Often referred to as the ninth island, Las Vegas is an unlikely hub for Hawaiian cuisine. The high number of Hawaiian visitors and residents — many of whom were originally drawn to Las Vegas by a Boyd Gaming advertising campaign dreamed up by one-time Honolulu resident Sam Boyd, means that is easy to find musubi, poke, barbecue, teriyaki, and Spam all over town. Here are 20 Hawaiian restaurants that serve island fare in the desert.Read More
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Lulu Hawaiian BBQ
Lulu Hawaiian BBQ features a wide range of lunch plates including a Spam musubi plate, a chicken katsu option, and a fried shrimp saimin plate. The menu also includes teriyaki bowls and low-carb Hawaiian barbecue specials served with eggs instead of rice.
Aloha Hawaiian BBQ
Aloha Hawaiian BBQ has two Las Vegas locations that specialize in seafood plates such as fried mahi mahi, shrimp curry, and fried scallops. The menu also includes musubi, saimin, udon, and oxtail soup.
Suha Bites Sushi Burrito & Hawaiian BBQ
Suha Bites specializes in Hawaiian barbecue entrees including combination plates with options including hamburger steak, garlic shrimp, and short ribs. The restaurant also offers sushi burritos, such as the Hawaiian-inspired Suha Bite burrito filled with crab, Spam, pineapple, and fried onions.
California Noodle House
Located inside perennial Ninth Island destination The California, this noodle shop serves Asian fare with a Hawaiian influence. Diners love the restaurant’s oxtail fried rice, Hawaiian-style wonton soup with fish cake, and pork and braised oxtail with curry and carrots.
This little restaurant inside the California favors the slogan “Aloha spoken here.” Diners can order chicken adobo, kalua pig, and cabbage plus teriyaki and noodles. The saimin, plate lunches, and rice bowls are always popular and the wicker chairs here are always packed.
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Pacific Island Taste
Pacific Island Taste is a hidden downtown spot with just four tables that specializes in Hawaiian breakfast plates, musubi, poke bowls, and specialties such as ahi nachos, pork hash, and cone sushi.
Spam is a staple on the Hawaiian islands, and fans of Island Style love the fried rice with Spam here. The menu also features Korean favorites such as bulgogi and cold noodles with kalbi.
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Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs
This family owned and operated restaurant with roots in Reno offers Hawaiian breakfast specialties including loco moco, fried spam and eggs, teriyaki pork with eggs, and rice and beef chili with eggs.
Kono's Northshore - Las Vegas Strip
The Kalua pork here is extra flavorful — slow-roasted for 12 hours. And it’s just right nestled in the Bomber wrap with pulled pork, rice, cheese, grilled onions, and sweet guava barbecue sauce. The pork is also a standout on the lunch plate, served with rice and a green salad tossed in papaya seed dressing.
Chinatown’s Paina Cafe is a Hawaiian export with two other locations in Honolulu. The casual restaurant prides itself on simple, fresh poke bowls, plate lunches and salads. The Las Vegas menu features build-your-own poke bowls plus curated options and fried salmon plates, kalua pig bowls, and Asian slaw salad.
Hawaiian Style Poke
Hawaiian Style Poke offers sushi-style Hawaiian fare with poke, a marinated raw tuna, and other seafood, served over rice, over salad greens, or by itself.
Lefty-J's Island Favorites
Find Filipino and Hawaiian favorites here, with plates of garlic chicken, loco moco, and spam musubi. The fried chicken is extra crunchy and served with a generous scoop of mac salad.
Musubi, a rice dish with Spam wrapped in nori, is one of the most popular dishes here. Aloha Kitchen has five locations in Las Vegas and is a popular destination for daily karaoke featuring a rotation of popular Hawaiian songs.
With two locations in Las Vegas open every day for breakfast and lunch, Squeeze In serves an Aloha Aikane omelet (translation: “Hello friend!”) that’s filled with ham, pineapples, and sautéed in honey. The menu also includes banana and walnut pancakes named after Hawaiian singer Jack Johnson.
Makai: Pacific Island Grill
Makai Pacific Island Grill specializes in customizable Hawaiian barbecue. Diners can choose from proteins such as chicken katsu and Pulehu steak, add rice, and then select sides including kimchee slaw, macaroni salad, and sweet corn.
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
It would be remiss to leave this chain off the list of Hawaiian spots. Barbecued short ribs, a barbecue teriyaki plate, and more are just some of the specialties here. Find 13 locations in Las Vegas.
Ohana Hawaiian BBQ
This Hawaiian-owned spot with four locations in Las Vegas is known for lunch plates with their barbecue fare. Diners can stop in for stir-fried udon with beef, minute chicken cake noodles plus musubi, saimin noodles, and wings.
Opulicious Poke & Hawaiian Plate Lunch
Several varieties of poke are made fresh every day, with tender chunks of ahi tuna and salmon combined with spicy sauce, mild marinades, and sweet and salty drizzles. Order your choice as a bowl on as nachos made with crispy wontons. For something more filling, go with the ahi katsu.
Island Flavor is helmed by chef Darcy Ambrosio, who grew up on the Big Island. His menu features katsu loco moco, kalbi ribs, and lau lau (steamed taro leaves wrapped around chunks of fish and pork). Loco moco features rice with a fried egg and brown gravy on top. There are two Island Flavor locations in Las Vegas.
Island Sushi & Grill
Terence Fong, owner of Island Sushi and Grill, believes in serving Japanese and Hawaiian fare under the same roof at an affordable price. The menu here includes fresh poke, an all-you-can-eat Hawaiian brunch every Sunday plus 50 percent off sushi specials every Thursday through Sunday.