The Best Breakfast Restaurants in Waikiki
We ate breakfast at a few pleasurable restaurants while vacationing in Waikiki: Eggs ‘n Things, Divino Pastaria and Bakery, and Wailana Coffee House. Nothing to grouse about. These restaurants are locally owned, tasteful and affordable. Most restaurants have rice and spam (a favorite on the islands) on the menu. But I do not eat spam.
Eggs ‘n Things
Yes—Hawai’i is very beautiful, but I am more interested in the food than the beach right now and breakfast at Eggs ‘n Things did not disappoint. You must try if you are in the area. It is located near the upscale shopping area—Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. A good way to start your day for those of you who love shopping.
Eggs ‘n Things is a mom-and-pop restaurant with lots of charm and Polynesian hospitality. Served with a side of pancakes, rice or potatoes, omelets are between $10 and $12. Anticipate waiting between 20-45 minutes. The pancakes are light and fluffy. There are breakfast specials for early and late risers that begin at $6.50. Our favorites:
Tomato and Pepper Jack Cheese Omelet
Spinach, Bacon and Mozzarella Cheese Omelet
Ham and Cheddar Cheese Omelet
Divino Pastaria and Bakery
A charming Italian restaurant positioned off a beaten path. A Divino flier gained from a street marketer will get you 10% off your check. Breakfast specials begin at $6.99 and omelets range from $7–11. We returned here for lunch and enjoyed an XL pizza and calzones. Our favorites:
Stuffed French Toast
Baked Buttermilk Pancake
Italian Omelet (of course it’s served with marinara sauce)
Pepperoni and Mushroom Calzone
Meat Amore Calzone
Wailana Coffee House
A favorite of locals, this 24-hour diner is situated on a busy route, Ala Moana Boulevard, for the many busses and trolleys that haul tourists to and from Honolulu and Waikiki. Our wait to be seated was probably five minutes and we were eating 10 minutes after we placed our order. A popular feature of the breakfast menu is the “endless” pancakes special for less than $7. Try the Hawaiian breakfast—eggs, corned beef hash with a grilled banana. Breakfast is served all day.
The Bistro is located at the Doubletree by Hilton Alana Waikiki Hotel. This is one of my favorite breakfast restaurants at a hotel because they serve both hot and continental breakfast. Opt for the continental or have them both. The continental breakfast is about $12 and it includes cereal, bagel, milk, fruit and coffee. The hot breakfast includes the continental and it is an all-you-can eat buffet breakfast. It is expensive, however; the $20 menu includes cook-to-order eggs, omelet and waffles. If you are staying at the Doubletree, take advantage of room specials that include $25 dining credits and free breakfast coupons.
Pacific Soul Hawaii
There’s a food truck and then there’s Master Chef Sean Priester’s restaurant which has moved to a “to be determined” location in downtown Honolulu. Sunday brunch here is a perfect option if you want to get out of Waikiki for a bit.