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With its five-star resorts and discerning clientele, dining on Lanai has become a world-class affair. Between the mom-and-pop cafes of Lanai City and the high-end resort restaurants that turn eating any meal into a special occasion, this tiny island has more than enough dining choices to satisfy any appetite.
For local flavor, head to Lanai City favorites like Blue Ginger Cafe, Cafe 565 and Richard's Market. At the historic Hotel Lanai, the Lanai City Grille is a great option for an intimate, romantic dinner with wine.
The Four Seasons Resort Lanai offers a range of upscale options. One Forty specializes in steaks, seafood and unbeatable ocean views, while trendy Nobu slices up melt-in-your-mouth sashimi and creative Japanese cuisine. Just across the property, Views at Manele Golf Course offers casual pupu (Hawaiian small plates) and—as the name suggests—stunning views of the beach, golf course and even breaching humpbacks during whale season.
This open-air sports bar with dramatic views of the ocean offers a lively social atmosphere to gather and mingle. Guests can enjoy pool and other table games or relax with their favorite sports program, broadcast on the Lounge's 46-inch LCD television.
This ocean-view restaurant offers breakfast and an extensive steak and seafood dinner menu. With an emphasis on local ingredients, Chef Joseph Yaple showcases prime and wagyu beef from Snake River Farms and local Hawaiian catch, prepared to perfection.
Overlooking the sparkling pool with commanding views of the ocean, The Lounge is located in the lower lobby area and offers an unforgettable setting for guests to enjoy sunset cocktails and after dinner drinks and live entertainment.
The Challenge at Manele Clubhouse specializes in casual, light fare with the distinctive flavors of Lana‘i. A sampling of dishes includes: Grilled Fish Tacos with mahi mahi, cabbage, spicy aoli, sour cream, guacamole and salsa and Fish & Chips.
Eat Like a Local
Consisting of two scoops of rice, macaroni salad, and everything from kalua pork, Korean barbecue, chicken katsu, beef teriyaki, or mahimahi, the plate lunch is a staple of local food.
No matter what island you’re on, grab a shave ice to cool off. These finely shaved snow cones are served with colorful flavors on the top with a choice of ice cream or azuki beans on the bottom.
“Pupu” is the Hawaiian term for appetizer, and every local restaurant in Hawaii offers a wide range of creative pupu platters to dine on, from poke dishes to sushi.
Treat your sweet tooth to a hot malasada (a Portuguese doughnut). Although Leonard's Bakery in Kapahulu is popular on Oahu, ask any local and they can tell you their favorite bakeries on each island to find these fresh and tasty treats.
For big appetites, try a “loco moco,” which is a hamburger steak and egg over rice, covered in gravy. You can find loco moco served throughout the islands, but Café 100 in Hilo on the island of Hawaii is said to have originated the name.