are worth it.

18. Senia Restaurant

75 N. King St. Honolulu, HI 96817


: 1 (808) 200-5412 This “artsy” restaurant serves you food that looks cool and tastes great. Reviewers flock to Senia for the charred cabbage (where else would you see this on a menu?), gravlax crackers and smoked ahi tuna cigars. Treat yourself to a tasting menu or secure the private dining room for a special occasion.

19. Cafe Kaila

2919 Kapiolani Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96826


: 1 (808) 732-3330 This breakfast hotspot almost always has a line, but it usually moves pretty fast. You won’t mind the wait at Cafe Kaila once you dig into the cinnamon French toast, eggs Benedict or a side of the delicious Portuguese sausage.


Hungry for more? Check out Go Hawaii for dozens of food and beverage listings to explore, in addition to things to do in the area. No doubt as you settle into your new community at Fort Shafter, you will find your new “usual restaurant,” and it’s bound to be a lot more unusual than you’re used to.




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