1. Liliha Bakery
Liliha Bakery always tops the list, and for good reason.Their Loco Moco is a fantastic combination of flavors that come together perfectly in one bite. It includes fluffy rice topped with a juicy patty, blanketed by warm gravy, and finally topped with two cooked eggs. And if that’s not enough, ask for sautéed onions on top!
If you’re feeling especially hungry, go for the larger size. Deciding between a small or large portion of this famous butter roll is only the beginning – next, you get to choose how to savor it. Will you let the runny eggs and gravy sit on top? Or will you tear off a piece of bread to mop up every last droplet? But either way, you’ll not be disappointed here.
2. Rainbow Drive-In
It’s understandable that many places have their version of loco moco, but the best ones are always classic and trustworthy. For sure, Rainbow Drive-In does it better than anyone else. They’re located a bit outside of Waikiki, which is part of what makes their food taste even better. The rice is fluffy and the gravy is flavorful – when you put them together, it’s an incredible dish. And to top it all off (literally), they add two eggs that are cooked perfectly every time. It’s such a delicious meal and one that is worth coming back to.
The $9.55 Loco Moco Bowl is an unbeatable deal for a hearty meal, and there’s also a smaller portion size if you want to try other menu items!
3. Hula Grill Waikiki
If you’re ever in the vicinity of the Outrigger Hotel, a stop at Hula Grill is an absolute must. The restaurant offers stunning beachfront views, and every dish on the menu is delectable and mouth watering. But if you had to pick just one, it would be the loco moco. This classic dish has been given a delicious twist at Hula Grill, with braised short ribs and shitake mushroom gravy as key ingredients. Trust us – this loco moco is unlike any other you’ve tried before! But don’t just take our word for it – the loco moco at Hula Grill has been getting great reviews online. If you’re skeptical, why not check it out for yourself?
4. Heavenly Island Lifestyle
Heavenly Island Lifestyle’s loco moco is a healthier version of the classic dish, made with 10-grain rice instead of white rice. It comes with a delicious side of organic veggies, making it a guilt-free meal that doesn’t compromise on flavor. If you’re looking for a healthy alternative to the traditional loco moco in Waikiki, Heavenly Island Lifestyle is the place to go!
5. Highway Inn
Visit Highway Inn if you’re a fan of good food and happen to be on Oahu. The Smoked Moco is the most popular dish here, served in three different versions. What makes people come back for more? Perhaps it’s the sweet smokey meat drenched in creamy sauce and topped with sautéed onions, peppers, and two eggs – a delicious balance between sweet and salty. If you find yourself in Kaka’ako, this classic eatery should definitely be on your radar.
If you’re looking for a divine culinary experience, look no further than YogurStory. This trendy hotspot is known for its chic interior design and delectable loco moco. For something extra luxurious, go for the Prime Rib – it comes with 8 ounces of tender beef covered in a delicious mushroom and onion gravy. There’s also a kalua pork version available if you want to try something different, or you can stick to the traditional Hawaiian patty if that’s more your style.
7. Koko Head Cafe
Loco Moco is a Hawaiian dish that has been growing in popularity, and this recipe from celebrity chef Lee Anne Wong has a delicious take on the traditional dish. The “Koko Moco” at Koko Head Cafe is one of the best loco mocos you’ll ever have. The rice is crispy and garlic-infused, adding a new level of texture to an already scrumptious meal. Sunny side up eggs, kimchi tempura, tender beef patties, and heaps of delicious mushroom gravy come together to create a dining experience you won’t soon forget.
8. Pancakes & Waffles
Variety is the spice of life, and at Pancakes & Waffles you’ll find a loco moco to suit every taste. Choose from roast pork, corned beef, chicken, traditional, and more. And if you’re feeling extra hungry, go for the double patty loco moco – it’s guaranteed to fill you up. And if you don’t like loco moco, they also have a lot of other breakfast options here.
9. Moena Cafe
Come to Moena Cafe for an amazing dish you won’t soon forget- the short rib loco moco. This new take on the Hawaiian favorite includes creamy gravy-drenched rice with delicious, tender short ribs and two over easy eggs. If you want it to be even tastier, make sure to ask for fried rice instead of regular white rice; it will be gone in no time!
10. Hideout at the Laylow
Hideout at the Laylow offers a delicious loco moco with a twist that is sure to please anyone and give ultimate satisfaction. This unique dish includes sunny-side eggs, veal, and mushroom sauce combined with wagyu beef patties – all blend together for an outstanding umami flavor. If you’re in the mood for something different, this meal is definitely worth its $19 price tag. And after a long day of exploring or shopping, Hideout makes for the perfect spot to enjoy a refreshing cocktail while taking in stunning views of Waikiki from its rooftop bar — which additionally lands it a spot on our list of best bars with breathtaking views. You won’t regret giving this a try!