Hawaii (Big Island) Journals

Dining on the Big Island of Hawaii

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An October 2006 trip to Hawaii (Big Island) by golden101

Taco Bell Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii More Photos
Quote: My family and I always eat out when we go to either Kona, South Kohala, Waimea or Hilo for day trips. There are several places that we like to dine at in Kona and Kawaihae.

Huli Sue's

Restaurant | "Good Barbecue Food"

Huli Sue's Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Huli Sue's is located in an older brown building that used to be the home Don's Pake. The restaurant is very nice with a beautiful glass door entrance and a ranch-like atmosphere. They are open for breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner. Most of their menu features barbecue food with a majority of meat dishes. It reflects the paniolo (cowboy) heritage of Waimea town. Their pupus are delicious especially their Poke (raw fish with seasoning) with red onion, chillis, cilantro and cornuts. We also ordered their Ceasar Salad with Sorrel Buttermilk Dressing and Taro Bread Croutons which was very tasty. Their Chicken entree came with a nice Paniolo Barbecue Sauce but they also offer other types of sauce...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 7, 2009

Huli Sue's
64-957 Mamalahoa Highway
Kamuela 96743
(808) 885-6268

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue

Restaurant | "Delicious Local Food"

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Quote:
L&L Hawaiian Barbecue serves up good local food. I really like this location because it is new and the food is very delicious. Tonight we ordered the Hawaiian BBQ Chicken plate ($7.27) which came with 2 scoops of white steamed rice, a large scoop of macaroni salad, and barbecue chicken on a bed of thinly sliced cabbage. The sauce was out of this world and the chicken was nice and hot when we got it. My son ordered the Chicken Katsu plate (tender pieces of boneless chicken coated with special seasoning and deep-fried, served with Barbecue Katsu sauce), and his friend ordered the BBQ Short Ribs plate which was also $7.27. They also serve a mini plate which is smaller for $5.27. They also serv...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 4, 2009

L&L Hawaiian Barbecue
2280 Kuhio Ave.
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815
(808) 924-7888

Leung's Chop Suey House

Restaurant | "Good Chinese Food"

Leung's Chop Suey House Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
Quote:
Leung's Chop Suey House is a very simple and plain restaurant located next to Kanoelehua Avenue in a small maroon building. The interior is nothing fancy and they have a few tables and chairs for dining inside. They serve mainly buffet style Chinese (Cantonese) food but you can also order off their menu. Most customers order from the buffet take out counter which serves the usual Chinese take out dishes such as lemon chicken, noodles, fried rice, pork tofu, stir-fried vegetables, crispy won ton, seafood with vegetables, etc. The staff is very friendly and this a family owned business. Leung's has been around for over 10 years and they are very popular with the locals. Note that it can get busy a...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 27, 2008

Leung's Chop Suey House
530 E Lanikauila Street
Hilo
(808) 935-4066

Freddy's Restaurant

Restaurant | "Good Local Food"

Freddy's Restaurant Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
Quote:
We (my family and I) often eat here when we are in Hilo town. This restaurant had an indoor restaurant as well as a drive inn sit down dining area. We usually eat in the drive inn sit down dining area that overlooks the parking lot. The menu is very local with daily specials such as chicken katsu, Portuguese Bean Soup, Loco Moco, etc. I'm not much of a big eater so I ordered their bowl of Portuguese Bean Soup with a side of garlic bread, my niece ordered their Teriyaki Hamburger with a side of fries and my mom ordered their Won Ton Min Soup. They also ordered drinks but we also had water. The total bill was under $20 which was very inexpensive compared to a lot of other sit down restaurants in t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 23, 2008

Freddy's Restaurant
454 Manono Street
Hilo
(808)935-1108

Kawaihae Harbor Grill

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Restaurant | "Fun Place to Dine and Drink After Work"

Kawaihae Harbor Grill Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This is where a lot of hotel workers dine and drink after work, especially on Friday nights. Located at the intersection of highways 19 and 290 it will be on your right in an old-style green 2-story building. It has the ambiance and feel of Old Hawai'i. This restaurant is not imposing but instead laid-back and charming. They specialize in mixing the freshest fish with local produce. We always order their delicious Seared Island Poke and Calamari on their pupu menu. We also like their Asian Baby-back Ribs, Ginger Steamed Clams, Sashimi and my son likes their specialty pizzas. They serve a variety of tropical drinks like my favorite Pina Colada and Lava Flow. They also have imported beers and ot...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 19, 2008

Kawaihae Harbor Grill
Kawaihae Road
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii 96743
(808) 882-1368

Romano's Macaroni Grill

Restaurant | "Wonderful and Delicious Italian Food"

Romano's Macaroni Grill Photo, Waikoloa, Hawaii
Quote:
This is a new restaurant that opened last month at the Queens' MarketPlace. My family and I didn't dine inside but we dined outside instead. My husband had the mushroom ravioli and we had the pizza and bow pasta with sun-dried tomatoes. The food was really good and tasty! The taste was perfect with just the right amount of Italian spices. This new restaurant is decorated in earthy colors with a little brightness in the interior. They have an open exhibition-style kitchen where chefs prepare an extensive array of entrees, classic Italian pasta dishes, grilled specialties, pizzas, seafood, salads and more. I would recommend eating at this wonderful Italian, Tuscan-inspired cuisine that has made t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 18, 2008

Romano's Macaroni Grill
Queens' Market Place
Waikoloa 96738
(808) 443-5515

Blane's Drive Inn

Restaurant | "Great Place to Order Party Platters"

Blane's Drive Inn  Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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I always come to this Blanes Drive Inn when I need to order potluck food for my son's sporting events. They offer different types of party platters that include teriyaki beef, chicken katsu, korean chicken, and hot dogs. You can order the different types of meat dishes in large quantities (by the piece) or you can order combo party platters which include a variety of meats. Their small pupu (snack) platters start at $25 and their larger pupu platters are about $48. You can order the different meat platters that range from $20 - $45 for a 30 piece platter. The larger meat platter range from $40 - $90 for a 60 piece platter. I like to order their nori musubi platters that run about $18 for 2 doze...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 15, 2008

Blane's Drive Inn
150 Wiwoole Street
Hilo
(808)935-2259

New China Restaurant

Restaurant | "Nice, Clean Restaurant with Tasty Chinese Dishes"

New China Restaurant Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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The exterior as well as the interior of this restaurant looks very Chinese with its red and gold paint. Most of the time this restaurant is empty so you don't have to worry about long lines and crowded parking lots. They have a wonderful menu that includes wonderful dishes such as Shrimp, Lemon Chicken, Orange Chicken, Won Ton, Chicken with Oyster Sauce, Mongolian Beef, Char Siu Saimin, Roast Duck, Roast Port, Shrimp Fried Rice, Steamed Vegetables, Abalone with Mushroom Soup, Ginger Chicken, etc. The food here is very tasty and fresh. The portions that they serve is very generous. The staff is wonderful and very accommodating. You can either have the lunch or dinner buffet or you can order off t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 14, 2008

New China Restaurant
510 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo 96720
(808)961-5677

New Star Restaurant

Restaurant | "Former Mun Chun Lau"

New Star Restaurant Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This is restaurant was formerly called the Mun Chun Lau Restaurant for many years. They changed to the New Star Restaurant in 2002. The interior is not as dreary and dark as it was before but they serve the same delicious Cantonese style cuisine. The building is very old and the restaurant looks somewhat old but the food is very tasty and good. The portions are big yet the prices are reasonable. I would recommend eating here if you don't mind the simple Asian style decor and the street parking. Service is quick and friendly. There are other places that are newer and nicer though such as Panda Express which is located on Makaala Street across from the Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 9, 2008

New Star Restaurant
172 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo
(808)934-8874

Planet Cafe (The)

Restaurant | "Yummy Deli Sandwiches"

Planet Cafe (The) Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
Quote:
This cute cafe located across the street from Kilauea Corner is very quaint and charming. It is owned and run by Tanya Beirne. The restaurant opened this past summer and serves up healthy, organic food such as soups, salads, sushi, deli sandwiches, and Chirashi. I tried their pastrami sandwich, which was actually very delicious. They also offer Chirashi which is the name of the sushi style whereby toppings are placed over a bowl of rice. Some of their other deli sandwiches that they offer is ham, corn beef, roast beef, turkey and salami, with a choice of cream, cheddar, provolone, pepperjack or Swiss cheese, to which you can add sprouts, onion, tomato, or lettuce. Most of the ingredients that t...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 7, 2008

Planet Cafe (The)
187 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo
(808)961-9061

Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill

Restaurant | "Delicious Beef Dishes"

Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is a wonderful restaurant to dine at if you enjoy eating beef and vegetables served hot with some hot steamed rice or noodles. They offer a variety of sauces to go with your dish from mild to spicy. The best part of dining here is that you get to choose your own meat, vegetables, and sauces and they cook it for you. Your delicious meat dish is served hot and fresh. The food tastes delicious because it is cooked in the wok. It doesn't taste like the food at some other restaurants where the food has been sitting for a while in the kitchen and got a little cold. The service is also very good and quick since the food is wok fried. The workers are very friendly and accommodating. Since this a ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2008

Hi-Ho Mongolian Grill
194 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo
(808) 961-1777

Subway in Kilauea Corner

Restaurant | "New Subway in Hilo "

Subway in Kilauea Corner Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Yesterday we (my husband and I) ate at this new Subway in Hilo located at the new Kilauea Corner. There is a new parking lot and the restaurant is very clean. The floor is covered in earthtone tiles and the chairs and tables also have earthtone colors. Since it is already December I noticed that this restaurant already had a decorated Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations. The workers at this restaurant are very friendly and greet you when you enter with a "Hello" or "Howzit." When we got there it was crowded because there were a lot of people shopping in the Hilo area. To my surprise the line moved very quickly and the workers were very friendly and one particular worker talked to the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 7, 2008

