Hawaii (Big Island) Restaurants

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Hawaii (Big Island) Restaurants

  • Bubba Gumps

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    Bubba Gump Shrimp Factory is a kitchsy chain of shrimp restaurants based on the movie Forrest Gump. While I generally think theme restaurants are lame, I've been surprisingly happy with Bubba Gump when I've eaten there. Mind you, this isn't 5 star fare, but tasty, basic southern inspired shrimp, seafood, ribs, etc. One of their best qualities is...

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  • Tourist Center

    Volcano Restaurants

    They have a very nice eatery here, you can sit down to a meal, or as in my case, grab a snack and eat it outside while enjoying the view of the crater. Just the fact that you had a choice of where you would like to eat. Would you believe, a ham and cheese sandwich??? And Kona Coffee, ofcoarse ;-)

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  • Ken's House of Pancakes

    4 out of 5 stars

    Hawaii (Big Island) Restaurants

    After spending an entire day driving only half way around the Island, we were famished! It was 9:00pm once we finally ventured into Hilo wondering if we were going to find anything decent to eat at that time of night. Lo and behold, there was Ken's. Open 24 hours. The only thing I think open 24 hours on the Big Island. My first impression..."Oh,...

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  • Splasher's Grill

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    Splasher's Grill is how my wife and I began our day in Kona. We had just arrived in port and wanted to have breakfast off the ship. My wife had done her planning for this trip and already knew this is where she wanted to go for breakfast. The restaurant is right on Palani Road above some shops. It was a short walk across from the pier. It was a...

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  • Lava Rock Cafe

    3 out of 5 stars

    Hawaii (Big Island) Restaurants

    With a limited array of dining options in and around Volcanoes National Park, we came here out of convenience to grab a bite to eat after having driven hours from the Kailua-Kona side of the island. All I could say about the food here is "yucky!" I ordered the saimin while Hal got a dinner special, ribs with mashed potatoes and vegetables. Ramen...

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  • Pancho & Lefty's Cantina

    3 out of 5 stars

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    Pancho & Lefty's Cantina is one of the restaurant/bars located on the main street, Alii Way. The restaurant/bar is located up a set of stairs from the street. My wife and I decided to stop here for some drinks after doing some shopping. We went up the stairs and right to the bar area which has seats as well and tables surrounding. The bar area is...

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  • Cafe Pesto

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Hawaii (Big Island) Restaurants

    On the ground floor of the S Hata Building, the restaurant's semi-antique interior, lovingly restored, is reminiscent of Old Hawaii -- wood floors, ceiling fans -- like something out of "From Here to Eternity" and other films of pre-war and wartime Hawaii. The staff was friendly and efficient. I was surprised to be given a second Coke when my...

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  • Hard Rock Cafe

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    What can I say? At Hard Rock Cafe you will see memorabilia from celebrities. The food is great. While you are eating/waiting for the food, you can have a look outside on the ocean. After your meal, you can go to the shop and buy a souvenir. In 2000 the Hard Rock Cafe was in Kailua Kona, but nowaydays (2010) it seems it is only in Honolulu.

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  • Lu'aus

    Hawaii (Big Island) Restaurants

    Authentic Polynesian venue with amazing traditional luau food, poisson cru, poi, laulau (butterfish, seasoned pork, and taro leaves cooked in ti leaves), lomi salmon, squid luau (cooked taro leaves with steamed octopus and coconut milk), ahi poke, opihi (fresh limpets), coconut pudding, taro chips, sweet potatoes, chicken long rice, steamed...

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  • Huggos on the Rocks

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    Huggo's is an old school stand-by on the water of Kailua Bay (downtown Kona). Food is good Hawaiian standards like crusted mahi-mahi, ahi tuna, steaks, burgers, etc. I think it really shines as a place to get a drink with an umbrella in it, listen to the surf on the rocks, and watch the crabs scurry about. Huggo's on the Rocks is the more causal...

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  • Lava Java

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    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...

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  • Banyan Court Mall

    4 out of 5 stars

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    There are many restaurants along Alii drive but most cater to tourist tastes. We much prefer going into the Banyan Court Mall, finding a table in the breezeway, and enjoying a great Indonesian satay. The last time we were there the entertainment was special. There is a walkway in the mall that has a fountain. We sat in close view of it and we soon...

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  • Kona Inn

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    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. Excellent mai tai.

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  • Cocunut Grove Marketplace

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    If ya want good ole tucker, then go to Outback. This Australian themed steakhouse always has the best bread in town and will fill you up until you are bursting. The menu is 95% the same as all other Outback steakhouse's with the addition of some local catches like Mahi Mahi and Onu. This Outback seemed to be a little bit more expensive than its...

