A breakfast plate with sausage, potatoes, fried egg, sauce, slices of fruit, and some toast in Honolulu.

17 Best Breakfast Options in Honolulu Right Now

Are you going to Honolulu and looking for the best breakfast places? Look no further because we’ve compiled a list of the best breakfast spots to satisfy your cravings.

Honolulu offers many delicious breakfast options ranging from cozy cafes to beachside restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for pancakes, omelets, or a Hawaiian dish like loco moco, kalua pork hash, or acai bowls, something here will satisfy your taste buds.

This post will uncover a range of breakfast options catering to various preferences and budgets. Whether you are looking for an authentic Hawaiian breakfast to savor the flavors of the islands, a breakfast buffet, or a budget-friendly meal that won’t compromise on taste, this guide will serve as your compass to discovering the finest breakfast in Honolulu.

Why trust us? I’m glad you asked! We researched the top restaurants in Oahu and consulted locals about their favorite places. We then took it upon ourselves to try the restaurants and ensure we recommended locations of the highest quality.

Without further ado, let’s dive into the best breakfast spots in Honolulu!

(1) Moena Cafe

RATING: 4.6 out of 5

Location: Koko Marina Center Building E, 7192 Kalanianaʻole Highway, Suite #D-101, Honolulu, HI 96825

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 7:00 am – 2:30 pm

Located in Hawaii Kai, Moena Cafe is a local and tourist favorite breakfast spot that captures the essence of Hawaiian charm and flavors. This cozy and inviting café offers a delightful blend of local and international breakfast dishes that cater to all tastes.

From fluffy pancakes to savory loco moco, Moena Cafe showcases the best of Hawaiian cuisine with a modern twist. It’s a must-visit with its friendly atmosphere, attentive service, and delectable menu.

We usually go to Moena Cafe after hiking Koko Head. What better way to reward ourselves for a strenuous activity than with a delicious breakfast?

Our favorite items on the menu include the short rib loco moco, sausage or corned beef hash, the MC breakfast, and any of their pancakes.

Note: This place is very popular and can get busy, especially during rush hour. Be patient, and don’t be discouraged by the wait – it’s definitely worth it!

A plate of sausage and potato Hash with a fried egg on top from Moena Café in Honolulu.
A plate of fried rice, Portuguese sausage with a fried egg on top from Moena Café in Honolulu.
Cody walking to Moena Cafe in Honolulu for breakfast.

(2) Sweet E’s Café

RATING: 4.7 out of 5

Location: 1006 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96816

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Sweet E’s Café is another popular breakfast spot in the heart of Honolulu, a few minutes from Waikiki. 

If you’re craving a sweet treat for breakfast, this venue will provide everything your heart desires. 

If you are going to choose one item from the extensive menu, then it has to be the blueberry cream cheese-stuffed French toast.

But those searching for more savory options will not be disappointed with the fried rice, hash, and egg offerings. There is also a fabulous selection of eggs benedict-type dishes, and the omelets are also great.

The ‘Extreme Mess’ is the way to go if you are hungry. Three extra-large eggs, ham, hash browns, bacon, and sausage, all topped with cheddar cheese (all scrambled together). It may not be the most healthy, but it’s oh-so-delicious.

Our favorites include the eggs benedict options, omelets with a side of potatoes, and French toast when we want something sweet.

Note: This place gets crowded as well. We have been here multiple times, and sometimes the wait was an hour. We recently started going after 12:30 pm, and the wait times haven’t been bad. You can also try getting there right at opening time.

Eggs benedict with harsh browns at Sweet Es Café in Honolulu for breakfast.
Cody eating breakfast at Sweet E's Café in Waikiki, Honolulu.
Cody at the entrance of Sweet E's Café in Honolulu to have breakfast.

(3) Heavenly Island Lifestyle

RATING: 4.4 out of 5

Location: 342 Seaside Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

If you’re searching for fresh, local, and organic breakfast options, you can find ample choices at this wood-paneled venue on the first floor of the Shoreliner Hotel. 

Enjoy your meal indoors or at an outdoor table and tuck into menu items such as the acai bowl with Big Island honey and granola or the always delightful French toast. 

Eggs Benedict is also a fabulous choice, and the variety is exceptional. They also have some great ice creams – perhaps not the traditional breakfast option, but who could resist flavors such as Kona Coffee or plain ole’ Vanilla?

