Despite the wide array of restaurants vying for tourist dollars, eating out in Waikiki can be rather expensive. But there are a few worthwhile deals, including Eating House 1849. They actually hit on every price point, with their regular dinner menu, lunch menu, happy hour menu, and power hour menu (which we hope will stick around!). Each menu includes a nice array of items with Hawaiian and Asian influences, and some delicious dairy-free options.
Eating House 1849 is the Best Kept Secret in Waikiki, Until Now
I actually decided to share this restaurant today because it’s National French Fry Day, and we just recently enjoyed some fat, delicious French fries at Eating House 1849. The sizable plate cost us a whopping $1.50. In fact, we had two beers, a cocktail, and the fries for under $9 (plus tip). And no, it wasn’t a bill error. On another night we enjoyed four gourmet appetizers for less than $20 (plus tip).
How did we do it? Eating House 1849 has a wonderful Happy Hour that runs from 3pm to 6pm daily (at last check) at the bar. It features a nice array of pupus, cocktails, local draught beer, and wine on discount. But the last hour of happy hour, 5 to 6pm, is Power Hour. During Power Hour, the drinks are discounted even more, and the happy hour pupus are half off. Yes, half off the happy hour prices! It’s an insane deal, and a great way to sample some of chef Roy Yamaguchi’s cuisine.
Honestly, their full price menus are fair for Waikiki, especially considering the quality of the food and recipes. And they do serve a lower priced menu at lunch that is simply excellent. The happy hour is just a darn good deal, and the power hour is unreal. But please note that the power hour could be discontinued at any time. The started it in March 2019 as a one month promotion, but when we visited a few months later, it was still going.
Dairy-Free is Easy at Eating House 1849
Their menu isn’t specifically labeled for special diets, but the entire staff was very helpful and the kitchen was responsive. Since Roy Yamaguchi leans toward Hawaiian-Asian cuisine, several menu items are naturally dairy-free and many others can be easily adapted to be dairy-free. They were even able to accommodate our dairy-free requests on the entire happy hour menu.
But it’s important to note that they do not have a dedicated fryer. A few of the items that they fry do contain dairy, so it’s best to stick with choices that aren’t deep fried if you are heavily concerned about cross contamination.
Some of the dishes that we found quite special were the House-Cured Pipikaula Poke (pictured above), it was the best one we tried on the island, the Kiawe Smoked Szechuan Baby Back Ribs, the most popular pupu with their staff too, and the Tofu & Noodles, a unique vegetarian dish that is a small meal in its own right.
The atmosphere at Eating House 1849 is casual, but nice, and open air for enjoying the trade winds. However, they do have some indoor air conditioned seating. The creative menu has an array of dishes, from sandwiches and bowls to paella, with a focus on locally sourced ingredients. There are a few excellent vegetarian options, but seafood and pork tend to dominate the dishes.
Where to Find Eating House 1849
The Waikiki restaurant is located on the 3rd floor of the International Marketplace. They also have a location on Koloa, Kauai, but I am not sure if they offer the same specials.
Location: 2330 Kalakaua Avenue, Space 322, Honolulu, HI 96815
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Helpful staff, wonderful food
The staff was so attentive in checking on dairy-free options, and even warned me which might have potential cross-contamination. Every dish was delicious – definitely what I would expect from Roy Yamaguchi!