Waikiki is a very popular destination to visit for the Thanksgiving holiday. While many North American residents will be dressed for chilly weather, Honolulu visitors will be donning swimsuits, shorts and Aloha shirts for Waikiki’s endless summer weather!
Not only will the weather be summer-like, the restaurants will be serving scrumptious Thanksgiving meals. Many of them will have a Hawaiian-spin with local ingredients on their special Thanksgiving menus. It’s a neat blend of traditional Thanksgiving fixings married with Hawaiian cuisine.
Now, if you are one of the lucky ones planning a trip to Waikiki over this Thanksgiving, we’ve created this guide for where to dine and what special events to catch over Thanksgiving weekend.
Waikiki Thanksgiving Buffets
The following Waikiki Beach restaurants are offering special Thanksgiving dinner buffets. Most of the including traditional Thanksgiving fare with turkey and traditional Thanksgiving sides. If a restaurant has an ocean view, we make note of that.
— Duke’s Waikiki at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort: Thanksgiving lunch and dinner buffets starting at $21.50 adult/ $12 child for the lunch buffet. See the menu here. This restaurant has a great location and oceanfront setting. Menu prices are also a good value for Waikiki.
— Chart House has Thanksgiving buffet for $69 adult/ $35 child. This restaurant has harbor/ocean views.
— MAC 24/7 at Hilton Waikiki: Thanksgiving brunch buffet for $49 adult / $24 child. See menu here. Note that Hilton Waikiki is a different hotel from Hilton Hawaiian Hotel.
— Shor at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort: Thanksgiving dinner buffet for $90 adult / $39 child. See the menu here. This restaurant has ocean views.
— Quiora Waikiki at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach: Thanksgiving brunch buffet and Thanksgiving dinner buffet. Pricing starts at $98 adult / $49 child. See the menus here. This restaurant has distant ocean views.
— 100 Sails Restaurant at Prince Waikiki: This year, 100 Sails is offering both Thanksgiving brunch and a Thanksgiving dinner menus with adult pricing starting at $105 and $52.50 per child. This restaurant has harbor/ocean views.
— Rock-A-Hula has a special Thanksgiving Dinner and Show presentation. It includes dinner and show.
Waikiki Thanksgiving A La Carte & Prix-Fixe (Set Menu) Dining
The following Waikiki Beach restaurants are offering Thanksgiving-themed menus for dining at the restaurant. In some cases the restaurant’s standard, a la carte menu will also be available.
— Deck. at the Queen Kapiolani Hotel: Two-course Thanksgiving dinner for $37. This restaurant has excellent views of Diamond Head. See the menu here.
— Hula Grill Waikiki at Outrigger Waikiki Resort: Thanksgiving entree for $37. The regular menu is available, too. This restaurant is at a great location with oceanfront views.
— Eating House 1849 By Roy Yamaguchi at the International Market Place: Thanksgiving three-course dinner for $48. See this link and click on the Holiday Menus tab to see Thanksgiving menu.
— Tiki’s Grill & Bar at Twin Fin Hotel: Thanksgiving Dinner – three courses for $49. See this link for the menu. This restaurant is across the street from Waikiki and has ocean views.
— Basalt Waikiki at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel: Thanksgiving three-course dinner for $49. See the menu here.
— MAC 24/7 at Hilton Waikiki: Three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $49 adult / $24 child. See menu here. Note that Hilton Waikiki is a different hotel from Hilton Hawaiian Hotel.
— Bali Steak & Seafood at Hilton Hawaiian Village: Thanksgiving menu items. This restaurant has ocean views.
— Stripsteak Waikiki at the International Market Place: Three-course Thanksgiving dinner for $109. See the menu here.
— La Vie at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach: Thanksgiving Dinner served with an upscale French style: $149 per person. This restaurant has distant ocean views. See the menu here.
Restaurants at the foot of Diamond Head
There are a few well-rated restaurants that are located at the foot of Diamond Head. They’re a bit of a walk or a very, very short cab ride from the heart of Waikiki. (To give you an idea of how far away they are from Waikiki, they’re roughly 1.5 miles from Waikiki Sheraton.)
—Hau Tree Lanai at the Kaimana Beach Hotel offers a four-course menu for $95 adult / $45 child. This restaurant is beach front with great ocean views.
— TBD Hawaii: Four-course Thanksgiving Dine In menu is priced at $120 per person. See the menu here.
— Michel’s at the Colony Surf: Four-course Thanksgiving dinner for $130 per person. See this link for the menu. This restaurant would be a bit of a walk or a very short cab ride from the heart of Waikiki. This restaurant has excellent oceanfront views.
Additional Waikiki Thanksgiving Dining Options
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Holiday events and things to see and do in Waikiki over Thanksgiving weekend
– The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki holds their annual Holiday Kick Off event on Wednesday, November 23rd starting at 5:00pm. This festive event includes a special visit from Santa who will be leading the lighting of the center’s 34-foot Christmas tree. Free photos with Santa will be available. See this link for the details.
– If you like Black Friday shopping deals, you might want to check out Ala Moana Center, which is Hawaii’s biggest shopping center and the world’s largest open-air shopping center. If you want to start to get into the Christmas mood, the center will be all decked out with Christmas decorations throughout along with the 50-foot Santa overlooking Ala Moana Boulevard.
– The Annual Turkey Trot, a fun run/walk, is back on for 2022 after a pandemic pause. At last check there weren’t any details posted. Check back at this website Honolulu Marathon Clinic for details.
– Waikiki Holiday Parade – the parade is back on for 2022! This annual parade on Friday, November 25th at 7pm. The Waikiki Holiday Parade honors Pearl Harbor survivors and veterans. The parade runs through the heart of Waikiki down Kalakaua Avenue. See the parade route.
— Pricing does not typically include taxes and gratuity. Verify pricing when you book.
— Some restaurants allow children under the age of five to dine for free.
— We recommend you make reservations as quickly as possible.
— We may be adding more Thanksgiving dinner options and events so do check back. We will note the additions with the date added at the end of the listing.
– When you arrive on island, check with the concierge for additional Thanksgiving dining and events at your resort and pick up a copy of the Star-Advertiser.