Uncle Bo’s. Where the Locals Go


Chef and Co-owner “Uncle” Bo Pathammavong

On any given night on Kapahulu Avenue just outside of downtown  Waikiki, hungry diners mill around in front of Uncle Bo’s restaurant.  When asked why they hang around for a table when there are plenty of available eateries in the area, they simply reply that Uncle Bo’s is worth the wait.

Uncle Bo’s has been dishing out lip smacking foods for 10 years now in Honolulu. It’s been popular with repeat local guests and visitors alike.

When asked about its popularity, co-owner Ho Suk Lee says, “I think locals love coming to Uncle Bo’s because they know where to find value. They know at Uncle Bo’s they will share a fun experience with ono (delicious) food and great drinks!”

A must try is the Boca Rota as a pupu (appetizer) to start. The Boca Rota is perfectly toasted cheesy garlic bread topped with sliced prime rib and sautéed mushrooms.  Bo’s has a long list of pupus, each one seemingly more appetizing than the last. Gather family and friends to make a meal of sampling appetizers for a flavorful dinner.

For those who prefer entrées to small plates, try the Baked Opah Mauna Kea. Lee describes the dish as “Opah that’s baked in our secret sauce topped with wok-fried shrimp. It’s a bit spicy but savory, tender and decadent at the same time. It’s been on our menu from Day One and we love it when our guests come back for it again and again.” To end on a sweet note, order Bo’s famous Hobos, taro beignets covered in powdered sugar and served with vanilla ice cream. These are decadence at its very best.

All of this gourmet food is served in an unassuming building with an inviting interior and a well-stocked, full bar. Various wine bottles adorn one bar wall, while an undersea mural covers another wall.

Avoid waiting for a table by making a reservation in advance or arriving early. You can also head out to its second location in Haleiwa on Oahu’s North Shore.

Boca Rota appetizer
Boca Rota appetizer