Ono means "delicious" in the Hawaiian language. This restaurant serves authentic, ono Hawaiian food, from jerky-like pipikalua to laulau (ti-leaf ... More
Ono Hawaiian Foods
Ono means "delicious" in the Hawaiian language. This restaurant serves authentic, ono Hawaiian food, from jerky-like pipikalua to laulau (ti-leaf wrapped steamed packets filled chunks of pork). Most dishes come as complete combination plates, including a square of haupia (coconut pudding) for dessert. This is not a place for vegetarians, and the drinks are limited to canned sodas. Check out the wall-to-wall autographed photos of celebrity customers. No reservations are accepted.
The food is perhaps the most traditional Hawaiian food you will find outside of someone's home in Hawaii. Truly a gem---the line was already formed before the doors even opened at 11 pm. The Lau Lau Pork was soft and flavorful, with very minimal seasoning (the pork is wrapped in a generous layer of taro leaf and is very tender). Alro recommended is the beef and watercress. As native Pacific islanders from Micronesia, my wife and I could truly relate to the cuisine. It offered a nice change from the traditional Asian fare that is all too common throughout the island. Perhaps the best treat was the fact that the owner would go to the tables of all of the first-timers and explain how to eat the cuisine (meat,then sauce, then poi). We were told to either get there early, or , better yet, go at 5 p.m.when it is apparently less crowded.
The restaurant is a small and somewhat crowded but the food makes up for this big time! No other restaurant that I know of in Hawaii has such ONO Hawaiian food. The service is very good since the restaurant is small and those waiting on you are not distracted by several tables. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS RESTAURANT. You must eat here to get the taste for Hawaiian food.
Ono's is one heck of a 'dive', LOL!!
HOWEVER, the food is great, the prices cheap. The owner is a grouch(???): NO WAY!!
I love this place and make sure anyone I know that is going to Oahu, goes to Ono's, especially if they don't want to do the 'luau show thing'.
I used to drive cab in Honolulu and never had anyone tell me that they had had a bad experience at Ono's. The other drivers and I would go to all the 'joints' for lunch and dinner. We had our favorites and Ono's was always on the Top 5 Places to Eat on Oahu for all of us.
$40 meal for 4 people. That's value in Waikiki. Went there on a suggestion from our tour guide. Place looks very homey, owners were very nice! suggested and told us about the food, let us taste the poi. Food was salty, but that was expected...eaten w/ poi or rice it matched up very well! Can't say it was the isht, but I definitely ate everything off my plate. Then i ate everyone elses. The pulled pork luau style is ok, the lau lau is the best!! i could eat that for days. poi was a day old, slightest sour taste, but was excellent w/ the meat and cured beef. I can say i was definitely full and it was 10x better than commercial luau food.
This is one of the few places left in the islands that serves seemingly genuine, down-home Hawaiian food.
It's like the old, corner burger stand or chicken shack you might have found 20 years ago on the mainland, before chain shops took over, but the Hawaiian version.
Hawaiian food is generally salty and shredded, as others have said.
It's not a taste I like everyday, but I DO go there for a meal everytime I'm in town, and always enjoy it very much.
Definitely worth it, and cheap as well!
It isn't to easy finding authentic Hawaiin
food in Waikiki. After trying poi, lomi lomi, lau lau, and kailua pig here I think I know why. The food has two flavors, tasteless (poi) and salty (everything else).
The people who run this place are lovely and they give you a lot of food for your money but after eating here I wanted to vomit.
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