Heavenly Island Lifestyle is our go-to place whenever we want to indulge in a healthy breakfast. Their breakfast menu has a lot of vegan and gluten-free options that do not compromise on taste.

Cody admiring a breakfast plate with eggs, salad, tomatoes, avocado and an English muffin from Heavenly Island Lifestyle in Waikiki.
A plate of fried rice  with an egg on top and some vegetables from Heavenly Island Lifestyle in Waikiki.
Trysta holding a delicious crème Brulé with some fruit on top from Heavenly Island Lifestyle in Honolulu.
Crème brulé for dessert, because why not?!
Cody at the entrance of Heavenly Island Lifestyle in Waikiki to have breakfast.

(4) Eggs ‘n Things

RATING: 4.1 out of 5

Location: Multiple

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Mon-Sun, 6:00 am – 1:00 pm

Eggs ‘n Things is an iconic breakfast spot in Honolulu, renowned for its mouthwatering dishes and vibrant atmosphere.

With multiple locations on Oahu, including one in the heart of Waikiki, this beloved eatery has been satisfying breakfast cravings for locals and tourists for years.

With a focus on fresh ingredients and bold flavors, Eggs ‘n Things offers an extensive menu featuring a variety of delectable omelets, fluffy pancakes, and hearty loco moco.

Whether you’re in the mood for a classic breakfast or a unique twist on traditional favorites, Eggs ‘n Things has something to please every palate.

With its lively ambiance, friendly service, and generous portions, a visit to Eggs ‘n Things is a must for breakfast enthusiasts looking for an authentic and satisfying start to their day in Honolulu.

(5) Koko Head Cafe

 RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Location: 1120 12th Ave #100, Honolulu, HI 96816

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Daily, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm; closed Tuesdays

Koko Head Cafe is a trendy cafe offering a unique and modern twist on traditional breakfast dishes.

The menu showcases a fusion of flavors, blending Hawaiian influences with global culinary techniques.

Some favorite items on the menu include the Koko Moco, miso marinated local catch, or the breakfast steak and eggs. The breakfast bruschetta and the ricotta pancakes are also delicious. It’s filling and incredibly satisfying.

Skillets are also a great option if you are hungry. Order a maple sriracha sausage patty as a side; you’ll be glad you did.

The lively and energetic ambiance and friendly and attentive service make Koko Head Cafe a popular choice among locals and tourists alike.

For a breakfast experience that pushes boundaries and tantalizes taste buds, Koko Head Cafe is a must-visit in Honolulu.

Note: Koko Head Cafe is a great place to stop by after hiking the Koko Head Trail, one of the best hikes on Oahu.

A plate of delicious loco moco in Hawaii  for breakfast with a side of cornbread.

(6) ARVO Cafe

RATING: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 324 Coral St at SALT, Honolulu, HI 96813

Price: $

Hours of Operation: Daily, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Located within the SALT restaurant area in Kaka’ako, ARVO Cafe has a chic vibe with hanging plants and wooden tones. They also have a small retail area inside the cafe where you can buy t-shirts, caps, tote bags, incense, and tea.

Known for its specialty coffee and artisanal dishes, ARVO Cafe presents a menu that blends international flavors with a touch of Hawaiian inspiration.

From their famous meatballs and toast to their mouthwatering avocado toast creations, each dish at ARVO Cafe is crafted with care and creativity.

Whether you’re in the mood for a nourishing breakfast or a satisfying gourmet coffee, ARVO Cafe’s dedication to quality ingredients and delicious flavors will leave you returning for more.

The ARVO Cafe in Honolulu with multiple seats outside the restaurant.
Cody outside ARVO Cafe in Honolulu.

(7) ARS Cafe

RATING: 4.5 out of 5

Location: 3116 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thu, 6:30 am – 4:00 pm; Sat, 6:30 am – 6:00 pm; Sun, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm (open daily)

What better way to enjoy a delicious breakfast in Honolulu than with gorgeous views of Diamond Head?

ARS Cafe offers a unique and artistic dining experience. This cozy cafe captures the essence of creativity with its eclectic decor and vibrant atmosphere.

Known for their attention to detail and exceptional service, ARS Cafe serves a menu showcasing a fusion of flavors from around the world. 

From their signature sandwiches and toasts filled with gourmet ingredients to their beautifully crafted specialty lattes, every dish and beverage at ARS Cafe is a work of art.