Subway in Kilauea Corner
194 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo 96720

Burger King Hilo

Restaurant | "Convenient Fast Food Location"

Burger King Hilo Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
Quote:
Burger King has been around for a long time in Hilo. I come to this location for dinner when there is no other restaurant open after 10:00 p.m. It is convenient for me when I drive to Keaau for my son's school events and have to have a late dinner. This Burger King in Hilo is open daily from 5:30am - 11pm. They serve their usual fire-grilled burgers, chicken burgers, fish burgers and veggie sandwiches. They also serve a variety of salads for healthy conscious customers. I love their french fries but I prefer McDonalds french fries. Its unfortunate that all of the McDonalds locations in Hilo are closed after 10:00 p.m. I like to order their chicken sandwiches which are very good. Their prices ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2008

Burger King Hilo
580 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo 96720
(808) 935-7663

McDonald's in Kea'au

Restaurant | "Popular McDonald's in Kea'au"

McDonald's in Kea'au Photo, Keaau, Hawaii
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I always come to this McDonald's location when I need to drive to Kea'au and pick up my son from school. This McDonald's is busy in the restaurant as well as in the drive thru lane. They service the entire Kea'au area and the next closest McDonald's is at the Puainako Center. Since it is busy most of the time, the service is a somewhat slow. The workers have to fulfill orders from customers in the drive thru land and the customers inside of the restaurant. The workers are friendly and they try to do their best to get the orders out as fast as they can. I really don't like their vanilla iced coffee so I don't order it at this location. I think that the McDonald's in Waimea makes the best iced co...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 1, 2008

McDonald's in Kea'au
16-565 Old Volcano Road
Keaau 96749
(808) 966-8812

Coconut Grill

Restaurant | "Good Breakfast at Reasonable Prices"

Coconut Grill Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
Quote:
This is a local-style restaurant with good food and reasonable prices.. The atmosphere is very local with pleasant and friendly waitresses. Just like the Hilo Seaside Hotel, this restaurant has a cozy, laid back atmosphere. You can see Reed's Bay from the restaurant as well as the many locals that like to jump in the freshwater pond next to Harrington's. The breakfast at the restaurant is very good (reminds me of eating at Ken's House of Pancakes located across the street). Breakfasts with eggs and sausage usually run about $8.00 - $10.00. Dinner on the other hand is a little more expensive (over $20 per person) but they have a good dinner menu with seafood (lobster, shrimp) and steak and filet...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 23, 2008

Coconut Grill
136 Banyan Way
Hilo
(808)961-3330

Jamba Juice

Restaurant | "Delicious and Refreshing Drinks"

Jamba Juice  Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Quote:
This Jamba Juice was very busy when I went there yesterday. It is located in the middle of the Kona Coast Shopping Center. There was a long line that almost went out the door when I got there at about 9:15am. By the time I left the order line was already out the door. I'm not sure exactly why service was so slow but it could be that it was very busy. A lot of people were in town to watch the Kona Coffee Parade that was supposed to start at 9:30am. As usual I ordered their Pina Colada sixteen smoothie (not listed on the menu) with a free shot of the immune booster for about $3.85. It was really good, especially since it was warm in Kona. The cashier was very nice and smiled a lot. The girl tha...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 16, 2008

Jamba Juice
75-1015 Henry St. Space #6
Kailua Kona 96740
(808) 334-1426

Tres Hombres Steak & Seafood

Restaurant | "Restaurant is Nice. Food is Okay."

Tres Hombres Steak & Seafood Photo, Kona, Hawaii
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This restaurant is located on Walua Road but you can see if from Ali'i Drive near the Royal Kona Resort in Kona. The menu is similar to the one at the Kawaihae Tres Hombres restaurant with enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, and salads. They also have delicious fish entrees and a nice selection of mixed drinks. As far as ambiance, this restaurant is located on a nice hill that overlooks Ali'i Drive and the ocean but most of the view is blocked by the Royal Kona Resort. The service needs improvement because the waitstaff take a long time to come back to the table and ask if you need anything else. When we went to Tres Hombres in Kona it was very empty and I believe we were the only customers besides anoth...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on November 5, 2008

Tres Hombres Steak & Seafood
75-5864 Walua Road
Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 329-1292

Mixx Bistro Bar

Restaurant | "Nice Place for Lunch"

Mixx Bistro Bar Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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Mixx Bistro Bar is a nice place for a casual lunch. They have wonderful salads ($7.50 - $9) such as Chinese Chicken Salad, Shrimp Salad, and my favorite-Mahimahi Salad which is served on a bed of lettuce with crispy won ton. They have delicious seafood dishes that include Garlic Butterfly Shrimp ($8), Crab Ragoon ($6.50), and Calamari ($10.50). One of my favorite beef dishes is their Mongolian Beef ($10) which is made with onions, peppers, and Hoisin Sauce. Mixx Bistro Bar also has live entertainment and an extensive wine list. Mixx Bistro bar is located at the King Kamehameha Mall whiich is on Kuakini Highway near Palani Road.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2008

Mixx Bistro Bar
75-5626 Kuakini Highway
Kailua Kona 96740
(808) 329-7334

Paleo Bar and Grill

Restaurant | "Nice Italian Restaurant with Views of Kona Bay"

Paleo Bar and Grill Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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This is a nice Italian restaurant on the second floor with beautiful view of Kona Bay. Paleo Bar and Grill was formerly known as the Kona Galley Restaurant. You can view the extensive menu before you enter the restaurant at the entrance on Palani Road. They have a nice dinner menu that includes steak, seafood, and chicken dishes. Their dinner items average about $18 - $25. I would recommend eating near the lanai so that you can get a good view of Kona Bay and Kailua Pier. Sunsets in Kona are fabulous and you don't want to miss it. This restaurant is conveniently located on the main strip of Ali'i Drive. It is within walking distance from the Kona Seaside and King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 30, 2008

Paleo Bar and Grill
75-5663 Palani Road
Kailua Kona
(808)329-5550

Fish Hopper Seafood and Steaks

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Restaurant | "Great Views and Good Seafood"

Fish Hopper Seafood and Steaks Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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This restaurant was formerly The Ocean View Inn for many years. I remember going to the Ocean View Inn for local food with my family. The old restaurant was painted in a light blue hue and it was enclosed with jalousie windows. Back then they would only accept cash, no checks and no credit cards. What a laugh! Now the new restaurant has open-air dining and the exterior is painted in brown. They serve wonderful seafood dinner dishes like Panko Ono (wahoo), Macadamia Nut Mahi Mahi, Blackened Ahi, and Coconut Crusted Prawns. Most of their dinner dishes are from $23 - $25. Their salads are delicious and include Asian Chicken Salad, Mango Chicken Ceasar Salad, and Ahi Salad. Their salads range fro...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 29, 2008

Fish Hopper Seafood and Steaks
75-5683 Alii Dr.
Kailua-Kona 96740
(808) 326-2002

L&L Hawaiian Barbeque

Restaurant | "Good Food at Reasonable Prices"

L&L Hawaiian Barbeque Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
Quote:
This L&L Drive Inn location is very nice because it is a newer restaurant at the beautiful Keauhou Shopping Center which overlooks the Keauhou Coast. This restaurant is nicely decorated with pictures and a red and yellow shortboard with the L&L logo hangs from the wall. The food is very good here and the service is quick. The serve the usual L&L Drive Inn fare like plate lunches. Mostly locals dine here because they enjoy eating plate lunches - the comfort food of the Hawaiian Islands. They offer Chicken Katsu, Teri Beef, Teri Chicken, Mahi Mahi, Fried Shrimp, Short Ribs, Loco Moco (hamburger patties placed over rice, covered with brown gravy and topped with 2 eggs), and Kalua Pork pl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2008

L&L Hawaiian Barbeque
931 University Ave., #202
Honolulu, Hawaii 96826
(808) 951-9888

Kenichi

Restaurant | "Great Sushi Restaurant"

Kenichi Photo, Kona, Hawaii
Quote:
Kenichi Pacific is a great sushi restaurant located at the Keauhou Shopping Center. They have wonderful appetizers such as shrimp tempura, raw vegetables with miso sauce, and black cod with miso sauce. Their entrees are delicious especially their grilled ono (wahoo) which is served with yams, green beans, oyster mushrooms and ponzu. They also have beef, lamb, chicken, and other seafood entrees included on their dinner menu. As for sushi, they offer a variety of sushi rolls such as the Kenichi Special Roll (snow crab, cucumber, avocado, tuna, and fish roe), the Hawaiian Roll (blackened yellowtail, serrano chilis, pinapple, and avocado), and The Aspen Roll (smoked ahi, cream cheese, scallion, sprout...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 28, 2008

Kenichi
78-6831 Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 322-6400

Vernas III Drive Inn

Restaurant | "Local Style Drive In"

Vernas III Drive Inn  Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
Quote:
This local style drive in is located adjacent to Ken's House of Pancakes. You can't miss this drive in because there is a sign that reads "If No Can...No Can, If Can Vernas." I don't think you can get more local than this drive in. The food is very local and they serve the typical drive in fare like plate lunches, bentos, loco mocos, burgers, french fries, etc. Some of their plates are good like their chicken katsu with either fries or rice with mac salad. Some of their other plate lunch choices include Teri Beef, Hamburger Steak, Beef Stew, Fried Chicken, Shoyu Chicken, and Kalua Pork and Cabbage. They also sell popular local items such as the Hawaiian Plate, Fried Noodles, Chili Bowls, Saimin...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on October 27, 2008

Vernas III Drive Inn
1765 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo 96720
(808) 935-2776

