The Haleiwa Joe’s Restaurant in Kaneohe is my favorite place to eat on Oahu. It’s not too expensive but still nice and has gorgeous open views of the Ko’olau Mountain range with burning tiki torches at night. But still, the best part is the massive 40 oz prime rib!
1. The Views
As soon as you enter the restaurant you’ll notice the open-air setting with a casual ambiance. Ask if you can get a table near the outer edge where you can take in the amazing views below and above! Just beneath the restaurant is an idyllic pond with a grassy area and lush foliage. Above are the tall Ko’olau mountains and you can even see the Haiku Stairs or Stairway to Heaven!
These views provide, in my opinion, the most beautiful restaurant setting on Oahu. At night the tiki torches on the perimeter are lit, further enhancing the ambiance and relaxing atmosphere.
2. The Massive Prime Rib
This prime rib is the biggest piece of steak I’ve ever seen, let alone enjoy and stuff in my face. I usually get it to share between my wife and me because it’s so big. It’s also super tender, juicy, and amazing with the provided au jus. Almost all of the “big plates” here have pretty sparing sides, in my opinion, so just be aware.
Beside the prime rib, which you should definitely get, their coconut shrimp is also delicious. You can order it as a pupu (appetizer) or as a main dish. It comes with an awesome sweet, pineapple sauce that I love.
My other favorite is the New York steak. They bring it out in a pan, pour some type of alcohol in it, and it flames and sizzles in front of you!
3. The Atmosphere and Service
At Haleiwa Joe’s in Kaneohe you can enjoy great service and still not feel out of place wearing board shorts and slippers (sandals). Or you can wear nice attire and still fit in perfectly!
The staff is very professional but also fun. Overall, the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. The restaurant opens at 4:30 PM and there will be people lining up at least 15 to 20 minutes prior.
Haleiwa Joe’s accepts no reservations so we try to arrive around 4:15 to ensure we can get a good table near the edge with the views. Another thing to know is that your whole party must be present in order to be seated so make sure that one person in your group who’s late to everything gets there early!