2013-2014 ‘Ilima Awards: Oahu’s Top Restaurants

Oct. 13, 2013 | 1 Comment

The cover of the 2013-2014 'Ilima Awards: A Guide to Oahu's Top Restaurants, a publication of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, published Sunday, October 13, 2013.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s food and dining writers, with the help of the newspaper’s readers, compiled this guide to the best places to eat on Oahu.

Reviews were conducted anonymously, with meals paid for by the Star-Advertiser. None of the restaurants in this guide were given special consideration in exchange for advertising.

The top awardees will be honored Oct. 14 at the annual Honolulu Star-Advertiser ‘Ilima Awards, a benefit event for Diamond Head Theatre, our partner in this guide. The theater, established in 1915, is the third-oldest continously operating community theater in the nation. The awards dinner plays a key role in supporting DHT’s many programs and productions.

Visit the Features/Today section of staradvertiser.com on Wednesdays for the latest food highlights, as well as Friday’s TGIF section at honolulupulse.com to keep up with the restaurant scene.


$$$$ / Very pricey
Entrees mostly more than $30

$$$ / Pricey
Entrees mostly more than $17-20

$$ / Moderate
Entrees $10-16

$ / Budget friendly
Entrees mostly less than $10

Note: The dining scene changes rapidly so please call the restaurant for the latest information

ON THE COVER (see below)

Photo by Jamm Aquino, cover design by Joe Guinto. 1. Melted Rueben and Pommes Frites from La Tour Cafe; 2. Cavatelli pasta with lobster cream sauce from Vino Italian Tapas & Wine Bar; 3. Quiche Lorraine from La Tour Cafe; and 4. Crispy skin kampachi, with squid ink mushroom sauce, ume air, ginger and shiso from Hiroshi Eurasion Tapas


People’s Choice
People’s Choice: Best Restaurant
Critics’ Choice
Critics’ Choice: Best Restaurant
Critics’ Choice: Premium Picks
Rave Reviews: Jason Genegabus
Rave Reviews: Nadine Kam
Rave Reviews: Elizabeth Kieszkowski
Rave Reviews: Joleen Oshiro
Rave Reviews: Betty Shimabukuro
Publisher’s Choice: Dennis Francis
Producer’s Choice: Deena Dray, DHT
Star Circle
Rising Stars
Food Trucks: Eat the Street
Sushi: Island gems
10 Things We Love
Local Grindz: Jin Dui
New Restaurants
Best of Pau Hana Patrol
Culinary Calendar
Top Restaurants Guide: #-H
Top Restaurants Guide: I-P
Top Restaurants Guide: R-Z


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Jason Genegabus
Nadine Kam
Elizabeth Kieszkowski
Joleen Oshiro
Betty Shimabukuro

Star-Advertiser Staff

Craig Gima
Joe Guinto
Donica Kaneshiro
Stephanie Kendrick
Sarah Montgomery
Zenaida Serrano
Nina Wu
Sherri Yoshioka


By Restaurant Name

By Food Category

By Neighborhood

By Advertiser

CREDITS (cont.)

Betty Shimabukuro

Christie Wilson

Joe Guinto

Steven B. Park

  • JohnHonolulu808

    It seems that Zippy’s is always on all of Star Advertiser polls. I have to respectfully disagree with this decision. Zippy’s is overpriced and I suspect it is because of their aggressive advertising which actually has worked for them. Unfortunately, with this advertising comes high costs which are tacked on to the cost of the menu items. A hamburger steak here is about eight bucks without drink. And you only get one small patty with two scoops rice and one scoop mac salad. For that price at Waiakamilo Drive In you get three patties, two scoops rice and one scoop mac salad. Waiakamilo Drive In’s hamburger steak even tastes better to boot.