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14 Best Brunch Spots on Oahu You Should Try

When thinking of an Oahu vacation, we often dream about all the delicious food we’re going to eat. However, breakfast foods are usually last on our minds. Fortunately, Oahu has many unique breakfast spots to choose from, and to make you more excited about eating breakfast or brunch in Oahu, we’ve compiled a list of the 14 best brunch spots you should try out while on Oahu.

Most brunch spots in Oahu are tight and busy, so we suggest going early to get parking and seating. We’ve included the opening times, price range, and location for each brunch spot on this list to ensure you can easily find and plan for your trip out.

1. Boots And Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen

  • Hours: Monday, Thursday, Friday: 8am – 1pm; Wednesday: takeout only from 8am – 1pm; Saturday & Sunday: 8am – 2pm; Closed every Tuesday
  • Location: 1020 Keolu Dr, Kailua
  • Price: $$

Boots and Kimo’s is a popular brunch spot in Kailua. They offer a great selection of breakfast foods, and their most famous breakfast item is the macadamia nut pancakes with a creamy sauce. Unfortunately, this restaurant doesn’t take reservations and the wait can be up to an hour if you don’t come early.

In addition to pancakes, Boots and Kimo’s also serves various other traditional Hawaiian and American breakfast foods.

2. Sweet E’s Café

  • Hours: Open every day from 7am – 2pm (closed on certain holidays)
  • Location: 1006 Kapahulu Avenue, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

Sweet E’s Café is close to Waikiki, and although parking is a real problem, the food is excellent. Some of their must-try dishes include the kailua pork eggs benedict and Hawaiian bread waffles. Sweet E’s is a good value for what you pay. You not only get delicious food, but the portions are also generous, especially considering the price. Overall, Sweet E’s Café is definitely worth a visit.

Two plates of pancakes with strawberries, bananas, granola and syrup for brunch.

3. YogurStory

  • Hours: Everyday from 7am – 3:30pm
  • Location: 745 Ke’eaumoku Street, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

YougurStory is another great brunch spot in Honolulu. This is quite a big café, although parking outside can still be an issue. While YogurSory offers a variety of classic American breakfast items, their Hawaiian breakfast menu is much more interesting. Among other things, you can try purple ube pancakes, fried rice prime rib loco moco (traditional Hawaiian breakfast), and crabcake benedict.

4. Moke’s Bread And Breakfast

  • Hours: 7am – 1pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
  • Location: 27 Hoolai Street, Kailua
  • Price: $$

Moke’s Bread and Breakfast is an amazing spot to have brunch in Oahu. Their service is good, and they have decent portion sizes for the price. Their most famous breakfast item is the lilikoi pancakes topped with a homemade passionfruit sauce. Other interesting items on their menu are the house-made corned beef hash with eggs, chili loco, and stuffed hashbrowns.

5. Over Easy

  • Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 7am – 1pm; Saturday – Sunday, 7am – 1:30pm
  • Location: 418 Ku’ulei Road #`02, Kailua
  • Price: $$

Another great spot for brunch in Oahu is Over Easy. They have an extensive menu with many delicious items to choose from and offer excellent service and decent coffee, too. Some show-stopping breakfast items to try are the crispy edge pancakes, kailua pork hashbrowns, shrimp burger, and house-made sausages.

Bring quarters to pay for your parking, and be prepared to wait a while for your table if you don’t come early enough.

Also, going during the week is better than the weekend. On our first visit here, we went on a Saturday, got there 10 minutes after opening time and our wait time was an hour for a table of two.

A plate of pancakes with strawberries, blueberries and oranges.

6. Button Up Café

  • Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 8am – 1:30pm; Closed on Mondays
  • Location: 719 Kamehameha Highway a102, Pearl City
  • Price: $

If you are a fan of sweet things in the morning, Button Up Café is the place to be. Located in Pearl City, Button Up Café is a small breakfast spot with a big reputation. Their most famous breakfast item is the strawberry cheesecake-filled French toast. This is an Instagram-worthy breakfast, and you can get the French toast with other fillings, such as Nutella and caramel.

For those who don’t like sweets in the morning, Button Up Café also offers various other breakfast items, such as braised pork short rib benedict, a delicious savory brunch option.

7. Basalt

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 2pm; Saturday – Sunday, 7am – 2pm. Dinner from 5-9pm everyday
  • Location: 2255 Kuhio Avenue, Dukes Lane Market and Eatery, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

Basalt is located in a market & eatery area and has some delicious brunch options for you to explore. In addition to a relatively small breakfast menu, Basalt also offers an all-day menu that you can choose from. Their most popular breakfast option is the charcoal and buttermilk pancake with a strawberry and guava sauce.

Basalt is open for most of the day and has a happy hour on cocktails. They also have a charcoal bread that you can try if you don’t want to eat pancakes for brunch but want to participate in the charcoal trend.

Buttermilk pancakes in Oahu  with strawberry guava cream sauce.