Island Java Lava

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Restaurant | "Great Cafe Lattes"

Island Java Lava Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Quote:
Whenever I want to sit, relax, and get a good view of the ocean I come to Island Lava Java Bistro and Grill to get a cup of hot cafe latte with a cinnamon bun. This is a popular cafe/restaurant to hang out at. A lot of young people (mostly locals) like to eat outside to get views of Kona Bay. Several times each week large cruise ships anchor in Kona Bay. On Wednesdays you can see the NCL Pride of America which stops every week in Kona Bay. There are a number of tables with large umbrellas that you can sit under to shade you from the Kona sun. Their cinnamon rolls are huge and are baked daily at Island Lava Java Bistro and Grill. Besides breakfast, they also serve lunch and dinner. They are con...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 25, 2008

Island Java Lava
75-5799 Alii Drive
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 327-2161

Boston Basil's

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Restaurant | "Cute Place to Have Pizza on Ali'i Drive"

Boston Basil's Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Quote:
If you want to grab a quick lunch and want to eat pizza this is a cute, small place to have pizza on Ali'i Drive. Their lunch menu includes items such as pasta dishes (with shrimp and calamari), lasagnas, salads, sub sandwiches, burgers, and of course, pizzas. They also have a good wine and beer list to go with their lunch items. The restaurant is very small and is very close to Ali'i Drive so you can people watch while you are eating. We were lucky to go to Boston Basil's on a cloudy day, otherwise, it can get very hot on a sunny day, especially when there are no trade winds to cool you down. The restaurant is very casual with wooden tables with plastic tablecloths. It is nothing fancy and you ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 25, 2008

Boston Basil's
75-5707 Ali'i Drive
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 326-7836

Rio's

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Restaurant | "Nice Steakhouse"

Rio's Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This is a great hideaway if you want to have a nice dinner along the Kona Coast. The have live entertainment nightly during dinner. The atmosphere is casual yet sophisticated. If you can, get outside seating so you can watch the sunset from your table and listen to the surf breaking along the shore. Rio's serves steak and seafood. They are also open for breakfast from 7am - 11am. They have an all you can eat buffet on Saturday and Sunday from 8am - 12pm. Dinner is from 4:30pm - 10pm. On Tuesday they have an all you can eat pasta buffet along with 7 different dishes that you can choose from. On Wednesday they have a $19.95 Live Maine Lobster special. I had the Ono (Wahoo) dinner which I loved...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 24, 2008

Cassandra's Greek Taverna

Restaurant | "Good Live Shows"

Cassandra's Greek Taverna Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Quote:
This is the only Greek restaurant on the Big Island in Kona. They have live belly dancing and karaoke. This is a great place to order lunch or have dinner and drinks. Happy hour is from 3pm - 6pm and it is $2 for draft beer. This is a fun place for nightlife since they have free pool on Monday and Thursday nights and Karaoka on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They are located in the Kona Square across the street from the Kona Pier intersection. This is a wonderful place to eat if you enjoy Greek food like Lamb, Gyros, and Baklava. Note that their food is a bit pricey but the view is great if you can get outdoor seating. The sunsets are lovely in Kona especially during the summer. Cass...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 20, 2008

Cassandra's Greek Taverna
75-5669 Ali'i Drive
Kailua Kona
(808) 334-1066

Sushi En Fuego

Restaurant | "Delicious Tapas"

Sushi En Fuego Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Quote:
Sushi En Fuego serves delicious Tapa. Their Tapa menu is wonderful as well as their sushi menu. They have a full bar so have a drink like sake or a martini to go with their wonderful food items. If you can try to get outdoor seating since the restaurant overlooks lovely Kailua Bay. The best time to go to Sushi En Fuego is at sunset so you can enjoy the beautiful Kona views. Sushi En Fuego is open from 11:30am - 9:30pm. Try some unique sushi with a Latin spicy infusion. This is the only restaurant that Iknow of that is a Latin and Japanese fusion restaurant with an outrageous martini bar. Don Juan Da Mango is one of the best martinis that my husband ordered when we went there last month. This ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2008

Sushi En Fuego
Waterfront Row on Ali'i Drive
Kailua Kona
(808)331-2200

Subway Keauhou

Restaurant | "Newer Subway "

Subway Keauhou Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This new Subway is very clean and the service is efficient and fast. We (my family) have been to Subway restaurants at different locations on the island. This Subway is very nice because it is located at the far end of the Keauhou Shopping Center. The interior is clean, nicely decorated with plants, and air-conditioned. We ordered their $5 foot long Oven-Roasted Chicken Breast subway sandwich. They also have other sandwiches from their $5 foot long menu such as Meatball, Cold Cut, Spicy Italian, Vegetarian, Black Forest Ham, and BLT. Since we were the only ones in the restaurant besides some teenagers already sitting in one booth, my husband got through the order line very quickly. I believe th...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2008

Pancho & Lefty's Cantina

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Restaurant | "Pancho and Lefty's"

Pancho & Lefty's Cantina Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Quote:
If you enjoy eating Mexican food and drinking tropical drinks, then this is a great place to dine at for lunch or dinner. It is located on Ali'i Drive near the Hulihe'e Palace. We usually eat lunch there on Sundays when we shop in Kona. There is no parking on Alii Drive so we usually park in the public parking lot located off of Kuakini Road right behind the Kona Seaside Hotel. It is a 5 minute walk from the public parking lot to Pancho and Lefty's. During lunch there is usually a lot of seating on the main floor but the tables near the balcony are often filled at lunchtime. If you can get a table near the balcony then you can see all the cars and visitors cruising down Ali'i Drive. There is no dress ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 4, 2006

Pancho & Lefty's Cantina
75-5719 Alii Dr
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 326-2171

Blane's Drive Inn

Restaurant | "Blanes Drive In"

Blane's Drive Inn  Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
Quote:
I come here often to buy take-out dinner for my family. It is located across the street from First Hawaiian Bank on the corner of Kika and Mamane Streets. Since Blanes serves large portions for their plate lunches, I order 2 plate lunches for my son and husband and I share one plate lunch with my son. The plate lunches run from $6 to $7 for the regular size and about $5.50 to $7 for the mini size. The regular plate lunches include rice, macaroni salad and free miso soup upon request. My favorite plate lunches are the boneless chicken and the chicken katsu. Their macaroni salad is very delicious so I often order a side of macaroni salad for dinner. Blanes also has delicious pupu (finger food) platters ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2006

Blane's Drive Inn
150 Wiwoole Street
Hilo
(808)935-2259

Don's Chinese Kitchen Photo, Waimea, Hawaii
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My family and I enjoy eating at Don's Chinese Kitchen at the Parker Ranch Shopping Center Food Court. Their small eatery is located on the right side of the food court after you enter. The Parker Ranch Food Court is new and it is very beautiful. There is a fireplace in the center with chairs and tables surrounding the fireplace. Murals of the Parker Ranch and Paniolos (Cowboys) adorn the walls of the food court. The food at Don's Chinese Kitchen is hot and very tasty. The prices run about $4.75 for a choice of one entrée with rice or chow mein noodles. If you want two entrées with rice or noodles, then it runs about $5.75. A choice of three entrées with rice or noodles is about $6.75. Don's Chinese Ki...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2006

Don's Chinese Kitchen
Parker Ranch Shopping Center
Waimea, Hawaii
(808) 885-5828

Luquin's Mexican Restaurant Photo, Pahoa, Hawaii
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Luquin's Mexican Restaurant is definitely off the beaten path. We don't often come to this restaurant because it is located in Pahoa town which is far from Hilo. When we do travel through Pahoa on our way to Kapoho, we like to have lunch at Luquin's. Even though the restaurant looks a little run down, their food is very authentic and "muy deliciosa!" I already tried their chicken enchilada entrée (about $7.50) and their taco salad which were very good. Their chicken enchilada is better than other chicken enchilada entrées I've tried at other Mexican restaurants on the Big Island. The decoration and the interior of the restaurant is very authentic and it seems as if you are actually dining in ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 11, 2006

Luquin's Mexican Restaurant
Pahoa Government Rd.
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii 96778
(808) 965-9990

L & L Drive-Inn

Restaurant | "L&L Drive Inn"

L & L Drive-Inn Photo, Honolulu, Oahu
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When we are in Hilo we usually dine at L&L Drive Inn on Kinoole Street or we eat at McDonalds in Hilo Town. L&L Drive Inn is a fast food chain that has sprung up all over the Big Island. This particular location is an older fast food drive inn with a small dining area. We usually order the Chinese plate lunches with 2 choices of entrees with either rice or noodles. We always choose the rice and orange chicken as one choice and a vegetable entree like beef broccoli as the second choice. A 2 choice plate lunch with a medium drink will cost about $7.50. They have a variety of Chinese entrees that are displayed through a glass window near the counter. Some of the entrees include pork tofu, mixed ve...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 23, 2008

L & L Drive-Inn
909 Kapahulu Avenue
Honolulu, Hawaii 96816
+1 808 735 5505

Kozmic Cones

Restaurant

Kozmic Cones Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is a wonderful place to stop at to get an ice cream cone or a slush float. They also have plate lunches which include either rice or french fries and macaroni salad along with some time of meat dish. They specialize in chicken katsu, fried shrimp, hamburger steak, chili, teriyaki beef/chicken, beef stew, curry stew, and fried chicken plate lunches. Plate lunches are under $8.00 and they give a lot of food in their plate lunches. You also can order all types of shakes, sundaes, floats, slushes, smoothies, and ice cream specialties if you have a sweet tooth. If you are planning a party you can order their yummy pupu platters that come in a variety of dishes. You can choose from shrimp, spring...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 21, 2008

