Arancino 255 Beach Walk, Waikiki. Great Italian trattoria in the middle of Waikiki, with lots of reasonably priced pasta dishes, pizza and seafood specialties.
Bali by the Sea Hilton Hawaiian Village, 2005 Kalia Rd, Waikiki. Refined gourmet restaurant, with fantastic views of the full length of Waikiki beach and very tasteful "Pacific Rim" cuisine.
Ezogiku 2546 Lemon Rd. Modest and very inexpensive Japanese diner, with three branches in Waikiki - the others are at 2420 Koa Ave and 2146 Kalakaua Ave. Ramen soups plus rice and curry dishes, all at $6-7, eat in or take out.
Kakaako Kitchen Ward Center, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd. Diner that serves high-quality Hawaiian-style fast food, from hamburger stew to the signature dish chicken linguine, costs $6-9, and there's a menu of daily $7.25 specials including meat loaf or pot roast.
Maxime 1134 Maunakea St. Bright, clean, pastel-pink Chinatown restaurant serving very inexpensive Vietnamese food, especially pho (noodle soups).
Oceanarium Pacific Beach Hotel , 2490 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki. Simply furnished restaurant with a big gimmick: you eat beneath the eyes of 400 live fish, plus sometimes a scuba diver. Open for all meals, with noodles, burgers and sandwiches, and complete surf'n'turf dinners - all moderately priced.
Perry's Smorgy 2380 Kuhio Ave, Waikiki. All-you-can-eat buffets, indoors and alfresco. Bargain prices - $5 breakfast (7-11am), $6 lunch (11.30am-2.30pm), $9 dinner (5-9pm). A second location is at the Ohana Coral Seas, 250 Lewers St.
Sam Choy's Breakfast, Lunch and Crab 580 N Nimitz Hwy, Huge quantities of modern Hawaiian cuisine, plus a microbrewery, a mile west of downtown Honolulu.
Sansei Restaurant Row, 500 Ala Moana Blvd. The central Honolulu setting is particularly attractive, whether you go for the full Pacific Rim menu or stick to the sushi bar, the food is excellent and very moderately priced.
Shore Bird Beach Broiler Outrigger Reef on the Beach , 2169 Kalia Rd, Waikiki. Open-air oceanfront restaurant that serves an $8 breakfast buffet, and dinner with an open salad bar for $13-19. Guests cook their own meat on a grill.
Texas Rock 'n' Roll Sushi Bar Hyatt Regency Hotel , 2424 Kalakaua Ave, Waikiki. A high-concept, postmodern restaurant/bar, with a strange menu that combines traditional sushi at reasonable prices with duck, barbecued beef and chicken.
Yakiniku Canellia 2494 S Beretania St. Korean buffet restaurant a mile north of Waikiki, where you can select beef, chicken or pork and grill it at the gas-fired burners installed into each table. Open daily for lunch ($10) and dinner ($16)