Last Updated September 2020! We’ve created this ever-growing guide to restaurants, bakeries, cafes, and ice cream shops in Oahu that are friendly to dairy-free diners. It’s a collection based on research and reader recommendations (send yours!), that’s divided into local restaurants (first) and chains (second).
Note: You can ignore the date on this post going forward. We’ll update the information below whenever we’re alerted to a new restaurant recommendation, change, or closure.
Local Oahu Restaurants Recommended for Dairy-Free Eats
We’ve listed these recommendations alphabetically by city, and then by the restaurant or shop name.
⭐️ = Restaurant is either dairy-free, has a dairy-free menu, has dairy-free labels on their menu(s), or lists top allergens with menu items. (At the time of our last review.)
- Sunrise Shack – This small roadside shop is locally owned and operated by four legendary surfers. Almost everything on their quick-serve breakfast and lunch menus is dairy-free, and even plant based. Some of their Bullet Coffees contain butter, but they also pour vegan bullet coffee. And they serve cold-pressed juices, kombucha, smoothies, smoothie bowls, avocado toast, sandwiches, salads, wraps, some local treats, and my favorite, papaya bowls.
- Banán ⭐️ – This completely dairy-free local soft serve chain swirls plant-based “nice cream” made from bananas. Each flavor is either unsweetened, or contains just a little honey, and uses ingredients sourced locally. For topping, they offer locally-sourced options like papaya, pineapple, honey, dark chocolate, guava jam, mac nut honey butter, or granola. You can also order your soft serve in a fresh-squeezed orange float, shake, or papaya boat. Many items are vegan – honey is the only non-vegan ingredient they use.
- Bluetree Cafe ⭐️ – Whether you’re craving fresh-pressed juice, a dairy-fee smoothie, an acai bowl, coffee, a baked treat, or some healthy eats, this vegan cafe has you covered. Raw house-made almond mylk is a featured throughout their beverage menu, but they also offer vegan cheeses to make paninis and quesadillas, and have unique options like matcha waffles. There are two Honolulu locations, both in the Ala Moana-Ward Center neighborhood.
- Eating House 1849 – You can’t visit Oahu without going to a Roy Yamaguchi restaurant, and this is our favorite one – located in the International Marketplace in Waikiki. The cuisine is Hawaiian-Asian with a good range of dairy-free options and a staff that is attentive on allergen requests. They even notified us of the shared fryer. Their pupus are amazing – including their house-cured pipikaula, popular Szechuan baby back ribs, and vegetarian tofu and noodles. But they also serve full lunch and dinner menus, with casual and elegant dishes that utilize many locally-sourced ingredients.
- OMG Oahu Mexican Grill – This Tex Mex restaurant has two locations, including one right on Waikiki’s main drag. They use only grass-fed free-range beef and all-natural meats (no added hormones or antibiotics), and they make their salsas and guacamole from fresh produce daily. Even their frozen margaritas are homemade and all-natural. And according to the owner, “everything but the cheese and sour cream” is dairy-free at this casual establishment. They also have numerous vegan options, including two different types of rice and beans, and their roasted vegetables. You can build your own burrito, taco, bowl, salad, or plate . In the morning, they have a full breakfast menu with some dairy-free items. And to cool off, they offer their own creamy, house-made, dairy-free horchata.
- Peace Cafe ⭐️ – This all-vegan cafe offers a plant-based spin on many Hawaiian favorites, like poke, katsu, musubi, and eggs. They’re open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and serve a big dessert menu that includes dairy-free cheesecake and house-made ice creams.
- Sunrise Shack – This small shop is locally owned and operated by four legendary surfers. Almost everything on their quick-serve breakfast and lunch menus is dairy-free, and even plant based. Some of their Bullet Coffees contain butter, but they also pour vegan bullet coffee. And they serve cold-pressed juices, kombucha, smoothies, smoothie bowls, avocado toast, sandwiches, salads, wraps, some local treats, and my favorite, papaya bowls.
- Bowles Burritos – They build burritos in two sizes: big and bomber-size. But if you want less commitment, they also make bowls and tacos. This is a friendly, local establishment, with the owners often rolling your burrito. All of their meats, rice, beans, and salsas are dairy-free (at last check), and so are several of their special sauces. Just skip the cheese and sour cream, but load up with the lettuce, olives, and other produce toppings.
Most Popular Chains on Oahu for Dairy-Free Diners
There are many more chains in this state, but these are the ones we recommend most for dairy-free options.
This Guide is Continuously Updated with Recommendations
We welcome you to recommend other dairy-free friendly restaurants. Leave a comment or contact us and tell us why you like a certain restaurant. Restaurant owners and employees are also invited to reach out and let us know how you welcome dairy-free customers.
Please kindly let us know in the comments if any of these restaurants close. We want to keep this list current for you, but aren’t always notified when a restaurant closes. Let us know and we will quickly update!
This Guide is for Informational Purposes Only
Menus, ingredients, kitchen procedures, management, and restaurants are subject to change at any time. Always read the menu and discuss your dietary needs with the staff before ordering. Make sure that they can accommodate your situation.
There is always a risk for potential cross-contamination of allergens in any commercial kitchen. If cross-contamination is an issue for you, always speak with the manager to ensure that your meal can be safely prepared. Listings here do not guarantee that a restaurant is safe enough for your individual needs. Only you can make that decision.