Hawaii Diners Eat Less, Pay More

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.

Roy’s Restaurant (its meatloaf appetizer shown above) was named the most popular, with Alan Wong’s in Honolulu coming in second and Mama’s Fish House on Maui rounding out the Top 3.

Sushi Sasabune in Honolulu earned the top award for best food and La Mer at the Halekulani Hotel in Waikiki was voted to have the best decor and top service.

To see the complete list, click here.

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