Dog Friendly Restaurants in Honolulu

Whether visiting Honolulu on vacation with your pet or you’re lucky enough to call the islands home, Honolulu is a paradise for pet owners. Imagine long walks on white beaches, sinking your paws in the soft sand, and enjoying the refreshing island breeze. This fantasy can be your reality and more when experiencing Hawaii with pets.

Take your pet on outdoor adventures like hikes up the iconic Diamond Head and Gray’s Beach for your pet to splash in the Pacific. Pets don’t have to return to the hotel for dinner because there are several dog-friendly restaurants in Honolulu.

These are some of our favorites!

Waffle and Berry

Located at the McCully Shopping Center, Waffle and Berry is a pet-friendly restaurant inspired by all things natural. Its fresh ingredients craft the island’s best acai bowls and waffles in one place! You’ll still feel outdoors when standing inside Waffle and Berry. Natural air rushes through the dining hall from the outdoors, giving the space an airy outdoors comfortable for all pets. 

Get the best of both dining worlds at Waffle and Berry. Waffle-lovers can try themed peanut butter banana waffles for sweet tooth cravings during brunch. Taste fresh island fruits and tropical flavors blended into the berry-filled acai bowl. See what the buzz is about when you top your acai bowl with “bee pollen.” 

Waffle and Berry offers substitutes for most items catering to your diet. For example, make your meal with keto-friendly chaffle and opt for mocktails during brunch festivities. It’s open daily from 8 AM – 8 PM. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Vegan Options, Covered Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Plastic-free Packaging 

Address: 1960 Kapiolani Blvd. Unit 210, Honolulu, HI 96826

Royal Lobster

Did you know that the Iolani Palace is the only royal palace on US soil? While monarch rule in Hawaii has long ended, there’s new royalty claiming the lands—the Royal Lobster. Maine and Hawaii are on polar opposite sides of the United States. But the distance doesn’t stop the Royal Lobster from perfecting famous New England recipes. 

Royal Lobster is located inside the Waikiki Shopping Plaza. Head down to the lower level and sit at the in-mall seating to enjoy the mall atmosphere. Since pets are permitted in the shopping plaza, you can dine in peace with them. 

Crown the lobster roll, a royal combination of fresh lobster chunks on a buttered bun. The large Lobster salad is a feast fit for a king. Bow down to the exemplary flavors of the lobster bisque that transforms any casual meal into a fine dining experience. 

Be sure to get enough of the essential seafood sides: melted butter, Old Bay, and chilled mayo. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Covered Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Plastic-free Packaging 

Address: 2230 Kalakaua Ave. LL 102, Honolulu, HI 96815

Aloha Melt Waikiki

Pile on the napkins because even eating the cheesy patty melts from Aloha Melt Waikiki the right way is sure to leave a tasty mess. The original recipes turn the average grilled cheese sandwich into a meal masterpiece. So, the next time you wander Downtown Waikiki, let the rich aromas guide you into one of Honolulu’s top pet-friendly restaurants. 

The outdoor patio tables are surprisingly white—giving you a blank canvas to dine on. Enjoy the breeze as scents of the warm cheese, and grilling meat fill the patio space. Its grills stay active as late as 1 AM, so even late-night dog walks can have their rewards. 

Grilled cheese and tomato soup are the perfect combo. Order the classic sandwich made with four different kinds of cheese and the creamy tomato bisque. The subtle sriracha sauce on the cheesy Aloha Patty is always a surprise greeting of spicy flavor. Cheesy melts are served hot and oozing with goodness! 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Limited Vegetarian Options, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards 

Address: 355 Royal Hawaiian Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815

Taka’s Box Lunch

Taka’s Box Lunch is a hole-in-the-wall eatery that your pet is sure to sniff out. It specializes in comfort food with a home-style flavor. You cannot often find such familiar tastes so far away from home. 

Walk up to the window-side counter to place your order. The smell of cooking vegetables and sizzling beef lets you know that this small restaurant means business! 

Savory gravy drenches atop the hamburger steak. Warm vegetables accompany tender meat in the local beef stew. Honolulu has several pet-friendly hikes and scenic places to have a picnic with your four-legged pals. The lunch bento box is excellent on the go for a hearty meal of tender beef, chicken, and rice. 

Taka’s Box Lunch has limited seating, with only a tiny bench right outside the window. However, there’s no problem hanging around the lot and enjoying the low-key vibes. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards, Covered Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible 

Address: 830 Mapunapuna St., Honolulu, HI 96819


After going on a graffiti walking tour of the Honolulu Arts District with your pet, treat yourself to lunch in the adjacent Chinatown neighborhood. China has a big influence on Hawaii, and this neighborhood makes you feel like you’re in the Far East. 

The elevated outdoor patio is a pet-friendly space. Peer through the tree branches for a glimpse at the waterfront views. Your celebrations are far from over because this restaurant is BYOB. By the end of your meal, your pet will be the one leading the way home. 

Taste the sweet and sour sauce coating bite-sized Korean chicken pieces. Pork belly is cut for picking up easily, regardless of your skill level with chopsticks. O’Kims is stocked with fresh fish for making dishes like crispy Moi and poached salmon. It also makes traditional Korean dishes like Meat Jun and Kalbi Bibimbap. 

