The Best Loco Moco in Oahu: 15 Spots You Need to Try

When it comes to Hawaiian comfort food, there’s nothing better than a hearty plate of loco moco.

Whether you’re a loco moco connoisseur or just looking to try something new, Oahu is home to some of the best loco moco spots in the state.

From traditional versions to creative twists, there’s something for everyone on this list.

So if you’re looking for the best loco moco in Oahu, look no further – these 15 spots will not disappoint.

Best Loco Moco in Waikiki / Honolulu

1. Liliha Bakery

Everybody has their own opinion but there’s one place that always tops the list.

And don’t let the name fool you; Liliha Bakery does more than just bake.

The perfect medley of flavors comes together in one bite; fluffy rice topped with a juicy patty then blanketed by warm gravy and then finally topped with two perfectly cooked eggs – it doesn’t get much better than this!

Or does it? Ask for sautéed onions on top and you’ll have a mouthful of heaven.

Tear off a piece from their famous butter roll to soak up the deliciousness of the runny eggs and gravy.

You can also choose between two different sizes – small and a larger portion if your cravings have gotten the better of you.

rainbow drive in loco moco
photo by rainbow drive-in

2. Rainbow Drive-In

So many places have loco moco but the best are tried and true, and there’s no doubt that Rainbow Drive-In knows how to do it right.

Located on the outskirts of Waikiki, this eatery takes top honors for serving some of the best on the island.

The gravy is savory and the rice is fluffy – and when you combine the two, you’ve got yourself a keeper.

Topped with two eggs that are runny and delicious, this dish is packed with flavor.

You really can’t beat the price either – only $9.55 for a huge portion size that will definitely fill you up.

There’s also a smaller version (Loco Moco Bowl) if you want to save your stomach for other items on the menu!

3. Hula Grill Waikiki

Located at the Outrigger Hotel with beachfront views, every dish is worth ordering at the Hula Grill…but the loco moco takes the cake.

Don’t expect the ordinary here; the restaurant’s variation changes what we know and love about this classic dish.

Here, this dish is elevated to absolute perfection with braised short ribs that melts in your mouth and shitake mushroom gravy being the key ingredients.

Hula Grill’s loco moco’s got rave reviews online too so check it out yourself if you don’t believe it!

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4. Heavenly Island Lifestyle

Serving a healthier take on the traditional loco moco, Heavenly Island Lifestyle is a solid brunch spot in the heart of Waikiki.

Using 10-grain rice instead of the traditional white rice and served with a nice side of organic veggies, their loco moco is a treat for the taste buds and your waistline.

A great alternative for the health conscience without sacrificing any of the flavor!

Highway Inn Hawaiian Loco moco
photo by highway inn

5. Highway Inn

Highway Inn is a must for any foodie visiting Oahu.

Served in three different versions, the Smoked Moco is the one that gets the repeat business though.

Sweet smokey meat smothered in a creamy sauce and topped off with sautéed onions, peppers, and two eggs is the perfect balance between sweet and salty.

Serving up one of the biggest loco mocos on the island, this classic eatery in Kaka’ako is worth finding if you’re in the area.

6. YogurStory

What’s more fun than a dish that lets your taste buds go wild? The answer is at YogurStory.

This trendy restaurant has an interior decor like no other, and their loco moco comes highly recommended by locals.

For those looking for an extra fancy twist to this traditional meal, opt for the Prime Rib; it features 8 ounces of tender and juicy beef smothered in an extra-rich mushroom and onion gravy.

A kalua pork version is on the menu and they also have the traditional Hawaiian patty too if you’re not feeling frisky.

7. Koko Head Cafe

Lee Anne Wong doesn’t need an introduction, so it’s no surprise that the loco moco served at Koko Head Cafe does her “celebrity chef” title justice.

The “Koko Moco” here is served on a cast-iron skillet with crispy garlic rice lining the bottom, adding an extra crunchy texture to this already delicious dish.

