It’s common knowledge that just about everything — real estate, soy milk, organic veggies — cost more in Hawaii.
And now even restaurant meals cost more on average, according to the Zagat Survey of the Hawaiian Islands revealed last month.
Hawaii diners spent an average of $37.66 per meal this year, $2.04 more per meal than the national average. By comparison, the average spent on a meal in Seattle was $29.33 and $34.85 in Los Angeles.
The average number of meals out per week declined from 3.2 in the last survey to 3.1 this year, meaning folks ate out less but spent more per meal. But 62 percent of respondents to the survey did say they would be willing to pay more for food that’s locally sourced, organic or sustainably raised.
Zagat’s survey — which covered 389 restaurants across the state as voted on by 2,942 avid Hawaii diners — came up with its list of best restaurants in various categories.
To see the complete list, click here.