Top 5 must-haves at P.F. Chang's Waikiki

Insider look at the best happy hour deals and Hawaii-exclusive dishes
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To say you're spoiled for choice at P.F. Chang's Hawaii is an understatement: The six-page menu offers tons of options — that's not even counting happy hour choices — and there's a good selection of gluten-free and vegetarian dishes.

So where do you start? It depends on what you're craving. Chicken or beef? Noodles or rice? Shared appetizers or entrees? And happy hour is another story.

Scroll on to see some of our picks when you want a good sampling of the restaurant's best. Kamaaina get 10% off when dining at P.F. Chang's, so don't forget to show that local ID.

Best starter: Dynamite shrimp

Dynamite shrimp are tempura-battered and tossed in a light Sriracha aioli

Normally $14.99, a slightly smaller version of this dish is on the happy hour menu for only $9. It's one of P.F. Chang's signature dishes along with crab won tons and Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps: The shrimp are a perfect golden brown with a satisfying crunch. It's a great way to kick off your dining experience.

Most photogenic: P.F. Chang’s roll

This roll is stuffed with shrimp katsu, crab salad, cucumber and kaiware sprouts, and topped with spicy ahi, bubu arare and red and black tobiko

Exclusive to P.F. Chang's in Hawaii, you'll find some sushi rolls at happy hour for $14, discounted from the normal price of $17.99. The P.F. Chang’s roll is a must: delectably crispy shrimp katsu paired with creamy crab salad and lifted with fresh cucumbers, spicy ahi and sprouts. Bubu arare and tobiko deliver a welcome crunch. Drizzles of sweet chili, dynamite and kabayaki sauces pack some heat tempered by sweetness and umami. 

If you're feeling luxe: VIP duck

A tender half duck is served Cantonese style with scallions, hoisin sauce and bao buns

Whether you’re feeling luxe or just love duck, this $26.99 dish is a sure crowd pleaser. Another P.F. Chang's Hawaii exclusive, it features a tender, ultra tasty half duck served with soft bao buns and an unforgettable hoisin sauce. Ask for an extra container of sauce to take home with any leftover duck.

Healthy with a twist: Asian Caesar salad with salmon

The classic romaine Caesar comes with your choice of chicken, salmon or lemongrass shrimp

Fresh Hawaiian Ahi Poke Salad might be the most popular salad on P.F. Chang’s menu, but this sometimes overlooked Caesar, $16.99, is another great option. The creamy, tasty tofu Caesar dressing takes it to the next level, and the 4-ounce portion of grilled salmon is as indulgent as it is healthy.

Best chicken: Chang’s spicy chicken

Chicken pieces are lightly dusted and stir-fried with sweet and spicy sauce. This comes with your choice of white or brown rice

It's easy to see why this is is a P.F. Chang’s signature dish: Morsels of chicken are liberally coated with a sticky sweet-and-sour sauce and sprinkled with fiery chili flakes. The name is spot-on: This $19.99 dish packs a ton of flavor and heat!

P.F. Chang's Waikiki
2201 Kalakaua Ave.
Instagram: @pfchangswaikiki