8. Goofy Café And Dine

  • Hours: 7am – 2pm
  • Location: 1831 Ala Moana Boulevard #201, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

Another great spot in Honolulu is Goofy Café and Dine. They serve breakfast all day, and this is a comfortable spot to come for brunch and good coffee. They have many breakfast items, but their loco moco is said to be among the best in Oahu.

If you have never tried loco moco, be sure to try it while on Oahu. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed. This is by far our favorite Hawaiian breakfast.

In addition, they also have eggs benedict with salmon and roasted purple sweet potato, and omelets. Their French toast also comes highly recommended.  In addition, you can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee.

Avocado toast with over easy eggs and bacon on top.

9. Scratch Kitchen

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 9am – 9pm; Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 9pm
  • Location: 1170 Auahi Street, Suite 175, South Shore Market, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

Scratch Kitchen in Honolulu is the only spot on this list with a special brunch menu. On their brunch menu, you can find a wide variety of sweet and savory items. In addition, they offer many different kinds of food, varying from small plates to pancakes.

Their most famous pancake is the Milk and Cereal Pancake. They also have Haupia Crème Brulé French toast, which is perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Scratch Kitchen also makes delicious loco moco, so you might have to stop here more than once.

10. Morning Glass Coffee + Café

  • Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 8am – 2pm
  • Location: 2955 E Manoa Road, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

Morning Glass Coffee + Café is such a popular breakfast and brunch spot in Oahu that if you aren’t there when they open at 8am, you might not get a place to sit. In addition to wonderful coffee, Morning Glass also serves some delicious breakfast items.

Breakfast options include fried rice omelet with spicy mayo, house-made biscuits and gravy with eggs and local sausage, and oatmeal brulé with fresh fruit and caramelized brown sugar, plus more. However, their most famous breakfast item is the macaroni and cheese pancake. Although some combinations sound strange, they are what give Morning Glass Coffee + Café an edge over its competitors.

11. Koko Head Café

  • Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 7am – 2pm
  • Location: 1120 12th Avenue, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

Koko Head Café probably has the most unique brunch menu on this list, and this is what draws crowds of people to its doors every day. Cornflakes crusted French toast, breakfast congee, fruity bruschetta, and Don Buri Chen are just some things Koko Head Café offers on their brunch menu.

They also have Hawaiian breakfast staples, such as loco moco. While their staples are also excellent, you won’t know what to choose once you see their menu and have so many unique options. Therefore, we recommend going with a group of friends so you can try various options in one visit.

If you are climbing the famous Koko Crater Railway Trail on Oahu, be sure to stop by Koko Head Café after. This is our favorite thing to do after tackling this not-so-easy Oahu hike.

A plate of strawberry cornflakes French toast at Koko Head Café on Oahu for brunch.

12. Café Kaila

  • Hours: Monday – Friday, 7am – 6pm; Saturday – Sunday, 7am – 3pm
  • Location: Market City Shopping Center, 2919 Kapiolani Boulevard #2, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

For those who love sweet foods for brunch, this is another great spot for you to try. Café Kaila specializes in waffles – Oreo waffles, coffee waffles, and lilikoi (passionfruit) waffles are some of their bestselling brunch items.

However, they also serve fluffy pancakes and various other savory brunch options, including breakfast burritos, breakfast quesadillas, eggs benedict, and loco moco. Regardless of your brunch preference, Café Kaila is worth a visit.

13. Bogart’s Café

  • Hours: 7am – 3pm
  • Location: 3045 Monsarrat Avenue, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

Bogart’s Café gives you a beautiful view of Diamond Head and is located just outside Waikiki. Bogart’s offers various breakfast and brunch options, including nine different omelets, Belgian waffles, and fried rice. However, their most famous breakfast item is the acai bowl with banana, strawberry, blueberry, granola, and honey.

Bogart’s Café has Instagrammable deserts set in front of an equally Instagrammable background of Diamond Head and is certainly worth visiting if & when you find yourself in Honolulu.

14. Heavenly Island Lifestyle

  • Hours: Breakfast: 7am – 11am; Lunch: 11am – 2:30pm; Dinner: 4pm – 10pm
  • Location: Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, 342 Seaside Avenue, Honolulu
  • Price: $$

Heavenly Island Lifestyle offers breakfast and brunch options for those who are more health orientated. They also cater to people with dietary requirements and vegetarians and vegans. Despite being a brunch spot focused on healthier food, they aren’t overpriced and don’t serve bland food.

Their most popular brunch items are the French toast with honey and salmon and spinach eggs benedict. If you have dietary requirements, are vegetarian/vegan, or simply prefer to start your day off with a healthier breakfast, Heavenly Island Lifestyle is the brunch spot for you.

A plate of French toast with a strawberry and whipped cream.

The Wrap Up

There you have it, our list of the best brunch spots on Oahu! We hope you enjoyed reading and that you find the perfect place to get some brunch while you’re on the island.

Mahalo for reading our post. Until next time, Aloha!