Waikiki’s Royal Hawaiian Center is Getting a New Food Hall!

Royal Hawaiian Center, Waikiki’s premier shopping and dining destination, announces the grand opening of its latest dining concept, Waikīkī Food Hall. The Waikīkī Food Hall opens on Saturday, March 7, featuring eight unique restaurant concepts.

JTRRD's super fruit smoothies
JTRRD’s colorful superfruit smoothies

“We are thrilled to introduce the Waikīkī Food Hall and welcome a new assortment of eateries to Royal Hawaiian Center,” said Marleen Akau, Royal Hawaiian Center Vice President, General Manager. “Our Food Hall is designed as a food-driven gathering space that offers something for everyone – from superfood smoothies and coffee to start the day, to regional favorites like made-to-order musubi and garlic shrimp dishes, a local craft beer bar for pau hana, and much more.”

Half cut pineapple with cut strawberries, pineapple and soft serve on top and a neon green Aloha sign with a neon pink circle in the background
Milk’s soft serves

Royal Hawaiian Center’s Waikīkī Food Hall restaurants include:

  1. Milk – Japan’s first specialty store for fresh cream ice cream comes to Waikīkī with their unique whipped soft serve.
  2. JTRRD Café – The café serves fruit and superfood smoothies that have been described as works of art;
  3. Meataly Boys – The grill-shop serves Hawaii-grown meats including high quality steaks, rib roasts, and huli huli chicken, in addition to local produce;
  4. POTAMA (Pork Tamago Onigiri) – Okinawa’s famous Potama Spam musubi arrives in Waikīkī, serving made-to-order musubi with a variety of fillings;
  5. Five Star Shrimp – Well-known for their original food truck near Waikīkī Beach, the garlic shrimp specialists offer a local Hawaiian favorite;
  6. Honolulu Burger Co. – The latest location for handcrafted burgers made from free-range, grass- feed beef and locally grown produce (opening in mid-March);
  7. Surfer’s Café – The new concept serves coffee drinks in a surf and beach theme, as well as surf themed craft items by local artists;
  8. Tap Bar – The casual island bar takes center court at the Waikīkī Food Hall, specializing in local craft beers and artisanal cocktails.
Breaded shrimp musubi with a layer of white sauce, egg and spam and a cilantro leaf garnish
Made-to-order musubi from POTAMA

To celebrate the grand opening with the public, Waikīkī Food Hall will hold a “Food in the Air” Instagram contest throughout the month of March, where guests will be asked to snap their best “food in the air” photos for Instagram for a chance to win a variety of prizes including Waikīkī Food Hall gift certificates and original resin art from Surfer’s Café.


Full contest details will be available on the Instagram pages for Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Food Hall following the grand opening.

From March 18-23, internationally renowned POW! WOW! Hawai`i artist Kevin Lyons will be in-house to live-paint an exclusive mural for the Waikīkī Food Hall designed to complement the open and airy atmosphere of the casual dining space.

The Waikīkī Food Hall is located in Royal Hawaiian Center’s Building C on the 3rd Level of the shopping center, above the Cheesecake Factory. Open daily from 8AM – 11PM.

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