Amenities and More: Takes Reservations, Offers Takeout, Pescatarian Options, Women-owned, Asian-owned, Covered Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible 

Address: 1028 Nuuanu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96817

Nana Ai Katsu

Immerse yourself in Japanese culture when dining in at Nana Ai Katsu. You can find this dog-friendly restaurant in the Ohana Hale Marketplace, one of many delicious eateries in the hall. Every day except Monday, its dining room is ready to serve you tastes from the ‘Land of the Rising Sun.’ 

Pet owners love the open-door policy at Nana Ai Katsu for four-legged patrons. Escape the tropical heat in the air-conditioned indoor dining space with pet-proof furniture. 

Nana Ai Katsu specializes in katsu, a traditional breaded fried chicken dish from Japan, and tonkatsu, an alternate preparation of the meat. Two popular katsu dishes are takoyaki Katsu and Giga Ebi Katsu, made with shrimp instead of chicken. See if you prefer the tonkatsu instead when you try the kurobuta Kasane tonkatsu platter. 

Each dish is made with fresh vegetables and is served in large enough portions to fill you up. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Accepts Apple Pay, Asian-owned, Women-owned, Wheelchair Accessible, Limited Vegetarian Options

Address: 3585 Waialae Ave., Honolulu 96816

TY’s BBQ and Grill

You’ll likely end up for drinks at Suzie Wong’s Hideaway if you’re into the nightlife scene in Waikiki. However, conveniently right outside the venue is TY’s BBQ and Grill, showing that having the right location can instantly boost your popularity. 

Soak up all those tropical cocktails with hearty meat that will prepare you for round two of nightlife excitement. Ty is the skilled owner who will keep you entertained with his culinary expertise making full use of his food truck space. From signature barbecue must-haves to grill favorites, you’ll never leave hungry. 

Get a powerhouse of flavors erupting from a bite of the BBQ Western Burger. Straight off the grill, juicy burgers feature ingredients like cheese and barbecue sauce. Tacos are another specialty. There’s always room in your belly for an order of the carne asada tacos. 

Tuesdays are the best day to eat at TY’s BBQ and Grill when you’ll have a frenzy of tacos. Everything on the menu is removed except tacos and quesadillas to make it easier to decide your order when reaching the counter. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Asian-owned, Plastic-free Packaging

Address: 1913 Dudoit Ln, Honolulu, HI 96815

Steak Shack

Steak Shack is an unassuming hole-in-the-wall counter outside of Castle Resorts & Hotels. But barking your food order through this window will result in being served made-to-order steak and chicken meals. 

The outside dining at Steak Shack gives you one of the most scenic views. The restaurant is set on Waikiki Beach, letting you dine with your paws in the sand and eyes on the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Stop by the restaurant during golden hour for dinner and a front-row seat to the vibrant Hawaiian sunset. 

Opt for the steak plate for premium cut chunks that come from the “good part” of the meat. The chicken plate comes with six ounces of marinated meats. Get a taste of both with the combo plate. All plate meals are served with rice. 

Steak Shack isn’t all meat. It also has a mixed green salad as a side or your main entree. You can also try local drinks like the Hawaiian Sun Guava Nectar juice. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Limited Vegetarian Options, Accepts Credit Cards, Outdoor Seating, Plastic-free packaging 

Address: 2161 Kalia Rd. Ste 104, Honolulu, HI 96815

What It Dough (Floralia)

Experience the laid-back island vibes at What it dough. It has a casual dining setting, so come as you are—beach gear and pups with sandy paws. 

Outdoor dining at What It Dough feels like a cookout. It prepared pizzas right before you in oversized grills. The secret behind the signature pizzas at What It Dough is using a wood-fired grill. The fresh dough gets slid into the blazing oven for a few minutes before emerging toasted to perfection. Each bite will have a crunch that makes your dog’s ears perk up when you take a bite. 

Eyes up and watch as the cooks put on a show while preparing your pizza. Witness the skillful toss of broccoli, pepper, and other veggies on the vegan pizza. See the delicate layering of San Marzano tomato sauce on the Margherita pizza. Spot the artisan touch of decorating the almond ricotta pizza with leafy spinach and sliced tomatoes. 

Grab one of the wooden tables and let your dog rest its head on the turf while you eat. 

Amenities and More: Offers Takeout, Vegan Options, Accepts Credit Cards, Wheelchair Accessible 

Address: 1124 Kona S., Honolulu, HI 96814


The front patio at EbiNomi is pet-friendly so bring your furry dinner guests! It has a menu lined with seafood and Asian fusion cuisine. While it’s newly opened and still building its legacy, it’s already garnered a top-rated reputation amongst pet owners. 

EbiNomi is located at the Kuhio Banyan Hotel. If the centerpiece candles aren’t enough light, the LED umbrellas all do the trick. All tables get peculiarly-packaged wet wipes for keeping your hands clean when your food arrives since you’ve been petting your dog the entire wait. 

Fresh jumbo shrimp give you a taste of the pacific in the Ebikahuku dish. Scoop a bit of rice into a bowl of the Ebicurry full of spices. You’ll go crazy for the loco moco prime ribs capped with a fried egg. Fried fish is great for simple eats like fish and chips and fried oysters. Thanks to sourcing many ingredients locally from the island, everything has a fresh taste. 

Amenities and More: covered Outdoor Seating, Offers Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Offers Military Discount, Plastic-free Packaging 

Address: 2310 Kuhio Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815

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