dining

Experience the Flavors

A vacation isn’t complete until you’ve thoroughly investigated and enjoyed the cuisine, at least that’s what we always say. Hawaii is known for its traditional dishes and the Big Island is known for fresh local ingredients; combine the two and you have an almost limitless opportunity to dazzle your taste buds.
Beach Tree at Four Seasons Hualalai

Beach Tree at Four Seasons Hualalai


Casual Dining
KAILUA- KONA
Every restaurant at the Four Seasons should be on this list, but we’re mentioning Beach Tree specifically because we can’t get enough of the location. You will want dinner to last all night here. Just steps from the water, this Oceanfront beach bar & restaurant combines fresh ocean breeze with good drinks and a fabulous food menu, what else could you ask for? We recommend making reservations well in advance. Note: the lounge area and bar are first come first serve. Hours of Operation: 11:00am-10:00pm

Ulu Beach Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Ulu Beach Grill at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai


Casual Elegant
KAILUA- KONA
By the surf and under the stars, this incredible restaurant uses primarily local ingredients to highlight the fresh, local culinary flavors of the island for breakfast and dinner. We don’t want to oversell it, but this place is pretty much guaranteed to be your new favorite island spot. Don’t be afraid to go back and try everything on the menu. Note: Reservations must be made in advance. Bar is first come first serve. Hours of Operation: A La Carte Breakfast Every Day 6:30am-11:00am Dinner: Every Day 5:30pm-9:00pm

Papa Kona

Papa Kona


Casual Dining
KAILUA- KONA
Not many places in the popular Kona area can offer good food and good ambiance, but Papa Kona is one of the few that pull it off. Unquestionably one of the best locations on the island, ask for a table outside so you can not only hear but see the waves crashing right beneath you. Order a specialty cocktail to set the tone and may we suggest the avocado fries as an appetizer? Hours: Every Day 7:00am-10:00pm

The Fish and The Hog

The Fish and The Hog


Casual Dining
WAIMEA
The Fish and The Hog, AKA Huli Sue’s BBQ and Grill, serves simple well-executed dishes, homemade desserts, and fresh tropical fruit muddled cocktails. This might not necessarily be the most “upscale” option on this list but trust us, the food and friendly vibes make up for any lack of chandeliers or ocean views. Nestled in the country town of Waimea, this positively delicious restaurant offers the best of land and sea. It is one of our absolute favorite restaurants on island and we hope you’ll make it a point to visit if you’re in the area. Be sure to try their Cheddar & Green Chile Cornbread with honey candy butter for a starter and their popular banana cream pie for dessert that often sells out! Hours: Thursday-Monday 11:30am-8:30pm Closed: Tuesday & Wednesday

Merriman’s

Merriman’s


Casual Dining
WAIMEA
Located in the heart of Waimea is Peter Merriman’s original restaurant. One of the most romantic restaurants on the island, you may have heard of or even visited Merriman’s on a different island. The attention to detail here always impresses us, from impeccable farm to table ingredients, attentive service and a stunning interior that feels far away from the laid back beach vibes of Hawaii, Merriman’s is perfect when you’re in the mood for luxury and comfort.

Magics Beach Grill

Magics Beach Grill


Casual Dining
KAILUA- KONA
Magics is dynamic, vibrant, and community-oriented. Walking into the restaurant is like being transported into the ocean itself, beautiful and invigorating, with a priceless view. More than just a restaurant, Magics Beach Grill has passion for the island, fresh flavorful food, and craft drinks, coupled with strong community ties and their relationships with farmers, fishermen, and producers all combine at Magics.

Fosters Kitchen

Fosters Kitchen


Casual Dining
KAILUA- KONA
Located in the heart of downtown Kona, this indoor/outdoor restaurant & bar is the perfect place to enjoy a sunset dinner while sipping on one of their deliciously handcrafted cocktails.

Kaya’s Coffee- Organic Bakery + Cafe

Kaya’s Coffee- Organic Bakery + Cafe


Coffee
KEALAKEKUA
A perfect stop if you’re leaving Kona heading south, Kaya’s is a quaint coffee and bakery popular with locals because of the incredible coffee drinks and always-fresh breakfast, pastries and gluten free options. It’s a good place to soak in the laid back and nature-loving vibes of the island, as well as look through some locally made art while you wait on your order.

The Coffee Shack

The Coffee Shack


Coffee
CAPTAIN COOK
Don’t stop here just for coffee. Stop here to eat while you caffeinate and sit above the Hawaiian jungle. The open-air restaurant is small but comfortable, and with a dinner menu that morphs with the chefs’ inspiration, you can stop here and sometimes be surprised by specials that will truly have you ordering seconds.

Waimea Coffee Company

Waimea Coffee Company


Coffee
WAIMEA
Even if we’ve had a pot of coffee in the morning, we make it a point to stop here if we drive by (and sometimes we make the trip to Waimea just for this spot). There is just something about this coffee shop, it has that x-factor. Delicious coffee, friendly staff, just the right amount of snack options and pastries that are obscenely delicious. You will not regret anything you order here.

Willie’s Hot Chicken

Willie’s Hot Chicken


Casual, On-the-Go Dining
KAILUA- KONA
Newer on the dining scene, this location has quickly become a favorite for anyone on island who knows their chicken. Delicious Nashville-style plates and a bar with all the drink options you’ll want makes this place a great sports-bar-style hangout. No judgment if you order a second plate of chicken, we’ve all done it.

Umekes

Umekes


Casual Dining
KAILUA- KONA
You simply can not come to Hawaii without trying the incredibly fresh fish. Drive by the harbor and you can see the day’s catch being unloaded. Umeke’s is well-known as some of the best fish on the island. Poke bowls may be popular on the mainland now, but we can guarantee you’ve never had poke like this.

Tin Shack Bakery

Tin Shack Bakery


Casual Dining
PAHOA (HILO SIDE)
You probably won’t pass by this spot unless you specifically aim to visit the little town of Pahoa, but if you are in the area then Tin Shack is the perfect place for eating and experiencing. Very aptly named, this eatery is truly one-of-a-kind. It is frequented by very loyal customers who love the changing menu (based on the freshest ingredients they have) and the atmosphere that encourages interaction, not just consummation.

Da Poke Shack

Da Poke Shack


Casual Dining
KAILUA-KONA
Da Poke Shack is a local hidden gem located on All’i Drive. A great casual lunch stop if you’re in Kona and find yourself craving fresh poke and other local specialities.

Ola Brew Co

Ola Brew Co


Casual Dining, Brewery
KAILUA-KONA
“Ola is Life, Enjoy It”! This popular community and employee owned Brewery brings you world class brews made from island-grown ingredients. With a tasty selection of brews, ciders, hard seltzers, and organic hard teas, you are bound to find your favorite Ola creation(s)!

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