Kozmic Cones
317 Waianuenue Avenue
Hilo
(808)935-6311

Kentucky Fried Chicken

Restaurant | "KFC"

Kentucky Fried Chicken Photo, Waimea, Hawaii
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This KFC branch is located at the Parker Ranch Shopping Center in beautiful Waimea. The fast food restaurant is very small (1,250 square feet) with about 4 or 5 tables on each side. This location is ideal to order take out food. I usually order their chicken bucket specials which run about $14.00 - $20.00 depending on which bucket size you want to order. An 9- piece bucket (drumsticks and thighs) with 2 sides of mash potatoes will cost about $19.99 which is a good deal for a family of about 3. If you want to order individual meals and sides of cole slaw, mash potatoes, or corn then you can order these items instead of the bucket specials. The service is very fast and there are usually no lines i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 1, 2008

Kentucky Fried Chicken
Parker Ranch Center
Waimea

Pizza Hut

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Pizza Hut Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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Of all the Pizza Hut locations on the Big Island, this is my favorite. Located at the Puainako Shopping Center, this Pizza Hut is nicely decorated with a lot of seating and good service. We often eat here when my family wants to eat Pizza. The pizzas here run about $12.00 for a one topping medium pizza and $14.00 for a two topping medium pizza. My husband and son usually order the medium pizzas or the buffet which runs about $11.00 and I order the chicken ceasar salad that costs about $10.00. Their buffet includes an all you can eat buffet of pizza, pasta, and breadsticks with a free refillable drink. On weekends it can get a bit crowded around lunch time so it is best to go after 1:00 p.m. or be...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 5, 2008

Pizza Hut
50 E Puainako Ave
Hilo
(808) 959-9119

Michaelangelo's

Restaurant

Michaelangelo's Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This beautiful restaurant is located on the second floor of Waterfront Row. It is located across from Saint Michael's Catholic Church. It is open for breakfast (except on Mondays), lunch and dinner 7 days a week. It also had nightly dancing into the wee hours of the morning (2:00 a.m.). We like to dine at this restaurant because it is located right on the water and you can get fabulous views of Kona Bay. The cost to dine here can get pricey but it is well worth it. This renown restaurant has been open in Kona for quite a while now. They serve Italian cuisine like pasta dishes, fresh seafood, steaks, chicken and fine wines. My favorite appetizer is the Crusted Mozzarella Planks ($10.00) which...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 9, 2008

Michaelangelo's
75-5770 Alii Drive
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii 96740
(808) 329-4436

Canoe House

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Restaurant

Canoe House Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Dining at the Canoehouse is a treat, especially since it is located right in front of the ocean. You can see palm trees and listen to the ocean as you dine in this beautiful, open, restaurant. In the open-air dining room, a koa canoe hangs from the ceiling. Corked decanters on the table hold soy sauce and chili water which locals really enjoy with their meals. Alan Wong, who now runs a restaurant on Oahu, opened the CanoeHouse and made it a renown restaurant. Some of their specialties are lobster tempura, baby-back ribs, and nori-wrapped (seaweed) ahi. Their menu changes constantly so that you will never get bored with their Pacific Rim cuisine. Seafood is a good bet, but if you'd like a change...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Canoe House
1 Mauna Lani Drive
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii
(808) 885-6622

Cafe Il Mondo

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Restaurant

Cafe Il Mondo Photo, Honokaa, Hawaii
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This is a tiny cafe located in the historical Andrade Building in the sleepy town of Honokaa. The restaurant is surrounded by tropical watercolors and local art. You can smell the aromas of garlic sauces and pizzas as you enter the restaurant. The owners are Sergio and Dena Ramirez who are from South America. Sometimes you will hear entertainment on certain nights by Sergio since he is a classical and flamenco guitarist. He often rehearses with his group, Adaggio Latino, while contented drinkers sit back and dine on their oven-baked pizzas. Cafe Il Mondo serves pizzas ($10.00 - $20.00), sandwiches ($5.00 - $6.00), and pasta ($8.00).They are open Monday - Saturday from 11 am - 9 pm. They a...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 10, 2008

Cafe Il Mondo
Mamane St.
Honokaa
(808) 775-7711

Tex Drive-In

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Restaurant | "Tex Drive Inn "

Tex Drive-In Photo, Honokaa, Hawaii
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This small drive inn off of Highway 19 has the best malassadas around. This restaurant was renovated by Ada Lamme when she bought the old Tex Drive Inn many years ago. Tex sells close to 50,000 malassadas, which is a cake-like doughnut (without the doughnut hole) filled with various creme and other types of filling, per month. These sugar rolled morsels are filled with pineapple/papaya preserves, pepper jelly, or Bavarian cream. Malassadas run about $.80 to $1.00 each depending on what type of filling you order. The menu has a local flavor and features ethnic (local) specialties such as Korean chicken, teriyaki meat, chicken katsu, kalua pork with cabbage, and Filipino specials. Their plate lunc...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 13, 2008

Tex Drive-In
45-690 Pakalana St.
Honokaa, Hawaii 96727
(808) 775-0598

Cafe Pesto

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Restaurant | "Cafe Pesto in Hilo"

Cafe Pesto Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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Cafe Pesto is known for its delicious pizzas baked in Italian brick ovens that contail ohia and kiawe wood. Their wonderful and exotic pizzas are topped with fresh organic herbs and island-grown produce. Their pizzas and pasta dished run from $7.00 - $20.00. The high-ceilinged 1912 room, with windows looking out over Hilo's bayfront, is filled with wonderful aromas. It's difficult to resist the wild mushroom-artichoke pizza or the popular chipotle and tomato-drenched Southwestern pizza, but go with the Four Seasons-dripping with prosciutto, bell peppers, and mushrooms, it won't disappoint you. Their are other local favorites such as their Milolii, a crab-shrimp-mushroom sandwich with basil pesto;...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Cafe Pesto
Historic S. Hata Building - On the Bay - 308 Kamehameha Ave # 101
Hilo 96720
(808) 969-6640

Coast Grille & Oyster Bar

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Restaurant | "Coast Grille "

Coast Grille & Oyster Bar Photo, Kohala, Hawaii
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The Coast Grille & Oyster Bar is an elegant restaurant that serves Hawaii Regional Cuisine at its finest. The views from the restaurant is outstanding. Diners sitting out on the balcony can watch the sunset at Hapuna Beach. The entrance to this restaurant is fabulous with ocean decor. They serve a wonderful Ono (Wahoo) dinner along with wonderful salads and desserts. It is pricey but well worth it. They also have delicious local shrimp dishes, a fabulous oyster bar and beautiful beach sunsets. Their desserts are out of this world. I really enjoyed their ice cream dish with a latticed wafer cone. Service is fast and friendly. Reservations are recommended because this restaurant can get cr...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Coast Grille & Oyster Bar
Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel - 62-100 Kauna'oa Drive
Kohala Coast 96743
(808) 880-1111

Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Daniel Thiebault"

Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant Photo, Waimea, Hawaii
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This small restaurant in Waimea offers a large selection of fresh fish and seafood. They serve Hawaii Regional Cuisine which has three parts: fresh, local ingredients; the influence of many cultures; and preparation techniques as different as each chef's backgound. Daniel Thiebault offers a large selection of fresh fish and seafood. They also have chicken and steak dishes. They also have an expanded bar which offers draft beers. You can't miss the restaurant because it is in a bright yellow painted old plantation style building on the right of Kawaihae Road just a few minutes from the heart of Waimea town. This restaurant has been around for quite a while now and it has not lost its popularity wi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Daniel Thiebaut Restaurant
65-1259 Kawaihae Road
Waimea, Hawaii 96743
(808) 887-2200

Bamboo Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Bamboo Restaurant & Gallery"

Bamboo Restaurant Photo, Kapaau, Hawaii
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Voted best restaurant, this restaurant serves creative, affordable Pacific Rim Cuisine in a historical, tropical atmosphere. Hawi's self-professed "tropical saloon" is a major attaction on the island's northern coastline in the quaint town Hawi. The exotic interior is a nod to nostalgia, with high wicker chairs from Waikiki's historic Moana Hotel, works by local artists, and old Matson liner menus accenting the walls. The colorful decorations lining the ceiling adds to the restaurant's colorful atmosphere. The fare, island favorites in sophisticated presentations, is a match for all this style; imu-smoked pork quiesadillas, fish prepared several ways, sesame nori-crusted or tequila-lime shrimp, an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Bamboo Restaurant
Highway 270 at Historic Hawi Town
Kapaau 96755
(808) 889-5555

Lava Rock Cafe

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Restaurant

Lava Rock Cafe Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This is Volcano Village's newest favorite spot. It isn't a drive in but a cheerful, airy oasis in a knotty pine, with tables and booths indoors and semi-outdoors, under a clear corrugated-plastic ceiling. The menu includes everything from chow fun to fajitas. Wednesday night is Mexican night, Friday is for Hawaiian food, and the rest of the time the choices include teriyaki beef and chicken, meat or vegetable lasagna, grilled mahimahi, fresh catch of the day, T-bone steak, and steak and shrimp combos. The lunch courses run about $6.00 - $12.00 and the dinner main courses run about $10.00 - $20.00. The lunchtime menu winners are the "seismic sandwiches" (which they also pack for hikers), chili, qu...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Lava Rock Cafe
Old Volcano Road
Volvano, Big Island, Hawaii 96785
(808) 967-8526

