Eating Noodles for Lunch at Marukame Udon in Waikiki

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Opening it’s doors in 2011, Marukame Udon has become one of the most popular restaurants in Waikiki with a constant line of people outside from the time they open until they close.

The Japanese Food Influence on Hawaii

During the 1900s the huge influx of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii had a profound impact on the way people eat food.  As a result of the huge influence of Japanese cuisine a large number of amazing eateries have opened up on Oahu.  And one of the best is Marukame, Udon.

Marukame Udon - tempura
A selection of tempura items at Marukame Udon in Waikiki


What to try at Marukame Udon

Marukame Udon is a famous noodle chain in Japan that is quite unique. Marukame Udon is a standing self service restaurant that allows you to choose from a variety of different dishes.

When the staff at Marukame Udon asks you what Udon to choose from, they will make it in front of you right away.  You only have a few choices but since the line is so long, be spend that time deciding what you want so you can order it quickly.

As you go through the line, after ordering your noodles, you’ll also be provided the opportunity to choose from an amazing selection of tempura (deep fried) items, as well as musubi and other delicious foods.

Marukame Udon - Musubi
Get some delicious musubi at Marukame Udon in Waikiki


Enjoying your food at Marukame Udon

Once you’ve loaded up your tray with the noodles and food you want, and you pay the cashier, grab your utencils, napkins and find a table.

Since this restaurant is always packed, you might have to wait a minute, but eventually one will open up and you’ll be able to sit down and enjoy your food.

Marukame Udon - bowls of food
Delicious bowls of udon and plates of food from Marukame Udon in Waikiki


Marukame Udon is known for being delicious and affordable.  The average meal starts at just $6.00 (a steal in Waikiki!) and is a great place for lunch or dinner with family and friends.

Marukame Udon has been nominated as the number one spot in the Top 10 Best Japanese Restaurant category on Trip Advisor, and for good reason.  Our Japanese staff at And You Creations agrees that this place has an authentic Japanese touch.  If you’ve never had authentic Japanese udon before, then this will set the bar pretty high.

Pro Tip: If you want the lightest lines, go either right when they open at 7:00 AM, during their mid-day lull around 3:00 PM, or just before closing after 9:00 PM.  Otherwise, make sure your cell phone is charged since you’ll be spending a lot of time checking your Instagram feed! 🙂

Since it is just 10 minutes away from the And You Creations office in Waikiki, we’ll probably be back again soon! 🙂 .


Marukame Udon
2310 Kuhio Ave #124
tel: 808-931-6000
open: 7:00am – 10:00pm

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