Our Story


The Beginning
Big City Diner was conceptualized and developed by Mr. Lane Muraoka, a local boy from Kailua who attended Iolani School. Mr. Muraoka originally began in the restaurant industry as a young man working as a dishwasher for a prominent local restaurant chain and eventually opened the first Big City Diner in 1998. He continues to maintain a strong hands-on presence as President within Big City Diner, from cleaning and serving to bartending and handing out flyers—he does it all.


Kailua Opening
Big City Diner Restaurant opens in Kailua Town Center!


Ward Entertainment Center Opening
Big City Diner Restaurant opens in Ward Entertainment Center!


Since their humble beginnings, this locally owned and operated business has grown from their first restaurant in Kaimuki to several restaurants island wide. The success of the business is due to the hard work and dedication of nearly 400 employees. Big City Diner’s professional staff is committed to providing guests with exceptional food quality. It’s a place where you can eat, relax and feel good regardless of whether you’re seven or 70.

Big City Diner Restaurant opens in Waipio Shopping Center!


Pearlridge Center Opening
Big City Diner Restaurant opens in Pearlridge Center!


Blue Zones Project
Blue Zones Project® has named Big City Diner in Kailua as the very first Blue Zones Project ApprovedTM successfully completing the certification process which includes adding healthier menu options. Big City Diner is a locally owned and operated restaurant founded by Lane Muraoka, a local boy from Kailua who attended `Iolani School and opened his first restaurant in 1998. Big City Diner in Kailua achieved Blue Zones Project Approved status by completing the Blue Zones Project Restaurant Pledge and adopting or supporting a selection of best practices from a menu of 35 options.


Big City Diner also actively participates within the local community serving charitable organizations such as Special Olympics Hawaii, Boys & Girls Club, Kapiolani Children’s Miracle Network, YMCA, American Heart Association, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Big Brother’s Big Sisters Hawaii and The Hawaii Blood Blank, to name a few. It is the goal of Big City Diner to provide guests with comfort food in a diner setting. It is without a doubt that there’s no diner finer than Big City Diner.

Big City Diner Restaurant opens in Windward Mall!