Hooters is Hooters, right? Well our family experience at the one in Kona was far less than fun. Service was deplorable, food was ok, getting what we actually ordered..a chore. My wife and I both wondered why the place was so empty. We know now. Next to it is Bubba Gumps, which was packed. This Hooters is probably the worst one I've ever been. Hopefully it was just a bad night for them.
This was the first place I ate (other than breakfast at the hotel). The person at the hotel recommended I try a place at the Keauhou Shopping Center for something simple and quick to eat. I settled on Drysdale's. Compared to other restaurants, the prices at this place are reasonably cheap.
Favorite Dish: I had the special of the day, the bleu cheese chicken pita sandwich, though a plate would have been better than a basket. It was nice and tasty, however.
Walking through the center of Kona, you might not notice the entrance to the Kona Inn. It is worth stopping by, however. The oceanfront grounds are really nice, and the bar and restaurant have a good view. It might just be the best spot in town.
Favorite Dish: Excellent mai tai.
While most of your tourist spots are found on the north end of Ali'i Drive, head south to the end, to the Keauhou Shopping Center for first class Asian fussion cuisine. In this not so extraordinary shopping plaza, near the Wendy's, is the home of Kenichi Pacific, one Chef Kenichi Kanada restaurants (also found in Aspen) which offers tranquil surroundings and incredible food. The restaurant also features a great sushi bar. Everything we had was outrageously delicious. We started with very fresh sashimi (sushi minus the rice) and each had a seafood dish.
Make sure you have reservations!!!
Favorite Dish: I had the Lemongrass Mahi, a pan seared rare, with black "forbidden rice" and mushrooms. Oh My God...heaven.
Lava Java is the best place to get your caffeine "kick" on Ali'i Drive. It's popular with locals as well as visitors, and is good both for picking up "Joe to Go" as well as for lounging around with a tall cap and doing some serious people watching. Good baristas who know what they are doing with the espresso machine - be sure to tip them generously! They have a wide range of bakery items, and Lava Java also serves breakfasty foods as well.
This is a very small restaurant in the center of Coconut Marketplace, but it is a real gem. This was by far my favourite restaurant out of all I wen to across the Hawaiian islands.
The Japanese food is not as Americanized as a lot of other Japanese restaurants, is very inexpensive, and is delicious.
Each item on the menu also has a picture next to it, so you can see exactly what each dish is if you are not familiar with Japanese food.
I highly recommend eating here if you are in Kona.
Favorite Dish: Shabu Shabu was excellent - only $40 for two people and so much food it was impossible to finish
The teriyaki steak and tempura combo was delicious... I have never tasted such tender steak.
The food is so much more expensive than we had even heard. On virtual tourist, the best tip I ever got was to BRING YOUR COSTCO CARD! We ate lunch daily with the kids. Hotdogs with a drink are $1.50. We also bought all of our souvenir gifts (nuts and coffees) there, and then shipped them all home. We saved money during lunches, daily, and were able to splurge for dinners.
Thanks to Virtual Tourist, because without that GREAT MONEY SAVING TIP, we would have shelled out MUCH more for lunch, too!!
Favorite Dish: Hotdogs and drink $1.50!
Palm Terrace: located in the courtyard of the Ocean Tower with an open-air restaurant fronting a shimmering pond. Casual attire.
Hang Ten: adjacent to the Dolphin Lagoon. Serving the best burgers, hottest hot dogs, greatest sandwiches, freshest salads, favorite tropical concoctions and smoothies.
Favorite Dish: The large servings at Hang Ten and the cocktails from both (easy to spend $ on drinks as you sample different types).
Japanese Dining Room and Sushi Bar. Gentle strains of Japanese music linger through a tea garden adorned with trickling brooks where Teppanyaki chefs expertly prepare your meal before you, or you can choose from a varied menu offering the best in creative and traditional Japanese cuisine as well as Sushi delicacies.
Favorite Dish: Shabu-Shabu: a traditional Japanese dining experience served tableside, in which you can cook your own meal.
Most of the restaurants in Kailua-Kona are way over-priced, but you find a real good deal at the Taeng-On Thai Restaurant in downtown Kona. They have a lunch special, where you get a full platter of yummy Thai food for only $4.95. The restaurant is on the second floor, with open air view of downtown Kona. I found the service to be very friendly!
Favorite Dish: I usually liked to get the Phad Thai or yellow curry dish. Both are very good!
Don't know how this restaurant was named.
Simple new rules! 'Take what you can, but eat what you take!' You'll pay first one plate. If you eat everything and you're still hungry than go back to the buffet! but if you not eat all what you taken, you have to pay for all plates!!! (man i like it)
Favorite Dish: just all!
The restaurant in King Kamehemehe hotel.
In the hotel lobby are lots of interesting Hawaiian artifacts. THat alone makes going there worth while. The food and prices weren't bad, either.
Favorite Dish: Prime rib was good.
Jameson's is an established restaurant that is well know both for its scenic oceanfront location and quality food. Highly recommended.
Favorite Dish: Fresh fish, of course
there are very good restaurants in town....my favorite is jamensons...by the sea....and the place to hang is lava java...
Favorite Dish: lava java have good coffes and a computer with e-mail
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