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  • King's Shops

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    GREAT food. Very personable service. Nice place, Mellow romantic setting , double glass entrance / exit doors, glass windows overlooking lake, air conditioned, with outdoor seating as long as its not windy, the Waikoloa area is known as the windiest part on the island, Kohala Coast.... Very busy.. Suggest reservations. Open for lunch and dinner....

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  • Kona Brewing Company

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    Great outdoor atmosphere. I have heard the pizza is outstanding, but we sampled pork sandwiches which were innovative and really delicious. The menu is varied and we plan to go back to try more. Avoid cruise days, Wed. and Sat., as they are most busy. Last Friday they featured a parking lot concert with the Marshall Tucker Band. We did not go, but...

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  • Fish Hopers

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    A great little seafood / steak restaurant and bar as you enter into the active strip of downtown Kona. They have good service and some pretty decent dishes. Cocktails are tasty too. Great views of the ocean and a good place to begin your adventure into Kona. Seats by the windows overlook Kailua Bay allowing great visuals of the ocean, beach, and...

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  • Wasabi's Japanese Cuisine

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    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...

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  • Drysdale's Two

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    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. I had the special of the day, the bleu cheese chicken pita...

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  • The Coffee Shack

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    Located about 1000ft above sea level on the steel slope going down to Kealakakua Bay, The Coffee Shop offers what may be the best breakfast on the island. The open seating offers fresh air and great views. If you're lucky and get a seat next to the railing, you'll have an unobstructed view of 180-degrees of coast line. The staff are friendly, but...

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  • Taeng-On Thai

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    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! I...

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  • Kona Canoe Club

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    The Kona Canoe Club can be both a casual place or a romantic one, depending on how you want to play it. It is a casual enough setting, but the location on the waterfront with the setting sun is spectacular. The service can be a bit hit or miss, particularly when it is crowded, but if you come when it is quiet, you will have a good experience. The...

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  • Fujimamas Restaurant and Sushi Bar

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    The restaurant is Asian fusion, lots of different influences from East Asia and they also have a full sushi bar that features fresh island caught fish everyday. Most think it is Japanese but once you look at the creative menu you'll know otherwise. Great food, the atmosphere is comfortable filled with asian accents around. They have outside lanai...

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  • Royal Kona Resort

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    The best thing at Durty Jakes Cafe & Bar is that you can sit outside and have a view over the ocean. The dishes are tasty as well. For lunch: Veggie Sandwich with a salad. For diner: Roasted Veggie Pizza.

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  • Bongo Ben

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    Breakfast menu that is hard to beat. Eggs Benedict always reliable. Respectable chicken fried steak (if you ever lived in Texas you know what I mean). Also grits that even this Yankee can appreciate. Burritos, waffles, omelets..all good. Laid back island atmosphere. Try to be seated on the front overlooking the water and the street for some good...

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  • King Kam Hotel

    Kailua-Kona Restaurants

    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. Prime rib was good.

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  • Good Mai Tais and Lava Flows

    Pancho & Lefty's Cantina is one of the restaurant/bars located on the main street, Alii Way. The restaurant/bar is located up a set of stairs from the street. My wife and I decided to stop here for some drinks after doing some shopping. We went up the stairs and right to the bar area which has seats as well and tables surrounding. The bar area is...

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  • Good Breakfast in Kona

    Splasher's Grill is how my wife and I began our day in Kona. We had just arrived in port and wanted to have breakfast off the ship. My wife had done her planning for this trip and already knew this is where she wanted to go for breakfast.The restaurant is right on Palani Road above some shops. It was a short walk across the ship from the pier. It...

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  • Great Breakfast & Lunch just South of...

    A delicious restaurant that is open for breakfast & lunch, a bit south of Kona near the town of Captain Cook, the Coffee Shack has a great view down to the ocean, with tasty food and good Kona coffee to enjoy while taking in the view and watching the many geckos that run around the railings and eat from the tins of jelly left out to attract them....

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  • Also, on the way to snorkeling areas

    On our way back from snorkeling, we stopped here for lunch. Odd name for a restaurant but turns out is IS a theatre as well. We had a peek at saw the stage crew setting up for the evening's show. I enjoy food so to eat local food that I can't get back at home is a must for me. I ordered the Hawaiian mixed plate of Lau Lau (Roast pork wrapped in...

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  • Malasadas

    Always looking for the unusual things to eat, I ran across this recommendation and made it a point to seek it out!Malasadas are a type of Portugese style donut. Soft, warm, generously rolled in sugar. You can have them with filling such as fruit, Bavarian cream, chocolate or jalapeno jelly. I don't eat donuts much but this was extremely,...

