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Neighborhood Favorites

Experience Honolulu's Best

You’ll find many of the city’s favorite hotspots right in Midtown Ala Moana. Here, we’re highlighting some of our favorites!

Minori Craft Japanese Tavern

There’s not much that makes us happier than happy hour, and Minori Craft Japanese Tavern has happy hour daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. Aside from sake and cocktails, this Midtown Ala Moana tavern is plating a mixed menu of both contemporary and traditional Japanese teishoku flavored with island flair. Best of all, they’re open late! Pop in for dinner or a late night meal from 5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Sunday through Thursday, and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

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Menya le Nood

If you’re in the mood for ramen or tsukemen Menya le Nood is serving up oodles of noodles in Midtown Ala Moana. They are best known for their specialty tsukemen, like the popular black tonkotsu tsukemen and tsukemen italiano. Menya Le Nood is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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The Republik

Pumping up the beats in Midtown Ala Moana is The Republik, a sophisticated indoor concert venue drawing in music lovers of all ages. Hosting everything from international DJs to reggae artists and country stars, The Republik creates a vibrant experience for neighborhood and out-of-state concert goers–all in the comfort of a cozy lounge and intimate music hall. Check out their website for a full list of concerts and events.

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Like Like Drive Inn

A world-famous landmark beloved by travelers and locals alike, Like Like Drive Inn is a long-time resident of Midtown Ala Moana and is the go-to neighborhood diner for brunch, midnight snack, and everything in between! Since James and Alice Nako opened its doors in 1953, this family-owned and operated diner has remained an icon by continuing to serve island classics like the banana hot cake sandwich, fried rice, and loco mocos. When you see the sign, you know where to dine!

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Shokudo Japanese Restaurant and Bar

Known for their insta-famous dishes like the honey toast and lobster dynamite bake, Shokudo Japanese Restaurant and Bar is Midtown Ala Moana’s restaurant of choice for Asian cuisine and cocktails. Inspired by traditional Japanese shared meals, everything on their extensive and flavorful menu will leave your table saying—kanpai! Open Sunday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m., Shokudo is showcasing traditional Japanese cuisine on a modern scale for lunch, dinner, and late-night happy hour.

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HiBlend Health Bar & Cafe

Eat local and enjoy farm-to-table choices seven days a week at HiBlend Health Bar & Cafe in Samsung Plaza. Known for their acai-mazing bowls and other fresh dishes, HiBlend Health Bar & Cafe is rooted on the idea of providing a natural and organic, locally sourced menu. Open daily from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. this Midtown Ala Moana cafe is your one-stop shop for fresh squeezed juice, fruit smoothies, acai bowls, salads and more.

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Stage Restaurant

Raising the curtain for an unforgettable dining experience, Stage Restaurant is known for putting on a performance with world-class flavors mixed into popular local dishes. Located in the Honolulu Design Center, this innovative restaurant is open Tuesday through Saturday. Whether you dine in for the duck ala ‘lilikoi or prefer the republica del cocoa souffle, live music sets the mood while you sip on cocktails or choose from over 100 wines by the glass.

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Salon Glitter

After spending the afternoon shopping around Midtown Ala Moana, add a little sparkle to your day–and your nails–with a mani pedi at Salon Glitter Hawaii. Specializing in unique nail designs, salon owner Yuko is passionate about expressing her creativity while drawing inspiration from her experience in Japan. Known for their style, cleanliness, and efficiency, prices start at $35 for a regular pedicure. And the salon is open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., so you can give yourself a little #selfcare any day of the week.

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Odori-Ko

In Midtown Ala Moana, food is a family affair. And no more so than at Odori-ko, a locally owned and run eatery by brother and sister Hiro Take and Rie Takei Akita, who are building on their parents 40+ year legacy providing delicious, authentic Japanese cuisine. Open seven days a week, here you can leave your passport at home and gather with family or coworkers while indulging in authentic Japanese teishoku, sushi rolls, noodles, as well as fried and grilled dishes. No matter what you fill up on—because it’s all oishii–don’t forget to save room for dessert like the warm butter mochi with ice cream or fresh panna cotta.

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JJ Bakery

East meets west at this Taiwanese-inspired bakery. This popular spot bakes up trays of delicious Asian breads, desserts and cakes daily including our favorite Hokkaido bread, pineapple buns and their must-try mango mousse cake.

Photo Credit: JJ Bakery

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