Guam is a cosmopolitan community and offering a diverse range of for almost any taste and budget. For a relatively small island, Guam has an amazingly wide variety of dining options ranging from lavish dinner shows to many of the fast food outlets spread across the U.S. mainland to local snack stands. Cuisine includes Chamorro, Filipino, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai, Italian, Greek, Mexican, Jamaican and American. On this page we introduce a few of the local favorites and better known eateries. As time permits, we will add to this page. In the meantime, may we recommend Guam Diner for a more complete listing of Guam restaurants by type of cuisine and location and reviews of many Guam restaurants.
Steak and American Fare
Lonestar Steakhouse. Well known US mainland steakhouse chain. Located on Marine Corps Drive in Tumon, next to the fire station, this U.S. chain restaurant serves Texas style, and Texas size steaks, burgers and bar-b-q, drinks at the bar and buckets of roasted peanuts.
Outback Steakhouse. Located in Tumon directly across from the Westin Hotel, this major U.S. “Australian theme” chain restaurant is popular with tourists as well as locals. The fare is the same as an Outback in the U.S.
Hy’s Steakhouse. A premiere Canadian steakhouse located in the Guam Holiday Resort. Serves one of the best steaks and boasts the most extensive wine list on the island. Hy’s is a must for visitors looking for the best and who are not on a budget. Hy’s is a bit expensive.
American Legion Canteen. The American Legion Mid-Pac Post 1 is the oldest existing American Legion Post in the Pacific and the only post to survive a foreign occupation. The canteen is open to the public and has the best $4.00 breakfast you can find anywhere. Don’t miss their “burn your own steak” the 2nd Saturday of each month with a 14 oz steak with all trimmings for $12.00. All veterans and military welcome.
Hard Rock Cafe. Hard Rock Cafe’s are just about everywhere, but most Guam residents were delighted to get one on the island. The Hard Rock is located in Tumon in the Plaza Arcade in front of the Outrigger Hotel.
Planet Hollywood. Planet Hollywood was another welcome addition for local residents who love Guam for it’s laid back island life, but miss amenities of the U.S. mainland. Also popular with tourists looking for a bit of “Americana” in the middle of the Pacific.
TGI Fridays. Another U.S. standard in the middle of the Pacific. A new treat for Guam residents and very popular with Asian visitors who want to experience a bit of Americana. Two locations, Tumon hotel area and Hagatna across from the Hagatna Marina.
Tony Roma’s. Miami’s famous Tony Roma’s now has two locations on Guam, the Royal Orchid Hotel in central Tumon and a new location in the Hagatna Mall. Tony Roma’s features barbeque ribs, dinners and cocktails.
Caliente Taqueria. One of my favorite Guam restaurants. No frills and Mexican decor. Just great authentic Mexican cuisine. The food is outstanding and very reasonably priced. Order from the counter and watch your favorite dish being prepared. This is probably the most authentic Mexican cuisine in the Western Pacific. Just my opinion, but I do like Mexican and Caliente does it right. I also like the help yourself salsa, chips and sour cream bar. If you are on Guam and like Mexican food, but be sure to give Caliente a try.
Carmen’s Cha Cha. Located in Hagatna across the street from the Cathedral Basilica, Carmen’s Cha Cha restaurant is the only other Guam restaurant offering authentic Mexican fare. Open for lunch an dinner, meals start with Carmen’s made fresh daily tortilla chips and salsa. You may then chose from ala carte or full, large, mixed plates of various Mexican dishes.
Jamaican Grill The Jamaican Grill serves authentic Jamaican Jerk (Barbeque) that fits right into the Guam island style. Jerk is a unique mixture of exotic spices that works well with chicken, pork and fish. The Jamaican Grill also offers Guam staples such as chicken keleguen and red rice and a selection of tropical drinks. Jamaican grill presently operates locations the Chamorro Village and in Tumon across from the Pacific Islands Club.
House of Chin Fe. I don’t know how long the House of Chin Fe has been on Guam, but it was here when I first stepped on the island in 1992, and had been here for some time I believe, and I have been eating here ever since. Located in Anigua, about 7 miles from the front gate of the Guam Naval Station, this is a local restaurant with great food and good prices. The original House of Chin Fe was a small building next door to the current expanded building that opened a few years ago. Good food, generous portions and reasonable prices. Highly recommended.
Marianas Trench. One of the oldest Thai restaurants and hottest nightspots on Guam. The original location was destroed by a typhoon. Now located in the Northwest Plaza on Marine Corps Drive, across from AK Toyota, the Marianas Trench may very well serve the best Thai food on Guam. Order mild to spicy from 1 to 10 to suite your taste. I have always liked hot food, but a five is abut all I can stand. The Trench also has an adjoining nightclub and lounge with pool table, big screen TV, and jukebox and great looking bartenders.
Thai Kitchen. Thai Kitchen has been a favorite for Thai fans for over 8 years. This is not your typical Stateside Thai restaurant. The atmosphere and cuisine are authentic and prices are reasonable. Thai Kitchen is smaller than“The Trench” and does not have a lounge, but for a great Thai meal in a comfortable atmosphere, Thai Kitchen is hard to beat. Located on Marine Corps Drive in Tamuning behind Josie’s Tavern.
Dine On the Beach
The Beach. The newest, and probably best, beach bar and grill on Guam. The Beach is an outdoor bar under thatched roof directly on Gun Beach at the Northern-most end of Tumon Bay past the Nikko Hotel and down the road at the very end to the Beach. The Beach is the closest to the old beach bars like Wet Willies and Tahati Rama which are long gone. The Beach fare includes grilled steaks and seafood, sun and sand, beach volleyball and ice cold drinks of all kinds. The Beach is often the spot for live bands and beach events sponsored by local radio stations.
Jeff’s Pirates Cove. Jeff’s is a Guam institution located in Inarajan on the Eastern side of the island on the Pacific Ocean. With a wooden planked interior, open bar fronting the Ocean, and reputedly, the best hamburgers on the island, Jeff’s is a must stop for visitors and residents alike.
Sails BBQ. Sails doesn’t have the wild beach parties like the old beach bars such as Wet Willies and Tahiti Rama, but they do offer dining on the beach and occasional live entertainment. Located right on Tumon Bay beach between the Guam Reef and Outrigger hotels, Sails offers indoor and outdoor beach front dining and cocktails with occasional live band entertainment. Sails occasionally plays host to beach parties sponsored by local radio stations.
Santa Fe Hotel Bar and Grill Located on East Hagatna Bay, Santa Fe on the Bay hotel’s bar and grill is located fight on the beach. Dine on steaks and seafood and cocktails, take a stroll on the beach while enjoying a spectacular Guam sunset over the Philippine Sea. The Sante Fe offers happy hours and live Island style music on the weekends.
Texas Joe’s. For the best steaks and ribs West of Pecos be sure to stop by Texas Joe’s House of Ribs. All American beef steaks and ribs with Western beans and all the fixings. Authentic Western atmosphere and bar when you need to wash down all that dust from riding the range all day. By the way, Texas Joe’s is located on Waterfront Road on the old Naval Station, Subic Bay, Philippines.