Get a leisurely start to your day without worrying you’ll miss the most important meal. Oahu’s brunch spots are plentiful, so whether you want to spend those early morning hours getting caught up on sleep or squeezing in a dawn surf session, an indulgent brunch awaits whenever you’re ready. From indulgences such as Hawaiian sweet bread French toast to bottomless glasses of mimosas, these top five Oahu brunch restaurants have got you covered. Be sure to bring your appetite and add these top dining locations to the itinerary!
Situated on the island’s sunny west side, My Café is a good option for those staying at the desirable Ko Olina resort or heading to the nearby peaceful beach lagoons. This casual eatery serves brunch daily until 2pm and is known for their excellent pancakes. With flavor options such as cookie butta luva, chocolate taro haupia, and lilikoi, you may find yourself struggling to make a decision. This is where the pancake flight comes in, which comes with three small stacks of their best flavors. Waffles, local style plates, bagels, omelets, and scrambles round out their menu for plenty of options.
Moke’s Bread & Breakfast
For pancake lovers, grabbing brunch at Moke’s Bread & Breakfast is a must. They are well known for their delicious stack of lilikoi pancakes, topped with their homemade passion fruit sauce. Their stuffed hash browns are another indulgent favorite, with the ingredients of an omelet minus the egg all stuffed inside a hash brown and smothered with melted cheese. A popular local style breakfast in Hawaii is the loco moco, which consists of a hamburger patty and sunny egg smothered with gravy and placed atop a bed of rice. Moke’s offers a couple of spins on the loco moco, one with a thick ribeye replacing the hamburger patty and the other with the addition of a creamy scoop of chili and cheese. This eatery is located in the east coast town of Kailua, so it’s perfect for a day when you’re exploring further afield.
You’ll have plenty of time to make it brunch at Over Easy, which serves until 1pm on Wednesday through Friday and until 1:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. While they don’t accept reservations, you can call ahead up to 30 minutes prior to your arrival to get your name on the list and lessen the wait at this popular Kailua brunch place in honolulu. They are known for their finger-licking good French toast, made on sweet bread from the Big Island’s Punalu‘u Bake Shop, crusted in Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal, and drizzled with an orange crème fraiche. Their Kailua eggs are another favorite dish, made with Portuguese sausage and rice topped with sunny eggs and smothered in bacon cabbage broth. Sip a cup of coffee made with locally roasted beans or take it up a notch with a lilikoi mimosa.
Koko Head Café
This Honolulu eatery specializes in brunch, serving it all day from 8am-2pm Wednesday-Friday and Saturday & Sunday from 7-2:30pm. The famed Chef Lee Anne Wong, from Top Chef, is the master of the kitchen here, serving up dishes with unique local and Asian fusion twists. Try the breakfast bibimbop, made with bacon Portuguese sausage, ham, kimchi, shiitake mushrooms, choy, carrots, sprouts, and a sunny egg over crispy garlic rice. And adding a spin on a Hawaii favorite, the loco moco, this café offers the Koko moco, served with tempura kimchi and their signature garlic rice. Koko Head Café is an excellent option for those who like to start their day with a drink that offers a little extra kick. They offer a dozen brunch cocktails as well as a handful of specialty coffees and locally sourced, freshly squeezed fruit juices.
Goofy Café & Dine
This hip little café with shiplap walls and large windows letting the sunshine stream in is an ideal place to start the day. Named for the goofy stance in surfboarding when surfers put their right foot forward, it has a fun beach house vibe. They boast an all-day brunch, and you may have to wait for a table at this intimate eatery, but it’s well worth it. Their French toast offers a sweet start to the day, made with Big Island sweet bread, topped with tropical fruits such as papaya, pineapple, and banana, and drizzled with honey. The kalua pork eggs benedict offers a local spin on a brunch classic, topping a poached egg with their homemade hollandaise sauce made with lilikoi butter and Hawaiian pulled pork, and serving it alongside Okinawan purple sweet potatoes. Sip an iced coffee with your meal or try one of their tropical fruit mimosas.