Oahu Food Guide: Day 3

Hi, friends! Welcome to Day 3 of our food-filled Oahu trip! (Don't forget to check out Day 1 and Day 2 if you haven't already!)

Once again, let's not waste any time and jump right into the food. On Day 3, we decided to stick around town and do some shopping in Waikiki. It was Justin's first time on Oahu, so we had to do the touristy thing! Plus, I actually love Waikiki and spent a lot of time down there during college. So much food and shopping all in one place. 


Bogart’s Café

Even after trying out many different varieties of acai bowls from many different places, Bogart’s Café definitely remains my favorite place to treat myself to an acai bowl. The consistency of the acai, the taste of the acai, the size of the bowl, the type of toppings provided, and the generosity of the toppings provided – all of it is just perfect at Bogart’s Café. I know you can get an acai bowl from practically anywhere these days, but trust me, not all are the same, and Bogart’s will never disappoint.

Aside from the acai bowls, they have a HUGE menu, including breakfast food like eggs, pancakes, and waffles, different kinds of salads and sandwiches, and even pasta! You’ll definitely find something you’ll enjoy at Bogart’s, no matter the mood you’re in.

Parking can be tough here – located in the same building as (also popular) Da Cove Health Bar, there is definitely a shortage of parking provided. I suggest you just wait until someone leaves, otherwise you are forced to find street parking somewhere.  

3045 Monsarrat Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone number: (808) 739-0999
Website: bogartscafe.webs.com
Sunday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Monday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am – 6:00 pm


Yard House

My favorite place! Yard House Waikiki has over 130 beers on tap. That fact alone is enough to make me want to go there. On top of that, they have the BEST happy hour ever. I spent a lot of time at Yard House during my college years and not only do they have an insane amount of beer available, the food is really good too! But, who really cares about the food, when the main attraction is the driiiinks? If you are someone that cares about the food, you definitely will not be disappointed. There is something for everyone on the menu. I would even argue that it’s too big! They have pizzas, pasta, steaks, Asian-inspired dishes, burgers, fries, like seriously, they have something for everyone. If they don’t have anything that you like, then you, my friend, are too picky. 

BE SURE YOU ORDER TRUFFLE FRIES. You won't regret it. I always order a Black Velvet. I don't know if that's actually a thing (like how Black & Blue is), or if it's a Yard House thing, but it's Guinness layered on top of pear cider. It's NOMS.


Happy Hour Schedule:

Monday – Friday: 2:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Late Night:
Sunday – Wednesday: 10:30 – Closing

Happy Hour specials:
Select half-priced appetizers and pizzas
$2 off all beer, wine, spirits, and cocktails
$3 off 9 oz. wine
$4 half yards

Check out this page for happy hour details: https://www.yardhouse.com/happy-hour/hi/honolulu-restaurant/8316

Waikiki Beach Walk
226 Lewers Street
Honolulu, HI 96815
Phone number: (808) 923-9273
Website: yardhouse.com
Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Gen Korean BBQ House

This place was a first-time experience for me. It hasn’t been long since they opened in their Ala Moana location and it was after I moved away from Oahu in 2015. With that being said, I’ve heard a lot about this place and I was definitely excited to try it out! Gen BBQ is a pretty widely known Korean BBQ chain on the west coast (they have tons of locations, especially in California) and I even remember seeing it on a Keeping up with the Kardashians episode. It was the pinball tournament episode, when Kourtney was trying to mingle with other guys. It was hilarious.

Okay anywaysss, the image that I had of all Gen BBQ restaurants was that they are really trendy and the target customer is definitely a young adult who is equally concerned with the ambiance of the place as they are with the food (and they are not looking for authentic/traditional Korean BBQ). Well, I have to say that I was totally right about this place. It has a moody vibe with dark lighting and pops of neon lights throughout. I remember the noise level being fairly high because of how crowded the place was.

Now, onto the food. The food was definitely good and I left the restaurant extremely satisfied. If you’re looking for a traditional Korean BBQ restaurant, this is not the place. They offer items like Cajun shrimp, red wine pork belly, and Hawaiian steak on their AYCE (all-you-can-eat) menu. You know those things aren’t Korean! We didn’t really order any of that fusion stuff and kept to the normal pork belly and bulgogi kind of items.  Of course, a variety of banchan (Korean side dishes) come with the meal, as well as a bowl of salad, rice wrappers and daikon (radish; what’s the Korean word for this? I only know the Japanese LOL) wrappers to wrap the meat in, and a bowl of rice. They give the usual salt + oil sauce that KBBQ places normally do, plus a sweet soy sauce-based sauce. You can also ask for these following items at no additional charge: hot sauce, garlic slices, jalapeno slices, and ssamjang (쌈장 /Korean spicy dipping sauce). I will say that I was satisfied with the food—it’s not the best quality, but what can you expect from an AYCE place? For the price, I’d say it was worth it.

AYCE rates:
$15.99/person (28 menu items)
Monday – Friday only until 3:00 pm (on weekends and holidays, the lunch rate is the same as dinner)
$26.99/person (36 menu items)

Important things to note:

2 hour time limit – eat all you can!!

Left-overs cannot be taken home, and additional charges may be applied for unfinished food.

Children 4 years old and younger are free

Children of 5-10 years old are half-price

Some tips:

Don’t plan to go anywhere after dinner, you will smell like Korean BBQ! They have hood vents on most of the tables, but you will still definitely smell. We went to eat dessert at another restaurant after dinner, and the hostess at that restaurant asked if we just ate at Gen LOL.

They do not take reservations for parties under 10 people. We had a party of 9 and they told me their policy, so I called back 10 minutes later and made the reservation for 10 people. On the day of, I just told them one person couldn’t make it at the last minute. There is a ton of seating, so I can see their perspective on this, but the place gets so busy that I’ve heard people have had to wait over 2 hours to get in. Go early!!


Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Blvd Ste 4250
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone number: (808) 944-5227
Website: genkoreanbbq.com // https://www.alamoanacenter.com/en/directory/gen-korean-bbq-house-20180.html
Sunday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am
Saturday: 10:00 am – 12:00 am


And that's all for Day 3! I wish I was back in Honolulu to eat all of this again! Stay tuned for Day 4 of our Oahu trip for more yummy foodssss! 

Thanks for reading. <3