Volcano House

Restaurant

Volcano House Photo, Volcano, Hawaii
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This is the only public dining facility in the park (Kilauea Military Camp sometimes lets you dine in their cafe without a military ID). This panoramic restaurant overlooks the Kilauea Caldera and includes The Ka Ohelo Room, snack shop and Uncle Geourge's Lounge. This outstanding restaurant serves their ever popular buffet for breakfast or lunch, or a romantic sunset dinner at the Ka Ohelo Room. The food is hearty, delicious and competitively priced. They have wonderful pancakes served with ohelo berry syrup (seasonal) which is outstanding. In the Ka Ohelo Room, you can enjoy award-winning cuisine along with a dramatic view overlooking the Kilauea Caldera. Their mahimahi with hollanda...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Volcano House
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Volcano

Lu Lu's

Restaurant

Lu Lu's Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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This place is casual, noisy, and corny (black velvet paintings at the entrance!), but it's popular as heck, with open air dining, ocean views, and international flags waving cheerily in the breeze on the wraparound deck. One dollar bills adorn the ceilings, posts and walls of this popular dining joint. At night, fairy lights add a festive touch. It's kitschy-there are concrete floors, capiz shell lamps, clamshell sconces, and a life size cartoon of a hula girl, but it's basically a sports bar and restaurant, with television sets galore and a billiards table in the mauka (inland) corner. The menu consists of appetizers, sandwiches, salads, burgers, burrito ("as big as your head"), fresh...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Ken's House of Pancakes

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Restaurant

Ken's House of Pancakes Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This restaurant has been around for a long time (since 1971). It is sort of a landmark since it has been on the corner of Kamehameha Avenue and Kanoelehua Avenue forever. You never know who you'll bump into at Ken's after an important convention, concert, or the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival (held every March). The only 24-hour coffee shop in Hilo, Ken's fulfills basic dining needs simply and efficiently (but watch out for the calories: there are 13 different pies!) Many visitors frequent this restaurant because it is in close proximity to Banyan Drive where mostly all the hotels in Hilo are located like the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, Uncle Billy's Hotel, the Naniloa, and the Hilo Seaside Hotel. It is ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 20, 2008

Ken's House of Pancakes
1730 Kamehameha Ave
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
+1 808 935 8711

Buns in the Sun

Restaurant

Buns in the Sun Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Enjoy breakfast, fresh baked pastries, coffee and espresso, sandwiches, soups and salads to eat in this coffee shop and bakery. This small deli serves some of the tastiest breakfasts, lunches, and pastries and snacks in Kona. They also have about 17 different varieties of breads. They also make snacks to go and made-to-order fresh deli sandwiches. They have a wonderful kalua pig sandwhich as well as a wonderful beef sub sandwich. This unique bakery and coffee shop is open daily from 5:00 am. There is a lot of parking at the Lanihau Shopping Center. This is the perfect place to grab a healthy lunch before you head off to the beach. They accept major credit cards. Most of the items at this bakery...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 21, 2008

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Kilauea Lodge & Restaurant"

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This is a very cozy and beautiful lodge located in Volcano Village which is right outside of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. This is an excellent place to dine after visiting the park or sightseeing. Diners travel long distances to drive through the lava-rock pillars lined with hydrangeas and escape from the crisp upland air into the warmth of the high-ceilinged room. The sofa in front of the 1938 fireplace is very inviting, especially when the fire is roaring. The decor is a cross between chalet-cozy and volcano-rugged. The European cooking is a fine culinary act on the big volcano. Kilauea Lodge is well known for owner-chef Albert Jeyte's continental cuisine with a touch of local flavors. S...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 21, 2008

Kilauea Lodge and Restaurant
19-3948 Old Volcano Rd.
Hawaii (Big Island) 96785
(808) 967-7336

Reuben's Mexican Restaurant Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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Reuben's is Hilo's south of the border outpost, with serapes, sombreros, Mexican doilies, and rainbow colors everywhere you look. The juxtaposition of Hilo Bay outside and the dar, funky, margarita-infused atmosphere inside makes for a flamboyantly campy dining experience. The tacos, enchiladas, and hefty combination plates are authentic, as are the award-winning Reuben's margaritas, served in frothy, bountiful pitcherfuls that go wonderfully with any meal. The free-flowing margaritas are a good match for the moist, tasty tortillas, cilantro salsa, and chile rellenos, a Reuben's specialty. Locals chuckle over the mustard-orange rest roms but sing praises over the simple pleasures of rice, beans, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2008

Reuben's Mexican Restaurant
336 Kamehameha Ave.
Hilo 96720
(808) 961-2552

Pescatore

Restaurant

Pescatore Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is a special occasion restaurant, dressier and pricier than the standard neighborhood cafe or mom-and-pop diner. It's ornate, especially for Hilo, with gilded frames on antique paintings, chairs of vintage velvet, koa walls, and a tile floor. The fresh catch is offered five ways, from reduced=cream and Parmesan to capers and wine. The paper thin ahi carpaccio is garnished with capers, red onion, garlic, lemon, olive oil, and shaved Parmesan, and its delicious. Chicken, veal, and fish Marsala, a rich and garlicky scampi Alfredo, and the Fra Diavolo, a spicy seafood marinara, are the headlivers on a long and satisfying menu. At lunch, pasta marinara is simple and satisfying and rivals the chic...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2008

Pescatore
235 Keawe Street
Hilo 96720
(808) 969-9090

Harrington's

Restaurant

Harrington's Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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Harrington's is located across the street from the Hilo Seaside Hotel. You can take a lovely drive along Banyan Drive before you reach the end and turn left where you will see Harrington's restaraunt. The strongest feature of Harrington's is the tranquil beauty of Reeds Pond (also known as Ice Pond), one of Hilo's visual wonders. You may be lucky enough to see one of NCL's ships leaving Hilo Bay to sail to Kona. This scenic restaurant serves mainly seafood and steak. The house specialty, thinly sliced Slavic steak swimming in butter and garlic, is part of the old fashioned steak and seafood formula that makes the Harrington's experience a predictable one. The fresh catch of the day, sauteed in w...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2008

Harrington's
135 Kalanianaole Ave.
Hilo 96720
(808) 961-4966

Merriman's Restaurant Photo, Waimea, Hawaii
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In Waimea and throughout the island, Merriman's is peerless. Although the founder/owner/chef Peter Merriman now commutes between the Big Island and Maui, where he runs the Hula Grill, he has managed to maintain the sizzle that made Merriman's a premier Hawaii attraction. Since it opened, Merriman's is always busy on the weekends as well as on weekdays. Their parking lot is always full on weekends since they attract locals as well as visitors alike. They also opened a Merriman's at the King's Shops in Waikoloa near the Hilton Waikoloa Hotel. Order anything from saimin to poisson cru from lunch, and for dinner, Merriman's signature wok charre dahi, grilled scallops ume (plum), kung pao shrimp, lamb...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 21, 2008

Merriman's Restaurant
65-1227 Opelo Road
Waimea 96743
(808) 885-6822

Roy's Waikoloa

Restaurant

Roy's Waikoloa Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Despite its location in a shopping mall (The King's Shops), Roy's Waikoloa has several distinctive features: a golf course view, large windows looking out over part of a 10-acre lake, and the east-west cuisine and upbeat service that are the Roy Yamaguchi signatures. This is one of the clones of this Oahu restaurants with signature dishes that are delicious like the Szechwan baby-back ribs, blackened island ahi, and at least six other types of fresh fish prepared charred, steamed, seared, and topped with exotic sauces of shintake miso and gingered lime-chile butter. Always popular are the roasted wild mushroom polenta gratin and the four cheese, sun-dried tomato ravioli. If you don't feel like eati...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2008

Roy's Waikoloa
250 Waikoloa Beach Drive
Hawaii, Big Island, Hawaii
(808) 886-4321

Kuhio Grille

Restaurant

Kuhio Grille Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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Located in the Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza next to Jamba Juice and Starbucks, this restaurant/drive in is an ideal place to eat after shopping at the mall. This is the "home of the one pound laulau" and it is a local hangout. It looks more like a coffee/saimin shop with a lot of tables and chairs. It recently was expanded to include a larger dining area. The restaurant is clean and the service is very good. They also have outside seating in the event that you want to dine out. Taro from Waipio Valley is featured in the popular Hawaiian plate which includes their famous 1-pound beef/pork laulau served with typical lu'au sides of poi, lomi salmon, two scoops rice and haupia. You can also order t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2008

Kuhio Grille
111 E Puainako St.
Hilo
(808) 959-2336

Taco Bell

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Restaurant

Taco Bell Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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Located on Palani Road near Ali'i Drive, this Taco Bell is a pleasant and casual place to dine. Their menu is simple since their meals are labeled by numbers. The service is fast and friendly. This small fast food restaurant can seat about 50 - 75 persons maximum. They recently renovated their restaurant so it is cleanter, brighter and more colorful. Most of their meals run about $4 - $6. I always order my favorite, the Zesty Chicken Border Bowl (a bowl filled with refried beans, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, red taco chips, and zesty sauce) which costs about $4.39 and my husband likes to order their Grilled Stuft Burrito (a burrito with beans, onions, rice, lettuce, chicken, sour cream and tomato...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 3, 2008

Jolenes Kau Kau Korner

Restaurant | "Jolene's Kau Kau Korner"

Jolenes Kau Kau Korner Photo, Honokaa, Hawaii
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Located in an old Western style gray building, this small restaurant is very cozy and inviting. It only has about 8 tables with windows that look out into a scene much like an old Western town, but for the cars. The windows are draped in blue curtains and the decor is very simple and rustic. The Hawaiian food has been dropped from the menu, leaving us with saimin, sandwiches (including a good vegetarian tempeh burger), and plate lunches - mahimahi, fried chicken, shrimp, beef stew, and familiar selections of local food. The food is very simple, although Jolene's has added more choices (and prices) to their dinner menu, with New York steak, chicken katsu, combination kau kau plates, and the usual A...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 4, 2008

Jolenes Kau Kau Korner
45-3625 Mamane Street @ Lehua
Honokaa 96727
(808) 775-9498