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  • Great Sushi at the Fairmont

    The place is pretty small, open to the outdoors, and had a sushi bar that seats about 10 people....They had some fairly unique rolls, the service was awesome...which kind of made up for the price tags! I really liked the Soft Shell Crab roll, and we also had some Toro (sashimi style)Both were great, and I think mainly because the fish is just so...

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  • Good Hawai'ian Food, Old Hawai'ian Charm

    Bamboo Restaurant is a local Hawaiian place in the off-the-beaten path little town of Hawi way up north in Kohala. They have a mix of East and West: potstickers and Thai coconut prawns, steak and seafood. Also a selection of Big Island microbrews, which stand up quite well to all the Pacific Northwest varieties. All I wanted for lunch after hiking...

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  • The Best Restaurant Value on the Island!

    Just a little cafe located in a small 'strip building' (too small to be called a strip mall) and short hours. Seating inside is similar to a diner with counter seats surrounding a central kitchen and some booths along the walls.When we stopped in the place was packed with locals and a few in the know tourists. The Hawaiian Style Cafe is in the...

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  • Fish & Chips, Local Fish!

    Big sign out front that reads, "Fresh Local Fish & Chips"! So, one day we stopped by for the fish & chips. My boyfriend and I shared a plate and instead of "chips" we opted for the onions rings instead for $1.00 more. Forgot to take a photo of the food but it was good. The fish, that day, was Ono. And, as we were nibbling on our fish, a guys...

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  • Good Fish - Lots of Choices

    I used my android phone to look on my opentable.com ap to find a restaurant. This was in the vicinity and the reviews looked good so I booked my reservation and off we go.Easy to find on Alii drive. Great ocean views. My dinner was very good. I had the Macadamia Nut Mahi Mahi with rice and mango papaya salsa and citrus cream sauce. My boyfriend...

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  • Mexican Food in Kona

    We went into the main town of Kailua-Kona to check it out and wanted a quick bite for lunch. We chose this restaurant because a drink and quick bite sounded good and hoped we wouldn't get too filled up so we would still be able to have dinner.The restaurant is located on a second level allowing for great outside views of the Alii Drive. The cruise...

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  • Tasty Thai Food in Kona

    We were driving around aimlessly trying to find a place for dinner as our first choice wasn't open. So, he happened up this restaurant that turned out to be Thai food. I really like Thai food so I was a happy camper!We ordered a yellow chicken coconut curry dish with lime leaves and a stir fried fish dish with fresh basil, onions, carrots and...

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  • Decent food in the middle of no where

    So, we took a drive to the southern area of the island. Checked out the black sand beach and the Volcano National Park. It was a very long drive from Kona. It's about lunch time and our choices are extremely limited. But we managed to find a place to eat and the food wasn't bad.The fried rice was tasty and the Asian slaw was pretty good, too!...

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  • Best Pizza!

    So, visiting in Hawaii had us craving fish because we know the fish is fresh and absolutely delicious. But after days and days of eating fish, we were left wanting something different. So, we opted for pizza and I have to say this was extremely good pizza.Located on the Hilo side of the island, this is a hole in the wall kind of place with a few...

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  • Off the Beaten Path but worth while

    While on vacation, enjoying a meal is a big deal and ambience, location plays into all of that. We were having a difficult time trying to figure out where to have dinner as some of our options were not available on a Sunday or Monday evening. So, we found this place and a decent choice it was. I ordered the Mochiko crusted fresh catch (Ono) served...

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  • Great hang out in the evening!

    Our first evening on the Big Island and this looked like the place to check out and grab a bite to eat. A nice couple, leaving, pointed to the table they just left and suggested we take it since a great view can be had from it. We found ourselves walking in sand to the table and sat in fairly low chairs. The sun was setting and the tikki torches...

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  • On the way to snorkeling from Kona

    Hawaii is known for many things and especially for their Kona Coffee. And, excellent coffee it is! Most days, we were driving down HWY 11 towards the snorkeling areas such as Captain Cook and City of Refuge and always passed by the The Coffee Shack. We stopped one day for pastries and coffee. Amazing views from this tiny restaurant and bright,...

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  • Fine Dining

    Whenever I travel, I usually make at least one reservation at a top notch restaurant as a treat. Dining at this restaurant was a great pick. The views were spectacular! Unfortunately for us, the timing wasn't great as there was a private party across the beach with loud classic rock music playing and karaoke. But we tried to ignore the noise and...

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  • Best Burger?

    I'm not a big fan of burgers but my boyfriend is. I do enjoy a good burger when I can find one! This looked promising! So.....don't rely on Google maps to help you find this place! Ugh! It is located in the Parker Ranch Center in Kamuela at the corner of HWY 19 (Mamalahoa HWY) and Pukalani Road.Blurb I found says the ranchers supply the beef and...

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