With its commitment to quality ingredients, ARS Cafe has quickly become a favorite among locals and visitors.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxing morning coffee or a satisfying breakfast feast, this cafe promises a memorable and delightful experience for breakfast enthusiasts on the island of Oahu.

We usually come here for their breakfast sandwiches and baked goods. The Caprese sandwich is my favorite, and Cody loves the cajun fried rice with avocado and poached egg.

Tip: ARS Cafe is located a few minutes from Diamond Head and is the perfect spot to grab a coffee before or after your hike.

Cody entering Ars Café in Honolulu for breakfast.
A plate of fried rice with some avocado on top and a side of salad from ARS Café in Honolulu for breakfast.
Cody eating his sandwich at ARS Café in Honolulu for breakfast.

(8) Bogart’s Café

RATING: 4.3 out of 5

Location: 3045 Monsarrat Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs, 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

This cozy cafe exudes a warm and inviting atmosphere that makes guests feel right at home.

With a menu that combines classic breakfast favorites with unique creations, Bogart’s Café offers a wide range of options to satisfy every craving.

From fluffy buttermilk pancakes to hearty breakfast burritos packed with flavorful fillings, each dish is prepared with care and attention to detail.

The friendly staff and cozy ambiance make Bogart’s Café the perfect place to start your day with a satisfying and comforting breakfast experience in Honolulu.

Tip: Their fried rice is one of our favorite items on the menu, but if you decide to get it, ask for less salt. It could have been a simple mistake when we got it recently, but it was too salty, and we had to send it back. They remade it, and it was delicious, as always!

Cody enjoying a milkshake with a plate of fried rice on the table at Bogarts Café in Honolulu.
A delicious acai bowl from  Bogarts Café in Honolulu.

(9) Duke’s Waikiki

RATING: 4.4 out of 5

Location:  2335 Kalākaua Ave #116, Honolulu, HI 96815

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Mon-Thurs, 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Located in the heart of Waikiki, Duke’s Waikiki provides a perfect setting for a memorable breakfast. If you are looking for the best breakfast buffet option in Waikiki and Honolulu, Duke’s Waikiki should be your go-to spot.

Enjoy a stunning oceanfront view as you indulge in a delicious breakfast buffet with breakfast favorites like made-to-order omelets, banana pancakes, eggs benedict, and more.

But it’s not just the food that makes Duke’s Waikiki’s breakfast unique – it’s also the ambiance, authentic Hawaiian decor, live music, and friendly service.

If you are not a fan of buffets, there are also a la carte options available. Our favorites are the breakfast burritos, sandwiches, the local boy fried rice, and french toast.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic brunch for two or a family-friendly spot everyone will love, Duke’s Waikiki is the perfect place for an unforgettable breakfast experience.

Tip: Make your reservation in advance, as this is a very popular restaurant in Waikiki.

Cody waiting for our table at Duke's restaurant in Waikiki for breakfast.
Trysta enjoying the gorgeous views of Waikiki Beach from Duke's Waikiki Restaurant.
A plate of calamari from Dukes Waikiki restaurant in Honolulu.
A variety of food Cody got from the Dukes Waikiki Buffet.

(10) Basalt Waikiki

RATING: 4.4 out of 5

Location: 2255 Kuhio Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Mon, Tues, and Thurs, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm; Sat-Sun, 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Basalt is a culinary gem on Oahu, offering a refined and elegant breakfast experience. Situated in the heart of Waikiki, this upscale restaurant showcases a contemporary atmosphere with sleek decor and a sophisticated ambiance.

The breakfast menu features a fusion of flavors and influences, highlighting the best of local and international cuisine.

The extensive menu includes loco moco, charcoal buttermilk pancakes, omelets, eggs benedict, and more. The portions are generous, so you’ll be sure to leave feeling full and satisfied.

I ordered the meat omelet with a side of potatoes and had plenty of leftovers to take home. We also had the Basalt breakfast with eggs, potatoes, and Portuguese sausage, which was delicious.

Cody having breakfast at Basalt in Honolulu with eggs, potatoes, Portuguese sausage and coffee on the side.
A plate of omelet, potatoes, and toast from Basalt restaurant in Honolulu.

Side note: Going to Oahu and need recommendations on what to do? Check out our review of The Best Luau in Oahu and 15 Best Beaches in Oahu You Should Visit.

