Waipahu Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Waipahu

April 14, 2018 Dorsey Hagwood

Waipahu is a former sugarcane plantation town and now census-designated place (CDP) located in the ʻEwa District on the island of Oʻahu in the City & County of Honolulu, Hawaiʻi, United States. As of the 2010 Census, the CDP population was 38,216. The U.S. postal code for Waipahu is 96797.
Things to do in Waipahu

1. Starbucks Waikele

94-799 Lumiaina St, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797-5046 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Cafe Breakfast +1 808-678-3418
Excellent
24%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
24%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 61 reviews

Starbucks Waikele

Reviewed By romadaro - Washington, DC

Don't think I've ever been to this Starbucks when it wasn't busy. The restaurant itself is clean and the employees are quick and efficient in handling your order, but DON'T use the restroom! On the day I visited, the restroom was filty and there was no toilet paper. When I went to the counter to ask for toilet paper they were too busy to stop and get it so I had to grab a handful of napkins. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do!

2. Leonard's Waikele Shopping Center

94-894 Lumiaina St, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797 Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible Fast Food Breakfast
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 249 reviews

Leonard's Waikele Shopping Center

Reviewed By Jack M - Draper, Utah

Its a Hawaiian tradition you must experience!!! Simple fried dough a Malasada morphs into something amazing. Plain, with cinnamon, or filled they are simple delicious!!! You must take a break from driving, head into the shopping center and spend a short while at the food truck enjoying something heavenly!!!

3. Tanioka's Seafood and Catering

94-903 Farrington Hwy, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797-3200 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible Japanese, Seafood, Asian, Hawaiian Lunch, Breakfast +1 808-671-3779
Excellent
71%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Tanioka's Seafood and Catering

Take Out, Catering, Hawaiian, Japanese, Local food.

Reviewed By Diane K

Be prepared to stand in line for your food...they are all pre-made and you go through a line to order what you want. So you could consider this fastfood but not like McDonalds or Jack.
The line goes quickly because they have many people servicing the line, so use your time in line wisely and check out what they have as you wait.
They are not open for dinner, so if you want to buy food for a picnic lunch or snack, go early. On Saturdays, the crowd starts from the morning with people buying food to take to soccer games, or on the road.
Their fish is fresh, their poke is tasty....all their food is tasty...recipes coming mainly from their owner's grandma and wife. While this is not a "sushi" place, the local favorites are cone sushi and Maki (rolled) sushi, which are really great.
Owners are great people!

4. Highway Inn

94-226 Leoku St, Ste B1, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797-1919 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Polynesian, Hawaiian, Diner Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 18 +1 808-677-4345
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 91 reviews

Highway Inn

The Original Highway Inn, founded in 1947, Family Owned and Operated for 3 generations. Serving Local, Hawaiian and American Foods 7 days a week.

Reviewed By David R

My wife and I were looking for a great place that serves Hawaiian food. We were recommended this local favorite from a tour guide. The food is very authentic but we were expecting a little more. The food is served in cafeteria style plates and the quantity leaves a little bit to be desired. The people are very warm and welcoming and made many suggestions. It was good but I don't know if I would recommend it to somebody looking for a wider variety of Hawaiian food.

5. Nanding's Bakery

94-216 Farrington Hwy, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797-1922 +1 808-678-0828
Excellent
38%
Good
55%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 13 reviews

Nanding's Bakery

Reviewed By Lopaka M - Ewa Beach, Hawaii

This review is solely for the Spanish rolls, which they are famous for. These little oblong shaped rolls are melt in your mouth buttery sugary goodness. They have other offerings because they are a bakery, but my go to is the Spanish rolls, which probably 90% of the people go there for. Don't go too late in the day or evening because you might not get them fresh out of the oven, which is how you must eat them.

6. Chili's Grill & Bar

94-797 Lumiaina St, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797-5041 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Southwestern, Bar, Mexican Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 808-677-7775
Excellent
34%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 84 reviews

Chili's Grill & Bar

Reviewed By Bob O - Honolulu, Hawaii

Food was prepared well and service prompt and courteous. Portions are large and especially enjoyed the bacon burger and hand cut fries. The children's menu and portions were also enjoyed by our two grand-daughters and the waitress made a special effort to get their orders in first so they would not have to wait too long. Only issue was the extra cold air-conditioning which made dining experience less enjoyable.

7. Kunio Restaurant

94-799 Lumiaina St Ste 2F, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797-5046 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 808-680-9188
Excellent
36%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 83 reviews

Kunio Restaurant

Reviewed By 599allank - Hillsboro, United States

Delicious lunch with family after the Holiday. The meal was absolutely delicious, and the ambiance in the restaurant leaves you feeling as tho your in Japan. Everything on our boat was fresh and delicious. But what stood out was the amazing batter on the Tempura. The whole experience was great and would highly recommend.

8. Elena's Home of Finest Filipino Foods

94-866 Moloalo St, Ste D4A, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797-3354 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Filipino, Asian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 808-676-8005
Excellent
45%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 44 reviews

Elena's Home of Finest Filipino Foods

Reviewed By Ann C - Nashville, Tennessee

The day we dined at Elena's just so happened to be the day they reopened (expanded?).
The restaurant was very busy, the wait staff was flustered and overwhelmed...mostly trying to keep the buffet stocked and cleaned...not paying much attention to customers who ordered off of the menu.

We ordered what Guy ordered on DDD. We were pleased overall however our Waitress made a mistake with the order, a mistake she never resolved.

The food on the buffet called to me and I will have to come back again and try the buffet.

It was impossible to get our waitress's attention for additional drinks and to pay. In the end we gave up and paid at the counter with no ticket.

I think Elena's was having an overwhelming day and believe it will be better on a calmer/regular day.

9. Big City Diner-Waipio

94 Ukee St, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Diner, Hawaiian Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 808-678-8868
Excellent
35%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 54 reviews

Big City Diner-Waipio

Reviewed By Neal F - Hartsdale, New York

Had brunch here on a recent stay and liked it a lot. I had the 3 egg omelet with Portuguese sausage, mushrooms and onions, and my wife had the corned beef and egg breakfast plate. The food was very tasty and my wife who orders this favorite breakfast plate of hers, said that it was the best tasting corned beef that she ever had! Service was good and the only negative comment I could find for this was that they didn't refill my coffee quick enough! No big deal though.

10. Thai Village

94-1040 Waipio Uka St, Waipahu, Oahu, HI 96797-4009 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 808-678-2878
Excellent
51%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Thai Village

Reviewed By NFlu

The service was amazing and have zero complaints about this place. Very easy to find and the people there are awesome. The menu is smaller but goes to the point and was very good. The spicy level is really good and if youre a fan of heat then definately get it. No complaints about my visit here.

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