5 New Oahu Restaurants to Try in Summer 2019

By Olena Heu

Variety is the name of the game this summer when it comes to new restaurants on Oahu. You’ll find everything from tapas, toast, pasta and plate lunches to appease your appetite.

Rigo Hawaii

Rigo Hawaii. Photo: Olena Heu.


A blend of Spanish tapas with an elegant Italian twist, Rigo Hawaii takes contemporary cooking and pairs it with inspired comfort foods. The wood-fired oven and fresh seafood paella are standouts, while the pasta carbonara and diverse wine selection complement the decor of this stylish and chic new restaurant on the outskirts of Waikiki.

Rigo Hawaii
885 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 735-9760

2. Let’s Toast

Let’s Toast. Photo: Olena Heu.


Hidden in Kailua is a quaint cafe that specializes in a wide variety of impressive toast options, along with bubble waffle ice cream sundaes. This isn’t your average avocado toast, as you have a stellar selection of both sweet and savory toppings that are elegantly presented and very generous. Get the sampler and feast on all the toast options your heart desires.

Let’s Toast Cafe
26 Hoolai Street #500
Kailua, HI 96734
(808) 200-5949

3. Da Kitchen Kakaako

Photo: Da Kitchen Kakaako.


The sister restaurant to Maui’s famed eatery Da Kitchen has returned to Oahu, located at the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) in Kakaako. Hearty plates with kalbi, fresh fish and robust local flavors abound. Located a few minutes from downtown, this spot is great for takeout and to enjoy with an ocean view.

Da Kitchen Kakaako
651 Ilalo Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
(808) 888-3488

4. Aloha Steakhouse Waikiki

Photo: Aloha Steakhouse Waikiki.


An approachable, casual steakhouse in Waikiki that serves reasonably priced cuts of meat and savory steaks is a rare find. Now Aloha Steakhouse prides itself as a new restaurant that serves sizzling steaks, seafood and sides that the entire family can enjoy. Try the sweet Maui onion ponzu sauce.

Aloha Steakhouse Waikiki
320 Lewers Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
(808) 600-3431

5. Adela’s Country Eatery

Adela’s Country Eatery. Photo: Olena Heu.


Head to the windward side and enjoy the majestic Koolau Mountains and a slower pace. Adela’s Country Eatery in Kaneohe blends Filipino, Italian and local flavors with their homemade noodle machine and various toppings. Pasta is made from unique ingredients like taro, breadfruit and moringa, then topped with choice of sauce and protein. The pasta noodles are vibrant and the toppings are bursting with flavor.

Adela’s Country Eatery
45-1151 Kamehameha Hwy
Kaneohe, HI 96744
(808) 236-2366

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