(11) Hula Grill

 RATING: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Location: 2335 Kalakaua Avenue, Suite 203, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

Price: $$$

Hours of Operation: Daily, 7:00 am – 11:00 am

Hula Grill is located at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort and offers stunning Diamond Head and ocean views from its outdoor seating area.

The restaurant’s open-air design provides a casual atmosphere with fantastic “aloha” vibes.

They are known for using only the freshest local ingredients from local farmers and fishermen.

We came here for breakfast multiple times, and we were always impressed. The food, the views, and the service are spectacular.

The extensive menu features fresh seafood, Hawaiian classics like loco moco and poke tacos, and brunch dishes like strawberry mochi waffles, acaí bowls, and banana macadamia nut pancakes.

Note: If you want beachside seating with perfect views, make your reservation beforehand. This is one of the top restaurants in Waikiki with a view.

Gorgeous views of Waikiki Beach from Hula Grill restaurant in Honolulu.
Cody pouring syrup on his waffles from Hula Grill restaurant in Honolulu.
A delicious plate of Hula Pie from Hula Grill in Waikiki.

(12) Orchids

 RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Location: 2199 Kālia Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Price: $$$

Hours of Operation: Daily, 7:30 am – 10:30 am

Orchids, a renowned culinary restaurant in the luxurious Halekulani Hotel, offers an exquisite breakfast experience in Honolulu.

Located along the Waikiki shoreline, this elegant oceanfront restaurant provides breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean and a tranquil ambiance that sets the stage for an exceptional dining experience. If you are looking for the best fine dining experience, this is one of our top choices.

Orchids’ breakfast menu is a fusion of international and local flavors, featuring a selection of gourmet dishes crafted with the finest ingredients. Indulge in their sumptuous eggs benedict, corned beef hash, steak & eggs, or savor their fluffy vanilla bean pancakes served with maple or coconut syrup.

With its impeccable service, refined atmosphere, and meticulous attention to detail, Orchids ensures an exceptional breakfast experience.

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply looking to indulge in a sophisticated breakfast, Orchids has to be on your go-to list for the best breakfast in Honolulu.

Trysta enjoying a delicious breakfast and lunch from Orchids restaurant in Honolulu with pasta and a burger.
Cody outside of Orchids restaurant in Honolulu.
Gorgeous views of Diamond Head and Waikiki Beach seen from Orchids restaurant in Honolulu.
A delicious soup from orchids restaurant in Honolulu.

(13) Island Vintage Coffee

 RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Location:  2301 Kalakaua Avenue #C215, Honolulu (Royal Hawaiian Center)

Price: $$$

Hours of Operation: Daily, 6:00 am – 9:30 pm

Island Vintage Coffee offers a delightful blend of coffee and delectable morning fare with an all-day breakfast option.

With multiple locations throughout Oahu, including one in Waikiki, this popular café is a go-to spot for locals and visitors seeking a refreshing breakfast experience.

Island Vintage Coffee is renowned for its commitment to using high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and crafting exceptional coffee beverages.

Their breakfast menu features a variety of options, from satisfying loco moco, eggs benedict, and crab scramble to flavorful taro bagels with ube cream cheese and multiple vegan options.

Whether you’re in the mood for a hearty breakfast to fuel your day or a quick grab-and-go option, Island Vintage Coffee provides a relaxing atmosphere and friendly service, making it a favorite breakfast choice in Honolulu.

Tip: This restaurant gets super busy, and the wait times can be up to an hour. It’s worth noting that located right next door is Island Vintage Wine Bar, which has the same menu with the addition of alcoholic beverages. You can make reservations at the Wine Bar but not at the Coffee Bar.

We’ve repeatedly beat the long lines by dining at the Wine Bar. You can also call your order in for pick up if you prefer your coffee on the go.

Trysta holding a delicious cup of coffee from Island Vintage Coffee in Honolulu.
A plate of eggs benedict from Island Vintage Coffee in Honolulu.
People in line at Island Vintage Coffee in Honolulu.
This is how long the line can get

Side note: Going to Oahu and need recommendations on a hike? Check out our review of Manoa Falls Hike and Lanikai Pillbox Hike.

(14) Aloha Kitchen

 RATING: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Location: 432 Ena Rd, Honolulu, HI 96815

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Daily, 7:30 am – 1:30 pm; Closed on Mondays

Located in the heart of Honolulu, Aloha Kitchen offers a vibrant and inviting atmosphere for breakfast enthusiasts.

