About The Honu
The Honu Restaurant is a contemporary eatery with a relaxed vibe serving island-style dishes with a creative twist. Quality is at ❤ of everything we do.
We are a veteran and family-owned business located in Dunedin, Fl. Our menu represents the best of what our local markets have to offer. Our passion for sourcing fresh ingredients from farmers and suppliers we know, combined with traditional flavors and rewriting familiar recipes into exceptional cuisine is our mission and greatest joy. We can make almost anything vegetarian or vegan. Just ask!
HONU means turtle in Hawaiian ~ typically referring to the endangered Green Sea Turtle in Hawaii. Several years back we fell in love and fully appreciated the beauty and majestic turtles that peacefully sleep on the beaches and lava rocks on the Big Island. While swimming and snorkeling the shallow beaches often one will get a big surprise around a corner when these large forms come into view seemingly swimming one with the currents.
The Honu started out as a take-out restaurant and Food Truck and has evolved into a full service restaurant and tiki bar. A few years back we started a food truck business whose name sake came from an actual turtle that was brought here from Tulum Mexico. His name is Charlie Tulum and he still lives on Indian Rocks Beach to this day. At the same time we were rolling around in the truck; we opened a take-out restaurant in Largo, Florida where we decided that a full service restaurant was the direction we wanted to go and shortly afterwards bought the property here at 516 Grant Street in Dunedin in September of 2014.
We closed our doors at the funky little Taco Shack and moved all of our equipment and dreams to Dunedin! After a full year of planning, and another extended stay in Hawaii, early 2016 we opened our full service cafe named appropriately “The HONU”. We started gathering recipes back in 2011 when our Lead Chef and Owner, Kimberly Platt, started culinary school and now have over 2000 handwritten recipes just waiting to jump off the pages and into our pans, bowls & plates.
In January 2020 we opened our authentic Hawaiian Tiki Bar out back and continue to grow and morph into an ever-changing business. The 2020 pandemic only made us stronger and we pushed through, survived and grew even more during the shutdown.
Now in 2021 we are working on the continued upgrades of the HONU. Our inside dining space has been fully updated to coincide with the tiki bar and is decorated in true Polynesian culture. We will soon bring you a private Rum bar that will be our playground for all that is tiki drinks and all that is culinary treats paired by our chefs and cocktail experts. We are also working on the front lanai and we will bring you another exciting and adventurous relaxing space to come visit again and again. Needless to say, you will never be bored here at The HONU!
We strive to create a menu where every guest can find a favorite dish, even the puppies! We invite you to come experience our lei’d back cafe and know that we have put our heart and soul into bringing you our version of the Aloha spirit!