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Kona Restaurant Guide

Kona Restaurant Guide

  • For a memorable dining experience, the Sunday brunch ($48.00) at the Mauna Kea is one of the best in the world! We highly recommend it. Reserve in advance. Take bag with towel and supplies. They have a wonderful beach below (open to all). Valet parking only ~it is free. Just drive up and they park your car. No questions, no cost. 
  • Waimea coffee shop in the darling town of Waimea, about a 45 minute drive from Kona. 65-1279 Kawaihae Rd Phone: (808) 885-8915 You will want to visit Waimea and this little coffee shop is located in a mall that is worth stopping to see. Great coffee and excellent home made coconut cookies that you might want to take home for later. I love the atmosphere here. 
  • For an appetizer, and to watch the sunset, we like to reserve a table at Don the Beachcomber Restaurant (the Royal Kona Hotel) for 5 pm. You have to ask for an Oceanside table in the restaurant (no minimum), or go a little early and just sit at an Oceanside table in their bar. They serve fresh pineapple (free) in the restaurant, and warm bread with any appetizer that you order. 75-5852 Alii Alii Drive in Kona. Check the link below. They also have a bar that is very nice, and has 4 pm specials. View Website 
  • Bongo Ben's Restaurant in Kona. 75 Alii Drive. This is one of my favorites! This is THE place to go for a fun and casual atmosphere, breakfast, lunch or dinner. It has reasonable food, a great location overlooking the ocean and live music. Music from 5 pm onwards. Reasonable Sunday brunch. The pineapple chicken breast lunch is served any time upon request. ($8.95) They also have a wonderful bottomless cup of coffee that is served within seconds.
  • Mauna Kea. A great place to go for an appetizer and then enjoy a long walk on a fantastic beach is Mauna Kea. It is the old Rockefeller hotel and worth a visit to just to see the development. Complimentary parking even just to visit. Valet parking only, so don’t bother trying to find parking in front of the hotel. Bring towels in a bag as the beach is perfect. The Sunday only brunch must be reserved in advance, and they never run out of food so don’t be afraid to book a late reservation. It has the reputation of being the best Sunday brunch in the world! This is my number one food choice if you want a memorable, meal. It is 48.00 per person, and has more seafood and choices than you can imagine. Highly recommended!
  • The four seasons hotel just outside of Kona has excellent food! It is expensive and located outside of town, but worth the drive open Sundays only for more reasonable buffet dinners. View website
  • Ruth Chris Steak House is a wonderful restaurant for appetizers from 4 to 6 pm. Not on the ocean. It is best known for its happy hour (5 to 8 pm only) which is hands down the best happy hour value on the Island. Try their sliders. On your way home from Waimea this is a great stop. The appetizers and reduced price drinks make this a top value. The dinners are good but expensive. 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, Shops at Mauna Lani, Kamuela, Island of Hawaii, HI 96743 (808) 887-0800 
  • The Pine Tree Café is the best choice for airport food. Kohanaiki Plaza 73-4354 Mamalahoa Highway, Kona (808) 327-1234 Open Daily from 6am-8pm This café is right before the airport. You can preorder and just pick it up on your way. Please note that the restaurant at the Kona airport is really awful and not always open. Photos of take out below http://www.yelp.com/biz/pine-tree-cafe-kailua
  • Pau’s in Kamuela 65-1227 Opelo Rd 808-885-6325 |www.paupizza.com/ When going to Waimea this is just a great choice. Check the trip advisor comments.
  • Monstera In the Kamuela . Varied menu of steak and butterfish. Read the trip advisor reviews. Highly recommended 68-1330 Mauna Lani Drive, Shops at Mauna Lani, Upper Level No. 111, Kamuela
  • Huggo’s On the Rocks (on Alii Drive in Kona) is always a fun place to have appetizers and drinks. You love the sand floor and sound of the ocean in the evening! Very casual. Great ocean view. Kind of expensive but they do have music some evenings and a fun atmosphere. Not recommended for lunch.
  • Ceviche Dave's Take out. If you are near Costco this is an option. They serve ceviche in an avocado or by the container. If you like something different in sea food this is the place. Fresh food, 73-4976 Kamanu St suite 100. Kailua Kona (808) 326-4737. hours 11 to 3 sun-mon. 11 to 7 tues to sat. closed if surf is up. 
  • Ponds (used to be Harringtons) When visiting Hilo, this is a good choice. Ask for a table overlooking the pond! 135 Kalanianaole Avenue, Hilo, HI phone 808-934-7663 Happy Hour prices from 2 to 5 (reserve a table at 4:45 for dinner!)
  • Peaberry and Galette, 78-6831 Alii Drive in Kona. A coffee shop with so much charm! The music is great and local artists are featured on the walls. The crepes are delicious. Try the shrimp and calamari with avocado sauce. Also, the crepe with chicken sausage, asparagus and cheese is just incredible. Try a dessert crepe, or start your day with a sweet potato muffin or amazing soup Highly Recommended!
  • There is also a Panda Express in Kona for reasonable take out Chinese food (808) 329-8887 74-5562 Makala Blvd, Kona, (near Ross)
  • The Bamboo restaurant in Hawi. North Island past the Mauna Kea.  Closed on Sunday and Monday. Entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. Get a coconut mug for six dollars from the gift shop! Must have reservations. Phone 889-5555 Dinner Tuesday - Saturday 6:00pm - 8:00-ish. View Website

 

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