Royal Jade Garden

Restaurant

Royal Jade Garden Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This restaurant located at the far right side of the Lanihau Center features Cantonese-Mandarin cuisine. They were voted "Kona's Best" Chinese Cuisine. They have been at the Lanihau Center for over 15 years. This is the perfect place to have dinner at if you enjoy eating Chinese food. Some of their specialties such as their honey-glazed walnut shrimp or fish, Mongolian lamb and orange chicken are very delicious. When we dine at this restaurant we like to order their fried rice ($7.50) and their orange chicken or their chicken with ginger (from $8.50 - $10.00). If I feel like having soup I usually order their Won Ton Mein which is very good. They have excellent table service and they serve a lo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2008

Royal Jade Garden
75-5595 Palani Road
Hawaii (Big Island) 96725
(808) 326-7288

Big Island Steak House

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Restaurant

Kings Shops - Big Island Steak House Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This is a very popular dinner restaurant located at the King's Shops at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. The decor is very dark and it has a very cozy atmosphere. This is our favorite place to celebrate birthdays and other occasions. It is also a nice place to have a drink at their bar located on the second floor. It is quieter upstairs unless it gets really busy. This is great place to dine if you eat a lot of food and like large portions. They are known for their prime rib and steak dinners. They also have teriyaki port shops, Hawaiian style baby back ribs and roasted luau chicken dishes. Their dinners run from $18.00 - $25.00 and their local fish dinners are at market price. Their filet and lobs...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Don the Beachcomber Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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This is an open air restaurant located at the water's edge at the Royal Kona Resort. When we stay at the resort, this is where we have dinner. They specialize in Pacific Rim cuisine with some international dishes. Most of their ingredients are locally grown and fresh. They open daily for their breakfast buffets (6:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.) and they open nightly (5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)for dinner. I really like their Hawaiian foods such as kalua pork, chicken luau with coconut milk and fresh spinach, lomi lomi salmon and poi. They also have a variety of seafood such as sashimi, seared ahi, and prawns. Their ahi is served with sake shoyu, pickled ginger, sea salad or a pineapple-ginger coconut wasab...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 6, 2008

Don the Beachcomber
Kona Resortate Address - 75-5852 Alii Drive
Kailua 96740
(808) 329-3111

Ocean Seafood Chinese Restaurant

Restaurant | "Ocean Seafood"

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This restaurant specializes in an all-you-can-eat buffet setting featuring authentic Cantonese cuisine. Ocean Seafood offers over 20 items on the lunch buffet from Monday through Friday and a nightly dinner buffet which offers shrimps, mussels and over 20 other items. Ocean Seafood's buffets are reasonably priced and are a great value for your lunch or dinner dollar. Ala carte items are also available off the menu as well. They have the delicious Chef's Special "Salt and Pepper Lobster or Crab." Other popular dishes include the Abalone with Chinese Mushrooms ($20.95) and the Pineapple Shrimp ($8.25). They also have stir fried vegetable dishes and stir fried rice which is really enjoy eating. I ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 13, 2008

Ocean Seafood Chinese Restaurant
King Kamehameha Mall
Hawaii (Big Island)
(808) 329-3055

Waikoloa Beach Grill

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Hotel

Waikoloa Beach Grill Photo, Waikoloa, Hawaii
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The Beach Grill overlooks the first tee of the picturesque Waikoloa Beach Golf Course between the King's Shops and the Hilton Waikoloa Village. The Beach Grill specializes in Pacific Rim as well as American cuisine. The Beach Grill combines the skills of two talented chefs, Stephen Tabor and David Brown. Together they feature a diverse and affordable menu with delicious dishes and appetizers such as Katafi Crab Cakes with Sweet Chili Supreme Sauce ($11.95), Tomato Chicken Curry, Grilled Double Lamb Chops ($14.95), Grilled Duck Breast with Chutnied Fruit Salad ($12.50), 3 oz. Big Island Beef Tenderloin with Hamakua Mushroom sauce ($18.95), and their R.B.I. (boneless grilled grass fed prime rib beef ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 17, 2008

Waikoloa Beach Grill
69-1022 Keana Pl
Waikoloa
(808) 886-6131

Teshima's Restaurant

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Teshima's Restaurant Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This is a family style restaurant that is owned and operated since 1925. It is located in the small town of Honalo which is about 5 minutes from the Keauhou turnoff on Mamalahoa Highway. They serve delicious Japanese and American food. The shoji windows and Japanese decor is reminiscent of the old days. The restaurant makes you feel right at home and the wait staff are friendly and attentive. If you want to have a nice lunch at an affordable price, then this is a good choice, especially if you enjoy eating Japanese food. One of my favorite lunch specials is their Ozen style Chicken Katsu Teishoku ($11.75) which is their special on Tuesdays. Ozen style meals are served with steamed rice, miso s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 20, 2008

Teshima's Restaurant
79-7251 Mamalahoa Highway
Hawaii (Big Island) 96750
(808) 322-9140

Cafe Pesto

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Restaurant | "Cafe Pesto in Kawaihae"

Cafe Pesto Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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Located right across from the Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor, this restaurant is a pleasant stop in the small town of Kawaihae. Cafe Pesto always features fresh organic greens, sizzling sauces on great pizza, and world-class dressings. Many visitors drive long miles from the South Kohala resorts to this harbor side pizza house for gourmet pizzas, calzones, and fresh organic greens grown from Kealakekua to Kamuela. Their menu prices are reasonable and not as pricey as many of the resort restaurants. Lobsters from the aquaculture farms on Keahole Point (south on the coastline), shiitake mushrooms from a few miles mauka (inland), and fresh fish, shrimp, and crab adorn the herb-infused Italian pies. Some...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2008

Cafe Pesto
Historic S. Hata Building - On the Bay - 308 Kamehameha Ave # 101
Hilo 96720
(808) 969-6640

Outback Steakhouse

Restaurant

Outback Steakhouse Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This restaurant has a casual atmosphere suggestive of the Australian outback. The decor includes Australian memorabilia such as boomerangs, maps, flags, surfboards, etc. The restaurant chain is noted for its consistently high-quality food and its service. The Outback starts with appetizers such as their famous Bloomin Onion or Grilled Shrimp on the Barbie ($11.99) or Pan Seared Lobster Crab Cakes ($11.49). Among the many entrees are Ribs or Chicken on the Barbie ($15.99) or the Drover's Platter with both, Jackeroo Chops, Fresh Fish of the Day ($27.49), and Toowoomba Pasta ($19.99). Or you can try their Rockhampton Rib-Eye ($25.99) or New York Strip ($27.29) from among the steak and lamb selection...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 23, 2008

Outback Steakhouse
75-5805 Alii Drive
Hawaii (Big Island)
(808) 326-2555

Don's Chinese Kitchen

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Don's Chinese Kitchen Photo, Waimea, Hawaii
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This small restaurant is located at the Kona Coast Shopping Center on the right side of Palani Road if you are driving towards the ocean. It is similar to the restaurant in Waimea but it actually has seating. Don's always serves some of the best Chinese cuisine (Cantonese) on the island using the freshest ingredients (and they don't use MSG). Some of my favorite dishes which you can order by the pint is their chicken broccoli ($6.75), ginger chicken on rice ($6.75), lemon chicken ($6.49), shrimp broccoli ($6.95) and I always order their crispy won ton ($.39 each) with my meals. The most popular way to order lunch or dinner is to order their Combinations. Their food is usually set out in a buffet ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2008

Don's Chinese Kitchen
Parker Ranch Shopping Center
Waimea, Hawaii
(808) 885-5828

Royal Thai Cafe

Restaurant

Royal Thai Cafe Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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This small cafe was voted "Best Thai Restaurant from 2001 - 2005 by West Hawaii Today. The decor is nothing fancy but it is rather plain with wooden figurines and Thai decor. The servers are pleasant and friendly. If you enjoy eating Thai food (like my husband) then this is a good choice if you are in the Keauhou area. The various curry sauces are tasty and range from mild to strong (you get to choose). Their appetizers like their chicken satays (sliced chicken marinated in Thai spices and served on sticks with peanut sauce and cucumber salad) are really good ($5.95). We like to order their Tom Kah Kai with chicken (you can order it with either chicken or shrimp) which is a soup made with hot and...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2008

Royal Thai Cafe
Keauhou Shopping Center
Kailua Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 322-8424

McDonald's

Restaurant | "McDonald's in Downtown Hilo"

Front of McDonald's in Hilo Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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We always eat at this McDonald's location after we come back from the beach. It is located right above Sack N Save. Sometimes we order our food in the Drive Thru Lane or we dine inside. Of all the McDonald's restaurants in Hilo, this one is the oldest and the largest. This particular location is usually very clean and service is friendly and fast. Even though it get crowded at times, their service is fast and attentive. The tables and chairs are clean for the most part. The interior is decorated in light hues and the restaurant is always very cool and comfortable. My son likes to order the number five meal which is the Big and Tasty which comes with a large hamburger, large fries and a large dr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2008

Hard Rock Cafe

Restaurant

Hard Rock Cafe Photo, Kailua Kona, Hawaii
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Located along the harbor in the middle of town, this restaurant is a fun place to stop at. This used to be one of the first restaurants built across from the ocean front but now there is a myriad of restaurant popping up nearby. It has two stories and is located at the Coconut Grove Marketplace. I like eating at this location because of the view and service. They have almost the same menu as the Hard Rock Cafe in Honolulu on Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki. I like their BLT sandwich that comes with fries and coleslaw for under $10.00. I also always order their Combo Appetizer that comes with onion rings, potato skings, Santa Fe spring rolls, and Tupelo chicken for about $10.00. The decor is filled ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 26, 2008