With its extensive menu and warm ambiance, this restaurant provides an authentic taste of the island’s rich culinary heritage. From traditional Hawaiian favorites to innovative twists on classic dishes, Aloha Kitchen caters to every palate and craving.

Their must-try classic or Wagyu loco moco, featuring a juicy hamburger patty atop a bed of rice, topped with an egg and savory brown gravy, is a local favorite. The eggs benedict with lobster is another excellent option.

For a lighter option, their fresh fruit or acai bowls are a great option. Don’t miss out on their fluffy and flavorful pancakes, including mouthwatering souffle pancakes.

Aloha Kitchen is the perfect spot to indulge in a breakfast experience that captures the essence of Hawaii.

Cody eating a delicious breakfast with eggs, avocado and salsa in Honolulu.

(15) TRY Coffee

 RATING: 4.7 out of 5 stars

Location: 1200 Ala Moana Blvd, 2nd Floor, Honolulu, HI 96814

Price: $

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 6:30 am – 1:00 pm; Sat-Sun: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Would we be doing this article any justice if we didn’t include the best places in Honolulu to get some coffee? We don’t think so!

TRY Coffee is a charming café that caters to the discerning taste buds of coffee enthusiasts. This cozy and inviting establishment is a haven for those seeking a premium coffee experience in a relaxed setting.

The knowledgeable baristas at TRY Coffee are passionate about their craft. Whether you prefer a classic pour-over, a latte, or a bold and refreshing espresso, they will expertly prepare your beverage to perfection.

The inviting ambiance of TRY Coffee provides the perfect setting to relax, catch up with friends, or enjoy a quiet moment with a book.

Trysta holding a latte from TRY Coffee in Honolulu.
Cody ordering some coffee for breakfast at TRY Coffee in Honolulu.
Trysta sitting outside enjoying the gorgeous ambiance at TRY Coffee in Honolulu for breakfast.

(16) Ali’i Coffee Co.

 RATING: 4.8 out of 5 stars

Location: Multiple

Price: $

Hours of Operation: Mon-Fri: 6:30 am – 1:00 pm; Sat-Sun: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Ali’i Coffee Co. has three locations in Honolulu, including one at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel in Waikiki – one of the best hotels in Waikiki.

This coffee shop exudes elegance and sophistication, offering an exceptional coffee experience that captivates the senses.

Aside from their delicious coffee, they also have a great selection of sandwiches, bagels, and flatbreads. Their avocado toast is also a favorite of ours.

The ambiance at Ali’i Coffee is regal yet welcoming, with plenty of seating and a serene atmosphere that invites patrons to savor their coffee and food in tranquility.

Cody holding a ube latte from Ali'i Cafe in Honolulu.
Cody outside of the Ali'i Coffee in Honolulu.

(17) Barefoot Beach Cafe

 RATING: 4.4 out of 5 stars

Location: 2699 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815

Price: $$

Hours of Operation: Daily, 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Barefoot Beach Cafe offers a delightful coastal dining experience with breathtaking ocean views. This beachfront cafe combines a laid-back atmosphere with mouthwatering brunch fare, making it a great spot to indulge in some delicious breakfast before starting your day.

Their diverse menu caters to all tastes, from fluffy pancakes and savory omelets to hearty breakfast burritos, loco moco, and fresh breakfast sandwiches.

Don’t miss out on their famous eggs benedict, featuring perfectly poached eggs, creamy hollandaise sauce, and fresh fish, steak, or garlic shrimp.

With friendly staff and an open-air setting, Barefoot Beach Cafe is the perfect spot to indulge in a coastal retreat and savor the flavors of Honolulu.

A delicious plate with an omelet, roasted potatoes and vegetables for breakfast in Honolulu.

The Wrap-Up

Whether you’re seeking a taste of Hawaii’s rich culinary heritage, a premium coffee experience, or a beachfront brunch with stunning ocean views, Honolulu offers an array of exceptional dining options.

From the inviting and vibrant atmosphere of Aloha Kitchen to the regal elegance of Orchids and the tranquil coastal haven of Barefoot Beach Cafe, each restaurant provides a unique and memorable experience.

No matter which restaurant you choose, you’re guaranteed to discover the best breakfast in Honolulu and create cherished memories that will linger long after the last bite!