Topped with a medium-rare beef patty and accompanied by a generous amount of mushroom gravy, a sunny side egg, and kimchi tempura – it’s no surprise that this dish makes its way to the top of our list.

This version is a little less traditional than most, but it’s still a classic Hawaiian dish.

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8. Pancakes & Waffles

If you love having variety, you’ll love the selection of loco mocos at Pancakes & Waffles and as the name implies, you’ll find tons of brekkie options here too.

Roast pork, corned beef, chicken, traditional, and more – go wild with your choice.

And if you need some extra fuel, get their double patty loco moco; an absolute monster of a meal that will leave you satisfied beyond belief.

Moena Cafe Braised Pork Loco Moco
photo by moena cafe

9. Moena Cafe

Moena Cafe’s short rib loco moco is a guilty pleasure that will have you coming back time and time again.

A twist on the Hawaiian classic, it features rich gravy-soaked rice topped with tender short ribs and two over-easy eggs.

Upgrade to fried rice to take it to the next level; you’ll be polishing the entire dish within minutes!

10. Hideout at the Laylow

If you love the taste of happiness, check out Hideout at the Laylow for their non-traditional play on loco moco.

Wagyu beef patties, sunny-side eggs, veal and mushroom gravy all meld together for an unforgettable umami flavor.

This dish is a little more expensive than others on this list at $19, but it’s worth the price if you’re looking for something a ‘lil different.

Hideout is also on our list of best rooftop bars in Waikiki; it’s a great place to grab a cocktail after a long day of sightseeing or shopping.

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The Alley Restaurant Loco Moco
photo by the alley restaurant

11. The Alley Restaurant

The Alley Restaurant is not your typical joint; it’s located within a bowling alley and probably the last place you’d think of when it comes to good food.

Oh boy, you’ll be in for a real treat as this place has some of the best loco moco around.

The gravy is rich and creamy, and the rice isn’t too heavy – just enough to soak up all that deliciousness.

This family-owned eatery was featured on Diners Drive-Ins & Dives so you know it’s the real deal.

Portions are generous too which means there probably won’t be any room left for anything else…unless it’s dessert?

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12. Hukilau Cafe

A great breakfast joint on the North Shore, this low-key greasy diner was once featured in the blockbuster movie “50 First Dates” and is definitely a local, must-try favorite.

Their massive loco moco will fill the biggest of appetites, with two hamburger patties stacked high over fluffy white rice.

Topped off by rich homemade gravy served alongside two perfectly cooked eggs; this satisfying dish will make any day better than before.

Seating is very limited at Hukilau Cafe and the parking situation could be better – you might end up pulling out all your hair trying to find a spot, but trust us, it’s well worth it.

13. Ted’s Bakery

With its rich, savory flavors and huge portions, the loco moco at Ted’s Bakery will be your favorite dish in Oahu.

A combination of local ingredients with traditional flavors, this loco moco is the definition of comfort food.

This place has become a hotspot for locals – a destination where you know you’ll be getting good food as soon as you walk through the doors.

Order a slice of Haupia Pie for dessert to complete the experience.

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14. Country Side Cafe

The “Local Moke-O” at Country Side Cafe will have you yelling ono (Hawaiian for delicious) in no time.

The Corned Beef Hash version is the specialty here – homemade corned beef, thick gravy full of flavor, and runny eggs cooked to perfection. The pickled onions on top are a nice touch as well.

Priced at $13.95, this place is exactly what you’d expect from a good old-fashioned Hawaiian eatery.

15. My Cafe

My Cafe is one of the best places to go for some mean pancakes in Waikiki, hands down.

But their loco moco is no slouch either – it’s loaded with flavor and will leave your taste buds begging for more.

Choose what tickles your fancy: ground beef, turkey patty, or chicken katsu for your meat and it comes topped with creamy gravy, mushrooms, onions, and two eggs cooked perfectly your way.

The portions are huge and the flavors are even bigger – a must-try for any loco moco fan in Oahu.

Tip: Swap the white rice for the Kamaaina fried rice; it’s uber delicious.