Hard Rock Cafe
75-5815 Ali'i Drive
Kailua Kona 96740
(808) 329-8866

Cafe 100

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Restaurant

Cafe 100 Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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Named after the famous all-Japanese fighting battalion that even predated the famous "442,", the Cafe 100 is a Hilo landmark. The Miyashiro family has been serving food at their indoor-outdoor restaurant here since the late '50's. Cafe 100 is famous for its loco moco, a local concoction of a hamburger patty and egg that is served atop rice smothered in brown gravy. They serve the regular loco moco, the teriyaki loco, the sukiyaki loco, the hot dog loco, the oyako loco, and for the health-conscious, the mahi loco (most loco mocos are under $5.00). Breakfast choices include everything from bacon and eggs to coffee and donuts, while lunches feature beef stew, mixed plate, fried chicken (most plate lu...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 2, 2008

Cafe 100
969 Kilauea Ave.
Hilo 96720
(808) 935-8683

K's Drive In

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K's Drive In Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is a drive in that seems to be tucked away in the corner. It needs to be renovated since it looks worn. K's has a large menu with the typical drive in choices such as local plate lunches, burgers, sandwiches, local bowls and boats, breakfast, beverages, and side orders. The good thing about this drive in is its prices which are very reasonable (about $6.00 - $7.00). They serve the usual local plate lunches which is different types of meat served with rice and mac salad. They also have a variety of other local favorites such as saimin, chili, Portuguese sausage and bentos. Note that their food quality is not so good and their food portions are smaller than what they used to serve years ago w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on June 26, 2008

K's Drive In
194 Hualalai Street
Hilo 96720
(808) 935-5573

Starbucks

Restaurant | "Great Drive Thru Lane at Starbuck's in Hilo"

Starbucks  Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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I always come to this Starbuck's when I want to order coffee in the Drive Thru Lane. This is the only Starbuck's in Hilo that I know of that has a Drive Thru Lane. I have ordered coffee inside before but I prefer to order in the Drive Thru Lane in the comfort of my air-conditioned car. My favorite beverage is the hot Vanilla Latte in either the Tall size (about $3.75) or the Grande size (about $4.00). The speaker system in the Drive Thru Lane is not the best but it works! The Drive Thru line can get long especially during lunch on weekends but the line moves fast. Service is great and the cashier is very friendly and accommodating. They are always willing to give service with a smile. The inte...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 4, 2008

Starbucks
Prince Kuhio Plaza - 111 Puainako Street
Hilo 96720
(808) 959-2492

Subway

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Restaurant | "One of the Best Subways in Hilo"

Subway Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This is one of the best Subways in Hilo that we often visit to buy a take out meal. This location is conveniently located right next to the gas station where we fill up our truck before we go back to the beach. This Subway location is located right in the front on Keawe Street. There is a parking lot in case you can't find parking on the side of Keawe Street. We usually order the footlong subs that are on special for $5.00. Since we can only order certain types of subs that are on special, we like to order their turkey sub or their vegetarian sub on wheat bread. They only advertise their turkey, vegetarian, meatball, and cold cut subs for $5.00. If we decided to order any other type of foot lo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2008

Subway
190 Keawe Street # 10
Hawaii (Big Island) 96720
(808) 935-5705

Cronies

Restaurant | "Nice Sports Bar"

Cronies   Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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This sports bar is located on the first block if you are traveling mauka (towards the mountains) on Waianuenue Avenue. I went there once with a friend to watch a football game, have a quick dinner and drinks. The prices are a little steep ($9.00 - $15.00) for this plain bar since it looks a bit rundown and the plastic white chairs look cheap, but overall the service and food are okay. It is nothing fancy. The decor is very dark inside with a typical sports bar atmosphere. It can get crowded at night during the weekends so it's better to go to Cronies early if there is a good game on T.V. I would somewhat recommend Cronies if you're craving a hamburger and you want to watch a good football game w...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 19, 2008

Cronies
11 Waianuenue Ave
Hawaii (Big Island) 96720
(808) 935-5158

McDonald's

Restaurant | "Nice McDonald's at Puainako Center"

McDonald's Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This McDonald's is located at the Puainako Center which is right across the street from the Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza. I don't come to this McDonald's that often since I prefer to go to the Kea'au McDonald's which is closer to my son's school in Kea'au. This location is large and the restaurant is always kept clean. Since it is located at the Puainako Center, it is usually busy, especially during lunch on the weekends. The menu here is similar to the other Hilo McDonald's but the view of the main highway is excellent here. Also the interior is bright and modern with light pastels and potted plants. Service is very friendly and fast. I like to order their french fries for a buck and their medi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 22, 2008

McDonald's
2100 Kanoelehua Avenue
Hilo 96720

Don's Grill

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Restaurant | "Don's Grill - Our Favorite Eating Spot"

Don's Grill Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is my mom's favorite eating spot! Whenever she comes to town she always asks us to take here to Don's Grill. She never wants to eat anywhere else in Hilo so we often come here. When we (my husband and I come to Hilo we always take our friends or family from out of town here because they like the food quality and the fast service. It is always consistent. The restaurant dining area is always clean and you can either eat in main area or you can choose to eat under the tinted glass area near the street. The food is typical local food and their menu is crammed with all kinds of good food. They offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. We usually come here at night and order their dinner entrees which...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2008

Don's Grill
485 Hinano St.
Hilo 96720
(808) 935-9099

Mcdonald's

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Restaurant | "The Only McDonald's in Waimea"

Mcdonald's Photo, Waimea, Hawaii
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This McDonald's is located in the beautiful town of Waimea. There are large glass windows at this McDonald's so you can see the majestic Mauna Kea Mountain while you eat in the dining area. The decor here is always very bright and modern with chairs that look like they are made out of some kind of metal but they are very light. The tables and chairs are arranged in the restaurant so that each dining area is partitioned. I think that this McDonald's is unique because it is always kept clean by workers since this is a high traffic McDonald's. The service is fast and friendly. Many of the workers here work as a team and try to get your order out quickly even when it gets busy. I have received gift...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 24, 2008

Mcdonald's
65-1154 Mamalahoa Highway
Waimea 96743
(808) 885-8824

Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar

Restaurant | "Extraordinary Sushi at Sansei"

Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar Photo, Waikoloa, Hawaii
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This new restaurant recently opened at the Queen's Shops which is located at the Waikoloa Beach Resort. It opened in February 2008 and is the talk of the town. They have a very good sushi menu that features Pacific Rim cuisine which is featured at a lot of restaurants along the coast. In addition to the full range of signature, innovative, contemporarily styled sushi & fusion foods of star Chef DK Kodama they also serve meat dishes such as steak and fish. We tried their Sansei's Japanese Calamari Salad which was very delicious. It included calamari with spicy Kochujang vinaigrette, served with greens in a crispy Won Ton Basket. We also tried their Panko-Crusted Ahi Sashimi Sushi Roll which in...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 3, 2008

Sansei Seafood & Sushi Bar
Waikoloa Beach Resort
Waikoloa
(808)886-6286

Jade Palace

Restaurant | "Good Chinese Buffet at Jade Palace"

Waimea Center - Jade Palace Photo, Waimea, Hawaii
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I have been here several times during this past year for lunch. I always come to this restaurant for gatherings with my coworkers. The lunch buffet is great and I believe that you get a bang for your buck since the all you can eat buffet only costs $8.95 per person. The all you can eat buffet includes yummy orange chicken, beef broccoli, stir fried vegetables, stir fried eggplant, char siu pork, sweet sour short ribs. One of my favorite dishes on the buffet line is their fried rice and orange chicken. Both of these dishes are so fresh, hot, and tasty. Their deep fried won ton is excellent, especially eaten with their sweet sour sauce. At the end of their buffet line is their hot and sour soup....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 8, 2008

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)

Restaurant | "Average KFC in Hilo"

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This location is one of two KFC in Hilo. The restaurant is located in its own building next to other food and beverage establishments like Starbucks, Jamba Juice, Kuhio Grille, and Quiznos. This KFC serves the standard fare. My family likes to order their 3 piece meal - $4.99 (which includes 2 individual homestyle sides like cole slaw, mashed potatoes or corn and 1 biscuit) or their 4 piece meal - $5.59 (which includes 2 individual homestyle sides and 1 biscuit). If we are really hungry for chicken we order their 12 piece drumsticks & thighs (dark meat) - $10.99 or their 20 piece meal - $29.99 (which includes 5 large homestyle sides and 10 biscuits) However, this location is older than the KF...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2008

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza - 111 East Puainako Street
Hilo 96720
(808) 959-1886

Panda Express

Restaurant | "New Panda Express Serves Delicious Food"

Panda Express Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is the newest Panda Express in Hilo located across the Prince Kuhio Plaza. Who can miss this brightly colored restaurant with a brand new parking lot! My son already tried the take out plate with his friends after football practice. He ordered their delicious orange chicken, mandarin chicken, and fried rice plate and a large drink (under $10). Their food is always hot, tasty and fresh. The orange chicken is tender pieces of chicken, lightly battered and then wokked in a mildly spicy chili sauce. Their ever popular mandarin chicken is prepared with grilled chicken strips covered in a rich mandarin sauce. The food here is healthier than food at McDonald's which is typically burgers and fries ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 10, 2008

Panda Express
368 E. Makaala St.
Hilo 96720
(808) 920-8100

Paolucci's Pizza Pie Company

Restaurant | "Great Pizza at Paolucci's Pizza Pie Company"

