When you picture exceptional Hawaiian cuisine, you might think of iconic island delicacies such as poke or saimin. New England-style seafood probably isn’t your go-to for a Hawaiian adventure, nor is brick oven pizza. Both, however, are top options at Honu Seafood & Pizza. Boasting a spectacular view and a diverse range of dishes, this gem of an establishment is a must-visit when you’re exploring Lahaina.
If you were to refer to Honu as an eclectic, it would be a huge understatement. At first glance, the menu may seem difficult to pin down. Despite this, it doesn’t feel excessively scattered. Somehow, the restaurant manages to blend the best of culinary traditions from the East and West Coasts while also adding Hawaiian flair.
Choosing a dish can be difficult, but you can’t go wrong with the pizzas or the oysters. The desserts are also exquisite, so be sure to save room.
If names such as Tipsy Botanist and Elegant Farmer are any indication, the house cocktails at Honu are decidedly inventive. If you’re not feeling particularly adventurous, you can always opt for a glass of wine instead. What’s more, many IPAs and sours are available by draft, bottle, or can.
A few of our favorite menu items include the following:
The Original Ahi Bruschetta
You’ve never had bruschetta quite like this, but it’s definitely worth your while to venture beyond your comfort zone. Yes, the ingredients may come across as trend-oriented — but in this case, that’s a good thing. The bruschetta is enjoyed on flaxseed toast and is complemented by edamame hummus, twenty-year aged balsamic, and wonderfully fresh tomatoes grown locally.
Even if you’re not typically one to eat salad in place of a heartier entree, you should seriously consider ordering the kale salad at Honu. Wonderfully fresh, it’s jam-packed with pomegranate, dates, and pecorino. Walnuts add just the right amount of crunch, while preserved lemon vinaigrette provides a refreshing flavor. Add grilled fish for an extra fee to make the salad even more delicious — not to mention, far more filling.
Italian Sausage Pizza
As one of several Honu pizzas worth trying, this simple, yet effective selection is big on flavor. Like most of Honu’s pizzas, it prominently features San Marzano tomatoes. Other essentials include fresh mozzarella, arugula, and enticing Italian sausage. A house-made gluten-free crust is available for an additional charge.
Simple and effective, this burger is bound to please. Served on a brioche bun, it comes with cheddar, bacon, caramelized onion, lettuce, and tomato. Enjoy it alongside French fries, plus coleslaw and Korean aioli.
Fish stew in Hawaii? Yes, it can be the perfect order for your visit to Lahaina, particularly if you adore all things seafood. Eat your fill of mussels, shrimp, clams, and the fresh catch — typically mahi. Add San Marzano tomatoes and garlic to the mix to create the perfect stew.
Selecting just one or two items from the diverse, jam-packed menu at Honu Seafood & Pizza can initially feel overwhelming, but the search for the perfect starter or entree may prove more enjoyable than you expect. After you find something compelling to order, make a point of relaxing and taking in the remarkable view. Build time into your Lahaina itinerary for the ultimate culinary adventure at Honu.
-Honu accepts dinner reservations up to one month in advance. While this may seem excessive to some, reserving far in advance is advisable if you’re absolutely determined to eat at this in-demand establishment. Reservations can be completed online via OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly.
-Arrive just before sunset, and you will be treated to a magnificent view. Not only will you witness a lovely blend of colors, you just might spot sea turtles swimming nearby. Your table provides the perfect vantage point, so make a point of being present and taking it all in as you await your meal.