Paolucci's Pizza Pie Company Photo, Waimea, Hawaii
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Paolucci's Pizza Pie Company just recently opened at the Parker Ranch Food Court located in the center of the Parker Ranch Shopping Center. Since they opened I tried several combinations of their medium sized pizza. Last time I tried their mushroom and Canadian bacon pizza and their pepperoni pizza. Both were very delicious but I really liked the mushroom and Canadian bacon pizza. The mozarella cheese melted in my mouth and the Canadian bacon with the cheese was very tasty! They deliver pizzas to your business or house. The last time that they came to our business, they were able to find our location even though it is hard to find. The delivery person was very friendly and our pizza came quickl...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 11, 2008

Paolucci's Pizza Pie Company
Parker Ranch Center, 67-1185 Mamalahoa Hwy.
Kamuela, Hawaii 96743
(808) 885-8778

Taco Bell

Restaurant | "Great Drive Thru at Taco Bell at Puainako Center"

Taco Bell Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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We usually come here after my son has football practice. This Taco Bell location is very crowded so we always order in their drive thru lane. They have an extensive menu with side orders, meals (that come with a drink), and beverages. The boys that are in the car always order the meals because they are bigger. My son and his friends like to order the 3 tacos (with the crispy and crunchy tortilla vs. the soft tortilla) and the mountain dew blast. The meals total about $6 - $7 with a large beverage. If they are really hungry, they order a side of cheese or chicken quesadillas which cost around $3.00. It can get quite confusing if you are ordering a meal and the attendant is asking you if you wan...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 17, 2008

Taco Bell
Puainako Center - 2100 Kanoelehua Avenue
Hilo 96720
(808) 959-9444

Starbucks

Restaurant | "Great Starbucks at Prince Kuhio"

Starbucks  Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is a great place to stop at if you are at the Prince Kuhio Shopping Plaza. It is within walking distance to the main Prince Kuhio Shopping Mall. It is a small cafe with the usual Starbuck's decor. The cafe is elongated with a sitting area to the right of the store. There is a lot of parking so you don't have to drive very far to find a parking space. I always like to come here to get a tall or grande vanilla latte ($3.75 and $4.05) and a croissant ($2.50). They also have their house coffees along with other special flavors of the day like Columbian and Sumatra coffees. They sell limited edition coffee mugs with "Hawaii" printed on the front as well as other Hawaiian themed coffee holders....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2008

Starbucks
Prince Kuhio Plaza - 111 Puainako Street
Hilo 96720
(808) 959-2492

Pizza Hut

Restaurant | "Average Pizza Hut in Downtown Hilo"

Pizza Hut Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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Since my family likes to eat cheese pizza we usually order the cheese pizza with black olives and the pepperoni pizza. This pizza hut location is not as nice as the one at the Puainako Center which is more crowded. This location looks worn and the service is not as great as the Pizza Hut in Puainako. But we come here once in a while when we want to dine in town. They have the same menu items as the other location such as the pizzas, breadsticks and cheesesticks. The lunch bill is a bit pricey (after you add tip) compared to a lot of other drive ins in downtown Hilo like Blanes, Cafe 100, Kozmic Kones, and L&L Drive In. Also I usually order the Chicken Ceasar Salad since I don't like pizza as...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 31, 2008

Pizza Hut
50 E Puainako Ave
Hilo
(808) 959-9119

Low International Food

Restaurant | "Great Place to Buy Bread - Low International Food"

Low International Food Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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I don't eat here often since it looks kind of run down. This restaurant has been around before I moved here nearly 19 years ago. They serve the usual local fare including loco moco, chicken katsu, and teriyaki beef plates with the usual sides of steamed rice and macaroni salad. I only come here to buy their delicious loaves of bread that come in different colors and flavors. My favorites are their rainbow bread, taro bread and coconut bread. They also have guava, mango, and breadfruit flavored breads. Their breads taste ono with just butter on it! They are know for their specialty breads and this is a great place to buy bread for friends and relatives from out of town. They give you a box to h...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 31, 2008

Low International Food
222 Kilauea Avenue
Hilo
(808)969-6652

Uncle Billy's Fish & Steak House

Restaurant | "Great Entertainment at Uncle Billy's Restaurant in Hilo"

Uncle Billy's Fish & Steak House Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This restaurant has been around for a long time. I used to come here for their breakfast buffets over 10 years ago and their food and atmosphere were really good back then. I also was fortunate enough to get a flower from Uncle Billy himself. He would walk through the restaurant and give flowers to the ladies in the restaurant. Now the restaurant is still popular with visitors and locals alike. It gets really crowded during weekends especially in the summer months when the hotel is filled. The restaurant still offers their Sunday breakfast buffets for $14.95 from 7:30 to 11am. They have a wonderful menu that includes Prime Rib on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. They still have wonderful entertai...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2008

Uncle Billy's Fish & Steak House
87 Banyan Drive
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
(808) 935-0861

IHOP

Restaurant | "Average Restaurant with Average Food - IHOP"

IHOP Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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I hardly eat at this restaurant because the food is just average and the service is slow. Their burgers and salads are good but I prefer to eat at Don's Grill which is located on Hinalo Street near the Hilo Civic Center. I always order their grilled chicken caesar salad (served with garlic bread) which is very good. My son likes their IHOP Cheeseburger which comes with a thick, juicy burger with cheese, topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion and mayonnaise on a grilled Romano-Parmesan bun. IHOP is better known for their delicious breakfast items such as pancakes, omelets and other traditional breakfast favorites, IHOP also serves lunch and dinner and offers appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, steaks ...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on September 7, 2008

IHOP
Prince Kuhio Plaza - 111 E. Puainako Street
Hilo 96720
(808)959-2600

Seaside Restaurant

Restaurant | "Great Local Food at the Seaside Hotel"

Seaside Restaurant Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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This is the perfect place to eat at if you are staying at the Seaside Hotel on Banyan Drive. They serve Pacific Island Cuisine. This local favorite overlooks the fLokoa'ka Fishpond in Reeds Bay that is home to a variety of fish and birds. You can also see the locals who like to swim and jump off into the pond during the weekends. The wide menu selection includes only the freshest fish, a variety of seafood, choice steaks, the popular prime rib and their popular "Seaside Chicken". The service is very friendly and "local". Note that they are only open for dinner on Tuesday through Thursday from 5pm - 8:30pm and on Friday through Saturday from 5pm - 9pm (they are closed on Mondays). To get to this...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 18, 2008

Seaside Restaurant
1790 Kalanianaole Avenue
Hilo 96720
(808)935-8825

Starbucks Waiakea Center

Restaurant | "Nice Starbucks Located next to Borders"

Starbucks Waiakea Center Photo, Hilo, Hawaii (Big Island)
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I always order a tall or grande vanilla latte when I come to this Borders location near Wal Mart. This Borders store is very cozy and their Starbucks cafe is nicely decorated. There is plenty of seating to read and hang out. The seating area is usually full on weekends with students (University of Hawaii at Hilo college students). This is also a nice area to get together with friends and do homework. The Starbucks cafe is connected to the Borders store so it is easy to walk from the cafe and then browse the music and book sections of the store. The salespersons are very helpful and generally nice. They usually don't mind if you drink coffee and look at the books at the same time. The salespers...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 19, 2008

Starbucks Waiakea Center
(Closed) 315-325 Makaala Street
Hilo 96720
(808)961-3902

Kohala Pacific Diner

Restaurant | "Nice Casual Restaurant in Kawaihae"

Kohala Pacific Diner Photo, Waimea, Hawaii
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This is a casual restaurant in Kawaihae that recently opened. It is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is not a fancy restaurant but the food is pretty good. We ate here for lunch. Their Club Sandwich was delicious ($7.50) and came with turkey, swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes on a toasted wheat bread. Since I like homemade soup, I thought I would try their Portuguese Bean Soup ($4.50 - cup) which was very delicious. My son tried their Hamburger and French Fries which was $9.00. His hamburger was big and he enjoyed it. They also have a good salad selection such as Greek Salad for $9.75 which comes with greens, feta cheese, cucumber, tomatoes, onion, pepperoncini, Green olives and t...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 22, 2008

Kohala Pacific Diner
61-3665 Akoni Pule Hwy
Waimea 96743
(808)880-1923

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.

Restaurant | "Bubba Gump's Restaurant"

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Photo, Kona, Hawaii
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This is where the old Jolly Rogers used to be on Ali'i Drive. We ate here during summer and we especially enjoyed the outside seating. The restaurant overlooks Kailua Bay and the best time to dine is at sunset around 7:00 p.m. during the summer. Bubba Gump's has an extensive menu which consists of shrimp, ribs, steak, pasta, burgers and sandwiches. I ordered their deep fried shrimp and french fries dish which was very tasty. You wouldn't believe how fresh and juicy their shrimp tastes! I would recommend bringing your family to this restaurant only if you can get outside seating because you don't want to miss the spectacular Kona sunsets. They are located across the street from Saint Michael's ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 27, 2008

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.
75-5776 Alii Drive
Kona, Hawaii 96740
(808) 331-8442

Kama'aina Terrace

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Restaurant | "Nice Buffet Breakfast at an Affordable Price"

Kama'aina Terrace Photo, Hawaii (Big Island), Hawaii
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Our Breakfast Buffet at the Kama'aina Terrace came with our room package so it was a good deal. The Kama'aina Terrace is where the Old Sam Choy's Restaurant used to be. It overlooks the pool area and Kahalu'u Bay. When we came down to the Terrace on Sunday morning we were surprised because it wasn't that crowded which was a plus. The hostess seated us near the pool. The breakfast buffet line was spread out in the center of the restaurant in different sections that included pastries, cereals, hot items, fruits, and juices. Since I'm not a big eater I only had corned beef hash, hash browns, and fruits. I drank milk with my small breakfast. My son and husband enjoyed the other hot items like saus...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 5, 2008

Kama'aina Terrace
Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort
Kailua-Kona
(808) 324-2555